Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Puzzle by Matt Ginsberg, edited by Will Shortz DIN (41A. All the sounds in this puzzle together?) is the uniting entry for the following across clues and entries -- Sounds of … an explosion, BOOM; … thunder, CLAP; … a mother with noisy kids, HUSH; … a toy train, CHOOCHOO; … a raindrop in a puddle, KERPLUNK; … a table tennis ball, PING and PONG; … brakes, SCREECH; … a basketball through a basket, SWISH; … a knock on a door, RAP; … Road Runner, BEEPBEEP; … grease in a deep fryer, SPLATTER; … a porker, OINK -- and also for the down “sounds” of … champagne glasses, CLINK; … a surprised German, ACH; … a hen, CLUCK; … a circusgoer, OOOH; … a doorbell, DONG; … a cheater in class, PSST; … a person sitting down; PLOP. A din, indeed! Echoes of those sounds lurk from a WILDPIG (4D. Boar) and a SHOAT (39D. Little ham?); PTBOATS (45D. “McHale’s Navy” craft); or from being STRAFED (43D. Attacked from above); the buzz of the gun for TATTOOS (46A. Dermal art); or a LASH (8D. Mascara’s place) were it clued differently, along with ESSES (69A. Test track features) if a serpent! How something sounds is subjective, but even with the fragmentation of this puzzle for its “what-sound-or-soundlike-sound will fit here” game, it makes for one hell of a lively crossword! Lottsa OOMPH (23D. Get-up-and-go)! ADMIRED (28A. Looked up to) leads off the NEEDED (20A. Indispensable) mid-sized entries -- APOGEE (49D. Highest point in an orbit); ATEASE (28D. Relaxed); BRENT (51D. Ford and Bush adviser Scowcroft); CITED (40D. Quoted); CREWS (1A. Ships’ complements); DOOMTO (59A. Destine for, as oblivion); 21. Fond DULAC, Wisc.; 3D. Ham-and-EGGER (incompetent sort); EMMYS (52D. TV trophies); ETAPE (53D. Day’s march) which crosses ETYPE (66A. Classic British Jaguar); GAMAL (63A. Egypt’s Nasser); INGLE (17A. Fireplace); LEGIT (14A. On the level); NACRES (25D. Mother-of-pearls); OPTFOR (47D. Select); POLES (54D. The ends of the earth); PTERO (37A. Prefix with dactyl); RENEE (2D. Zellweger of “Jerry Maguire”); STEELS (5D. Braces oneself); and UPHOLD (9D. Maintain). Squeaks: ACLU, AES, SONY, EKE, ELIA, ERIN, ESAI, FLEE, HOME, IONA and IOWA, ISLA, LAME, LOU and SOU, MAYO, NUIT, OLAF, ONNO, OPED, RATE, REDO, SOHO, STAT (48A. “Right now!,” to a doctor). The entry likely to provide the most outrageous sound? -- 35A. Not enough room to swing ACAT!
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Xword search information -- Across: 6. Org. that defends the Bill of Rights; 16. One of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides; 19. ___ Pictures (entertainment company); 26. Comical Costello; 27. Cuba, e.g., to Cubans; 38. Not worth a ___; 44. “La Bamba” actor Morales; 60. Count ___ of Lemony Snicket books; 61. Run for it; 64. It follows first, second and third; 67. Columnist’s column; 68. Judge. Down: 12. ___ account (never); 13. B.L.T. ingredient; 29. Second serve, for example; 30. “___ Brockovich”; 33. Place name before and after City; 34. “Bonne ___” (French wish at bedtime); 36. Two-time loser to D.D.E.; 55. London entertainment district; 57. Pathetic; 58. “On the Waterfront” director Kazan; 62. Squeeze (out).