Matt Jones’s Jonesin’ Crossword, “Found Him!” – Erin’s write-up
Hello lovelies! This week we’re taking a visit again to my childhood and the great “Where’s Waldo?” e-book sequence. Each theme entry accommodates the letters WALDO so as, not essentially consecutively.
- 20a. [1987 hit by Was (Not Was) with a “Flintstonesque” video [OK, there he is!]] WALOkay THE DINOSAUR. Boom growth acka-lacka lacka growth / Boom growth acka-lacka growth growth! This tune was launched the identical 12 months because the “Where’s Waldo?” books. Coincidence? Hmm…
- 33a. [Town where Evel Knievel attempted to jump across the Snake River Canyon in 1974 [ Tough to spot, but right there!]] TWIN FALLS IDAHO
- 43a. [ABC hidden-camera show that was once a segment on “Primetime” [Took me a while, but found him!]] WHAT WOULD YOU DO. The present ran from 2009-2020 however has not been formally canceled.
- 59a. [It may extend a lease or passport [That’s it? He’s not even trying!]] RENEWAL DOCUMENT
- 19a. [“___ Vista Social Club” (1999 documentary)] BUENA. The movie explores Cuba’s musical historical past and captures a few of its legendary artists in a sequence of live shows.
- 2nd. [Air filter acronym] HEPA. Short for High Energy Particulate Air.
- 47d. [Mandarin hybrid used in Asian cuisine] YUZU. This citrus fruit is a hybrid of the mandarin orange and one other hardy citrus, the Ichang papeda.
Until subsequent week!
Sue Fracker’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s recap
Theme revealer: 64a. [Adequate space to move around … as found in this puzzle’s circled letters?], ELBOW ROOM. The circled letters bend at an “elbow” and every makes a well-recognized phrase with “room” tacked on: BOILER, GUESTm DRESSING, PANIC, and ROMPER. I’m guessing the constructor (and this could be a debut!) is my age or older and thus has fond recollections of TV’s Romper Room.
Fave fill: STIR-CRAZY, SUPERGLUE, CAFETERIA meals battle, JIGSAW puzzles (insert heart-eyes emoji right here), and David LETTERMAN clued by way of his Netflix interview present, which is often fairly fascinating (skip the Kanye episode, although—it’s simply bizarre).
Not wild about seeing IROC, AGUE, and SSTS on a Tuesday. Zero objection to 26d. [Spanish friend] cluing the female AMIGA as a substitute of the masculine AMIGO with nary a touch in direction of the noun’s gender. The male default is so 1900s!
3.75 stars from me.
Elizabeth C. Gorski’s Cr♥ssw♥rd Nation puzzle (Week 585), “As Good As It Gets”—Ade’s take
Good day, everyone! Here is hoping you’re all doing nicely as we plow via the month of August like fall is simply across the nook…as a result of it’s simply across the nook!
Today’s puzzle might simply been titled “As You Like It,” as puns are created from completely different phrases/nouns by including the letters “AS” to them. This jogs my memory of all of the instances that I made it to Montréal round this time of the month for the previous few years to look at the Coupe Rogers tennis match, and the flashing of “AS” on the scoreboard for each time an ace was hit. Man, I miss that place and that stunning metropolis!
- TAPAS DANCE (17A: [Foodie’s fancy footwork at a Barcelona bar?]) – Tap dance
- SEA EASEL (24A: [Prop for a van Gogh painting of the Mediterranean?]) – Sea eel
- PORTS OF CALLAS (34A: [Wines produced in an opera legend’s backyard?]) – Ports of name
- HOT TUBAS (50A: [Big, sexy marching band instruments?]) – Hot tub
- SOUSA’S CHEF (58A: [Culinary pro who works for “The Washington Post March” composer?]) – Sous chef
Only factor that actually threw me off at the moment was seeing THOUS and never realizing there was a plural kind to “thou” (36D: [Big bills, slangily]). Other than that, one other grid to admire the lengthy non-themed fill, and, in that class, UPHEAVAL (10D: [Turmoil]) and ALMIGHTY stood out (38D: [Omnipotent]). Can’t wait to be at Arthur ASHE Stadium and the USTA National Tennis Center at the moment subsequent week for US Open tennis qualifying (55D: [Legendary name on a Queens tennis stadium]). Oh, did I let you know all that I now write tennis articles on the US Open for the US Open’s web site, usopen.org? I didn’t? Well, now you already know, and in the event you head there when the match begins on August 29, you’ll be positive to see at the least one article per day penned by yours really. For a few samples of the place my thoughts goes when writing a few of these options, click on right here or right here or right here. Hope you get pleasure from!
“Sports will make you smarter” second of the day: CHAPMAN (47A: [“Fast Car” singer/songwriter Tracy]) – Lots of names and different objects to select from to spotlight on this area, however I’ll point out the previous NBA capturing guard and present social media influencer Rex Chapman, who rose to Internet fame with a sequence of movies known as “Block or Charge,” the place he would put up movies of individuals or animals crashing into different individuals or animals and pose the query whether or not, if the incident passed off inside a basketball area, if it will be a block or a cost. In his taking part in days, he was the most effective guards to play on the University of Kentucky, incomes First Team All-SEC and successful the SEC Tourney MVP in 1988. He went on to an extended NBA profession, averaging 14.6 factors per sport in 13 seasons, splitting time with Charlotte, Washington, Miami, and Phoenix.
Thank you a lot for the time, everyone! Have an exquisite and protected remainder of your day and, as at all times, maintain fixing!