Monday, March 11, 2013
Puzzle by Robert Fisher / Edited by Will Shortz
TOM, STAG, BUCK, BULL and RAM found in TOMFOOLERY (17A. Prankish activity), STAGFLATION (23A. Double-whammy economic condition), BUCK NAKED (35A. Without a stitch on), BULL SESSION (50A. Impromptu, wide-ranging conversation) and RAMSHACKLE (58A. Shoddy and unsturdy) constitute the interrelated group of this fine Monday crossword.
Joseph Severn's depiction of Keats listening to the nightingale (c. 1845)
Other — ARMREST, BAY RUM (48A. Men’s grooming scent), “Polly want a CRACKER?“, C S LEWIS (41D. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” writer), EGO TRIP (2D.Display of self-importance), EROSION, NEUTERS (40D. Spays, e.g.), ONCE MORE, RECKONED, RESTORE, RUBELLA (44D. German measles).
Mid-size — BOO HOO, “DANKE schön”, GAMUT, INSTS, LASSO, MISLAY, NO DICE, NOT SO, “ODE TO a Nightingale“, PUPIL, SPOTTY, STAFF, TRYSTS (20A. No-tell motel get-togethers), TULSA, U MASS.
Short stuff — ABS, ACRE, ADO, ALAN, ALIT, Forever AND A day, Go APE, Rest AREA, COLE slaw, DEFY, DRAT, DUST, EELS, EMU, ERE, ESSO, EST, FIR, FLEA, FLY, GERM, HEAD, HOT, ICED, IRIS, KRIS Kringle, LACK, LOBE, MAT and MET, NED, Anita O’DAY, OGRE, ORB and ORE, OSSA, PEWS, PIE à la mode, Hi-RES, RON, TEAS, UP TO no good.
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