09.01.14 — Steaming Along


Metal and Speed, Holly Martin photographer 

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Puzzle by Allan E. Parrish / Edited by Will Shortz


TAMES (30D. Breaks … or an anagram of the ends of five Across answers in this puzzle), along with PERLE MESTA (17A. Socialite who inspired 1950’s Call Me Madam”), SHIPMATES (21A. Sulu and Uhura, e.g., on the Enterprise), DELI MEATS (37A. Pastrami and salami), LOSE STEAM (57A. Run out of energy) and LEGAL TEAMS (63A. Groups hired for high-profile cases) constitute the interrelated group of this nifty little Monday crossword.

Other — ATROPHY (41D. Wither away), DISSECT (13D. Cut up, as a frog), NAPALM (40A. Vietnam War weapon), NET LOSS (40D. Business setback recorded on Schedule C), QUALM (24D. Hesitation about something), SEISMIC (46D. Earth-shaking), SUSIE Q (23A. 1957 hit covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968), ZERO SUM (3D. Like a game with equal winners).

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08.31.14 — Heard at the Movies


The Godfather, 1972

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

“Heard At The Movies”, Puzzle by Joel Fagliano
Edited by Will Shortz

Six film titles are rendered phonetically in this tedious Sunday crossword, clued by BEST PICTURE WINNER, 109A. What you get when you say 23-, 31-, 47-, 64-, 79- or 97-Across out loud — twisted stuff:

CHALLAH BOWED HEAVE, 23A. Jewish bread / Played, as a violin / Throw (1950)
HONDA WATT AFFRONT, 31A. Toyota rival / Measure of power / Insult (1954)
DWELL FIERCE SUSS LAVE, 47A. Reside / Savage / Puzzle (out) / Wash (2013)
THUG ODD FODDER, 64A. Hooligan / Strange / Silo contents (1972)
WARDEN HAIRY PEEPHOLE, 79A. Wildlife protector / Difficult / Hotel door feature (1980)
HOW TOUGH HAVE RIGA (97A. “In what way?” / Like overcooked steak / Possess / European capital on a gulf (1985)

Other — APPIAN WAY (78D. Road starting at the Porta Capena), DRUG LAWS (47D. Narcs enforce them), HAMPER (86A. Load bearer?), INTERNEES (114A. P.O.W.s, e.g.), MECCAS (1D. Shopping malls on Black Friday, e.g.), MISS USA (1A. Halle Berry was once runner-up for this), RENE CLAIR (20A. French filmmaker who led the Cinéma Pur), RUBENS (88D. “Daniel in the Lions Den” artist), SALAAM (40A. Peace in the Middle East); SARDINE (115A. Rush-hour subway rider, facetiously), SHELLS (6D. Beach homes?), MR SLATE (29D. Fred Flintstone’s boss), WATER RAT (48D. Marsh rodent), WUSSY (72A. Like a milquetoast).

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08.30.14 — The Saturday Crossword

The Raising of Lazarus, Rembrandt, 
late 1620s or 1630-32, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Puzzle by David Steinberg / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. LOMBARD Street, London’s onetime equivalent to New York’s Wall Street; 8. Lurid nightspot, GO-GO BAR; 15. Synthetic purplish colorant, AZO BLUE; 16. Took too many courses?, OVERATE; 17. Vicks product, ZZZQUIL; 18. Rap type, GANGSTA; 19. Assn. with a “100 Years … 100 Movies” list, AFI; 20. Bygone Acura, INTEGRA; 22. Non-Roman Caesar, SID; 23. Have a dependency, RELY; 25. “Would you look at that!”, GOLLY; 26. Musical title character who “made us feel alive again”, MAME; 27. What the Sup. Court interprets, U S LAW; 29. “IKE in ‘56” (old campaign button); 30. Plantation machine, BALER; 31. Hid, STASHED; 33. Sybill Trelawney, in the Harry Potter books, SEERESS; 35. Gorp, e.g., MIX; 36. Like some projects for short, DIY; 37. Mesh with, FIT INTO; 41. Piece of trash?, JUNK ART; 45. Slightly ahead, UP ONE; 46.”NAE man can tether time or tide”: Burns; 48. Tim Tebow, in college football, GATOR; 49. “Sweet” girl of song, JANE; 50. Ones with issues?, PAPAS; 52. Person holding many positions, YOGI; 53. Ox-tail?, IDE; 54. Trattoria specification, AL DENTE; 56. Key holder?, MAP; 57. Mercury’s winged sandals, TALARIA; 59. Outlook alternative, AOL MAIL; 61. Parasite, SPONGER; 62. Cash in a country bar, ROSANNE; 63. Parallel bars?, UPC CODE; 64. Onetime “Lifts and separates” sloganeer, PLAYTEX.

