The Witch’s House. Set design for the Michael Myerberg film production of Hansel and Gretel, based on Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, 1952.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Puzzle by Michael Blake / Edited by Will Shortz
Adding C to the beginning and Y to the end of standard phrases resulting in unfamiliar phrases constitutes the interrelated group of this sweet Thursday crossword:
CANDY COATED or C AND Y COATED (58A. Like M&M’s … or four words to describe 17-, 24-, 35- and 50-Across?)
COLD MASTERY (17A. Ability to survive freezing temperatures?)
CHOSE DOWNY (24A. Selected a certain fabric softener?)
CART FAIRY (35A. Sprite who helps you find a shopping vehicle?)
CLOCK PICKY 50A Super choosy about timepieces?)
Other — APOLLO I (2D. Ill-fated mission of 1967), BACK END (38D. Caboose), EAT CROW (48A. Lose face), ECLIPSE (39D. Shadow maker), EROTICA (40D. “Fifty Shades of Gray” genre), MARTYRS and MIRACLES (13D. Ones making sacrifices; 67A. Basis of the Hanukkah story), SPRATS (47D. Nursery rhyme couple), TWEEDLE (44D. Entice with music).
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