Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Buy Low” — Conrad’s writeup.
This week we’re looking for a 12-letter money-related word. I am writing this post on a long flight to Hawaii so I’ll keep it short and sweet. There were four long theme entries:
- [Employing euphemisms, say]: (DIP)LOMATIC
- [Lucky]: SEREN(DIP)ITOUS
- [Body fat, formally]: A(DIP)OSETISSUE
- [Play with the Sphinx]: OE(DIP)USREX
Matt threw us a softball with 69a (DIPS), clued as “Market downturns you might want to buy today.” All four themers contained the word DIP, which reminded me of the of the money-related phrase “Buy the dip.” I looked for the three letters below each DIP and found UNDERCHARGED, our 12-word contest solution. We’ve had a few tough WSJ metas lately and this one played like a nice summer breeze. Solvers: please share your thoughts.