Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Puzzle by Jonah Kagan, edited by Will Shortz
In this winsome Wednesday crossword, HEART anagrams to EARTH with five sets of five circled/highlighted letters within the interrelated group of NEAR TO ONE’S HEART (17A. Dear), SEEN BUT NOT HEARD (23A. What children should be, so the saying goes), NORTHEAST (35A. Home of the Ivy League), PARTHENON FRIEZE (52A. It’s a relief in Athens) and EARTH-SHATTERING (59A. Likely to change everything) — it is interesting to note that the anagrams occur with one-letter rotation, e.g., the last letter of each becomes the first letter of the next, HEART, THEAR, RTHEA, ARTHE, and EARTH.
Other — EAT and LOZENGE (45D. Drop down one’s throat?, 59D. Drop down one’s throat), ELEMENT (2D. Gold or silver, but not bronze), GENESIS (1D. Book that spans 2,369 years), HORCRUX (12D. Receptacle for Voldemort’s soul in Harry Potter), ICE RINK (44D. Place to see a flying camel), KNOTTY (49D. Full of difficulties), ON A DARE (11D. How one might go bungee jumping), SHOUTS (6D. Hoot and holler), SIAMESE (3D. Like the cats in “Lady and the Tramp”), SLEDGES (46D. Big busting tools), THEN WHAT, TOE-TO-TOE, TOREROS and TRA LA LA (37D. “And after that?“, 8D. In direction competition, 41D. Stars in a ring, 40D. Light refrain).
Five-letter — ELIAS (14A. English novelist Canetti who wrote “Crowds and Power”), GESSO (1A. Painter’s primer), I PRAY ((55D. Start of an appeal), LANGE (64A. Oscar-winning Tootsie” actress), NIECE (10D. Lisa Simpson, to Patty or Selma), O’HARA (54D. John who wrote “Appointment in Samarra”), PAILS (43A. Many sand castle molds), RONIN (7D. 1998 De Niro film), SARAN (4D. Clear kitchen wrap), STEER (31A. Head out on the ranch?), SYKES (67A. Comedian Wanda), 53D. “TITUS Andronicus”.
Short stuff — ACDC, ADS, ALOU, ASS and TASS, BARO, COL Mustard, DEY, ELS, EMMA, ENO, HAHS and SHAH, HOOD, IFAT, INON, INS, KIA, LEIA, NUIT, OHO and NOHO, ONT and OST, ONUS, OPP, PRED, PRO, RUE and ROUE, SEXY, SPAR, SRTA, STA and STAY, STS, SUE, TART, TINA, TIS, WHO and WHOA, WON.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 6. Mex. Miss; 10. Big Apple neighborhood west of the East Village; 15. Thing to look under; 16. Privy to; 20. Actress Thompson; 21. When la Tour Eiffel lights up; 22. Rock band with a lightning bolt in its logo; 27. Electees; 28. Mount in the Bible; 29. “___ the last rose of summer” (start of a Thomas Moore poem); 30. ___ the day; 33. Korean money; 34. What Justin Timberlake’s “bringin’ back,” in a song; 39. Directo Preminger; 42. Palindromic exclamation; 47. Not con; 48. Take to court; 49. Carmaker whose name means “arise out of Asia”; 56. Princess with a blaster; 57. “That’s big news, dude!”; 58. Sentence segment: Abbr.; 62. Baseball’s Moises; 63. Like lemonade sans sugar; 65. Cold war news source; 66. Canine command. DOWN: 5. Sunrise direction in Berlin; 9. Google moneymakers; 13. Que. Neighbor; 18. Burden; 19. Derisive laughs; 24. Prefix with -meter; 25. Fey of “30 Rock”; 26. Susan of “L.A. Law”; 32. Musician Brian; 33. “ … that’s ___!”; 34. Where to catch a bullet?: Abbr.; 36. Player/preyer; 38. Exchange jabs or gibes; 39. Right to left, e.g.: Abbr.; 48. Persian monarch; 50. “___ first you …”; 55. Start of an appeal; 60. Urban grid: Abbr.; 61. Chi-town trains.