MGWCC #428 — Friday, August 12th, 2016 — “Border Crossing, ID Required”

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We needed one of the 28 sports being played in the Rio Games, and our theme entries were:

17-A [Entering, as a rabbit hole] = JUMPING DOWN
11-D [One place to earn a black belt] = JUJITSU DOJO
57-A [Degree you need to take the bar exam (usually)] = JURIS DOCTOR
25-D [Animal you don’t want to mess with] = JUNKYARD DOG

Those entries’ two words each start with JU and DO, making JUDO our contest answer, found by a Subscription-Era record 508 solvers.

Steve Blais says:

Chop chop!

pchristofferson thinks:

JUJITSUDOJO is maybe the greatest answer of all time.

Jon Delfin writes:

Jun Dolfin?

FrotzNPL suggests:

Just do it! Some good ones with the right bigrams … unfortunately in the wrong order: Juan, Don Julie Brown, Downtown

marpocky writes:

Just dope! (As I could defensibly claim “the kids” might say.)

Leo sends this compliment:

Way to throw down!

canyouneilthelovetonight says:

Hopefully the IOC won’t be Juggling Doping scandals this year.

lilroser hit a milestone:

Thanks! 100 and counting!!

And PhilB points out:

That theme would have been a lot harder to construct using Golf

This week’s winner, whose name was chosen randomly from the 508 correct entries received, is Barbara Struzziero of Cape Elizabeth, Me. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, Barbara will also receive a 1-year subscription to Matt Gaffney’s Daily’s Crossword.


This week’s contest answer is a U.S. city with a more famous European namesake.

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

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