Friday, November 25, 2011
Six 15-letter answers constitute the main feature of this scrappy Friday crossword:
TAILGATE PARTIES (16A. Lots of stadiums have them)
SARASOTA FLORIDA (29A. Baltimore Orioles’ spring training site)
USED CAR SALESMAN (38A. His inventory has gone many miles)
PENTATONIC SCALE (39A. “Amazing Grace” melody basis)
STARS IN ONES EYES (40A. Naïve optimism)
GO HEAD OVER HEELS (57A. Get smitten hard)
Other — AVON LADIES (62A. Workers associated with ding-dongs), BAR SCENE (25D. Backdrop for many singles matches?), DEAD TREE (22D. Hard-copy), CALL CENTERS (24D. Where “operators are standing by”), GLASS CASE (17D. Bell jar relative), GOES SOUTH (28D. Declines), NEWS BREAK (64A. Reason to “interrupt this program”), TAKES NOTE (5A. Observes, with “of”), WATER LEVEL (15A. It might tax a levee), WAXY COATING (15D. Cerecloth feature).
Five-letter — ABOVE, ATE IN, ELSES, ERODE, GRIND, KEPIS, LXII, NO HOW, NOVIA, OVINE, PAGAN, ROGET, SUE ME, TEENS.
Short stuff — ABO, AFTS, AGA, ALGA, ALB and ALL, AMOS, ANES, At A SET time, AS NO other, BESS, DALE, DAR and EAR, D-DAY, EEN, ENS (58D. Napkin edges?), ERA, ESC, FAIN, FURL, GEEK, GEN, I MAY, “That IS SO you!”, LUAU, NET, NON, NNE, NSC, PANE, PLOP, RENA, REPO, SLR, SUN, SUPS, TATI, TRON, TUES, UPI.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Mussel morsel; 14. Roll up; 18. Something soaked up; 19. Super Bowl of 2029; 20. Hoboken-to-Fort Lee dir.; 21. When to bein an operation; 23. Grp. Advising the president; 25. 1940s-’50sw White House name; 26. Way out: Abbr.; 27. Topkapi title; 41. Time of day, briefly; 42. Start to stick?; 43. 17-Down part; 45. Campaign manager: Abbr.; 51. Blood-typing syst.; 52. Subject of the 2007 biography subtitled “The Man Who Became a Book”; 54. Old wiring org.; 63. “Chicago” husband ___ Hart; 65. It happens by default. — DOWN: 1. Times of day, briefly; 2. Island do; 3. Tedious work; 4. See 44-Down; 5. Star of “Mon Oncle”; 6. Didn’t take out?; 7. French military wear; 8. Tudor ___; 9. Canonflex, e.g.; 10. Take in; 11. Like a wool supplier; 12. Period of rapid growth; 13. No one ___ business; 29. Takes evening courses?; 30. At ___ time (prearranged); 31. Sofer of soaps; 32. Beta follower; 33. ___ other (uniquely); 34. Gladly, old-style; 35. Wishy-washy response; 36. Land in a depression; 37. Hydrocarbon endings; 43. Like some rites; 44. With 4-Down, first and foremost; 45. “Ain’t gonna happen!”; 47. Opposite of build up; 48. Girlfriend, in Granada; 50. Dismissive retort; 53. Circus performer; 55. Sound associated with ripples; 59. Adriatic repub.; 60. “God, home and country” org.; 61. Place to put a plug.