Saturday, June 22, 2019

Today’s Saturday Stumper

If I were using the Romper Room magic mirror with today’s Newsday Saturday Stumper, by Matthew Sewell, I’d say “I see Walt” (16-A, five letters, “Whitman's Civil War job”). And “I see Edie” (40-A, five letters, “Birth name of Mrs. Soprano’s portrayer”). And then I’d have to ask, “Can I say ‘Mister’ on Romper Room”? That’d be 25-A, five letters, “Sotomayor’s TV inspiration.” I guess I just did.

I liked this puzzle, a lot. Short on names, short on trivia, big on words. Clue and answer pairs I especially liked:

The dowdy 21-D, ten letters, “Campfire entertainment.”

The I-never-heard-of-it 28-D, ten letters, “Encouragement for a homer hitter.”

The homey 36-A, ten letters, “Caruso, by birth.”

The very clever 51-A, five letters, “Totally blocked?”

The clever 52-A, five letters, “Two-way address.”

And the kind of obvious but still clever 56-A, three letters, “Size or three sizes, briefly.”

No spoilers: the answers are in the comments.

comments: 4

Michael Leddy said...

NURSE. EDITH. MASON. (As in “Perry.”) SINGALONGS. TOUCHEMALL. NEAPOLITAN. (I was just thinking about “Neapolitan” ice cream yesterday.) URBAN. MADAM. SML.

For Sonia Sotomayor and Perry Mason, see this CNN story.

What do kids sing at sing-alongs these days?

shallnot said...



Michael Leddy said...

I guess it’s something to yell as someone rounds the bases (?): “Touch ’em all!”

Michael Leddy said...

Exclamation or exhortation? Sounds like exhortation to me.