Saturday, June 5, 2021

Today’s Newsday Saturday

When I saw the credit for today’s Newsday  Saturday crossword — Stella Zawistowki — I knew I was in for a difficult time. Stella! It was only when I got 1-A, ten letters, “It’ll let you in,” late in the game, that I felt confident that I’d finish this puzzle. It let me in.

Some clue-and-answer pairs I especially liked:

9-D, four letters, “Reason for a dryer discount.” Why a dryer? The alliteration is pleasant.

12-D, ten letters, “Move all around.” Lovely.

15-A, ten letters, “Practice delayed infuriation.” A great (risqué?) way to clue the answer.

22-D, eleven letters, “Destination of some Scandinavian ferries.” Five letters of this answer took me forever. What? What?

41-A, six letters, “Big name in the oil business.” Okay, but which kind?

45-A, five letters, “Helps with fencing.” A good clue for a common answer.

51-D, three letters, “Macaroni, as in ‘Yankee Doodle.’” The answer makes me think of a scene in a film.

53-A, four letters, “Zoom, perhaps.” Of our time.

56-A, ten letters, “Recycled paper from long ago.” A good example of a clue that defamiliarizes its answer. You’re thinking of something in a green bin maybe?

No spoilers; the answers are in the comments.

comments: 1

Michael Leddy said...


COUNTTOTEN. (“Delayed”: as opposed to “premature …?”)


FOP. (A brand of pomade in O Brother, Where Art Thou?)