Wry Humor Crossword Clue 5 Letters
Wry Humor Crossword Clue 5 Letters – Cheese from Wales not southeast Pennsylvania / SAT 10-31-20 / Disney trivia based on the location of King Claudius / Battle of the Hedgerows / Children’s song title pas et la tete / European city where the first drink was invented aerated
Relative difficulty: Medium (the wireless keyboard stopped working in the middle of the solution so I didn’t get an exact time, but I’d say 7-8 minutes? maybe? it’s early, sorry…)
Wry Humor Crossword Clue 5 Letters
Word of the Day: CAERPHILLY (56A: Cheese from Wales, not southeastern Pennsylvania) – Caerphilly is a hard, crumbly white cheese that originated in the area around the town of Caerphilly, Wales. It is thought to have been created to provide food for local coal miners. Caerphilly of that period had a higher moisture content and was made on local farms. In the early 20th century, competition for milk in the local area saw production decline and Caerphilly production gradually moved to England. During World War II, production was halted and moved to the English Cheddarin factories. After the war, those factories started producing Caerphilly as it was produced faster than Cheddar, and therefore more profitable. Most Caerphilly is now produced in Somerset and Wiltshire. Artisan cheesemakers still make Caerphilly in the pre-war style, and these have been successful at the British Cheese Awards. (wikipedia)
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
First, an explanation given: 51A: A to B, say, Abbr. is VOL. for it is an imaginary volume of a dictionary or encyclopedia or something where the contents are arranged alphabetically. It’s possible that most of you got this right away, but maybe some of you were like me and had no idea what it meant at first. And maybe you’ve stayed in that place of not knowing. There is no shame in that. Alas, I had to figure out what the hell he meant, since it’s kind of my job. And after a minute, my brain switched to the volume of the voice and switched to the volume of the book. How often do clues that try to be cute by being an ECHOER (!?) of other clues (see 53A: A to B, say (STEP)) just feel forced and off? A: a lot. This given ECHOER for VOL. it’s defensible, and that’s the best I can say about it.
Otherwise, the only answer on this grid might as well be CAERPHILLY, because I don’t remember much of anything else. Oh, except ACCENT AIGU, which looks amazing spelled like this (15A: ´, in French). Thumbs up there. The rest just existed. All the interest was in the clues, I guess. Anyway, the only piece of the puzzle I spent any time thinking about, the only piece that gave me real trouble, was CAERPHILLY, a super-existence where general knowledge is concerned. (I don’t care if you personally know cheese, that’s cool, I’m saying that fewer people will have heard of cheese than the next lesser known thing on the net) Part -PHILLY they Kind of a hand for you with the “Southeastern Pennsylvania” part of the key, so that was good. But the CAER part … there is no way to infer any of this. All necessary crosses. And when you need SCUD … well, that’s an ugly word that needs to be. The main issue here was not trusting the “AE” sequence at all. I was so suspicious that at one point early on I took out LEEDS (50D: European city where the first soda was invented) and put it in LINDT, because it gave me a more reliable letter sequence there (CAN- as opposed to CAE-) . But then SAT PREP came in with the “R” and gave me CANR- and it all looked silly again. Oh, also, LINDT isn’t really a city, so there’s that. (Me: “Where does chocolate come from … right?”). Eventually I had to believe that CAER was right. And it was. And that was the memorable thing that happened during this settlement. Japanese Split Lunch / MON 28-22 MON / Ranking for barely famous country / Himalayan home to the world’s highest unclimbed mountain / Shades of gray and blue
Relative Difficulty: Easy-Medium (maybe the theme’s coded data makes it a bit harder than a typical Monday theme, but the rest of it felt easier than usual)
TOPIC: take punctuation (and symbols) literally – the data for topic answers are two-word phrases where the second word is connected normally, but the first word is punctuated symbolically. So
Greek Civilization Ch 5 Comp Crossword
