This puzzle wasn’t too bad, and the theme was easy to follow.
When I started with the WSJ Crossword Contest, I thought the way to solve the puzzles was absurd. But I’ve learned that they follow a logic that repeats. I don’t think I’m robbing myself of a mug by pointing out that the answers generally have to do with the longest answers, themed answers, starred clues, or weird patterns.
I’m used to not winning contests anyway or having my name in print in association with puzzles from when I got snubbed by Will Shortz.
That’s not to say that that formula will give the answer always, and sometimes it’s just an early step in getting to the answer, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not as scary.
The title of this one is Overlaps, and the theme clues were repeats. They overlapped that way.
And the answer to this week’s contest crossword is an eight-letter word.
As usual I highlighted the answers I thought were applicable to the meta puzzle.
And very quickly I saw the shingles as the overlaps of the theme answers.