Thursday, October 25, 2012
Puzzle by Caleb Rasmussen / Edited by Will Shortz
TETRIS in descending circled letters, DO NOT LET THE / FALLING BLOCKS / REACH THE TOP (16A. With 34- and 54-Across, basic instruction or [circled letters]) constitutes the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword.
Other — AGLISTEN, AT A COST, END NOTE, FIG TREE, FILLMORE (34D. Big Whig), GLISSANDO (44A. Musical effect that‘s simple for a trombone), GONE DARK (10D. Closed, as a theater), LAY READER (25A. Congregation member authorized by a bishop to conduct part of a service), OIL RESERVE (28D. The Gulf of Mexico has a big one), ORESTES (40A. Brother of Electra), PROTECTS, ST MARKS (12D. Venice tourist attraction), THERE’S MORE (9D. Infomercial phrase).
Mid-size — Buenos AIRES, Slippery as AN EEL, BATTY, BROOCH, DNA LAB, EILEEN Collins, ENESCO (50A. “Romanian Rhapsodies“ composer), ENVOIS (42D. Ends of ballades), FIGARO, I’LL BE, NEATO, OBSESS, OEUVRE, PUNTED, SISTER, SMARTS, STACK, STAPES (43D. Smallest human bone), TEETHE, TO DATE, TRURO (38A. Town on Cape Cod), TUSHIE, TYPE AB, USEER, YEOMEN Warders.
Short stuff — AMT and ART, ASH, BELS, BUT, DSC, EEN, ELO, ERE, ESS, ETA and EVA and EVO, HUB, NOM, GPS, ORT, OTTO Octavius, ROT, SGT, SLUR, TEED, TENT, TMS, TRIO, TSA, VET.
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