Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Puzzle by Paula Gamache and Ed Stein, edited by Will Shortz
Five pairs of seven-letter heteronyms, uniformly noun across, verb down — EXPLOIT (20A. Bit of derring-do; 4D. Take advantage of), eks′plo̵it′ and ĕkˈsploit; PRESENT (22A. Here and now; 10D. Show, in a show-and-tell), prez′ənt or prē zent′; ADDRESS (39A. Lincoln’s famous one was just 272 words; 25D. Prepare to drive, as a golf ball), ə dres′ and a′dres′; INCENSE (56A. Aromatic sticks; 44D. Make boiling mad), in′sens′ and ĭn-sĕnsˈ; CONSOLE (58A. Home entertainment centerpiece; 47D. Say “There, there” to, say), kŏnˈsōl and kən sōl′ — constitutes the interrelated group of this flightless Tuesday crossword.
Other — CONDOR (49D. Flier with a 10-foot wingspan), ELOPED (50A. Fled to wed), ESPIED and EYED (5D. Spotted; 31D. Gave the once over), EXOTIC (50D. Wonderfully foreign), ODETTE (26A. “Swan Lake” swan), REWIND (27A. Put the tape back to the start), SPEEDO (9D. Swimwear brand), VIACOM (51A. Nickelodeon’s parent company).
Five-letter — “With A CAST of thousands!” (movie ad boast), ACIDS, ACUTE, AGENT, AMATI, DELON, DRAMS, EELER, GESSO, GLAND, INLET, NCAAS, OMEGA and OMNIA Vincent amor, OTTER, PREGO, RELET, ROLLS, SALON and SAXON, SOFT G (6D. Start of either syllable in “ginger”), SPRAT, TORTE, VIGGO.
Short stuff — AMEX, ANTE, AUDI, BALE, BITE, DO IT, EDAM, “What ELSE?“, EMMA, ENL, ERTÉ, ESTH, HMS Pinafore, HOSP, IDEA and IDYL, IMAX, LAMP, LAST and LESS, MAHI, MISC, OUI, OVAL and OVER, PFCS, PLED, RAHM, REED, REUP, SOLO, TEMP, TLC, TRAP, WASH.
“Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius' crater for an inkstand!” — Herman Melville
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Nosh; 5. Only O.T. book that never mentions God: Abbr.; 9. Jack who could eat no fat; 14. Certain charge card, informally; 15. Aria, typically; 16. Ragú rival; 17. Tiffany creation; 18. Ones ranking below cpls.; 19. Conger catcher; 24. Alpha’s opposite; 30. French actor Alain; 32. Cremona craftsman; 33. Pastoral poem; 34. Big mouth, slangily; 42. Photo blowup: Abbr.; 43. When doubled, a food fish; 45. Oboe or clarinet; 46. Less than 90 degrees; 48. Big tournaments for university teams, informally; 54. Anglo-___; 62. Producer of sweat and tears, but not blood; 63 “Go ahead!”; 65. Done; 66. Painting surface; 67. Auto on the autobahn; 68. In the cellar; 69. Web-footed mammal; 70. Catchall abbreviation. DOWN: 1. Unit of cotton; 2. Supersized movie screen format; 3. Short-term worker, for short; 7. An attentive doc gives it to a patient; 8. Doctor’s place: Abbr.; 11. Lease to a new tenant; 12. 15-percenter; 13. Rich cake; 23. Status symbol car, familiarly; 27. Obama adviser Emanuel; 28. Austen novel; 29. Get the grime off; 33. Invention starter; 35. Sign on for another tour; 36. A chip or two to start with; 37. Said “Not guilty!,” e.g.; 40. Small amounts; 41. Permanent provider; 51. “The Road” star Mortensen; 52. Fjord, e.g.; 55. They turn litmus paper red; 57. Cheese with a red coat; 59. Ellipsoid; 60. Minus; 61. Art Deco artist; 64. Non’s opposite.