Saturday, November 5, 2011
Six 15-letter answers are the main feature of this torturous Saturday crossword:
- BALTIMORE ORIOLE (14A. Relative of a bobolink)
- ON FAMILIAR TERMS (17A. Friendly)
- ANOTHER FINE MESS (55A. 1930 Laurel and Hardy film)
- SECURITY DEPOSIT (58A. What a lessee often gets back less of)
- ALFRED HITCHCOCK (3D. Creator of much suspense)
- NORTH VIETNAMESE (11D. 1960s-’70s foe)
Other — GOLD CARD (6D. Visa offering), GRILLED / CORN (35A. With 39-Across, street fair fare), LATORTUE (36D. 2004-06 Haitian P.M.), NIELSENS (10D. TV producer’s concern), RAMSES I (37A. 19th dynasty’s founder), ROADSIDE (37D. Shoulder holder).
Mid-size — ANAIS, ANGELA, ANNES, ANOINT, ARTOO, ATHOL, BEATEN, CLAMOR, CORNET, CREPE, DELAY, EENSIE, EL NINO (33D. Current event around Christmas?), ENTAIL, EXERTS, FAINT, FIELD, ITALIC, LEHRS, O’SHEA, POKES, SIMON, SLEPT, TEARY, TRESS, T-BOLT, WARLORD (18A. Minor despot).
Short stuff — ABOW, ACDC, AIRS, ALI (32D. KO connection maker) and ARI, ANE,ASP, CLE and CHE, EIN, ELM, EVEN, FYI, GAB, ISIS, LECT, LMN (34D. KO connection?), MIR, NANA, NEO, NOH, ORB, PEI, SES, SIE, SLA, SSTS, TIN (40A. Composition of some stars), XED.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. First name in eroticism; 6. Confab; 9. Queen ___ (Maryland county); 19. It has a crosspiece for a head; 20. One in a Biergarten?; 21. Title role for Omar Sharif or Benicio Del Toro; 23. “Ulysses” star, 1967; 26. Like some outlets; 28. One is often said to be dead; 30. Not notched; 31. Plays with masks; 32. Gets out in the open; 38. Take; 41. Symposium offering: Abbr.; 42. Commuter’s annoyance; 44. Popular tech news site; 45. Massachusetts town near the New Hampshire border; 47. Like some survey boxes; 48. 1970s radical grp.; 49. Frittata alternative; 51. Options for building torpedoes; 59. Gives a “Yoo-hoo!” on Facebook; 60. Vous, over the Rhine; 61. Part of a beehive. — DOWN: 1. “Take ___” (1994 Madonna hit); 2. Family nickname; 4. Biased, in a way; 5. Kinsman of Jesus; 7. Man’s name that spells another man’s name backward; 8. Like losers; 9. Half of a sci-fi name; 12. Wahoo, for one; 13. 22-Down, in Dijon; 15. It was last inhabited in 2000; 16. 15-Down went around one; 22. Matching pair designation; 24. Wee: Var.; 25. Apply chrism to; 26. Tony’s boss on “Who’s the Boss?”; 27. Armstrong blew it; 28. Specialty; 29. Obviously not happy; 39. French key; 43. Wields; 44. Hullabaloo; 46. Glassware ovens; 48. Was quiescent; 50. Bank of China Tower designer; 52. The 4th of November?; 53. Sister of Nephthys; 54. Former high fliers; 55. Possible cause of paralysis; 56. Liberal leader?; 57. Memo opener.