In the Kitchen


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Puzzle by Jean O’Connor / Edited by Will Shortz


Six kitchen items clued as something other than a kitchen item constitutes the interrelated group of this lukewarm Wednesday crossword:

COOKIE SHEET (17A. List of user IDS?)
MEASURING CUP (22A. Undergarment fitting device?)
CAN OPENER (30A. Jailer with a key ring?)
MICROWAVE (43A. Hardly an attraction for a surfer?) 
CUTTING BOARD (49A. Directors n charge of downsizing?)
CHAFING DISH (58A. Attractive but annoying date?)


Other — DRAKE (54D. Rapper with the 3x platinum single “Hold On, We’re Going Home”), ENESCO (9D. “Romanian Rhapsodies” composer), GETAWAY CAR (27D. Aid for a bank heist), Karmann GHIA, classic German sports car, INDRA (51D. Hindu warrior king), Golfer ISAO Aoki, OSAGES (26A. Plains Indians), STELA (35A. The Rosetta Stone is one), TOG UP (50D. Dress smartly, in old parlance), TV CHANNELS (3D. Just 2 to 13, once).


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07.29.14 — Greenery

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Puzzle by Timothy Polin / Edited by Will Shortz


Five horticultural suggestions, e.g., sansevieria trifasciata, cornus, auncus, digitaria and aconitum, constitutes the main feature of this Tuesday crossword:

SNAKE PLANT (18A. Nursery worker’s suggestion for a backstabber?)
DOGWOOD (36A. … for a scoundrel?)
GOATSBEARD (57A. … for a fall guy?)
CRAB GRASS (3D. … for a grouch?)
WOLF’S BANE (32D. … for a lothario?)


Other — BASS SOLO (5D. Extended piece by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin or John Entwistle of the Who), FERN (14A. Bit of office greenery), MAMA’S BOY (54A. Overly devoted son), MENACES (24A. Killer bees and others), MESTIZA (49A. Mujer of mixed race), OPIUM DEN (37D. Old-time drug hangout), SEXTS (44A. Responds hotly?), SOBERS UP (20A. Gets more clearheaded), XZIBIT (46D. Rapper who hosted MTV’s “Pimp My Ride”).

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07.28.14 — String Quartet


Monday, July 28, 2014

Puzzle by Tom McCoy / Edited by Will Shortz


STRING QUARTET (37A. Classical music group … or what the four sets of circled letters make up?), along with the circled words, ROPE, YARN, NYLON and CABLE, constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword:

ZERO PERCENT (17A. Chance of an impossibility)
HEY ARNOLD (30A. Nickelodeon show whose protagonist has a foot-ball-shaped head)
ANY LONGER (44A. For even a second more)
VOCAB LESSON (59A. Component of a language class, informally)


Other — ASSYRIA (52A. Nineveh’s land), GAUNTLET (12D. Knight’s glove), LOSE LOSE (11D. Lke a catch-22 situation), MINUTELY (23D. With great attention to detail), RIPSAWS (24A. Cutters that cut with the grain), SENESCED (37D. Grew old), SPARKLER (25D. Hand-held Fourth of July firework), THRUSH (6D. Plumb songbird), TRY-HARDS (38D. Those who put a lot of effort into social climbing, in modern lingo).

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07.27.14 — Woe Is I — the Acrostic


Allegory of Grammar, Laurent de La Hyre, 1650

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

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



Patricia T. O’Conner unties the knottiest grammar tangles and displays the same lively humor that has charmed and enlightened gateful readers for years.  With new chapters on spelling and punctuation, and fresh insights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes of English grammar and usage, Woe Is I offers down-to-earth explanations and plain-English solutions to the language mysteries that bedevil all of us. ~ amazon.com

The quotation:  [Y]OUR SPELL-CHECKER … DOESN’T CARE WHETHER SOMEONE’S A GUERRILLA OR A GORILLA, LIVES IN A DESERT OR A DESSERT, HAS A SWEET TOOTH OR A SUITE TOOTH. … SO DON’T… HIT REPLACE EVERY TIME THE PROGRAM TELLS YOU TO (OAR YULE BEE SARI).

