Jelly

Belly dancer Yuliya from New Jersey

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Puzzle by Andrea Carla Michaels / Edited by Will Shortz


JELLY (67A. What quivering legs feel like … or a word that can precede the starts of 17-, 27-, 45- and 60-Across), along with BELLY, FISH, ROLL and BEAN constitute the interrelated group of this very friendly Monday crossword:

BELLY DANCER (17A. Performer who may have a navel decoration)
FISH AND CHIPS (27A. Some British pub food)
ROLL OF THE DIE (45A. Risk, figuratively)
BEAN SPROUTS (60A. Common stir-fry ingredients)


Other — ARCHER (18D. Zodiac symbol for Sagittarius), CRESTS (38D. Colorful parts of many birds), DRECK (37A. Junk, from Yiddish), EMMA PEEL (32A. Diana Rigg’s role on “The Avengers”), FATALLY (28D. How Hamlet stabs Polonius), JOHN DOE (22D. Mr. X), KIDNAPS (39D. Takes for ransom), PRISONER (43A. Jailbird), TUVALU (47D. Polynesian land whose Internet suffix is .tv), VROOM (21A. Souped-up engine sound).


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09.14.14 — Spoonerisms


Caricature of Charles H. Workman.
Caption reads “Through every passion raging”.

Accompanying biography read “The only part of him which gets tired is his tongue, and occasionally the oft-repeated lines have got muddled.  ‘Self-constricted ruddles,’ his striggles were terruffic’, and deloberately rib me’ are a few of the spoonerisms he has perpetrated.  Success has not spoilt him.  He is a professional humourist who has been known to make an Englishman laugh at breakfast”.Wikipedia 

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

“Celebrity Spoonerisms”  — Puzzle by Tony Orbach and Patrick Blindauer
Edited by Will Shortz


This Sunday’s fairly amiable crossword aims low and hits bottom with a thud featuring nine spoonerisms that utilize “celebrity” names to rib inconsequential phrases:


  • CAINE PILLAR (26A. Actor Michael’s means of support?), e.g., pain killer
  • FEY HEALED (28A. Comic Tina recovered from her wound?), hay field
  • LEE SCION (42A. Heir of martial artist Bruce?), sea lion
  • FIRTH BOTHER (52A. Annoyance for actor Colin?), birth father
  • GERE BOGGLES (68A. Thunderstruck critic’s review for actor Richard?), beer goggles
  • SHEEN CLEATS (88A. What actor Martin calls his athletic footwear?), clean sheets
  • WEST MYTH (97A. Urban legend about rapper Kanye?), messed with
  • BYRNE TACK (114A. Musician David’s equestrian accouterments?), turn back
  • POEHLER SOUR (117A. Tart cocktail named for comic Amy?), solar power


Other — ARSENIC (123A. Suspected cause of Napoleon’s death), EVANESCENT (44D. Ephemeral), ITASCA (101D. Lake that’s the source of the Mississippi), KEEP GOING (6D. “Don’t stop!“), OH HAPPY DAY (39D. “Praise the Lord!“), ON SALE NOW (86D. Tempting words for shopaholics), PHEASANT (16D. Partridge family member). SPACEK (1A. Sissy who‘s not a sissy).


