Wunderbar! (02-20-2011)

Eric and Abbie here.  For the first time since January we have puzzled together at our beloved Starbucks.  Two mistakes.  Still not perfect.  God dammit.  We are sooooooo close.  One day… one day… when we get it all, by the way, there will be a party at Eric’s place with, you guessed it, beer.  And skittles.  Beer and skittles.  FUN!

To the puzzle… This week’s puzzle was entitled “We’re Running Out of Ideas and Are Reusing one from Last Week… Our Bad”, or for short, “Wunderbar!”  As with last week’s puzzle in which you added the letters B-A-R to clues to get not-so-clever answers, this week’s theme was to remove the letters B-A-R to get ridiculously stupid answers.  Instead of writing the letters, three blacks spaces on the puzzle represented the word BAR.  For example, “69A: Mattel announced their breakup in 2004” (***BIE AND KEN) (see puzzle below).


  • 26A: “Band whose 1998 song ‘One Week’ was #1 for one week” (***ENAKED LADIES).  Though the theme sucked, we’re pretty pumped about a BNL reference in the puzzle and we will celebrate by having some vanilla, cuz it’s the finest of the flavors.  Also a drumstick (though it is often true that this may lead to your brain to stop tickin’.)
  • 21A: “Noted parent in tabloids” (OCTOMOM).  Done!
  • 94A: “Togo’s capital” (LOME)  Quick shout-out for Sporcle and the hours-and-hours Eric has spent learning capitals.
  • 107A: “Wars, in ancient Rome” (BELLA) Though Abbie’s upset with herself for
    forgetting that neuters don’t have ‘s’s in the plural, she did eventually get the answer.  And, as always, RO-MAN FET-ISH-ISTS‼ (CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
  • 79D: “South American animal with a snout” (COATI).  Though this was one of our two mistakes, you can’t stay mad at a coati.  Look at him!  Again.  We’re soooo sorry, Coati! 


  • 32D: “Fifth word in the Gettysburg Address” (AGO).  We were pretty sure that they were counting “fourscore” as one word, but shout-out to our stellar Starbucks Employee of the Week for confirming.  Also, we thought for a time that perhaps the less quoted version of the address was the one in which Abe began, “Good Morning.  Four score AND…)
  • 50D: “Parade tootler” (PIPER).  The word tootler should be used more often.  That is all.


  • 91D: “Garrison in Minnesota” (KEILLOR).  NPR is Chock-a-block.
  • 100D: “Recurring Matt Damon title role” (BOURNE).  Abbie: Oh.  What’s his face!?  James something.  Eric: I will kill you.  Side note: Matt – if you read this blog, and you are ever feeling curious (Eric) or frisky (Abbie), we would you let you do unspeakable things.  Note to our mothers: See picture.


  • 48A: “Milky Way, for one” (CHOCOLATE ***) Eric read the clue.  Abbie immediately “Spiral Galaxy!”  John laughed at her.  So insensitive.  John’s a douche.
  • 55A: “NASA recruiting site” (MIT).  NASA doesn’t recruit.  It’s fucking NASA.  Who exactly is their competition?  “I want to be an astronaut, but I’m not sure NASA has the benefits I’m looking for.”
  • 120A: “Leveling tool” (EVENER).  It’s called a fucking level, Will Shortz.
  • 11D: “Multicolored” (PIED) Whoa.  This one changes everything.  Apparently, the ‘pied’ piper was so named because he was wearing multicolored rags.  We thought it was a kind of pipe… er, a tootle that is!  This is not actually a mistake anymore.  We were all ready to bitch, and, then, wow.  What a clue!  Highlight for sure‼
  • 39D: “Jails, British slang” (QUODS).  The Slammer, The Big House, The Joint, The Pokey, The Rock, The Clink, Juvie, and Quods.  Which one of those sucks?  We are better at English than you, England.
  • 83D: “Part of the next-to-last line of the Lord’s Prayer” (DELIVER US).  We believe this is THE last line of the prayer.  Is “amen” the last line?  But, one of us hasn’t been a church in a while, and the other one killed Jesus, so…
  • 100A: “Three-stringed instruments (BALALAIKAS)  At first, we were all like, “WTF” But then Google-Imaged it and we were all like ROFL.  But now that we’ve thought about it, we’re all like, “OMG.  Why isn’t this instrument in every band!?”

This post is dedicated to us.  Also, George Washington whose birthday is on Tuesday and who, more importantly, has given Abbie tomorrow off.  Not Eric.  Thanks ____!  (For reasons of protecting our identity, Eric will not name the school system in which he works (it’s the one that isn’t off for President’s Day).  Unless Matt Damon is looking in which case just leave us a comment and we will give you whatever information you need).

Signed, ericandabbie.

5 Responses to “Wunderbar! (02-20-2011)”

  1. Hello loyal readers (I don’t know if any of the readers actually look at the comments, but if they do, they’re definitely loyal),

    I wanted to take a moment to respond to the character assassination that I endure every week. I am not just a douche, but a funny douche (BIG DIFFERENCE!). I’m not trying to seem whiny, I’m just saying, Abbie and Eric should give me more credit for my weekly crossword, and non-crossword contributions. I mean, comeon, someone has got to eat the cranberries and be a jerk!

    Enjoy our crosswording experiences

    <3 John

  2. I just wanted say that after attempting to search for this blog via normal means like, oh, the title… what eventually got me here was “Roman Fetishists”.


    PS NASA is gonna have some competition once SpaceX gets rolling for real.

  3. Christopher Says:

    @Joe, Glad I could help!

    83D: Don’t forget about all the Protestants who would have been extra confused by this one. Darn doxology makes “deliver” part of the fifth-to-last line (anteanteantepenultimate!).

  4. D_Blackwell Says:

    I was admiring your pristine grid, marveling that you are among The Smart People, titans even within the distinguished elite class of solver, when, to my shock and disMAE, I see a mistake in the ISOLATOR / DEL RIO cross. Fortunately, your Aura of Coolness trumps this moment of suckitude.

    You even got the theme. Bloggo Amy had to explain it to me – slowly – with small words – twice. What a mess I made of things: A lesser grid.

    On the bright side, Will Shortz still suckity-suck-sucks. Are we eating CRO again? I just don’t think that working in LOME is enough to make up for putting CRO on the table for the 56th time.

  5. Dylan Farmer Says:

    Yeah, you were both handicapped by the Catholicism and Judaism. The last line is, “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and glory forever.” Just FYI. :-) Here’s to my continuing Protestant education! Haha.

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