Idylls of the King, Flight of the Companions, illustration by Gustav Dore
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Puzzle by Joe Krozel / Edited by Will Shortz
Six fifteen-letter entries are featured in this asymmetrical Saturday crossword:
PTOLEMAIC SYSEM (17A. Bygone theory of astronomy)
VANESSA WILLIAMS (33A. “Ugly Betty” actress)
ELECTED OFFICIAL (39A. Governor, e.g.)
NARRATIVE POETRY (40A. “Idylls of the King,” stylistically)
A TEENAGER IN LOVE (41A. 1959 doo-wop classic)
LIECHTENSTEINER (42A. Alpine native)
Other — HORSE MANURE (50A. Balderdash), REPULSER (22A. Hideous one), SECRECIES (28D. Concealments), SELF-PITIERS (25D. Woe is me!” types), S’MARVELOUS (32D. Elided phrase in a Gershwin song), SERVICE LIST (19D. Ones to whom an organization’s messages are sent), STANHOPE (34D. One-seat carriages), WAIT ONE SEC (31D. “I’ll be right with you”).
Mid-size — GALATIA, GENERAL, LEIFERS, ONE REED, REPULSER (22A. Hideous one), RESTS ON, SUCCESS, UNWOVEN.
Five-letter — ADIGE, BEERS, CHINA, ISSEL, MAYBE, SCALP (6D. It has thousands of roots), SCRAM, SET AT, SLYER, “TO ERR is human …”, TRITT (1A. Urban contemporary), VENAL, VIREO (14A. Olive-colored bird).
Short stuff — ABA, ADIO, ALE, ANS, ANTE, ARMS, BOER, CHI, CSA, EACH, EMUS, EPEE, EUR, GOS, HAY, IRON, MAE, NCO, NEE, NOR, NRA, OLD, RES, RIC-A-Che, RITE, RUED, SHOD, TELE, TVPG, VWS, YDS.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 6. “Git!”; 1. Sports org. of 1967-76; 15. World powerhouse in table tennis; 16. Word of logic; 20. Blanket; 21. Round parts; 26. Get-___ (starts); 29. Obituary word; 30. Bugs; 43. “Grazie ___!” (Italian for “Thank God!”); 44. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Dan; 45. Thrust item; 48. Uses for a base; 54. E.E.C. part: Abbr.; 55. It may be bitter; 56. “I did it!”; 57. Grp. In gray; 58. Gridiron distance: Abbr.; 59. Sorting boots, say. — DOWN: 1. Tube rating; 2. It may be performed by people in robes; 3. Unyielding; 4. Part of 1-Down; 7. Half of a classic religious symbol; 8. ___-A-Che (rapper); 9. Response: Abbr.; 10. Wishy-washy reply; 11. Deal preceder; 12. Participant in an 1899 conflict; 13. ___ deal; 18. Risqué West; 19. Ones to whom an organization’s messages are sent; 23. Frayed, perhaps; 24. Funny Carol and family; 26. Land visited by Paul in the New Testament; 27. Clarinet need; 33. Easily corrupted; 35. Assailed; 36. Verona’s river; 37. They have their pride; 38. More crafty; 46. Certain bird herd; 47. Par; 48. Wished otherwise; 49. Supporter of the Heller decision, 2008: Abbr.; 50. Allergy source; 51. Played out; 52. Abbr. after a telephone no. 53. One with two or three stripes: Abbr.