04.10.10 — Virtual Insanity

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Puzzle by Kevin G. Der, edited by Will Shortz

I used up the thesaurus in describing yesterday’s crossword, so for this Saturday, the difficulty will just need to speak for itself.

The couples — DO SI DO (28A. Dance move) and PLIE (30A. Dance move), PEERED IN and SPIED ON (13D. 25-Down someone, say; 25D. Surveilled), STOMAS and STOMPS (47D. Plant pores, 9A. Driving dances).

The mid size — AC DELCO (41A. Big name in auto parts), AERIES (16A. Homes on the range?), AQUINO (2D. Time’s 1986 Woman of the Year), BE QUIET (33A. Closing statement?), DELETE, DEL MAR (21A. San Diego County beach town), DE SICA (63A. 1957 Oscar nominee for “A Farewell to Arms”), FLAYER (128A. Harsh critic), IDAHOS, HOEING (45D. Turning up on the farm?), HOME EC, HORDES, INK JET, OUTLIE, PADDED, TELL ME, TO A MAN, TUTEES (3D. They’re not taught together) and URCHIN (34D. Guttersnipe).

The short — ACHY, ADA and ADANO, ANG, ASTA (54D. Skippy’s most famous role), DIE and DEO, DRWHO, ENES, ETO, FAA, FEW, GAUGE, GIMP, HADJI, HID, HIHO, INGA (50A. Prince in Baum’s “Rinkitink in Oz”), KEN, LCD, LOUT, MAZES; NORD, ORAMA, OVAL, SKIN, OVAL, REX, ROSE, SAC (4D. Fox’s relative), SAFE, SANG, SIBYL, SKIN and SKOAL, SSR, YIN (20A. Dark force).

Now there's no sound if we all live underground
And now it's virtual insanity 
Forget your virtual reality
Oh, there's nothing so bad, I know yeah

Oh, this virtual insanity, we're living in,
Has got to change, yeah
Things will never be the same
And I can't go on
While we're living in oh, oh virtual insanity
Oh, this world has got to change
Cos I just, I just can't keep going on, it was virtual,
Virtual insanity that we're living in, that we're living in
That virtual insanity is what it is
— Jamiroquai, Virtual Insanity

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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 19. One landing with a turned-up face; 22. Chemical endings; 24. Suitor’s surprise; 26. Activity book staples; 35. Inside protector; 40. Zero, e.g.; 42. Reptilian toy in “Toy Story”; 43. Brand discontinued by Keebler; 48. Show featuring an alien from the planet Gallifrey; 52. Palooka; 55. Lee of Hollywood; 57. Domain of the Normandy campaign: Abbr. DOWN: 5. Hurting; 7. Major Joppolo’s town; 8. Boy toy surnamed Carson; 9. Jewelry box?; 10. “Spill it!”; 11. Slangy event suffix; 14. Bygone union member: Abbr.; 21. Cut; 23. Delphic figure; 27. Emulated a rat; 29. “___ Juvante” (Monaco’s motto); 35. “Prosit!” relative; 36. Toward l’Arctique; 39. Screen abbr.; 43. High-school class, informally; 46. Extend; 49. Certain pilgrim; 51. Get a sense for; 56. Hitch; 58. Wasn’t a seeker?; 59. Sprinkling; 60. Org. concerned with touchdowns.

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