Cyrano, an opera based on Edmond Rostand’s romantic tragedy of 1897, Cyrano de Bergerac -- illustration for The Michigan Opera Theatre world premiere.
"What if she turns out to be a prude--or an intellectual? I wouldn't dare speak to her, I don't have the brains. The way people speak and write nowadays makes my head hurt. I'm just an honest, simple, terrified soldier." - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Puzzle by Ashish Vengsarkar, edited by Will Shortz
Words, words, words… this Saturday crossword is a Valentine to the CROSSWORD SOLVER (36A. You, e.g.) or CRUCIVERBALISTS (7D. You and others), with a loosely interrelated group including FRESH VOCABULARY (20A. What 36-Acrosses and 7-Down appreciate) along with RADIO JOURNALIST (17A. One making waves in the news business?), MOBILE LIBRARIES (48A. Ones with reading schedules) and OPENING SENTENCE (55A. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …,” e.g.). Thank you!
Other --AERATE (38A. Clear out) and AEREO di linea (flier to Italy), ALLIED (34A. Like Cuba and Venezuela, e.g.), BELPAESE (39A. Mozzarella alternative), CALGON (41D. Brand for the bath), CYRANO (8D. Rostand hero), FIVE GUINEA (27D. Like an old English coin worth 21 shillings), RIDE A STORM (3D. Endure difficulties, with “out”), SET A DATE (30A. Make plans to tie the knot).
Five letter -- ALOHA, 14A. “Caesar, now be still: / I kill’d not thee with half so good A WILL”: Brutus, BLISS, CHAUD, CLAUS, CLINE (43D. Singer profiled in “Sweet Dreams“), DREW U, EDRED (29D. Conqueror of Northumbria in 946), EWERS, LASSO, LUAUS, MEESE, OSCAR, RATEL (46D. Honey badger), STEIN, TORTE, and resulting from the line "life is trouble, only death is not" in the film of ZORBA (1A. 1968 hit musical with the song “Life Is“) -- long way to go!
Short stuff -- ASAS and ASAP, ASIA, ASL, AWE and AWL, BEER, BETA, CAN, COAL, DEN, DOTY, DST, ECRU, GED, HALL, ICC, INAS, INIT, ITOO, LOP, NBA and NSA, MOST, OAS, OEN, OFME, OLLA, OPTO and OTO and OTT and OVO, OWAR, ROMP, SESS, TRY, URDU and URN, USSR and ZARF (1D. Cup holder).
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Remaining clues -- ACROSS: 6. Former transportation regulation agcy.; 9. Hot: Fr.; 15. Whirl; 16. Stop from running, maybe; 21. Gray and others; 22. Sworn ___ (officially given the role of); 23. Charter of Punta del Este grp.; 25. Omne vivum ex ___ (all life [is] from eggs: Lat.); 26. “For the life ___ …”; 40. Cavort; 41. Pen; 42. Community coll. Prerequisite, maybe; 56. 50-Down holder; 57. John who pioneered time-lapse; 58. Some porcelain; 59. Patisserie order; 60 Intelligence grp.; 61. Parties with a whole lot of shaking going on. DOWN: 2. Man ___; 4. Paradise; 5. Welcome to paradise?; 6. “Was ___ hard …?; 9. Santa ___; 10. Long way?; 11. It’s west of the Sea of Okhotsk; 12. Former part of 11-Down: Abbr.; 13. Feeble-minded; 18. Certain H.S. teams; 19. Draft org.; 23. Academy offering; 25. Iowa relative; 26. Pot on a fire; 28. Reagan cabinet member; 31. Express letters?; 32. It ends in the fall: Abbr.; 33. Dazzle; 34. It’s sometimes seen in the corner of a TV screen: Abbr.; 35. Prune; 37. ___ mother; 44. Vintner’s prefix; 45. Holder of a “leaf-fringed legend,” to Keats; 47. Sch. In Madison, N.J.; 48. ___ of all; 49. Prefix with -metry; 50. Contents of a 56-Across); 51. Questionnaire datum: Abbr.; 52. Not fully tested; 53. Soft shade; 54. Part of a committee sched.