Art Gallery Favorites

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Puzzle Notes

Greetings from hot and humid NYC! I hope that you’re keeping cool during these sultry summer days.

To beat the heat, we visited the Metropolitan Museum for the first time in many months. It’s the perfect outing, and an appropriate way to ease back into pre-COVID life. The visits are timed and social distancing is required. Because of the size of the Met, it’s very possible that you’ll have an entire room to yourself, as we did during a recent visit. Sublime.

I confess that this museum outing may have been inspired by a late-night streaming of “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1999 version). If you love Rene Russo, Pierce Brosnan, cat-and-mouse games, romance, art, the Met Museum and delightfully-improbable plot twists – you’ll love this film. Every time I watch it, I find myself reaching for that Art History 101 textbook that survived numerous book-decluttering sessions (Janson, anyone?). I suspect that everyone remembers their first visit to a favorite museum. It's a formative experience, and to admire people’s achievements through art is simply magical.

Today’s puzzle came about during a visit to the Met. Architecturally speaking, the puzzle has only 72 words. For a Tuesday puzzle, that’s low and due to the themer lengths. But I believe that even low-word-count puzzles can be accessible and worthy of early-in-the-week placement. If you’re an art lover, the theme will be a piece of cake. If not, I hope that the fill will do its magic and you'll build the themers via the crossings.

Welcome to Week 529 of Crossword Nation. You are cordially invited to solve “Art Gallery Favorites” as your diversion of the week. Wishing you and yours a pleasant and artful week!

Until next time, I remain . . .

Cruciverbally yours, 


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