Crossword 38: That's No Way to Be!

 
Albert Joseph Moore, A Garden

Albert Joseph Moore, A Garden

 

When I wrote the clues for this puzzle, the temptation to cross-reference was particularly difficult to resist.  10 Down, 33 Down, and 19 Across all refer to an activity that may be performed on 4 Down, 6 Down, 12 Down, 14 Across, 60 Across, and in fact anything 47 Down.  But for your sake, gentle solver, resist I did.


Crossword 036: Resounding Frauds

 
John William Waterhouse, Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus

John William Waterhouse, Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus

 

Do you worry that online media are creating illusory bonds and instilling obsessive habits that rob you of your authentic self?  Of course you do!  But not this website: on the contrary, I'm here to put you on your guard.



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A puzzle of mine will appear this Wednesday, August 1, in the Wall Street Journal.


Crossword 026: Rejection

 
William Powell Frith, The Rejected Poet

William Powell Frith, The Rejected Poet

 

Today's puzzle is a prequel to the one published yesterday in the Los Angeles Times—that is, the theme of this puzzle is related to that of the other as cause to effect.  I built the puzzle around 29 Across, the basis for which I have since learned is not so common a phrase as I had supposed.  Google's ngram viewer shows that the phrase reached a peak around 1820, held steady through 1910, and then began a precipitous decline.  This is a pity, for the unhappy state of mind it tersely describes is a defining feature of human experience, one given frequent attention in Victorian novels, and one I'm delighted to reconceive, through the miracle of cruciverbalism, as a comically self-conceited anthropomorphic bird.


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Crossword 020: Superheroes

 
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Lord Frederic Leighton, The Last Watch of Hero


There are few areas of popular culture I know less about than superhero comic strips and the movies based on them.  In this I must be unusual, for they seem to come up frequently in crosswords, especially those in the New York Times.  "Thor" is not just a Norse god but, apparently, a superhero.  "Atom" is a diminutive superhero, "green" is superhero " ___ Lantern"; "iron" is superhero "___ man."   Anyway, this puzzle is my little act of protest.  It's filled with superheroes of my own making, the sort of superheroes I'd like to read about.  22 Across, in particular, is the sort of superhero we need right now.


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