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09.13.14 — Bad Girl


Eris — Golden apple of discord by Jakob Jordaens, 1633

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Puzzle by Josh Knapp / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Pro, ADEPT; 6. Paper job, COLUMNIST; 15. Words repeated after “I shall no more,” in “The Tempest”, TO SEA; 16. Say, PRONOUNCE; 17. When bars close in Boston, TWO AM; 18. TV screen format, LETTERBOX; 19. Subject of a standing order?, ANTHEM; 21. INSERT COIN; 22. Super-corny, CHEESEBALL; 26. Pair, ITEM; 27. Font menu choice, KERN; 28. It’s between -1 and +1, SINE; 29. Bag, SNARE; 30. Source of conflict, in antiquity, ERIS; 31. Film, e.g., COATING; 33. 12/; DEC; 34. Biker chick, perhaps, BAD GIRL; 35. Dude, CAT; 38. Invention that prompted NBC to adopt the peacock logo, COLOR TV; 39. CHIA seeds, ingredients in some health drinks; 40. “Gotcha,” in old lingo, I’M HIP; 43. Star followers, MAGI; 44. Something that’s fallen off a shelf?, BERG; 45. What an article may refer to, NOUN; 46. Herb used in Thai food, LEMONGRASS; 48. Fair, COMELY; 50. Italian after-dinner drink, GRAPPA; 51. Party to a tryst, INAMORATA; 55. Toy company that introduced Rubik’s Cube, IDEAL; 56. Like bulldogs, TENACIOUS; 57. Finely prepare, MINCE; 58. Something on either side of a bridge, EYE SOCKET; 59. One advised to take two tablets, MOSES.


Down — 1. Beset, ATTACKED; 2. Call from the cellar, DOWN HERE; 3. Like most philosophy dissertations, ESOTERIC; 4. Ones involved in an elaborate courtship, PEA HENS; 5. Breaks, TAMES; 6. Radar’s rank on “M*A*S*H”: Abbr., CPL; 7. Bank deposit?, ORE; 8. Universal area, LOT; 9. Through, UNTIL; 10. Kitchen brand, MOEN; 11. Like many new mothers, NURSING; 12. Still being tested, IN BETA; 13. One running home, maybe, SCORER; 14. Modern-day “Let’s stay in touch”, TEXT ME; 20. Agave product, MESCAL; 23. Montreal eco-tourist attraction, BIODOME; 24. Anemone, to name one, ANAGRAM; 25. “Just relax, will you?!”, LET IT GO; 29. Chase scene producers, for short, SNL; 32. Classic storyteller who wrote under the pseudonym Knickerbocker, IRVING; 34. Punch, BOP; 35. Depreciates, CHEAPENS; 36. Valuable commodity in New York City, AIR SPACE; 37. What some homemade signs announce, TAG SALES; 38. Anchors of some malls, CINEMAS; 39. Box in a cab, CB RADIO; 40. Spark, INCITE; 41. Comedian Paul MOONEY; 42. Kind, HUMANE; 46. Words that are rarely spoken, LYRICS; 47. Teller of many tales, GRIMM; 49. Unscrewed, LOCO; 52. [Thumbs up], A-OK; 53. End of many a long race: Abbr., TUE; 54. P.E.I. setting, AST.

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09.12.14 — The Friday Crossword


Freddie Mercury of Queen at Teatro Genius of Viterbo

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Puzzle by Michael Wiesenberg / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Queen’s music, STADIUM ROCK; 12. Film developer?: Abbr., DIR; 15. “Hasta la vista!”, I‘M OUTTA HERE; 16. Musician with the 2012 album “Lux”, ENO; 17. Allows someone to talk, say, TAKES THE RAP; 18. Big gun on a ship: Abbr., ADM; 19. Oxford, e.g., to its students, UNI; 20. Michael CERA of “Juno”; 21. Oxide used in picture tubes, YTTRIA; 23. “A person who talks when you wish him to listen,” per Ambrose Bierce, BORE; 24. Lead, GO FIRST; 25. Shots, PHOTOS; 28. Coddle, e.g., BE NICE TO; 29. Shack, HOVEL; 30. Artistic friend of Zola, MANET; 31. Sharpshooter’s skill, AIM; 32. Poet Wilfred OWEN; 33. Out of gear?, NAKED; 34. EDNA Buchanan in a bookstore; 35. Word of logic, NOR; 36. Moving day multitude, BOXES; 37. Governor or senator follower, ELECT; 38. Caught in a web, ENSNARED; 40. Certain book, sizewise, QUART; 41. Makes out, DETECTS; 42. Secure neatly, as an umbrella, FURL; 43. Pioneer in the Nevada gaming industry, HARRAH; 44. One of its categories is Agency of the Year, CLIO; 45. With 46-Down, two-in-one movie players, DVD; 48. It’s often an oxide, ORE; 49. Something avoided in a factory outlet, RETAIL PRICE; 52. Washington and McKinley: Abbr., MTS; 53. Commute, in a way, DRIVE TO WORK; 54. Replies of confusion, EHS; 55. Stick here and there, INTERSPERSE.

