Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Puzzle by David Steinberg / Edited by Will Shortz
HIDDEN TEXT (57A. Invisible writing on a computer screen … or a component of 18-, 23-, 36- and 52-Across?), along with the circled letters in GO TO HEAVEN; HONEY, I’M HOME; TOWER OF LONDON and KITTY LITTER constitutes the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword — read OTOH (On The Other Hand); IMHO (In My Humble Opinion), ROFL (Rolling On the Floor Laughing) and TTYL (Talk To You Later) — Please!, no more of these inane text abbreviations in future crosswords (at least standing alone) — there's a countless number of this electronic junk! Netlingo.com gives us a few hundred in “The List of Chat Acronyms & Text Message Shorthand, HERE. No more, please!
Other — ARNESS, AT STUD, CLICHÉ (1D. Overused expression), CLOROX, DEANNA, EKBERG (44D. Anita of “La Dolce Vita”), F-TROOP, IPANEMA, “OCEANS Eleven“, RED HOT, TEETER, XM RADIO (31A. Satellite-based car option).
Five-letter — “Doe, A DEER”, AITCH, CHASM, CRATE, ERASE, KYOTO (33A. Former Japanese capital), MY EYE, NADIR, NO MSG, OBESE, PHASE, RERAN, TAPAS, TEENY, TENDS, TILED.
Short stuff, or is just more texting?! — ADDS, CROP, DAD, DEM and DEN, DINO, DONS, DYNE, EGO, ESE, ETS, FDA, FINN, HAMM, HAN, IDO, IDEA and IDEO, IGOR, IFS, IMAC, ING, “Dies IRAE”, KWAN, IRAE, LADY (38D. Disney dog), LAV, LECH, MAMA, MAO, MIEN, MIT, MOTO, NAIL, NONE, ODES, OFT, OMAN, OPAL, SOO Canals, SPAS, TAPE, TEN, TSE, Les États-UNIS, XIN.
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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Cut down, as a photo; 5. Big Apple?; 9. Like many bathroom floors; 14. Poland’s Walesa; 15. It gets hammered; 16. Rub out; 17. Brainstorm; 18. Be rewarded for a pious life, as the devout believe; 20. Abyss; 22. Shipping container; 23. Stereotypical sitcom greeting; 26. Hypotheticals; 29. U.F.O. crew; 30. Roman “I”; 33. Former Japanese capital; 35. “The Flintstones” pet; 36. Castle on the Thames; 41. Doll call; 42. Spanish finger food; 43. A girl was from there in a 1964 hit song; 47. His big day is in June; 48. Rx watchdog; 51. Finger count; 52. Pet store purchase; 55. Big, big, big; 56. Aired again; 62. All’s counterpart; 65. Puts on; 66. Chinese restaurant request; 67. Force unit; 68. Apt. rhyme of “aahs”. — DOWN: 2. In very high demand; 4. Developmental period; 5. Suffix with seem or teem; 6. Chinese chairman; 7. Gee follower; 8. Laundry brand; 9. Be on the brink of toppling; 11. Restroom informally; 12. WNW’s opposite; 13. Room for trophies, maybe; 19. Soccer great Mia; 21. “Balderdash!”; 24. Inventor Sikorsky; 25. Mr. ___, Japanese sleuth; 26. Peculiar: Prefix; 27. Neighbor of a Swede; 32. Tacks on; 33. Skater Michelle; 34. Frequently, to a bard; 36. Mending aid; 37. Muscat’s land; 39. Memorable 1995 hurricane with a gem of a name?; 40. Low point; 41. Cambridge univ.; 45. Appearance; 46. Available for breeding; 48. Farcical 1960s sitcom with the Indian character Roaring Chicken; 49. Troi on “Star Trek: T.N.G.”; 50. “Gunsmoke” star James; 53. Minuscule; 54. Minds, as a fire; 55. Laudatory poems; 57. Solo of “Sar Wars”; 58. Vow at an altar; 59. Those people, in Brooklyn; 60. Mark, as a ballot; 61. Syllable after 6-Down.