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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Puzzle by Michael Blake and Andrea Carla Michaels
Edited by Will Shortz

Adding IE to familiar phrases to make a new phrase clued to suit, i.e., ADDIE (69A. Girl’s name that’s a two part hint to 1-/20-, 27-, 45- and 53-Across), is the main feature of this Tuesday crossword:

SWEET / GEORGIA BROWNIE (1A. With 20-Across, chocolaty Atlanta treat?)
BAR STOOLIE (27A. One ratting out a group of lawyers?)
RARE BIRDIE (45A. What the duffer shot on a hole, surprisingly?)
SHOCKING PINKIE (53A. Little finger that makes you go “Oh my God!”?)

Other — AIWA (7D. Sanyo competitor), CASITA (6D. Small house, in Latin America), MILLSTONE (61A. Unwanted weight), OSCAR (39A. Grouch  of children’s TV), REEBOKS (34D. Shoes named for an antelope), SWAP MEETS (18A. Organized bartering occasions), TEAS and TEARS (67A. 4:00 socials; 5D. Eye droppers?).

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05.04.15 — Stepmom

Stepmother, Disney’s “Cinderella”

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Puzzle by Zhouqin Burnikel / Edited by Will Shortz

STEP MOM (39A. Wicked relative of Cinderella … or what each set of circled letters represent), plus four sets of circled letters reading MAMA, constitutes the main feature of this Monday crossword:

Other — AHA MOMENT (35D. Epiphany), ARAMAIC (4D. “The Passion of the Christ” language”), AS IF I CARE (12D. “Big deal”), DREAM ACT (29A. Obama-supported proposal for children of undocumented immigrants), HAM AND EGGS (17A. Traditional breakfast combo), I AM A CAMERA (64A. Hit 1951 play that inspired “Cabaret”), LION TAMER (11D. Whip-wielding circus performer), OMAR and ROMA, PORTIA (25D. Shakespeare character whose name sounds like a car), RADAR BLIP (34D. Plane’s appearance on an air traffic controller’s screen), SAM ADAMS (48A. Brew with the slogan “For the love of beer”), SNAPPY (24A. Quick, as a comeback).

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05.03.15 — The Inheritor's Powder — the Acrostic


Sunday, May 3, 2015

ACROSTIC, Puzzle by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Edited by Will Shortz
In the first half of the nineteenth century, an epidemic swept Europe: arsenic poisoning. Available at any corner shop for a few pence, arsenic was so frequently used by potential beneficiaries of wills that it was nicknamed “the inheritor’s powder.” But it was difficult to prove that a victim had been poisoned, let alone to identify the contaminated food or drink since arsenic was tasteless.

Incisive and wryly entertaining, science writer Sandra Hempel brings to life a gripping story of domestic infighting, wayward police behavior, a slice of Victorian history, stories of poisonings, and an unforgettable foray into the origins of forensic science. ~ amazon.com 

The quotation:  OPIUM WAS SOLD IN A SOLUTION CALLED LAUDANUM WHICH COST ABOUT THE SAME AS A PINT OF BEER.  GALLONS OF GODFREY’S CORDIAL, A BLEND OF OPIUM, TREACLE AND SPICES WERE POURED DOWN INFANTS’ THROATS DURING THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.

The author’s name and the title of the work:  SANDRA HEMPEL, “THE INHERITOR’S POWDER”

A. Aquatic plant’s anchoring part, HOLDFAST
B. Bliss, euphoria, joy, ELATION 
C. Insanity, MADNESS
D. Activity for a  cabalist or a navigator, PLOTTING
E. Dodge or duck; battle, ELUDE
F. No. 2, for example (2 wds.), LEAD PENCIL
G. Not apt to ruffle feathers, TACTFUL
H. Large brass instrument resting on the shoulder, HELICON
I. Public walk along a shore, ESPLANADE
J. Anvil in the middle ear, INCUS
K. Like the invasion of 1066, NORMAN
L. Fatal flaw of many Greek heroes, HUBRIS
M. Get less intense, let up (2 wds.), EASE OFF
N. Stronghold from which to repel an attack, REDOUBT
O. Safe, harmless, not to be feared, INNOCUOUS
P. Frugal sort, unflatteringly, TIGHTWAD
Q. Big of gossip (2 wds.), ON DIT
R. Out of control; on the lam, RUNAWAY
S. Has some intriguing ideas?, SCHEMES
T. Acquire, pick up, manage to get, PROCURE
U. Study of birds’ eggs, OOLOGY
V. Detached, reserved, shy, WITHDRAWN
W. Evidence against an assertion, DISPROOF
X. Words on a Wonderland cake (2 wds.), EAT ME
Y. Poison also known as white arsenic, RATSBANE

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05.03.15 — Non-Starters


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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Puzzle by Dan Schoenholz / Edited by Will Shortz

Dropping the first letter "N" from familiar phrases and clueing the results to suit constitutes the interrelated group of this clever Sunday crossword:

A NOOK OF THE NORTH (23A. Arctic hideaway?)
EAR TO ONE’S HEART (34A. Neck-stretching yoga position?)
ORMAN CONQUEST (45A. Big win for a prominent TV financial adviser?)
ARROW MINDED (65A. Like makers of one-way street signs?)
OISE POLLUTION (85A. Environmentalists’ concern in northern France?)
ICE PIECE OF WORK (96A. Igloo, e.g.?)
EURO TRANSMITTER (111A. One sending money from France or Germany?)

