"Overlaps" - March 5, 2021

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"Overlaps" - March 5, 2021


Post by Bob cruise director »

A guest constructor

This weeks contest is titled "Overlaps" by guest constructor Joanne Sullivan

The answer to this week's contest crossword is an eight letter word.

and if you missed it on last week's postings

Hello, Muggles!

Taylor Nakagawa from WSJ here. I want to share a quick update on the technical issues some of you may be experiencing with the online version of the puzzles. We've heard from you all that some of the clues are not showing up and your answers are being deleted as you fill out the grid.

- It looks like the issue re: disappearing answers is due to security updates on Safari. We encourage anyone who's experiencing this issue to switch browsers. We've also found that opening a new window in Safari can help mitigate the issue, but it's not a perfect fix.

- The issue re: disappearing clues has been a tricky one for us, but we are running some tests to get to the bottom of this. I'll share another update when we have more to share.

Thank you and don't hesitate to reach out to puzzles@wsj.com if you run into any other technical glitches.
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Post by KayW »

:desert_island: Ashore. Very clever ...but is it still February? (that is NOT a complaint) I expect another crowded beach.
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Post by damefox »

Ashore! Nice to see Joanne's byline. :) Agree this wasn't much of a step up in difficulty. We'll have to see what the rest of March has in store...

Also, Bob: "guest constructor" is sort of accurate but also maybe a bit of a misnomer. Joanne Sullivan works at the WSJ and does probably the same amount of work on the crosswords as Mike does. I corresponded with her extensively before my puzzle was published in January.
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Post by TMart »

On shore. Nice to see some different constructors!
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Gonna be very crowded this weekend...
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Post by Wendy Walker »

Nice one by a creator who is new to me! Grid was easy until it wasn't.
Good luck, fellow Muggles! I'm happy to give nudges, but only if you're still stuck on Sunday. Just send me a PM and tell me what you've tried so far.
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Post by BethA »

On the beach! 🏖 🍷

I think Joanne Sullivan constructed one last year, too, for Women’s History Month.

Enjoyed it!
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Post by sanmilton »

Safely onshore and ready for the first cocktail of the weekend!
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Post by Jim and Anita »

Ashore. Thanks to Joanne Sullivan for an enjoyable start to March.
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Post by mheberlingx100 »

Done and dusted! I think it will be crowded on the beach again this week.
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(Guinness is hiding, picture left)

20210305 WSJCC — Overlaps — Excel form
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Post by Amanda Hugginkiss »

Solved it before I finished the grid...that hardly ever happens!
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Post by Larrry »

I am glad that we are easing into March. On the beach.
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Post by stmv »

on the beach, not so hard, but harder than last month
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Post by Amanda Hugginkiss »

damefox wrote: Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:14 pm Ashore! Nice to see Joanne's byline. :) Agree this wasn't much of a step up in difficulty. We'll have to see what the rest of March has in store...
Do these get harder as the year goes on? I always thought the difficulty was random.
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Post by fuggedabowdit »

Ashore - short swim!!
Never trouble trouble til trouble troubles you !
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Post by mbryant »

On shore, another fun one.
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Post by ChrisKochmanski »

On the beach!

Easy swim in.
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Post by ajk »

Onshore, preparing to hide some maitai supplies so as to protect them from the imminent vast crowd.