Monday, July 11, 2011
Puzzle by Ellen Leuschner / Edited by Will Shortz
SAFE HAVEN (17A. Place of refuge, redundantly), FROZEN TUNDRA (29A. Icy expanse, redundantly), BRIEF SUMMARY (47A. Synopsis, redundantly) and DOWN SOUTH (64A. Where snowbirds head, redundantly) make up the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.
Other — AAH and BACK RUB (10D. Sound while receiving a 9-Down; 9D. Massage for a person who’s prone), BEANPOLE (5D. Thinny-thin person), DIRIGIBLE (35D. Lighter-than-air aircraft), FEEDER (29D. Holder of birdseed), I FORGOT (44D. Excuse for a lapse), LEAN ON ME (41D. 1972 Bill Withers hit whose title precedes “when you’re not strong”), OCTOPI (60A. Eight-armed creatures), RENOWN (8D. Celebrity), SNARE DRUM (11D. Military percussion instrument), SNOOTY (28D. Having one’s nose in the air), STEP ON (20A. Trample), UNO DOS (49D. Start of a Spanish count).
Five-letter — AANDE (16A. “Biography“ network), BASIL, BORAT, CHAOS (19A. Pandemonium), DOUSE, EDSEL, ELATE, EPSOM salts, GOFER, GROAN, HI HAT (55D. Pair of cymbals operated by a pedal), LASSO, MARDI Gras, OPT IN, POLLO, SMELT, SO BIG (1924 Edna Ferber novel), WORSE.
Short stuff — ALOE, ASIA, ATON, BLUR, DENT, DOH, DORK, EASE, ELMO, HOUR, IBAR, IDOL, ILL, IZOD, LAV, LEGS, LESS, LOP, OBIE, OER, OLE and ONE, OREM, OUZO, RAZE, RECS, RLS, ROOT and ROT, SADE, SEEP, TIDE, TMEN, TOAD, TOMB (33D. Dead center?), TORA, UPI and UZI, USED, USPS, WED, ZOOM.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Edible frog parts; 5. Fuzzy image; 9. Pesto herb; 14. Burn soother; 21. Nerdy sort; 23. “Treasure Island” monogram; 24. Not ‘neath; 25. Wire service inits.; 27. No ___ for wear; 33. Effect of the moon’s gravity; 36. Chop off; 37. 2006 title film character who says “Pamela! I no find you attractive anymore! … Not!”; 38. Theater award; 39. ‘50s Ford flop; 42. Anise-flavored liqueur; 45. Bullring “Bravo!”; 46. Feds who nabbed Capone; 51. Response to a bad pun; 52. Valedictorian’s rank; 53. Play-___ (kid’s stuff); 56. Submachine gun; 58. Dig like a pig; 66. Chicken: Sp.; 67. Utah city; 68. Where the Himalayas are; 69. Extract metals from by heating; 70. Marquis de ___; 71. Ding on a car door, e.g. — DOWN: 1. Cowgirl’s rope; 2. Fill with joy; 3. Errand runner; 4. Leak slowly; 6. W.C.; 7. Like a car with 20,000 miles on its odometer; 12. Much-loved celebrity; 13. Minus; 18. Length of many a TV drama; 22. Decay; 26. Polo Ralph Lauren competitor; 31. Bulldoze; 32. Lots and lots; 34. Letter-shaped structural support; 40. “Tickle Me” doll; 48. ___ Paulo, Brazil; 50. LPs and CDs: Abbr.; 53. Extinguish; 54. Choose to participate; 56. Mail letters; 57. Take off like a rocket; 59. When tripled, a W.W. II movie; 61. “The Wind in the Willows” hopper; 63. Under the weather; 65. Say “I do”.