A depiction of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804. Hamilton intentionally missed Burr, but Burr's shot wounded Hamilton, who died the next day. Library of Congress ------------------
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Puzzle by Victor Fleming, edited by Will Shortz
“Draws” is the clue for eight entries in today’s crossword -- 17A. RECEIPTS; 26A. GETSCARDS; 49A. PULLSAGUN; 58A. SKETCHES; 4D. TIEGAMES; 11D. INFERS; 37D. ATTRACTS; and 46D. CLOSES.
Several seven-letter entries ensue -- ALUMNUS (28A. Graduate); LASTING (41D. Kind of impression); OPTICAL (9D. Kind of scanner); SWATTER (48A. Pest eradicator).
The bulk of the puzzle is of six-letter entries -- ARTERY (42A. Angiogram sight); AUBURN (45D. The Tigers of the Southeastern Conference); CAREER (32A. Law or medicine, e.g.); ENSIGN (65A. Annapolis graduate); GREASE (20A. 1972 musical with the song “Summer Nights”); 62A. GRETNA Green, Scottish town famous for runaway weddings; HONEST (13D. Square); IDTAGS (6D. Attaché attachments); OPENTO (16A. Not necessarily rejecting); POLISH (8A. Shoeboy’s offering); RUSHIN (56A. What fools do, per an adage); SEESAW (27D. Board with a couple of seats); SNAKED (48D. Took a twisty path); SPARTA (54A. Old Athenian ally against Persia); SPURGE (44D. Poinsettia’s family); STANDS (12D. Politicians take them); STEFAN (19A. Edberg who won two Wimbledons); URSULA (29D. Villainess in “The Little Mermaid”).
The remains: ABBE, ALE, BETA, BRET, EEG, ESAI, ETHER, EVE, EYRE, GURU, IDA, HEA and HEEL, HIP and HIS, ILENE and IRENE, IRATE, LAHTI, LEELA, LUIS, NAN, OLAN, ONUS, PASSE, PER, POS, PUTT, RAITT, REGS, RIP and RIPE, SAC, SOD, SPED, STIRS, UBOAT, TAC and TACO, TDS, TIEGS, TIVO, TOGAE, UBOAT, UPSET, and 2D. “What’s the USE?”.
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Xword search information -- Across: 1. Fifth stroke, often; 5. Tatter; 14. Tony player on “NYPD Blue”; 15. Home of the Clearwater Mtns.; 22. Actress Graff; 23. Ancient Romans’ attire; 30. “Isn’t ___ bit like you and me?” (Beatles lyric); 31. Retired barrier breaker, for short; 33. Sole support; 34. Weight; 35. Awakens; 37. Sermonizer in France; 41. Tiant in the Red Sox Hall of Fame; 44. Pollen holder; 47. Porter, e.g.; 52. Having steam come out of the ears, say; 53. W.W. II blockade enforcer; 63. Head lines, in brief?; 64. What may ensure the show goes on?; 66. Gridiron stat.; 67. Hightailed it. Down: 1. By means of; 3. Middle X, say; 5. Rather smelly; 7. Hardly in; 8. Like some poles: Abbr.: 21. One on it may be out of it; 23. Sonora snack; 24. “The Good Earth” mother; 25. Wise one; 33. 1961 Elvis hit “___ Latest Flame”; 36. Supermodel Cheryl; 38. Key letter; 39. Harte of fiction; 40. Bronte heroine; 43. John ____, Doris Day’s co-star in “The Pajama Game”; 50. Emmy winner Christine; 51. It’s news in sports; 55. Rules, for short; 57. A Bobbsey twin; 59. Turning point?; 60. When day is done, briefly; 61. This may be sold by the yard.