Puzzle #10 Solution; Puzzle #11, “Do Like I Do;” and Puzzle #11a













Last week we had a series of eight mini-puzzles, the answer to which was a heading you might see on an artist’s portfolio. And indeed there was a heavy art theme; with two exceptions (well, one if you solved the original version – more on that below), the grids represented famous paintings:

Artist: Claude Monet
This one breaks a few crossword conventions, which Warhol would certainly approve of
I sort of like how the grid shape vaguely resembles the hat
I know the prominent feature on the left is a stand of cypress trees, but it worked a lot better with steeple, which is in there too
Here we have the first non-painting, as indicated by the lack of a “frame” around the grid – instead it’s a work of architecture (the Pyramid in front of the Louvre) by I.M. Pei, who I can only assume was so gratified by this cruciverbal tribute that he finally felt ready – R.I.P., I.M.

The original version of the puzzle had a grid depicting Norman Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With here. It, like the painting, contained a highly offensive term (I censored it, Rockwell did not). You can read more about that here; mid-week I replaced it with something different – a very famous photo, also featuring an icon of the Civil Rights era:

Leifer’s composition is better than mine; he had the right seat to get Ali in the center of the shot
This might be my favorite
“Keep it Casual” refers both to the nudity and also to the artist’s preference for his nickname, which as we’ll see is important to the meta solve

Once you found all those artworks, the series title was your clue to focus on the first names of the artists (Claude, Andy, René, Vincent, Ieoh, Neil/Norman, Grant, and [keeping it casual] Sandro); in order, their first letters spell out the artistic form CARVINGS.

Once again, I stretched the limits of reasonable crossword fill in a few places to make these little bits of grid art – I hope you’ll forgive me for weird entries like ILASH, KOLOA, and MIVI. But be thankful that I took another shot at the Van Gogh, my first draft for that grid was just hideous.

One regret, once I got to the end, is that I managed to choose eight – no, make that nine – works of art all by men, only one of whom isn’t a white guy.

43 solvers submitted the right answer. Next up is Puzzle #11, a 15×15 called “Do Like I Do,” and also Puzzle #11a, a little 9×9 called “The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change.” puz and pdf options below.

011_dolikeido (link to .puz file)

The answer to metapuzzle #11 is a farm animal.

011_staysame (link to .puz file)

The answer to metapuzzle #11a is a fruit smaller than a baseball that could have been a seventh theme entry.

Update, Friday 5/24/19: having received very few solutions to #11, and some incorrect solutions to #11a, I’m providing updated versions of the puzzles below. The new #11 is meant to be a bit easier, with the help of some new clues (they’ll stand out if you get the pdf version); the new #11a is the same, but the meta prompt has been rewritten as follows: The answer to the metapuzzle is a word that could have been in this grid with the clue “*Fruit smaller than a baseball.” (This doesn’t change the prompt’s meaning but might help you avoid a trap a few people have fallen into.)



Submit your answers using the contact form by Monday, May 27 at 11 p.m. Pacific Time. I’ll post the solution, and a new puzzle, next Tuesday.

To keep up with the puzzles:
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2 thoughts on “Puzzle #10 Solution; Puzzle #11, “Do Like I Do;” and Puzzle #11a

    1. I didn’t notice it until I was doing the solution write-up! Bonus theme material I suppose, but it’s off-center, and the positioning of the guy in the painting seems very intentionally precise – in fact, I found myself wishing I’d caught it and *not* included it, for that reason.


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