Is It Soup Yet?


National Soup Month, Puzzle by Fred Piscop, edited by Will Shortz

If you subscribe to The New York Times on-line Premium Crosswords, you are probably familiar with the monthly bonus puzzle. For the month of January, the title of this seasoned crossword is “National Soup Month” featuring thirty-something clues containing “soup“.

Across — 1. Matzo BALL soup; 5. PIG stomach soup (Chinese dish); 8. Johnny Cash’s “Praise the Lord and PASS the Soup”; 14. Soup can flaw, DENT; 15. CLAM chowder (hearty soup); 16. Like pea-soup fog, DENSE; 19. EGG drop soup; 20. “There’s a Chef in My Soup” author Emeril LAGASSE; 24. Soup SETS (matching tureens, crocks, etc.); 25. Super serves, ACES; 27. Flavor in Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Can”, TOMATO; 30. Yegg’s “soup”, NITRO; 34. Soup BONE (pitcher’s arm, slangily); 35. Cabbage Soup Diet adherer’s loss: Abbr., LBS; 38. Bird’s-NEST soup; 39. Soup and SALAD (light lunch); 43. “IS IT soup yet?”; 48. Potato and LEEK soup; 52. Peter who starred in “There’s a Girl in My Soup”, SELLERS; 56. MUD soup (concoction with black beans); 68. SHE-crab soup.

Down — 5. Elizabeth of “Tortilla Soup”, PENA; 7. Often-souped-up Pontiac muscle cars, GTO; 10. Comic Soupy SALES; 24. Soup cracker, SALTINE; 26. COLLEGE Inn (soup brand); 28. Beasts whose tails make hearty soup, OXEN; 29. Japanese soup, MISO; 32. Rocker Nugent with the song “Venom Soup”, TED; 34. Leftovers used to make soup, e.g., BASE; 36. Navy BEAN soup; 41. Pepper POT (hearty soup); 48. Soup server, LADLE; 49. “Stone Soup” cartoonist Jan ELIOT; 50. “Goat’s HEAD Soup” (Rolling Stones album); 51. MOCK turtle soup; 55. Soup LINE (place to wait for a free meal); 56. MARX Brothers (“Duck Soup” crew); 63. Stooge with a soup bowl haircut, MOE.


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