06.06.11 — Duty, Honor, Country

U.S. Army troops wade ashore on Omaha Beach on the morning of 6 June 1944, as the Normandy landings begin.  Soldiers wade through surf and Nazi gunfire to secure a beachhead during the Allied Invasion.

June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.


Monday, June 6, 2011 — D-Day

Puzzle by Gary Whitehead / Edited by Will Shortz

USMA, CADET, WESTPOINT (1A. Initials for 56-Across; 38A. Enrollee at 56-Across; 56A. School whose motto consists of the last words of 17-, 25- and 45-Across) and DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY, found in CIVIC DUTY (17A. Serving on a jury, e.g.), MAID OF HONOR (25A. Bridge’s attendant) and BACK COUNTRY (45A. Rural areas) comprise the interrelated group of this brilliant Monday crossword.

Other — ACUMIN and CUMIN (43D. Keenness of mind; 18D. Curry ingredient), ADMIRE, ANDEAN, ASYLUM, LAND HO (9D. Cry from a crow‘s-nest), WET MOP, WRITER, ZOOM IN.

Five-letter — AFOOT, ALAMO (10D. 1836 battle site), ALTER, ARSON, Take A STAB at (try), BASSI, CD ROM, CYRUS, CZARS, DRYER, GIZMO, HAIKU, IBSEN, “IT’S IN the bag”, KAZOO, KEY UP, KLUTE, LAIRD and LAIUS (9A. Scottish landowner; 53A. Father and victim of Oedipus), NASTY, NLERS, NORAS, NO SIR (24D. Military denial), OGLER, OPTED, RETRO, SAUDI and SAUTE, SCOPE (36D. Rifle attachment), STRUM, SUEDE, TASTE, TROOP (35D. Army unit).

Short stuff — ADO, ALTO, ARK, Commedia dell’ ARTE, AS OF, AXIS (4D. W.W. II foe, with “the”), CIRC, CNN, DIOR, FEY, FLEW, GOO, HALO, ILL, MIX, MODS, NAPE, NET, OPE, PRIX, RAID (37A. Sudden military action), SCAT, SGTS (33A. Some NCOs), SOFA, SRI, SSRS, TWO, UPC, WAY (56D. Modus operandi), YSER (64D. River of Flanders).


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
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1 comment:

NYTAnonimo said...

Interesting series of videos Donald. Here are two link you might be interested in. One a petition, the other a cadet's point of view-“My role is not to advocate policy but to execute it.”

You seem to be the only NYT crossword blogger to remember the significance of June 6, DDAY, maybe because that didn't make it into the puzzle. Amy Renaldo has an interesting take on the constructor's last name and the West Point coat of arms though.