Saturday, September 7, 2019

Today’s Saturday Stumper

Today’s Newsday Saturday Stumper, by Erik Agard, is the most difficult Saturday Stumper I’ve seen. 32-A, fifteen letters, “Unsettling?” Yes, indeed.

If I finish this puzzle, it’s going to be much later today. Because there’s a lawn to mow. And jerk chicken to eat. Things to do, and eat. Lots of things.


5:42 p.m.: Yes, there were lots of things to do. But finishing this puzzle was not one of them. I managed to figure out only a handful of clues. Looking at the solution makes me figuratively scratch my head. 1-D, four letters, “Gaynor, Garland, Streisand,       .” CHER? DION? I have no idea why the answer is what it is and not some other name. 18-A, seven letters, “One writing pointedly.” It’s a bit of a stretch to say that that seven-letter answer is a thing. Most baffling to me: 20-D, nine letters, “Dueling venues.” Maybe I need to spend more time in them to understand.

I was happy to get 14-D, four letters, “IDs often 56% hidden.” A novelty clue for a bit of crosswordese.

Next Saturday is another day.

comments: 3

Geo-B said...

Eat, mow, solve.

Michael Leddy said...

Also buy rosé, Scotch, a toaster, and coffee. And fail to finish the puzzle.

GAGA. (Why?) BALLPEN. (Much more often called a “ball-point pen.”) PIANOBARS. (They’re dueling venues? Srsly?) SSNS.

Michael Leddy said...

DuckDuckGo has it: Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Lady Gaga played the female lead in A Star Is Born. I was thinking of Mitzi Gaynor — singer — and was baffled more than I should have been. But I’m not sure I’d have thought of Lady Gaga anyway, partly because I wouldn’t have thought of Streisand in relation to A Star Is Born.

Get me to a piano bar.