Friday, February 19, 2010
Puzzle by Victor Fleming, edited by Will Shortz
This gaseous Friday crossword is a meandering four-in-one variety of the quadrupuzzle, this time featuring JOE THE PLUMBER (34A. Metaphor for a middle-class American) plunked smack-dab in the middle of the equivalent of an overflow trap, the puzzle‘s only passageway. As Joe knows, in plumbing, a trap is a U-, S-, or J-shaped pipe located below or within a plumbing fixture used to prevent sewer gases from entering buildings. In puzzledom, it prevents the solver from cruciverbal mobility.
Office with three men and a boy, New York, 1894-95. Writing on the back, referring to the boy, says "William W Miller, his first job, taken about 1894 or 1895, N.Y."
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