Saturday, September 29, 2018

Today’s Saturday Stumper

Today’s Newsday Saturday Stumper, by Matthew Sewell, is challenging. It begins on a baffling note: 1-Across, four letters, “Mississippi constituents.” It moves on to a couple of giveaways: 5-Across, three letters, “Roller coaster restraint”; 8-Across, six letters, “Leader of the Trojans.” And then it goes back to being difficult.

My favorite clue in today’s puzzle: 33-Across, fifteen letters, “Triple hedge.” When the answer fell into place, I smiled. In second place: 33-Down, eight letters, “Boom alternative.” When that answer fell into place, I smiled again. No spoilers; the answers are in the comments.

comments: 3

Michael Leddy said...


Elaine said...

This was one of the easiest Stumpers ever for me--I did it in one sitting, just steadily filling in. I started with 5A "Feather __" and put in BED. Too European, I guess, but the B gave me the rest of the Downs there, and a long entry like READING RAILROAD is really a gift. Even misspelling 48D's Dr. MELFI (as MALFI) did not throw me off. (On the other hand, I finished the NYT puzzle with 5 wrong letters--argh.)

Hoping this bodes well for me this week :0)

Michael Leddy said...

Yay, Elaine. I’ll see how I do with the Times in six weeks (syndicated).