Word of the day: BHUTAN (42A: Himalayan country that is home to the highest unclimbed mountain in the world) – Bhutan (/b uː ˈ t ɑː n / ;Dzongkha: འབྲུག་བྲུག་ཡུལག་ཡུལ༩y.rukʼ. ), officially known as the Kingdom of Bhutan (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་, romanized:Druk Gyal Khap ), is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas and China. Bhutan is known as “Druk Yul”, or “Land of the Thunder Dragon”. NepalandBangladesh is located close to Bhutan but does not have a land border. The country has a population of over 754,000 and a territory of 38,394 square kilometers (14,824 km2) ranking 133rd in terms of land area and 160th in population. Bhutan is a constitutional monarchy with the state religion of Vajrayana Buddhism. The subalpine Himalayan mountains in the north rise from the country’s subtropical plains in the south. In the Bhutanese Himalayas, there are peaks higher than 7,000 meters (23,000ft) above sea level. Gangkhar Puensumis the highest peak of Bhutan and until recently was the highest mountain in the world. Bhutan’s wildlife is notable for its diversity, including the Himalayan. The capital and largest city is Thimphu. (wikipedia)
This topic is very cool, although if you are forced to describe it concisely, you understand … it is not so easy. Also, you realize that among the four themes, the ADDED BONUSES are a real difference. Add a point, it’s dotted; add a dash, it’s broken; add a slash, it’s cut; add a … a … plus sign? … is added. There is something so clear about dots and dashes and dashes, and so there is so much about the “added” answer. You also can’t say that the main word is “added” – its letters appear to be “added” together, yes, but … well, I suppose you could say that the letters in EXTRAS are added … not i know It’s just not like the others, although the concept seemed pretty transparent to me as I was solving. What bothered me about ADDED BONUSES had nothing to do with the concept of the theme and everything to do with the awfulness of the phrase itself. Bonuses, by definition, add up, so ADDED BONUSES have an inherent redundancy that makes me cringe the way I might cringe at the sound of fingernails scraping across a chalkboard (ask your parents). So ADDED BONUSES (ironically) had nothing to offer, but I still really like the core concept here. You don’t usually see this kind of conceptual complexity in a Monday thread. And yet it managed to be an easy Monday. Maybe more than Monday-easy. I see people already bragging like crazy on Twitter about their new Monday PRs (personal records). So, despite my objection to almost everything about ADDED BONUSES, I found this enjoyable and perfectly appropriate for a Monday.
The grid is also mercifully clean and surprisingly colorful. Big shout out to BENTO BOX and SAD TO SAY … I really want CUSS WORD to be CURSE WORD, so I’m not loving it enough, but at least I’m trying to be interesting. I reworked the entire middle of the grid just so I wouldn’t have to look at DLIST , which is an answer I don’t like and a concept I don’t really believe in (what happened to CLIST? Where is it? Nobody talks about it!? ). But my grid redo was mostly a side hustle, so without digging any longer than I care to, I can’t fault this DLIST version of the grid too much.
Can we talk for a second about the “how” in the crossword puzzle. When “as” follows a comma in a key, it is most often introducing a qualifying phrase and appears to be providing an example of a suitable context for the part before the key comma – often an object suitable for a verb. [Inflate, like tire] can be POMP UP, say. But in that case, it is at least possible to imagine that other things can also be “pumped up” – an ego, say. “Tire” is offered as an auxiliary, narrowing example, but not the only example. Cut to—22A: Share, as a tweet (RETWEET ). There is literally no, none, zero other context in which “Share” = RETWEET. “as” has an “for example” quality that is belied by the answer. There is only one context where [Share] = RETWEET —on Twitter. [Share on Twitter] is an honest clue. [Share, as tweet] implies that there is *any* other context in which [Share] can mean RETWEET. But there is no such context. Why does this bother me when there is no difficulty in getting the answer? I don’t know, I just do. I hate data falsification, casually implying that “like a tweet” is just a weird example, when in fact it is the *only* example. It seems disingenuous and a bit deceptive. Also, do you really think St.