February 25, 2021

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Kate Hawkins

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Kate Hawkins

Potty humor takes over the puzzle today, with four different words for terlit. It’s another “last word means something” theme, as our commenter Jim Kingdon put it yesterday. At the end of the theme answers we find “throne,” “head,” “John,” and “loo.” Well, and “mouth,” but lets be very clear that that is the revealer. Gross.

In addition to an amusing (if you find toilets amusing) theme, we have several BONUSES in the Down answers. AGITATE, PARADISE, SCEPTER, OCTOPUS, KARAOKE, CLATTER, FAJITA, and Steven COLBERT. Not a bad group! And really, EASTER, NARRATES, and WOUND aren’t bad either. Lovely variety of mid-length answers. And the Acrosses are loaded with good stuff, too – ARTISAN, TRAIT, FIANCEE (when will Americans change this spelling to “fiansay?” Or maybe even “fiansayido?” 🙂 ), CAFTAN, TANDEM, and more!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Kate Hawkins

Is IRONTHRONE something to do with Game of Thrones? I suppose I ought to watch that – purely for crosswordical reasons …

The theme was amusing, the fill was great, and the grid only stretched a bit – SER, SFO, ONUP (sure, it’s a partial, but who doesn’t smile thinking of that song?), and OKC (? Since when is there a team in Oklahoma City?!). 

Favorite clue: Honeybunch? (BEES

Least favorite: Space shuttle supply (AIR). It makes it a little too scary, doesn’t it?

Thumbs up from me.

– Horace