Tack is a piece of equipment or accessory equipped on horses in the course of their use as domesticated animals. Saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, martingales, and breastplates are all forms of horse tack. Equipping a horse is often referred to as tacking up. A room to store such equipment, usually near or in a stable, is a tack room. ~ Wikipedia
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Puzzle by Phil Ruzbarsky / Edited by Will Shortz
Horse tack, found at the beginnings of SADDLE SHOES (17A. Bobbysoxer’s footwear), HALTER TOP (24A. Sleeveless garment), SPUR OF THE MOMENT (37A. Impromptu), BIT O’ HONEY (47A. Nestlé bar) and CROP CIRCLES (57A. The signs in the movie “Signs”) constitute the interrelated group of this well-equipped Tuesday crossword.
A man with an aching tooth; a sculpture in the window of a dentist's office. Photograph by Gary Knight
Other — AIR HOSE (25D. Line to fill a tire), DOBRO (12D. Certain guitar), INSPIRE (21A. Draw a breath), LESSER GOD (10D. One low in a pantheon), "I had not thought death had undone so MANY": "The Waste Land", ODD MAN OUT (3D. One that doesn’t belong), ORANGE (15A. National color of the Netherlands), PRIAM (22D. King killed in the sack of Troy), TOOTHACHE (31D. Odontalgia), TSARS (49D. Ivan IV and V), WELL I’LL BE (34D. “Who’da thought?!”).
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