Illustration by Gustave Doré for Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
Monday, August 8, 2011
Puzzle by Ian Livengood / Edited by Will Shortz
HIGH / SEAS (1A. With 69-Across, where to find the ends of 17-, 22-, 32-, 43-, 54- and 61-Across), COTTON SWAB (17A. Q-tip, e.g.), BIG HAND (22A. It points to the minutes), RUNNING MATE (32A. Presidential candidate’s #2), CRACKERJACK (43A. Excellent, slangily), PINETAR (54A. Sticky stuff on a baseball bat) and KOSHER SALT (61A. Condiment that’s O.K. for observant Jews) constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword. Loved it!
Other — FISHES (10D. Uses a rod and reel), GET TO KNOW (3D. Become friendly with), LOVED IT (24D. Terse four-star review), PIT CREW (50D. Tire-changing group at a Nascar race), PLANE FARE (36D. Airline ticket cost), PRESTO (45D. Magician’s cry), TIMECOP (26D. 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme sci-fi film).
Five-letter — ASSAM, ESSAI, I-BEAM, ICHAT, ID TAG, IDÉES, INERT, IN OIL, LEGOS, LENDS, LLANO, MANED, MENSA, NEWTS, ONION, OTERI, PHOTO, PIXIE, RICER, SPARK, SPORE, TEEMS, WILLA (53D. Cather who wrote “O Pioneers!”).
Short stuff — AJAR, AKIN, ALAN, AMBI, ARLO, AVON, CEE, CHET, DARK, ETTE, FIG, FILL-in-the-blank, GLEE, GNAT, GTOS, HAT, HOCK, IAN, IDLE, INK, JAW, KENO, KER, KIT, NIRO, NSW, ONE A, PSI, RAJ, RIOT, ROBE, SAAB, SAC and SAS, SEW, STAN, TEA, UVA, VENN diagram.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 5. Organization for the supersmart; 14. Most eligible for military service; 15. State in NE India; 16. Not working; 19. Hall-of-Famer Musial; 20. Whole ___ and caboodle; 21. Tetley product; 27. Danish toy blocks; 28. Prefix with plunk or plop; 29. French notions; 36. Letter after chi; 39. The Bard of ___ (Shakespeare); 40. Lifeless; 41. Arkin of Hollywood; 42. Part of the head that moves when you talk; 43. Excellent, slangily; 45. Snapshot; 46. 007 creator Fleming; 47. Reproductive part o f a fungus; 57. Middling grade; 58. ___ Newton (Nabisco treat); 60. W.W. II foe, with “the”; 64. Hysterically funny sort; 65. Letter-shaped construction piece; 66. Folkie Guthrie; 67. Casino game with numbers; 68. Slender amphibians. — DOWN: 1. Sell at a pawnshop; 2. How French fries are fried; 3. Become friendly with; 4. Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the ___”; 5. Like a lion or horse; 6. Piece of French writing; 7. Australian state whose capital is Sydney: Abbr.; 8. Volvo rival; 9. Prefix with dextrous; 11. Item on a dog collar; 12. Grassy plain of the Southwest; 13. Gives for a time; 18. Onetime “S.N.L.” regular Cheri; 23. Great happiness; 25. ___ diagram (logic tool); 30. Unlit; 31. Suffix with Rock; 32. British rule in colonial India; 33. The Cavaliers of the A.C.C.; 34. Actor Robert De ___; 35. Pesky insect; 36. Airline ticket cost; 37. Holder of a squid’s 38-Down; 38. It’s held in a squid’s 37-Down; 41. Slightly open; 43. Guitarist Atkins; 44. Kitchen gadget for processing potatoes; 45. Magician’s cry; 47. Start of a fire; 48. Mischievous fairy; 49. Weekly satirical paper, with “The”; 51. Instant-messaging program for Macs; 52. Swarms (with); 54. Similar (to); 56. Judge’s attire; 59. Old Pontiac muscle cars; 62. Make clothes; 63. Carrier to Oslo.