------------------ Thursday, December 11, 2008 Puzzle by Jim Hilger, edited by Will Shortz Seven squares containing some sort of glyph for the word TURN, or the word itself if one prefers, constitute the interrelated entries of this Thursday clever turn of a crossword. Across: 1. (TURN)PIKE, Part of a pay-as-you-go plan?; 18. TWIST AND (TURN), Meander, as a road; 33. MAKES A U (TURN), Reverses course; 39. RE(TURN)ED, Like some calls left on answering machines; 61. (TURN) TO STONE, Petrify; 61. (TURN)ING POINT, Crucial moment; 71. OVER(TURN), Upset. Down: 1. (TURN)KEY, Fully equipped and ready to go; 13. SA(TURN), Roman god of agriculture; 36. (TURN)(TURN)(TURN), 1965 #1 hit by the Byrds; 61. (TURN) UP, Eventually appear; 60. TO A (TURN), Perfectly. Other mid-size entries -- ASSURE (9D. Guarantee); BESEECH (31A. Supplicate); BRADBURY (21A. Author of “Something Wicked This Way Comes); EASTLA (32D. Calif. Barrio setting); ENABLES (5D. Equips); LIONESS (47A. Cub raiser); SINCERER (57A. Comparatively honest; SKIBOB (8D. Winter vehicle); SOCIAL (49D. Tea, e.g.); SONORA (48D. Neighbor of Arizona); SOPRANO (46D. Aida, for one); SWEDEN (24D. Where the Riksdag meets). Quite a few five-letter entries -- ACTIN (27D. Be a cast member of); AGAIN (34D. Over); ALAMO (64A. 1836 siege site, with “the”); DOWSE (41D. Search for water, in a way); ELENA (17A. 2008 Olympics tennis champion Dementieva); ICAME (55D. Part of Caesar’s boast); IRENE (3D. Emmy and Tony nominee Ryan); JELLO (26D. Kraft Foods brand); KAZOO (35D. Instrument unlikely to be heard at Carnegie Hall); KIRIN (14A. Japanese brew); 7D. “LAWDY Miss Clawdy” (#1 R&B hit of 1952); 33D. Old country-and-western star MERLE Travis; NAMER (56D. Christener); NEMEA (68A. Scene of Hercules’ first labor); PILOT (2D. Kitchen light); RAZER (43A. Leveler); RETIP (44D. Fix, as a pool cue); SALTY (37A. Off-color); SPAIN (54A. NATO member since 1982); RADAR (22D. Airport installation); TESLA (23A. Inventor depicted in “The Prestige”); TRESS (19D. Lock with no key?); WHYME (28D. Cry from someone who’s been aggrieved). Short stuff: ALAS, AWOL, CAT, EGAD, END and ENO, ETA, ILSA, INA, IOTA, JAW, KIN, KONA, LEV, NIL, OAKS, OKAY, OWES, PALS, RAYE, RTES, SLIM, SGTS, SUE, TOOK, UNIT, WEDS, WON and YON and YORE. Tina Turner? Not today, just keep on turning!
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Xword search information -- Across: 1. She’ll “always have Paris”; 10. Has obligations; 15. “Mighty” things; 16. District in Hawaii; 20. That over there; 25. Long ago; 26. Hinged apparatus; 29. Walks down the aisle; 38. “Zounds!”; 42. Diet; 50. M.P.’s concern; 51. Music producer Brian; 52. Walked off with; 59. Bopper; 66. Cadre, e.g.; 67. “The Martha ___ Show” of 1950s TV; 69. Gang members; 70. Comment about a loss. Down: 4. Blood; 6. Tiny bit; 10. “Go ahead!”; 11. Korean money; 30. Seek restitution, perhaps; 40. H; 57. Company leaders: Abbr.; 58. G.P.S. output: Abbr.; 62. ___ bit; 63. Zip; 65. Book after Exod.