05.27.12 — State Quarters

Obverse of redesigned proof quarter.

The 50 State Quarters were released by the United States Mint every ten weeks, or five each year. They were released in the same order that the states ratified the Constitution. Each quarter's reverse commemorated one of the 50 states with a design emblematic of its unique history, traditions and symbols. Certain design elements, such as state flags, images of living persons, and head-and-shoulder images of deceased persons were prohibited. ~ Wikipedia


Sunday, May 27, 2012

STATE QUARTERS, Puzzle by Byron Walden
Edited by Will Shortz

Twelve state names, each crammed into four squares (quarters) and clued as the images utilized in the U. S. Mint series on commemorative quarters for those twelve states constitutes the interrelated group of this stupefyingly sluggish solve of a Sunday crossword:

DE LA WA RE (10A. *Patriot Caesar Rodney on horseback)
MI CH IG AN (19A. *The Great Lakes)
OK LA HO MA (27A. *Scissor-tailed flycatcher with wildflowers)
NE BR AS KA (59A. *Covered wagon next to Chimney Rock)
AR KA NS AS (66A. *Rice stalks, a diamond and a mallard)
MA RY LA ND ((100A. *Statehouse dome)
KE NT UC KY (112A. *Racehorse in front of the Federal Hill Mansion)
IL LI NO IS (109A. *Abraham Lincoln)
CO LO RA DO (39D. *Rocky Mountains)
PEN NSY LVA NIA (46D. *”Commonwealth” statue and a keystone)
NEW HAM PSH IRE (69D. *Old Man of the Mountain rock formation)
MI SS OU RI (75D. *Lewis and Clark and the Gateway Arch)

Other — ABLE SEAMEN (26D. Salts), AIR-RAID S[IRE]NS (82A. Civil defense devices), [AS] DRY AS A BONE (61D. Severely parched), GEORGES DE LATOUR (101A. French Baroque artist who painted “The Fortune Teller”), LAUGHING FALCONS (24A. Snake predators named for their calls), NURSE[RY] MEN (76D. Greenhouse workers), RADAR RANGE (57D. Area that’s frequently swept?), RI[PEN]ESS IS ALL (44A. Much-quoted line from Edgar in “King Lear”), SHA[H O]F IRAN (3D. Noted exile of 1979), SNORKEL PAR[KA] (16D. Military jacket with a furry hood).



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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Entourage, in slang; 6. Hide pokers; 14. Person running the show; 18. “___ Majesty’s Secret Service”; 20. Parallel, e.g.; 21. “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” musical; 23. Some dabblers; 28. D-backs, e.g.; 29. P.R. problem; 30. Beach lotion abbr.; 31. Ones getting away; 34. Battery type; 37. Zales rival; 38. Reduce to a symbol; 40. Hosiery shade; 41. Irons, in Paris; 42. “The Goodbye Kiss” author Massimo; 48. Royal title that means “great house”; 49. Common sweetener; 50. Go by; 53. Lacking rhyme or reason; 54. Versatile delivery vehicles; 55. Outlets in a chemistry lab; 56. Island province of the Roman Empire; 58. Nonauthoritarian; 63. Concerning; 64. United in purpose; 67. Old comic book cowboy; 69. Eager reporters; 71. Venture to postulate; 72. Nassau residents; 74. “Lose Yourself” rapper; 79. The Perfesser’s nephew in the comic strip “Shoe”; 80. Party hat?; 81. Beauty contest since 1952; 84. Help in a bind; 85. Simpson girl; 87. Author Jorge; 88. Sui ___; 89. With 95-Down, “The Royal Family of Broadway” star, 1930; 90. Postcard in a barrel, perhaps; 91. Expose; 94. Old French coin; 97. Tennis’s Stefan; 99. Result of failing banks?; 106. “Get Smart” robot; 107. Film composer Morricone; 108. 110-Across set in Egypt; 110. See 108-Across; 111. Fair sight; 113. “A madness most discreet,” per Romeo; 114.Not flabby — DOWN: 1. “Wanderings: Chaim ___ Story of the Jews”; 2. Quarter-mile, for many tracks; 4. Home to the National Voting Rights Museum; 5. Hosp. zones; 6. “Thanks ___!”; 7. Father of the Blues; 8. Outgrowth from the base of a grass blade; 9. Birth control pioneer Margaret; 10. Handlers of brats; 11. Stretched out; 12. Designer Vera; 13. Island protector; 14. Islamic analogue of kosher; 15. Like many music reissues; 17. What a poor listener may have; 22. Athletic awards since 1993; 25. Some baseball scores: Abbr.; 26. Salts; 31. Inter; 32. Neighbor of Poland: Abbr.; 33. ET carrier; 34. ___ belli (war-provoking act); 36. Prefix with center; 40. Arctic ___ (pole-to-pole) migratory; 41. Part of many a freight train; 42. E.M.T. application; 43. Bingo alternative?; 44. Saint in a Sir Walter Scott title; 45. “___ my garment and my mantle”: Ezra 9:3; 47. Too; 49. Do dos, say; 51. Goes across; 52. “Cómo ___?”; 54. Like the scent of many cleaners; 55. Homo, for one; 57. Area that’s frequently swept?; 58. “Lorna ___”; 59. Uncool types; 60. Spring ___; 62. Part of Russia next to Finland; 64. Like the eastern part of Russia; 65. Herring varieties; 68. Belgian river; 70. Winter solvent; 72. Villain; 73. “I ___ bored!”; 77. Sinuous character; 78. ___ West; 80. Fabulist; 81. Word repeated before “tekel” in biblical writing on the wall; 83. Billing fig.; 84. Race, as an engine; 85. Lord or vassal; 86.86. Move toward the middle; 88. “Boris ___”; 90. Cereal killer?; 91. Suffix with form; 92. Kind of farming that doesn’t disturb the soil; 93. “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper; 95. See 89-Across; 96. Like zombies; 98. Ireland; 99. Unreliable; 100. “I want my ___!” (old advertising catchphrase); 102. Benefit; 103. Force; 104. Cabinet dept. since 1979; 105. Go up; 106. Scorching.

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