Monday, August 22, 2011
Puzzle by Milo Beckman / Edited by Will Shortz
RIGHT TO LIFE (18A. Anti-abortion position), LEFT TO DIE (24A. Abandoned, in a way), STRAIGHT TO VIDEO (39A. Not shown in theaters), UP TO SNUFF (51A. Satisfactory) and DOWN-TO-EARTH (60A. Having no illusions or pretensions) constitute the interrelated group of this fine Monday crossword.
Other — BLADE RUNNER (28D. 1982 Harrison Ford sci-fi film), GET OFF TRACK (3D. Go astray), REC ROOM (46A. Place to play foosball or Ping-Pong), VANILLA (32A. Ice cream flavor that’s a synonym for “boring”).
Mid-size — ASORT, ASTIR, ATRIA, “Casey AT THE Bat”, BOATER, DAFOE, DECREE, EDGED, ELLEN, EMBED, EPILOG, EVITE, FEELIN, FETUS (55D. Baby-to-be), FRAME, GROWL, IRANI and IRENE, LAHTI, O’LEARY (70A. Mrs. With a famous cow), PLACE, REKNOT, SALAMI, SHAMU, ST LEO, TERRA cotta, TOKEN, UPDATE.
Short stuff — ADO, ALF and ELF, ALLY, ATM, BEAR, DODO, DOE and DYE, EDIT, EEL, ELI, EMU, FROG, FUR, HEY, GAG (1A. Handkerchief stuffed in the mouth, e.g.), GTO, INRE, ITT and OTT, KID, LEA and LET, NAT, NETS, OLA and OLD, OLIO, “I’m working ON IT“, “OPEN sesame“, RES, RTE, SAID, SEED, SPA, TAME, TORI, VIES, WHOA, WII.
“I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” ~ Batty, “Blade Runner”
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 4. “The 59th Street Bridge Song (___ Groovy)” (1967 hit); 10. Start for a plant; 14. Hwy.; 15. Provide with the latest info; 16. Friend in war; 17. Giant Mel; 20. Cry to a horse that’s the opposite of “Giddyup!”; 22. Allow; 23. Place to get a facial; 27. Incorporate, as a picture in a blog; 31. Kermit, e.g.; 34. Up and about; 36. Announced; 38. Landon who lost to F.D.R. in 1936; 43. Suffix with plug; 44. Not feral; 45. 2000 comedy “Me, Myself & ___”; 49. Wall Street pessimist; 50. Arcade coin; 56. Josh; 58. Meadow; 59. Concerning; 65. Singer ___ King Cole; 66. Little of this and that; 67. Flat; 68. Big Australian bird; 69. Move text around; 71. Lo-___ screen. — DOWN: 1. Canine threat; 4. Wearing this is a PETA peeve; 5. Afterword; 6. Barely beaten; 7. Christine of “Chicago Hope”; 8. Hairy TV cousin; 9. Fishermen cast them; 10. Deli meat; 11. Football’s Manning; 12. Rice Krispies’ Snap, Crackle or Pop; 13. Change from brunette to blonde, say; 21. Heart parts; 25. Doughnuts, topologically speaking; 26. What you might R.S.V.P. to via a computer; 29. Funny DeGeneres; 30. Actor Willem; 33. Hubbub; 34. Of ___ (somewhat); 35. Canonized fifth-century pope; 36. SeaWorld whale; 37. Green machine?; 40. Sporty Pontiac of years past; 41. Competes (for); 42. Tehran native; 47. Tie again, as a necktie; 49. Yachtsman, e.g.; 52. Come in second; 54. Box on a bowling score sheet; 57. Dumb ox; 60. Mother of a fawn; 61. Superannuated; 62. Nintendo console with a remote; 63. Snaky fish; 64. “You there!”