11.24.13 — Hits and Ms.es

Sadie Hawkins Day is a pseudo-holiday that originated in Al Capp's classic hillbilly comic strip, Li'l Abner (1934–1978).


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hits and Ms.es, Puzzle by Gary Cee / Edited by Will Shortz

Song titles that utilize the first names of well-known female personalities constitutes the interrelated group of this Sunday crossword:

HELLO MARY LOU (22A. “Greetings, Ms. Retton!”)
SWEET CAROLINE (31A. “Very nice, Mrs. Kennedy!”)
COME ON EILEEN (37A. “Hurry up, Ms. Brennan!”)
SARA SMILE (55A. “Cheer up, Ms. Teasdale!”)
JULIE DO YA’ LOVE ME (62A. “Am I the one, Ms. Andrews?”)
SEXY SADIE (74A. “You look hot in a thong, Ms. Hawkins!”)
HELP ME RHONDA (87A. “I need a hand Ms. Fleming!”)
WALK AWAY RENEE (94A. “Leave it alone, Ms. Zellweger!”)
LAY DOWN SALLY (110A. “Time to show your cards, Ms. Field!”)

Other — ALLIE and OLLIE (114A. Kate’s TV partner; 101D. Dragon puppet), CALL TO MIND (3D. Remember), CHAIN SAW (83D. Logging aid), DIPPING OIL (15D. Bread flavorer), DOG EAT DOG (75D. Cutthroat), ETYMON (42D. Older form of a word), EVERY TIME (43D. Always), EXTRA LARGE (68D. Egg choice), HUE and PASTEL (86D. and 60D. Aqua, e.g.), KEY FACTOR (12D. Main cause), PLANT CELLS (71D. Botanists’ microscopic study). SHORT TON (5D. 2,000 pounds).


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Puzzle available on the internet at
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