Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Puzzle by Ed Sessa, edited by Will Shortz
BILLY (68A. Name associated with the starts of 17-, 27-, 48- and 64-Across), OCEAN BOTTOM 17A. Davy Jones’s locker), GRAHAM CRACKER (27A. S’more ingredient), CRYSTAL PALACE (48A. Site of London’s Great Exhibition of 1851) and IDOL WORSHIP (64A. Veneration of a cult image) comprise the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword — Billy Ocean (Leslie Sebastian Charles), Billy Graham (William Franklin Graham, Jr.), Billy Crystal (William Edward Crystal) and Billy Idol (William Michael Albert Broad).
Other — ATTACK DOGS (29D. Responders to “Sic ‘em!“), BATMAN, CIDER and DELLA and CINDERELLA (11D. Rags-to-riches heroine), EL PASO, EROTIC, ICKY POO (52A. Yucky, in baby talk), KLATCH, LASSIE, LATINA, NIPPERS (25A. Playful puppies, at times), SOLDER and TOO OLD.
Five-letter — ARDEN, ARBOR, AWAIT, BEARS (13D. Grizzlies, e.g.), GREBE (34A. Loonlike bird), ITALO, LADLE, LOESS, ON RYE, OPERA, PILED, RAISA, ROARS (15A. Dins from dens), SLANG, SMOKY.
Short stuff — ADA and ADO, ALMA, AUTO, BMOC, CAB and CAL, COT, CRO, DSM, EASE, ELLE, GPAS, GYP, IDA, IOTA, IRE, LEG, LOS, MACE, NBA, OAT, ODES, ODOR, ORS, PAT, PEST, PKG, PROW, RAUL, RBS, SALT, SEWS, SLOP, SPYS, SWAN (58D. Trumpeting bird), TAD, TARA, TIDE, WILD, YEN.
Oh, where have you been,
Billy Boy, Billy Boy?
Oh, where have you been,
I have been to seek a wife,
She's the joy of my life,
She's a young thing
And cannot leave her mother.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Like the air in a cigar bar; 6. In heaps; 11. Medallioned vehicle; 14. Soup server’s implement; 16. Ill temper; 19. Hoops org.; 20. Irksome type; 21. Look forward to; 22. Foot problem, perhaps; 23. Motel extra; 32. Frisk, with “down”; 33. “Gone With the Wind” plantation; 37. VW or BMW; 39. “Hold the rocks,” at a bar; 42. ___ mater; 43. “All ___ is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry”: G. K. Chesterton; 45. Shaker contents; 47. Pop music’s ___ Lobos; 54. Cap-and-crown org.?; 55. Shore washer; 56. Rich soil deposit; 59. Repairs some tears; 63. Big fuss; 66. Turkey piece; 67. ___ Street, Perry Mason’s secretary; 69. Sterile hosp. areas; 70. “As You Like It” forest; 71. Food for birds. DOWN: 1. Barely edible fare; 2. Knight’s club; 3. Keatsian works; 4. Coffee ___ (social gathering); 5. Cash in Kyoto; 6. Ship’s front; 7. Least bit; 8. Monterrey miss, e.g.; 9. Rated X; 10. Mil. Award; 12. Shady area; 18. Dynamic Duo member; 22. Setting for a Marx Brothers farce; 24. Cheerios grain; 26. UPS delivery: Abbr.; 27. Transcript nos.; 28. Brother of Fidel; 30. ___-Magnon; 31. Mrs. Gorbachev; 35. Coll. Football star, e.g.; 36. Life of Riley; 38. One way to eat ham; 40. Low-___ (for dieters); 41. City across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juárez; 44. Cheat, in 43-Across; 46. Little bit; 49. Electrician’s alloy; 50. Ineligible for kiddie prices, say; 51. Old TV canine; 52. Author Calvino; 53. Fall drink; 57. Magazine title that’s a pronoun; 60. “Price and Prejudice” actress Jennifer; 61. Like jokers, sometimes; 62. 1974 Gould/Sutherland spoof; 64. Mrs. McKinley; 65. N.F.L. ball carriers.