MGWCC #274 — Friday, August 30th, 2013 — “Livin’ Large”




Week 3, but it played like a Week 4: just 117 solvers found THREES as the Yahtzee category that served as our meta answer.

“That’s Not a Word” read the puzzle’s title, and each of the six theme entries contained a three-letter word…that wasn’t just a word, but also an initialism:

17-a = SAT WELL WITH (SAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test)
26-a = WHO CARES (WHO, World Health Organization)
33-a = GIVE A RIP (R.I.P., Rest in Peace)
43-a = TUDOR ERA (ERA, Earned Run Average)
49-a = DOE, A DEER (DOE, Department of Energy)
60-a = UPS AND DOWNS (UPS, United Parcel Service)

One word from each of those initialisms lurked somewhere in the grid: TEST from SAT, HEALTH from WHO, REST from R.I.P., EARNED from ERA, ENERGY from DOE, and SERVICE from UPS. Those spell out, appropriately, the Yahtzee category THREES.

Peter Gordon writes:

SAT no longer stands for anything. Fictitious is misspelled in 21D. Fix for the book. –Peter (author of “Yahtzee Scratch & Play” and “Yahtzee Scratch & Play to Go!”)

Apologies for “ficticious” — I had “fictitious” and it looked ridiculous so I changed it.

This week’s winner, whose name was chosen randomly from the 117 correct entries received, is R.C. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, R.C. will also receive a copy of my new book Bite-Size Crosswords.


This week’s contest answer is a bygone, ten-letter place name. Submit your answer in the form on the left sidebar by WEDNESDAY at noon ET (Note extra day). Note: the submissions form disappears from the site promptly at noon on Wednesday.

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

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