For those who find NYT’s Monday puzzle too tame, I highly recommend Emmett Quigley’s themeless Monday puzzles. These are always are challenge, sometimes downright frightening. I don’t do them every Monday, but do if I have time. Quigley’s puzzles are particularly cruel if you (like me) aren’t exactly up-t0-date on your pop culture (rap groups, texting abbreviations, pop stars) so there’s often a long answer I have no idea of.
This Monday’s puzzle asks for the “highest grossing actress of the aughts”. I can’t give much of hint without giving the answer, but I can at least tell you it’s first and last name, that it’s a woman, that the first name is often associated with Kenneth Branagh and the last name is associated with Sherlock Holmes.
“Hypothetically”: (great clue/answer!) 3 words
Place to pick up a blonde: the obvious answer is correct in this case
“Story ___”: 2 words, a really, a word and a letter
“Before I forget”: …or “Incidentally”
Beef and Broccoli request: especially if it’s “in brown sauce”
La _____ (prison where Arsene Lupin was held): Well I doubt if it was good for his health!
Depth Lines: Think 3D graphs,a letter +a word
Perennial with a large mouth: Better to eat you with, my dear (though it’s not a fly trap, just something very pretty)
Django unchained genre: Don’t try fitting guitar in here, the connection to music is only peripheral