Last week we had a mashup of meta mechanisms, each of which gave you a five-letter word.
Each theme entry featured a word which, with a letter added, makes a Starbucks size; the added letters spell out LATTE:
Most solvers figured out at this point that the intended meta answer was CAFFÈ LATTE, but it took some more work to figure out how to derive “caffè.” The secret was in the title – size (in ounces) mattered. The letters in the boxes with numbers matching the number of ounces in each of the given sizes (12, 31, 8, 20, 16) spelled out CAFFÈ.
Note that even though trenta means “thirty,” apparently the official size of the Starbucks Trenta is 31 ounces. To avoid confusion/controversy here, I just stuck As in box 30 and box 31. But I missed the opportunity to avoid the same confusion with the Venti, which is 20 ounces (as that’s what the word means) in the hot version but 24 for iced drinks. I wish I’d realized this because that’s an easy fix – 1-down could be CAME FAR, 31-down ADE, 35-across READ (or something like that). Oh well …
Next up is puzzle #74, “Team Players.”
The answer to the metapuzzle is a Major League Baseball team. Submit your answer using the contact form by 11 pm Pacific Time on Monday, August 24. I’ll publish a new puzzle next Tuesday.