----------------- Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Puzzle by Donna Hoke Kahwaty, edited by Will Shortz Echoed syllables, PAWPAWPRINTS (20A. Some fruit still lifes?), CANCANOPENER (26A. Showy dance intro?), TOMTOMTURKEY (41A. Gobbler in a powwow musical group?) and BONBONVOYAGE (47A. Chocolate’s journey?) are the interrelated entries of today's crossword. Other long entries are FOOTLOOSE (17A. Unencumbered); HONOREE (39D. Roasted one); IN AMERICA (52A. Stateside); NITPICKY (4D. Sweating the small stuff); SLURPEE (9D. 7-Eleven cooler); SORCERER (37D. Dungeons & Dragons character). The major portion of the crossword is occupied by middle-sized entries -- 34D. In the blink of ANEYE; ANION (45D. Negative particles); APOGEE (25A. Orbital extreme); BRIAR (51A. Prickly plant); DANTE (59A. Writer who went to hell?); EBBED (43D. Fell back); ECLAT (22A. Super success); ECOLE (56A. Where élèves study); ELAYNE (43A. Comical Boosler); ENCORE (46A. Call for more); ENORM (29D. Huge, in verse); ESKIMO (22A. Parka wearer, maybe); GOING (11D. In action); GROWON (5D. Gradually appeal to); 39A. Actor Rutger HAUER; KNACK (24D. Natural ability); LAMAS (18D. Priests of the East); LEAKS (30A. Security concerns); 16A. Sierra LEONE; LOCKE (40A. Political philosopher John); 44D. Poet Federico Garcia LORCA; LUNGE (40D. Fencing move); 27D. “Are you in OROUT?”); PALEO (28D. Archaeologist’s prefix); PANGS (21D. Hunger signals); POKER (33D. Cincinnati and lowball are versions of this); RAMEN (36D. Japanese bowlful); RANGE (31A. Diva’s asset); ROLOS (36A. Chocolate-caramel candies); 23D. Composer Camille Saint-SAENS; SENIOR (10D. Like half of U.S. senators); SENSE (13D. Pick up on); SOCKO (32D. Super, in Variety); SSGTS (9A. Some N.C.O.’s); TEAMUP (42D. Get together for a task); TNOTE (12D. It takes up to 10 yrs. to reach maturity); TYBALT (41D. Capulet murdered by Romeo); UNION (19A. Shop group). Short fill -- AAA, ANCY, BLEW, CNN, ECO, ECRU, EDNA, FOCI, GLIB, IDO, ILSA, LOOP, MOO, OFF, OMEN, ROLL, RONA, SOON, SPA, VIEW, WEEP, YARE ...and the unechoed TSK (38A. Terse reproof).
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Xword search information -- 1. Gathering clouds, e.g.; 5. Smooth-talking; 14. Centers of attention; 15. Rock’s partner; 32. Where one might get steamed; 35. Suffix with buoy; 37. In short order; 57. Hosiery shade; 58. “Hairspray” mom; 60. Get blubbery; 61. Novelist Jaffe. Down: 1. Not quite oneself; 2. Jersey sound; 3. System starter?; 6. In the ___; 7. Rick’s film love; 8. Totally bungled; 48. Penthouse asset; 49. It’s enough, for some; 50. Easy to maneuver, at sea; 53. Oath affirmation; 54. “The Situation Room” airer; 55. Rte. suggester.