MGWCC #320 — Friday, July 18th, 2014 — “Triple Play II”



The key was three last week: we were looking for a city in Europe, and the five theme entries were just clued as “Part 1 of city,” “Part 2 of city,” and so on. Those answers were:


Most solvers puzzled out the last two first: JEFF FOXWORTHY became famous with his “you might be a redneck” jokes (e.g.: “If you’ve ever taken a beer to a job interview…you might be a redneck”), and SCOTT TUROW wrote the crossword-friendly book One-L about his first year at Harvard Law School.

Noticing that those two have a triple letter in common, the rest were easily (?) backsolved: an ODD DUCK is a “weird person”; the profit system of capitalism is also called FREE ENTERPRISE; and a tranquil style of artwork is a STILL LIFE.

Put those triple letters in order and you’ve got the lovely Dutch city of DELFT, known for its pottery, which is famously triple-blasted in a furnace before being triple-coated in lacquer and traditionally sold for three guilders and thirty-three florins per plate.

Just kidding. There’s no special connection between DELFT and the number three; it’s just something I could form with the limited selection of triple letters in the world.

Redhead64 says:

Bad timing, The Netherlands just lost their chance at winning the World Cup (doubly ironic since you mentioned the World Cup in 39-Down’s clue!)

J Bowzer thinks the puzzle was:

Not too onerous!

Wobbith says:

Considering that I started with Al Yankovic, capitalism, and Mona Lisa, I’m amazed that I got this one at all.

Re 47-D, Meg says:

I’m an Eckerd grad! The college was renamed for a drugstore magnate. People used to think we were all going to become pharmacists . We proudly wore t-shirts saying “Eckerd Drug College”.

And finally, bhensley suggests:

With all the art in the puzzle, I have to point you to the lovely Vermeer painting “View of Delft.”

Here it is:


This week’s winner, whose name was chosen randomly from the 330 correct entries received, is Ronald Byron of Lady Lake, Fla. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, Ronald will also receive a copy of my new(ish) book Crunchy Crosswords.


I’ll be filling in for the vacationing Rex Parker this Sunday thru Friday (July 20th-25th) over at his site. Visit me there as I praise/deconstruct/lambaste/etc. six days’ worth of New York Times crosswords.


This week’s contest answer is a world capital.
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Solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.

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