Origin of the word hightail (or high-tail)
is an Americanism of 1885–90, Americanism; high + tail,
in reference to the raised tails of fleeing animals, as deer or rabbits.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Puzzle by Gary Cee / Edited by Will Shortz
HIGH / TAIL (35A. With 37-Across, leave quickly … or what both words in 17-, 21-, 26-, 49-, 56- and 61-Across could be?) constitutes the interrelated group of this clever Wednesday crossword. When split, six two-word phrases can make up twelve at the tail-end of HIGH:
ENERGY BAR (17A. Athlete’s booster), e.g., high energy, high bar
ROAD TEST (21A. Subject of a Car and Driver report ), high road, high-test
ART CLASS (26A. Where to paint a model), high art, high-class
MASS CARD (49A. Catholic remembrance), High Mass, high card
JUMP BALL (56A. Tipoff), high jump, highball
TIMES SIGN (61A. x), high times, high sign
Other — ADDENDS, AUDUBON (40D. Birders‘ magazine), DEAREST, MARRIES, MIXED UP, ONE-ACTS, PRESUME PROMOTE, RAN HARD, SELTZER, Come up SMILING, THE JETS, THERMAL, TRIGGER.
Mid-size — AFIRE, ALTAI Mountains, ARRID, ASAHI, CRESTS, EBOLA, EMERGE, ERROR, HURRAY, LAMPS, LEGUME (28A. Pea or peanut), LEPER, MACAO (23A. It was transferred to China in 1999), Ving RHAMES, SNEAK, TAPED, TARMAC, TOTES.
Short stuff — AERO, AES, Throw A FIT, ANIL, ANG, AOL, APB, BASK, DUZ, EDO, EELY, ELI, GEL and GEOL, HANA Mandlikova, HER, IDA, IGGY Pop, I SEE, JADE, JOYS, LAPD, LDS, MAIL, MIG, MTA, NATS, OPER, PLEA, SAM’S Club, SSRS, TEED, TROT, YMA Sumac.
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