Down — 1. “The Raising of LAZARUS” (Rembrandt painting); 2. Annual heavy metal tour; OZZFEST; 3. Big name in browsers, MOZILLA; 4. Popular chip flavor, BBQ; 5. Parisian possessive, ALUI; 6. Kicking oneself for, RUING; 7. Trapezius neighbor, DELTOID; 8. Welders’ wear, GOGGLES; 9. Egg maker, OVARY; 10. GENA Rowlands of “A Woman Under the Influence”; 11. Assn., ORG; 12. Beverage with a triangular logo, BASS ALE; 13. Occasionally, AT TIMES; 14. Kindles, e.g., READERS; 21. Pride : lion :: gang : ELK; 24. YASMINE Bleeth of Baywatch”; 26. Avon Competitor, MARY KAY; 28. “Do I have to!,” for one, WHINE; 30. Extraterrestrial, e.g., BEING; 32 Abbr. on a business card, EXT; 34. URL ender, EDU; 37. Japanese electronics giant, FUJITSU; 38. Download from Apple, IPAD APP; 39. “Funky Cold Medina” rapper, TONE LOC; 40. Not entirely of one’s own volition, say, ON A DARE; 41. “Cloud Shepherd” sculptor, JEAN ARP; 42. Ferocious Flea fighter, in cartoons, ATOM ANT; 43. Producer of a hair-raising experience?, ROGAINE; 44. Certain movie house, TRIPLEX; 47. Aldous Huxley’s “APE and Essence”; 50. Worked with, PLIED; 51. Common comedian’s prop, STOOL; 54. Best Picture before “12 Years a Slave”, ARGO; 55. Wife of Albert Einstein, ELSA; 58. Party concerned with civil rights, briefly, ANC; 60. “If I MAY …”.

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08.29.14 — The Friday Crossword


Maria Callas

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Puzzle by Ned White / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Poll Internet users on, perhaps, CROWD-SOURCE; 12. Inn stock, ALE; 15.  Code often used for take-home tests, HONOR SYSTEM; 16. W. Coast airport one might think has poor security?, LAX; 17. Summed up, IN A NUTSHELL; 18. Middle-earth baddie, ORC; 19. Short order?, REG; 20. Kiwi’s companion, MATE; 21. Longtime N.F.L. coach whose name is French for “the handsome”, LEBEAU; 23. Ordinary person, PLEB 25. Soprano RERI Grist; 27. Neighbor of St. Kitts, NEVIS; 28. Symbol of sentimentality, SYRUP; 30. Anti-Mafia measure, briefly, RICO; 32. Eliot title surname, BEDE; 33. Budgetary concern, CAP; 35. “Miss Julie” composer, 1965, NED ROREM; 37. Ray often seen over a range, RACHAEL; 41. As surplus, TO SPARE; 42. He played John Glenn in 1983 and John McCain in 2012, ED HARRIS; 44. Bo Jackson was one in ‘89, MVP; 45. Mideast’s Gulf of ADEN; 46. Department store chain founder, MACY; 48. Like un bébé, PETIT; 52. Costa RICAN; 54. Whaler’s direction?, THAR; 56. Angela Lansbury, e.g., DAME; 57. Group sharing a culture, ETHNOS; 59. Year Bush was re-elected, MMIV; 61. Kroger alternative, IGA; 62. Mark, as a survey square, X IN; 63. Singer known as “La Divina”, MARIA CALLAS; 66. Natural rock climber, IVY; 67. Words following an understatement, AND THEN SOME; 68. Leaves on a trolley, say, TEA; 69. “Don’t sorry …”, REST ASSURED.

Down — 1. In-flight calls?, CHIRPS; 2. Doc Savage portrayer, RON ELY; 3. Cousin of a donkey, ONAGER; 4. Secured, WON; 5. One expected to get beaten, DRUM; 6. Cool red giant, S-STAR; 7. The world, to a go-getter?, OYSTER; 8. Mark the start of, USHER IN; 9. Travel option: Abbr., RTE; 10. Word with wall or tower, CELL; 11. Football Hall-of-Famer Tunnell, EMLEN; 12. Juice source for a trendy drink, ALOE VERA; 13. Bo Jackson was one in ‘89, L A RAIDER; 14. Response to an insult, EXCUSE ME; 22. Played like Bird or Trane, BEBOPPED; 24. Notable lifelong bachelor in U.S. history, BUCHANAN; 26. Player of Fin Tutuola on TV, ICE T; 29. Host of 1950s TV’s “Bank on the Stars”, PAAR; 31. Longtime Laker Lamar, ODOM; 34. Salon job, PERM; 36. Answer, quickly, RSVP; 37. Means of furtive escape, REAR EXIT; 38. 12-Down, often, ADDITIVE; 39. Neighbor of Georgia, CHECHNYA; 40. “South Pacific” girl, LIAT; 43. Political theorist Carl SCHMITT; 47. Steinway competitor, YAMAHA; 49. Suitable job?, TAILOR; 50. “Count me in”, I’M GAME; 51. Like big hair, often, TEASED; 53. ESPN analyst NOMAR Garciaparra; 55. Sieves, in a way, RICES; 58. Not unhinged, SANE; 60. Relocation transportation, VANS; 64. Travel options: Abbr., RDS; 65. Fighting Tigers’ sch., LSU.

