Stay, from New York—it’s Sunday Morning! Time for our Weekly Roundup, and with SNL at 8-Down in today’s puzzle (clued as “Ego Nwodim’s present, for brief”), let’s have a look at how helpful a number of the Not Prepared For Prime Time Gamers have been to crosswords.
The queen of all of them appeared at 2-Down in Wednesday’s puzzle, the nice Cheri OTERI. How helpful can a surname be to crossword writers? With its all-common letters and alternating vowel/consonant sample, not far more helpful than this. And there is just one good method to clue OTERI, so Cheri it’s.
Different SNL alums whose names are powerful to clue some other means: Kristen WIIG (love these double-I’s), AIDY Bryant, Colin JOST, and double-barrel GILDA RADNER, one of many authentic forged members, whose helpful first *and* final names are every largely solely cluable as regards to the late, nice star herself.
Different useful names that will or is probably not clued with an SNL slant: Michael CHE (may very well be Guevara), Bowen YANG (may very well be Andrew Yang, however BOWEN is beneficial by itself), ANA Gasteyer, and NORA DUNN, once more with two crosswordy names in a single there.
A couple of characters from the present have confirmed helpful to crossword writers, too: Gilda Radner’s BABA WAWA from again within the day; MR BILL, additionally old-school; Invoice Hader’s STEFON, and Dana Carvey’s lovably awkward Garth ALGAR.
Did I miss any crosswordy SNL-references? Wait till 11:30 PM ET on Saturday and tweet them to #beastxword. I will reply through the adverts.
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