My time: 8:52, very close to the record!
Sophia Maymudes has us feline fine with this [CAT]-themed rebus. Where do some house pets go? LITTER BOXES, or maybe... letter boxes? They go "diagonally," or KITTY-CORNER. That means, you guessed it, CAT goes into the four corners.
This makes [CAT]TLE ("things driven on ranches") crossed with [CAT]ALOG, MUS[CAT] crossed with COPY[CAT], and so on. One that was a little harder to guess was [CAT]ER because of the long vowel sound. In all, it's a purr-fectly clever theme, not too hard but initially puzzling.
Meow let's put a paws on the cat puns.
For "put on" I thought of the meaning *ACTED but it's AIRED.
I thought "what thirsty flowers do" is a great clue for WILT.
Did you know RNA is single-stranded, while DNA is double-stranded?
For "ingredient in many a breakfast cereal" I put *RYE but it's DYE, as in kid's colored cereals. This slowed me down some.
Did you know New Jersey was originally named NOVA Caesarea?
How is a NOOSE an alternative to a guillotine? That doesn't chop your head off.
"Ski resort vehicle" is SNO-CAT. Their logo is a cat with an orange scarf.
The Latin word for road, ITER, came up on August 16.
I remembered that Lily Potter's maiden name had come up before, but I forgot what it was. It's EVANS, as seen on the July 1 post.
Other than the slim scatterings of uncertainty above, I had very little trouble with this one! But Friday's coming! DON'T PANIC.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
My time: 6:43 . -- Benjamin Kramer serves us up an ace of a puzzle with this VOLLEYBALL-loving grid. The themed answers LIP SERVICE, th...
My time: 11:43 . -- Today we are treated to a themeless by Sam Ezersky. It's nothing jaw-dropping, but it's a solid Saturday. ...
My time: 17:47 , just one minute too slow for the record! -- Ross Trudeau collected a series of cryptids from divers geographical areas ...