Good afternoon, crossword fans — welcome to Week 202 of my contest. If you’re new to the contest and would like to enter, please see the site FAQ on the left sidebar for instructions.
What fast-food chain could DAN QUAYLE, DENNIS QUAID, the DELAWARE QUARTER, a DIRECT QUOTE, and the city of DOHA, QATAR possibly point to? 499 solvers saw it: DAIRY QUEEN, well-known by the DQ initials sported by those five theme entries.
Not that the meta was without traps: seven solvers stumbled by sending in the plausible QUIZNO’S, and another two missed with the even more plausible QDOBA, which starts with the relevant two letters (but in the wrong order, and the five theme entries use DQ as their initials, not their starting letters).
Debbie Keller writes:
My solving time: Damn Quick!
This week’s winner, whose name was chosen at random from the 499 correct entries received, is Alex Barnard of New York City, N.Y. Alex has selected as his prize an autographed copy of The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Kaidoku.
APRIL GRYPTICS CONTEST:
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THIS WEEK’S INSTRUCTIONS:
This week’s contest answer is a famous route. E-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday at noon ET. Please put the contest answer in the subject line of your e-mail.
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Solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.