European Red Squirrel, Image Credit: Freubel Art
Monday, October 29, 2012
Puzzle by Gareth Bain / Edited by Will Shortz
Animal nouns used as verbs in common phrases ending in directional prepositions, e.g., WOLF DOWN (17A. Devour), MONKEY AROUND (24A. Waste time playfully), PONY UP (39A. Pay what’s due), PIG OUT (41A. Eat, eat, eat), SQUIRREL AWAY (49A. Hoard) and BEAR UPON (63A. Pertain to) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.
Other — APIARISTS (34D. Beekeepers), NOMINEE (35A. Choice of a political party), PETUNIA (42A. Porky’s porcine sweetie), ROPE-A-DOPE (8D. Muhammad Ali strategy).
Mid-size — ADORN, ALIBIS (47D. They may fall apart under cross-examination), ASPEN (12D. “Quaking“ tree), ENACTS, GRADER, HERETO, INFAMY (4D. Criminal renown), ISUZU, LASED, NO FAIR, ODESSA (16A. Old Soviet naval base site), POP-UPS, QURAN. RACIST, RADIAL, REAGAN, REMIX, SHARE (49D. Not hoard), SYRUPY (48D. Too sentimental), TUNER, UTICA, WHAM-O, ZANIER (7D. More madcap).
Short stuff — ABE, ADO and ADZ, AER Lingus, AGED, AMEN, CAPP (28D. Al who created Joe Btfsplk), Buffalo Bill CODY, CYAN, DEA and DEP and DEW, DENT, DIO, EAR, EPEE, EST, Coup d’ ETAT, EURO, Goldie HAWN, HOPI, HUT, “Don’t you know who I AM?”, ICE, IDI Amin, KGB, NO NO, NRA, OBOE, OMOO, ONUS, ORIG, PELF, PERU, Tyrannosaurus REX, RNA, SIC, SOOT, SRO, TAB, TORN, YENS, YURI Gagarin, Tappan ZEE.
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