King Arthur, Constantine, Charlemagne and Richard III
Monday, November 4, 2013
Puzzle by John Lieb / Edited by Will Shortz
IT’S RAINING MEN (15D. Camp classic by the Weather Girls … or a homophonic hint to 3-, 8-, 26- and 31-Down), KING ARTHUR (3D. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” protagonist), CONSTANTINE (8D. Eponym of the city now known as Istanbul), CHARLEMAGNE (26D. So-called “Father of Europe”) and RICHARD III (3D. Shakespeare play that begins “Now is the winter of our discontent”) constitute the interrelated group of this commanding Monday crossword.
Other — ALCATRAZ (30A. Former penitentiary in San Francisco Bay), ASS and IDIOTS (68A. Imbecile; 48D. Imbeciles), MADDEN and M AND M (47D. Infuriate; 51D. Bit of candy that “melts in your mouth, not in your hand”), PARMESAN (46A. Grated cheese), YOGI (20A. Lead-in to Bear or Berra).
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