Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Puzzle by Steve Dobis, edited by Will Shortz
EAGER BEAVER (17A. Zealous sort whose schedule may include 27-, 50- and 64-Across), PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO and PEOPLE TO SEE are the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword.
AFICIONADO (11D. Devotee) and AFTERSHAVE (29D. Item in a man’s medicine chest) are the other long entries, followed by those of seven letters -- AGREE TO (46D. Go along with), AMBROSE (5D. Cynical Bierce), MISSENT (35D. Loaded onto the wrong truck, say), ONE FOOT (9D. What a flamingo might stand on), STORE UP (44D. Save for a rainy day) and RACEWAY (18D. Monticello or Saratoga).
Mid-size -- ANALOG, DROIDS, ENTITY, GARTH, HONORE, IMAGE, LAPPS, LIVING, MARINA, MORTAR, ON SITE, OSTIA, OTTO I, POETIC, PURIST, SEAMAN, SPEEDO, T-STOPS and ZANIES.
Short stuff -- ADZ, ARAL, ARES, ARNO, ASH, ATV, BAM, BOSS, BTU, CII, DOG and GOD, EGO, ENS, ELYS, ESSO, FRA, IDE and ILE, ION and ICON, ISAO, ISEE, LAS, LIFT, LOO, LSD, MIA, MSGR, NAE and NEE, NOH, NTSB, OPIE, PEAT, PRO, RAF, SEEM and SEMI, SIMP, SORE, TEAM and TMAN, USNA, WEST, YETI.
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Remaining clues -- Across: 1. Lamebrain; 5. Kind of TV now converted from digital; 11. Wood-shaping tool; 14. Gas grand in Canada; 15. Where to dock a Sea Ray; 16. Monk’s title; 19. Cyclotron bit; 20. Weapon using high-arcing ammo; 21. Morale booster; 22. Early second-century year; 23. Desktop picture; 25. Japanese dramatic form; 26. Suffix with chlor- or sulf-; 31. Head honcho; 32. Spitfire-flying grp.; 33. Rapper Kanye; 34. Tax investigator, for short; 36. Port of old Rome; 38. A/C fig.; 40. Spin doctor’s concern; 43. Golf innovator Callaway and bridge maven Culbertson; 45. She-bears, south of the border; 47. Barker; 48. Like bad losers; 53. Printers’ measures; 54. London facility; 55. Greek counterpart of Mars; 56. Blond shade; 57. River of Florence; 59. Material thing; 63. “Mamma ___!”; 66. Off-road transport, for short; 67. One unlikely to compromise; 68. Fuel from bogs; 69. Word in alumnae bios; 70. Big name in small swimsuits; 71. Many-axled vehicle. Down: 1. Appear to be; 2. Golf’s ___ Aoki; 3. Roman Cath. Title; 4. Word with justice or license; 6. Scot’s denial; 7. ___ Sea (Amu Darya’s outlet); 8. Kind of will; 10. Country singer Brooks; 12. Sci-fi automatons; 13. Class clowns, e.g.; 24. Crash-probing agcy.; 27. Old hand; 28. Refrain syllables; 30. 10th-century Holy Roman emperor; 31. Emeril catchword; 35. Loaded onto the wrong truck, say; 37. Spot in the Seine; 39. McCain’s alma mater: Abbr.; 41. 55-Across, e.g.; 42. I, to Claudius; 46. Go along with; 48. One on deck; 48. Like some job training; 51. Novelist ___ de Balzac; 52. Movie camera lens settings; 54. Northern Scandinavians; 58. Mayberry boy; 60. “Gotcha”; 61. Orioles or Cardinals; 62. Big foot’s Asian cousin; 65. Tripper’s turn-on.