The author’s name and the title of the work:  PATRICIA O’CONNER, “WOE IS I”

A. Eighty-six in stages (2 wds.), PHASE OUT
B. Figures ridiculed in “Bleak House”, ATTORNEYS
C. Shake a stick, THREATEN
D. Host of the first intercollegiate football game (1869), RUTGERS
E. One driven by theory more than, IDEOLOGUE
F. Where people seeking relationships might click? (2 wds.), CHAT ROOM
G. Vexing, apt to get under one’s skin, IRKSOME
H. Lover of the arts, AESTHETE
I. Specification to a breakfast cook (2 wds.), OVER EASY
J. Four-line verse poking fun at a famous person, CLERIHEW
K. Originally, the circle where a chorus sang and danced, ORCHESTRA
L. Above-the-line figure, NUMERATOR
M. Target of a pounding, NAILHEAD
N. Common feature of subway stations and multilevel department stores, ESCALATOR
O. Philosopher who wrote “Why  Am Not a Christian” and “In Praise of Idleness”, RUSSELL
P. Epitome of a crushing defeat, WATERLOO
Q. The study of correct pronunciation, ORTHOEPY
R. Villains, baddies, agents or perfidy, EVILDOERS
S. Like a signature finger-written on a screen, often, ILLEGIBLE
T. Took the road less traveled by, STRAYED
U. Relatives of a fundamental sort, ISOTOPES



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07.27.14 — What's My Line?

Flatline

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

“What’s My Line?”  Puzzle by Randolph Ross
Edited by Will Shortz


Ten familiar phrases all clued as a “line” constitutes the main feature of this pleasant Sunday crossword:

SORRY WRONG NUMBER (22A. Telephone line)
SHOW ME THE MONEY (30A. Cruise line)
ONCE UPON A TIME (52A. Story line)
THAT’S ALL FOLKS (77A. Finish line)
IT’S NOT YOU IT’S ME (101A. Fault line)
TAKE MY WIFE PLEASE (111A. Laugh line)
I’LL GET IT (14D. Help line)
MAY  I SEE YOU AGAIN (15D Date line)
MIGHT MAKES RIGHT (39D. Power line)
EAT FRESH (84D. Subway line)


Other — ALIENATED (38D. Put off), CHUNNEL (9D. French connection?), DEAD END (88A. Maze feature), DOOZIES (41A. Special somethings), FARFEL (99A. Small pellets of noodle dough in Jewish culture), FEHR (57A. Longtime baseball union exec Donald), Jimmy HATLO (“They’ll Do It Every Time cartoonist), PRAHA (18A. European capital, to natives), RED-FACED (37D. Embarrassed), RIPPED OFF (65A. Pinched), SCHEDULE A (42D. I.R.S. form with a line for “Casualty and Theft Losses”), SESAMES (90D. Bagel toppers), STEEVE (95D. Work on the docks).


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07.26.14 — The Saturday Crossword

Detail of vase painting depicting Scylla, c. 340 BCE, Getty Museum

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Puzzle by Julian Lim / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Faces facts, GETS REAL; 9. Cruise vehicle, MOVIE; 14. Airline relaunched in 2009, AL ITALIA; 15. A. Ryder, WINONA; 16. Resort town near Piz Bermina, ST MORITZ; 17. Like some migraines, OCULAR; 18. “Home Alone” actor, JOE PESCI; 19. Hot stuff, WASABI; 20. Schubert’s “The ERL King”; 21. Place for a shoe, HOOF; 23. Star material, maybe, TIN; 24. Highlander, e.g., TOYOTA; 28. Taking five, PAUSING; 31. Public face, POSTER CHILD; 34. Scylla in Homer’s “Odyssey,” e.g., SEA CREATURE; 35. Former hit TV show with the them song “Get Crazy”, JERSEY SHORE; 36. Eliza in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” e.g., MULATTO; 37. “Raising Hell” rappers, RUN DMC; 41. ILE de la Reunion; 42. Phila.’s Franklin INST; 45. Queenside castle indicator, in chess, OOO; 46. Zigzag ribbon, RIC RAC; 49. Change for a C-note, maybe; TEN SPOTS; 53. Tops, RATED A; 54. Smashes to smithereens, ATOMIZES; 55. Narrow soccer victory, ONE NIL; 56. Mark of affection, LOVE BITE; 57. Undesirable element in the home, RADON; 58. Deserve to be listened to, say, KNOW BEST.

