Bronze statue of the Greek Goddess Athena
Sunday, July 22, 2012
A.A. MEETINGS, Puzzle by Brendan Emmett Quigley
Edited by Will Shortz
Ten common phrases are humorously rendered into new phrases with the addition of a double separated letter A:
- Sick and tired becomes SICK AND TIARAED (23A. Like the winner of the Miss Influenza Pageant?)
- Chips Ahoy, CHIAPAS AHOY (36A. “I can see Mexico’s southernmost state from this ship”?)
- Pell Grant, PAELLA GRANT (105A. Funding for a Spanish seafood dish?)
- Cardinal sins, CARDINAL ASIANS (123A. Far Easterners signed to a St. Louis ball team?)
- Midnight run, MIDNIGHT SAUNA (14D. Steam bath enjoyed just before bedtime?), incidentally, a sauna is not a steam bath…
- Pint of beer, PINATA OF BEER (17D. Dos Equis-filled item at a birthday party?)
- Pig sty, PIG SATAY (46D. Pork-on-a-stick?)
- DVD Rom, DVD AROMA (52D. Scent coming from a Netflix envelope?)
- That was then, THAT WAS ATHENA (56D. Answer to “Did you see which Greek goddess walked by?)
- Bathtub gin, BATHRUB AGAIN (63D. Filthy kid’s laconic question?)
Other — ANTONYM (128A. Top to bottom, say), BEHAVES, CLARITY, DAY CAMP, DINESEN, EIGHTHS, HAN / SOLO (71A. With 41-Down, Ford part), HIBACHI (61A. Literally, “fire bowl”), INNARDS, KESTREL (30A. Hovering falcon), LATE FEE, OPTS FOR, PANACHE, PENDING, SANGRIA (41A. Tapas bar order), SPIN DOC, SURREYS, THE URGE, THIN MAN, TRIES ON.
Mid-size — ANGINA, ANNALS, ASTIR, World ATLAS, AT TEN, AZERA, CANOLA, DIESEL, DIRTY, DOTES, ECARTE, EDITH Sitwell, EDSELS, ELITE, FRAIL, GOATS, HUMBLE, I DO I DO, INROAD, “HIT ‘EM where it hurts“, HOT ONE, HUMBLE, IN AGES, IT’S ME, LARRUP (129A. Lick but good), LATINA, MAI TAI (28A. Tiki bar order), MALLS, MAPPED, NAVAL, NEARED, NIKON, PANZA, RICER, SALAD, SENECA (130D. Philosopher forced by Nero to commit suicide), SOLEIL, SPONGY, Tomoyuki TANAKA, TEATRO (9D. Venice‘s La Fenice, for one), THE FED, WHILST, WHITEN, WILCO.
Short stuff — ACAD, ADA and ADS and ADES, AMP, ASAP, ATE and ATM, BOHR, CAWS, CPA, DANA Carvey, DMV, EARN, EEL, ELI, ENT, ERE and ÊTRE, EVA Marie Saint, FLO, GIRO, GROH, HAIM, HAT, ILL, INCA, INRI, INT, LAND, LOKI, MBAS, MON, MR T, NEHI, NYM, OGEE, OTT, PHI, POR ejemple, RAT and RATA, REDS, REG, RTE and RUE, SKA, SLAT, SNUT, SOAP dish, SPOT, SPY, TEC, TORI, TWAS, UNA, VYE, WCS, YEAS.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. During which; 7. Chooses; 14. Unlike terra incognita, say; 20. Olive oil alternative; 21. Sexual drive; 22. “Me! Me!”; 25. “Blast!”; 27. Dons for the first time; 29. Indulged in some capers?; 33. Some cake slices; 43. Quixote’s pal; 44. Art philanthropist Broad; 46. Lend for a short while; 47. Day during the dog days; 50. When some coffee breaks begin; 51. Bring in, as a big client; 53. Like one who has gone green?; 54. Rate setter, informally; 59. Scoundrel; 57. Place to get a learner’s permit, for short; 58. Fall guys; 60. Some Kellogg grads; 65. Stand sales; 69. Before, to a poet; 70. Article in Hoy; 72. Like the Battle of Trafalgar; 74. Kick oneself over; 75. Kabayaki base; 78. Entertainer with a Mandinka warrior haircut; 77. French verb with a circumflex; 79. Pro accompanier?; 80. Guts; 82. Danish Nobelist; 84. Cousin to “Roger that”; 86. Target of thieves who do card skimming; 88. Some trailers; 89. Vanidades magazine reader; 91. Words before and after “what”; 92. They vote first; 94. “Look who’s back!”; 98. Brings out; 99. “___ like a Maelstrom, with a notch” (Emily Dickinson poem); 101. Old Polly Holliday sitcom; 102. Company with the slogan At the heart of the image”; 103. Is mannerly; 108. Lucidness; 110. “Babette’s Feast” author; 111. Gas pump abbr.; 112. North by northwest, e.g.; 115. For years on end; 120. Game whose lowest card is the 7; 127. Bleach; 131. Kids’ summer activity center; 132. Like mushroom heads. — DOWN: 1. Wee rooms, for short?; 2. Onetime teen idol Corey; 3. Their empire was the Land of the Four Quarters; 4. “The Avengers” villain; 5. Furniture piece; 6. Tomouki ___, creator of Godzilla; 7. Mel who was portrayed in “Field of Dreams”; 8. N.L. East team, on scoreboards; 10. Fringed carriages; 11. Easily injured; 12. Double curve; 13. Some M&M’s; 15. Nabokov novel; 19. Is grandmotherly, in a way; 24. Pump choice; 28. Wine: Prefix; 31. McDonald’s offering since 1985; 32. Dashiell Hammett’s last novel, with “The”; 34. “Rhoda” co-star David; 36. Estate-planning pro; 37. Place for a band; 38. Gridiron stat.; 39. Hyundai model; 40. Style; 48. Came close to; 49. Line in the 1950s; 59. Doughnuts, mathematically; 61. Kind of pie; 62. Foray; 64. Calvary initials; 66. Actress ___ Marie Saint; 68. Like some Facebook friend requests; 73. Visa charge; 78. 1% group; 81. Moving; 83. Baby food preparation device; 85. Ravens’ cries; 87. Store keepers?; 90. Soda with a Blue Cream flavor; 93. Sun, on the Riviera; 95. Jamaican music; 96. Jamaican fellow; 97. Adenoidectomy specialist, for short; 100. P.R. pro; 104. Eustacia ___, “The Return of the Native” woman; 106. Chest pain; 107. Historical records; 108. Rappers’ posses; 109. Café additive; 110. Like some tricks; 113. Many a prep sch.; 114. Funny Carvey; 116. “This is a priority!”; 117. Copter’s forerunner; 118. Make; 119. Tight; 121. A U.P.S. driver may have one: Abbr.; 122. Private eye; 124. N.L. East team, on scoreboards; 128. Stage item; 128. Dangerous job.