05.17.12 — Divorce, Respect and Trouble



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Puzzle by Joe Krozel / Edited by Will Shortz

Three "clueless" entries DIVORCE, RESPECT and TROUBLE, clued by the preceding clues of the entries I INSIST (20A. Response to a polite refusal / [next line] It’s spelled out in a Tammy Wynette hit), ONE BASE (31A. What a walk in the ballpark will get you / [next line] It’s spelled out in an Aretha Franklin hit) and ERNEST (42A. Young partner / [next line] It’s spelled out in a Travis Tritt hit) constitute the interrelated group of this strange Thursday crossword.

Other — ARTUROS, ASSIST ON, ATONERS, BELIEFS, CARAVEL (5A. NiƱa or Pinta), EGO SURFS, ENTWIST, ESO BESO, E STEET, EXECUTE, GENESIS, GONE APE, HOTNESS, LION CUB, MERIDEN, MINICAM, NEW MATH, NO-TELL motel, O’TOOLES, SIR DUKE, SPEAKER, ST ELMO’S, TALIBAN, TEL-STAR, TRAVAIL, TWO IRON, UGANDAN, USED CAR, WRITE ME.

Remains — AMES, “There‘s A POT of gold …”, “ART I, Steady AS SHE goes”, Te DEUM, EXPO, ETES, GO PRO, HEELS, IASI, I CAN, ITOS, LSTS, MESH, NEST, RACER, RESHOE, RISE, SETTS, SLEETS SORE and SORTA.

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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.


Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Cheap wheels, perhaps; 8. Afghan power; 15. Wigged out; 18. Going-away request; 17. Jazz trumpeter Sandoval and others; 18. Peter and Annette of film; 19. 1960s teaching focus; 24. Looks for oneself, in a way, 32. First satellite to transmit a phone call through space, 1962; 38. Cold showers; 40. Help board a plane, say; 43. Connecticut city on the Quinnipiac River; 47. Hard work; 51. Pull off; 52. It’s not for big shots; 53. Electrical device that may blow; 54. Paul Anka hit with a rhyming title; 55. Salsa quality; 56. Beginning. — DOWN: 1. Like part of Lake Victoria; 2. Not losing well; 3. Interweave; 7. Do some farrier’s work on; 8. Club not seen much nowadays; 9. Class for budding painters; 10. Den member; 11. Midori and Lance; 12. Creed; 13. ___ Straw Poll; 14. Get a home in order; 22. A bit, informally; 23. Gown go-with; 25. Enter the draft, maybe; 26. Matches; 27. Hot Wheels product; 28. Small paving stones; 30. Military transports: Abbr.; 33. It runs by the White House; 34. Mr. Ellington in a 1977 song; 35. Sorry bunch?; 37. Asian land where French is widely spoken; 38. Makes a 43-Down of; 39. Fire starter?; 41. Nog flavorer;43. Netting; 44. Big show; 45. Confident cry; ; 46. Nantes seasons; 48. “All ___!” (court cry); 49. General feeling; 50. Former capital of Romania.

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