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August Lee-Kovach author page

3 puzzles by August Lee-Kovach
with Jim Horne comments

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Sun 3/27/2022 I'M STILL STANDING
ATTESTSSOCALADASTRA
GROCERYUNHIPCONGEAL
EUROVANITEMSHECTARE
SETECCEIOSGERIREX
ISNTRAMPAGESEND
ALLOWLIMESTONENORMA
SYLLOGISMRENTTOOWN
TRAINEROFTHEDOWNPAT
OASDRAWABETOGOSHE
TERSENAYAWARD
STORYENCRYPTSLEEP
KEEPSEBAYAAASDFLAT
INESLIPMMATESH
NOBCASTSAPINCHCTR
GRANOLASPRAYDRAFTEE
SALOMECHAMBEROLEOLE
SLURLOOTSOYAFIRS
GAMETESTHEBORG
BREADEDRHENIUM
IHATEITKHUFUANASAZI
TOTSROMODNIA

Grids with unchecked squares are rare, but this is the third this month.

SYLLOGISM (46-Across) always reminds me of Lewis Carroll because he published so many great ones. This one is easy:

  1. All babies are illogical
  2. Nobody is despised who can manage a crocodile.
  3. Illogical persons are despised.

Work through the logic and you end up with something like "Anyone who can manage a crocodile is not a baby."

Fair enough. Here is a longer one for you to tackle on your own:

  1. None of the unnoticed things, met with at sea, are mermaids.
  2. Things entered in the log, as met with at sea, are sure to be worth remembering.
  3. I have never met with anything worth remembering, when on a voyage.
  4. Things met with at sea, that are noticed, are sure to be recorded in the log.

And finally, an even longer and somewhat rude one:

  1. No interesting poems are unpopular among people of real taste.
  2. No modern poetry is free from affectation.
  3. All your poems are on the subject of soap bubbles.
  4. No affected poetry is popular among people of real taste.
  5. No ancient poem is on the subject of soap bubbles.
Thu 3/3/2022
ORBSNSFWODDS
THANUCLAFRET
HIGLIDAYSFAME
ENGHERETOGET
ROYCEFRENCRNS
LAOERATO
TARMACSICON
JUSTADDWATER
BARSRESISTS
ANNIETHE
BEACUSESORALB
BELRENNERTAO
LYONELEVENTUR
ERSTYALESIGN
SESHAILSACHE

Constructors love playing in the water. Other soaking wet grids appeared in 1996. 1998, 2005, 2013, and 2016.

This is the first one where the moisture seeps in between consecutive horizontal cells.

Sat 10/9/2021
VISAITSWARFAM
ALECCANADAECO
CLAUDEMONETACL
CEDRICBESEATED
IGUANASMUSS
NATSSPLITTERS
ELYSTRIKEONE
ALLABOARD
TRUECRIMENTH
FAIRSHAKELORE
PLIEOVOIDAL
LOLLIPOPEMERIL
OOFBOWLINGLANE
TRIORIENTOMEN
SSNSTEAKSWARE

The hugely popular TRUE CRIME podcast (35-Across) Serial is brilliantly parodied in the Hulu series Only Murders in the Building, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. Tiny Fey is the Sarah Koenig stand-in.

Listen for the music. It's not exactly the Serial theme, but it's cleverly reminiscent.

Mr. Lee-Kovach checks in at number 5 on our Teenage Constructors page.