Croupier stick clearing craps table © Fotolia VI #6653388
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Puzzle by Peter A. Collins / Edited by Will Shortz
Crossword Note: “When this puzzle is done, connect the four V’s with a square, the three K’s with an upside-down L, and each K diagonally to the nearest V. Then draw a circle around the only X.”
CRAPS / TABLE (37A. With 40-Across, casino fixture), SEVEN COME ELEVEN (20A. Cry heard at a 37-/40-Across), BOXCAR (42A. Six, at a 37-/40-Across), ON A LOSING STREAK (51A. Cold, at a 37-/40-Across) and ONE (51D. Snake eye [as this completed puzzle depicts]) are the interrelated group of this winning Wednesday crossword.
Other — ASSERTS (9D. Proclaims), BIG SHOT (42D. Honcho), ENORMITY (45A. Large-scale wickedness), Euclidean geometry’s PARALLEL postulate; Colorado Springs’s PETERSON Air Force Base; SAFE AREA (10D. Refuge), SKINLESS (5D. Like some hot dogs), Laurence Sterne’s ‘TRISTRAM Shandy”.
Mid-size — AGENT, ALVIN, APRON, JASON (6D. Husband of Medea), MESTA (67A. Hostess who inspired “Call Me Madam“), MORALE, NACRE, NANTES (25A. French city with a 1598 edict), NEEDS, OSLER (31D. Sir William who wrote “The Principles and Practice of Medicine“), PETRI dish, PROXY, RAN TO, SABLE, SHARES, SPOOK, TENTS, TIMERS, TORE AT.
Short stuff — AHSO, AIG, ALAN and ALAS, ALEK, A LOT, ALUM, ALVA, APE, ATHS, ATIT, BETE noire, CASH, EASE and EAVE, EEOC, EPEE, FATE, HOSE, IOWA, JAMA, KEN (16A. Boy toy?), KONA, LED and LEE, MADE, “O Sole MIO“, NEAP, NELL, NOTV, NSEC, OLAV, OWEN, PAL, REA, ROTA, SOB, SUDS, TACT, TSPS.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Temporary homes for refugees; 6. Weekly reading for drs.; 10. Wail; 13. Scare slightly; 14. “Sadly …”; 15. Supermodel Wek; 18. Brewskis; 19. The way the cookie crumbles; 23. Philosopher Watts; 24. New Deal inits.; 33. Galoot; 34. Cuts; 36. Let (up); 39. Canterbury can; 41. Vatican tribunal; 44. Spearheaded; 47. Kitchen items that ding; 49. 2008 U.S. govt. bailout recipient; 50. “Now I see!”; 59. Dudley’s love in old cartoondom; 60. Sprinkler attachment; 61. Totaled; 62. Roof’s edge, often; 63. Wilson of “Wedding Crashers”; 64. Ailey of dance; 65. Sidekick; 66. Careful phrasing, perhaps. — DOWN: 1. Six of these make a fl. oz.; 2. Olympic blade; 3. Punishment for a teen, maybe; 4. Clawed; 7. Grad; 8. Fixed, as dinner; 11. Norway’s patron saint; 21. Alternative to credit; 22. Novelist Harper; 25. Inlay material; 26. Kitchen wear; 27. “Super!”’; 28. Stockholder’s substitute; 29. Antidiscrimination agcy.; 30. Expensive fur; 32. “Pressing” things; 35. Plenty; 43. Olympians, e.g., Abbr.; 48. Esprit de corps; 50. Cut taker; 52. Tide type; 53. Edison’s middle name; 54. Herbert Hoover’s home state; 55. Minute part of a minute: Abbr.; 56. Mailers: Abbr.; 57. Squabbling; 58. Kind of coffee.