12.05.13 — Puzzlement



The Tower of Babel by Marten van Valckenborch

The confusion of tongues (confusio linguarum) is the initial fragmentation of human languages described in the Book of Genesis 11:1–9, as a result of the construction of the Tower of Babel. ~ Wikipedia 

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Puzzle by Dan Schoenholz / Edited by Will Shortz


CONFUSION or CON FUSION (34A. Puzzlement … or a hint to getting the 10 words on the perimeter of this puzzle) is the main entry of this perfectly sensible but confounding Thursday crossword, e.g., clockwise:

CONCAVE (1A. Like a satellite dish)
CONTEMPT (5A. Court disaster?)
CONTACT (10A. Call or email)
CONTENDER (13D. Title seeker)
CONDESCEND (44D. Be patronizing)
CONCORD (64A. Peace)
CONTRITE (63A. Repentant)
CONTEST (62A. Pageant, e.g.)
CONSCRIPT (45D. Call up)
CONCURRENT (1D. Simultaneous)


Other — BATTEN DOWN (18A. Secure, in a way), ELEAZAR (43D. Nephew of Moses), IN LA LA LAND (56A. Out to lunch), CAROLE King of pop music, NBA DRAFT (35D. June event televised by ESPN), THE SINAI (9D. Locale of long-running Mideast conflict).


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1 comment:

geoff said...

Pageant is synonymous with show or spectacle and does not necessarily involve any sort of contest or refer to one.