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Transposal: GRIMACING / MAGICRING
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I’m not sure how long the seeds of the Salvia hispanica plant have been popular as a food additive, but I started encountering a large number of chia seed references in the media and social networking posts within the last few weeks. I asked a friend who works at a natural grocery store if she had tried them. She hadn’t but reported that they were selling well at the store and are popular for sprinkling on yogurt. The culinary sense of CHIA would be a good alternative to the novelty “pet” plant clue approach, just as SHEA butter has become an alternative to the former New York stadium.
A young coworker used this term during a water cooler conversation; she had to explain to me that it was street slang for “crazy.” Is the term familiar to you? Do you think Will Shortz would give it a pass?
I’m no maven of popular music, but I know of this band based on its mention in news items over the last few months. I thought that the band’s name was based on the obscene Internet abbreviation, but later discovered that LMFAO, according to the band, stands for “Loving My Friends and Others.” That explanation surely helped secure the band’s family-hour performance on Dancing with the Stars, and sanctions the use of the entry in mainstream crosswords.
Matt Jones used this entry in a recent quad-stack themeless. At first, I wondered if the YA spelling was contrived for Matt’s grid constraints. The “YA” phrase gets a fair number of Google hits, though the “YOU” version gets about ten times more. It’s had to make a call on a conversational entry, so I added both versions with the same score.
I pulled this entry from a Word Spy post, and, based on its letter pattern, chose it for the bottom entry in a themeless stack. The eventual Unthemely was clean but not chock full of fun Scrabbly entries. TWEETSEAT might have been a better seed for the second row of a stack since all of the letters except the S are accommodating to second position.