“Match Fixing”

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“Match Fixing” is a special installment for anyone enjoying watching Team USA kick ass in France this summer. *SPOILER ALERT* This puzzle is… different. If you’re delighted, pissed off, or confused, scroll down for an insight into its construction. (Or just peep the solution.)

Megan, heroically protecting you from the spoilers

“Match Fixing” is an example of a quantum crossword, where two possible answers can both fit in the same spot. The most famous such example came in the New York Times back in 1996, when the puzzle appeared to have predicted the winner of presidential election. In fact, CLINTON and BOB DOLE were both viable answers.

In “Match Fixing”, you can put either AMERICA and ENGLAND as the winner of tomorrow’s match, with all the relevant down answers creating two different words that can be clued the same way. For example, [A]YE and [E]YE are both [Homophone for “I”]. The other down clues are:

GRAM / GRAN: Mom’s mom, informally BAE / BAG: An instagrammer might show this off on her arm #newaccessory! 😉 ART / ALT: Music genre modifier ISU / ASU: Sch. that lost an 11-v-6 seed match-up in the 1st round of the 2019 NCAA hoops tourney CODE / NODE: Computer network component ETD / ETA: Flight board fig.

All that being said, we know who’s *really* winning tomorrow. -RT