Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Puzzle by Barry C. Silk, edited by Will Shortz
The featured inter-related entries of today's crossword are tied together with DRAW (67A. Something you can do to the starts of 17-, 21-, 37-, 53- and 60-Across) -- BATHTOWEL (17A. Hotel offering); CURTAINCALL (21A. Bow-taking occasion); BLANKEXPRESSION (37A. Poker face); PICTURESHOW (53A. Cinema offering); and GUNPOWDER (60A. Flintlock need).
Conversation in the crossword: IWOULD (5D. “If asked, yes”); IDARE (22D. Start of a challenge); 7D. “Since IMET You Baby” (1956 hit); AONE (64A. With “and” and 47-Down, Lawrence Welk’s intro); ATWO (47D. See 64-Across); and 66A. “Coffee, Tea ORME?”
PEOPLE (46D. Us Weekly rival) in the puzzle: ABBA (11D. “Waterloo” pop group); AMATI (9A. Valuable violin); ANOUK (62A. Actress Aimee); 33D. General Robt. ELEE; 51. Jimmy Dorsey’s “Maria ELENA”; an EMEER (39D. Arab chieftain: Var.); EMILE (42A. Novelist Zola); MARCIE (10D. Friend of Peppermint Patty); PAAR (53D. Jack who quipped “A funny thing happened to my mother one day: Me”); PAM (46A. Grier of “Jackie Brown”); and I guess we could count APE (36A. Pal of Tarzan) and WOMB (15A. Birth place).
Five-letter entries ADHOC (59A. Like some committees); AMORE (35A. Love, Italian-style); AMPLY (27D. Adequately, and then some); ATARI (2D. Pong maker); DOWRY (6D. Bride’s worldly possessions); GABON (16A. French-speaking African nation); ORBIT (19A. Asteroid’s path); 49. PHNOM Penh, Cambodia; RATES (3D. Motel posting); ROOTY (65A. Like ground around a tree); STREW (52D. Scatter, as seed); TUDOR (50D. Henry VIII's house); WEBTV (1D. Internet-on-the-tube).
Short fill -- APOP, ATE, AXIL, BESO, BBQS, CHOO, DAIS, DII, EGGO, ESPN, ETAT, ICON, IDIO, IDNO, INTL, GEOL, MORE, NTH, OBLA, QED, SADR, SEMI, SUER, TCBY, TENN, TOIL, TRE, WAD, WARN and, of course, CYD.
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