Variations on a theme

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Re: Variations on a theme


Post by KayW » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:51 pm

Congratulations, Meg!!!

And yay for the shout-outs to Bob and Barbara!

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Post by Meg » Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:05 pm

Eric Porter wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:04 pm
Congrats Meg!

At work, they scheduled an interview for me at the same time as the WSJ+ event, so unfortunately I couldn't watch it. I thought that there was a good chance that a muggle would win. Did they announce how many correct answers were submitted?
I don’t think so. If you watch the replay, Mike Miller says my name 12 minutes in. Wow!

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Post by Wendy Walker » Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:44 pm

Meg, I am so thrilled for you!!!!
Good luck, fellow Muggles! I'm happy to give nudges, but only if you're still stuck on Sunday.

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Post by Inca » Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:42 pm

Congrats Meg...on a well-deserved win!
So happy it's you!

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Post by mkmf » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:06 am

Because of the parenthetical "the thing speaks for itself" in 24A and the answer to 1D being "utter" we were going for homophones.

MEAT led to the the grid answer HAM (clued "deli option"). 32D is ARUBAN which reads like "a rueben" which could be ordered at a deli. Weird having the article there, but then we noticed that SAREE (clued "ranee wear") and the homophone for 15A AVAIL is "a veil". Couldn't backsolve any connection from SAREE to tame, atem, or team, but still found it hard to give up the homophone angle.

What a wonderful time listening these three special people today! Thank you X 3.

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Post by C=64 » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:15 am

Solved. I've been busy this week and didn't look at this until after the deadline. My first rabbit hole was words that sound like letters (SEE, TEA, EYE, EWE) but then when I found EM, the ATEM jumped out at me. Experience has taught me that a clue like 66A is there for a reason.

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Post by Joepickett » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:13 am

Congrats Meg!
My rabbit hole was anagramming the words to POUT, ETCH, HALL and then .... nothing. Pout went witb Sob so I started in that direction anyway. Then I backed up and found the right way...with some help.

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Post by Kaille » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:34 pm

Congratulations, Meg! So excited for you - what a great way to win your first mug!

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