Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Puzzle by Andrew Marc Greene / Edited by Will Shortz
Five phrases of two words each both beginning with the letter B followed by the vowels A, E, I, O and U in sequence constitute the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword: BANK BALANCE (18A. A.T.M. printout), BEER BELLY (32A. Joe Six-Pack’s overhang), BIG BIRD (41A. Yellow “Sesame Street” character), BOOM BOXES (48A. Portable sources of music) and BURNING BUSH (63A. It appeared before Moses on Mount Horeb).
Other — AMMONIA (45D. Strong-smelling cleaning ingredient), CATHODE (61A. Galvanic cell component), CRASHER (10D. Uninvited partygoer), DERBIES (25D. Headgear for Laurel and Hardy), INSECURE (42D. Lacking confidence), MATISSE (20A. “La Danse” painter Henri), MONEY BAG (6D. Container in an armored car).
Mid-size — ABASH, AIRMEN, ARCHER, ASIAGO, BAOBAB and NABOB, BEETLE, BIDEN, DURANT, EASES, ESPIED, FORMAT, HABIB, “I NEED a vacation!”, NOMADS, ODDITY, QATAR, QUOTER, RETAIN.
Short stuff — “Peek-ABOO!”, Forever and A DAY, Golden AGER, ALEE, AREA, ATOI, ATL, BAT, BEN, BOK Choy, BREE, BYE, DASH, ELMS, ENC, ENDS, FAQ, HAN Solo, HEAL, HYDE Park, IRAQ, I SEE, JABS, JAMB, LYNX, MEOW, OSU and USO, OVEN, RARE, RIO, RPM, RTE, RYES, SADE, SEX, SWIM, TEST, “Not THAT!”, TINO, URBS, UMA, VIED, Ped XING.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Web site help section, for short; 4. Doorframe part; 8. William Tell, for one; 14. Mich. rival in the Big Ten; 16. Historian Will or Ariel; 17. Ipanema’s city, for short; 22. Some loaves; 23. Golden ___ (senior); 24. ___ Park (F.D.R.’s home); 26. Get well; 30. Scroll in the ark; 35. Persian Gulf state; 37. War heroes from Tuskegee, e.g.; 38. Actress Thurman; 43. Driver’s license datum; 44. Hang on to; 50. Big wheel; 54. Do the crawl, say; 55. “Now it makes sense!”; 57. Marat’s counterpart in a Peter Weiss title; 58. Word before rack or mitt; 67. Fell for a come-on, say; 68. Caught sight of; 69. One-half base x height, for a triangle; 70. Peach State capital: Abbr.; 71. Ones without permanent addresses; 72. Lab job; 73. Bit of scheduling luck at a tournament. — DOWN: 1. Adjust te margins of, for example; 2. Hard Italian cheese; 3. One reciting others’ lines; 4. Verbal zingers; 5. Make red-faced; 7. ___ choy (Chinese cabbage); 9. Announce a decision; 10. Uninvited partygoer; 11. ___ Solo of “Star Wars”; 12. Britannica, for one: Abbr.; 13. Road map abbr.; 19. “Desperate Housewives” role; 21. One side in a 1980s war; 27. O’Neill title trees; 28. Sheltered, at sea; 29. Wildcat with tufted ears; 31. Diplomat Philip; 33. “Still mooing,” as burgers go; 34. Ex-senator known as “Amtrak Joe”; 36. Ex-Yankee Martinez; 38. Cities, informally; 39. Feline’s “feed me”; 40. Yours, in Ypres; 42. Lacking confidence; 47. Imprecise recipe amount; 51. Thick-trunked African tree; 52. Item fit for “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”; 53. Classic VW; 56. Makes more bearable; 59. Went head to head; 60. Means justifier, for some; 63. Stiller of film; 64. G.I. entertainers; 65. Letters after 33 or 45; 66. Echolocation-using mammal.