Thursday, July 9, 2009 Puzzle by Ashish Vengsarkar, edited by Will Shortz This Thursday crossword features anagrams of five clues accompanied by various definitions of the shuffling of their letters -- TORT REFORM (19A. TROT?), a reformed tort; HEART TRANSPLANT (21A. HATER?), a transplanted hater; FIRST AMENDMENT (36A. RIFTS?), amended rifts; STAGE ADAPTATION (52A. GATES?), adaptation for stage; SHOE REPAIR (56A. HOSE?). Or maybe A RAGMAN JUGGLING (no clue)! PATROL CARS (6D. Cruisers) and TENNIS PROS (30D. Racket makers?) are the other long entries, followed by four of eight-letters, AS ONE MAN (12D. In unison); FINISHES (36D. Paint and shellac, for example); ICE STORM (37D. Power outage cause); PORTRAIT (13D. Many a White House artwork). Mid-size entries -- ADHERE (2D. Stick); ALOHAS (45D. Hello and goodbye); MAI TAI (44D. Drink at Trader Vic’s); MENSCH (46D. Good guy); MIRAGE (3D. Las Vegas attraction, with “The”); NISSAN (47A. Z producer); OATERS (25A. Westerns); NO SCORE (32A. Love all, say); TORPOR (10D. Lethargy). Also -- CASHEW (1D. Snack item whose name suggests a 42-Down) refers to SNEEZE (42D. Cold response?) and could include a RED NOSE (40A. Cold shower?). Ashish! Five-letter -- ADIOS (15A. “See you later, alligator”); ALAMO (16A. National alternative); 7D. “Half A LOAF is better …”; CAMPS (1A. Taps may be heard in them); DONUT (38D. Coffee mate?); EPEES (62A. Some blades); 50D. Renaissance FAIRE; ISAAC (60A. Stern, for one); LO-FAT (11D. Lite); ON AIR (34A. Broadcasting); PAGET (6A. Debra of “The Ten Commandments”); PATHS (57A. Walks); PHISH (63A. Attempt some Internet fraud); POURS (4D. Serves, say); RICAN (39A. San Juan native, slangily); 48D. Composer Camille Saint-SAENS; SHRUG (18A. [I don’t care]); STASH (51D. Store that’s hard to find); TOAST (22D. Clink preceder); ZORRO (59A. Two-time Banderas role), the other Z producer! Short stuff -- AGR, APIP and APOP, BAL, BOSN, CERN, CRED, CTR, DARE, DSM, ELA, EMTS, ENE, ERGS, FSU, GARN, INK, ISMS, LAPD, MAM and MAY, NEE, NRA, OMSK, OOF (24A Gut reaction?), OSOS, REN, SALE, SCI, SSN and SSGT, SYR, WEE. For Anish‘s anagrams, go HERE. ------------------ 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: 11. Joe Friday’s employer, for short; 17. Bogota bears; 23. Bursts of energy?; 27. Teensy; 28. ___ Harbour, Fla.; 29. N.F.L. position: Abbr.; 31. “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of ___”: Shak.; 41. Sioux Falls-to-St. Paul dir.; 1040 ID; 43. Tattoo, in slang; 44. Mother, in British dialect; 50. Tallahassee sch.; 51. Tent event; 58. World’s largest particle physics lab; 61. Beliefs. Down: 5. Army NCO; 8. First senator in space; 9. CPR experts; 14. Mil. Honor; 20. She, in Brasilia; 26. Neighbor of Turk.; 28. Cap’n’s underling; 29. Street ___; 32. Colt fans, for short?; 34. Stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway; 35. Originally; 39. Rapper MC ___; 49. U.S.D.A. part: Abbr.; 53. Each; 54. Truth alternative; 55. “You’re ___, ya know that?”: Archie Bunker; 56. 58-Across subj.