MGWCC #355 — Friday, March 20th, 2015 — “Hollywood Ending”

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of January 2nd, MGWCC is now 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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Just one overt theme entry last week, but its clue was suggestive: [Term I coined in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crossword Puzzles & Word Games" for a certain trick involving the first letter of a crossword clue] it read, and right across the middle of the grid we got MASKED CAPITAL. You know those sneaky things, where the capitalization of the first letter in the clue conceals the fact that it’s a proper noun.

Seven of these lurked symmetrically in the grid. From top to bottom they were:

17-A [Supreme being] – DIANA ROSS, referencing her famous Motown group the Supremes.

25-A [United front] = COCKPIT, talking here about United Airlines.

27-A [Rice paper] = THESIS, talking here about Rice University.

29-D [Goofy place] = EPCOT, meaning Goofy the Disney character.

43-A [Earl with high legal ranking] = WARREN, not a nobleman but rather the former chief justice.

47-A [Oracle man] = ELLISON, not a Greek soothsayer but rather a reference to Oracle the software company and its founder, Larry.

55-A [Nice food] = CASSOULET, Nice being the city in southern France.

String those masked capital letters together (they’re emboldened above) and they spell out the profession we were looking for, meta answer SURGEON, (appropriate since a surgeon, like these 7 letters, also wears a mask).

Chris dC says:

My comments never make the cut. Maybe this week will be different!

And Dele suggests a clue for the meta answer:

Lister of operations

Meaning him, whose name lives on as a brand of mouthwash (which I happen to use).

This week’s winner, whose name was chosen randomly from the 347 correct entries received, is Chris King of Columbia, S.C. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, Chris will also receive a signed copy of my book Munchkin Crosswords #2.

SPECIAL PRIZE THIS WEEK AND NEXT:
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Novelist (and several times MGWCC prize-winner) William Bernhardt has a new puzzle/game-based book out called The Game Master. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, prize winners this week and next will also received a signed copy of this book (it sounds really cool; I asked him to send me a copy of it, too!).

THIS WEEK’S INSTRUCTIONS:

This week’s contest answer is a Renee Zellweger motion picture.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of January 2nd, MGWCC is now 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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