Post #1,000: The Ivy League Look Crossword Puzzle


A few weeks short of our sixth anniversary, has reached blog post number 1,000. For your brain-teasing entertainment, we have created a test to see how well you’ve been paying attention for the past 999 posts.

Click here for a larger file of the crossword above, drag it to your desktop, enlarge if needed, and send it to the printer. Then grab a pencil and a cup of coffee. Feel free to discuss in the comments section, but please no sharing of answers.

We had a lot of fun creating this. The clues, at least. The actual puzzle was generated by an inexpensive puzzlemaking website. Please excuse its haggard appearance.

We’ve also enjoyed informing and entertaining you for the past thousand posts and look forward to a thousand more. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD & CHRISTOPHER SHARP

Update: Click here for the answers!

40 Comments on "Post #1,000: The Ivy League Look Crossword Puzzle"

  1. This is actually a criss-cross, not a crossword puzzle.

  2. nobody likes a smart-ass, joe c.

  3. Well this classwork isn’t getting done now.

  4. Bravo.The clowns and chavs who puzzle over the difference between Ivy and ‘Americana’ will be furiously sucking their pencils trying to do that one.

  5. At least they have a shot at 24 down.

  6. ^A few might get it. But the difficult words will confuse others.

  7. Here’s to the next 1,000 posts!

  8. Anyone solve it yet?

  9. @ Christian.

    Ungracious, and totally uncalled for. Why encourage such nasty rubbish? I kid you not, I’m hugely disappointed.

  10. Very, very canny. The apotheosis of Ivy argot!

  11. Is post 1,001 the answer key?

  12. Southern Loafer | September 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm |

    Congrats on reaching this milestone. I have enjoyed your blog for some time now and look forward to the next 1000 posts.

  13. Heartiest congratulations! And also many thanks for providing an informative and enjoyable venue. Keep it going.

  14. Congratulations. I used to do our corporate blog, and I remember how hard it was to create 1,000 posts. For those of you who haven’t tried doing this, it’s actually much harder than it looks.

    As for the puzzle itself, I’m fairly clueless. I’m not really a hobbyist. I just wear clothes. But I clearly remember a classmate doing an overnight road trip to 34 Down to pick up a pair of GTH pants in an attempt to humble the rest of us. And going to the home of 11 Across while grumbling about how much I hated being on vacation in such a boring place. But I do remember my dad telling me the answer to 28 Across. So I could probably get somewhere six and ten of these right if I thought about it for a few minutes, although ten might be a bit of a stretch.

  15. How do we access the early posts?

  16. If I understand the question, use the next button or read the post from the year or the subject files at the top under the masthead.

  17. Congratulations on such a skillfully produced brainteaser and thank you as always for providing the only serious Ivy forum on the web for those who like to talk about Ivy. Keep up the good work gentlemen!

  18. @ Bags’ Groove

    What in heaven’s name are you talking about! How can a crossword be deemed to be nasty rubbish? Thank God the weirdos generally post elsewhere!

  19. @ Adam Trask.

    Allow me to spell it out for you.
    It is insulting to describe those who might not understand the finer points of Ivy as “clowns and chavs”.
    But it is appalling for someone like Christian to then say that they would “have a shot at 24 down”, which even this “weirdo” English “clown” worked out to be Simons, as in John.
    Puzzled it out now?

  20. Lol.

    So you happily admit to clown and weirdo. Bravo!

    Why not continue with your honesty and acknowledge chav, too?

    For surely you must be all three as only one so endowed could deem the difference between Ivy and Americana to be a fine distinction.

  21. Alistair Arnold | September 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm |

    I’m not absolutely sure what a ‘chav’ is, but if it means a rude fellow lacking breeding and decorum then Mr. Bags’ Groove seems to fit the bill.

    Might I suggest that Mr.Groove (or would Bags suffice?) take what ever chip he appears to have on his shoulder elsewhere and let the rest of us who enjoy Ivy style to savor our puzzle in civilized peace.

  22. Reuben Jerome IV | September 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm |

    Congratulations. Many thanks for the endless hours of entertainment and enlightenment. So nice to have such a valuable resource as Ivy Style at one’s fingertips. As others have said, this is the one and only place to come to talk about Ivy. Looking forward to 000s more quality posts..

  23. @ Trad Hunter.

