Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Puzzle by Elizabeth C. Gorski / Edited by Will Shortz
OOO (3D. Tic-tac-toe line .. And a hint to this puzzle’s theme), OIL OF OLAY (14A. “Love the skin you’re in”), ORDER OF OMEGA (19A. Undergrads’ Greek leadership society), ORACLE OF OMAHA (35A. Warrant Buffett’s sobriquet), OATH OF OFFICE (54A. You need to raise your hand to receive this) and ONE OF OURS (60A. Pulitzer-winning novel by Willa Cather) comprise the interrelated group of this fine Wednesday crossword.
Other — AGORA (2D. Old Greek markets), ALICIA (45D. Keys of music), ANKARA (29A. Turkish capital), BECKON (46D. Invite), FARRAR, Straus and Giroux (publisher), FLIP A COIN (18A. Make heads of tails of something), IN ARABIC (5D. How a fatwa might be issued), INEBRIATE (56A. Drunkard), MADOFF (1D. Financial scammer Bernie), MAILED (52A. Sent), MEGAFLOP (38D. Big bust), ODESSA (47D. “Potemkin” port), RAN DRY (3D. Was used up), RATED R (41A. Racy, say), ROCKER (40A. Many a nursery chair), TIE ROD (31A. Steering system part).
Five-letter — AGAIN, DONNA, DWARF, FAGIN, “I FALL to Pieces” (Patsy Cline hit), LACKS, MARNI, NINER, OKEMO, OLIOS, OPERA, ORIEL, PILOT, PLAN A, POTRO, RATIO, SHAUN, SLIME.
Short stuff — ABO, A LOT, ARE, ARIA, AYN, BACH, BAM, BIB, BETA, BOCA, BRER Rabbit, CCIX, DFCS, DOFF, DPS, EEE, ELO, EVE, FEST, FEY, IOS, KCAR, MAX, NNW, NOT (63A. What “-“ means in a Google search), OBOE, OLAV, ROTE, SEG, SWEE‘ Pea, TAI, TATE Gallery, TERI, WASP.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Soprano Nixon; 6. Infielders’ stats, for short; 9. Software prototype; 13. Demanding instructor’s cry; 17. Part of DKNY; 19. Undergrads’ Greek leadership society; 22. Actress Hatcher; 23. “ … like THAT!”; 26. Magical; 27. Front cover?; 34. Roman 29; 39. Gazillions; 44. Line part: Abbr.; 45. Blood-typing letters; 48. Garden party?; 49. Target of many a New Yorker cartoon; 59. Doesn’t include; 61. Mixed bags; 64. First course? — DOWN: 4. S.F. footballer; 6. Tip politely; 7. Pre-episode; 8. Dirtball; 9. ___ Burger (veggie patty); 10. “Turn to Stone” grp.; 11. Skater Babilonia; 12. Author Rand; 15. “The Markropulos Affair,” for one; 16. “Oliver Twist” creep; 20. Bay window; 23. Composer with 20 children; 24. Song on a stage; 25. Top (out); 1981 Chrysler debut; 33. R.A.F. awards; 35. Patron saint of Norway; 36. Repetitive learning; 37. Vermont ski resort; 39. It might come after you; 42. Tom Thumb, for one; 43. Five to one, e.g.; 45. Keys of music; 46. Invite; 47. “Potemkin” port; 50. Olympic snowboarding gold medalist White; 51. 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin del ___; 54. Cousin of an English horn; 55. Suffix with song; 56. Aegean tourist mecca; 57. Fort Myers-to-Tampa dir.; 56. Wide shoe spec.