Monday, May 2, 2011
Puzzle by Caleb Madison / Edited by Will Shortz
Swift, lift, Clift, gift, thrift, drift and shift provide the rhyme and reason for the interrelated group of this nifty Monday crossword — TAYLOR SWIFT (17A. Country-pop star with the 2008 six-time platinum album “Fearless”), FORKLIFT (24A. Vehicle moving items in a warehouse), MONTGOMERY CLIFT (36A. “From Here to Eternity” Best Actor nominee), GOD’S GIFT (50A. What a Don Juan thinks he is to women), SPENDTHRIFT (58A. Opposite of a tightwad), SNOWDRIFT (11D. Road blocker after a winter storm), DOWNSHIFT (32D. Move to a lower gear).
Other — HIFALUTIN (10D. Pretentious), IN A STIR (44A. Flustered), ON SALE NOW (33D. Store sign during bargain week), ORATED (13A. Gave a speech), POT PIE (9D. Entrée from Swanson or Banquet), SMOOTH (64A. Silky), TENSED (46D. Tightened), THE CURE (29A. “Love Song“ band, 1989).
Five-letter — ADORN, AUNTS, DRAIN, ERATO, FIFTH (52D. 20%), GAYER, GENES, IDIOT, MEGAN, MOTIF, ON THE, PAW AT, PRAWN, SHEEN (54A. Charlie of “Two and a Half Men“), SLEET, TITHE (53D. 10%), WIELD.
Short stuff — AAAS, AMOI, AONE, ARLO, ATL, BTW, CARS, DELI and DELT, DII, DOTS, ELF, ELLE, ERIS, EXTS, FERN, FOLD, HMO, HST, INE and ITE, JEW, JOE, Go-KART, LONG and LUNG, MER and MEW, NEO, NIN, OMIT, OWS, PEEP, PLO, REC, RON, SAFE, SEE, SNUB, TERN, TIX, TOR, UFO, Curds and WHEY.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Actress Fox of “Transformers”; 6. Baby bird’s sound; 10. F.D.R.’s successor; 15. Folkie Guthrie; 16. Suffix with serpent; 19. In favor of; 20. Suffix with Brooklyn or Manhattan; 21. Some small batteries; 22. Large shrimp; 27. Handle, as a tool; 28. Super-duper; 31. Decorate; 34. Baseball’s DiMaggio; 35. Box office purchases, informally; 41. Pained cries; 42. Kitten’s cry; 43. Uncle’s partners; 47. Plant with fronds; 49. Icy precipitation; 55. Shop with egg salad and cold cuts; 56. 502, in old Rome; 57. Writer Anais; 62. Mysterious saucer;63. Fashion magazine originally from France; 64. Silky; 65. “Oh, also …,” in text messages; 66. Dashes’ partners in Morse code; 67. Words before double or take. — DOWN: 1. Theme; 2. Poetic Muse; 3. Merrier; 4. The Braves, on scoreboards; 5. Prefix with classical; 6. Handle roughly; 7. Greek goddess of strife; 8. Worker in Santa’s workshop; 12. Seabird; 14. Sink’s outlet; 18. Bank fixture; 23. ___ room (place for Ping-Pong); 26. Extended; 29. Rocky hil; 30. Parts of office tel. nos.; 31. Mine, in Marseille; 34. Passover observer; 37. Leave out; 38. Sea, to Cousteau; 39. Autos 40. Where inhaled air goes; 45. “Get it?”; 46. Tightened; 47. Crease; 48. Touches up, as a manuscript; 50. Things passed on from Mom and Dad; 51. Dum-dum; 54. Social slight; 55. Shoulder muscle, for short; 59. Mideast grp.; 60. Plan for hosp. patients; 61. Politico ___ Paul.