Holiday Themed

I’ll Never Be Your Feast of Burden

Words:  76

Average Length:  4.82

Difficulty:  2.5 out of 5

puz | pdf | solution

Here’s a gentle, Thanksgiving-themed puzzle.  Best wishes for a scrumptious, safe, and stress-resistant holiday.  Enjoy!

From the Nov. 20 Washington Post. I saw the final band in Junior High School. They played in the cafeteria. This has nothing to do with the puzzle, unless your Thanksgiving dinner turns dramatic.

Two solving notes: (1) the song at 9/25 Down is from the 1969 movie of the same name.  The movie has aged poorly, but I still love the song – all 18 minutes of it.

(2) In researching a clue for 61 Across – I ended up going with the obvious – I came across some fascinating background:  In 1939, Federated Department Stores (61A’s parent) prevailed on FDR to move Thanksgiving up a week so there’d be more time after the holiday for Christmas shopping.  The Republicans objected (shocking!), and for a couple of years there was basically a Democratic Thanksgiving and a Republican Thanksgiving.   In 1941 Congress passed a law fixing Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. 


Symbolic Expressions

Words:  77 (16×15 grid)

Average Length:  5.14

Difficulty:  2-4 out of 5

The difficulty range depends on whether certain mathematical/physical symbols are all Greek to you.  Helpful hints/spoilers for the theme answers are below the photo.   I hope you enjoy the puzzle.  Next week (11/14) brings a challenging Themeless.

puz | pdf | solution

Ruins of the Library at 38 Down


19A:  Psi is the symbol for the wave function.

26A:  Lambda is the symbol for wavelength

57A:  Rho is the symbol for density

60A:  Nu is the symbol for degrees of freedom