Tuesday, December 20, 2011
SPLIT PEA (36D. Kind of soup … or a hint to the answers to the five starred clues), HOPE AGAINST HOPE (20A. *Wish desperately), SLEEP EASY (28A. *Be worry-free), ROPE-A-DOPE (43A *Muhammad Ali ring tactic), LANDSCAPE ARTIST (53A. *John Constable or Camille Pissarro) and LOP-EARED (4D. *Like some bunnies and puppies) constitute the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword. TYPE A’S (22D. “Go, go, go” sorts), sans star, is/are excluded.
Other — EXCERPT (30A. Sample passage), HOSANNA (41D. Christian word of exultation), MYSPACE (42A. Facebook competitor), PIONEER (8D. Davy Crockett, e.g.).
Mid-size — ADAPTS, ALIAS, AREOLA, ASSURER, ATE OUT, CASAS, CORONA, ELDEST, GO GIRL, HOWL AT, MCPHEE (10D. Writer John who won a Pulitzer for “Annais of the Former World“), NASCAR, NO IDEA, ON AUTO, ONE LB, PAPAYA, PENNER, ROLL UP, SANCTI, SEEP IN, SHADES, SUPPLE, TAMELY, TANGS, TRUTH, YENTL.
Short stuff — ACE, ALPS, ANY, AUST, BAA, CAY, CODA, CRAB, EENY, GOP and GPA, HASH, HRH, ICI, IPOD, “Clair de LUNE“, LYES, MCAT, MENE (42D. Word on a biblical wall), OIL, OREO, OXO, PARD, PORT, PRAM, REE and RES, RNA, SEN, SLUE, SOIR, TETS, UTES, WEEP.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Serenade, as the moon; 7. 4.0 is a good one; 10. Exam for a future dr.; 14. Colored part of the iris; 15. Contents of some wells; 16. Final measures?; 17. Enter via osmosis; 18. Dems’ foe; 19. Baby buggy, to Brits; 23. Guarantee; 24. 1983 Barbra Streisand musical drama; 25. Evening for Yves; 30. Sample passage; 33. “Riddle-me-___”; 34. “You got me there”; 35. Org with the Sprint Cup Series; 40. Letters for a prince or princess; 48. Caustic cleansers; 49. .454 kg.; 50. Holy, in Latin phrases; 59. Cell messenger; 60. Like an acrobat’s limbs; 61. Indians who gave their name to a state; 62. Whichever; 63. Had dinner at a restaurant; 64. Left at sea; 65. Ovine call; 66. Wear on a sunny day. — DOWN: 1. Dinner from previous dinners; 2. Modern ice cream flavor; 3. Partner of “read ‘em”; 5. Not the real name; 6. Zesty flavors; 7. “You can do it!”; 9. Terrain of northern italy; 11. Popular Mexican beer; 12. Conforms as needed; 13. Without excitement; 21. Down Under land: Abbr.; 25. D.C. legislator; 26. Kitchen gadget brand; 27. Here, to Hugo; 29. Start of a playground rhyme; 31. Fixes up, as an old house; 32. Fellow cowboy; 37. Many an island in the Bahamas; 38. Good card in blackjack; 39. ___ ipsa loquitur; 43. Furl; 44. Acting without thinking; 45. Writer; 46. First in line to the throne; 47. Tropical fruit; 51. Homes, to José; 52. “The ___ is out there” (catchphrase on “The X-Files”), 54. Shore dinner staple; 55. Destination for many a music download; 56. Turn on a pivot; 57. Holidays in Hanoi.