08.21.10 — Eis


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Puzzle by Barry C. Silk, edited by Will Shortz

With clues that confuse and amuse, this frigid Saturday crossword should cool any solver’s summer weekend.

Across — 1. Kind of mouse, OPTICAL; 8. Indicator that you’re back to your own words, UNQUOTE; 15. Nearly shot, FAR GONE; 16. Sew up a hole?, PUTT OUT; 17. Winter weather hazard, FREEZING DRIZZLE; 19. Dresses down … or butters up?, BASTES; 20. Scratch, RASP; 21. Maccabiah Games setting: Abbr., ISR; 22. Defense secretary after Cheney, ASPIN; 23. Backpack alternative, TOTE; 24. Jacket material, JEAN; 25. Game with trumps, SKAT; 26. See 27-Down, TRUE; 27. “Five Weeks in a Balloon” author, VERNE; 28. Surface for the Olympische Winterspiele, EIS, yes, EIS; 29. Antisubversive grp. of old, HUAC; 30. Jubilant cry, YES; 31. Group that may be hounded?, SEARCH PARTY; 35. Headache cause, DIN; 36. Hub for Air Caraïbes Atlantique, ORLY; 37. Do some course work, MOW; 40. Primates vis-à-vis humans, ORDER; 43. Barrie’s “oddly genial man”, SMEE; 44. Tot’s plea, CAN I; 45. Stand-up comic’s fear, JEER; 46. Latitude, PLAY; 47. Like some joints, CASED; 48. Suffix with cartoon, ISH; 49. “Rhapsodie Hongroise” composer, AUER; 50. Cobwebs may be a sign of it, NON-USE; 51. Part of many a daily supplement, B COMPLEX VITAMIN; 54. Like the midafternoon hours, typically, WARMEST; 55. Foggy, IN A DAZE; 56. Takes over, ANNEXES; 57. Waved a knife at, maybe, MENACED.

Oshkosh Sleet Storm, February 22, 1922, Municipal clubhouse at foot of Washington Blvd. Carl Shurz monument in foreground.

Down — 1. Wrong, OFF BASE; 2. Go down a slope with a chute, PARA-SKI; 3. Do wrong, TRESPASS; 4. “Save the explanation”, I GET IT; 5. Flimflam, COZEN; 6. French cordial flavoring, ANIS; 7. Perfect-game pitcher Barker, LEN; 8. Many a software download, UPDATE; 9. An operator may call on one, NURSE; 10. Stick in a cabinet, Q-TIP; 11. Snack food brand, UTZ; 12. More like the Blob, OOZIER; 13. Certain Tornado Alley resident, TULSAN; 14. Ageless, ages ago, ETERNE; 18. He said “I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury”, GROUCHO MARX; 23. Star TRAC (big name in exercise machines); 24. What ribs are delivered in, JEST; 26. Go time in a game, TURN; 27. With 26-Across, “Amen!”, VERY; 29. Bit of evidence for a sleuth, HAIR; 30. Ivy with deep roots, YALE; 32. Fulda feeder, EDER; 33. Food chain part, PREY; 34. Princess Najla player in Broadway’s “Flahooley”, YMA SUMAC; 38. Endlessly adjustable, as clothing, ONE SIZE; 39. Diversified, WIDENED; 40. Native of the Lake Superior region, OJIBWA; 41. Checkout correction, RESCAN; 42. Render harmless, in a way, DEHORN; 43. Falls like 17-Across, SLEETS; 44. Where Family Day is observed, CANADA; 46. Good thing for a medic to find, PULSE; 47. Trig ratio, COTAN; 49. Mountaineer’s goal, APEX; 49. Complement of Dante’s circles of hell, NINE; 52. Title of Dickens’s Defarge: Abbr., MME; 53. Punch, VIM.

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Fire and Ice — Robert Frost


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