Thursday, May 12, 2011
Puzzle by Patrick John Duggan / Edited by Will Shortz
IDENTITY THEFT (37A. Crime of which 17-, 26-, 51-I and 59-Across are victims?), CASUAL FRAY (17A. Sparring session?), GLOCK SPIEL (26A. Pitch for a pistol?), SICK AND RED (51A. Suffering from chicken pox?) and PENAL BOXES (59A. Jail cells?) constitute the interrelated group oft this Thursday crossword. That’s right, IDENTITY, e.g., ID, EN, TI and TY are missing from the four aforementioned entries. Hmmm…
Other — ACT OUT, AKIN TO, ANDRE, ARLES, ATTIRE, BRUCE LEE (4D. He killed Chuck Norris in “Return of the Dragon“), EVIL DOER, HEROIN, IRISES, NEPAL and PANEL, ON A TEAR (27D. Raising hell), OPPOSE, PSYCHOS, RAFFLE, RECANT, REFRY, SALT I, SAT BY, SAY OK, SINEW, SIT INS, SOVIET Union, SPREES, STEPPE, TEND BAR (30D. Conjure up spirits?), VAULT.
Short stuff — ABR, AIDA, AIR, ANA, “ Gimme A SEC!“, AVON, CHAD, CHEF, COSY, DHL, DUPE, ENO, ERE and EVE, ERIN, ETS, FINE, IPOD, “It IS TO Laugh“, KURD, LEG, LENO and LENT, LION, NON, OAR, PAPI, PDA, RAPS, SAAB, SAC fly, SHIP, STU, SYS, TDS, TEEN, TERA, TNUT, TPKE, TVS, TWO, XFL, YEAH, YENS.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Did nothing while other things went on; 6. Staples of séances; 10. Figurehead’s place; 14. Wrestling’ ___ the Giant; 15. Slave who dies in the Temple of Vulcan; 16. Trillion: Prefix; 19. Place name before and after “Oh” in a Thomas Moore title; 20. One who stirs the pot; 21. Face down; 23. I-90in Mass, e.g.; 29. Geraldo Rivera opened one in 1986; 31. Composer of “The Microsoft Sound”; 32. Joneses; 33. Bacchanalias; 42. Take for a ride; 45. “Born from jets” sloganeer; 48. It connects to the scull; 50. Source of strength; 54. Late-night wars participant; 55. Worn things; 56. One may be left hanging; 58. “The Wizard of Oz” companion; 65. Hardware bit; 66. Brand name that might ring a bell?; 67. Cook, as some beans; 669. Time to give up?; 70. City in Provence. — DOWN: 2. “Ugly Betty” actress Ortiz; 3. 62-Down events, for short; 5. “Amen to that!”; 6. Drawing; 7. Inspired stuff; 8. Hi-tech helper; 9. Give the go-ahead; 10. Open grassland; 11. Smack, so to speak; 12. Those in front of lenses; 13. Jury; 18. It’s kept under the table; 22. Whack jobs; 23. Tubes; 24. Big ___ (nickname of baseball’s Ortiz); 25. Member of an Iraqi minority; 28. Brit’s teapot cover; 34. “Rugrats” dad; 36. Aliens, for short; 38. Gadget whose name was inspired by”2001: A Space Odyssey”; 39. Baddie; 40. Dandy; 41. Typical Justin Bieber fan; 44. Blue ball; 45. Occupations that may mean being forced to move away; 46. Rebel, in a way; 47. Like; 49. Take back, as a statement; 51. 1972 missile pact; 52. Kingdom until 2008; 53. FedEx alternative; 57. Start of an incantation; 60. Night before; 61. Prefix with -com; 62. Sport org. that lasted only one season; 63. Poet’s preposition; 64. CBS part: Abbr.