Saturday, May 16, 2020

Today’s Saturday Stumper

Today’s Newsday Saturday Stumper is by “Anna Stiga” (Stan Again), Stan Newman constructing under one of the aliases he uses with easier Saturday Stumpers of his making. I found this puzzle not especially easy but not especially tricky.

Some clue-and-answer pairs I especially liked:

7-D, eight letters, “Trans-Neptunian dwarf planets.” For sentimental reasons.

16-A, six letters, “Common typeface in upscale magazines.” Nice, and I can see it on the page, even if I can’t name a single magazine. In my experience, the only typeface that turns up in crosswords is Arial.

26-A, four letters, “Whaler who became a retailer (1850).” Uh, AHAB? No. This clue taught me something.

46-A, four letters, “Christie alternative.” So clear once you see it.

My favorite clue in today’s puzzle: 12-D, eight letters, “Holders of pointy diamonds.” Defamiliarization, as we used to call it in lit crit.

No spoilers: the answers are in the comments.

comments: 4

Michael Leddy said...


Elaine said...

I'm not looking at your comment because I haven't gotten very far with the puzzle...but I have a question.

As often happens, the puzzle I print from the PDF is missing the last several clues--the final 3 Downs. I can't find a way to access the puzzle that will allow me to see the missing clues. Do you have any tips or a solution? (I once emailed Stan about it, and he blew me off.)
I am finding this one very difficult...a lot of unknowns.

Michael Leddy said...

I solve in the browser, so I haven’t had that happen. I just looked at the PDF, and there are two clues that don’t fit on the first page. It’s hard to tell, at least on a phone, that there even is a second page. Not a great design choice to have the puzzle span two pages, with a nearly blank second page. Anyway, the clues there are 3-D, “Quick changes of pitches” and 38-A, “Not characteristic of.”

Michael Leddy said...

P.S.: you can get around the problem by printing at something less than full size.