LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:
47 solvers correctly figured out that my middle name is CLARK, which was last week’s contest answer word. They got it from the four long theme entries in the grid: 17-across pointed out that the contest answer word was FIVE LETTERS LONG, 27- and 46-across noted that it consisted of THREE SUCCESSIVE CHEMICAL SYMBOLS, while 61-across revealed the relevance of the word: IT’S MY MIDDLE NAME (see solution at left).
Out came the periodic tables, and the most familiar five-letter sequence showed up at elements 17, 18, and 19 — Chlorine, Argon, and Potassium — whose chemical symbols are Cl, Ar, and K, or CLARK. Verification, which quite a few solvers picked up on, came from the three answers on the top row of the grid: BAR, KENT, and GABLE.
Last week’s lucky winner, chosen randomly from the 47 correct entries received, is Fay Eastwood of Verona, N.Y. Fay has opted to receive a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crossword Puzzles & Word Games as her prize (and she clarifies that this is for her husband, not for her!).
THIS WEEK’S INSTRUCTIONS: This week’s crossword grid is missing one letter of the alphabet. Which one is it? E-mail it to me at email@example.com by noon ET on Tuesday. Please put this week’s contest answer letter (!) in the subject line of your e-mail.
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Solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.