greetings, fellow solvers. the 55th episode of matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest, "The Milky Way," featured a friday-esque crossword with a not-too-tough meta. the puzzle instructs us that This week's contest answer is a type of drink with two words and a total of eleven letters in its name. let's look at the theme answers, which somewhat resemble a recipe for this mystery drink:
so if we take the "ingredients" and "shake them vigorously" according to the "somewhat cryptic" instructions, that means we'll take the letters of TATTLE-TALE and anagram them. (those of you who solve cryptic crosswords will surely recognize "shake" as an anagram keyword.) the only catch is that TATTLE-TALE is 10 letters, and the drink is 11 letters, according to the instructions. also, you can't spell much with those letters, with only A, E, L, and T repeated. but you can spell LATTE (a drink you can certainly get at a coffee shop). that's the first thing i noticed. the second thing i noticed is that if you take those letters out, you get ... LATTE again. how about that? indeed, a "somewhat cryptic" interpretation is that you can "shake" TATTLE-TALE to arrive at a double latte, which is the answer to the contest.
what about the fill?
that's all for this week. tune in next time for the killer 4th-of-the-month puzzle.
June 23, 2009