For those of you following along, you perhaps are wondering where the Week 5 entry went since my previous update was Week 4.
The short answer is “I forgot“.
The long answer would take 33,600 characters to type out, a few fonts I don’t have currently in Windows 7, would also assume you have a working knowledge of the Yoruba language, and involves a pun that is only funny if you have read Sun Tzu in the original.
So…let’s stick with the short answer and move on to see how much progress I have made in my quest to see how long it can take me to solve No.36 of The Post Puzzler, the harder of the two crossword puzzles that arrive in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post:
19 Across – The clue was “Full glass phenomenon”. Since I already had “—I-CUS”, I had a suspicion I knew the word was “MINISCUS”, but a quick look at my dictionary (and yes, reference books are allowed to help me find answers…I just can’t use Google) corrected me that the word is spelled MENISCUS.
2 Down – The clue was “Began with gusto”. I had “—E-INTO”. Since the clue used a verb in the past tesne (began), the answer would also be in the past tense, so I added a D after the E. I took a chance and tried DIVEDINTO.
17 Across – The clue was “Call up”. I had “-V-KE” and I knew that as I was trying to call up the answers, I was also trying to EVOKE the answer.
5 Down – The clue was “Spanish root words?”. This one threw me for a while, but I only got back on track when I saw the question mark at the end of the clue. That punctuation symbol usually denotes that the answer is a pun or play on words. So instead of thinking of “root word” as relating to grammar (i.e., the root word of meniscus is Greek for crescent), I thought of the synonym of “root” as “cheer” and a cheering word in Spanish is OLES (like what they say at a bullfight).
1 Across – The clue was “Up”. With “-D-TO”, I am taking the chance that the answer is ADDTO as in to “up” the ante is to “add to” it.
15 Across – The clue was “Like some bugs”. A similar clue could have been “Like some videos” as the answer is VIRAL.
3 Down – The clue was “Lecturing ad nauseam”. The letters in front of me were “DRON-NGON”. Since the clue itself used a gerund (lecturing), the answer would also have a gerund so I only needed to add an “I” leaving DRONINGON.
22 Across – The clue was “Result of an ace on a duece”. Before I had all the other letters, I was misleading myself. The words “ace” and “duece” made me think of cards so I thought the answer would be “trey”, but with 2 Down, 3 Down, and 4 Down filled out, I was now faced with “-DIN”. ODIN didn’t make much sense, so I started going through the alphabet. I only needed the starting letter as the answer is ADIN – the tennis term for what the score would be if you scored an ace (a serve without a return shot) when the score was duece (40-40). So far, this is my favorite clue-answer pair for this puzzle.
1 Down – The clue was “Religious recitations”, but I received the answer, AVEMARIAS, by default as all the other Across clues had been filled in.
Look at that ! I have two quadrants out of 4 now complete. Onward to Week 7 and to glory !