“Come to an End” by Harvey Estes – untimed
Hi all. Jeffrey here with this week’s Wall Street Journal crossword by Harvey Estes.
Theme – “Come to an end” – “AN” is added to the end of one (or two) of the words in the theme answers, to create new wacky phrases.
23A. [Malicious age group?] – MEAN GENERATION. The MEAN GENERATION is the one that spent all of the next generation’s money.
40A. [Started diverging?] – BEGAN TO DIFFER
46A. [Ecstatic Peggy?] – HIGH NOONAN. I don’t know who Peggy Noonan is. [checking...] She is a columnist in the Wall Street Journal. That‘s the paper with the weekly crossword right? Someone should blog about that puzzle.
70A. [Angry pitcher's choice?] – TO BEAN OR NOT TO BEAN. Double-AN action. The Mean Generation would bean.
90A. [Meeting place for the smart set?] – ACPT lobby. Or MENSAN ROOM.
98A. [Get folks to give stuff up?] – WEAN THE PEOPLE
121A. [Einstein, regarding relativity?] – GERMAN OF AN IDEA. Ok, time out. Two ANs here but only one has been added. Must break some rule in the Crossword Constructors Rule Book and Handy Guide to Fun-ness. Am I right?
If Peggy Noonan and Einstein entered a Mensan room, how long before they began to differ?
20A. [Hit country album of 1988] – REBA
28A. [Grammy-winning parody of 1984] – EAT IT Don’t want no Cap’n Crunch , Don’t want no Raisin Bran…
34A. [Butterfly, e.g.] – MADAME crossing 35D. [Palindromic address] – MA’AM – Ok, this definitely breaks a rule in the Crossword Constructors Rule Book and Handy Guide to Fun-ness.
45A. ["Unbelievable" band] – EMF
54A. [Lingerie item] – BRA/58A. [Lingerie fabric] – TRICOT. Ok, where are we heading now?
60A. [Medieval musician] – MINSTREL
64A. [Matisse, Rousseau or Toulouse-Lautrec] – HENRI. Also the “Pocket Rocket” Richard.
95A. [Patron of Alice's Restaurant] – ARLO
129A. [Cause of some shaking] – DEAL
130A. ["Hold everything!"] – STOP. No DEAL!
131A. [Since, on New Year's Eve] – SYNE
12D. [She played Amy's mother on "Judging Amy"] – TYNE. I never judge Amy. It’s her site.
48D. [Guest at a synagogue] – GENTILE. Please wear a kippah.
63D. [Wall Street figure] – TRADER. And we’re back on Wall Street.
112D. [Washington, for one] – STATE. I can see Washington state out my window. Can’t see Russia though. Or Wall Street.