Saturday, November 3, 2012

Grateful (Sunday brunch: November 4, 2012)

[Updated: WSJ solution below the fold]

We're safe here in Glenside, our power didn't go out, and we didn't get any flooding.  House and trees suffered minor damage from Sandy, but all of us are OK, and for me, it was mostly an opportunity to clean and organize my workshop while keeping an eye on the water level in the sump, then watch the barometer here sink to 27.14, an all-time low.  I hope all of you made out no worse than just having an opportunity to solve last weekend's puzzles on paper by candlelight instead of on a computer.

Constructors usually submit their work weeks in advance (so editors and test solvers can have a go), so there was no interruption in our puzzle supply this week.  That's good since Hex contributed three, and their home out in Amish country was right in Sandy's path.  We'll hope they got through safely too.

The Wall Street Journal offers "Missing Links": a variety cryptic by Hex.  Sounds like they took note of solvers' comments (the more cynical might call them "brags") that the puzzles were too easy, as they omitted answer lengths: typical practice for harder variety puzzles like Richard Maltby's or NPL.  That said, most of the clues are pretty easy, which one can expect in a widely-read publication like the WSJ.  On the other hand, some of the words are on the obscure side, but if you think you've got it, you've got it. The solution is below the fold.

The New York Times has a Hex acrostic, while the National Post has a Hex block cryptic.   Falcon took a while, but he figured out the theme of the latter.  Can you?

WSJ puzzle solution below.

Wall Street Journal weekend puzzle (November 3, 2012) 
"Missing Links" by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

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