10.17.11 — What Say?

Nympheas 1926 Claude Monet


Monday, October 17, 2011

Puzzle by Patrick Berry / Edited by Will Shortz

The sound of a plural K is replaced with a singular X in six entries of this kick-off-the-week Monday crossword — LAND MARX (20A. Catch Groucho while fishing?), SAD SAX (22A. Blues player’s instrument?), BLANK CHEX (29A. Cereal that doesn’t really taste like anything?), HYPER LYNX (42A. Wildcat that can’t sit still?), TIE TAX (51A. Levy paid by white-collar workers?) and TUMMY TUX (52A. Formal wear for one’s belly?).

Other — FLARES (48A. Burning emergency signals), LILY PAD (44D. Large leaf on which a frog may repose), MELEES (25A. Chaotic battles), RAN AMUCK (5D. Rampaged), REDDEST (9D. Most sunburned), SENDS IN (4D. Submits, as a manuscript), TENEMENT (37D. Slumlord‘s building), WHAT SAY (40D. “How about it?).


Short stuff — AGIN, ALAS, ALDA, AURA, AVON, BFF (29D. Teen girl‘s close chum, for short), DART, DATA, DDAY, DEAL, DIVA, DOPY, DUE, EEL, ELON, ERAT, EROS, FDR, IDES, IDYL, ITAL, MEEK, NENA (60A. “99 Luftballons“ singer), NUNS, PONE, RATS, RAVE, REAM, SAW, SEMI, STYX (12D. River of Hades), TATE, TEND, TEX, TILE, TOGA, UNIT, VSIX, WENT, XENA.

A note accompanies today’s crossword: All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Berry. Have your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, mail it to: crossword@nytimes.com. Twenty-five correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Oct. 23, will receive copies of “Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles: 101 of the Top Crosswords From The New York Times.” Only one entry per person, please. The answer and winners’ names will appear on Friday, Oct. 28, at http://www.nytimes.com/wordplay.


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.

Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Fateful day for Caesar; 5. All-night dance party; 9. Laboratory maze runners; 13. Scrabble draw; 14. Completely confused; 16. The “E” in Q.E.D.; 17. Stratford-upon-___; 18. Manicurists treat them; 19. Sluggish from sedatives; 24. 18-wheeler; 26. French farewell; 28. Falafel holders; 31. Period of duty; 35. 1930s-’40s prez; 36. Beyond repair; 38. Expected to arrive; 39. Islamic decree; 45. Dances to Hawaiian music; 47. Astronaut Armstrong and others; 50. New ___ (35-Across’s program); 56. Cupid, to the Greeks; 57. What an electric meter indicates; 59. Corn bread; 61. Fabric that’s glossy on one side; 62. Feudin’ with, say; 63. June 6, 1944; 64. Left the scene; 65. Numbers to be crunched. — DOWN: 1. Type used for emphasis: Abbr.; 2. Hard-to-please celeb; 3. North Carolina university; 6. Creator of the game Missile Command; 7. Engine type pioneered by the Buick Special; 8. Snakelike fish; 10. Got out of bed; 11. Spanish finger food; 15. Plus column entry; 21. Easily cowed; 23. “Regrettably …”; 25. Scramble; 26. Alan who played Hawkeye; 27. Object thrown in a pub; 30. Laugh track sounds; 32. Pastoral poem; 33. Convent residents; 34. Common cowboy nickname; 41. Otherworldly glow; 43. 500 sheets of paper; 46. Upscale marque owned by Toyota; 48. Dismissed from “The Apprentice”; 49. Helmsley known as the Queen of Mean; 50. Began eating; 51. Look after, as a bar; 52. London art gallery; 53. “Animal House” party costume; 54. Peck, pint or pound; 55. Leather-wearing TV princess; 58. Lumberjack’s tool.

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