MGWCC #482 — Friday, August 25th, 2017 — “You Don’t Have to Shout”

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We were looking for a hit animated movie, released in the first decade of this century, that completes this puzzle’s theme.

Our six starred theme entries were:

17-A [*1987 film for which Denzel Washington earned his first Oscar nomination] = CRY FREEDOM
29-A [*1979 film with the tagline: “When the gangs take over the highway, remember he’s on your side”] = MAD MAX
47-A [*1997 film whose title is the Tibetan word for “presence”] = KUNDUN
58-A [*1986 film that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes] = THE MISSION
11-D [*1960 film that gave us the word “paparazzo”] = LA DOLCE VITA
25-D [*1941 film that opens on a “No Trespassing” sign] = CITIZEN KANE.

So from the instructions and our title (“Seven”), the strong implication is that we’re looking to complete a famous set of seven. Could it be days of week? Deadly sins? Wonders of the ancient world? It could’ve been, but it wasn’t! It was continents: “Cry Freedom” is set in Africa, “Mad Max” in Oz, “Kundun” in Asia, “The Mission” in South America, “La Dolce Vita” in Europe, and “Citizen Kane” in North America. So we need a 2006 hit animated comedy set in Antarctica, which was HAPPY FEET, found by 352 solvers.

This week’s winner, whose name was chosen at random from among the 352 correct entries received, is Andrew Karas of Jamaica Plain, Mass. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil, and notepad set, A.K. will also receive a one-year subscription to Matt Gaffney’s Daily Crossword.


This week’s contest answer is a word often spoken loudly.

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

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