Saturday, August 6, 2011
Puzzle by Joe Krozel / Edited by Will Shortz
WHEN PIGS FLY and THE SWINE FLU (18D. Never; 37A. 21st-century epidemic concern) steal the show in this swell upbeat Saturday crossword smartly supported by four 15-letter entries: DOES A DOUBLE TAKE (12D. Registers surprise, say), HIT BELOW THE BELT (17A. Acted unfairly), I CAN’T SAY AS I HAVE (61A. “Not to my recollection”) and PETER COTTONTAIL (3D. Easter character).
Plenty of seven-letter answers — AL ROKER, ANATOLE, ASPIRES, AT HEART, CAMPERS, CITADEL, DECEITS, EAT OVER, ELLISON, I GOTCHA, LET’S SEE, SAL SODA, SHIPPER, THE DEEP, THINKER, TWOFERS.
Fives and sixes — AFFIRM, AS ONE, AT BAR, CONGER, DITSY (40A. Fibbertigibbety), EPEES (19A. Aluminum foil alternatives?), ERASED, FIT OF rage, GAG LAW, GUNNS, IN-HOME, ISAAC, MORASS, RECESS and REESES, SPOON.
Short stuff — “ALL’S well“, APR, AS IS, AWOL, CATS, DOE (31A. It might go for big bucks), EDGE, EEL, EGO and ETO, EINE, ETHS, ET TU, EYRE, FIEF, “I’D BE delighted!”, IHOP, ISTS, LARA, NOEL, OENO, O GOD, OH SO, OLAF, RELS, SLA and SLAG, TAE and TAPE, TKO, TROT.
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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Wants, with “to”; 8. It may be held in battle; 15. 1977 Jacqueline Bisset movie; 16. Literary critic Broyard; 20. Quite; 21. Liability-limiting words; 22. Natl. Humor Month; 23. One in Germany; 25. Slough; 27. One may be called in court; 29. Holiday time; 32. Equestrian’s command; 33. Bit of evidence in court; 35. Concertedly; 42. Hymn words before beyond all praising”; 43. Get hush money from, for instance; 45. It’s “not master in its own house,” said Freud; 47. Family: Abbr.; 49. Stop-press order?; 51. Kind of 6-Down; 53. Lord’s domain; 55. It once stretched from France to Russia: Abbr.; 56. Shakespearean words following “Speak, hands, for me!”. — DOWN: 1. Deep down; 2. U.P.S. customer; 5. Candy brand; 6. One that swims with a current?; 7. Cuddle, in a way; 8. Broadway smash whose poster image consisted of just two eyes; 9. Like some nursing; 10. ___ Bo; 11. Being tried; 13. National Book Award-winning novelist named after Emerson; 14. “Hmmm …”; 24. Motor add-ons?; 26. Patron saint of carvers; 28. Biblical endings; 30. Prefix with -phile; 34. Bad way to go; 36. Refuse at a mill; 38. Name abandoned for Rochester; 39. Skirt; 40. Ruses; 41. “Understood”; 44. Dine at another’s house; 45. Some deals; 48. Took out; 50. Maintain; 52. TV detective Peter and others; 54. One spared in a sacrifice; 58. Superman’s mother; 60. Blue-roofed chain; 62. It’s declared after the last hit, for short; 63. Grp. In 1974 news.