Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Puzzle by Ed Sessa / Edited by Will Shortz
AWARD OF THE STATE (17A. Plaque from a governor?), AWAY WITH WORDS (36A. Mime’s motto?) and ALIGHT IN THE DARK (59A. Arrive via a red-eye?) constitute the interrelated group of this tersely smooth Thursday crossword.
Other — Composer AARON Copland, ATTN and ATTU, BOATEL (11D. Floating accommodations), Carrie BRADSHAW on “Sex and the City”, DRESSAGE (39D. Equestrian training), ESCAPE PLAN (30A. It’s tested in a fire drill), EYELASH (34D. Narrowest of margins), I SMELL A RAT (44A. “Something is rotten in Denmark”), IRE, IRAE and IRAS, SHOE BOX (19D. Baseball card collection holder, maybe), XEROX (42A. Certain dupe).
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