----------------- Thursday, June 25, 2009 Puzzle by Bill Zais, edited by Will Shortz Including the clue number for five entries to complete a phrase constitutes the interrelated entries of this terse Wednesday crossword composed of otherwise unrelated miscellanea -- 3. SHEETS TO THE WIND (Plastered); 5. CARD STUD (Gambling game); 7. PER CENT SOLUTION (Sherlock Holmes novel, with “The”); 20. SOMETHING (One starting a career, perhaps); 40. HOUR WEEK (Work period). Continuing with the gallimaufry, the seven-letter entries include DIPTYCH (38A. Hinged pair of pictures); DOASIDO (19A. “Follow me”); EPISTLE (62A. Philemon, e.g.); EYEDROP (16A. Red remover, maybe); GRECIAN (64A. Like the Trojan horse); LINSEED (66A. Oil source); OUTGROW (58A. Get too big for); 39. PAINTED Desert; POTTERY (13A. Some arts and crafts); PRIMARY (13D. Race before a race); RAHRAHS (10A. Spirited cries); REWARDS (17A. Bonuses); STEPONE (67A. Starting instruction). Six-letter -- COHOST (45A. Either of two emcees); HAWAII (47A. Where “Waikiki” means “to hurry”); MADMEN (29A. Psychos); OUTRUN (31A. Leave in the dust, say). Five -- ARDOR (8D. Heat); ARETE (1D. Craggy crest); ANIMA (28D. Inner self); ASSOC (1A. Formal club: Abbr.); AVERS (25A. States); DECCA (30D. Record label of Bill Haley and His Comets); ETTES (22A. Diminutive endings); HOPIN (51D. Cabbie’s line); KINKS (69A. Garden hose problems); PRANK (55D. Call that may result in an abrupt hang-up); REUPS (54A. Signs on for another tour); SAYIT (2D. “Tell me!”); SHEAR (50A. Clip); SINES (56D. Math figures); STELE (50D. Archaeological find); SYSTS (9D. Methods: Abbr.); TWOAM (15D. Wee hour); WROTE (48D. Penned). Short stuff -- AAA, AUEL, BETA, COT, CPI, ENDS, ERR, ETON, HEE and HOO, MAH and MOM, NET, NNE, OED and ORD and ORT, OTB and OTS, SPAS, SRTA, SSS, STA and STE, TIE, TOW, TRI, TSO, ULE and USE, VEE (25D. Migration formation?). -------------------- For today’s cartoon, go to The Crossword Puzzle Illustrated.
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Remaining clues -- Across: 6. Places to press the flesh?; 18. It’s just a formality; 21. Motel extra; 24. Apple pie companion?; 27. Sp. Title; 33. Long introduction?; 34. English town near Windsor Bridge; 37. General on a Chinese menu; 41. ___-Foy, Que.; 42. Kind of blocker; 44. Start of a Chinese game; 49. “The Shelters of Stone” author; 52. Anchorage-to-Fairbanks dir.; 57. Result of an emergency call, maybe; 61. Prefix with -logy; 68. What circles lack. Down: 4. JFK : New York :: ___ : Chicago; 6. RR building, 11. Part of a sob; 12. Rarely read letters; 14. 20-vol. work; 23. Drop the ball; 26. Migration formation?; 31. Gambling site: Abbr.; 32. Milk; 35. What buzzer beaters may lead to, briefly; 36. What you keep; 43. Like some baseball teams; 46. Tee follower; 53. Parts of a joule; 59. Diminutive ending; 60. Crumb; 63. Snake’s warning; 65. Cost-of-living meas.