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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07.22.14 — Across and Down


“I’m Wishing” is the first song featured in
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ~ Disney Wiki 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Puzzle by Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz


Seven crossing entries with one meaning across and another down, accompanied by cross-referenced clues, constitutes the interrelated group of this crafty Tuesday crossword:


  • LIGHT (6A. With 8-down, lime shade), with GREEN  (8D. With 6-Across, approve), light green and green-light.
  • MAN (16A. With 12-Down, not natural), MADE (12D. With 16-Across, mob inductee), man-made, made man.
  • HEAD (33A. With 23-Down, deli product), CHEESE (23D. With 33-Across fan of the N.F.L.’s Packers), headcheese, cheesehead.
  • WISHING (38A. With 38-Down, place to drop a coin), WELL (38D. With 38-Across, desiring happiness for someone), wishing well, well-wishing.
  • ARM (40A. With 31-Down, jazz legend), STRONG (31D. With 40-Across, coerce), [Louis] Armstrong, strong-arm.
  • PAN (58A. With 54-Down, waffle alternative), CAKE (54D. With 58-Across, bakery container), pancake, cake pan.
  • BREAK (59A. With 57-Down, part of a morning routine), FAST (57D. With 59-Across, basketball tactic), breakfast, fast break.



Other — BANDLEADER (3D. Count Basie, e.g.), BEATEN DOWN (30D. Demoralized), DIRT BIKES (35D. Off-road two-wheelers), DRONE BEE (20A. One in service to the queen?), IN CROWD (4D. Exclusive group), LASERDISC (6D. Bygone video format), LLAMA (52D. Fleeced beast), REFILLED (56A. Like gas tanks and many prescriptions, again and again), SPIED ON (44D. Watched through binoculars, say).


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07.21.14— Blue Monday


Pablo Picasso, Blue Nude, 1902

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Puzzle by Matt Fuchs / Edited by Will Shortz


PRIVATE PARTS (55A. What unmentionables cover … or what 20-, 27- and 44-Across all begin with?), HIDDEN VALLEY (20A. Big name in ranch dressing), SECRET GARDEN (27A. Classic of English children’s literature, with “The”) and CLASSIFIED AD (44A. Small paid item in the back of a newspaper) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.

Other — CLAM BAKE (18A. New England cookout), CREW CUT (38A. Military hairstyle), DECADES (7D. Divisions of a century), ESP and ESPYS, JOURNAL (36A. Diary), PICASSO (42D. Painter with a Blue Period), WEB SITES (58A. YouTube and Yahoo!).


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07.20.14 — Moving Parts


Land of junk, asylum insane journal

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

“Moving Parts” — Puzzle by Eric Berlin
Edited by Will Shortz


A note heads this crossword:  The answer to each starred clue must have two consecutive letters removed before it is written into the grid.  These letters will move to a pair of circles elsewhere in the puzzle.  (In all cases, new words will be formed.)  The nine letter pairs, when properly arranged, will spell an appropriate answer at 72-Across.

A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE (72A. See instructions) is the end result of the noted exercise in this unfriendly Sunday crossword.

Other —  CAESAREAN (92D. Like the cry “Veni, vidi, vici”), DOODAD (44A. Thingamajig), GAROTTE (45A. Strangle), RISOTTO (49A. Italian dish that needs much stirring), STRETTO (101A. Close overlap of fugue voices), TOADSTOOL (10D. Mushroom), WHITTLE (22A. Yolk surrounder). 

Little else of interest except the tedious and uninteresting hopscotch between circled letters and starred clues.


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07.19.14 — The Saturday Crossword

Crossword, photo Getty

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Puzzle by Barry C. Silk / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. It has many giants and dwarfs, COSMOS; 7. Profit-sharing figure: Abbr., AGT; 10. Part of the former Republic of Pisa, ELBA; 14. Run down a mountainside, SCHUSS; 15. Pour it on, GO ALL OUT; 17. One who winds up on a field, HURLER; 18. A kid might be punished for showing it, ATTITUDE; 19. Scores, A LOT; 20. Marked up, say, WROTE ON; 21. Something pocketed in Italy?, RAVIOLI; 24. Like Princes Leia vis-à-vis Luke Skywalker, YOUNGER; 27. Roller coaster feature with a food name, PRETZEL LOOP; 29. Celle-là, across the Pyrenees, ESA; 30. Movie with the line “I’m a vulgar man. But  assure you, my music is not”, AMADEUS; 31. Be a very fast learner?, CRAM; 32. Title woman n a “Paint Your Wagon” song, ELSA; 35. Hybrid, maybe, CAR; 36. Do a 35-Across chore, GAS UP; 37. Romp, LARK; 38. Brave, e.g., WARRIOR; 40. “Who AM I?”; 41. 1965 Yardbirds hit, FOR YOUR LOVE; 45. Like many rodeo animals, LASSOED; 47. Dweller near the Potemkin Stairs, ODESSAN; 48. Best seller, HOT ITEM; 50. In, AMID; 51. Track on “Beatles ’65”, I’M A LOSER; 53. “Out!”, BEGONE; 55. Scarab, e.g., TALISMAN; 56. Tip for slips, ERASER; 57. Barreled, SPED; 58. Like some broody teens, EMO; 59. Folks working on courses?, DINERS.

Down — D preceder, C SHARP; 2. Telescope part, OCULAR; 3. Tuesday preceder, SHROVE; 4. Be a juggler?, MULTITASK; 5. Ending of saccharine, OSE; 6. Letters on old atlases, SSR; 7. Seaweed derivative, AGAR; 8. Call for a timeout, GO TO YOUR ROOM; 9. Some body work, TATTOOS; 10. John in an arena, ELTON; 11. Chases, in Cheshire, LOUNGERS; 12. Flower child?, BUD; 13. Had dogs, e.g., ATE; 16. Fail at falling asleep, LIE UP; 20. Underdog playoffs participant, WILD CARD TEAM; 22. Character in many Baum works, OZMA; 23. Where Gay’s “lowing herd wind slowly”, LEA; 25. Biblical venison preparer, ESAU; 26. Artery connection, RAMP; 28. Noted acid studier, LEARY; 31. Noted 1-Across studier, CARL SAGAN; 32. Company with the King David Club, EL AL; 33. “Los Horizon” figure, LAMA; 34. St. Patrick’s Day order, IRISH ALE; 36. “Saw” sights, GORE; 38. Pity party plaint, WOE IS ME; 39. Alternative to the pill, briefly, IUD; 41. Snaps, FOTOS; 42. Slip through, say, OSMOSE; 43. Like Cinderella’s stepsisters vis-à-vis Cinderella, VAINER; 44. “ENDERS Game”; 46. Not iffy, SOLID; 49. Hungarian name meaning “sincere”, ERNO; 51. “IT’S me”; 52. Battle-planning aid, MAP; 53. Spring place, BED; 54. “Cap’n ERI” (1904 novel).


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