MGWCC #359 — Friday, April 17th, 2015 — “Take the Short Way”

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LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:

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What did the five cities in last week’s puzzle have in common? They were:

17-A [Redneck Riviera city] = PENSACOLA, FL
26-A [Where Dan Feyer recently won #6 in a row] = STAMFORD, CT
39-A [Resort town often seen as a fill-in-the-blank crossword clue] = COEUR D’ALENE, ID
54-A [City that's the Spanish word for "yellow"] = AMARILLO, TX
63-A [Home to the Barbara Fritchie House and Museum (use the most expansive definition on this one)] = FREDERICK, MD

Common thread: they’re all located in a PANHANDLE, those extensions of nine U.S. states highlighted in the map above.

Imfromjersey says:

Don’t make me beg for a prize.

Stribbs observes:

Maryland and Florida always just seemed like an amalgam of panhandles to me.

Squonk writes:

I live just outside of Frederick, MD, and I never thought of myself living in a panhandle. Thanks for educating me!

David says:

Juneau, I almost didn’t get this!

DaveC:

some of the best aha moments are the simple ones, those where you find that commonality, and smile…this after a few minutes of requisite flailing around looking for letter patterns and associations.

Tyler Hinman checks in from across the pond:

My first solve in Dublin.

DIS says:

That was not OK. (Not that there are any cities of note in its panhandle.)

arctan li notes:

and now i can cook the eggs from last week

And finally, corkly writes:

New to this, fingers crossed!

You’re 1-for-1! Off and running.

This week’s winner, whose name was chosen randomly from the 365 correct entries received, is Steve Brook of Jenison, Mich. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, Steve will also receive Brendan Quigley’s forthcoming series of 26 Marching Bands puzzles.

SPECIAL PRIZE THIS WEEK AND NEXT:

The great Peter Gordon‘s recent Kickstarter missed being funded by $74! But he’s trying again, so let’s help him out: — winners this week and next will receive a subscription to Peter’s Fireball Newsflash Crosswords, which you can kick into here. Funding ends on Sunday, so get to it quick!

THIS WEEK’S INSTRUCTIONS:


This week’s contest answer is a famous writer/producer/director of TV and film.

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

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