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Monday, February 1, 2010
Puzzle by Scott Atkinson, edited by Will Shortz
If you feel a little blue today, this is your crossword -- ICKY (4D. Very unpleasant) and six spelling variations of same constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword, e.g., icky, icki, iki, ickey, ike and ikki, found in the entries of PICKY EATERS (17A. They’re choosy about what they chew), RICKI LAKE (37A. Sensational 1990s-2000s talk show host), WIKIPEDIA (4A. Popular online reference), MICKEY MOUSE (62A. Walt Disney creation), KWIK-E-MART (11D. Store on TV that sells KrustyO’s cereal) and VIKKI CARR (36D. “It Must Be Him” singer, 1967).
Seven-letter entries include COOL CAT (22D. Beat Generation persona), EARMARK (9D. Politician’s add-on), EMERITA (43d. Retired, as a female professor), EXCLAIM (58A. Say “Holy cow!“ or “Hot dog!“), IN A YEAR (20A. 12 months from now), LECTERN (55A. Speaker’s stand), SALIENT (27D. Noteworthy), SMOCKED (21A. Dressed in lab attire), WHINING (25D. Annoying complaining).
Five -- 41A. Many-ACRED (large, as an estate), 14A. “Alas and ALACK”, A-LINE (2D. 1950s Dior dress style), AVILA (39A. Walled city near Madrid), EMEND (54D. Alter, as text), E-TAIL (65A. Sell online), JAVAN (34A. Certain Indonesian), LYSOL (10D. Disinfectant brand), MACAW (3D. Bird important in Mayan zymology), MATES (44A. Couples with), MAUDE (52D. Bea Arthur role), NO END (69A. Interminably) and NO WAY (15A. “You gotta be kidding me!”), OGDEN (66A. Nash who wrote “I don’t mind eels / Except as meals”), RAMIS (1A. Harold of “Ghostbusters”), RAPID (1D Swift), REELS (51D. Projector items), REMET (49D. Convened anew, as the Senate), RISEN (53D. No longer in bed) , SNARE (6D. Trap), STEEL (6A. “Stainless” metal), TARTS (68A. Small baked desserts).
Short stuff -- AIR, ALOE, AONE, AVIA, CMON, DEW and SEW, EAST, ENL, ERA, ERIE, EWES, FAT, FOXY, GRO, HER and HUR, IAMA, INN, INRE, JAWS, KEDS, KAT and KIT, LEAH, LOGO, MRE, MSN, NCAR, OMSK, REDS, SAKE, SKEE and SKYE, SNAP, SST, TEND, TOT, UCLA and...
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Remaining clues -- ACROSS: 11. Crazy ___; 19. Quaint lodging; 23. Morning droplets; 24. Use a Singer machine; 26. ___ vera; 27. Mach 1 breaker; 29. “Ben-___”; 31. Siberian city; 40. Blown-up photo: Abbr.; 45. Drink at a sushi bar; 46. AOL alternative; 47. Round about the belly; 48. Concerning, on a memo; 50. Miracle-___ (garden care brand); 61. ___ of Good Feelings, 1817-25; 64. Tire fill; 67. “On ___ Majesty’s Secret Service”. DOWN: 5. ___ terrier; 7. Tyke; 8. Providers of sheep’s milk; 12. Super-duper; 13. Care for, with “to”; 18. Sunup direction; 28. Lose it; 30. The Bruins of the N.C.A.A.; 32. ___-Ball (arcade game); 33. Some colorful sneakers; 34. Highest-grossing film before “Star Wars”; 35. Adidas alternative; 37. Ruby and scarlet; 38. “___ Rock” (Simon & Garfunkel hit); 47. Cunning; 55. Sister of Rachel; 56. Upstate New York’s ___ Canal; 57. Raleigh’s home: Abbr.; 59. “Get the lead out!”; 60. The Olympic rings, e.g.; 63. Collection of items for a modelist.