NASA photo by the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite featuring the swirl of Hurricane Sandy over the east coast of North America.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Puzzle by Alex Vratsanos / Edited by Will Shortz
Where have I been? In the middle of Hurricane Sandy, a/k/a Frankenstorm, 28-hour blackout, unable to go outside and at night in the dark like a caveman waiting for the sunrise…
Catching up… RADICAL, LIBERAL, MODERATE, CONSERVATIVE and REACTIONARY in circled letters reading down from left to right constitutes the main feature of this topical Tuesday crossword. It matters not what entries contain the circled letters; nonetheless, this is a clever crossword full of variety and interest.
Interesting stuff — ALAMO and ANZIO (6D. 1836 battle site; 52D. 1944 battle site), COYER and SLYNESS, HOAXES (49A. “The Hitler Diaries” and others), MASTIC (22A. Resin in varnish) which is name of the Long Island hamlet where this writer spent the hurricane, ODESSA (26A. City in Ukraine or Texas), ORION crossing ORSON, POOR LAW (45D. Old welfare measure).
With a nod to Cal Ripken, in the seven years resulting in ten million hits that I’ve been blogging The New York Times Crossword, I’ve never missed a day; however, this is the first time I’ve been late to the plate! I had better post this now — no telling!
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