Down — 1. Archaeologists often find what they’re looking for in this, SITU; 2. Counterfeiter fighter, informally, T-MAN; 3. Isao AOKI of golf; 4. At full term, DUE; 5. “No worries”, IT’S COOL; 6. Comes out with, UTTERS; 7. Skiing twins’ surname, MAHRE; 8. Sister of Phoebe, in myth, RHEA; 9. “Or softly lightens O’ER her face”: Byron; 10. Like many kids’ self-made greeting cards, CRAYONED; 11. Didn’t let oneself go, say, KEPT FIT; 12. Lead-in to some written advice, DEAR READER; 13. Blurred, INDISTINCT; 14. Option for a marinara base, ROMA TOMATO; 22. Not too big a jerk, TIC; 23. Old bomber, B-TEN; 24. A lot of what makes you you, GENES; 25. Checked in with loved ones, say, PHONED HOME; 26. Exclamation that might be punctuated “??!?”, HOW ON EARTH; 27. Put too much weight on, OVER-STRESS; 28. Like some potato chips, BAKED; 30. Ceilings, MAXES; 33. From the Union, NORTHERN; 34. Hebrew for “to the skies”, EL AL; 36. Rival of Captain Morgan, BACARDI; 37. Abba’s music, EUROPOP; 39. NER Tamid (ever-burning synagogue lamp); 40. Thick spreads, QUILTS; 42. Ace on a base, FLIER; 44. Give up, CAVE; 45. One of its fragrances is Poison, DIOR; 46. See 45-Across, VCRS; 47. Rink fooler, DEKE; 50. Small warbler, TIT; 51. Inits. Of Thoreau’s mentor, RWE.


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09.11.14 — Heart Problems



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

“Change of Heart” Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer
Edited by Will Shortz


A note (in part) accompanies this puzzle:  “The title is key to solving the puzzle…”

Perhaps the most inane crossword ever published in The New York Times or almost any other publication, this puzzle is initially unintelligible and ultimately a ponderous waste of time.

In short, the down answers match the down clues while the across answers do not unless the central letter (the heart of the word or phrase) of the across answers is changed, e.g., TAKES PART (17A. Dismantle) instead of TAKE APART; FIRE WATER (66A. Sideshow performer) for FIRE EATER, etc.  

The only real “change of HEART” is the anagram EARTH at 26-Down, clued as “Planet of the Apes” planet (spoiler alert!) superseded by the note heading the crossword.

Enough said…


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09.10.14 — Been There, Done That


2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968 — the tribe of apemen

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Puzzle by Jim Peredo / Edited by Will Shortz


T-SHIRT (69A. Where you might see the message formed by the last words in 21-, 32-, 42- and 54-Across), along with those last words, e.g., BEEN / THERE / DONE / THAT, constitutes the main feature of this Wednesday crossword: 


HOW YOU BEEN (21A. “What’s goin’ on?”)
PUT ‘ER THERE (32A. “Let’s shake!”)
NO HARM DONE (42A. Don’t worry, I’m O.K.”)
GIVE ME THAT (54A. “Hand it over!”)


Other — APEMEN (1A. Missing links), ARM (18A. Half an exorbitant fee?), DORSEY (52A. Sinatra’s big band leader), HOOHAHS (44D. Big kerfuffles), OCEAN BREEZE (24D. Beachgoer’s cooler-offer), OLD TOWN (43D. Historic section of a city), READ ON (66A. Turn the page, say), SHAWNEE (7D. Tecumseh’s tribe), TEASES (30A. Coquettish sorts), UNABASHEDLY (10D. In an open, no-apologies manner)

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09.09.14 — The Twist



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Puzzle by Ed Sessa / Edited by Will Shortz

CHUBBY CHECKER (10D. Starter of a dance craze in 18-Down), NINETEEN SIXTY (18D. See 10-Down), along with COME ON LET’S TWIST in circles twisting down the center of the crossword constitutes the main feature of this Tuesday crossword.

