The Minuet or Carnival Scene, 1779,
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Musée Du Louvre, Paris, France
Sunday, June 26, 2011
T MOBILE, Puzzle by David Levinson Wilk / Edited by Will Shortz
In this pleasant Sunday crossword, the letter T switches places with the letter next to it in eight words (minute, bets, feet, boots, cats, coast, great and marital, resulting in MINUET, BEST, FETE. BOOST, CAST, COATS, GRETA and MARTIAL), the mobility giving a title to the puzzle, along with a humorous change in familiar phrases:
- NEW YORK MINUET (23A. Dance seen in a Lincoln Center performance of “Don Giovanni”?)
- ALL BEST ARE OFF (33A. “None of the leading sales people came in today”?)
- FETE OF CLAY (40A. Celebration after a 1964 heavyweight championship?)
- COWBOY BOOST (55A. Stirrup?)
- CAST PAJAMAS (71A. Decide to sleep in the nude?)
- IVORY COATS (81A. What whitewashers apply?)
- NO GRETA SHAKES (88A. Response to the query “Does Ms. Garbo first-bump?”?)
- PREMARTIAL SEX (102A. Love before war?)
Other — ALLEY OOP (33D. With 98-Across, showy play), ALTOONA, ATTENDS and WAS AT (80D. Doesn’t miss; 70D. Didn’t miss), ASCRIBE, BASSIST (109A. Sting, e.g.), BROAD AX, DREAM OF (2.D. Imagine), ENSNARE, FASCIST, GORGES ON (6D. Stuffs oneself with), HELICAL, ICE POPS, IMPENDS, INKIEST, I REMEMBER (42D. “You don‘t need to remind me“), LET’S DANCE (79A. 1983 #1 hit with the lyric “Put on your red shoes“), LOW NOTE, MAIDENS, OCCUPIED, OIL PALM (14D. Tree whose two-word name, when switched around identifies its product), ONE NAME, RATTLES, RUNTIER, SIERRAN, STOPS IT, TOP DOGS.
Six-letter — ADJUST, ARRIVE, ASTORS, CITRIC acid, COAXES, DENNYS, DOTERS, ELMORE, IN PLAY, KARRAS, K D LANG, KONRAD, MOO SHU, PENNER, O ROMEO, Country star SHELBY Lynne, SONANT, TASING.
Five — Sodium AMIDE, CAKES, DRONE, ELBOW, ETRES, EVENI, FEZES, FREUD, FT LEE, GANEF (18D. Thief, in Yiddish), GRIPS, HAPPY, HEPTA, HOSED, IRWIN, JENGA (72D. Game whose name is derived from Swahili), KATIE, KAZAN, KNITS, LORNA, Southwest Africa’s NAMIB Desert, ORAMA, ORONO, PETER, RIDES, SAXES, SCION, SCOTS, SLILY, SNARF, SPOIL, TAE BO, TAKEN, TAPED, TEMPE, TIERS, TOTES, “Cosi fan TUTTE“.
Short stuff — ALE, ALTA, AMO and AMMO, AMYS, ANO, CAL and DAL, ELO, DOI, ENTS, ESPN, FEN, GEO, GOYA, HEW, IVIE, JON, JUL, KAVA, KEN, KLMN, LIAR, LEO, LTDS, MIR, MOON, NEO, ORGS, RANS, SIP, SST, TAR, TERI, TGI Friday‘s, TOE, TRIB, TSA, WARE, YSER.
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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. 1988 Grammy winner for “Crying”; 7. Tweak; 13. Bosses; 20. Cry from a balcony; 21. ___ pork; 22. Many a Nevada resident; 25. Penn State campus site; 26. Also-___ (losers); 27. Prefix with caching; 28. Baja’s opposite; 30. Author; 31. “Hang on ___!”; 32. Locale for a cattail; 36. Grandparents, typically; 38. With a wink, say; 39. Berkeley campus nickname; 48. Not so big; 49. Tampa paper briefly with “the”; 50. Blackmore heroine; 51. Washed (down); 54. Female co-star in “Love Crazy,” 1941; 57. Tolkien creatures; 58. 41-Down was named after one: Abbr.; 59. Scarlett O’Hara’s real first name; 60. Voiced; 61. Summer sign; 62. Little dipper?; 63. Claimed; 64. Chop; 65. The Mavericks, on scoreboards; 68. Up for grabs, as convention delegates; 68. Shriners’ headwear: Var.; 69. Gob; 70. Ending with soft or spy; 73. Drink with one’s pinkie up, say; 74. Some cats blow on them; 76. “Around the Horn” cable channel; 77. Summer treats; 85. Interlocks; 94. Summer mo.; 95. “Rock ’n’ Roll is King” band, 1983; 96. Make it; 97. Actress Polo; 98. See 33-Down; 99. Polynesian potable; 100. They’re often said to be fair; 106. Looms; 107. Shocking, in a way; 108. Leonard of literature; 110. Team that once played at Enron Field; 111. Bob Evans rival. — DOWN: 1. Former German chancellor Adenauer; 3. One hit by a tuba; 4. Singer Grant and others; 5. Prefix with -lithic; 7. Shot, e.g.; 8. Question that may be answered “And how!”; 9. Garfield’s owner; 10. For the most part; 113. Agcy. With a list of prohibited items; 15. A Fonda; 16. Plane over Yemen, maybe; 17. College town just off Interstate 95; 19. Wolf (down); 24. When doubled, a number puzzle; 29. Credit; 32. “Totem and Taboo” writer; 34. Story teller; 35. Judo-like exercises; 37. French beings; 38. Offspring; 41. Town on the Hudson R.; 42. Filmmaker Allen; 43. Pipe shape; 44. Apollo target; 45. Bygone hand weapon; 46. Catch; 49. Lugs; 51. Like a corkscrew; 52. What Cher Bono, e.g., goes by; 53. Ceases; 55. Soap units; 56. River to the North Sea; 58. Artist Francisco; 59. Director of the major film debuts of James Dean and Warren Beatty; 62. Not live; 63. Home to Sun Devil Stadium; 64. Tickled; 67. Old Fords; 68. Like Mussolini; 69. Ranks; 73. Sean Connery and others; 74. Turn brown, maybe; 77. Jazz singer Anderson; 78. Busy; 81. Most murky; 82. It’s worst when it’s high; 83. High and softly resonant; 85. Alex of “Webster”; 87. Sweet-talks; 89. Commercial name suffix; 90. Handles; 91. Lifts; 92. “___ could have told you that!”; 93. Seven: Prefix; 94. Speck; 98. Assns.; 99. Alphabet string; 101. Retired flier; 103. It landed in the Pacific Ocean on 3/2/01; 104. Yucatan year; 105. Drink with a head.