JOHNWILKESBOOTH (36A. “Sic semper tyrannis!” crier) dashes across today’s crossword, landing smack-dab in the center of the grid, upstaging the interrelated entries of GEIGERCOUNTER (20A. Particle-detecting device) and PERIODICTABLE (54A. Chemistry class poster, perhaps) with the counter and table joining his booth as choices of seating at a restaurant.
Others lurking in the puzzle include 1. “AMAHL” and the Night Visitors”; ANI (52. Singer DiFranco); ASCH (23A. “The Nazarene” novelist Sholem); 52D. Journalist ADELA Rogers St. Johns; a CZAR (58A. Winter Palace figure); IMPS (55D. Little mischief-makers); IRA (34A. Glass of public radio); IRVIN (17A. Wide receiver Michael nicknamed “the Playmaker); MEDEA (14A. Jason jilted her); MMES (60A. Fr. Ladies); NERDS (51D. Dweebs); OMAR (16. Baseball exec Minaya); a SOPH (27D. Jayvee player, maybe); and RIORITA (21D. Abbott and Costello movie based on a Ziegfeld musical).
Longer entries -- AMARETTO (11D. Almond-flavored liqueur); HEIGHTENS (4D. Grows more intense); HYDEPARK (38D. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthplace); STETSON (28A. Western topper); MASONIC (31D. Like Knights Templars); 35D. Zero TOLERANCE; and UNDERGO (46A. Be subjected to).
Middle-size -- ACRES (64A. The 40 of “the back 40”) and AREAS (25A. Polygon calculations); ADVICE (3D. “Dear Abby” offering); AMIGAS (1D. Early Commodore computers); ENOLS (61A. Organic compounds); FALCON (6D. Atlanta gridder); GALLEY (48D. Shipboard kitchen); GHENT (50A. Belgian treaty city); KENYA (67A. Home of Barack Obama’s father); MEREST (2D. Most trifling); ODESSA (49D. Ukrainian port city); POWER (10D. Word before tie or lunch); REBORN (47D. Having new vigor); UNION (7D. Bargainer at strike talks); and UNISEX (46D. For all, as a salon).
The remains -- AHOT, ANI and ANTI, BID, CAR and CAW, CHI, CTR, EAR and ERE, EMU, ETD, FUEL, HERD, IKE and INKS, ION, JPEG, LANE and LIEN, LITE, LOW, OATH, OIL, OMIT, PACT, PAYS, PILE, READ, SAW, SOPH, STAX, TAU and TOE, THO, TRY, TTOP, WARY, ZEN.
…and finally, ETTU (8D. Caesarean rebuke), a phrase to please the ear of assassins!
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