Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Puzzle by Chuck Deodene, edited by Will Shortz
SPREAD THE WEALTH (38A. Redistributionist’s catchphrase … or a hint to the words formed by the circled letters), said circled letters spelling BREAD, DINERO, MOOLAH and LUCRE within BY POPULAR DEMAND (17A. How a former product may be brought back), DANTES INFERNO (23A. Tale of a hellish trip), MANOLO BLAHNIK (49A. Upscale shoe brand) and PLEASURE CRUISES (59A. Escapes via luxury liner) make up the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.
I never ever heard of Manolo Blahnik, who through the search engines of the internet, I now know is a Spanish fashion designer and founder of a self-named, high-end shoe brand. No matter, he/it exists in this crossword for the sole purpose of providing MOOLAH.
DREAM TEAM and ZEALOUSLY (34D. Superstar assembly, 11D. With fervor) are the only other entries of length, followed by CAMINO and GARAGE (10D. Spanish road, 46D. Mustang’s place), and IN AGONY and UNSOUND (45A. Suffering torment, 29A. Faulty, as a plan).
Five-letter — ADLAI (6D. Dwight’s two-time opponent), ASYLA (2D. Places of respite), AUDEN (32A. “City Without Walls” poet), BECKY (51D. Tom Sawyer’s crush), BRAWN (7D. Brain’s counterpart), 44A. DRY AS dust (so-o-o boring), ETHYL (35D. Alcohol type used as biofuel), FUSES (26D. Amalgamates), GATES (1A. Billionaire Bill), GO BAD (1D. Sprout mold, say), GOT ME (66A. “Good question”), HUSSY (69A. Impudent lady), ITEMS (53D. Lovey-dovey pairs), KESEY (54D. Merry Prankster Ken), NESTS (52D. Snuggles), OPERA (50D. Teatro La Fenice offering), OSAGE (14A. Lake of the Ozarks feeder), OUTRE (55A. Eccentric), RILES (22A. Provokes), TAP IN (3D. Anticlimactic putt).
Short stuff — ABED, AERO, ALAR, ALI, ANAG, ANC, ARCH, ARNE, ASTI, CZAR, DID, DREI, DRNO, DUHS, EBAY, EDNA, EER, EGO, ENNA, ENOW, ESSO, ETE, IOU, LAME, NOTA, ONES (47D. Vending machine input), OPAL, PEA, RAW, RHYS, RNA, RODS, RUB, SEPT, SHY, SOU (37A. Trifling amount), TOE, TREE, TURK, UGH, ULNA, UPON, URSA, UTE.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 6. Sleeping in, say; 10. Bolshevik’s foe; 15. Eins und zwei; 16. Streamlined, in brief; 20. Louisville sports icon; 21. Like steak tartare; 28. Biochem strand; 35. Shell alternative; 42. “Piggy”; 43. Actor Jonathan ___ Meyers; 48. Ruling party in Johannesburg: Abbr.; 57. Soybean relative; 58. Valery’s vacation time; 64. Puzzling jumble: Abbr.; 65. Izmir native; 67. Half-baked; 68. “Buy It Now” site. DOWN: 4. Elitist’s problem; 5. Patriot Day mo.; 8. Unceasingly, to Burns; 9. Accomplished); 12. Obama education secretary ___; 13. Concrete reinforcers; 18. Bear overhead?; 19. Muffs; 24. Dendrologist’s subject; 25. Central Sicilian city; 27. Adequate, in verse; 30. Part of N.B.; 31. Cries from the momentarily stupid; 32. Moscato d’ ___ (Italian wine); 33. Knowledgeable of; 36. Short; 39. Fleming super villain; 40. Cross-dressing “Dame” of humor; 41. Roman aqueduct support; 48. Former orchard spray; 55. Queensland gem; 56. It parallels the radius; 60. RAV4 or TrailBlazer, briefly; 61. Chafe; 62. Cry made while holding the nose; 63 Note from a busted person.