Puzzle by Michael Sharp / Edited by Will Shortz
Twelve ten-letter entries in sets of three in the four corners of the puzzle constitutes the main feature of this first-day-of-summer crossword.
TABLECLOTH (1A. Dinner spread)
MIRACLE GRO (15A. Gardening brand)
AMY POEHLER (17A. Former “Weekend Update” host on “S.N.L.”)
SNEAK A PEEK (55A. Ruin the surprise, perhaps)
ALL-TERRAIN (59A. On- and off-road)
TYLER PERRY (61A. Movie mogul whom Forbes magazine once named the highest-paid man in entertainment)
EARL MONROE (12D. N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer who, with Walt Frazier, formed the Knicks’ “Rolls Royce Backcourt”)
GREGARIOUS (13D. Outgoing)
ASSAILANTS (14D. Hit makers, say)
PORTLANDIA (27D. TV sketch comedy set in the “city where young people go to retire”)
OPERATIONS (28D. They’re ordered by mathematicians)
SENEGALESE (29D. Some French-speaking Africans)
Other — “Bigger & BLACKER,“ EROTIC and TRENDING (48A. Hot; 9D. Hot), HORRORS (10D. “Ye gods!“), LEERS AT and OGLE (39D. Views lasciviously; 8D. View lasciviously), OPIATE (43D. It’s a downer), SMELT ROE (24D. Common sushi garnish), TRESTLES (38A. They cross many valleys).
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