Earlier today I filled in an old crossword written by Fred Piscop. It's not dated so I don't know when it was published. Mr. Piscop is a fine constructor. His themed puzzles are very nice. I downloaded an entire file of them, maybe fifty, maybe a hundred,
Ipana is the solve for the clue "Classic toothpaste brand" so I wrote "crest" and that showed to be wrong right away. When it narrowed to "Ipana" I had no idea what he was talking about. I never heard of this toothpaste. And their commercials on YouTube are all odd like this. Brusha brusha brusha, here's the new I-pan-a.
The puzzle is titled "Take a stab."
And that puts you on the lookout for the words within phrases like "knife," and "icepick," and "scissors," "needle" and "pin," and "sword."
But that's not how it worked out. And this is what makes these puzzles so fun. Psych!
Long crisp munchie = breadstick
2007 Peace Nobelist = albertgore
City on Florida's Atlantic coast = fortpierce
Tropical viper = ferdelance
Stick, gore, pierce, and lance to satisfy the theme "take a stab."
Clever theme, clever title, clever clues, clever entries. These puzzle constructors are playfully clever. If you met them, you'd have a great time because they know so much bizarre stuff and they make connections that would blow your mind.