Fall Gala Crossword Giveaway

It is our pleasure to celebrate the release of David J. Kahn’s new book — The Metropolitan Opera: Crosswords for Opera Lovers, from Sterling Publishing.  If you’re attending tonight’s gala opening of The Met’s new season, opt for the black sheath gown with spaghetti straps.  It’s warm and humid in NYC today.

And don’t forget to visit the Opera House Gift Shop, where David’s book is on sale now. I love this collection of puzzles — it’s my designated holiday “stocking stuffer.” David does a masterful job of making every grid accessible and interesting. Bravo!

As a thank-you for visiting us, Crossword Nation has partnered with David Kahn and Bernie Rome to offer a Fall Gala Crossword Giveaway for one lucky winner.

1. David J. Kahn’s brand-new beautiful book — Metropolitan Opera Crosswords for Opera  Lovers 2. Delicious Lindt chocolate  3. “Crossword Nation” logo mug designed by Liz Gorski  4. Tazo Organic Chai tea, a spicy treat on a fall day   5. David J. Kahn’s other new book; an eek-o-friendly puzzle collection titled The Grid Reaper 6. From Bernie Rome:  the erasable Puzzle Pen, specially engineered for crossword solving.

To Enter:

A.  Leave a note in the comments section of this post, indicating
your single best crossword clue for GALA.

B.  Giveaway is open to everyone — please share your creative cluing with us!

C. Giveaway ends Monday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m.

D. Winner (chosen at random) will be announced on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. If you’re the winner, I’ll ask for your mailing address.


Visit us on October 11 to see if you’ve won.  Good luck!

Special thanks to David Kahn, Sterling Publishing and Bernie Rome for their generosity.

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Update on October 11, 2011:  Giveaway is now closed.  The winner is announced here. Thank you!

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85 Responses to Fall Gala Crossword Giveaway

  1. Leah Klein says:

    Top-tier girlfriend.

  2. Zeena MacLean says:

    Opera and puzzle=perfect!

  3. Denise says:

    Fund-raiser in black tie.

  4. Beth says:

    Shortened states big event?

  5. Brenda Zwickel says:

    Clue: can be an apple or a festive event

  6. Michael Goho says:

    Confused bit of plankton?

  7. Aaron Brandes says:

    kiwi apple

  8. “Event where stars show up to show off”

  9. Jim Horne says:

    Congrats, David. I don’t have a clue (ask anyone!) but that word always reminds me of the famous quote from Duck Soup —

    Mrs. Teasdale: Notables from every country are gathered here in your honor. This is a gala day for you.

    Rufus T. Firefly: Well, a gal a day is enough for me. I don’t think I could handle any more.

  10. William Cash says:

    Submission for Gala: State Postal Abbreviations; Left, Right and Center

  11. Stella Kim says:

    That’s Mrs. Dali to you.

  12. Idia Legray says:

    Flora’s blowout party event

  13. Jan O'Sullivan says:

    Glitterati event

  14. RAY GLYNN says:

    clue: kiwi fruit

  15. RAY GLYNN says:

    wingding. ( love that word )

  16. KarmaSartre says:

    Round table bigwig, familiarly.

  17. Maria says:

    Tea starter?

  18. Nick Coppola says:

    Gala Clue: Manon zips through Georgia on way to Louisiana.

  19. Bill Spindler says:

    A lag returns fruit from the orchard (4)

  20. Dennis Ryan says:

    Catch up time required by a backward culture.

  21. Erik says:

    She said “Hello, Dali” in 1929

  22. Tyler Fultz says:

    One divided by 38 (5)

  23. Tyler Fultz says:

    Sorry wrong clue above. Here we go:

    An initial is the tail of a tiger’s lower half

  24. Jeremy says:

    [First lady?]

    (Oh, best clue?)

  25. cello jim says:

    Pet name for Gaga, Lady. (Sorry, all the good ones were taken.)

  26. kathy says:

    Guy A’s date

  27. Scott says:

    First chick

  28. Jane C says:

    Sra. Dali’s luxe event.

  29. Jbeck says:

    I’ve got two:

    Posh party


    Granny Smith relative

  30. Robin says:

    -Pagos has a black-tie opening?

