12.16.08 -- 0101010101...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Puzzle by Gail Grabowski, edited by Will Shortz
COMPUTER COMPANY (64A. What the ends of 17-, 27- and 48-Across represent), FARMER IN THE
DELL (17. Kindergarten tune, with “The”), GARDEN GATEWAY (27. Entrance to a botanical display) and POISONED APPLE (48. Gift that almost killed Snow White) are the interrelated entries of this Tuesday crossword.
BAD PRESS (10D. Unwanted publicity) and BUS DEPOT (38D. Stop for a motor coach) are the other two long entries, followed by the shorter ANNULS (43A Declares void); ARMADA (4D. Military flotilla); ESTEEM (49D. Think the world of); HOTDOG (8D. “Oh, goody!”); LEAPAT (51D. Eagerly accept); NOSHOW (36A. Standby passenger’s salvation).
Five-letter entries -- ABODE (9A. Place to live); BAGEL (16A. Lox holder); 27D. Bouquet GARNI (herb bundle); HEMAN (19D. Charles Atlas, for one); NIXED (29D. Didn’t allow);
NSYNC (42A. “Bye Bye Bye” boy band); RAGON (60A. Tease); SERBS (37A. Neighbors of Croats); SNERT (44D. H├Ągar the Horrible’s hound); STRAW (20A. Soda shop freebie); TRIOS (57A. Some lounge combos); VETTE (70A. Sporty Chevy, for short); WHYME (30D. “What did I do to deserve this?”).
Four-letter -- ABIT, ABOO, ACTV, ALOE, AONE and ATON, APER, ARCS, ASAP, BATH, DEES, DELT, EGAD, ELLS, ERGO, EWER, GARR, HERR, KENO, LORE, MOBS, NYSE, OAFS, OGEE, OMAR and OMIT, ONCE, OSHA, PERM, PETS, RTES, SCAB, SLOE, SPAT, TIDE, TONI, TREE,
YWCA.
Three-letter -- ABE, ADS, AKA, AXE, BAR, DEA, ERA with ETA and ETO, MEA, ODS, OPT, SRI, TEE, USE.
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Xword search information -- Across: 1. Workplace stds. Enforcer; 5. Something a cat doesn’t like; 14. Mimicry expert; 15. “Peek-___!”; 21. Procter & Gamble best seller; 23. Narc’s org.; 25. Gen. Bradley; 33. Rap sheet letters; 35. Hindu title of respect; 40. Firefighter’s tool; 45. W.W. II arena; 47. “Do ___ favor”; 52. Low grades; 53. Simple shirt; 54. Burn treatment; 57 U.S. 1 and others: Abbr.; 68. “Goodness gracious!”; 69. Curved trajectories; 71. Unruly crowds; 72. Alder or elder. Down: 1. Bunglers; 2. Petty dispute; 3. Frau’s partner; 5. Mixologist’s workplace; 6. Somewhat; 7. Actress Collette; 9.Civil War nickname; 11. Curved molding; 12. Shoulder muscle, briefly; 13. Right-angle joints; 18. Ornamental jug; 24. Words from sponsors; 26. Oodles; 28. Time worth remembering; 31. Super-duper; 32. Org. that once used the slogan “In Service for the Girls of the World”; 33. “Without delay”; 34. Numbers game; 39. Plumlike fruit; 41. Plane’s landing stat; 46. Say no, with “out”; 50. Durable do; 54. When Hamlet dies; 55. It’s handed down from generation to generation; 56. Forget to include; 58. As a result; 59. Sign of healing; 61. Teri of “Tootsie”; 62. Enough, for some; 63. Big Board letters; 65. Fair ___ (copyright issue); 66. Some E.R. cases.

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