Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 67! This week’s puzzle comes from some of my favorite source material, and I hope you enjoy it as well.
Anyway: Two weeks ago, Chris Words released a meta, so let’s go over that!
The puzzle was looking fora Prime Minister of the UK that will complete this set of four, and the six long answers in this puzzle were:
20A – [*Steel magnate and library namesake (born 1835)] = ANDREW CARNEGIE
38A – [*Reverend and father to children named Anne, Charlotte, and Emily (born 1777)] = PATRICK BRONTE
57A – [*”Something” musician (born 1943)] = GEORGE HARRISON
The three people we have listed here have the first names Andrew, Patrick, and George. With the title “Don’t Patronize Me”, the connection here is they are named after the patron saints of the United Kingdom. Each of the four nations of the UK have its own saint (England’s St. George, Scotland’s St. Andrew, Ireland’s St. Patrick, and Wales’s St. David), so the fourth member we are looking for is a PM whose name begins with David.
The (born ____) dates in each of the clues are references to each of these people’s births/heritages. Besides being named after a patron saint, they all identify as being from that country! George Harrison was English, Patrick Bronte was Irish (before moving to England), and Andrew Carnegie was a Scot (before moving to America). So, besides looking for a David PM, we’re looking or a Welsh David PM. A quick Google should lead you to the fact that David Lloyd George, who served from 1916-1922, is the only Welsh Prime Minster in UK history, and thus, he becomes our meta answer.
However, the other David PM (David Cameron) was submitted as well. While of course he is a David, he apparently claims Welsh heritage, as stated by his Wikipedia page. He’s not as Welsh as Lloyd George, but in the terms of this metapuzzle, he’s also a correct answer. After all, he was a PM named after David.
Altogether, 28 readers submitted either David Lloyd George or David Cameron. Congrats to those who got it! This week’s randomly selected winner was Matthew Breen. He will join Jon Delfin, John L. Wilson, Jim Quinlan, Eric Maddy, Andy Keller, David Cole, Roger Barkan, Patricia Miga, Erik Agard, Charles Montpetit, Steve Blais, and Mike Ruslander in a future section of the site. Congrats Matthew!
I’m taking a break next week, as finals work needs to happen. However, I will be posting my long-awaited sequel of my predictions of the puzzles and the Indie 500! If last year’s post was a precedent, then I plan to hit the mark exactly this year. And, if you haven’t registered yet, then go do that!
Enjoy the puzzle everyone!