MGWCC #358 — Friday, April 10th, 2015 — “Location, Location, Location…Location, Location”

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of January 2015 MGWCC is a subscribers-only crossword. The cost is $26 per year, and you can subscribe (or get a free trial month first) here:

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LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:

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Little Easter egg hunt last week, but with a crossword twist: instead of EGGS, you’re looking for its Latin equivalent, the crosswordy OVA. There were five in the grid:

17-A [House buyer's loan tactic] = PREAPPR(OVA)L, crossing 7-D [It's new in Naples] = NU(OVA)

25-A [Flaubert's first novel] = MADAME B(OVA)RY, crossing 11-D [European country whose capital is Chisinau] = MOLD(OVA)

40-A [Home to almost two million Californians] = SAN FERNAND(O VA)LLEY, crossing 42-D [Racetrack shapes] = (OVA)LS

50-A [Haligonians and Cape Breton Islanders, for example] = N(OVA) SCOTIANS, crossing 51-D [Standing activity] = (OVA)TION

64-A [1972 hit with Mick Jagger on backing vocals] = YOU’RE S(O VA)IN, crossing 55-D [People of Bratislava] = SL(OVA)KS

Which made the meta answer OVA, found by 486 solvers.

AK37 says:

Tried without instructions and was sure it was “Easter Egg Hunt”. Dang.

Meta – World Peace notes:

Everyone likes their Week 1 metas OVA easy.

VT-GR says:

I’m sure I’m about the 500th to make the “eggs-actly” type joke

Only 7th, believe it or not! Along with eight “eggs-ellent” ones.

Pete Mitchell asks:

What else would one eggspect?

OK, cut it out.

and Lynne R Equation says:

Thought there would be more tennis-related clues, i.e. Sharap…, Navralit…, Kournik…! Not really a complaint – l’oeuf-ed this puzzle.

This week’s winner, whose name was chosen randomly from the 486 correct entries received, is Richard English of Galway, N.Y. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, Richard will also receive Brendan Quigley’s forthcoming series of 26 Marching Bands puzzles. Next week’s winner will receive the same.

A FEW HAIKU:

From last week. xhixen:

Would have year-long streak
Fifty-two solves in a row
[sigh] … motion picture

Golem:

Gaffney’s done gridding.
Solvers, now do his bidding!
(Who am I kidding?)

OSXpert:

I was a bit late
Solving this puzzle because
Of A.C.P.T.

META INSTRUCTION:

Tyler Fultz is teaching a class this spring at Vassar College — on meta crosswords!

Be serious now, how cool is that? Very.

THIS WEEK’S INSTRUCTIONS:

This week’s contest answer is a nine-letter geographical term.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of January 2015 MGWCC is a subscribers-only crossword. The cost is $26 per year, and you can subscribe (or get a free trial month first) here:

www.mgwcc.com

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

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