MGWCC #451 — Friday, January 20th, 2017 — “You Skipped Me”

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Secret parking spots! Fun and handy (I knew of a couple near my building when I lived in DC that the visiting bar-hoppers rarely found). But where are they, and what two makes of car occupy them?

We had eight starred entries, which were:

8-A [*Ohio college] = KENYON
27-A [*Cord] = BAND
29-A [*Encouraged to attack] = SICCED ON
52-A [*Rose ___] = OIL
56-A [*Fall into the sea, as a coastline] = CRUMBLE
7-D [*Subject plumbers know something about] = PHYSICS
37-A [*Easily fooled person] = ASS
50-A [*White House name for another week] = SASHA

Then we also have an unstarred but highly suggestive clue at 41-D: [Condition of some car deals…and a good place to look for parking] = ZERO DOWN.

A couple of months ago I was driving around Staunton when I saw a billboard offering cars with ZERO DOWN. Wouldn’t that be cool if a crossword had a hidden 0-Down entry? I was pleased to discover via Google that no one had done it before. And if you check out Joon’s sweet graphic at right, you’ll see contest answers OPEL and OLDS(mobile) parked there. Both crossword-familiar makes, and starting with “O” which evokes their zero-ness.

And the starred clues? Each clues one of those eight crossers of 0-Down:

50-A [*White House name for another week] = SASHA but also OBAMA
52-A [*Rose ___] = OIL but also PETAL
56-A [*Fall into the sea, as a coastline] = CRUMBLE but also ERODE AWAY
27-A [*Cord] = BAND but also LINE
8-A [*Ohio college] = KENYON but also OBERLIN
29-A [*Encouraged to attack] = SICCED ON but also LET AT
7-D [*Subject plumbers know something about] = PHYSICS but also DRIPS
37-A [*Easily fooled person] = ASS but also SIMP

Tyler Hinman writes:

Before Hunt! Booyah.

Gnarbles says:

Daughter #1 went to Oberlin so had a quick toe-hold

DIS says:

A LOT of fun!

Similarly, Pancho:

Permit me to say that this one was spot on

Matthew G. says:

You could squeeze a third car into that space by adding DE in front of SOTO (as a Brooklynite, I’m used to looking for any extra spot I can find).

And finally, Gene admonishes me:

We should not be encouraging people to park outside the lines.

This week’s winner, whose name was chosen at random from among the 354 correct entries received, is Amanda Hoffmeister of Hillsborough, Calif. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil, and notepad set, Amanda will also receive a 1-year subscription to Matt Gaffney’s Daily Crossword.


This puzzle’s contest answer is a nine-letter word.

Solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.

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