Friday, September 6, 2013

Wall Street Journal hints: September 7, 2013

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent variety cryptic by Hex this weekend.  I think it’s a lot easier than it looks.  While there are no indications of where the answers are supposed to go, you can figure many of them out if you’re able to get both clues in each set.

If you do that, you’ll know which space within each word has the shaded letter, and which space in the intersecting word is the shaded letter; so you’ll be able to eliminate most of the possible locations and hopefully narrow your possibilities down to one.  So if you get one of the ten letter words and the fourth letter is B, you can be pretty sure it’s going to go in the top row, and the first letter of the six-letter B answer will have to be B.

But in case you still have trouble, or want to confirm a guess, I’ll post below the fold a listing of the shaded letters in order from top to bottom, left to right (anyone notice they’re in proper crossword symmetry?  Impressive!).

Click and drag to see the two shaded letters in each row.

1   J  B
2   C  E
3   I  Z
4   Q  F
5   V  T
6   G  R
7   M  D
8   K  A
9   X  W
10   Y  S
11   L  U
12   O  H
13   N  P

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