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Puzzle by Chuck Deodene, edited by Will Shortz
SMILE (16A Beam), NONEEDTOTHANKME (Helpful person's line), GLADTOBEOF (32A With 42-Across, helpful person's line), ASSISTANCE (42A See 32-Across), HON (19D Darlin'), SAYSYES (43D Agrees), AROSE (48A Levitated); COZIEST (21A Most comfy), ETAL (57D And others, for short) provide a positive bent to this well-TUNED (46A Like good pianos and engines) Tuesday crossword puzzle.
However, not all is well in Eden -- DUMB (1A Inane), IBET (14A Cynic's comment), ALARM (25A Peturbation), CLIQUE (60A Coterie), JAB (23D Elbow); SLYLY (67A With cunning), RAT (6D Squealer), TORN (29D Having a hard time deciding), FUSS (36D Bother); TURNA deaf ear to (54A), and AWRY (58D Cockeyed) -- provide the opposite side of amiability.
Territorial and technical: IRIS scan (biometric authentication method) (5A); ZONED (9A Districted); NASA (15A Payload delivery org.); GALAXY (20A Spiral in space); USERID (39A Log-in info); LAND (66A Reel in); EVEN (65A Tied up); DINGS (1D Small jobs for a body shop); UBOAT (2D Kriegsmarine vessel); INDY (5D Annual racing classic); ISO (7D Prefix with tonic); ORE (24D Prospecting find); 1989’s LOMA Prieta earthquake (26D); Lithium-ION battery (45D); PVC (62D Piping compound, briefly); and SAIL (59D Clipper’s sheet), which technically is ROPE -- see following quote from Simple Language of the Sea:
“Sheet: The rope or tackle, attached to the clew of the sail, or to the outer end of a boom, used to adjust the trim of a sail. It is used to describe any rope or wire used to adjust the trim of a sail and is named for the sail to which it is attached, e.g. main, genoa, staysail, and spinnaker sheets.”
People, places, and pastimes: JOHNS (23A Vice squad arrestees, perhaps); NUDISM (38A Philosophy of bare existence?); SCOT (68A St. Andrew’s Day observer); EXPATS (18D Sojourners abroad, for short); PARIS (64A Popular place for 18-Down); SATCHMO (8D “Hello, Dolly!” jazzman); SHEA (28D Flushing stadium); ZSAZSA (9D One of the Gabors); DRESSY (47D Stylish); ALEC (41A Writer Waugh); HOPI (37A Mesa tribe); STOMP (22A Jazz dance); DICE (35D Cubes at Harrah’s); RIDE (31D Ferris wheel or bumper cars); a meal with SQUAB (53D Fowl entrée); MENLO Park (noted lab site) (3D); a SEEDY (55D Not yet gentrified) neighborhood; BTEAM (4D Substitute players); anchoring in ADEN (34D Mideast harbor city); and having refreshments on TEASETS (56A Spode ensembles) with LULU (33D “To Sir With Love” singer, 1967) and LEO (63D Fierce type astrologically).
Brands and business: OMNI (10D Bygone Dodge); NIKE (11A Giant in footwear); DEET (13D It’s repellent); SRO (44D Sellout letters); TIPS (56D Much of a waitress’s income); CENT (60D ¢); AISLE (52D Airplane seating request); STELLA Artois beer (40D); RAYON (49A Versatile fabric); ATM (50D Dough producer, briefly); and EBAY (69A Virtual mart).
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