There’s a great deal going on in Puzzle Head office this weekend break so let us get directly to today’s challenge.
There are 11 starred hints and each of the answers include a letter that will appears 4 times because answer:
The particular quartets associated with letters stipulate FOUR OF THE KIND, that is the revealer at 119A: [Powerful hand, and what’s spelled out by the most frequently occurring letters in the starred clues’ answers].
Considering you will find 120 style squares on this puzzle (a lot pertaining to me), I used to be pleasantly surprised I can fit in solutions like I AM SO HAPPY at 30A: [“That delights me!”], PAM GRIER at 15D: [Jackie Brown portrayer], OPEN PUB at 35D: [Where to get a 7 and 7 for $0.00], and SPOTIFY at 40D: [Music streaming service with a Discover Weekly playlist feature], while nevertheless keeping the particular grid fairly clean.
… Properly, “clean” might not be the best term choice thinking of one other solution in this challenge that I never ever expected to make use of. So , let us talk about that will. 67D: [Drug test sample stuff] is PEE. It’s among those words that will newspaper crossword editors possess long held out of their particular puzzles from concern it violates the particular so-called “breakfast test” — that is, it might not be a good offensive term but it can still be regarded as unsavory to come across while you are solving the puzzle more than breakfast. Merl Reagle place it like this within the movie “Wordplay”: “You can not use bodily processes in questions, you know. PEE would bail me away from a corner several times annually. Same with ENEMA. Enema: discuss great characters. But you have to keep those people words from puzzles since it doesn’t move the Weekend Morning Breakfast time Test. ”
So how do URINE result in this problem? It was the effect of a massive change to get rid of the duplicated phrase. 67D experienced originally used, but deeply into the cluing process I recently found that I got USER with 32D: [Screen actor?]. It is common in order to occasionally replicate small, small words such as the or A or even I or even short prepositions, but copying longer words and phrases or basically having 2 forms of exactly the same word such as USER and taking advantage of is some thing I take time to avoid. Therefore , I very first tried to modify USER in to UBER and turn into 41A through AS ONE directly into T-BONE. I actually managed to get generally there only to understand that I’d currently had HEARING BONE with 95A: [Auditory ossicle]. The particular dupe-killing video game for crossword constructors could be a lot such as Whac-a-Mole.
Think me, PEE was definately not my 1st choice to change USING. There was alternatives that could have pressured in some incomplete phrases such as UP A SINGLE at 67D and NO The at 78A, which I did not like, even though I can discover why others would like that. Actually I can definitely understand the point that it is still much better have a copied USER and taking advantage of instead of PEE. So here is my explanation, for what ever it’s really worth: 1) It is a part of everyday life, just like BLOODSTREAM and SEXUAL INTERCOURSE. 2) Gene Weingarten provides, on several occasion, discussed urine in the Post Journal column, also it seems unusual to think that will his line one web page over may mention that will word however the crossword can not.
That being said, I realize if it has been jarring to come across that solution in nowadays puzzle, yet I’m wishing it was not. I should stress that, in case you’ll reason the juga, I’m not really trying to open up the floodgates here; I am not going to break the morning meal test each week. This was the break-open-the-glass circumstance that I do not plan on duplicating in the near future.
Help you next week plus — reasonable warning — it’s likely to be a difficult puzzle. You have been cautioned.