Monday, January 10, 2011
Puzzle by James Tuttle, edited by Will Shortz
THE BOUNCING BALL in circled letters bouncing across the crossword, KARAOKE SCREEN (20A. One place to follow the object named in the circled letters (reading left to right)) and PING PONG TABLE (58A. Another place to follow the object name in the circled letters) are the interrelated group of this spirited Monday crossword.
Other — EMANCIPATE (28D. Release from slavery), PICNIC AREA (11D. Outdoor eating place where you might lay a blanket), SANTANA (29A. Artist who 1999 hit “Smooth” was #1 for 12 weeks), TEC and TECHS (48A. Sleuth, in slang; 31D. Computer whizzes), THE SIMS (49A. Computer game with virtual people).
Mid-size group — ACTED, 40A. ALCAN Highway (route through Whitehorse, Yukon), AMOCO, CHA CHA, DAMON, DITTOS (54A. Old fashioned paper copies), ECHOED, ESPANA (51D. Madrid’s land, to natives), GRAPH, 24A. Hannibal HAMLIN, vice president under Abraham Lincoln), HOG TIE, IONIA (44A. Ancient Asia Minor region), KUALA Lumpur, Malaysia, NEPALI, NO MSG, PESKY, RULED, SATRAP (52D. Minor despot), SAUCE, SHELL, SLAVS, SNOOTS, SPIEL, TACIT, TEHRAN, TIMED, VOCAB (4D. Words, informally).
Short stuff — ACME, AIL, AMI, AMOR, ASHE, ATA, ATTN, AWED, BLTS, BRAE, BTU, CES, CHAP, DALE, DUCT, EASE, EDDY (63D. Spin zone?), EMAG, EPI, GRAPH, HMO, “I CAN See for Miles“ (song by the Who), INON, LAMA, LEAH, LEEK, LIE, NIL, OTOS, PAW, PATE and PITA, RBS, SAS, SDAK, SELL, SPA and SPAM and SPAT, TAN, TATI, TEE, USES.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: Many Eastern Europeans; 6. Air passage; 10. Tiff; 14. “Good Will Hunting” star Matt; 15. Arthur with a Queens stadium named after him; 16. Bread for a gyro; 17. BP gas brand; 18. Wife of Jacob; 23. A/C stat; 26. Golf peg; 32. These, in Tours; 34. Zenith; 36. Untruth; 37. Something with x and y axes; 39. Roughen in cold weather; 43. Scottish hillside; 46. Medical care grp.; 47. Buy’s opposite; 53. Be sick; 56. Carrier to Copenhagen; 64. E-mail filter’s target; 66. Jacques of “Mon Oncle”; 67. Governed; 68. Top of the head; 69. Get __ the ground floor; 70. Had a role on stage; 71. Wowed; 72. “___ On Down the Road” (“The Wiz” song); 73. Like mosquitoes. — DOWN: 1. Pierre’s state: Abbr.; 2. Buddhist monk; 3. Love, in 51-Down; 6. Cowgirl Evans; 7. Puts to work; 8. Dance related to the mambo; 9. Iran’s capital; 10. Sales talk; 2. One thing __ time; 13. Brown from the beach; 22. Slate, e.g., briefly; 25. Katmandu native; 26. Unspoken, as an understanding; 27. Reverberated; 3p. Nothing; 33. Turtle’s “hone”; 35. Prefix with center; 38. Gridiron carriers, Abbr.; 41. French friend; 42. Note on a Chinese menu; 45. Abbr, before a name on top of a menu; 50. Immobilize; 55. Measured by a stopwatch; 57. Worcestershire ___; 59. Siouan people; 60. WXY, on a phone; 61. Sandwiches that are definitely not kosher, in brief; 62. Onionlike soup ingredient; 64. Place to get a mud bath or massage; 65. Furry foot.