Chronicle of Higher Education Review : “Getting One’s Outrage Across” (2017-09-01)

Constructed By: Joon Pahk
Edited By: Brad Wilber
Source: CHE Website.
Theme: United States Historical Scandals
All the theme entries identify scandals that have occurred in the history of the United States.

  • 18-A. [Scandal investigated by the Tower Commission] – IRAN CONTRA
  • 20-A. [Nickname for the scandal-plagued 1824 presidental election – CORRUPT BARGAIN
  • 24-A. [Diplomatic scandal leading to the Franco-American “Quasi-War” of 1798-1800] – XYZ AFFAIR
  • 48-A. [Scandal in which the White House Plumbers were implicated] – WATERGATE
  • 53-A. [Scandalous shell company created by Union Pacific bigwigs in the 1860s] – CREDIT MOBILIER
  • 61-A. [Scandal damaging to the Harding administration] – TEAPOT DOME

Glenn’s Time: 67 minutes (paper).
Glenn’s Errors: DNF, 9 errors, all at the bottom.

(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 provides a decent, but in a lot of ways easier example. In this one, we have a list of clues tied to historical scandals. Often there is very challenging fill offered to compensate for some of the academic themes in these puzzles. Thankfully this puzzle offers a minimum of strange esoteric fill, though as usual the fill did me in on the bottom. Overall, while I have been able to complete few of these puzzles, they have often provided both challenge and a diversion.

Unfamiliar/Interesting Stuff To Me:

13-A. [Frost bit?] – POEM. This would be Robert Frost.

18-A. [Scandal investigated by the Tower Commission] – IRAN CONTRA. Senior Reagan administration officials allegedly secretly sold arms to Iran (violating embargo) in order to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. Read here.

20-A. [Nickname for the scandal-plagued 1824 presidential election] – CORRUPT BARGAIN. This was the nickname given by Andrew Jackson to this election – the only presidential election where the one who won the presidency did not receive a plurality of votes from the Electoral College. The House of Representatives ended up electing John Quincy Adams instead of Andrew Jackson, who received the majority of the electoral votes cast. Read more here and here.

22-A. [Gubernatorial predecessor of George W.] – ANN. This would be Ann Richards.

24-A. [Diplomatic scandal leading to the Franco-American “Quasi-War” of 1798-1800] – XYZ AFFAIR. This is the name given to a diplomatic and political conflict between the US and France. Read here.

48-A. [Scandal in which the White House Plumbers were implicated] – WATERGATE. This is a scandal involving a break-in to DNC National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel during the Richard Nixon administration and the administration’s cover-up. The White House Plumbers are a group established by Richard Nixon in order to stop classified leaks, and branched into other illegal activities. Read here and here.

53-A. [Scandalous shell company created by Union Pacific bigwigs in the 1860s] – CREDIT MOBILIER. In this scandal, the Union Pacific railroad’s company created to handle construction of the Trans-Continental Railroad. Bribes and discounted stock to the company were given by one representative to others in return for favorable votes to Union Pacific. Read here.

61-A. [Scandal damaging to the Harding administration] – TEAPOT DOME. This scandal involved the Secretary of the Interior, who accepted bribes from the oil companies to lease the Teapot Dome and a couple of other sites to them for low rates. Read here.

63-A. [Fleece] – COZEN. Cozen is a word that means to trick or deceive. Some of the fill that’s pretty typical of the CHE puzzles.

64-A. [Fat in a traditional spotted dick] – SUET. Spotted dick is a British pudding made with suet and dried fruit of some kind.

40-D. [Celebrated caricature hanger of New York] – SARDI. Sardi’s is a restaurant in New York City noted for the large number of caricatures that line its walls. A demerit on this puzzle, as many of the puzzles produced by the New York Times, in that it requires intimate knowledge of local geography and culture of the Northeastern United States in order to successfully solve them. I didn’t know this, and have no reason to think that anyone outside of New York City would have any awareness of this.

56-D. [Expression of distaste] – MOUE. A moue is a pouting grimace.

58-D. [Croupiers oversee them] – BETS. A croupier is an attendant that rakes in money or chips off of a gambling table and pays the winners.

61-D. [The NCAA’s Horned Frogs] – TCU. This would be Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.

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!


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