7-letter word for “something which inspires awe”: A.V. Club crossword (sponsored by Alterra) returns March 14
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In the 1991 monster-ballad/bowling-alley classic “Hole Hearted,” Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone laments, “There’s a hole in my heart that can only be filled by you.” We feel you, Gary: For nearly five months now, the handsome print edition of The Onion has been without its beloved A.V. Club crossword puzzle, leaving a four-letter word for “solitary confinement prison cell” in our five-letter word for “hollow muscle that pumps blood.” But never fear: We’ve listened to your concerns, pondered your phone calls, and diligently read your hate mail, and beginning March 14, The A.V. Club crossword will return to its rightful place in the back pages of The Onion. And who do we have to thank for this wonderful news? None other than Milwaukee’s own Alterra Coffee Roasters.
According to Alterra’s director of marketing, Scott Schwebel, “Coffee and crossword puzzles are a classic pair, so we were excited to help bring it back. It seems like the perfect place to leave a coffee ring and sketch a few doodles while doing The A.V. Club crossword.” We couldn’t agree more.
The Ben Tausig-helmed puzzle will return in all its former glory, and will be exactly as you remember it: filled with clues about “flat-faced Star Wars characters” (four letters) and the “song from the Stonecutters episode of The Simpsons” (four letters). Thanks, Alterra, for filling this 15-by-15 hole in our trivia-obsessed hearts.