Thursday, September 5, 2013
Puzzle by Damon Gulczynski / Edited by Will Shortz
Four two-letter squares for two answers across and down, cross-referenced to a third answer constitutes the interrelated group of this a-lot-for-so-little thankless Thursday crossword.
MORT = M or T — MAOISM or TAOISM; MOIL or TOIL (68A. Comedian Sahl … also what can fill the square at the crossing of 1-Across and 1-Down; 1A. Belief system founded in China; 1D. Work hard)
CORP = C or P — SCATTERED or SPATTERED; CHI or PHI (24A. N.Y.S.E. listing … also what can fill the square at the crossing of 24-Across and 25-Down; 24A. Shot out diffusely; 25D. Fraternity letter)
PORT = P or T — SPUTTERED or STUTTERED; PANSY or TANSY (7A. Dessert wine … also what can fill the square at the crossing of 50-Across and 51-Down; 50A. Bumbled verbally; 51D. Flowering plant)
DORR = D or R — DICERS or RICERS; DUST or RICE (37D. 1841 rebellion leader … also what can fill the square at the crossing of 56-Across and 56-Down; 56A. Kitchen gadgets; 56D. Sign of neglect)
Other — AHNOLD (21A. “The Governator”), NIGHT OWL (29A. One putting off retirement as long as possible?), ODD OR EVEN (35D. Roulette choice), OSCAR NODS (3D. Showbiz nominations), STRATEGO (46A. Game with scouts and miners), TRANKS (69A. Downers, in brief), UNE VIE (63A. Maupassant’s first novel).
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