Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Puzzle by Ian Livengood / Edited by Will Shortz
GLOSS, or G LOSS (37A. Some makeup … or a hint to 17-, 26-, 43- and 58-Across), ROUND CHUCK (17A. Actor Norris, after gaining weight?), RAIN ALCOHOL (26A. What a tosspot fantasizes the clouds would do?), RAVE ROBBERS (43A. Thieves at an all-night dance bash?) and HOST WRITER (58A. Someone responding to a party R.S.V.P.?) constitute the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.
Other — BIG TOE, FRAT ROW, IN A STIR, MANDELA (23A. 1993 Peace Nobelist), PAY PHONES (11A. There used to be a lot more of these on corners), RADAR GUNS (32D. Items for baseball scouts and highway patrol officers), REDHEAD, SPEECH, TEHRAN, VISTAS.
Five-letter — A-BOMB, AHORA, ANGST (52A. Emo emotion), BEGOT, BRUIN, FISHY, HARES, ISERE, LURID, OPERA, RERAN, SABER, SEPAL, STROM, THROE (14A. Spasm), TOTEM, WOMEN.
Short stuff — ALPO, AGRA, AGUE, ASAP, “That’s all I ASK“, AXEL, BAY, BEEP, BOLO, CALI, DOCS, DRIP, EDNA, EGOS, EON, ENOW, ESPN, EYRE, GORE (37D. Reason for an R rating), HAT in hand, ICES, IPO, ITCH, LASH, LES and LESS, LAW, LOO, MESA, MISS, NAB, NODE, “… OR I quit!”, OSE, PAGE, REEL, RISE, SPAR, STOP, TADA, TONE, USER, WED, X OUT, ZEST, ZOOM.
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