Dr. Pangram is back. Four of Barry C. Silk's previous five puzzles have used every letter. Even more impressive, four of the previous five pangrams that anyone has constructed are by Mr. Silk.
Back on July 26, he started 1 Across with MR WIZARD which I thought described him pretty well. Today's Saturday, September 6 puzzle (answers) starts with "Westinghouse/Intel award winner". The answer is WHIZ KID. Indeed.
There is so much I love about this puzzle I'm not sure where to start. It's amazingly fresh according to my formula despite including OLE, but look how brilliant that clue is: "Root word?" A question mark on a Saturday means something very special is going on. Should I ever find myself watching a blood sport in Spain, it's a word I'll be sure to employ should I choose to root for the matador. Frankly, I'm more drawn to the underbull.
"Sounded like a bufflehead" made me laugh but it turns out a bufflehead is a duck, and probably one who is tired of being laughed at. You can hear one here for a very precise answer to that clue.
"Alert while driving" is another outstanding clue. Alert is a verb, not an adjective. I like to think that when other drivers HONK AT me, they're merely alerting me, not suggesting I do something obscene.
I had to look up Sal MAGLIE, the losing pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956. Don Larsen of the Yankees pitched a perfect game and won the game 2-0 and the World Series at the same time. This seems obscure but I suppose it's legit. It's the only post-season perfect game in history. In fact, it's the only post-season no-hitter. Baseball fans care about these things even more than they care about pangrams, probably.
Hitchcock's Notorious was an RKO film, as was King Kong, Citizen Kane, and so many great movies of the 30s and 40s. Such brave filmmaking for the time, and it holds up well today. That's Ingrid Bergman with Cary Grant in the photo. Would you send her off to sleep with the Nazis to help win the war?