September 20, 2008
Puzzle by Joe Krozel, edited by Will Shortz
Today's crossword is essentially four small puzzles which are joined weakly in the center by two four-letter across entries, ANON (25. Soon enough) and NICE (33. “Sweet!”) with a few scattered common letters on the periphery, e.g., E, L, and R. Divided by four big black "hammers", each quadrant must be solved separately in that as much use as any letter is from another section, the center might as well be completely closed. This is the third crossword of this type over the past year -- See12.01.07 -- Quadrupuzzle with the exact same diagram and 12.22.07 -- Quadrupuzzle II, a variation.
Puzzle 3 (Lower left): Across -- 37. Bit of regalia; 42. Separator of light and dark; 44. Delivered by a third person, perhaps; 46. It contains the three-fifths clause; 48. Setting one back the most; 50. Ecclesiastical districts. Down -- 25. Heirs, legally; 27. Licenses; 34. It needs to be built up when it’s bad; 37. Like some nights and eyes; 38. Deliver by truck; 39. Lucia’s brother in “Lucia di Lammermoor”; 40. Opposite of turbulent; 44. Refreshing things.
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