Today's puzzle is from Michael!
Hi 7x solvers! I have something a little different for you today: this is a Puns & Anagrams puzzle (sometimes called a P&A or PandA) instead of a standard crossword. Will Shortz wrote a column
a few years ago explaining the basics of a P&A puzzle, so I'll refer you there for a full description, but here is a shorter version:
***Note: The sample clues below are from a P&A by Andrew Ries
and Andy Kravis
that ran in the NYT on 4/5/20, so spoiler alert for that puzzle, which you should go solve after this.
About half of the clues in a P&A are anagram clues. These are similar to anagram clues in a cryptic, except there is no anagram indicator, so it's up to you to determine whether any given clue is an anagram clue (tip: pay attention to the length of the answer and the length of the words in the clue). Typically, one part of the clue will contain a straightforward definition of the answer and the other part will have a word or words that anagram(s) to the correct answer. It's up to you to figure out which part is which. For example, the answer to the clue [Soap opera, e.g., in Israel] is SERIAL. The definition is "soap opera, e.g.," and the anagram is Israel --> SERIAL. In some anagram clues, the entire clue defines the answer and contains the anagram (akin to an &lit in cryptics). For example, [Compiler of names of geniuses] is a great clue for MENSA, which is an anagram of "names" and does indeed compile names of geniuses.
The other half of the clues are puns/wordplay of any and all kinds, from wordplay you'd see in a cryptic to straight-up groaners. These do not have definitional components; just the wordplay. For example, you might see [Law about "E.T."] for STATUETTE or [Beat at a hairstyling competition] for OUTDO. Anything goes, with the one important rule that every entry is a real, actual entry you would see in a typical crossword.
That's it - enjoy! If you get stumped or have questions or anything else, don't hesitate to reach out on Twitter
. Also, thank you x1000 to Malaika for this entire project and for letting me do this P&A puzzle!
N.B. I am deeply sorry about the clue for 2-Down. If you can think of a better one, please share it with me.