Puzzle by Patrick Berry, edited by Will Shortz
HONESTABE (52A. 1860 campaign nickname) might have difficulty living up to reputation with such shenanigans in this crossword puzzle as NORWEGIANBLUE (22A. Fictional parrot type featured in Monty Python’s “dead parrot sketch”) and WATERBALLOONS (40A. They often make a splash) which provide a wry humor to this pre-weekend crossword. He might even find himself CHOKINGUP (49A. Having trouble delivering the eulogy, say) at those who are ANTIUNION (17A. Unwilling to get organized).
Working the Times puzzle is often a silent ACAPPELLA (14A. Like singing in a shower). This WARHORSE (54A. Survivor of many battles) solver DUGINTO (9D. Tackled energetically) the clues glaring at the empty squares and ENROUTE (45A. While traveling) found RAFTS (21D. A lot) of which to warble:
SALESREP (1A. Mover of merchandise), not a salesman.
10A. CRIMEAN War (“Charge of the Light Brigade” conflict), 1854 and 1860 too?
HORNET (39A. 1970s American Motors car), not HUDSON, but a Hudson, and SAAB (1D. “Born from jets” company) are today‘s autos.
OPENBAR (44A. Where to find free spirits), wanted something ethereal.
EPITOMES (4D. Archetypes), like WONKS (40D. Eggheaded experts) and the BOORISH (37D. Impolite) OGRE (30D. Big brute).
Shortzesque clues are given to BURRO (37A. Pack animal) and CAMEL (38A. Pack animal?) -- remember Joe Camel?
Lending a bit of class are the ANCIENTS (15D. Plato and Aristotle, e.g.) and the GODLY (18A. Divine).
The omnipresent crossword blemish, ACNE (2D. It might make you red in the face), crosses BEETRED (19A. Showing extreme embarrassment).
CORNSUGAR (29D. Dextrose) could have been corn syrup.
GLUEALL (23D. Elmer’s product) and all these years I thought it was Glues-All.
A few weapons like ABOMBS (10D. W.W. II enders, for short), crossing a UBOAT (16A. Ship sinker); a CARBINE (36D. The M-1, for one) and an EPEE, strangely clued as Sword: Fr.
LEFTS (26A. Some swings in a ring) a clue with some punch!
TURNSONTO (34A. Enter, as a cross street), RUNTO (28A. Reach in total), oh those dang dangling prepositions!
Any kind of thought or RESEARCH (28D. Bookwork, e.g.) ends there -- here are the remains of the day:
Across: 9. Deadens, DAMPS; 24. 7 and 11, PRIMES; 27. Threw a tantrum, RAGED; 29. Inner ear?, COB; 32. “Draft Dodger Rag” singer, OCHS; 33. Athletic schedule list, MEETS; 34. Ordering option, TOGO; 35. Spaying customer?, PET; 36. South-of-the-border homes, CASAS; 48. Lieutenant of Capone, NITTI; 51. Labor activist Silkwood, KAREN; 53. Catch, SNARE.
Down: 5. Drove, SPURRED; 6. Extends, as a lease, RENEWS; 7. Choose not to say?, ELIDE; 8. Mideast grp., PLO; 11. Architect’s starting point, MODEL; 12. Micronesian nation that hosted the 10th season of “Survivor”, PALAU; 13. “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” composer, STYNE; 24. Play thing, PROP; 25. Competition, RACE; 31. Wellington, e.g., BOOT; 33. Tree-dwelling snake, MAMBA; 38. Snapper, of a sort, CENTER; 39. Nose, slangily, HONKER; 41. Dealing with honey makers, APIAN; 42. Prefix with chloride, TETRA; 43. Singer Lewis with the 2008 #1 hit “Bleeding Love”, LEONA; 50. HOW-to.
Entering TUGS instead of TUBS (46D. Slow-moving ships), I wondered for a moment if there ever was an HONEST AGE.
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