Woman and Grazing Cow, 1858, Jean-François Millet
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Puzzle by Eshan Mitra / Edited by Will Shortz
Standard phrases morphed into second-word sound-alike phrases, e.g., SET THE PAYS (17A. What company bosses do for employees?), AMAZING GRAZE (23A. Best meal of a cow‘s life?), IN THE RIGHT PLAYS (37A. Having a successful theater career?), MILITARY BAYS (45A. Guantánamo and others) and POKER PHASE (57A. The second round of betting, for one?) constitute the interrelated group of this pleasant Wednesday crossword.
Other — GO TO / JAIL (33A. With 56-Across, a Monopoly order), INHUMAN (5D. Barbaric), MAMMAL (26A. Fox or ox), PREY UPON (39D. Hunt for, as game) and SENSES (44A. Has a hunch).
Five-letter — AMAHL, AMASS, ASAHI, ASIAN-American, BREWS, GLENS, GOMEZ, IMAGE, ISLES, JAFAR, LAIRD, MAJOR, MITER, NEEDS, NIGHT, ONION, OOZED, OPERA, PARED, RABBI, RETRO, SPACE, TOPAZ, YUKON.
Short stuff — ANEW, APOP, ASNO, AVOW, AWE, BEDS, BITE, BOT, CANS, ETAL and ETAT, GRIT, HAZE, HOE, HUB, IRA, “IT’S party time!”, IZE, JOGS, KOS, MAGI, MAIN, MITE, NOEL, OATS, OGRO, OSLO and OSOS, OVA, PAC-Man, PGA, REDS, REZA, ROSA, SLY, TASK, TYRE, URDU, USED, UTAH.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Townsman in “Fiddler on the Roof”; 5. Agenda item; 10. Does laps, maybe; 14. Quarter Pounder topper; 15. City founded by King Harald III; 16. Per; 19. What comes as a relief?: Abbr.; 20. Wonder; 21. Hexagonal state; 22. Trimmed; 29. Flatow of NPR; 31. Star followers; 40. Christmas; 41. Virginie, par exemple; 42. Like the décor in ‘50s-themed diners; 43. Suffix with personal; 44. Has a hunch; 51. Build up; 52. Hindi relative; 53. Center of a Trivial Pursuit board; 60. Common enemy in Dungeons & Dragons; 61. Declare; 62. Went like molasses; 63. Great American Ball Park team; 64. Pink-slips; 65. Requires. — DOWN: 1. Parks in Alabama; 2. Once more; 3. Fisher’s wish; 4. Autonomous computer program; 6. Birthstone for most Scorpios; 7 Japanese beer brand; 8. Tricky; 9. Stats in Street Fighter; 10. “Aladdin” villain; 11. Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus,” for one; 12. Mr. Addams of “The Addams Family”; 13. Garden tool; 18. Citation abbreviation; 22. Green org.?; 23. Menotti title character; 24. Comment to one who’s retiring, informally; 25. Sandpaper surface; 26. Alternative name for 1st Street, often; 27. ___ other (uniquely); 28. Itty-bitty biter; 31. Kind of saw; 32. ___ Khan; 33. Steams often run through them; 34. Cereal staple; 35. Phoenician port; 36. Bears, in Bolivia; 38. Iran’s ___ Shah Pahlavi; 44. Baghdad’s ___ City; 45. Big-time; 46. JPEG, e.g.; 47. Scottish landowner; 48. Kauai and others; 49. Home to nearly 600 miles of the Alaska Highway; 50. Makes, as beer; 53. Smog; 54. Not mint; 55. Some are kings and queens; 58. Czech surname suffix; 59. Garden tool.