I never met a crossword puzzle I couldn't solve. I can make
that crossword be solved! You've just got to take it by the horns and make it do your bidding. It's a question of who's to be master, that's all.
See, 1 Across
is "Self-denying individual": that's ABNEGID
, as in "self-abnegation." Fits nicely in the squares provided. Now 1 Down
is "Chasing." Ah, AFTER
, as in "chasing after
"! And 2 Down
is "Video effect," which is BLEED
Next comes a slightly harder one: 3 Down, "Terra _____."
I'd like to put in terra cotta
but it won't fit, so I'll have to use TERRA NOTTA
instead. It works, and I think it makes a witty pun, at that: "Terra Notta, and Notta Terra Cotta!"4 Down,
"Stretch of time," EON
, no problem. By this time we have the first four letters of 20 Across, FLOO___
, allowing us to fill in the rest, to wit, 20 Across, FLOORED
. Clue is "U.S. Peninsula": well, yes, the Floored Peninsula. Or Florida Peninsula. "Floored": like they say, close enough for government work.
Now, 23 Across, TETN...
, looks to me like "Tet Offensive" ought to fit in there. With N
inserted as a spacer or shim between the words, TETNOFFENSIVE
. Ummmm, that leaves a couple of blank spaces at the end, but whaddaya expect, perfection?!
Next comes 8 Across,
"Hurt, as a toe." That's easy, STUBBED
. Which allows us to fill in the words running down, from STUBBED
... What are the clues for those, 8 Down, 9 Down,
etc.? To be honest, I don't know and I don't care
. I'm on a roll, the words fit, do you think I'm gonna be a wimp and be deterred by mere crossword puzzle clues?
Now, 39 Across,
that looks like NREVIEW
, which could be an abbreviation for "National Review." 32 Down, ENOUGHT
; 33 Down,
"Pursuit of the Graf ____", we can make that GRAF
as in "Pursuit of the Graf Graf
, looks like that makes 44 Across HAHOAH!KRAUT
, and if the clue isn't "Laughing at a German," well, it ought to be.71 Across,
"Laugh-track users," looks to me like a perfect place to put TRIPLET
. Hey, you think triplets don't watch situation comedies on TV, just like anyone? Then 54 Across, OIN___
, I think that must be OINKER
. And 62 Across
is most likely LDSUTA
. As in LDS-Utah,
"Latter Day Saints Utah," get it?
A few rough spots here and there: 26 Across, EET
; 31 Across, RDAEG
, perhaps an anagram; 24 Down, EHRIK
. Oh well, can't expect absolute perfection from a mere crossword puzzle. Actually I rather like 21 Across, OONILOA
: looks vaguely Hawaiian.
By now you can see I'm well on my way to bending this crossword puzzle to my will, and making
it get solved. I can solve any
crossword puzzle this way; so can you. Don't be a wimp, just open up your Sunday paper to the puzzle page, take that pencil to the newsprint, and make
that crossword bend to your will!