11.01.07 -- Synonymously Yours

Diane Arbus, zonder titel, ca. 1970, Collectie Groninger Museum


Thursday, November 1, 2007
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Puzzle by Larry Shearer, edited by Will Shortz

Dear Reader:

The clues for this crossword puzzle are intended to be printed in a single list, combining Across and Down, ultimately resulting in sixteen entries of eight synonymous pairs sharing eight clues and their numbers.

1. AVOW and AVER (Maintain); 5. AMEND and ALTER (Fiddle with); 10. GAWK and GAPE (Rubberneck); 25. DUO and DYAD (Pair); 26. EVADE and ELUDE (Dodge); 31. VIM and VERVE (Gusto); 53. APOGEE and ACME (It‘s all downhill from here); and 57. RUPTURED and RENT (Tore). The clue for 53 is the only non-synonymesque clue, but they are all Shortzesque and a sheer delight!

The electronic version detracts quite a bit from the clever gimmick, listing both Across and Down, with the clue for the number written in the Across column, and with a dash (-) after the Down clue's number to indicate that something's afoot. The notepad states: “The clues in the print version of this puzzle appear in a single list, combining Across and Down. Where two answers share a number, they also share a clue." The newspaper itself displays that same paragraph loud and clear as a lead-in note above the puzzle.

A previous version of the single-clue-list puzzle appeared in The New York Times August 23, 2007. At that time, this web log discussed the electronic vs. newspaper listings. See HERE.

The clues du jour (blank lines appear here with their entry instead):

1. Maintain; 2. In VIVO (form of research); 3. Concert halls; 4. They’re unlikely to work; 5. Fiddle with; 6. Goofed (around); 7. Quod ERAT faciendum; 8. Negative connector; 9. Spy supply; 10. Rubberneck; 11. Composition of the Spanish Main; 12. Hit the road; 13. Florida KEYS; 14. Part of Caesar’s boast; 15. LEROI Soleil (Louis XIV); 16. “The Night of the Hunter” screenwriter; 17. First name in daredevilry; 18. Some Romanovs; 19. Runtish; 20. Motor Trend job; 21. Prohibition agents; 22. Legends; 23. Author Jaffe; 24. 2002 Literature Nobelist IMRE Kertesz; 25. Pair; 26. Dodge; 27. Sun protection; 28. All bark ANDNO bite; 29. Start of a phrase meaning “always”; 30. “Sounds like APLAN!”; 31. Gusto; 32. Put to rest; 33. Changers of 34-Across; 34. See 33-Down; 35. Cartoon character with feminine wiles; 36. Annual parade site; 37. Death jokes and such; 38. Stamp letters; 39. MALDE mer; 40. Lover of Tess in “Tess of the D’Urbevilles”; 41. Part of the Constitution after the Preamble: Abbr.; 42. N.F.L. coach who was undefeated in 1972; 43. Relative of a cod; 44. Like tennis balls and dinners; 45. Wicked witch’s home in “The Wizard of Oz”; 46. Ranch closing?; 47. Bowl; 48. Comic, e.g.; 49. N.F.L. placekicker David; 50. Fast-food franchise that started in S. Salt Lake, Ut.; 51. Squoosh; 52. Impersonator’s work; 53. It’s all downhill from here; 54. Gene group; 55. “I goofed”; 56. Delight; 57. Tore; 58. Don Juan; 59. Old Testament book; 60. Cry made with a handshake; 62. Nippy; 62. Benny Goodman’s “THESE Foolish Things”; 63. Savage; 64. Challenge for Theseus, in myth; 65. Be a gloomy Gus; 66. Radio part; 67. Pod holder; 68. Something ELSE (a wow); 69. Door; 70. Unexaggerated.

Synonymously Yours,


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Kat said...

I unfortunately got caught out by the electronic version (forgot my paper at home and figured I'd just do it online during lunch). I would have looked at the notepad if I had any idea where it was. I've never been so frustrated with a puzzle since the time our high school paper printed the wrong clues...

I did enjoy the pairs, though, once I started to catch the thread.

DONALD said...


OMG! They printed the wrong clues, that must've elicited a very large WTF!

It appears that when we see clues with a (-) as the clue, something's afoot -- to tell the truth, I was 3/4 finished before I could even fathom the intent!

Also, don't think anyone made note that all the synonym pairs started with the same letter (not the whole bunch, each pair, e.g., a, a, g, e, d, v, a, r), but it is a plus for the constructor in organizational skills!

My favorites, avow and aver, elude and evade, gape and gawk, because same amount of letters, same beginning letter, same clue -- how many times have I entered one or the other and had to switch!

Anonymous said...

These Foolish Things

A cigarette that bears the lipstick traces
An airline ticket to romantic places
And still my heart has wings
These foolish things
Remind me of you.

A tinkling piano in the next apartment
Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant
A fairground's painted swings
These foolish things
Remind me of you.

Lyrics by Holt Marbell, Music by Harry Link and Jack Strachey. Five versions were made in 1936. Benny Goodman's hit #1.