Other — Addis ABABA, Ethiopia, Jai ALAI, ACEY-deucey, CARO (27D. Dear one, Italian-style), CLEW (28D. Discovery in a British mystery), DACHAS (4A. Counry getaways, in Russia), EMIL Jannings who won the first Best Actor Oscar, FIELD TRIPS (60A. Class outings), HELL and STYX (16A. Subject of Dante’s “Inferno”; 59A. River to 16-Across), MANNERISMS (17A. Behavioral quirks), POWER STRIP and WALL SOCKET (41A and 32A. Electricity source).

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09.08.14 — O



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Monday, September 8, 2014

Puzzle by David Stenholm / Edited by Will Shortz


THE BIG FIVE-OH (53A. Milestone birthday, informally … with a hint to 20-, 31- and 41-Across) and three answers containing five letter O’s constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword:

BOOK OF MORMON (20A. 2011 Tony-winning religious satire, with “The”)
DOOR-TO-DOOR (31A. Hyperlocal way to campaign)
VOODOO DOLL (41A. Black magic item)


Other — AREA CODES (18A. Long-distance callers’ necessities), GARBO (59A. Actress Greta who famously said “I want to be alone”), HOOLIGAN (39D. Rowdy soccer fan, for one), OBAMA (6D. First president born outside the continental U.S.), OH BOY 3D. “Goody!), OOO (35D. Tic-tac-toe winner), SLAMMER (9D. Jail, slangily), SORORITY (5D. Campus sisterhood), VETERAN (41D. Purple Heart recipient, e.g.), WAHOO (14A. “Yippee!“), WHITE RICE (56A. Uncle Ben‘s offering).


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09.07.14 — Letter Perfect — the Acrostic



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

ACROSTIC, Puzzle by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Edited by Will Shortz


This Sunday’s acrostic draws a quotation from “Letter Perfect” by David Sacks.


The quotation:  B… HAS A RELATIONSHIP WITH M… WHILE THE TWO… SOUND DIFFERENT, THEY USE MUCH THE SAME SPEECH MECHANISM… . TO DISCOVER THE CONNECTION, PINCH YOUR NOSTRILS AND SAY, “MY MOMMY MEETS ME.”  IT COMES OUT A BIT LIKE, “BY BOBBY BEETS BE.”


The author’s name and the title of the work:  DAVID SACKS, “LETTER PERFECT”

The defined words:

A. Composer who influenced Ravel and Boulez, DEBUSSY
B. Predatory strategy for cats, AMBUSH
C. Old Indochinese Communists, VIETMINH
D. Massive, titanic, mammoth, IMMENSE
E. Dry subject of a 2012 Ken Burns film (2 wds.), DUST BOWL
F. SERAPHIC Doctor (epithet for St Bonaventure)
G. “Be that as it may …”, ANYHOW
H. Home for some cenobites, CLOISTER
I. Stifling thing to put on something, KIBOSH
J. One’s one and only (2 wds.), SOUL MATE
K. Appealing to Luddites (hyph.), LOW-TECH
L. Ugandan hub on Lake Victoria, ENTEBBE
M. May material also known as herd’s-grass, TIMOTHY
N. Multiday cricket affair with lunch and tea breaks (2 wds.), TEST MATCH
O. Canine on the edge of the roof?, EYETOOTH
P. Douay-RHEIMS Bible
Q. “Lies and PERFIDY are the refuse of fools and cowards” (Lord Chesterfield)
R. United Christendom movement, ECUMENISM
S. Baskerville or Bodoni, e.g. (2 wds.), ROMAN TYPE
T. Choking danger at a seafood restaurant (2 wds.), FISH BONE
U. Expressive set of punctuation marks, EMOTICOM
V. Christmas tree decoration (2 wds.), CANDY CANE
W. Mythological character on whom Shakespeare’s Juliet is based, THISBE

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