Tuesday, June 2 , 2009 Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer, edited by Will Shortz It’s NBC week thus far at the New York Times crossword desk. Yesterday, The Tonight Show, today, Saturday Night Live . SNL clued as TV staple for over 30 years (and a hint to 17, 21-, 32-, 41-, 54- and 61-Across) refers to six two-word entries starting with S and L (read as S 'n' L), -- S & L being closer to an abbreviation for Savings and Loan, but not today. The six entries with two words starting with S and L -- SKI LODGE (17A. Mountain shelter); SHORE LEAVE (21A. Time off, to a sailor); SNOW LEOPARD (32A. Endangered feline); SOPHIA LOREN (41A. “Arabesque” actress, 1966); SPEED LIMIT (54A. Highway posting); SRI LANKA (61A. Where rupees are spent). Other -- AGENTS (50A. 99 and 86, on “Get Smart”); ANDREW (63A. The Carnegie of Carnegie Mellon University); AT A TILT (43D. Cocked); CANADA (60A. Where Hudson Bay is); GLIDES (19A. Travels like a flying squirrel); IMPALE (8A Run through); INGEMAR (8D. Former heavyweight champion Johansson) ; MALLARD (9D. Duck type); MESSRS (66A. Abbr. preceding multiple surnames); MYOPIA (23A. Optometrist’s concern); NARNIA (16A. Setting for C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”); ODDS ARE (5D. “Most likely …”); OUTLAWS (42D. Jesse James and gang); POMPEII (27D. Italian archaeological locale); ROMANIA (22D. Birthplace of Elie Wiesel); SHEDDER (41D. Cat or dog, especially in the spring). Five-letter -- CAIRO (3D. Egypt’s capital); INKEY (2D. One way to sing); 18D. Cartoon skunk Pepé LEPEW ; MISSM (1D. “Divine” showbiz nickname); NONOS (51D. They’re verboten); OPERA (45D. Wagner composition); PRIER (10D. Snoop); SNARL (53D. Complicated situation); TAKEN (52D. Spoken for); YEARS (49D. Sentence units). Short stuff -- APR and ARF, AJAR, ANDA, ATE, ATOP, BOY, EARP and EASE, ENDS, FERN, GALE, HUE, IAL, IDEO and IDID, INA, IRAE, JOE , LES, LIVE, LOG, MAR, MIC, MSGS, NATO, NIGH, OBEY, OER and OMAR, PAH, PANE, ROAN and ROPE, SCAM, SERE, SETS, STAB, TAB, TIO and TONI, YETI. If this were The Tonight Show, we'd need a clip from SNL -- either HERE , or (viewer discretion advised) HERE. ------------------ For today’s cartoon, go to The Crossword Puzzle Illustrated . Click on image to enlarge.
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Remaining clues -- Across: 1. Recorder input: Abbr.; 4. “Beloved” author Morrison; 14. All ___ day’s work; 15. “What ___ for Love” (“A Chorus Line” song); 20. Parched; 25. Poet Khayyam; 26. Lawman Wyatt; 28. Disfigure; 36. Name before Cool or Camel; 37. Office setting?; 38. “Holy Toledo!”; 39. Spring time: Abbr.; 40. Supped; 46. Lad; 47. Rainbow component; 48. Surmounting; 49. Elusive Himalayan creature; 59. Like Hotspur’s horse in “King Henry IV, Part I”; 64. Dorothy ___ of “The Wizard of Oz”; 65. Apostrophized preposition; 67. Places for play things? Down: 4. Spanish uncle; 6. Near; 7. Prefix with logical; 11. Shave ___ haircut; 12. Schreiber of the “Scream” films; 13. Leisure; 24. Suffix with different; 29. Cracked open; 30. Lariat; 31. Bit of green in a floral display; 32. Try; 33. Alliance since ‘49; 34. Do as told; 35.Cry of disbelief; 44. What an andiron holds; 54. Hustle; 55. Glazier’s sheet; 56. Extremities; 57. In-box fill: Abbr.; 58. “Dies IRAE” (hymn); 62. “LES Liaisons Dangereuses”.