solve this. then read this ⬇️
hi y’all. easy offering from CK this week. we’ve got a neat classical music theme:
Greasy spoon employees: SHORT ORDER COOKS
“The Lottery”, for one: SHORT STORY
To the point: SHORT AND SWEET
JFK’s locale: LONG ISLAND
1808 composition referenced by the starts of the four starred answers: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH
as in, like, shortshortshortLOOOOOOONG.
i think possibly the hardest thing to do as a crossword constructor is to come up with a novel easy theme. so i feel very reverent rn.
though, technically, i have seen this gimmick before: it was a tournament-long meta at lollapuzzoola (which is NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!!!), with the short/short/short/long appearing at 1-across in successive puzzles, and the BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH spanning the final themeless grid, if i recall correctly. great minds think alike!
fill i liked: GUTSY, OH SHIT, PROLOGUE, MEET ME, SFPD. (fill i didn’t like: this)
clue i adored: [Answer to the question, “Hey Macbeth, are you from Wales?”]
thanks to mr. king for the pleasant sunday solve, and to you for solving/reading. don’t forget the meta puzzle from last week is still open for submissions. (spoiler alert for the next review: it’s good.)