----------------- Tuesday, July 14, 2009 -- Bastille Day
Puzzle by Donna S. Levin, edited by Will Shortz A TALE OF TWO CITIES (18A. Dickens novel with the 56-Across as its backdrop), LET THEM EAT CAKE (27A. Declaration attributed to Marie Antoinette just before the 56-Across), LA MARSEILLAISE (43A. Song of the 56-Across) and FRENCH REVOLUTION (56A. Event that began in 1789) are the interrelated entries of this Bastille Day crossword. EMERITUS (5D. Retired) and STAR DUST (39D. Hoagy Carmichael classic) are the next longest entries, followed by a dozen of six letters -- ALICIA (30D. Singer Keys); APACHE (44D. Geronimo, e.g.); ARETES (23A. Features of the Sierras); AT COST (42A. Without profit); CHIRAC (10D. Sarkozy’s presidential predecessor); DELPHI (25D. Oracle site); GO FREE (6D. Get out of jail); LAGOON (45D. Middle of an atoll); MESSES (29D. Tinkers [with]); PT BOAT (48A. 109, famously; STREAM (24D. Dam site); WALRUS (33A. Oyster eater in a Lewis Carroll verse). Five-letter -- 37A. “ABIES Irish Rose”; ALGAL (42D. Like some pond life); CARTS (20D. Vehicles on the links); CHAFF (10A. Leftovers from threshing); COACH (60A. Play caller); CRIME (1A. Partner of punishment); ELIZA (28D. “My Fair Lady” role); ERASE (32D. Wipe out); KILOS (31D. Drug units); LABEL (27D. Arista or Motown); OATHS (19D. Solemn promises); SALVE (62A. Unguent); SILAS (39A. Miserly Marner); SPREE (63A. Binge); TREES (65A. Grove constituents); WRATH (41D. Anger). Short stuff -- AGRA, ALIT, ARTE, BEAR, CHAR, DORA, EAST and EST, EGAD, ELKS, ERE, ESPY, EVEN, FESS, FILE, FLEE, FRO, GARP, HATE, LIRE, MEL, OAKY, ONCE and ONES, ORAL, OREO, PATS, PFCS, PLO, RARE and RAW, RATE, REQ, REZA, ROT, ROVE, SITE, TAR, ENN, TROP, WASH, and the IRAQ WAR. ------------------ 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: 6. John Irving title character; 16. Kind of exam; 21. Not an elective: Abbr.; 24. Venue; 25. Nickelodeon explorer; 34. Fraternal group; 35. Stale Italian bread?; 38. Catch sight of; 40. ___ Pahlevi, last shah of Iran; 41. Launder; 46. Butter slices; 47. Indian tourist mecca; 52. “Yikes!”; 53. To’s opposite; 61. “Milk’s favorite cookie,” in commercials; 64. Volunteer State: Abbr. Down: 1. Scorch; 2. Assign stars to, say; 3. With 33-Down, topic in the 2008 presidential campaign; 4. ___ B or ___ C of the Spice Girls; 7. Johnson of “Laugh-In”; 8. Unprocessed; 9. Negotiating partner of Isr.; 11. Loathe; 12. Landed; 13. Leave, as out of fear; 14. Admit, with “up”; 26. Like some chardonnays; 33. See 3-Down; 36. Superlative suffix; 38. Big ___ Conference; 48. Gomer Pyle and platoon mates, by rank: Abbr.; 49. Classic Vegas hotel, with “the”; 50. Winnie-the-Pooh, for one; 51. On a single occasion; 52. Tied up; 53. Manicurist’s tool; 54. Wander; 55. Change for a five; 57. Spoil; 58. “Able was I ___ I saw Elba”; 59. La Brea goo.