Johnny Storm, The Human Torch
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Puzzle by Jeff Chen / Edited by Will Shortz
AROUND (46A. Word needed to be added to 12 appropriately placed answers in this puzzle for their clues to make sense), along with twelve answers around the perimeter of the crossword constitute the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword.
Clockwise, the twelve — SHOOT (1A. Pass quickly, as on a highway); ROOT (6A. Rummage); JERK (10A. Treat badly); KNOCK (13D. Wander aimlessly); FOOL (39D. Not be serious); POKE (61D. Search here and there); HORSE (71A. Act rowdily); MESS (70A. Waste time); KICK (69A. Bandy, as ideas); STICK (49D. Linger); COME (27D. Change one’s opinion); SHOP (1D. Get many price quotes).
Other — ANGELIC (22A. Perfectly behaved), BREEDER, CORNIER, ENSURE, KEEPS TO, KINGPINS (42D. Group leaders), MEGABIT, ORNATE, OTTAWA, PHYSICS (20A. Subject with force), PROPS UP, RAP SHEET (6D. List of criminals?), REHABS, RELIEF, TELLS ON (55A. Gives away, in a way).
Five-letter — BRASS, EXILE, GO SEE, HINDU, JOKER, “Vive LE ROI!”, NO-HOW, OGLER, OLMEC (51D. Ancient Mexican), ORECK, PLANK, RELIC, ROGET, SLOPS, Johnny Storm a k a the Human TORCH, TURIN (5D Famous cloth locale).
Short stuff — AUTH, COEN, COKE, DIE, DUO, ESAU, ETON, ET TU, HIGH, “IRMA la Douce“, ISAO, KEGS, KILO, LPNS, NATO, NEO, NOS, ODES, OHO, ONLY, OWEN and OWES, OUI, OXEN, PERO, PITA bread, RANI, SOUL, STAR, THAN, URNS.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 14. Karma believer; 15. Title believer: Abbr.; 16. Team members; 17. Many a nude beach visitor; 19. Narc’s find, perhaps; 24. Not under any circumstances; 26. Big name in vacuums; 27. Furnace fuel; 31. Heals, in a way; 33. Has a tab; 34. The One, in “The Matrix”; 35. Kind o f pitcher; 40. Storage unit; 40. Storage unit; 42. Maintains, as an itinerary; 43. Double-check, e.g.; 44. One of two in Monopoly; 45. Port. Is part of it; 48. Music genre; 49. Spills; 53. Synonym source; 57. Braces; 63. 14-Across V.I.P.; 65. Back in; 66. “The Big Lebowski” director; 67. George Orwell’s alma mater; 68. Part of many a generator. — DOWN: 2. Drugged out; 3. One’s partner; 4. Works of Horace; 7. Magazine once published by Playboy; 8. Senator’s home; 9. Comparison connector; 10. Wild card; 11. Banish; 12. Vestige; 21. Less sophisticated, in a way; 23. “Check it out!”; 25. Exclamation of surprise; 28. Meany of story; 29. Items sometimes tossed in strongman contests; 30. Biblical twin; 32. Rancher, typically; 36. Hosp. employees; 37. Golfer Aoki; 38. Cry of shocked hurt; 41. Military leaders; 42. Group leaders; 44. The Smothers Brothers, e.g.; 47. Showy; 52. Party principle; 56. City near Provo; 58. But, in Bolivia; 59. Standout; 60. Still-life subjects; 64. Digits, e.g.: Abbr.