----------------- Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Puzzle by Michael Langwald, edited by Will Shortz STEAMEDCRAB (17A. Grouch who’s plenty mad?), GRILLEDSHRIMP (27A. Pipsqueak under cross-examination?), ROASTEDPEANUT (48A. Wee lad feted by the Friars?), and FRIEDTURKEY (64A. Burned-out goofball?) are the featured interrelated entries of this Tuesday crossword. Joining the grouch, the pipsqueak, the wee lad, and the goofball is EVITAPERON (11D. First lady played by Madonna) who seemingly presides over the personages ANDOR (71A. Choice words?) characters in the puzzle including an ICEBREAKER (29D. Party warmer-upper) and a SADSACK (25A. Perennial loser), neither steamed, grilled, roasted or fried. Others spared such fates are ABNER (39A. Daisy Mae’s man); ALDRIN (51D. Second man to walk on the moon); ARTE (2D. Comic Johnson); a DEB (30D. She’s coming out); an EYER (62D. One making a visual assessment); a GRAD (27D. Mortarboard tosser); IRENE (67A. “Goodnight” girl of song); the IRISH (52D. March marchers); NOLTE (53D. Nick of “Affliction”); PENA (57D. Federico of the Clinton cabinet); a VALET (1A. Car parker) and VANNA (15A. Revealing woman on TV?). Various activities and expressions -- 22D. Clear ASMUD (hard to understand); DROOL (6A. Show hunger, in a way); DIG (26D. Beatnik’s “Get it?”); EKED (50D. Barely managed with “out”); EUREKA (18D. “That’s it!”); GUESS (34A. 20 Questions turn); HER (69A. Ship’s pronoun); 19A. “IFI were you …“; INERTIA (52A. Resistance to change); LEER (3D. Goat’s look); RACE (7D. Talladega 500, e.g.); ROAM (55A. What nomads do); SIEGE (68A. Assault on Troy, e.g.); SNIT (45A. Agitated state); 36D. “You missed a SPOT!“); TAXIED (50D Proceeded along the tarmac); and USEUP (21A. Exhaust). The remains of the day -- ALES, ARENA, ATTN, DEBTS, DELE, DRIP, DVDS, EEL, EER, ELS, ENAMEL, ESS, EXPOS, FIR, ILK, LEGO, ODER, ONAPAR and ONRUSH, OTO, RADAR, RIPEST, ROC, ROLE, SAT, SENSE, SIERRA, SITU, SKEE, SLINK, SOFTC, STE, STORM, TAM, TEE, TERM, VAST, VOL and USA (65A. “The Star-Spangled Banner“ land). END (40A. Wrap up). ------------------ For today’s cartoon, go to The Crossword Puzzle Illustrated .
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Xword search information -- Across: Snaky shape; 14. Fight site; 16. TV control abbr.; 20. ___ limits (election issue); 22. Abbr. before a name on an envelope; 23. Always, in poems; 32. Bird in the “Arabian Nights”; 33. ___-Ball (arcade game); 37. Some brews; 42. Coffeemaker style; 43. They’re outstanding; 47. Ear: Prefix; 54. Sushi fish; 56. Shows with pavilions; 59. Takeout sign?; 63. Class; 66. Sault ___ Marie, Mich.; 70. Weather station’s need. Down: 1. Seemingly limitless; 4. Glossy finish; 5. Cap with a pompom; 8. Torrent; 9. Even (with); 10. “Chocolate” dog; 12. The first letter of “circle” (but not the fourth); 24. Loop transports; 28. Cameo, e.g.; 31. Brains; 35. As originally placed, after “in”; 38. Blow hard; 41. Best for picking; 44. Did nothing; 48. Golf ball’s perch; 49. Western mountain chain, with “the”; 58. Baltic feeder; 61. Block brand; 64. Yule tree.