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Sunday, July 13, 2008

PARTING THOUGHTS, Puzzle by Matt Ginsberg, edited by Will Shortz

TODIEQUIETLYINMYSLEEP (26. Last request, part 1); LIKEMYGRANDFATHER (45. Request, part2); NOT (65. Request, part 3); SCREAMINGINTERROR (79. Request, part 4); LIKETHEPEOPLEINHISCAR (102. End of the request).

So who originated this quote? Who knows. Another version is “I'd rather die peacefully in my sleep like my Grandfather, than screaming in terror like his passengers,” which allows for the vehicle to be other than an automobile, perhaps a plane into a mountainside. At least that way it will be the worst situation you can think of, and thereby the most terrifying ordeal for the passengers. No matter, it’s funny, and I’ve been using it for years -- however, today’s version is just fine.

People in the puzzle:
EMERIL (61A. With 95-Across, chef whose recipes are used on the International Space Station) LAGASSE (95A. See 61-Across); CIARDI (25A. Poet John who wrote “Lives of X,” an autobiography in verse); FRED (52A. Barney’s buddy, in cartoondom); AUSTEN (55A. “Sense and Sensibility” author); YVETTE (85A. Mimieux of “Where the Boys Are”); LATINA (96A. Salma Hayek, for one); NIECE (110A. Morticia, to Fester, on “The Addams Family”); EDDIE (113A. Clothing retailer Bauer); RENO (2D. Only female attorney general); HOMEGIRL (5D. ‘Hood inhabitant); OBGYNS (10D. M.D.’s who deliver); 16D. KAREEM Abdul-Jabbar; MRHYDE (28D. One of two title roles [in the same film] for Spencer Tracy); HEFNER (37D. Noted bunny lover); MEDEA (40D. Jason’s jiltee); KIDD (46D. Pirate whose treasure is recovered in Poe’s “The Gold-Bug”); INGE (69D. “Picnic” playwright); VITALE (74D. ESPN sportscaster Dick); THRALLS (81D. Slaves); LENORE (95D. Poe poem that ends “From grief and groan to a golden throne beside the King of Heaven”); TESLA (100D. Edison rival); REES (107D. Roger who won the Best Actor Tony for “Nicholas Nickleby”).

Running down the nine-letter entries -- ENERGETIC (33D. Peppy);
EVILDOERS (50D. Bad guys); HARDTIMES (49D. Dickens’s shortest novel); STREETCAR (34D. Desire, for one).

Flying through the eight-letter entries --
ASTOLDTO (109A. Part of many an autobiography’s author credit); AVIATION (80D. Ace’s specialty); BETHESDA (63A. National Institutes of Health location); CLASSIER (112A. More chic); CRUCIBLE (20A. Arthur Miller play about the Salem witch trials, with “The”); IRISHSEA (14D. W. W. I’s so-called “U-Boat Alley”); REGAINED (83D. Won back); SHREWDLY (66A. How good investors invest); TOBOGGAN (24A. Downhill racer).

Quickly, the seven-letter entries -- BESTIAL (32A. Inhuman); COTTONY (21D. Soft); DAHOMEY (53D. Benin, until 1975);
DEMESNE (59A. Lord’s land); FARSIDE (88D. Unseen part of the moon); GASOVEN (47D. Keeper of a flame?); INVOICE (69A. Bill); STREWED (43D. Scattered [about]); STRIATE (4D. Having grooves); THRALLS (81D. Slaves).

Pedal-to-the-metal for the six-letter entries -- ARCANA (22A. Enigmas); ATCOST (68A. Profitless); ACTUAL (6D. Existing); 73A. Park AVENUE;
BIGLIE (9D. Propaganda technique introduced by Hitler in “Mein Kampf“); BIOTAS (93D. Ecological groupings); ENTERS (39A. Records); 111A. Gander : goose :: tercel : FALCON; FLYING (114A. Erica Jong’s phobia, ostensibly); IBERIA (108A. European carrier); INDENT (127D. Tab, e.g.); LIKELY (91D In the cards); PAYEES (41A. Endorsers, typically); OBGYNS (10D. M.D.’s who deliver); ONPOST (94D. Not AWOL); RISKIT (13A. Take a chance); SPLIFF (89D. Marijuana cigarette, slangily); STAMEN (64D. Pollen producer); TAIPAN (18D. “Shogun“ sequel); TINDER (30A. Twigs, perhaps); TRIBAL (90D. Like some Afghan leaders).

Roaring through the five-letter -- AGUAS, APACE, BRASH, DEEDS, ENNUI, HIMOM,

Speedily, the four-letter -- ACAD, ACID, BASS, BEEF,
BOPP, BORN, BRUT, CEDE, DIOS, EAST, EDIT, GEAR (57A. Unlike drive, reverse has just one), HANG, HERR, HOES (35A. Groundbreaking inventions?), LUBE, PASE, RAVE, RELY, RETD, SASE, SIAM.

Coming to a dead stop with the three-letter entries -- ATL, EER, ENT, HAY, HHS, IDO (54A. Veiled comment?), INA, MAR and MER, MEA, MIN, MTN, RES, STL, TRE (116A. Uno + due).

It is now safe for passengers to leave the vehicle!

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Referenced clues -- Across: 1. Having chutzpah; 6. Home of the Braves: Abbr.; 9. Hale-___ (comet seen in 1997); 29. Rains in Spain; 31. Animal more closely related to the mongoose than the dog; 36. Cabinet inits. Since 1979; 38. Part of a range: Abbr.; 40. Not maj.; 44. Election ending?; 56. “Thumbs way up!” review; 71. On Soc. Sec., typically; 72. “The King and I” setting; 76. Disfigure; 77. God, in Granada; 84. ___ culpa; 86. Supply to a loft; 89. Lambert airport’s home: Abbr.; 91. “___ pig’s eye!”; 93. Created; 96. ___ ballerina; 101. 1970s Renault; 117. Actions. Down: 1. Very dry; 3. Sch. Known for its discipline; 7. Crowd in Calais?; 8. Grease up; 11. What dead men don’t wear, per a 1982 film title; 12. Tasty tubes; 13. Suggestive; 15. Reptilian, in a way; 27. Not exactly; 31. Bellyache; 35. Sign in the sands; 41. Matador’s move; 42. Social worker; 48. Total; 51. Count (on); 58. Matter of law; 60. Lassitude; 62. Deep bleu sea; 63. Bigmouth, for one; 66. Hair-raising; 67. Ein Berliner, often; 70. Clarifying words; 75. Treebeard, e.g.; 78. Manuscript encl.; 82. Spinachlike plant; 97. Word of thanks; 99. Quickly; 101. Cubic decimeter; 103. Spend time (with); 104. Cut, say; 106. Give up; 106. Aspirin, e.g.

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