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08.28.14 — Down Ward


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Puzzle by Ned White / Edited by Will Shortz

DOWN / WARD (21D. With 40-Down, how rain falls … or a literal description of the answers to the four themed clues), PATIENT AREA (3D. 21-/40-Down to a doctor), BEAVER’S DAD (10D. 21-/40-Down on 1950s-’60s TV), ACTRESS SELA (24D. 21-/40-Down in Hollywood) and PRISON WING (28D. 21-/40-Down to a penologist) constitute the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword.


Other — AD PAGES (1A. Much of Brides magazine), BRA SALE (63A. Event at Vctoria’s Secret or Nordstrom), DE ORO (2D. Golden, in Guadalajara), DIARIST (36A. Adolf Hitler, e.g., according to a 1983 hoax), GES and GIS, MAESTRO (Toscanini, for one), MODEL A’S (60A. 1920s-‘30s Ford output), MODERNE (38A. Depression Era architectural movement), NO TASTE (17A. Kitschy quality), OLD NAVY (20A. Retailer owned by Gap), OUTER ARM (23A. Part of a spiral galaxy farthest from the center), STYRENE (16D. Disposable cup material), TAN LINE (54A. Something not seen on a nudist, maybe), TWADDLE (50A. Rot).

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08.27.14 — ER...

Zeke, Disney’s “The Big Bad Wolf”

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Puzzle by Gareth Bain and David Poole
Edited by Will Shortz


Five sound-change puns of common phrases, exchanging “A” for “ER”, constitutes the main feature of this Wednesday crossword:

CONGER LINES (17A. Libretto for “Eel Trovatore”?)
FRANK ZAPPER (24A. Microwave for hot dogs?)
CHARLIE THE TUNER (37A. Actor Sheen after starting a new career n piano maintenance?)
SALES QUOTER (50A. One who knows the earnings report by heart?)
TUBER PLAYER (60A. Actor in a Mr. Potato Head costume?)


Other — AERATE (66A. Make bubbly), ALTAR (45A. Union station?), FOAM PEANUT (11D. Bit of packaging detritus), LENNIE (69A. George’s friend in “Of Mice and Men”), NEW MOON (27A. Sequel to “Twilight”), ROADEO (14A. Truckers’ contest), SPARTAN (48A. Lacking the traditional comforts), TORERO (6D. Fighgter in a ring), WHAT A LAUGH (29D. “That is SO stupid!”), ZEKE (26D. First name of the wolf in Disney‘s “The Big Bad Wolf“).


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08.26.14 — MPs


AWOL, puregraffiti.com

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Puzzle by Victor Fleming / Edited by Will Shortz


MPS (56D. AWOL chasers … or a hint to the answers to the six italicized clues), plus the six answers, constitutes the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword:

MARCO POLO (18A. Traveler on the Silk Road)
MILK PUNCH (23A. Eggnog relative)
MISS PIGGY (49A. Lover of Kermit)
MENLO PARK (56A. Edison lab site)
MAKE PEACE (5D. Sign a treaty, say)
MOOT POINT (37D. It’s not worth arguing)


Other — ANNULLED (39D. Legally voided), HOPED FOR (10D. Desired), I FORGET (40A. “Hmm, can’t remember”), ONE ACRE (38A. 70 yards square, approximately), SINNER (46D. One making a confession), SULTRY (21D. Torrid).

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08.25.14 — Oops!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Puzzle by Greg Johnson / Edited by Will Shortz


MY BAD (37A. “Oops!”), along with BLUNDER, BOBBLE, BUMBLE and STUMBLE found in the first half of four answers, constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword:

BLUNDERBUSS (20A. Muzzle-loading firearm)
BOBBLEHEADS (51A. Promotional ballpark giveaways)
BUMBLEBEES (11D. Big pollinators)
STUMBLEBUM (29D. Second-rate prizefighter)



Other — APLOMB (46A. Self-confidence), CAMERAMAN (39A. TV news employee), GAME TABLE (32A. Rec room feature), MAMBO (37D. Sensual ballroom dance), MEANT TO (4D. Had it in mind), PRESTO (45D. Magician‘s cry), RAMBLED (41D. Talked pointlessly), TENSE (30A. All wound up), TETLEY (25A. Lipton alternative), TRAYS (43D. Surgical instrument holders), UPEND (42A. Topple).


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