----------------- Wednesday, December 3, 2008 Puzzle by Michael Blake, edited by Will Shortz FOURWAYSTOP (63A. Feature of some intersections … or a five-word hint to 17-, 23-, 40- and 50-Across), the five-word hint being “four-way S to P”, along with PAVINGGRACE (17A. Elegance in road construction?); PLUMLANDLORD (23A. Desirable guy to rent from?); POUNDEDTHEALARM (40A. Hit “snooze” with force?); PUBCOMMITTEE (50A. Council of Guinness drinkers?) are the interrelated entries of this Wednesday crossword. People aplenty in the puzzle are led by COUNTBASIE (29D. “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” composer/bandleader) accompanied by ALI (16A. Title role about a titleholder); ANG (6D. Director Lee); DARYL (7D. Hall of fame); a DIVA (3D. Opera star); DORA (26D. TV explorer); ERIK (14A. Edgar-winning writer Larson); IMPS (39D. Some tricksters); IRMA (68A. Cookbook writer Rombauer); 38D. KRIS Kringle; LAI (66A. “Love Story” composer Francis); MAIDS (25D. Hotel employees); OBAMA (8D. Winner of 2008); RICKI (37A. Lake of TV); the SFPD (27D. Org. in TV’s “Nash Bridges”); 69A. Donna Summer’s “SHE Works Hard for the Money”; SWAMI (20A. Turban wearer, maybe); TIM (46A. Boy in “A Christmas Carol”); URIAH (51D. Heep of fiction); and the unlikely pair of YMA (21A. Singer Sumac) and ZADORA (5A. Actress Pia). The seventh long entry, CARROTCAKE (11D. It often has cream cheese frosting), has the company of miscellaneous and sometimes interrelated mid-size entries of ADAGIO (70A. Slowly); AENEID (67A. Old war story); 43A. Al DENTE; ENTICE (33D. Tempt); FLAILS (22D. Thrashes about); FLATS (58A. Alternative to high heels); INABIT (15A. Presently), which is just the shorter version of INHABIT; IRREG (54D. Markdown abbr.); 5D. MAUNA Loa; MOOED (52D. Lowed), which has non-partners of COW (11A. Intimidate) and milk pitcher ELSIE (55D. Borden cow); OLDER (12D. Grayer, maybe); PILLS (50D. Aspirin and such); 9D. Costa RICAN; SKIMP (4D. Economize), a longer version of the shorter SKIP (45A. Not attend); 13D. Smartened, WISED (up). SHORT (36D. Brief) stuff: ADO, ALOE, ARAW, ATE, ATRA, DEFY, DEMO, EASY, ERA, ESS, ETAT, FAA, FLOE, FREE, GIGS, GTO, IRAE, LAI, LIS, NILE, OAR and OAT, PADS, PEPS, RAD, RDS, SAC, SOOT, SPAY, TOMS, URGE, WII, ZIG (5D. Make a sharp turn). Need a few rules for a four-way stop?! Go HERE. ----------------- For today’s cartoon, go to The Crossword Puzzle Illustrated. Click on image to enlarge. Puzzle available on the internet at THE NEW YORK TIMES -- Crossword Puzzles and Games
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Xword search information -- Across: 1. Brake components; 19. Rtes.; 22. Big word in advertising; 27. Anatomical pouch; 30. Historical chapter; 31. Nosebag tidbit; 32. Big chunk of ice; 34. Band jobs; 44. Blackener of Santa’s suit; 47. Like, awesome; 49. Feminine suffix; 56. “Dies ___”; 57. Scull; 62. Fleur-de-___; 71. “Careful now”. Down: 1. Energizes, with “up”; 2. Get ___ deal; 18. View from Abu Simbel; 24. Yen; 28. Soothing plant; 35. Classic muscle car; 41. Mailing to a record exec; 42. Floride, e.g.; 48. Stare down, say; 59. Trac II alternative; 60. ___ of Maine; 61. Neuter; 63. Sky safety org.; 64. 2006 Nintendo debut; 65. Fuss.