Hi folks, I’m back. Got my big work thing done last week, and dusted off an old grid I hadn’t clued yet for this week.
Puzzle #50 was a hit – lots of solvers, and lots of you liked it. Here’s a quick solution rundown, courtesy of a solver who tends to show their work very clearly and succinctly:
Answer: FORREST GUMP (or PHILADELPHIA)
LITTLE ODESSA – film – one of its Independent Spirit Award nominees was TIM ROTH
ENAK’S TEARS – sculpture – created by HANS ARP
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – film – one of its Oscars was for director ANG LEE
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY – film – its BAFTA Award was for screenwriter NORA EPHRON
THE GAMBLER – song – won a Grammy for singer KENNY ROGERS
ONCE AND AGAIN – TV show – won an Emmy for actress SELA WARD
The initial and last name of each person is found in the grid:
T. ROTH = TROTH (65D)
H. ARP = HARP (83A)
A. LEE = ALEE (26D)
N. EPHRON = NEPHRON (15A)
K. ROGERS = KROGERS (82A)
S. WARD = SWARD (24A)
The initials spell out THANKS (which is what an award winner might say), but in keeping with the puzzle theme, they also spell T. HANKS = TOM HANKS, who has won Academy Awards for FORREST GUMP and PHILADELPHIA.
Puzzle #51 is called “Please Reiterate.”
The answer to the metapuzzle is a six-letter phrase that does not end in S. Submit your answer using the contact form by 11 pm Pacific Time on Monday, March 16. The puzzle gods willing, I will publish a new puzzle next Tuesday.