Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Sound Logic” — Conrad’s writeup.
This week we’re looking for a movie of the 1980s. There were five horizontal theme entries, each containing multiple AMPs:
- [Massage a bunch of eels’ scalps?]: SH(AMP)OOL(AMP)REYS
- [Shrimp dish served in a dining hall?]: C(AMP)USSC(AMP)I
- [New marketing push from Moët & Chandon?]: CH(AMP)AGNEREV(AMP)
- [Reason Dracula dropped out halfway through the marathon?]: V(AMP)IRECR(AMP)
- [Award-winning philatelist of western Florida?]: T(AMP)AST(AMP)CH(AMP)
There were eleven AMPs, leading to our contest solution: the classic 1980s mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, where Nigel Tufnel famously said, “These go to eleven.” I’m always down for a Spinal Tap-themed meta (or really anything Spinal Tap-related). Mike Shenk constructed a meta last year with THISISSPINALTAP as the center entry. Some Googling revealed that there were a few SPINAL TAP-themed crosswords on Nigel Tufnel Day (11/11/11), including one by Brendan Quigley, who impressively constructed an 11×11 grid, featuring both MARSHALLAMP and NIGELTUFNEL as 11-character entries. Solvers: please share eleven thoughts. Or eleven favorite Spinal Tap quotes.