Last week’s puzzle featured kind of a red herring: I asked for a kind of sandwich, and gave you a puzzle titled “Triple Deckers” with nine three-entry stacks in which the middle entry was clued only as “see grid.” Surely the theme must be built around these visual “sandwiches,” right?
Wrong. The bottom bit of each triple decker was irrelevant, actually. Instead, all that was going on was that each entry lacking a clue could be clued by a word formed by adding the prefix “sub” to the entry above it – so, e.g., 14-across BOW could be clued as “submit” – and it sits in the grid under (or SUB) the entry MIT. And so on:
So the meta answer was just SUB, which happens to be a kind of sandwich, but sandwiches didn’t otherwise have anything to do with the meta.
21 solvers submitted (ha!) the correct answer. Now we move on to Puzzle #19, “Go With Plan B.” Will this puzzle yet again be about sandwiches? You’ll have to solve it to find out ….
The answer to the metapuzzle is a five-letter category. Submit your answer using the contact form by Monday, July 22 at 11 p.m. Pacific Time. I’ll post the solution, and a new puzzle, next Tuesday.