The Abduction (Rapture) of Psyche by William Bouguereau, 1895 ----------------- Friday, July 31, 2009 Puzzle by Mike Nothnagel, edited by Will Shortz DEAD TO RIGHTS (5D. Red-handed), IRISH WHISKEY (21D. Mayo sauce?), FREE-THROW LINE (46A. Where a fouled player might go) and WITHIN EAR-SHOT (22A. Relatively close) are the main entries of this Friday crossword, which has been lavishly described in partial quarters with words such as “delicious, fun, great, ingenuous, poetic, rare, sparkle, wonderful, zingy” -- oh you cruciverbalists! THERE’S MORE (13A. “I’m not done yet!”) heads a group of ten-letter entries including SALMA HAYEK (17A. Oscar-nominated portrayer of Frida Kahlo), BAZOOKA JOE (56A. Comics character with a “gang”), OPEN SESAME (60A. Passage enabler), and nine-letter HELD WATER (3D. Wasn’t full of holes), LEYDEN JAR (32D. It might store an electric charge) and its’ clue-mate EELS (24D. They might store electric charges) creating an image of an odd fishbowl. SWOON (44D. Become rapturous) and ELATE (48D. Make rapturous) along with GAZE (33D. It might be piercing) provide emotion for the puzzle’s remarks which include 1A. “IT HAD better be!”, 2D. “Not THAT!”, I PASS (21A. What a player may mean by knocking on the table), EEK (8D. Cry of surprise) and two quotes from the Bard, 11D. “… love’s shadows ARE SO rich in joy!”: Romeo and 58D. “My baby at my breast,” in Shakespeare (ASP). Other -- BRONZED (41D. Like many beachgoers), 43D. Single-CELLED, CHAIRS (43A. Heads up), DOYENNE (6D. Helen Thomas in the White House press corps, e.g.), ELAPSE (9D. March on), ONESIE (28A. Baby shower gift), SCHMEAR (37A. Roll top?), SITARS (29A. Band members with long necks?), SPECIAL (35A. Something not on the menu), SWAYZE (42A. Early TV news commentator famous for doing Timex ads). Five-letter -- ALAMO (26A. Subject of the 1955 film “The Last Command”); ASICS (25D. Nike rival); FJORD (46D. Product of glacial erosion); HIDES (45A. Makes scarce); JELLS (50A. Crystallizes); 12D. LEAST of all; MARIO (15D. Plumber seen in an arcade); REPAY (47D. Square things); SARAH (30D. Fast Eddie’s girlfriend in “The Hustler”); TORAH (10D. It contains 613 mitzvoth); YPRES (63A. City in 1917 headlines). Short stuff -- APE, AREA and ARES, ARM, ASSN, BOW, DARE, DIE and DYED, ELIS, ETAL, GRAB, HOME, IMAC, IRE, ITSY, LAIR, LEES and LEOS, LGA, LIPO, LORE, MAIN, NHL, NOES, NOR, OPAL, RATE, SHAH, WED, YTD. All together now, swoon!
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Remaining clues -- Across: 6. Factory staple; 9. Abbr. in a “works cited” list; 16. It’s passed on; 18. Discipline; 19. Financial statement abbr.; 20. Reason to make a prank call, maybe; 31. Many students on “Gilmore Girls”; 32. It’s 11 miles NNW of JFK; 39. Certain correlative; 40. Really appeal to; 51. Passage blockers; 52. Stars participate in it: Abbr.; 55. Pendant option; 59. Not be a nobody; 61. Not dyed; 62. Bond. Down: 1. Minute, informally; 4. The Adriatic vis-à-vis the Mediterranean; 7. Boiling point?; 14. Onetime C.I.A.-backed foreign leader; 23. Computer debut of 1998; 26. Part of M.P.A.A.: Abbr.; 27. Slimming option, for short; 34. Vultures were sacred to him; 36. Refuge; 38. Cardinal; 49. Independent, noble types, it’s said; 53. Typist’s position; 54. Remains; 56. It comes after the last number; 57. Troglodyte.