Down — 1. Fixture in a chemistry lab, GAS JET; 2. Las Ventas combatant, EL TORO; 3. Opportune, TIMELY; 4. Cry to a tickler, STOP; 5. RARE bird; 6. Whiffenpoofs, e.g., ELIS; 7. Common aspiration?, AITCH; 8. Region of Italy that includes Rome, LAZIO; 9. Material also known as cat-gold or glimmer, MICA; 10. ONUS probandi (legal term); 11. Set off easily, VOLATILE; 13. Bringing forth fruit, as corn, EARING; 15. Provider of “!!!”, WOW FACTOR; 22. Voice actress in Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog”, OPRAH; 25. Horse OPERA; 26. Feature of breakfast … or dinner?, TOAST; 27. Like the lifestyle of many a monk, ASCETICAL; 29. African political movement, UHURU; 30. Fire sign?, SIREN; 32. Check for size, say, TRY ON; 33. Some semiconductor experts: Abbr., EES; 34. Set apart, SELECTED; 35. Dutch queen until 1980, JULIANA; 36. Reflect, MIRROR; 38. Beaut, DOOZIE; 39. Some Renaissance music, MOTETS; 40. Baby, COSSET; 43. Follow too closely, STALK; 44. Siouan tongue, TETON; 47. Subject of a Will Ferrell “S.N.L.” impersonation, RENO; 48. Court edge, ADIN; 50. Porto-NOVO, Benin; 51. Cousin of a goldeneye, SMEW; 52. Mr. PIBB.


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07.25.14 — Down Goes Frazier

George Foreman, right, sent Joe Frazier to the canvas six times in less than two founds to claim Frazier’s heavyweight championship in a bout at Kingston, Jamaica , on Jan. 22, 1973.  Foreman, who was 24 at the time would retire in 1977 but come back to win a share of the title in 1994 at age 45. ~ Houston Chronicle Sports 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Puzzle by Peter A. Collins / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — It’s part of a club, MAYO; 5. Place for vino, ASTI; 9. Like some floors and series, SWEPT; 14. Ancient land east of the Tigris, ELAM; 15. Fur source, CHINCHILLA; 17. Repeated cry in a 1973 fight, DOWN GOES FRAZIER; 19. High class, SENIORS; 20. Mo. Of Indian Independence Day, AUG; 21. Annihilate, arcade-style, ZAP; 22. Many a New York Post headline, PUN; 23. Geezers, OLD GOATS; 25. Aptly named N.F.L. M.V.P. of the 1960s, STARR; 28. Tudor who lost her head, BOLEYN; 29. The Glass Capital of the World, TOLEDO OHIO; 31. Thing, in Spain or Italy, COSA; 35. Minority report?, DISSENT; 36. Polish rolls, BIALIES; 38. SLOE-eyed; 39. Regardless of the repercussions, AT ALL COSTS; 41. Fox in the Baseball Hall of Fame, NELLIE; 43. Bring up to speed, CUE IN; 44. They might become bats, ASH TREES; 47. Death, to Mozart, TOD; 48. People often strain to make it, TEA; 49. D.C.-based intercontinental grp., OAS; 50. Calls upon, TURNS TO; 54. Many Victoria Cross recipients, BRITISH SOLDIERS; 57. Heads with hearts, ARTICHOKES; 58. One hit on the head, NAIL; 59. Indian yogurt dish, RAITA; 60. “No PASA nada” (“It’s all good”: Sp.); 61. Journeyer through Grouchland, in a 1999 film, ELMO.

