11.06.10 — There Are No Secrets...

Les Secrets De L'Amour by Adolphe Jourdan


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Puzzle by Brad Wilber, edited by Will Shortz

Clues from the far side resulting in answers of obscurity and/or absurdity, make this lovely Saturday crossword a mean solve, if nonetheless thought-provoking, simple and enlightening. In the end, there are no secrets…

Across — 1. Baseball All-Star’s nickname … or a popular food product, BIG MAC; 7. Music that may make you get down, SAD SONGS; 15. Crazy Horse, e.g., OGLALA; 16. Kooky, OUT THERE; 17. Physically show elation, DO A JIG; 18. U.S. Civil War starting point, FT SUMTER; 19. Financial report abbr., YTD; 20. Coming up on the hour, TEN TO; 22. Old Chicago Outfit front man, NITTI; 23. Go for, COST; 25. Actor Rogen and others, SETHS; 27. Register indicator, CLEF; 28. Like monster trucks or their spectators, AROAR; 30. Hardly inclined, LOATH; 32. Commuting options, ELS; 33. Macaque or marmoset, SIMIAN; 35. Many a benefit tourney, PRO-AM; 37. Axel alternative, TOE LOOP; 39. Argumentative, POLEMIC; 43. Cause of a rash reaction?, SUMAC; 45. Reel revolution, DO-SI-DO; 46. Settings for much stitching, briefly, ORS; 49. Capital near Lake Titicaca, LAPAZ; 51. Capital near Green Peter Lake, SALEM; 52. NOW head?: Abr., NATL; 54. Buns may cover them, NAPES; 56. Cheese portion, SLAB; 57. Bolt, SCRAM; 59. John’s neighbor, BIDET; 61. Oslo Accords grp., PLO; 62. Treats served toasted and buttered, TEA CAKES; 64. Triple-platinum 1982 album with the #1 hit Africa”, TOTO IV; 66. One drawing many blanks, AMNESIAC; 67. Rodin worked in it, BRONZE; 68. Past paranoia producer, RED SCARE; 69. At that place, YONDER.

Down — 1. Wear after a serious spill, BODY CAST; 2. Signature song of Peter Allen, I GO TO RIO; 3. Delightful, GLADSOME; 4. Lt. col.’s inferior, MAJ; 5. Put down, ALIT; 6. Aviary supply, CAGES; 7. Feature of many a Jeep, SOFT TOP; 8. Producer of simple chords, AUTOHARP; 9. Woe while getting clean, DTS; 10. Floor, STUN; 11. Like some resistance, OHMIC; 12. Vex, NETTLE; 13. Fictional woodcutter’s daughter, GRETEL; 14. Character traits?, SERIFS; 21. “Regnava NEL silenzio” (Donizetti aria); 24. Flip response?, TAILS; 26. Bore, STOOD; 29. Dadaist Hausmann, RAOUL; 31. They may appear over icons, HALOS; 34. NO MAN of Her Own” (Clark Gable film); 36. Western scenery, MESAS; 38. One with a notably hard bed, PAPA BEAR; 40. Wheel-powering reservoir, MILL POND; 41. Put on a pedestal, IDEALIZE; 42. Cover-up unlikely to fool anyone, COMB OVER; 44. “Got it?”, CAPISCE; 46. G.M. system with a “Virtual Advisor”, ONSTAR; 47. Poinciana feature, RACEME; 48. 42-Down unit, STRAND; 50. Part of an English wizard’s spell?, ZED; 53. Doctors with spirits, LACES; 55. Reserve for future use, SET BY; 60. Zodiaco animal, TORO; 58. Like 60-Down: Abbr., MASC; 63. Rondo producer, KIA; 65. Host, TON.

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


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