Saturday, September 27, 2008
Puzzle by Karen M. Tracey, edited by Will Shortz
Don’t have a lot to say about this Saturday’s crossword -- the countdown:
Ten-letter entries -- DONQUIXOTE (31A. When the expression “mum’s the word”) and GARDENSPOT (40A. Green patch).
Nine-letter -- ALONGSIDE (17A. How a towpath proceeds vis-à-vis a canal); EARLHINES (62A. Louis Armstrong’s “Weather Bird” collaborator); HOLEINONE (15A. Driving ambition?); INTESTATE (64A. Not willful?); JOINHANDS (11D. Unite [with]); QUIVERFUL (34D. Supply of arrows); SPARTACUS (1A. Third Servile War leader); STOUTNESS (59A. Courage).
Eight-letter -- TIGERCUB (5D. Den delivery) and UNEARTHS (38D. Turns up).
Seven-letter -- ALEKSEI (41D. Soviet premier Kosygin); COINBOX (7D. Part of a pinball machine); DISTORT (43D. Skew); RARITAN (42D. New Brunswick’s river); SEESOUT (9D. Stays until the end of); UNDERGO (8D. Endure).
Six-letter -- APEMEN (24D. Ancestors from long, long ago); BROACH (23A. Bring up); CLOGUP (25A. Jam); EASERS (46A. Assuaging agents); ELAINE (45A. Half-sister of Kin Arthur); IVTUBE (36A. Med. Supplier?); LIEGES (26D. Vassals); MUDPIE (37A. Chocoholic’s dessert).
Five-letter -- ABZUG (61A. Former congresswoman nicknamed Mother Courage); ADAGE (47D. Sometime sampler stitching); ALOFT (3D Not grounded?); ASSAM (48A. Black tea from India); ASSET (51D. Thing worth keeping); CHORD (53A. Ninth, e.g.); DOYLE (63A. David who played Bosley on TV’s “Charlie’s Angels”); INSET (21A. Certain blowup); LOOFA (58A. Shower accessory); MASSE (52D. Tricky shot); NOFEE (19A. Credit card come-on); OJAYS (10A. 1970s R&B trio in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with “the”); 10D. OPTIC disk (blind spot); POBOY (16A. Hero); POLOS (2D. Golf attire); RAISA (57A. First lady of the 1980s); RENEE (4D. Richards with a racket); SANIT (49D. Municipal dept.); SHANE (1D. Oscar-nominated western); SIENA (50D. Touristy Tuscany town); TICKS (18A. Indication of time passing).
Three- and four-letter -- ABCS, ACED, ANS, CAPP, CLAD, DIET, DIKE, EDTV, EZIO, HOBO, KIT, KIWI, NAZI, NES, NTWT, OOZY, OVID, SYST, ULE, YOKE.
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