04.23.09 -- BROWN

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Puzzle by Steve Dobis, edited by Will Shortz
BROWN (71A. Shade that defines 17-, 27-, 49- and 65-Across), GODFATHER OF SOUL, FEDEX COMPETITOR, CLEVELAND PLAYER and IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL are the interrelated entries of this Thursday crossword.
“Brown represents wholesomeness and earthiness. While it might be considered a little on the dull side, it also represents steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health. Although blue is the typical corporate color, UPS (United Parcel Service) has built their business around the dependability associated with brown.” -- About.com
Mid-sized entries -- ANCHOR (52D. Mainstay); ARAGON (50D. One of Isabella I’s kingdoms; DEFACE (4D. Scrawl graffiti on, e.g.); ESCAPE (20A. Romance fiction or horror films, e.g.); HARDUP (8d. Indigent); NAVAHO (37A. Language that contains no adjectives); NONAME (44A. Generic); ONCALL (61A. Available); OPPOSED (47D. Fought against); POTENCY (5D. Strength).
Five-letter -- AROMA (38A. Redolence); AUTOS (16A. They need their bearings); BORER (68A. Drill); DRONE (29D. Queen’s attendant; ELIZA (45D. “My Fair Lady” lady); ERROL (28D. Documentarian Morris); FRANC (27D. Swiss capital); MAYAN (30D. Like some pyramids); OHARE (33D. Almost 80 million people visit it yearly); OLSEN (19D. Merlin of football and TV); OMANI (9A. Certain sultan’s subject); ROMER (34D. Former Colorado governor Roy); TANGY (32D. Having a bite); TENAM (43A. Coffee break time, maybe).
Short stuff -- ACDC, AMES, ANO, AOKI, APEX, ASH, ATOR, CENT, DYE, ERN and ERSE, ENDS and ENOS, EMP, GIBB and GIGS, GRE, GYRO, ISLE, IVE and IVOR, LEAD, LINC, LLDS, LOEB, LOGE, MAV, MDL, MUSE, NOUS, NYPD, OAF, OKED, ONCE and ONME, OSHA, PATH, PUNY, RIBS, RRR, SIR, SLEW, SPIN, STAT, THEM, TOED, USS, YEA, ZAP.
What can brown do for you?!
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Remaining clues -- Across: 1. Starring role; 5. Way to go; 14.”There was a time …”; 15. It’s headed by a deputy asst. secy. Of labor; 21. Midcentury year; 22. European tongue; 23. Small change; 25. Letters at sea; 35.Basic education, familiarly; 36. House support?; 41. Do colorful work; 46. “I’ll take that as ___”; 48. E.T.S. offering; 53. “Yes, ___!”; 54. Alternative to “roll the dice”; 55. Band lineup; 59. Microwave; 69. Def Leppard hit “Pour Some Sugar ___”; 70. Approved; 72. Title grp. In an ABC drama; 73. Barbecue order. Down: 1. High-priced ticket option; 2. Great-great-great-grandfather of Methuselah; 3. Electrical letters; 6. Word with mountain or fly; 7. Not us; 9. Klutz; 10. Inspiration; 11. D├ęcor finish?; 12. Us, abroad; 13. Bikini, e.g.; 18. Culminating point; 24. Pointy-___; 26. Rebounds, e.g.; 31. “___ got you”; 39. Dallas hoopster, briefly; 40. Dallas hoopster, briefly; 40. Where the Iowa Straw Poll is done; 42. Goals; 51. “The Mod Squad” role; 55. 1970s-’80s singer Andy; 56. Songwriter Novello; 57. Urban sidewalk vendor’s offering; 58. Boatload; 60. Pint-size; 62. Golfer Isao ___; 63. Financial writer Marshall; 64. Attorneys’ degs.; 66. Coastal flier; 67. Great Brit., e.g., in years past.

1 comment:

DONALD said...

In recognition of Shakespeare’s 445th Birthday, this Thursday, April 23, 2009, will be Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Shakespeare is a part of our everyday lives. For more, go to AT = Talk Like Shakespeare Day.


How to talk like Shakespeare:


* Instead of you, say thou. Instead of y’all, say thee.
* Rhymed couplets are all the rage.
* Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.
* Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous - hunch-back’d toads.
* Don’t waste time saying "it," just use the letter "t" (’tis, t’will, I’ll do’t).
* Verse for lovers, prose for ruffians, songs for clowns.
* When in doubt, add the letters "eth" to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth).
* To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore.
* When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say "Get thee to a nunnery!"
* When wooing lads: try dressing up like a man. If that fails, throw him in the Tower, banish his friends and claim the throne.