Monday, October 22, 2012
Puzzle by Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz
UNDERCOVER COP (60A. Sting cooperative .. Or a hint to 20-, 24-, 39- and 55-Across), PUBLC OPINION (20A. It’s measured by polls), PECO PARK (24A. Home of the San Diego Padres), FRANCICO PIZARRO (39A. Conqueror of the Incas) and MACO POLO (55A. Traveler to Cathay) constitute the interrelated group of this well-behaved Monday crossword.
Other — ALCOTT, AVIATES, CROUCH, DEEPEN, ESCAPEES, HASBRO (3D. Company that makes Scrabble), IN PAIN, JUSTIN (8A. Bieber with the 2010 hit “Baby”), OCCURS, OOMPA / LOOMPA (58D. With 53-Down, Willy Wonka employee), OUTMODE, NAPOLI, SIT PAT, SPINAL, SUN CHIPS, SUPPOSE, TANNER, THOMAS, TRUMAN, UNTIMED.
Five-letter — AESOP, “AS PER our agreement …”, C-NOTE, COLOR, ITALO Calvino, JUNIO, Willy LOMAN, ODDER, UP TOP (9D. Slangy request for a high-five).
Short stuff — ACCT, ACHE, ACRO, ALA, ANNA, ARF, “CAN’T Take My Eyes Off You“, CON, ECON, ENDS, EPEE, EPIC, EZRA Pound, FCC, IRA Gershwin, ISE, Deborah KERR, KILN, LEAD, LEES, LEVI, LIKE, NAH, NED Beatty, OAT Bran, OMEN, REAR, ROAM, RPI, SAN Andreas fault, SCH, SFO, SHIA, SLRS, TACO, TARS, TIN, TOM and TOS, TPED, UMA and UVA, VEER, VISE.
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