Youngster performing "rock the cradle" with yo-yo.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Puzzle by Robyn Weintraub / Edited by Will Shortz
In this pleasant-enough Tuesday crossword, four common phrases and/or names, e.g., Go team!, web browser, Mini Cooper and Yo-Yo Ma, become uncommon ones with the addition of “STER” — GO TEAMSTER (17A. Cheer to an interstate trucker?), WEBSTER BROWSER (28A. One who peruses the dictionary?), MINISTER COOPER (45A. Newsman Anderson with a theology degree?) and YO-YO MASTER (59A. One who’s very good at rocking the cradle?).
Other — ALTAR BOY (3D. Father’s assistant), DELAYED, HACIENDA (53A. Estate, in español), HERETIC (37A. Galileo, to some), IDEALIZE, LET IT BE (7D. Title of a Beatles song, album and movie), SPYWARE (34A. Cybercriminal’s creation), TAPESTRY.
Mid-size — AFIRE, ANWAR, ARARAT (5D. Noah‘s Ark landing site), ARRIVE, BLAZER, CARGO, DRAMA, FENDI (42A. Italian fashion house), GEENA, INCOME, LADLES, MEADOW, NEVER, NOISES, OILER, ONE ACT, REHIRE, SOBER, TENOR, THANE, TRY ON, URGENT.
Short stuff — ADOS, “Sometimes you feel like A NUT …”, ARLO, ATRA, CALM, CART, CDS, CLIP, DADS, DATA, DECO, DOG, DORA, DRAB, EDO, EGO, EMT, EWES (66A. “Baa-a-ad” mothers?), ICED, ITEM, LABS and LAOS, LEAN Cuisine, LETS, MANE, MEET, NOME, NYPD, ONE, Photo OPS, ORR, OWLS, PORE, PREP, REAP, In medias RES, RIO, RON (62A. Darling of baseball), SSW, TSAR.
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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Thespian’s major; 6. Hair accessory; 10. Places for experiments; 14. Edmonton player; 15. Retro style; 16. Singer Guthrie; 19. Humdrum; 20. Razor brand; 21. Glorify; 23. Hockey player Bobby; 27. Word repeated in both James Bond and Justin Bieber film titles; 32. Neighbor of Vietnam; 33. Davis of “Thelma & Louise”; 44. Facts and figures; 50. Kind of sax; 52. CPR pro; 56. “Shall we?” reply; 58. Commotions; 63. Alaskan gold rush city; 64. Princeton Review coursework; 65. Ship’s goods; 67. Some school play attendees; 68. Check for fit. — DOWN: 1. Toto, for one; 2. Carnival site; 4. Get together; 6. Jewel box contents; 8. One way to serve coffee; 9. Scrutinize, with “over”; 10. Tureen accessories; 11. Make an entrance; 12. Semiformal jacket; 13. Like a teetotaler; 18. Mare hair; 22. Sadat of Egypt; 23. Mail deliverers at Hogwarts; 24. Harvest; 26. Requiring immediate action; 20. U-turn from NNE; 30. Bring back, as workers who’ve been let go; 31. Word before “Liftoff!”; 35. Burning; 38. Tokyo, once; 39. Woven wall art; 40. Couple in a gossip column; 41. Golfer’s vehicle; 43. Held up; 45. Wildflower locale; 46. 1099 no; 47. Creaks and squeaks; 48. Still; 49. Kind of play; 50. Macbeth’s title; 54. SoHo patroller: Abbr.; 55. Animated “Explorer”; 57. Figure in a Rimsky-Korsakov opera; 61. Id companion.