Fireball Contest — November 8, 2023

Grid: untimed; Meta: half an hour 


Patrick Berry’s contest, “First Acts” — Conrad’s writeup

This month, we are asked, What two grid entries complete this puzzle’s theme? There were six theme entries:

  • [Food fish that (despite its name) is a flounder]: LEMONSOLE
  • [Ignore the knock of opportunity]: MISSATRICK
  • [Loses its knot, as a shoelace]: COMESUNDONE
  • [“Athena Parthenos,” for one]: GREEKSTATUE
  • [Dish made from a quarter head of iceberg lettuce]: WEDGESALAD
  • [Cooked in a wok]: STIRFRIED
FB Contest Solution – 11.08.2023

FB Contest Solution – 11.08.2023

Each of the six themers contained one of the seven days of the week (“time”) and one of the seven solfege notes (“scale”):


The missing day and note are THU and FA, leading to our contest answer THUS FAR. Short writeup because I’ve been traveling for four weeks. Solvers: please share your thoughts.

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3 Responses to Fireball Contest — November 8, 2023

  1. Laura E-D says:

    I’m one of those who submitted “WIDTH UVRAYS” because I didn’t see the musical notes. I knew that wasn’t quite right, though, so it’s my own fault!

  2. Neat bonus wrinkle to this puzzle: There are no extra stray solfege notes or abbreviated days anywhere in the grid except in the theme answers. No other REs or LAs or TIs. Patrick’s good.

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