  31. Joan Fillot says:

    Gala n. First entry in a beauty pageant; the pageant itself

  32. linda murray says:

    Esposa de Salvador

  33. Nancy says:

    Braeburn cousin

  34. spenyc says:

    Famous Battlestar, familiarly


  35. jefusan says:

    formal fête

  36. robstrs says:

    GM ouster

  37. Lou says:

    1. Highfalutin frou-frou affair
    2. Apple from an island
    3. Cross between Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red
    4. Reversed pause
    5. ____had
    6. Xy preceder?
    7. Had heading?

    Had enough already!?!

  38. stan says:

    Mac alternative

  39. Seth says:

    “___ Guillaume” (Frenchman’s spelling hint)

  40. Evelyn T. Pope says:

    GALA-woman left for gal b

  41. Mary Adesso says:

    Clue for gala = Bridezilla’s party.

  42. Bobbie says:

    Gala–party for Gwyneth’s daughter?

  43. Sique says:

    Clue for gala: Swell party

  44. Jim Peredo says:

    1) Fuji competitor

    2) “There’s naught wrong with __ luncheons, lad!” (from Monty Python’s “Working-Class Playwright” skit)

  45. Theresa says:

    Apple’s Opening Night

  46. Joanne says:

    The only fruit to walk the red carpet

  47. Kathy says:

    Star-studded event

  48. Peter says:

    Big event with tiny food

  49. PM says:

    Two states join forces for a big celebration (OK it’s a cryptic clue)

  50. Pomp for a circumstance?

  51. Nancy says:

    It’s a party in an apple!

  52. Joan Aufderhar says:

    Not a guya?

  53. ===Dan says:

    I had Jim H’s quote in mind before I started scrolling, and would have clued it as ____ day (“enough” for Rufus. T. Firefly).

    It comes from “rejoicing” in France

  54. larry spencer says:

    Gala := “No mean fete”

  55. Mark Schulman says:


  56. Garrett Hildebrand says:

    My clue for Gala is from Ian Flemming’s “Moonraker”, but without that knowledge it is deliberately misleading (some might think of a kind of desk).

    Brand utilised by Sir Hugo Drax as a secretary

  57. Lyle Wiedeman says:

    1. two-thirds of the Milky Way?
    2. endpoints of trip that passes through AL MS

  58. len elliott says:

    Big apple event

  59. J. Caldwell says:

    big event in two southern sts.?

  60. J. Berghoff says:

    It follows so in the so.

  61. lexicon fan says:

    Bounty’s Northern counterpart?

  62. Paul Coulter says:

    Best-ball or Fly ball

  63. J.C. says:

    Gore’s in Georgia for fundraiser (4)

  64. Paul Coulter says:

    Or highball, now that I think of it.

  65. Jean Speiser says:

    Apple you might see on a desk top

  66. Leslie says:

    Apple store purchase

    P.S. I love Larry Spencer’s clue, No mean fete

  67. rdarcy says:

    Gala clue: Hollywood occasion warranting a trip from Georgia to L.A.

  68. John L. Wilson says:

    Get “milk” from a “pumpkin” after some Greco-Roman wrestling?
    (GALA = “milk” in Greek & “pumpkin” in Latin, according to Wikipedia.)

  69. David Tintle says:

    Special event in regal attire. (4)

  70. Bruce Kahn says:

    Mac cousin (4)

    Bruce (no relation) Kahn

  71. Len Levine says:

    ____ctic acid: Milky whey?

    ____had a seat at a round table?

    ____ day: More than most guys can handle.

  72. Mike says:

    Event you’ll champion.

  73. jason says:

    Where to begin XY.

    Milk: it is all Greek to me.

  74. obertb says:

    Celebration apple

  75. Jacqueline Hamilton says:

    Party in a fruit bowl

    Love Crossword Nation, and I’m getting DK’s sword book for my mom’s birthday. Thanks for producing the perfect gift just in time!

  76. George Inglessis says:

    A palindromic kelp.

  77. Peggy says:

    party for the core group

  78. Michael says:

    Occasion to serve apple martinis

  79. Michael says:

    Orchard Park, NY social event

  80. Michael says:

    Record release party for Fiona Apple

  81. Craig says:

    The apple of Salvador’s eye?

  82. Maria says:

    The beginning of something had around the legendary Round Table

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