06.27.08 -- Words, Words, Words...

Carlo Carrà -- Interventionist Demonstration, 1914

Friday, June 27, 2008

Puzzle by Brad Wilber, edited Will Shortz

Words, words, words…

Featured this Friday are two columns of three ten-letter down entries -- TURNTOMUSH (12. Get all sentimental), ELMERSGLUE (13. Big sticker?), RESTAURANT (14. Where to act on a gut feeling?), and
SCREENTEST (24. What a potential player must pass), COURTORDER (25. Summons, e.g.), AMISHBUGGY (26. Sight in Lancaster County, Pa.), along with two layers of three nine-letter across entries -- TIKITORCH (1. Luau lighting), IRENECARA (15. Singer who plays herself in “D.C. Cab”), DONTSHOUT (17. “Tone it down!”), and AMERICANA (56. Norman Rockwell specialty), WEARSTHIN (59. Stops being funny, say), LOMALINDA (61. San Bernardino suburb) -- and going down the center of the miscellany, two nine-letter entries, HATINHAND (9. With respectful humility) and NEWSCRAWL (32. Ticker with headlines).

Scattered about the crossword are two seven-letter entries, CAFTANS (10D. Loungewear) and
PIERROT (39D. Pining pantomime persona), along with four six-letter entries, OCHRES (6D. Canyon tones), SACHET (43A. It may be found in one’s chest), SCALES (24A. Some are minor), SIERRA (43D. Radio code word after 47-Down).

There's a plethora of five-letter entries, including ARIES (11D. Spring arrival); 16. “Any fool can make ARULE, and every fool will mind it”: Thoreau; 23. “Per Ardua ad ASTRA” (Royal Air Force motto); ATEAM (48D. Squad stars); BOSUN (40A. Crew leader); CATER (10A. Do the dishes?); COMER (31A. Future star); CRUDE (8D. Neanderthal); EDGAR (55A. Son of Gloucester in “King Lear”); FIRMS (18A. Conglomerate parts); HELEN (22A. Legendary abductee);
JENNY (36A. With 46-Across, program pitched by Queen Latifah); CRAIG (46A. See 36-Across); LEANS (45D. Is cockeyed); NEARS (32A. Bellies up to); NOBLE (44A. Lofty); PAWED (39A. Wasn’t gentle with); RAOUL (7D. “The Phantom of the Opera” suitor); ROMEO (47D. Radio code word before 434-Down); SEGNO (58A. Repetition mark, in music); TENET (21A. Conviction); TRUER (49A. Less specious); TRYST (60A. Billet-doux suggestion).

Four-letter words and the like -- ACED (51A. Nailed); ACTI (51D. When Maggie calls herself “a cat on a hot tin roof”); CAHN (52D. “Let it Snow” lyricist); 54D. Francis DANA, signer of the Articles of Confederation; ENID (53D. Cherokee Strip city); ENOL (19A. Carbon compound);
HULA (37A. Activity near a 1-Across); INTL (4D. Not just at home: Abbr.); IRON (2D. Unyielding); KENO (3D. Drawing game); ROTE (50A. Mechanical); RUDI (20A. Gernreich who invented the monokini); RUIN (35A. Bankrupt); TIDE (1D. Trend).

Finally, those handy-little-three-letter-happenstance-fill-for-the-nth-time entries -- BAG (40D. Give up on, in slang); ENE (33D. Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir.); ERS (38A. Workup locales: Abbr.); ETH (41A. Archaic verb ending); 22D. “HER Cardboard Lover” (Norma Shearer film); 37D. Post HOC; HON (28A. Love); ISL (57D. Montreal, e.g.: Abbr.); JAR (36D. Be discordant); LEN (27D. Footballer Ford); 29. “Le Comte ORY” (Rossini opera); OSU (30A. Six-time Rose Bowl winner: Abbr.); TES (5D. Your, in Tours); and the
Shortzesque-clued IRS (42A. Schedule maker: Abbr.); MGR (34A. Schedule maker: Abbr.).

Words, words, words…

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