Continuing on my quest to complete The Post Puzzler No.36, the Sunday crossword puzzle from The Washington Post (which is much harder than the puzzle found in the Post’s Sunday magazine), here is where I stand after week 2:
Week 2 - 18 Answers
So how did I get here…
14 Down – The clue was “Surgical glove material”. Most are made from latex
25 Across – The clue was “Unlike a taskmaster”. Since the opposite of a taskmaster is someone who is easy, I needed a synonym for easy ending with “x” from latex, which is lax.
13 Down – The clue was “Sometime spitter”. I know my Discovery Channel documentaries (or at least epsiodes of Dirty Jobs) and know that it is the llama that spits.
21 Across – The clue was “Oil source”. With the “e” from Odie, the “m” from llama, and the “e” from latex, I was able to surmise sesame.
I decided to move on to another portion of the puzzle.
48 Across – The clue was “Hawaiian harvest”. This is a staple of crossword puzzles as any four-letter answer dealing with Hawaii is taro.
40 Down – The clue was “Rode the bench”. The “Rode” in the clue means that the verb that is the answer is also in the past tense. To “ride the bench” in an athletic contest is to “sit” and the past tense is sat.
I went back to the upper-right corner.
7 Down – The clue was “Graf’s other half”. The Graf here is tennis player Stefanie Graf, who is married to Andre Agassi.
18 Across – The clue was “Really getting to”. With the “a” from Agassi, the “i” from Odie, the “a” from llama, and the “t” from latex – and plus the fact that I have been married for over fifteen years – the answer of “nagging at” was easy.
27 Across – The clue was “Utterer of famous opening words”. This one tricked me at first because I was trying to come up with names of characters who said famous opening words (e.g., Ishmael from Moby-Dick), but then I turned the clue around to wonder about words that actually opened up items. Famous words that open include “Open Sesame” as said by Ali Baba.
6 Down – The clue was “Appliance accompaniers”. I work with computers. They come with manuals. I used to work at a help desk and more than once wanted to shout “RTFM“.
8 Down – The clue was “Carrier puller”. In only had the “g” in nagging at to work with, but I figured that Carrier meant an aircraft carrier and a boat worthy of pulling such a craft would be a tugboat, or tug for short.
11 Down – The clue was “Trash collectors”. I put out my bins every Sunday and Wednesday nights.
6 Across – The clue was “Knaidel”. I had no idea what this words means. Now, I could have gone to Google for assistance, but I am adamant not to use the Internet to help me with this puzzle. However, with the “m” from manuals, “a” from Agassi, “t” from tug, “o” from Odie, “b” from bins, “l” from llama, and “l” from latex, I was brought back to my friend regaling me with tales from his Passover seder and drooling over his grandmother’s matzo ball soup.
Man…this is going to take a while.
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