Chronicle of Higher Education Review : “Initial Finishes” (2017-09-22)
Constructed By: Randall J. Hartman
Edited By: Brad Wilber
Source: CHE Website.
Theme: Initial Finishes
Each theme answer has a phrase in the beginning and a phonetic word at the end that initializes the previous two words.
- 17-A. [Award won by a documentary about volcanologists in Sicily?] – MT ETNA EMMY
- 26-A. [Wedding-reception hiree who hits on the bride?] – DON JUAN DEEJAY
- 42-A. [Navy engineer who bellyaches about his job?] – CRY BABY SEABEE
- 55-A. [Harvard, when it’s hot?] – IN VOGUE IVY
Glenn’s Time: 48 minutes (paper).
Glenn’s Errors: DNF, 2 errors. Spelt 27-D wrong (OPIE), guessed wrong on 28-D (NIEL). Couldn’t hazard a spelling on 41-D, couldn’t guess on 45-A or 50-A.
(Quality) Rating: 3.5 stars/5 stars.
The Chronicle of Higher Education features a weekly puzzle throughout the fall and spring semesters and a biweekly puzzle throughout the summer semester. They often feature academic knowledge or technical topics to a greater degree than the average puzzle, and often are far more technically clued than the average puzzle. This is consistent with the target audience of the CHE – college administrators and professors. While these puzzles are often well constructed, the knowledge required will frustrate beginning or medium solvers. To that end, a degree of patience or a willingness to look up some things often required to fill in these puzzles.
This particular puzzle is an fair example of a CHE puzzle. We have an interesting theme, which must have taken a little work to obtain, but a little loopy in parts (though most theme entries involving strange constructions of words are like that). The fill is mostly interesting, though a bit stilted in parts. Overall, this grid is a pretty decent solve.
Unfamiliar/Interesting Stuff To Me:
30-A. [Vessel included in the so-called “Plan Z”] – UBOAT. Plan Z is the German plan for reconstruction of the navy in the run-up to World War II.
50-A. [England’s Newcastle upon _____] – TYNE. Most of these are pure guesses.
12-D. [When Juliet asks “Wherefore thou art Romeo?”] – ACT II. Typically a throw-away clue/answer in grids.
13-D. [Cumberland Gap trailblazer] – BOONE. This would be Daniel Boone and this would be his trailblazing ground.
27-D. [Officer who busts Arlo for littering in “Alice’s Restaurant”] – OBIE. Read all about it. While it’s famous and all that, it’s really more spoken word than a song. Interesting though.
28-D. [Writer who turned down an invitation to play the title role in 1962’s “Dr. No”] – NOEL COWARD. This is he. Never heard of him.
41-D. [“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” co-star] – DENEUVE. This would be her.
45-D. [Save-the-theater animated film of 2016] – SING. Never heard of it.
In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment on any of the posts made or any suggestions on puzzles to look at or topics to handle. Until later!