Saturday, July 11, 2009 Puzzle by Karen M. Tracey, edited by Will Shortz This one’s all over the place… Heard of, but never seen JOHN LARROQUETTE (36A. Winner of four consecutive Emmys for his sitcom role as a prosecutor), the star of this Saturday stumper -- don’t watch enough television? CAPTAIN AHAB (5D. To whom Stubb and Flask answered, in literature) gets his rank in today‘s puzzle. KATE SPADE (17A. Big name in bags) shares bags and her last name with Jack Spade. DEAR SANTA (35D. Words followed by a wish list) is out of season in July, but all‘s fair in the world of crosswords. Saturday specials -- HANAUMA BAY (39A. Snorkeling spot near Honolulu), surely one can be excused for never having heard of it or ARHAT (16A. Nirvana attainer), ARRAU (10D. He recorded all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in the 1960s) and XHOSA (54A. Zulu relative) -- WHO CAN IT BE (11D. Response to a ding-dong?) -- one blogger lost 3 seconds ’cause COCAO wuz spelled CACAO (21A. Major Côte d'Ivoire export) -- that’s the same self-timer who calls a puzzle complete when all the white squares are gone, n.b., the hunt for errors doesn’t count as solve-time! So OPEN-ENDED (55A. Like some questions), it UNSETTLES (20A. Shakes), and can DEPRESS (42A. Get down), causing GROANS (41D. Sounds like an old floorboard). I’m just saying… Other long entries -- ANNOUNCERS (33A. They may call the shots), FREESTONE (4D. Peach variety); GOES ABROAD (8D. Takes a continental tour, e.g.); IN HER SHOES (27D. Jennifer Weiner best seller made into a 2005 film), SCRAPES OFF (28D. Removes, as paint), SEPARABLE (49A. Not too tight?) and SUSQUEHANNA (24D. Three Mile Island is in it).
Mid-size -- MAI TAIS (25A. They’re often garnished with orchids); NASHUA (23A. Second-largest city in New Hampshire); PATCHY (9D. Inconsistent); SORBET (43A. Refresher between courses); ST PAUL (18D. Minnesota twin?); UMPIRE (37D. Home ruler?).
Five-letter -- ANODE (26D. Cell part); ARDEN (7D. Shakespeare’s mother’s maiden name); ETHNO (47A. Race beginning?); IOTAS (31D. Crumbs); MAJAS (25D. Goya subjects); ONSET (44D. Nascence); OUSTS (59A. Cashiers); PAWNS (9A. Puppets); PREEN (56A. Get smart); PREYS (32D. Is rapacious); TEPEE (45D. Fox home); TROLL (19A. Internet forum menace). Short stuff -- ADEE, AERO, ALAR, AMPS, BAKU, BDRM, BUFF, BUY, CRAG, DIOR, EDYS, ERN (34D. Rapacious flier), FATS, FEMA, FERN, HIS, GAP, LEAP, NALA, NIP, PERM, REAL, SER, SPA, STLO, THRU, TRAY, ULAN. That’s all folks!
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Remaining clues -- Across: 1. Like a hunk; 5. Perch for a bighorn; 14. Trade name of diminutive; 15. Saab model; 22. Where to get rubbed the right way?; 29. Act like a bull?; 30. Edge; 35. Early Saint-Laurent employer; 38. “Zip” follower; 40. Weekly msg.; 41. Break; 46. Matching pair marking; 57. Pteridologist’s specimen; 58. Waiting aid; 60. Org. created by Carter in 1979; 61. Gear to help you hear. Down: 1. Transcaucasian capital; 2. Half an Asian capital?; 3. Some nutrients; 6. Unlike fairies; 12. Simba’s mate; 13. The Vire River flows through it; 47. Fair; 48. Street sign word; 50. It can make waves; 51. Apt. part; 52. Act precipitately; 53. One of its flavors is Dulce de Leche.