Monday, February 28, 2011
Puzzle by Mike Buckley, edited by Will Shortz
GAGA, DADA, TATA, MAMA, YAYA, BABA, NANA and HAHA comprise the interrelated group of this Monday crossword, e.g., GAGA (1A. Out of one’s gourd), DADA (10A. Father, to a baby), TATA FOR NOW (18A. “Till next time!”), MAMA CASS ELLIOT (26A. “Heavyweight of 1960s folk/pop), YAYA SISTERHOOD (43A. Group in a hit 2002 film with “divine secrets”), BABA AU RHUM (56A. Liquor-soaked cake), NANA (63A. Grandmother, affectionately), 65A. “Funny strange or funny HAHA?”
Other — ANYPLACE (4D. Wherever you like), DO RE MI (10D. Start of the musical scale), ED AMES (46D. One of four singing brothers of the 1950s),ELATES (6D. Makes very, very happy), LAH DI DAH (39D. Highfalutin), NYMPHETS (20A. Nubile maidens), RATED A (5D. First-class), TEAR INTO (52A. Rip open), YAMAHA (44D. Kawasaki competitor).
Five-letter — ABACK, ABBEY, ALIVE, BALSA, ENEMY, GO APE, HEART, HEISS, JAILS, MALTA, OCULO, O HOLY, REFER, SLIMS, TANYA, TORSO.
Short stuff — ABLE, ANNA, ANTZ, ARCH, ARIZ, ATWT, AWAY, BRER, COB, DIOR, EBAN and EBON, EVA, FITS, GERM, GOWN, HOCK, IDED, JEST, LADY, LODE and LORE, LURE, MAAM, MET, NAPA, NORA, OLDS, ONIT, OPAH, OSHA, OWEN, REF, ROE, TECH, TERM, THAI, UGH, ZEAL, ZOOM.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 5. Send somewhere else; 14. Wilson “Starsky & Hutch,” 2004; 15. ___ and kicking; 16. Words after step or sleep; 17. Suspicious; 22. Valentine symbol; 23. Rich supply of ore; 24. When doubled, a Mazda catchphrase; 32. Taken ___ (surprised); 33. Gent’s partner; 34. What corn kernels attach to; 36. Up to the job; 37. Prisons; 39. What catnip is to a cat; 40. Citi Field player; 41. Four years, for a president; 42. Buoyant wood sometimes used in rafts; 47. Animated 1998 film set in Central Park; 48. Fingered, for short; 49. Lex Luthor, to Superman; 59. “Mares eat oats and ___ eat oats”; 60. Sashimi fish; 61. Flip out; 62. Bridge shape; 64. Five-time world champion figure skater Carol. — DOWN: 1. Wedding dress, e.g.; 2. Not at home; 3. It may be what ails you; 5. First-class; 6. Makes very, very happy; 7. Conniptions; 8. Actress Longoria; 9. Official in a striped shirt; 11. Fashion style-setter Wintour; 12. Fashion designer Christian; 13. No. on a periodic table; 19. “___ Night” (Christmas carol); 21. Take to a pawnshop; 24. Ardor; 25. Automaker Ransom Eli; 26. Sir’s counterpart; 27. Westminster ___; 28. Its coat of arms has a cross, but no falcon; 29. Successfully diets; 30. Eye: Prefix; 31. Neck-to-waist area; 35. Bit of wampum; 37. Pull one’s leg; 38. Phoenix’s home: Abbr.; 39. Highfalutin; 41. Country singer Tucker; 42. ___ Rabbit; 44. Kawasaki competitor; 45. Gridlocks; 49. Dark black; 50. California wine valley; 51. Nonmusical Abba; 52. Bangkok citizen; 53. Nick’s partner in “The Thin Man”; 54. Word after Georgia or Virginia in school names; 55. Job conditions agcy.; 57. “Blech!”; 58. ___ v. Wade.