N.B.: Today’s puzzle is 21×21, so the clues may populate above/below the grid, rather than to the right. For best results, feel free to print the PDF and solve on paper!
We were inspired to run today’s puzzle by a recent New York Times Magazine profile of Henry Winkler. It’s a delightful read by the talented Matt Klam, an old writing teacher of mine. And in fact, the article’s title is somewhat apropos of the content of our crossword: “Henry Winkler Breaks the Curse of Stardom.”
Working with Parker has been one of my great joys and honors these past couple of years. We recently made a puzzle zine you can buy, and we stream crossword solving/constructing on Twitch, which we’ll do again tomorrow (Monday) at 10p eastern!
Parker: This was one of the most ambitious grids I’ve ever helped fill, and I think if it hadn’t been for Ross’s steady hand guiding the motorboat I might have deemed it impossible. The revealer is such a fun phrase! One fun bit of trivia: the canonical opposite of “jumping the shark” is said to be “growing the beard,” a reference to Commander William Riker losing the babyface look after The Next Generation’s let’s-call-it uneven Season 1.
Ross: He’s talking about “Star Trek.” It’s always “Star Trek.”
Happy solving, friends!