Down — 1. Doc’s orders, MEDS; 2. Palliation application, ALOE; 3. Demonstration of disinterest, YAWN; 4. Like God, OMNIPRESENT; 5. Fall faller, ACORN; 6. Hens and heifers, SHES; 7. “’TIS true”; 8. Like God, INFALLIBLE; 9. Like yaks, SHAGGY; 10. Richard Pryor title role, with “the”, WIZ; 11. The “you” in “On the Street Where You Live”, ELIZA; 12. Fold, PLEAT; 13. Some cover-ups, TARPS; 16. Tanker’s thankful, CRUDE OIL; 18. Currency of 46-Down, GOURDE; 23. “Impressive!”, OOH; 24. Elated, ON CLOUD NINE; 25. Touchstones: Abbr., STDS; 26. Bust a hump, TOIL; 27. Further, ALSO; 28. Liquor store, Down Under, BOTTLE SHOP; 30. Restrained, ON A LEASH; 32. Beauvais’s department, OISE; 33. Institute n the 1997 sci-fi film “Contact”, SETI; 34. N.R.A. member?: Abbr., ASSN; 37. Agreement, ACCORD; 40. Start of an alphabet book, A IS; 42. Work first publicly performed at the Theater an der Wien in 1805, EROICA; 44. In open court, AT BAR; 45. Junipero SERRA, founder of San Francisco; 46. Where 18-Downs are currency, HAITI; 47. Home of minor-league baseball’s Drillers, TULSA; 50. Ducky web sites?, TOES; 51. Dollar bill feature, SEAL; 52. Quick cut, TRIM; 53. Europe’s Tiger City, OSLO; 55. Cousin of a chickadee, TIT; 56. The English Beat’s genre, SKA.


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07.24.14 — Paint IT Black


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Puzzle by David Phillips / Edited by Will Shortz


PAINT IT BLACK (23D. 1966 Rolling Stones hit … or an instruction to be followed four times in this puzzle) with ‘IN’ in four black double-squares constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword:


  • CHECK [IT] OUT (20/22A. “Looky here!”) along with ENC[I]RCLED (5/25D. Went around) and COA[T]TAIL (6/26D. Men’s formalwear feature)
  • LET [IT] SLIDE (59/61A. Not worry about something annoying) with DULC[I]NEA (41/67D. Don Quixote’s love) and PETER [T]OSH (37/68D. One of the Wailers of Bob Marley and the Wailers)
  • WRECK-[IT]-RALPH (4D/39D. Hit 2012 Disney film) with STA[I]RCASE (29/32A. Flight setting) and ANA[T]OLIA (35/36A. Greater part of Turkey)
  • PAINT [IT] BLACK with CUTS [I]NTO (47/49A. Interrupts, as a broadcast) and SELEC[T]EES (52/53A. Chosen people)


Other — AFRO (7D. Picked locks?), DINO and FLINTSTONE (63D. 11-Down pet; 11D. Pebbles, e.g.), ECARTE (5A. Game similar to euchre), ISAIAH (74A. Prophet on the Sistine Chapel ceiling), OGRISH (50D. Beastly), OPALS (50A. South Australian exports), PEORIA (51D. Bradley University site), Jeremy RENNER of “The Avengers“,  SLOES (56D. Dark-skinned fruit), SOLANO (66A. California county between San Francisco and Sacramento), STELLA (52D. Stanley Kowalski’s woman), Rikki-tikki-TAVI, THEATRE (27A. A series of “insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster,” per Tom Stoppard.


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07.23.14 — Blank Check


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Puzzle by Howard Barkin / Edited by Will Shortz


BLANK CHECK (59A. Complete freedom … and a hint to each half of the answer to each starred clue), BODY DOUBLE (18A. *Movie stand-in), BACKGROUND SOUND (29A. *Crowd noise, for example) and PERSONAL BAGGAGE (46A. *One’s physical or emotional burdens) constitute the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.

Other — A KEY (58D. Solution t the classic riddle “What force or strength cannot get through, / I, with gentle touch can do”), AGA KHAN (45D. Shiite leader who clams direct descent from Muhammad), ASKANCE (43D. With suspicion, as a look), BOAR (1A. Truffle-seeking beast), DARKENS (57A. What the moon does during a lunar eclipse), EQUATOR (10D. Where it’s always zero degrees), RUN COLD (24D. What your blood may do when you’re frightened), SWAK (52A. Love-letter words), TIME OUT (20A. Toddler’s banishment to a corner, say), TOCCATA (38A. Bach work).

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