----------------- Monday, June 22, 2009 Puzzle by Fred Piscop, edited by Will Shortz Si, C, see and sea, e.g., the sounds, are the interrelated elements of this refreshing Monday crossword -- SISISENOR (17A. Emphatic south-of-the-border assent), CMAJORSCALE (26A. Beginning piano student’s exercise), SEEYOULATER (45A. Parting words) and SEABREEZE (62A. Wind that cools a beach).
Other long entries are DEBITCARD (10D. Quick, cashless way to pay for things) and POLYESTER (36D. Leisure suit fabric), followed by six six-letter entries -- ARAMIS (9D. Fragrance named for a Musketeer); ENABLE (47D. Give power to); ICEJAM (5D. Winter river obstruction); NETTLE (49A. Prickly plant); ONEEYE (46D. Cyclops feature); PANAMA (23A. Central American canal locale). AESOP and HARE share the clue of Loser to a tortoise in a fable. Five-letter -- ABATE (19A. Lessen); ACURA (15A. Japanese automaker); ADEPT (9A. Highly skilled); ALLEN (68A. Woody or Grace); 27D. The Beatles’ “Any Time ATALL”; EBERT (53D. Roger with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down); ELITE (61A. A-list); ESSEN (3D. Ruhr Valley city); FALSE (40A. Test answer you have a 50/50 chance of guessing right); HELLO (65A. Word said upon answering a phone); HITCH (4A. Trailer’s connection to a car); IDLES (44A. Just sits around); JULIA (28D. Roberts of “Erin Brockovich”); LAZED (52D. Vegged out); MINTS (22A. After-dinner candies); ONSET (29D. Beginning); PASSE (54A. No longer fashionable); 2D. PRIMA donna (vain sort); REVUE (16A. Theatrical medley); SLOPS (33A. Feeds, as pigs); 64A. Aviator WILEY Post; STORE (67A. Shop); TREED (51D. Cornered). Short stuff -- ALIT, APE, ARAB, AXEL and AXON, CALL, CROP, DDT, EER, ELIE, END, ENOS, ERS, EVAN and EVIL, FEUD, FIT, FREE, HAS, HOBO, INA, IRE, JAPE, LONE and LOVE, MCS, OBIE, OMEN, ORCA, OSHA, PEWS, PUTT, REEL, RENO, RON, SHES, SILO, TAE, TEES, TUNA and TUNE. Here‘s The Sound of C. ------------------ 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. King Kong, e.g.; 14. Where IVs may be administered; 20. Comet, say, to the impressionable; 21. Mocking remark; 25. In great shape; 37. Thing to hum or whistle; 38. Neural transmitter; 39. Vagrant; 41. Nevada gambling mecca; 42. Demon’s doing; 43. Nobelist Wiesel; 48. Finish; 57. Killer whale; 60. United ___ Emirates; 66. Suffix with rocket or racket; 69. Banned bug spray. Down: 4. Contains; 6. Bluefin, for one; 7. Wheat or soybeans; 11. “___ Almighty” (2007 movie); 12. Miniature golf shot; 13. Gadgets not needed in miniature golf; 18. “___ pig’s eye!”; 21. Mocking remark; 25. Costing nothing; 30. Rink leap; 31. The ___ Ranger; 32. Outfielder Slaughter in the Baseball Hall of Fame; 33. Kenny Rogers’s “___ a Mystery”; 34. Zero, in tennis; 35. Village Voice award; 40. Hatfield/McCoy affair; 44. Ill temper; 50. ___ kwon do; 54. Sunday seats; 55. Touched down; 56. Storage for forage; 57. Workplace watchdog org.; 58. Irish dance; 59. Do some telemarketing; 63. “Apollo 13” director Howard.