03.19.08 -- JAM

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Click here for LARGE PRINT.
Puzzle by Gary Whitehead, edited by Will Shortz
Featured in today's crossword puzzle with JAM (56D. What 20-, 37- and 53-Across may do) are the inter-related entries of LASERPRINTER (20A. Desktop publisher’s need); RUSHHOURTRAFFIC (37A. Commuter’s woe); and HARDROCKBAND (53A. Def Leppard, for one). Three types of jam in which the printer can be kaput, traffic will eventually clear, and that hard rock band is on a roll!
Animals get a fair amount of play, including CHEETAH (14D. Spotted speedster); OCELOT (24A. Wild cat); OTTO (30D. “Beetle Bailey” dog); GOOSE (49D. The Cratchits’ Christmas dinner); AFLAC (32A. Company with a spokesduck); GOATEED (49A. Like Duchamp’s “Mona Lisa”); and ORTIZ (26D. Baseball’s Big Papi). Edibles include MAC and cheese (lunch dish) (1A.); EDAM (15A. Cheese town); SESAME (47A. Bagel choice); MOLDS (64A. Chocolatier’s gear); and, of course, that GOOSE -- but not JAM!
Other long entries include the seven-letter FLATBED (40D. Tow truck type) and ESTEEMS (23A. Regards highly); the six-letter HELPME (4D. “S.O.S.!”); SENECA (8D. Tutor of Nero); SOCCER (46D. Game with a team of 11); and SMARTS (45D. Common sense).
The bulk of the puzzle is in its log jam of five-letter entries: SAPPY (8A. Too sentimental); EFILE (16A. I.R.S. option); NIXON (19A. 1974 pardon recipient); PLAZA (43A. Fountain spot, maybe); JIVER (56A. Deceptive talker); ATEAT (61A. Really bothered); MILLE Bornes (card game) (1D.); AREAS (2D. Precincts); COAST (3D. Take it easy); ODORS (5D. Signs of decay); AFIRE (9D. Full of ardor); REICH (21D. Clinton’s first secretary of labor); TOWER (22D. Word with fire or water); LOOFA (25D. Bath sponge); TOSCA (27D. “Vissi di’arte” opera); INRED (29D. Way to indicate mistakes); ARABS (32A. Most Al Jazeera viewers); FUGUE (33D. Bach offering); LSATS (34D. Aspiring attys.‘ exams); OILER (38D. Crude carrier); APEAK (39D. More or less vertical, at sea); AHEAD (48D. On the horizon); EATON (50D. Stationery brand); ENTRE nous (51D.); and DDAYS (52D. Critical times).
Four-letter entries: ANTE, AUDI, DENY, DORY, EDAM, EEOC, ETTA, HOST, IDEO, IOWA, IROC, LEAH, LORE , IDEO, NOSE, REOS, SARI, SLID, TMEN, and YSER. Three-letter: AGA, BUT, ITO, NES, ORO, OTS, PIX, PLO, SEA, TIE, VEL, YEN…
…and JAM!
-----------------
For today’s cartoons, go to The Crossword Puzzle Illustrated.
Click on image to enlarge.
Puzzle available on the internet at
If you subscribe to home delivery of The New York Times you are eligible to access the daily crossword via The New York Times - Times Reader, without additional charge, as part of your home delivery subscription.

Across: 4. Parasite’s need; 13. Sporty Camaro; 17. Wife of Jacob; 18. It’s handed down; 28. Baseball rarity; 29. Hawkeye’s home; 31. Acapulco gold; 35. It may be upped; 36. Fifth qtrs., so to speak; 41. Turkish V.I.P.; 42. Logical start?; 44. Except; 45. Did a glissade; 46. Tasman ___; 59. Fair-hiring org.; 60. “At Last” singer James; 62. Tracking ability; 63. Fishing boat; 65. River of Flanders; 66. Super ___ (game system). Down: 6. Bollywood costume; 7. Some feds; 10. Flicks; 11. Mahmoud Abbas’s org.; 12. Nikkei currency; 35. Q7 maker; 54. Turn down; 55. Model T contemporaries; 57. “Am ___ believe …?”; 58. M.p.h., e.g

2 comments:

stephen said...

i'm not sure why you grouped ORTIZ with animals.
i hope nothing racist was being insinuated... (sarcastic)

DONALD said...

stephen

Not at all -- simply drawn from Red Sox's self-description as idiots and animals -- see article here:

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2007/10/23/the_year_it_all_changed/