Alien spacecraft destroying the White House,
from the 1996 film of “Independence Day”
Sunday, October 7, 2012
SPACE INVASION, Puzzle by Zoe Wheeler / Edited by Will Shortz
Eight common phrases with their space invaded by the letters ET to form new phrases constitutes the interrelated group of this fine Sunday crossword.
- HORNET OF PLENTY (23A. Old AMC car that came fully loaded?)
- BIRTH MARKET (30A. Good locale for adoptions?)
- SITTING BULLET (39A. Ammo that’s still on the store shelf?)
- RACKET OF LAMB (53A. Some bleating?)
- CABINET FEVER (63A. Excitement over some presidential selections?)
- ESCAPE HATCHET (74A. Avoid a scalping?)
- TRUMPET CARD (87A. ID for a certain band member?)
- PLANET OF ATTACK (95A. Earth, in “Independence Day”?)
Other — AEROBIC, CHIPOTLE (61A. Salsa ingredient), CLIP ART, DAMAGES, DEFYING, EMINENT, ENTITLE, EVEN PAR, GENTEEL, GLEASON, HAMMOCK, HIGH FIVE, LOONIES, MUSCLES, PARADES, QUAGMIRE (5D. Sticking point?), RETHINK, SARA LEE, SCORING, SHERE and SPHERE, STYLIST, TELEPORT (73D. Use a futuristic mode of transit), TOE LOOP (93A. Jump on the ice).
Six-letter — ANGOLA, BASILS, BOOTEE, BOUGHT, FLEW UP, FORMAT, HEARSE (31D. Last ride?), HECTIC, MADE OF, MOO SHU pork, OFFICE hours, OPTING, PERK UP, PROSED, RIFLER, Ginger ROGERS, SCHISM, SIEVES, SMOKES, SPEARS and SPHERE, SWATHE, TATTLE, TONSIL, TRACES, TV SETS.
Five-letter — Claude AKINS, AMPLE, Of A SORT, BIDET, CAFFE latte, CASCA, CROAK, ERECT, EWERS, GAELS, GET IN, GULCH, HANES, HORSE, IS NOT, LITES, LOLLS, MAYBE, OKAPI (62D. Striped safari sight), OWE TO, Vladimir PUTIN, REATA, RETRO, SCOLD, SHERE Khan; OFIE, Dave STIEB, Head-TO-TOE, TRANQ, TRESS and TRUSS, UDDER, ULCER, VALLI.
Short stuff — ABS, ADIA, “Put A LID on it!”, AN E, ARCH, “A SAD Child”, Play to A TIE, BALE and HALE and YALE, BATH, BTU, DEBI Mazar, DEMO, EINE, ELS, Fort ERIE, ET TU, FIR, G-MEN, “Shallow HAL”, HEMP, HOP-O‘-my thumb, IONA, KTS, “Penny LANE“, LEST, Jean-LUC Godard, MDT, NAP, NHL, NOH, OLE, PARE, Ernie PYLE, SEEN, SKIN, SOLA, STR, TEC, TIL, TRIM, T-TOP, YETI, YSER.
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