Thursday, February 5, 2009 Puzzle by David J. Kahn, edited by Will Shortz NAACP IMAGE AWARD (7D. Annual entertainment honor), JAMIE FOXX, 18A. Actor who received a 7-Down (1998, 2002, 2005-2006); ALICIA KEYS, 30A. Singer/songwriter who received a 7-Down (2002, 2004-06, 2008); ASHANTI, 36A. Singer who received a 7-Down (2003); DELLA REESE, 45A. Singer/actress who received a 7-Down (1996-2002); BERNIE MAC, 58A. Comedian who received a 7-Down (2003-06); FANTASIA, 3D. Singer who received a 7-Down (2005); SPIKE LEE, 39A. Director who received a 7-Down (2007) are the interrelated entries of this Thursday crossword. The Awards will be held this year on February 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Mid-size entries include ATEINTO (4D. Eroded); CROSSE (11D. Piece of equipment used in a national sport of Canada); DIABLO (45D. Spanish devil); EDGEIN (46D. Enter cautiously); EPSILON (44D. Fraternity letter); INJAIL (6D. Next to Connecticut Avenue, say, on a Monopoly board); LAXITY (12D. Looseness); LEARNS (47D. Gets to know); STICKS (48D. Boonies); TICTAC (20A. Popular breath mint); VEXERS (13D. Annoying types); 56A. “Steamboat WILLIE,” first Mickey Mouse cartoon. Five-letter -- AGAIN (54A. From the top); ALLOY (61a. Amalgam, e.g.); CLERK (65A. Bob Cratchit’s occupation); ELSIE (22A. Bovine in old ads); ERATO (14A. Sister of Clio); FLAKE (19D. Bit of snow); GOFAR (1A. Accomplish lots of things); INAPT (6A. Not fitting); 68A. “It takes all KINDS”; KLIEG (42A. Moviemaking lamp); KNEES (69A. Benders?); MOOSE (34A. One with a long face?); NADER (15A. Subject of the 2007 documentary “An Unreasonable Man”; NOEND (66A. To a great extent); RIPER (25A. More red, maybe); SEPIA (43A. Pigment used in drawing); SLATE (52A. Party list); TENET (17A. Belief); TRIOS (32A. Some jazz combos). Short stuff -- ADM, ASIS, ASTR, CLV, EARP, EAST, ECON, EEL and ELI, GET, IDEE, HEEL, JEAN, JETS, LANK, LIN, MEN, NICK, OILY, ONE and ONS, ORE, PEI, PILL, RAE, RIOT, ROTC, SALA, SIRS, SKYE, SOY, SPA, TRA and TREE, YALE, YDS. ----------------- 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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Remaining clues --Across: 11. Year St. Pius I died; 16. “Norma ___”; 23. ___ material (sturdy fabric); 28. Field in which things are looking up?: Abbr.; 29. Orient; 35. Hot tub; 39. Tofu source; 50. Difficult sort; 51. Extract from a French bean?; 53. Terrier type; 64. One-dimensional: Abbr.; 67. Switch positions. Down: 1. Acquire; 2. It’s found in veins; 5. Drillers’ org.?; 10. Logician’s drawing; 21. Song syllable; 23. Spurts from fountains; 24. O.K. Corral fighter; 26. Sch. Course with graphs; 27. Comedy standout; 31. Unchanged; 33. Hacienda room; 37. Letter start; 38. Achilles’ weakness; 40. Like some hair; 41. Columbia rival; 49. Sea slitherer; 55. Small cut; 57. Tall and thin; 59. Student at 41-Down; 60. Door sign; 62. Low digit; 63. Football stat: Abbr.