Other — AAA, AHA and ARA; ANOMALOUS (14D. Irregular); CAPO and CAPOTE; CREEP (81A. Hardly Mr. Right); ENDOSPERM (82D. Nourishment for a plant embryo); EROICA (9D. Beethoven’s Third); FRACASES (103A. Melees); LEVITTOWN (76D. Archetypal postwar suburb); Milton OBOTE who led Uganda to independence; PARABLE (52D. “The Prodigal Son,“ for one); SMOKES POT (6D. Takes part in a joint session?); UNMERITED (80D. Coming from out of nowhere, as an insult).
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05.02.15 — Vast Number


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Puzzle by Barry C. Silk / Edited by Will Shortz

The pairing of GOOGLEPLEX  (11D. Corporate headquarters in Mountain View) and GOOGOLPLEX (27D. Vast number) constitutes the main feature of this Saturday crossword.

Other — ALGEBRA EXAM (25A. Series of unknown challenges?); ALL OR NONE (15A. Zero-compromise); ANDIE (10D. “Pretty in Pink” heroine); CURATORS (51A. Exhibitionists?); GABOR (1A: Socialite who wrote "How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man"); G-NOTE (37A. Thou); GUAM (1D. Where Chamorro is spoken); KRAMERS (48A Divorced title couple of film); MAGNOLIA (19A. Image on Mississippi’s state quarter); MAKE TRACKS (28D. Skedaddle); MEL’S DINER (55A. 1970s-‘80s sitcom locale); NEAREST EXIT (44A. Evacuation location); ORANGEMEN (4D. 2003 N.C.A.A. hoops champs); ROOMIES (30A. Some cable splitters); ROY ORBISON (5D. Subject of the 2013 musical biography “Rhapsody in Black”); SALINAS (6D. Seat of Monterey County); TEKTITE (38D. Meteorite impact product)

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05.01.15 — Escape Mechanism


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Puzzle by David Steinberg/ Edited by Will Shortz

Seven 16-letter across answers constitute the main feature of this smooth Friday crossword:

ESCAPE MECHANISMS (1A. They’ll help you out) 
MONTE CARLO CASINO (17A. Riviera hot spot)
THE SCARLET LETTER (18A. Provider of an A in English?)
LEMON MERINGUE PIE (38A. Tangy dessert)
ADRENALINE JUNKIE (58A. Many an extreme athlete)
METROPOLITAN AREA (63A. Unit in population statistics)
EAST TO UNDERSTAND (64A. Simple)

Other — AKEEM (52A. “Coming to America” role); ANGEL DUST (44A. Phencyclidine, colloquially); ATINGLE (23d. All excited); ATS (4D. @ @ @); FEROCIOUS (30A. Cutthroat); GAS LOG (42A. Faux fireplace feature); HOT SPRINGS (10D. Steam source); JAM JAR (46D. Preserves preserver); JESUS ALOU (36D. Youngest of a baseball trio); JOTTER (46A. Notepad user); JULIET (36A. “A thousand times good night!” speaker); Calvin PEETE of the P.G.A.

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04.30.15 — Rhymes


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Puzzle by Herre Schouwerwou / Edited by Will Shortz

Five double-pun phrases, some rhyming with a first or last name, constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword:

POEHLER BARE (19A. Naked “Parks and Recreation” star?)

THOREAU FAIR (61A. Event at Walden Pond?)
CHER WEAR 12D. Clothing line from an Oscar-winning singer?)
BELLE HEIR (20D Offspring of Beauty?)
HERR KERR (39D. The Galloping gourmet in Germany?)

Other — COPPER (1D. Conductor of note), DISROBED (7D. Stripped), EGGHEAD (4D. Brainiac), ELAINE (51D. Paige of Broadway and London’s West End), NONMETAL (41D. Any of about 18 elements on the periodic table), ROCK (27D. Wear and look great doing it), “The last thing I wanted to do was be a WAR-TIME president“: Lyndon Johnson.

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04.29.15 — Vertex

 Vertex

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Puzzle by Daniel Landman / Edited by Will Shortz

Mathematical shapes constitute  the main feature of this meaningless Wednesday crossword:

RIGHT TRIANGLE (20A. ELK, geometrically, in the finished puzzle)
TRAPEZOID (28A. EARL, geometrically)
POLYGON (39A. ELK, EARL, LEAK or GEAR, geometrically)
RECTANGLE (48A. LEAK, geometrically)
PARALLELOGRAM (58A. GEAR, geometrically)
VERTEX (52D. What each of this puzzle’s circled squares represents 

Other —  ANDRO (1D. Mixing male and female characteristics, slangily), BACK PAIN (38D. Lumbago), DOGGONE (47D. Darn), LARGELY (55A. For the most part), LAG, LADE, LENI, LIDA and the LIRR, SHAHDOM (4D. Iran, formerly), SIDE NOTE (11D. Incidental remark).

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04.28.15 — Square Root


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Puzzle by José Chardiet/ Edited by Will Shortz

SQUARE ROOTS (34A. Math calculations exemplified 14 times in this puzzle) and ROOT in fourteen squares is the main feature of this Tuesday crossword:

Other — CABOOSE (3D. Ones back on track?), GO ON TOUR (6D. Hit the road, as a band), NOOGIE (44D. Painful bit of horseplay), PET DOOR (56A. What a dog might raise a flap about?), POOR TAX (41D. Chance card in Monopoly with a $15 fee), Vocalist ROBERTA Flack, ROOFTOPS (36D. Places to view fireworks), SET LOOSE (37D. Release, as the hounds), STROPHE (61A. Poetic stanza).

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