“TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING” by Neville Fogarty
You’ve made it this far, now you just need to solve the puzzle
“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing”
Constructor: Neville Fogarty
Theme: South Park characters begin each theme answer.
- 18A: ERIC CARLE – Author/illustrator of “The Very Quiet Cricket” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
- 28A: KYLE CHANDLER – He won an Emmy for playing Coach Eric Taylor on “Friday Night Lights”
- 38A: STAN LEE – Comic book genius who has a cameo in every Marvel movie, so is probably very busy
- 48A: KENNY CHESNEY – “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” country music star
- 61A: SOUTH PARK – Long-running satirical animated TV show whose 4 main characters can be found in the long answers in this puzzle… Oh my god, they killed 48-Across!
Lena: A sedate start to the BuzzWeek here; yup those are the South Park kids!
Michael: Yeah, not really feeling this one. Those are people’s names. Those are also the names of the “SOUTH PARK” kids … and … that’s it. Maybe there’s something we’re missing.
Lena: I smiled at several of the clues– (58A: [Reduce a yard by inches, maybe?]) for MOW, and (36D: [Website where you could buy a handmade replica Jumanji game.. but would you really want to risk it?]) for ETSY. I also appreciated the chance to floss my AGLET knowledge (1A: [The bit of plastic at the end of your shoelace because yes, it has a name]).
Lena: I groaned at GOUDA (54D: [Dutch cheese that’s really goud])– I definitely wouldn’t have gotten that without almost the entire answer in the clue!
Michael: Loved it. So stupid, it made me laugh. Thumbs up.
Lena: (67A: [“Sesame Street roomie with no eyebrow at all])? I didn’t know that ERNIE doesn’t have any eyebrow(s); that’s my kind of trivia right there.
Michael: Theme’s not much, but the fill’s OK. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a note from LILY ALLEN. I’m not sure she exists. But I know the name somehow. I know ADNAN much better—that’s very current; and such a clever clue (24A: Potential “Serial” killer Syed). Not a serial killer, but a “Serial” killer. Yes. Good one. And in the Interesting Short Fill category, I enjoyed “OK, BUT …” (44D: “Yeah, although…”).
Lena: I agree on the fill– quite clean indeed. But it looks like we’ve got a plural mismatch in 55A: [Only instrument for bands performing in heaven], HARPS. I think I would have enjoyed the theme more if the actual people referenced in the themers were more recognizable to me. I only know ERIC CARLE.
Michael: I wish ABBA (1D: Band whose music was the basis for “Mamma Mia!”) had been clued via “The Winner Takes It All,” which is the greatest ABBA song, just ahead of “Dancing Queen.” I can tell you that Neville (today’s constructor) is a big fan of (the creepy) “Does Your Mother Know,” and will defend it to the death. Neville Fogarty: Wrong on ABBA, Wrong for America.