10.15.13 — Legendary Lizard

In European bestiaries and legends, a basilisk is a legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents and said to have the power to cause death with a single glance. ~ Wikipedia


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Edited by Will Shortz

MAC, MEC, MIC, MOC and MUC — that’s what we get today:

MACINTOSH (20A. Subject of the book “Revolution in the Valley”
MECHANIC (28A. Person who works with dipsticks)
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB (37A. People in this may have big ears)
MOCCASIN (45A. Sioux shoe)
MUCKRAKER (56A. Journalist of the Progressive Era)

Other — BASILISK (4D. Legendary lizard with a fatal gaze), CAR SALES (41D. Deals at a dealership), CRU and CUR, CURTSY (47D. Girl’s show of respect), EEK and EKED (43A. “Criminy!”; 66A. Managed, with “out“), ENOKI (29D. Japanese mushroom), EVEL and EVEN, JIHAD (9A. Word from the Arabic for “struggle”), KOKO (58D. Gorilla pioneering in sign language), NUCLEI (48D. Cell centers), TROPE (49A. Metaphor, e.g.), XACTO knife.


Be thou like the imperial basilisk,
Killing thy foe with unapparent wounds!
Gaze on oppression, till at that dread risk,
Aghast she pass from the earth’s disk.
Fear not, but gaze,- for freemen mightier grow,
And slaves more feeble, gazing on their foe.

~ "Ode to Naples", Percy Bysshe Shelley


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