The fireworks at the conclusion of the musical group The Who, performance during the half time show of Super Bowl XLIV NFL football game at Sun Life Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Sunday, February 7, 2010. Copyright ©2010 Mark Wallheiser
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Puzzle by Andrea Carla Michaels and Kent Clayton, edited by Will Shortz
FOOTBALL MATCH-UP (39A. Bit of Sunday TV scheduling … or a hint to 17-, 25-, 50- and 59-Across), CHIEF TEXAN (17. Governor in Austin?), GIANT BILL (25. Unwelcome result of a shopping spree?), JET PACKER (50. Airport baggage handler?), RAM CHARGER (59A. Sheep’s accuser?) are the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword. Touchdown!
Other — ANIMATION (3D. Walt Disney’s specialty), CHAMPAGNE (36D. Bubbly drink), EL NINO (9D. Weather-affecting current), IDOLIZE (26D. Put on a pedestal), MCGRAW (46D. Dr. Phil’s last name), ROAD BLOCK (10D. Place for a “Bridge Out” sign), STAG PARTY (32D. Event that may include blue films).
Five-letter — ACRID, BRYAN, ERODE, GUILT, IMPEI, IWILL, JARED, KEACH, KNELL, LLAMA, LOCOS, MAPLE, NASAL, OUTIE, PERIL, QUEEG (4D. “The Caine Mutiny“ Captain), SERFS, SMEAR and SPEAR, SONAR, STAGE, STILT, TABOO, TRAIN, UPPER, WHIGS.
Short stuff — ABA, APSE, ARC, AWE, BIOS, CIG, DENY, EAT, EDIT, EFG, FEEL, GYM, HULA, INC, INFO, IRAQ (1A. Neighbor of Kuwait), KATE, LAUD, LEGO, MEET, MIA, MITT, MRI, NANU, OIL (30A. “Black gold“), OMAN (16. Arabian Peninsula sultanate), PHDS, PIX, PLEA, RAH, RBIS, RINK, ROO, TIER, ZACH.
Football combines the two worst things about America:
it is violence punctuated by committee meetings. ~ George Will
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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 5. Sugar source; 10. Ice Follies venue; 14. Half of Mork’s sign-off; 15. Volunteer’s cry; 19. Area that may have stained-glass windows; 20. Come together; 21. Card player’s boo-boo; 23. All the world’s one, to the Bard; 27. Chow down; 28. Give kudos; 31. Sluggers stats; 33. Life stories, for short; 35. Nut jobs; 42. Aid in finding sunken ships; 43. Part of a wedding cake; 44. Jackson or Winslet; 45. Sock hop locale; 47. Galifianakis of “The Hangover”; 49. Actress Farrow; 54. Like half of a pair of dentures; 58. Do the work of a florist or an orchestrator; 57. “S O S,” e.g.; 58. Belly laugh; 64. Cut and paste, say; 65. Pungent-smelling; 66. Lowdown; 67. Say isn’t so; 68. Presidents Tyler and Taylor for two; 69. Plastic brick brand. — DOWN: 1. Abbr. at the end of a co. name; 2. Cheerleader’s cry; 5. Oven user’s aid; 6. Leave dumbstruck 7. Snapshots, for short; 8. Cousin of an alpaca; 11. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame architect; 12. Like Fran Drescher’s voice; 13. Mournful peal; 18. Have a hunch; 22. Bit of equipment for a circus clown; 23. Feudal drudges; 24. Verboten; 25. Burden of the conscience-stricken; 29. Attorney’s org.; 34. Dirty campaign tactic; 37. Protruding navel; 38. Gaff, to a fisherman; 40. Orator William Jennings ___; 41. Rainbow shape; 46. Dr. Phil’s last name; 48. Hip-shaking dance; 50. Actor Leto of “American Psycho”; 51. Chip away at; 52. Choo-choo; 53. Stacy who played Mike Hammer; 55. Danger; 57. Degs. For many profs; 60. CAT scan alternative; 61. A smoker might bum one; 62. Trio after D; 63. Kanga’s baby.