His Master’s Voice by Francis Barraud, circ. 1899 -----------------
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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Puzzle by Steve Salmon, edited by Will Shortz
"(In linguistics), a homophone is a type of homonym, although sometimes homonym is used to refer only to homophones that have the same spelling but different meanings.. -- Homophones, Wikipedia.
Well, whatever -- today’s are both amusing and helpful -- getting one of the following group of this crossword’s reveals the remaining, which makes for an amusing and enjoyable solve, even though one has probably heard these particular entries time and again, the clues are playful, pleasing, and to the point.
BOREDBOARD (18A. Blasé group of directors?); SWEETSUITE (62A. Lovely hotel accommodations?); MAIZEMAZE (3D. Farm-grown labyrinth?); MOURNINGMORNING (7D. Wake at dawn?); WHOLEHOLE (10D. Pit in its entirety?);................ HEARDHERD (33A. Mooing group of cattle);.......... ISLEAISLE (37D. Key passage).
The last time around for this ilk of entries (albeit, with a different twist), the November 27th crossword offered: LEADPENCIL (Number one #2?); MINUTEMAID (Little woman?); POLISHJOKE (What a comedian might do before going onstage?); and BASSGUITAR (Fish-shaped musical instrument?). Perhaps JimH can provide a few more for our amusement.
Meanwhile, there are two 9-letter entries, LASERBEAM (38D. Light in a light show) and SEMIMETAL (21D. Arsenic or antimony); two 8-letter entries, HEADGEAR (51A. Helmets and such) and INCREASE (26A. Double or triple, say); two 7-letter entries, ACETATE (25D. Film material) and CAROTID (27D. Kind of artery); with no 6-letter entries.
Five-letter entries are: HASTE, SPEED, TEMPO, TEMPE, and ABNER, ACORN, AFOOT, ALTER, ARUBA, ALTHO, ATEAT, AYRES, BRIBE, BRUSH, DEBAR, ELGAR, ELWES, MEDIA, PADRE, PAGER, PREEN, RIATA, and SIZES.
Four-letter: ALEF, AMIE, ATEA, BARS, ECON, ELSA, ESTD, FLEA, GULF, HEMS, HIYA, IGOT, ISMS, IRAS, LAZE, LSAT, OILS, REAP, SCAN, SLAG and STAG, TEAR, UPIN, USER, UTAH, WRAP…with a handful of three-letter: ASH, ERR, NEB, NNE, RIT, RNA, SAP, SIS, TAB, and appropriately, END.
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Across: 1. Philosophies; 5. Fiesta Bowl site; 10. Tortilla sandwich; 14. Bring in from the fields; 15. ___ squash; 16. Breezy greeting; 17. Gallic girlfriend; 20. 5, 7, 9, etc., for juniors’ dresses; 22. Dallas-to-Des Moines dir.; 23. Change; 28. Tourmaline, e.g.; 29. Read quickly; 31. Smokestack emission; 32. Mormon State; 34. “Pomp and Circumstance” composer; 36. Traditional paintings; 40. Spend an afternoon in a hammock, e.g.; 41. Musical beat; 42. Exam for a future atty.; 43. It can get under your skin; 44. Under way; 45. “Lohengrin”: lass; 46. Slowing, in mus.; 48. Get ___ arms; 50. Head lines?; 55. Exclude; 57. Notwithstanding the fact that, briefly; 58. Messenger material; 60. Kickback; 65. Addict; 66. Eye drop; 67. “Li’l” one in the comics; 68. Refinery waste; 69. Abbr. on a business sign; 70. It may go off on you; 71. Partners of haws. Down: 1. Bank offerings, for short; 4. Methamphetamine; 5. “Running” amount; 6. Business subj.; 8. Primp; 9. Player next to a tackle; 11. Lasso; 12. Lew who played Dr. Kildare; 13. Mexican father; 19. Where spirits run freely?; 21. “___ boom bah!”; 28. Waters south of the South, e.g.; 30. Hebrew leader?; 36. Each; 39. Unaccompanied; 47. “___ Rhythm”; 49. It’s south of S.D.; 51. Swiftness; 52. Actor Cary of “Twister”; 53. Bothered a lot; 54. Caribbean vacation spot; 56. Dentist’s advice; 59. Fit to ___; 61. Pieces of work?; 63. Schnook; 64. Fumble