Saturday, February 2, 2019

Today’s Saturday Stumper

Today’s Newsday Saturday Stumper, by Lester Ruff, is cause for calendrical confusion. Is it really Saturday? Because today’s puzzle is easy. For instance, 31-Across, four letters, “Traditional diner name.” Or 44-Across, four letters, “‘You’re getting on that plane with Victor’ speaker.”

A clue that I especially liked seeing: 2-Down, six letters, “What anatomists call ‘minimus.’” I knew the answer because I wrote a post in 2008 after learning about the minimus from a New York Times crossword. (Lifelong learning.) And I liked 63-Down, three letters, “Start to color,” for its misdirection. I felt rather sure of myself writing in TAN. But no.

The oddest clue: 36-Down, eight letters, “Spaces around a Trivial Pursuit board.” Huh?

No spoilers: the answers are in the comments.

comments: 4

Michael Leddy said...


joecab said...

I got stuck in upper right because I couldn't let go of STENTORS instead of SENATORS

I liked that trivia Pursuit answer. There are indeed 42 spaces around the perimeter on the board.

Michael Leddy said...

STENTORS is a good answer. The reason I thought of SENATORS is that ORATORS is a letter short.

Elaine said...

I wanted HISTORIAN, then ORATORS then dwindled down to SENATORS...the less I have to think about the two from our state, the better.
I did the Stumper in one sitting, but did not necessarily find it easy.