Last week’s puzzle, “Double Header,” had five theme entries and asked for “a quantity.” What was going on was that each theme entry paired with a grid entry that, with its first letter (or “header”) doubled, could also satisfy its clue. So:
24a. “I meant to do something else” = THAT WAS A MISTAKE or OOPS, from 5a. OPS
41a. Normandy event, 1944 = BEACH LANDING or D-DAY, from 76a. DAY
51a. Camels’ kin = EVEN-TOED UNGULATES LLAMAS, from 81d. LAMAS
69a. Spooky = OTHERWORLDLY or EERIE, from 93a. ERIE
82a. Useful information on a coffee shop display = WIFI NETWORK NAME or SSID, from 98a. SID
Those five doubled first letters spell out ODLES, which isn’t a quantity – but it is when you double its first letter, which gives you the meta answer, OODLES.
A healthy number of entries came in for this one, almost all correct … but it seems you all missed something. Didn’t I say it was a double header? Anyway, if you feel like it, give it another look. If not, I’ll tell you what this was about next week.
Meanwhile, on to Puzzle #59, “Keep Your Head Above Water”:
The answer to the metapuzzle is a seven letters long. Submit your answer using the contact form by 11 pm Pacific Time on Monday, May 11. The puzzle gods willing, I will publish a new puzzle next Tuesday. Uncertain times …