Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Puzzle by Jeff Chen / Edited by Will Shortz
U-TURN (65A. Maneuver required five times to finish this puzzle), along with five partial palindromes, each ending with a solo unmarked space where the solver must visually reverse direction to achieve the complete palindrome, constitutes the main feature of this clever Wednesday crossword: DEIF, (2D. Lionized), resulting in DEIFIED; ABLEWASIER (7D. Phrase inspired by Napoleon), ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ABLE; ROTA (12D. Kind of cuff), ROTATOR; MADAMI (25D. Classic introduction), MADAM I’M ADAM; AIBOHP (30D. Jocular term for fear of palindromes), AIBOHPHOBIA.
Other — ALLEGRO (40A. Musically brisk), BLESS YOU (36D. “Gesundheit!”), DR WATSON (37D. Noted literary narrator), LOVE SONG (10D. Serenade, e.g.), PAINTBALL (6D. Colorful sport), PHONE LINE (20A. It’s often discovered dead in a horror film), PORT WINES (23A. Sweet beverages often served with dessert), REDLINING (8D. Discriminatory insurance practice), SNIPPETS (4D. Brief excerpts, e.g.), YES MASTER (49A. Genie‘s affirmative).
Mid-size — ACTOR, AMIES and AMISS, APART, BLIND, CABER, DRY WIT (44D. Oscar Wilde was noted for it), HORAS, INOIL, IRANI, I TRIED (46D. “That was my best effort”), MARTS, OSTEO, ROOST, SLIDE, SMIDGE (43A. Bit), TILDA Swinton, TRAIN, WRITHE (45A. Squirm), YATES.
Short stuff — ADDS and ADZ, AGEE, ANT, “AS I always say …”, ATE, ATTU, BAN, BBQ, BIBI, BLOW, “Who DAT?”, DEAN, DOZE, ERS, EXIT, GOBI, HOSS, IDAS, IOWA, LIU, LORE, MAST, NEHI, OBI, ODE, ODOR, ORNE, OXO, QUIT, RES, SAN, SEER, SOD, VETS, WIZ, ZITI.
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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Annexes; 5. In pieces; 10. Old stories; 14. Overseer of student discipline; 15. Pole tossed in a Scottish competition; 16. Something you might turn up your nose at; 17. Pasta choice; 18. ___ Swinton, Oscar-winning actress for “Michael Clayton”; 19. Checks out; 24. Gallic girlfriends; 27. Proscription; 28. Lively dances; 32. Exchanges; 34. How tuna may be packed; 35. Argonaut who slew Castor; 36. Like many taste tests; 38. Home to Mongolian nomads; 39. Gabriel, for one; 42. Roll of green?; 47. Court matter; 48. Amazon ___; 53. Explode; 56. Eastwood’s “Rawhide” role; 61. Nickname for Netanyahu; 62. Bone: Prefix; 63. Departure; 64. Discontinue; 66. Catch some Z’s. — DOWN: 1. Cutting tool; 5. Astin or Martin; 9. Coach; 11. Wordsworth work; 13. Medics’ destinations, for short; 21. Pardner’s mount; 22. Beverage brand once sold “in all popular flavors”; 24. Out of place; 26. Khomeini, for one; 29. Bar at night?; 31. Swing accompanier; 40. “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” writer; 41. French river or department; 50. Spar; 51. Aleutian island; 52. Clairvoyant; 53. ___ ribs; 54. Lucy of “Kill Bill: Vol. 1”; 55. Sash of a sort; 58. Kitchenware brand; 59. Diana Ross musical, with “The”; 60. Snacked.