    Be assured that I shall treat such asinine comments with a befitting level of contempt.

    @ Christian.

    Thank you so much. And please forgive me if I demur in congratulating you upon reaching this watershed.

  24. @ Alistair Arnold.

    ‘Tis not I being rude, Sir, but you and Trad Hunter (I’ll leave the reticent Christian out of this). Thus you are in no position to talk about breeding and decorum.

  25. I’m out of town on a golf press junket and your overreaction is absurd.

  26. So the photo of Obama paid off. 😉

  27. I think Bags’ must be so upset because he was the one who started this clueless thread asking if anyone could fathom the ‘subtle’ differences between Ivy and Americana.

    But of course being fond of the apostrophe, Bags’ threw one of those in for good measure.

  28. FNB. They have devolved into Cosplay for the most part, Just as AAAC is devoted to desperately trying to convince that Trad is something of a lifestyle, and not an adjective. Let’s not post anymore of that chumpspeak here in the future.

  29. In pursuit of impeccable veracity: I think Trad Hunter must be so upset because he was the one who started this clueless thread saying, quote: “The clowns and chavs who puzzle over Ivy and ‘Americana’ will be furiously sucking their pencils over that one”.
    Re the apostrophe. If you knew anything about modern jazz, as John Simons and many of we Limey Ivy devotees do, you would know that Bags’ Groove is a composition written by the immortal vibes man Milt Jackson, nickname Bags.
    It’s all in Graham Marsh’s brilliant little seersucker-striped book.
    Read it; you might learn something.

  30. Reuben Jerome IV | September 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm |

    Comment by E — September 18, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

    “FNB. They have devolved into Cosplay for the most part…Let’s not post anymore of that chumpspeak here in the future.”

    A sound summation and a wise course of action.

    If IRCC, you were a poster in the days before the clowns, when it styled itself the advanced forum, and before this sad and comical devolution in Cosplay

    .But yes, let the chumps enjoy themselves and leave this space free of their inanity.

  31. Marsh’s book is cute, but hardly brilliant.

    By the by, he plagiarized the cover design from a J Press brochure. (

    Plagiarization is actually a nasty little habit of his, as has been hashed out on this website before. Unsavory character. I think a lot of American guys associate English Ivyists with weirdos like him, which is a little unfair if you ask me.

    English Ivy guys: have you visited Thomas Farthing near the British Museum? A little more early 20th century than I’ll bet you guys go for, but still some nice stuff. Highly recommend!

  32. Come on DCG, basing the cover on a Press catalog was an hommage. Calling it the p-word is certainly Internet-argument rhetorical overkill.

  33. Cover design is credited solely to Graham, homage or not. My point is the book is filled with mostly other people’s artwork stuck together with the authors’ strange commentary. Not quite the stuff of brilliance.

  34. BTW I never congratulated you and the gang! Here’s to 1000 more, fantastic work on the puzzle.

  35. Mellow Fellow | September 19, 2014 at 6:31 pm |

    Comment by E — September 18, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

    “FNB. They have devolved into Cosplay for the most part…Let’s not post anymore of that chumpspeak here in the future.”

    I know we really should leave the chumps alone. But this one is too delicious to let go.
    Here, the chumps exchange earnest advice about car coats ( complete of course with classic comic Cosplay selfies) without knowing what the item of clothing even is.

  36. Ripples in a pond | September 20, 2014 at 5:44 am |

    Isn’t the point the debate and the sharing of information?
    Read all the sites we now have and pick and choose.
    Take a shirt from FNB and a jacket from Ask Andy, combined with some loafers from Ivy Style.
    There has never been so much for the Ivy enthusiast online than now.
    Different points of view, different angles, but all the same love of the clothes, I hope.

    Robert Carter, The Trad Forum.

  37. Comment by Ripples in a pond — September 20, 2014 @ 5:44 am

    ‘Isn’t the point the debate and the sharing of information?
    Read all the sites we now have and pick and choose.
    Take a shirt from FNB and a jacket from Ask Andy, combined with some loafers from Ivy Style.’

    Well, yes this would be true if the information available was informed and not based on enthusiastic ignorance which is sadly the case now with FNB.

    As Dr. King nicely put it – in another context of course:

    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

  38. Yeah, that’s a criss-cross, dumbass.

  39. You solved it, Eintstein?

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