Monday, August 18, 2008
Puzzle by Paula Gamache, edited by Will Shortz
Six interrelated across entries are the main feature of this back-to-work crossword -- DEADHEAD (63. Jerry Garcia fan … or what each part of the answers to the starred clues can take); the word dead can head both words in the entries of BODYHEAT (16. *1981 film starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner); AIRBALL (25. *Hoopster’s complete miss); LASTLETTER (32. *Z, alphabetically); CENTERLINE (43. *Painted highway divider); ENDZONE (49. *Touchdown site), resulting in dead body, dead heat, dead air, dead ball, dead last, dead letter, dead center, deadline, dead end and dead zone.
Titian, Adam and Eve, c. 1550. Madrid, Prado
That crossword Genesis trio appears with non-Biblical cluing -- ADAM (56D. Funnyman Sandler), EVE (30A. Night before a holiday) and EDEN (60D. Place of bliss). Scattered pairs include NOONE (50D. Nary a soul) and ASONE (8A. In unison); ACT (47A. Collection of scenes) and DRAMA (51D. Euripides’ genre); EPA (64D. Org. monitoring industrial wastes) and ECOCARS (44D. High-m.p.g. vehicles); IRIS (36D. Bearded flower) and UVEA (55A. Eye part); ENJOY (49D. Take pleasure in) and MERRY (41A. Like Robin Hood’s men).
People or the like include 20A. Thomas ALVA Edison; CLYDE (4D. Outlaw partner of Bonnie); DRNO (37D. Early 007 foe); the EXPOS (39A. Former Montreal team); JOANNA (61A. Title girl in a 1983 Kool & the Gang hit); LANE (59D. Lois of the Daily Planet); MAS (69A. Moms); MRTOAD (41D. “The Wind in the Willows” amphibian); SIB (9D. Bro or sis); 68A. Poet William Butler YEATS; and those Dead Heads.
LETMESEE (24D. “I’ll try to think of something…”) and LASERTAG (21D. Team game with infrared-sensitive targets) are the remaining eight-letter entries; while THEWAVE (5D. Motion made by fans in a stadium) rounds out the seven-letter group.
Six-letters: ALTARS (8D. Hitching posts?); ATBEST (18A. If all goes exactly according to plan); CANVAS (43D. Sail material); CASTLE (57A. Setting for many a fairy tale); CAVIAR (15D. Expensive topping served with a tiny spoon); CLIMAX (15A. High point of a story); HOTELS (17D. Monopoly purchases); MOUNDS (46D. Hershey’s bar with coconut); ONMEDS (65A. Sedated, perhaps); SHADOW (19A. Peter Pan lost his).
Less than six: ACNE, AMAS, APR, AYES, BEVEL, BLEW, BTU, ETAL, EXTOL, GAO, GOOP, HIE, ITAL, MER, NASAL, NET, NOR, OMEGA, OTOH, PSHAW, RIBS, SASE, SETA, SOS, TADA, TAXI, TECH, TEN, TOPAZ, TVS, USPS, VIA, 35A. “Livin’ La VIDA Loca“ and 70A. “Say WHEN“ (pourer‘s request).
"Maybe you collect or maybe you pay/ Still got to work that eight-hour day/ Whether you like that job or not/ Keep it on ice while you're/ lining up your long shot/ Which is to say/ hey-ey/ Keep your day job/ Don't give it away/ Keep your day job/ Whatever they say" -- "Keep Your Day Job", words by Robert Hunter, music by Jerry Garcia, Copyright Ice Nine Publishing
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