Wednesday, July 8, 2009 Puzzle by Tim Wescott, edited by Will Shortz This Wednesday’s look-what-I-did crossword is accompanied by the note “When completed, this puzzle grid will contain an unusual feature that appears nine times. Can you find it?”, informing the solver of the reason the crossword was constructed, e.g., word squares. Other than that no-help-in-the-solution gimmick, the puzzle is of an airline-magazine variety. The longer entries include BEER GARDEN (3D. Place for a pilsner); EVAN PICONE (32D. Big name in women’s apparel since 1949); HAS A HEART (25A. Is compassionate); IRRIGATE (20A. Make arable, perhaps; OPERA HOUSE (2D. Diva’s workplace); RUM PUNCH (55A. Bacardi concoction, perhaps); TREE STUMP (46A. Remains of a felling); WEST MONROE (31D. Louisiana city named for the fifth U. S. president). Mid-size entries --CAB OVER (38A. Style of truck with a vertical front); CHASMS (52A. Deep divides); CRAMMED (10D. Pulled an all-nighter); EMBERS (28D. Fireplace remains); EMMETS (22A. Ants, archaically); ENTREES (22D. Followers of appetizers); HEARTHS (27D. Fireplace floors); MEMBER (35A. Dues payer); PREVUE (29D. Higher-ranking than); REVUES (43A. Multi-act shows); STASHED (42D. Squirreled away). Five-letter -- ABOVE (29D. Higher-ranking than); AMENS (49D. Church chorus); ASHEN (62A. Pale with fright); BINGE (4A. Go on a jag); CRUDE (16A. Boorish); 19A. “I’ve HAD IT up to here!”; 59A. “HAS HE lost his mind?”;15A. “In an IDEAL world …”; NEW TO (18A. Just learning about); OMEGA (63A. Ohm’s symbol); SPRAY (66A. Alternative to roll-on); SCHMO (9D. Dorky sort); ROBIN (1D. Batcave figure); SCRAM (9A. “Beat it!”); SHEDS (65A. Casts off); SHEEN (51D. Unwashed hair may have it); TUBER (60A. Yam or taro). Short stuff -- AAHS, ADIT, AMC, ASHE, BEE, BING, CHAS, CUD, DENT, DEVA, EEN, ELO, EWES, GATE, HASH, IDEA, ISS, MEGA, METS, NAGS, NEWT, ONE, OPE, PNOM, PRAY, ROB, ROE, ROIS, RST, RUDE, RUMP, SAL, SALT, SCUD, SOR, TNT, TOS, UBER, URU, and “101 USES for a Dead Cat“. ----------------- For today’s cartoon, go to The Crossword Puzzle Illustrated.
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Remaining clues -- Across: 1. Steal from; 14. “O Henry, ___ thine eyes!”: Shak.; 17. Spell-off; 23. Acts the shrew; 24. ___ Penh, Cambodia: Var.; 30. Half a flock, maybe; 34. Sisters’ org.; 36. Hindu god; 37. What a cow chews; 40. Mule of song; 41. “101 ___ for a Dead Cat” (1981 best seller); 44. “The Closer” cable channel; 45. 1978 Yankees hero Bucky; 48. “So satisfying!” sounds; 50. Louis XIV, Louis XVI et al; 61. Fish-to-be; 64. “A Chorus Line” song; 67 Bard’s nightfall. Down: 4. Cherry variety; 5. “Aha!” elicitor; 6. “Winning the Future” author Gingrich; 7. Event receipts; 8. “Xanadu” band, for short; 11. Like cutting in line, e.g.; 12. Mine opening; 13. “Amazin” team; 21. Mag. Copy; 26. ___ Theaters (national cinema chain); 33. Margarita glass rim coating; 34. Gulf war missile; 39. Run after Q; 47. Montevideo’s land: Abbr.; 52. Cartoonist Addams; 53. “Slung” dish; 54. Arthur who wrote “A Hard Road to Glory”; 55. Beef cut; 56. Super, slangily; 57. Prefix with vitamins; 58. Do penance, say; 60. How-___ (do-it-youself books.