The Week Crossword Review : “Chain Reaction” (2017-12-15)


Constructed By: Matt Gaffney
Edited By: Matt Gaffney
Source: Play Online.
Theme: Restaurant Chains
As indicated by 1-A, each theme entry contains two restaurant chains:

  • 20-A. [Two chains merging to form a board game played with music blaring?] – SONIC CHECKERS
  • 25-A. [Two chains merging to form Swee’Pea, all grown up now?] – POPEYE’S BIGBOY
  • 45-A. [Two chains merging to become convenient transportation to the middle of Australia?] – OUTBACK SUBWAY
  • 52-A. [Two chains merging to form a steamy romance novel written by TV host Williams?] – WENDY’S SIZZLER

Glenn’s Time: 16 minutes (paper).
Glenn’s Errors: 0.

(Quality) Rating: 3.5 stars/5 stars.
Review:
The Week is a general news digest magazine that publishes weekly on Fridays. As part of this publication, Matt Gaffney provides a puzzle which is comparable to the Tuesday New York Times. To that end, Gaffney tends to use a lot more timely clues than the norm, reflecting current news and entertainment trends. Sometimes, Gaffney will use enough of these that Naticks can be produced. Overall, there isn’t too much to commend these puzzles over others, although they are all of very good quality.

In turning to this puzzle, this is a good typical example. The theme is simple, commemorating the recent purchase of Buffalo Wild Wings by Arby’s. The combinations of restaurant outlets are interesting. However the fill is pretty standard, save some other recent news and entertainment items that Gaffney puts into the grid.

Unfamiliar/Interesting Stuff To Me:
6-A. [Band that won the 2007 Grammy for Best Video for “Here It Goes Again”] – OK GO. Never heard of this band. Meanwhile, here’s the song:

20-A. [Two chains merging to form a board game played with music blaring?] – SONIC CHECKER’S This is Sonic. This is Checkers.

25-A. [Two chains merging to form Swee’Pea, all grown up now?] – POPEYE’S BIG BOY This is Popeyes. This is Big Boy.

45-A. [Two chains merging to become convenient transportation to the middle of Australia?] – OUTBACK SUBWAY This is Outback. This is Subway.

52-A. [Two chains merging to form a steamy romance novel written by TV host Williams?] – WENDY’S SIZZLER This is Wendy’s. This is Sizzler. Wendy Williams has a one-hour syndicated talk show that she has been doing since 2008.

65-A. [Ward with the 1979 hit “Ring My Bell”] – ANITA. This is Anita Ward. Notably she is also a one-hit wonder with this song.

4-D. [Chongqing currency] – YUAN. Chongqing is a major city in SW China.

7-D. [Surname of the brothers who recently purchased Time, Inc.] – KOCH. Another example of very recent news.

22-D. [Jewish casserole] – KUGEL. Kugel is a baked casserole or pudding dish that is made with either egg noodles or potatoes.

30-D. [Catherine of For Your Consideration] – OHARA. Catherine O’Hara appeared in the movie For Your Consideration in 2006.

35-D. [Theresa in a recent Twitter feud with Trump] – MAY. Again some recent news.

Until next time!

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