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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
GARDEN VARIETY (55A. Ordinary … or what the beginning of the answer to each starred clue is?), ROCK THE CASBAH (20A. *1982 hit by the Clash), ROSE BOWL (*1994 World Cup final site), TEA LEAF (37A. *Fortuneteller’s bit) and BEER PONG (45A. *Popular drinking game) constitute the interrelated group of this lively Wednesday crossword, e.g., rock garden, rose garden, tea garden and beer garden.
Other — ADORABLE (38D. Eliciting an “aww,” maybe), AREA RUG (51A. Trapdoor concealer), CARAMBA (10D. South-of-the-border cry), COME AGAIN (32D. “Huh?”), EMPEROR / NERO (23A. 64-Across, for one; 64A. Colossal statue outside ancient Rome’s Colosseum), HIGH TONED (11D. Pretentious), ORLANDO (42D. Florida getaway locale), SAWHORSE (5D. Carpenter’s aid).
Mid-size — ACHED, AIMEE, AMEBAE, Taken for A RIDE, ASKEW, AVRIL, ERGOT (19A. Grain disease), FOYER, GYROS, HONDO, I AM TOO, IDIOM, MAINE, NAACP, OLOGY, OWNER, PERKED, RELOG, REYES, “SACRE bleu!”, SAID NO, SEALED, SMOKEY, STABS, SWANK, SYNOD, TREAT, USHER, UTERO.
Short stuff— ADAM, AMMO and ANNO, ANIL, ASHE, BARB, CHIC, CIAO, DET, DRY, DYER, EBAY, EEG, ENO, HERA (8D. Goddess whose name is an anagram of her mother’s), KAHN, NANA, ODD, OSOS, OWEN, OYS, SAC and SAS and SIS and SINS, SUCH, TIO, WHIR, WRY, YALE, “YER durn tootin‘!”.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Some confessions; 5. Quite; 9. Yearned (for); 14. Economist Smith; 15. Arthur who often raised a racket; 16. Home to Bates College; 17. “Later”; 18. Fan sound; 24. “You are not!” retort; 30. Cul-de-___; 35. Part of A.D.; 36. Spanish uncle; 40. M.D.’s reading; 41. Stuff to be loaded; 43. 1953 John Wayne film; 44. Teetotaling; 48. Sounds of woe; 50. Shut up; 58. Ritzy; 60. Cutting put-down; 61. Salon employee; 63. Blue shade; 65. Church council; 66. Big name in locks; 67. Bogotá bears. — DOWN: 2. Cut to the chase, say; 3. Org. co-founded by W.E.B. Du Bois; 4. Bear with a hat; 6. Program distributor; 7. All the rage; 9. Single-celled creatures; 12. Record producer Brian; 13. Ford Field team, on scoreboards; 21. Pick up the tab; 22. Family nickname; 25. One of the capitalist class; 26. Science; 28. Register anew; 29. ___ Glendower, last Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales; 30. Attempts; 31. Singer Mann; 34. France’s Dominique Strauss-___; 39. Room with a closet, often; 46. Sat (up); 47. Roulette bet; 49. Declined; 51. Singer Lavigne; 52. Spanish kings; 53. In ___ (unborn); 54. Sidewalk vendors’ offerings; 56. Parent company of Shopping.com; 57. Grandma; 58. An original member of the Star Alliance; 59. Twisted.