Thursday, December 29, 2011
PIZZAZZ in circled letters, along with NAME THE ONE / SEVEN-LETTER WORD / IN ENGLISH THAT CANNOT BE PUT DOWN IN SCRABBLE (17-Across. Start of a brainteaser whose answer appears in order, from top to bottom, in this puzzle’s circled squares) constitutes the interrelated group of this fun instruction-as-answer Thursday crossword.
Other — ANTILOG (14D. 10,000, for 4, in base 10, e.g.), EL MONTE (19A. City in the San Gabriel Valley), ETAILER (23D. Online merchant), HAUNTED (36D. Like a house that’s of interest to ghosts hunters), HEAD / TO TOE (15A. With 37-Down, complete), ITEMIZE (52A. Inventory).
Mid-size — ABOVE, ALOHA, ASIMOV (3D. “The End of Eternity“ author), BUSBOY, DEMOS, ENGELS, I HEART (6D. Start of many a bumper sticker), LEO VII, NINON, NO EXIT, N TESTS, OXIDES, Peppermint PATTIE, TO DATE, TOYED, VALLEE (2D. Rudy with a megaphone), WIZARD.
Short stuff — ADZ, ALAE, ARIZ, ATIP, A TO Z (21A. Complete), Sea of AZOV, BRIT, BYE, CHEZ, Street CRED, DDE, DOUR, EAN, ENL, ERIE, ERN, EVA, EYES, GLIB, HOER, IDA, ILES, I NA sense, IPAD, LIAO, NANA and NASA, NEAT, NEZ, ODAS, ODOR, OONA, REO, SAO Tomé, SCI, SCTV, SDS, SERT, SIP, SODS, SPAR, TBA, TOM, TORA, WAH.
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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Wagner heroine; 4. Eagerly expectant; 12. Opportunity maker?; 14. Hello and farewell; 16. Facile; 22. John XI’s successor; 23. War of a 1812 battle site; 24. Schedule abbr.; 27. Part two of the brainteaser; 30. One of the Chaplins; 31. Home state of the 1964 and 2008 Rep. presidential candidates; 32 Part three of the brainteaser; 38. Debate (with); 39. 10th- to 12th-century Chinese dynasty; 40. Part four of the brainteaser; 48. Muckraker Tarbell; 49. Harsh; 50. 1944 Sartre play; 51. Lays the groundwork for?; 53. End of the brainteaser; 57. Harem rooms; 58. Nifty; 59. Trifled (with); 60. Spanish muralist; 61. Russia/Ukraine’s Sea of ___; 62. They can be batted and rolled; 63. ‘60s radical grp. — DOWN: 1. Communist Friedrich; 4. Zoological wings; 5. Certain cat; 8. At the home of; 9. Old bus maker; 10. Suffix with Euclid; 11. W.W. II gen.; 13. Greater than; 18. Person who’s groundbreaking?; 20. Curtain fabric; 24. When tripled, a 1970 war movie; 25. One who may say “I say” a lot; 26. Woodworker’s tool; 28. Blowup: Abbr.; 29. Cry from a crib; 32. Popular tablet; 33. Zola best seller; 34. Coastal flier; 35. Half a strawful, say; 38. Subj. of three of the six Nobel Prizes; 41. Aerosol target; 42. As yet; 43. Restaurant gofer; 44. “How to” explanations; 45. Rust and quartz; 46. Person with a conical hat, maybe; 47. Bikini explosions; 51. Onetime show for John Candy; 52. Composition of Polynésie; 54. Part of a French face; 56. “g2g” follower.