San Francisco Chinese laundry, 1881.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Puzzle by Thomas Heilman, edited by Will Shortz
Four interrelated entries are featured in this Monday back-to-work and wash-day crossword -- BRAINWASHED (17A. Psychologically manipulated); CUTANDDRIED (34A. Formulaic); HARDPRESSED (42A. Put-upon); BLINDFOLDED (62A. Like players in pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey). SOAP (6D. Ivory or Coast) is available.
Eight- and ten-letter entries are good for short-tempered or irrational conflicts, as are those above -- ASKSALOT (40D. Demands much (of); ATALLCOSTS (29D. No matter what); BLOWSAFUSE (11D. Loses it); and SNIPESAT (4D. Criticizes, perhaps unfairly). With all that turmoil, what this puzzle needed was a fiery-tempered sort.
Luckily, one of the seven-letter entries provides a REDHEAD (10D. Fiery-tempered sort, they say) with a HANDBAG (42D. Pocketbook), followed by the less volatile entries of six letters, CABALA (31A. Jewish mystical doctrine, CANTED (49A. At an angle), CASINO (28A. Place to play twenty-one), CRIERS (26A. Town shouters), ONLOAN (46A. Out, as a library book), SILKEN (48A. Smooth and lustrous).
Looking for that lost sock? The five-letter group: AIDES, ATONE, CUEIN, DINES, DOLED, ELIDE, ETHER, GASSY, FJORD, GEESE, HOWDY, LADEN, MUSIC, OUTRE, RIDOF, SMEAR, STEPS, WOUND. A couple of pairs? Four-letter: ADDS, AIDA, ARID, ATRA, AUDI, CHOO, DEEP, EARP, FLAX, GABE, HEAT, IDLE, ISPS, JAPE, LIMO, MDSE, OBEY, ODOR, OPIE, RAND, SOAR ATRA, SOAR, SOAP, RAND. Or that odd one? Three-letter: ANT, APT, ARE, BRO, DIN, DOS, EDU, ELO, FAR, ICE, LAB, LAS, OAR, OAS, ODS, OIL, ONE, ORB, RAD, XES, YEN. It‘s there somewhere!
Convenient entry/clue -- LIE (63D. “This puzzle is really, really hard,” e.g.).
As for the laundry.... -----------------
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Search information: Across: 1. Feeling bloated; 6. Eyeliner boo-boo; 11. Don’t tase me, ___!”; 14. Make amends (for); 15. Bizarre; 16. Experiment site; 19. I; 20. Lawman Wyatt; 21. “The Andy Griffith Show” boy; 22. Cowboy’s greeting; 24. End of a student’s e-mail address; 37. “Long ago and ___ away …”; 38. Furnace output; 39. Western treaty grp.; 40. Car with a logo of four rings; 41. Lubricate; 52. Galas; 53. Norwegian coastal feature; 55. Car that comes with a driver; 57. Opera set along the Nile; 61. ___ Vegas; 65. Likely; 66. Helpers; 67. Rationed (out); 68. Crosses out; 69. Silly birds; 70. Escalator parts. Down: 1. Comic Kaplan; 2. Gillette razor; 3. Go out of sight, as gas prices; 5. Craving; 7. “If ___ be the food of love, play on”: Shak.; 8. One time dental anesthetic; 9. “___ you sleeping?”; 12. Ayn who wrote “Atlas Shrugged”; 13. Follow orders; 18 Cause for stitches; 23. Globe; 25. Racket; 27. “Rocks”; 28. Make aware; 30. Stench; 32. Weighed down; 33. Desertlike; 34. When repeated, a toy train; 35. Way cool; 36. AOL and others, in brief; 43. Termite look-alike; 44. Free from; 45. “Xanadu” grp.; 47. Rower’s need; 50. Omit in pronunciation; 51. Eats by Candlelight, say; 53. Source of linen; 54. Mock; 56. Retailer’s goods: Abbr.; 58. Unemployed; 59. Bottomless; 60. Tosses in; 64. Takes too much, for short.