------------------- Monday, February 9, 2009 Puzzle by Randall J. Hartman, edited by Will Shortz TV SET -- 41A. Boob tube (and a hint to 17- and 65-Across and 11- and 30-Down) --- along with TWO VIRGINS (17A. 1968 album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono), TRADER VICS (65A. Polynesian-themed restaurant chain), TRIAL VENUE (11D. Courtroom) and TRAVEL VISA (30D. Document checked at the border) -- are the interrelated entries of this Monday crossword. BATTERUP (28A. Umpire’s call at the start of an inning), IDECLARE (10D. “Goodness gracious!”), REPEATER (40D. Fast-firing firearm) and STEELERS (51A. 2009 Super Bowl champs) are the remaining long entries. Mid-size entries -- 9D. “AESOPS Fables”; AGREE (15A. Shake hands on); AISLE (29D. Airplane seating request); ATSEA (60A. Bewildered); 28D. BATES Motel (“Psycho” setting); CREDO (38A. Words to live by); CURVE (25D. Sneaky pitch); DEANS (72A. University officials); DUSTED (50D. Checked for fingerprints); 33D. EDGAR Allan Poe; EGRET (69A. White-feathered wader); ELLIS (20A. Fashion designer Perry); ELVES (44A. Santa’s helpers); ETAIL (46A. Cybercommerce); 18D. The British ISLES; LATVIA (52D. Riga’s land); LEHAR (47D. “The Merry Widow” composer); LEXUS (53A. Luxury Toyota make); NEATO (37D. “Keen!”); PASTS (31d. They might be checkered); RENTS (8D. Landlords’ due); SARAN (36A. Kitchen wrap brand); ); SARGE (54D. “Beetle Bailey” boss); SEEPED (49A. Oozed); SORES (34D. Sensitive spots); SOVIET (4D. Communist council); SPELL (26A. What a wizard casts); STAVES (32A. Averts, with “off”); TETRA (5A. Four: Prefix). Short stuff -- ABLE, AGEE, AIR, AMIS, ARTE, ASHE, CADS, DEN, DRAY, ECCE, EGG, EIRE, ELEC, ELSE, ENGR, ERAT, ETS, GTO, IDOL, INCH, ITLL, JAVA, JOEL, LARD, LEAR, LYES, MEWL, OBIT, OSHA, REDO, SAT, SEX, SING, TAR and TARA, TRIG, TSAR, UAE, and ETC. ------------------ 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: 1. French friends; 10. “___ be a cold day in hell …”; 14. Make over; 16. Heavy cart; 19. Land of the so-called “Troubles”; 21. Classic muscle car; 22. Men whom women can’t trust; 23. It’s measured in amperes: Abbr.; 35. Word before Jordan or Canada; 39. Shah : Iran :: ___ : Russia; 43. Bridge or tunnel designer: Abbr.; 48. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are part of it: Abbr.; 55. Construction site watchdog, for short; 56. Coffee, slangily; 58. Succeeded at musical chairs; 64. News item that often has a person’s age in the headline; 68. “If all ___ fails …”; 70. 2.54 centimeters; 71. Norman who created “All in the Family”; 73. “A Death in the Family” author James. Down: 1. Commedia dell’ ___; 2. Whimper; 3. Fox’s “American ___”; 5. Contents of a La Brea pit; 6. Silly Putty holder; 7. Calc prerequisite; 12. Cooking grease; 13. Caustic compounds; 24. The “E” of Q.E.D.; 27. And so on: Abbr.; 42. Scores like 1-1 and 2-2.; 45. Reason for an R rating; 56. “Piano Man” performer Billy; 57. Up to the task; 59. “Gone With the Wind” plantation; 61. Do lullabies, e.g.; 62. Behold, to Brutus; 63. Former Davis Cup captain Arthur; 66. Cozy room; 67. Visitors from Venus, say.