Puzzle 658: Freestyle 597. Take one down, pass it around…


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.36


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This isn’t giving anything away, because it’s obvious in the clue, but I cannot deny that this seed entry was strongly influenced by the time of year… as were a few of the clues too. From a constructing standpoint, I try to avoid if at all possible the row of four three-letter words, because it just bothers me to look at, but I couldn’t really avoid it this time. Despite the pretty pinwheel pattern in the center, that’s definitely not how I planned it… it just happened to work out that way.


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9 thoughts on “Puzzle 658: Freestyle 597. Take one down, pass it around…”

  1. Tim, this post of yours elicited lots of smiles from me today for the puzzle. I just played the embedded video. That elicited tears. Thank you. My father served in the Pacific at the time that song was out. It doesn’t get better than that.

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    1. I’m so glad that this music brought out that kind of memory for you. My Poppy was a World War II vet as well, seeing action as part of the Navy as a deep sea diver. Every time I would visit my mother’s parents’ house, I would hear that era of music that he so loved blasting throughout the house. That kind of music is so evocative of those visits for me. I’m happy that it’s evocative for you too.

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  2. This is an easy 5-star. So many things….

    30A I resisted UNISEX in this – around here (small town northern NY) it is assumed that either a man or a woman can get a haircut or whatever in either a traditional hair salon or a barber shop (complete with striped pole outside). But I was forced into it by looking up 21D. I had “tete” in there, but found OEUF to be correct – “egg skull”. LOL!

    38A – I had neoNATALYOGA, but after getting SEP for the Earth Wind and Fire song I changed it to PRE. I guess that makes more sense,

    19D I had —-INTOBED, but I knew it couldn’t start with “gets”. So I put in HOPS, and made 19A HeS (assuming the apostrophe), since I had DEep for 14D. Unfortunately that left me with TOpTA for 22A. Google couldn’t confirm that, so I was forced to switch DEep to DEAR, yielding HAS for 19A This is the one entry that I don’t understand. i.e. “He is participating in/has tennis” doesn’t work for me.

    More good stuff – 16A KETTLE as the victim of hypocrisy (by the pot). And 27A finding out that Adidas has a natural eponym in the first three letters. His shoes were used by Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympics. Thank God for the Internet.

    All in all I googled four items for a total of five letters. But what an entertaining tour.

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