05.29.10 — ZEROS

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Puzzle by Caleb Madison, edited by Will Shortz

I WANNA BE SEDATED (36A. Classic 1978 punk song):

Twenty - twenty - twenty four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do
Nowhere to go
I wanna be sedated

Just get me to the airport
And put me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry before I go insane
I can't control my fingers
I can't control my brain
Oh no oh ho

Ten-letter — AFTERTASTE (17A. It might be evaluated along with the nose), AVA GARDNER (61A. “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” co-star), BASKET CASE (15A. Nervous wreck), DOOR TO DOOR (56A. How some selling is done), MOE SZYSLAK (1A. Surly TV bartender), SORE LOSERS (63A. They’re often ticked after being licked).

Mid-size — AS GOOD AS (37D. Virtually), AYN RAND (28A. Author who wrote “Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today”), BUG-EYED (43A. Agog), ESTATE TAX (3D. Passing burden?), KEEPSAKE (10D. Lock of hair, maybe), and STRIKE ONE (33D. First of three to be put out).

The rest — ADORNS, ARRAS, ARP, AST, AVIV, B-MOVIE and B-TEN, CEASE, DENADA, DISTAL, EDDY, Reggae artist EEK-A-Mouse, EMERGE, ESTD, EXED, EZEK, I’D SAY and I SEE, JIVES, JUMP ON, KEY, KIN, LASS and LAX, MAY I, MBA, MINOSO (52A. 1950s- ’60s left fielder selected for nine All-Star Games), MIT and SIT, NEEDY, OAF, ODDS (54A. 9 to 5, e.g.), O’ER, ONE-UPS, OVO, OXIDE, OZAWA, P DIDDY (20A. “Bad Boy for Life” performer at the 2004 Super Bowl), PERIL, PISA, POT, RATIO (30A. 9 to 5, e.g.), RESHOE (53A. Fix à la farrier), REWIND, ROAR, ROVE, RRS, SCANTY (7D. Like thongs), SCI, SKED, THORO, UNITE, URES, USENET, VELDT, WILD, YETI, YTTRIA (6D. Powder used in lasers), ZEROS (“2001” characters).

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