06.23.10 — Signs on the Dotted Lines

Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on "Mount Rushmore" in Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest", 1959


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Puzzle by Alex Boisvert, edited by Will Shortz

SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE (50A. With 60-Across, ink a contract … or a feature of 17-, 25- and 37-Across), LEO, LIBRA and ARIES contained within LITTLE ONES (17A. Tots), CALIBRATE (25A. Make fine adjustments to) and EVA MARIE SAINT (37A. “On the Waterfront” Oscar winner) constitute the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.  Note:  In the print version of today's puzzle, some of the horizontal rules of the grid are not solid all the way across.

Other — ASHES and EXES (5A. Old flames?; 14A. Old flames), DORITOS (43A. Tortilla chip brand), INDIANAN (11D. Hoosier), OCEANIC (32A. Fictional airline on “Lost”), PULSARS (42A. Stars that exhibit the “lighthouse effect), VINTAGE (33A. Wine label datum), VIRGINIA (38D. Birthplace of eight U.S. presidents).

Mid-size — ALLAH, AROUND, AXILLA (2D. Armpit, anatomically), BIMINI (47D. Bahamas getaway), DALLAS (30A. Home of the Stars), EATIN, ENDEAR (49D. Win over), HENNA, HDTVS, ICE SAW (27D. Winter fisherman’s tool), INVEST (44D. Buy gold, e.g.), IRVIN, L’CHAIM (18D. Toast at a bar mitzvah), e.g., "To Life!", LOANER (48D. Temporary wheels), LOGES, RELOAD and RETELL (1D. Time-consuming task for a musketeer; 3D. Pass along, as gossip), SIERRA (10D. Jagged mountain range), SNAP-ON (31D. Attach with a click), STENO, STOIC, TRUST (34D. Target for Teddy Roosevelt), UNION, WOBBLE (46D. Need leveling, perhaps), YESNO.

Short stuff — ABE (22D. Mt. Rushmore neighbor of Teddy), ADS, AIL and ALI, ALVA, “It’s A NO-brainer“, ARI, ASEA, AXE and AXIS, CAIN, DARN, DIY, ECO, EDGE, ELOI, ENE, EST, INON, ISBN, IVY, JAM, JANE, LIRR, LOG and LOL, MAD, MEAT, OLE and ORE, ONEA, RARE (1A. “Still mooing“), RENO, SILO, SOS, TINT, TOY.


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