Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Puzzle by Joe Krozel, edited by Will Shortz AEIOU (51D. Language quintet comprising the only elements in the shaded / circled boxes). Four nine-letter blocks of vowels indicated by four shaded boxes, or four boxes of circles if you’re solving in Across Lite, one block in each of the four corners of the crossword constitute the gimmick for today’s puzzle. It’s all show and of no use to the solver, unless perhaps one swoons at vowels when having completed a crossword. Across in clue order -- MOOED (13. Mimicked some farm animals); 15. “WEAIM to please”; PAEAN (17. Song of praise); MATTLAUER (18. Longtime morning TV host); SIOUAN (20. Iowa, for one); ASISEEIT (22A. “From my perspective …”); 57. BEEEATER (57. Relative to a kingfisher); ATEOUT (59. Had dinner at a restaurant); LIEAROUND (62. Be idle); HOOEY (64. Rubbish); YOUIN (65. Query at a poker table); DUEIN (67. Expected), matching CUEIN down. Down: NOAIR (2. Condition in outer space); TOEOFFROG (3. Ingredient in a witches’ brew); REAUDIT (4. Check again, as the books); SEAEELS (10. Congers); SAUER (11. Kraut modifier); EIEIO (12. Kid’s song refrain); KERFLOOEY (35. Out of whack); RITEAID (44. Walgreens rival); VOTEOUT (46. Reflect, as an incumbent in an election); TEEUP (52. Prepare for a drive); CUEIN (56. Make aware), see DUEIN across. Outside of the nine-letter vowelette blocks are QUEUES (49D. Lines) and 45A. Hors DOEUVRES, and the inequipollent PRNDL (54D. Gearshift sequence). Remainders across, alphabetically: ANTRE (1. Cavern); FIFTH (27. Award place for a green ribbon); LAPOF luxury; NEGRO (43. Part of U.N.C.F.); 24. “And the OSCAR goes to … “; REDARMY (39. Soviet military force); STYNE (70. “Funny Girl” composer); 50. SUPER (53. Fab); TORTURED (31. Stretched much too far, as language). Down: ISAAC (7. Prolific Asimov); FUROR (28. Uproar); GETSAT (8. Intimates); LAYUP (30. Easy two-pointer); MEARA (41. Stiller’s partner); 21. NOTRE Dame. The requisite alphabet soup: AMPS, ASTO, ATT, BIG, BLY, BUM, DAD and DUO along with IDO, EDNA, EIN, ERO, IRAQ, MRT, ODE, ONS, OSSE, OWLS, RFD, ROLE, SHED, SLO, TELL, THDS, TIE and TIN, TIRE, TLC, TYNE, UPDO, USE. Of course, the caterpillar includes Y!
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