06.30.13 — Matching Wits

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Matching Wits, Puzzle by Alex Vratsanos and Jeff Chen
Edited by Will Shortz

Two big annoying black-square assemblages, emblazoned at the top and bottom of the grid, one representing an M and one a W, along with the title of Matching Wits, provide a strangely faint wisp of a clue to eight two-word phrases constituting the interrelated group of this otherwise friendly Sunday crossword.

MUDDY WATERS (2D. “Hoochie Coochie Man” singer)
MODERN WARFARE (6D. West Point subject)
MONEY’S WORTH (17D. Bang for one’s buck)
MIRACLE WORKER (30D. 1962 movie for which Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke won Oscars, with “The”)
MINIMUM WAGE (58D. Money raised by members of Congress?)
MAKING WHOOPEE (52D. Euphemism used often on “The Newlywed Game”)
MALT WHISKEY (68D. Dewar’s product)
MINUTE WALTZ (64A. Piece longer than it suggests)


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.

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