Stump, a Sussex Spaniel after winning the best In show award at the 2009 Westminster Dog Show on Tuesday in New York. ------------------ Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Puzzle by Richard Silvestri, edited by Will Shortz WHAT A CROC (17A. Comment at the reptile exhibition?), PAC ANIMAL (62A. Bruin, Golden Bear or Wildcat?), TAKE YOUR PIC (10D. Command to a photog?) and DOC OF THE BAY (24D. Horse vet?) are the interrelated entries of this Wednesday crossword -- subtracting a K from crock, pack, pick and dock is the conceit. Incidentally, for reasons of my own, before reading the clue, I contemplated entering DOG OF THE DAY! Why? Well, last paragraph… Mid-size entries -- ANAPEST (5D. Bit of a limerick); BISECT (55A. Halve); HEROICS (29A. Daring actions); NEUTRAL (45A. Not taking sides); OSWALD (28D. Ruby’s victim); PHYSED (26D. Gym class); RACERS (46D. Grand Prix participants); SCALAR (9D. Non-vector); SCIENCE (44D. “Nova” subject); SLEAZY (22D. Underhanded); SOLDER (23A. Joining alloy); TICKET (51A. Depot purchase). Five-letter -- ACHOO, ADOBE, AKITA (19A. Dog with an upturned tail), BEALL, CARET and CRATE, EELER, ELATE, ENACT, GROSS, HANDS, KEMAL, JABBA, JOWLS (1D. Bloodhounds have big ones), OCEAN, SOFAR, SLAYS and SLEET and SPLAY and SPREE, STAGS, SWALE, THANT, TWIST, TYLER. Short stuff -- ABOU, ACID, ALI, ARIA, ART, ASOF, BASS, BAT, CLUE, CURL, DECI, EARS (1D. Bloodhounds have big ones), EGO, ELAN, ELY, ETNA, GETZ, HATE, IDOL, IGOR, IRE, KIT, LOBO, LOL, NOSE, OSLO, OTC, PAX, PUSS, ROUT, SITE, SKYE (36A. Terrier type), SOFA, STAY, UGLI, WANE, XED. Just watched two nights of the Westminster Dog Show, so all the references to dogs and body parts in today‘s crossword, uh, how can I explain?… HERE!
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Remaining clues -- 1. ___ the Hutt of “Star Wars”; 6. “Me, me, me” attitude; 9. Parties where dresses are rarely seen; 14. Key location; 15. Works on the wall; 16. ^; 19. Dog with an upturned tail; 20. Online chuckle; 21. Kisser; 25. Spread out; 27. Where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded; 33. Put into effect; 36. Terrier type; 38. ___ fruit; 39. New Mexico athlete; 40. O. Henry specialty; 41. Mop the floor with; 42. From; 43. Find awful; 44. Wild time; 47. Prefix with meter; 49. Crew; 58. Grow dim; 60. English cathedral city; 61. Hacienda brick; 64. Til now; 65. Rumble in the Jungle victor; 66. Orange box; 67. Does in; 68. Marked off; 69. Conger catcher. Down: 2. Sound before a blessing?; 3. Ultimate aim; 4. Baseball club; 7. Dozen dozen; 8. Like some stocks, for short; 11. “Celeste Aida,” e.g.; 12. Stan on the sax; 13. Hotel visit; 18. Weightlifter’s maneuver; 22. Weather caution for motorists; 30. Prince of opera; 31. What a private eye may eye; 32. Something to build on; 33. Spirited style; 34. Plane part; 35. “___ Ben Adhem” (Leigh Hunt poem); 37. Baby beaver; 40. U follower; 48. Sight from Taormina; 50. Low-lying wetland; 52. ___ Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey; 53. Please no end; 54. Polk’s predecessor; 55. Stereo knob; 56. Tiger Beat cover subject; 57. Soft seat; 59. Timothy Leary dropped it; 62. Irene’s counterpart in Roman myth; 63. Pique condition?