"The Temptation of Adam" by Tintoretto (1552)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
UP STARTS, Puzzle by Alan Arbesfeld, edited by Will Shortz
Upping one letter in the alphabet at the start of the first word of a common phrase yielding a different word and an uncommon phrase accompanied by a justifying clue comprises the interrelated group of this silly Sunday crossword.
FAST OF EDEN (23. Cause for Adam to refuse the apple?)
TENT PACKING (28. Precamping preparation?)
SEASON TO BELIEVE (35. Christmas, for Christians?)
DREAM OF THE CROP (51. Bountiful harvest?)
CORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (67. Independence Day barbecue serving?)
HOOD FOR NOTHING (86. Unnecessary part of a jacket?)
MOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (98. Ultimatum from a spouse who wants nicer digs?)
NIXING BOWLS (106. Refusing to watch football on New Year’s Day?)
EATING GAME (119. Nathan’s annual hot-dog contest, e.g.?)
Other — AD HOMINEM (80D. Personal), AGEISTS and AGELONG (6D. Ones prejudiced against 125-Across people; 90D. Eternal), ÁNTONIA (76A. Girl in a Willa Cather title), FRED ROGERS (19A. PBS figure from 1968 to 2001), GLACIER (95D. There’s a national park named for one), IN REGARD TO (123A. Concerning), IRON MAN (59A. Robert Downey Jr. title role), OFFENSE (20D. Umbrage), OUTLINES (64D. Plans), PARK PLACE (15D. Property that costs $350), TENERIFE (33D. It’s WNW of Grand Canary Island).
Six-letter — ACT FOR, ANTLER, ANYHOW, AT DUSK, ATTLEE, ELAPSE, EL TORO, ESCHEW, GUSTAV, ID TAGS, LISSOM, MA BELL, OCTANE, ODORED, PREFAB, STATIC, THAT SO, THE SON, TOP HAT, UNSURE, YANKEE (73D. Ruth, once).
Five — AERIE, ASCAP, CACHE, CLAIM, EPPIE (1A. “Silas Marner” foundling), FELON, GAUSS (127A. Magnetic induction unit), HOMES (89D. Great Lakes mnemonic), ILENE, LILAC, MONAD, NASAL, NGAIO, NIGEL, OCULI, OLDER (125A. Grayer, perhaps), STOOL, TALIA, VIAGRA.
Short stuff — ABEL, ALSO, ALTI, AMPS and APSE, ASIR, ASSN, ATA, ATRA and ATRI, AYLA, BADU (114D. “On&On” singer Erykah), she of bad behavior, HERE, COCO, ECTO, EFFS and EFT, EGGO, EINE, EIS, ELOI (16D. Patron saint of goldsmiths), EMTS, ERO, ESC, ESOS, ESPN, EXAM, FIEF, FLAT, GAG, GRES, HAWN and HEWN, IBM, JOAD, ICAN, IGER, IMAX, ISON, LAIT, LEER, LEOS, LIMO, LUNN, MEDE, MOA and MOC, MOPE and NOPE and ROPE, NIBS, NONE, NOTV, OMEN, ORDS, PANE, PEER, PESO, POST, PRAT, RILE, ROAN, ROE and ROEG, ROUE, SEAR, SHES, SLOE, SPCA, STOA, SSN, TACO, TLC, TOAT, TOE, TOFU, TOON, USSR, WINE, XENA (108D. Lawless role).
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 6. They’re schlepped on tours; 10. Bruce who played Watson in Sherlock Holmes films; 15. Equal; 21. Eyes; 22. As well; 24. Congested-sounding; 25. Weapon in Clue; 26. Feature of some Greek buildings; 27. Feudal holding; 30. Tests for srs.; 32. One-time connection; 34. BMI rival; 41. Alibi, e.g.; 45. Antique restorer’s need, for short; 46. Locale in a 1968 Beatles song; 47. Beaks; 48. “Really?”; 49. British P.M. during the creation of Israel; 55. Good source of protein; 58. Saudi Arabian province; 57. ___ gin fizz; 58. Article in Die Zeit; 62. Prom rental; 65. Place to pray; 74. Auel heroine; 76. Prefix with plasm; 77. Shelter grp.; 81. Cut; 83. Serving with gateau, maybe; 85. P.T.A. member?: Abbr.; 90. When streetlights go on; 92. Refuse; 93. The Road Runner, for one; 94. Freezer brand; 96. Caviar; 97. Makeshift stepladder; 102. Single-celled organism; 104. PC key; 105. Some chorus members; 111. Tijuana fare; 113. Genesis victim; 117. 1970s-’80s horror film franchise, with “The”; 1187. Lofty retreat; 121. It may be framed; 122. ___ Chaiken, creator and writer of “The L Word”; 124. Eye __; 126. Scorch. DOWN: 1. Pair of ruffians?; 2. Rear end; 3. Coin with a profile of Jose Maria Morelos; 4. Conference clip-ons; 5. Suffix with ranch; 7. One subjugated by Cyrus the Great; 8. Kind of housing, for short; 9. 104 datum: Abbr.; 10. Bar ___; 11. Self0-motivational mantra; 12. Composer Mahler; 13. Slip by; 14. Eye shadow shade; 17. Where to find “Baseball Tonight”; 18. Nicholas who directed “The Man Who Fell to Earth”; 28. Shire in Hollywood; 29. Treasure hunter’s find; 31. See 110-Down; 35. Interference; 36. Figure at una corrida; 37. Represent; 38. Municipal laws: Abbr.; 39. Maker of the trivia-playing computer program Watson; 40. Those, in Toledo; 42. Longfellow’s bell town; 43. “The heat ___”; 44. Look down; 48. Trinity component; 50. Sally ___ (teacake); 52. Agitate; 53. Needing tuning, maybe; 54. Mr Peanut prop; 56. Hunting lodge decoration bit; 60. Bird that is no more; 61. “As I was saying …”; 63. Casual slip-on, casually; 66. Young newt; 68. “Cactus Flower” Oscar winner; 69. Alternative to chestnut; 70. 1940 Fonda role; 71. Hesitant; 72. Willowy: Var.; 77. Does, say; 78. Blog comment; 79. First name in fashion; 80. Personal; 82. Alternative to grounding; 84. Media exec Robert; 87. Person with a serious conviction; 88. Sandal’s lack; 91. Perfectly; 98. Old phone company nickname; 99. Scented; 100. Station identification?; 101. Alternative to Cialis; 103. Marsh of mysteries; 106. “Uh-uh”; 107. Big picture?; 109. Shirez, for one; 110. Look from a 31-Down; 112. Gilette product; 115. CPR experts; 116. Some summer births; 119. Winter hazard in Munich; 120. Stand-up staple.