05.31.13 — Existence




Friday, May 31, 2013

Puzzle by Josh Knapp / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. “You doubt me?”, AM I WRONG; 9. “Titus” director Taylor, JULIE; 14. Disappointing screen message, GAME OVER; 15. Series of movements, SONATA; 16. Start of a court display, EXHIBIT A; 17. Commensurate (with), ON A PAR; 18. What we may be overseas?, NOUS; 19. Relative of a bathysphere, DIVING BELL; 21. Limp Bizkit front man Fred, DURST; 23. Ingredient in some pastitsio, ZITI; 24. Sacha Baron Cohen character, ALI G; 25. Football stat., ATT; 26. 21, in blackjack, ACE TEN; 28. Have words (with), SPAR; 29. Earl of Sandwich, e.g., EPONYM; 30. What was once yours?, THINE; 31. Some charge cards, informally, AMEXES; 34. Wee, TEENSY; 35. Florentine tourist attraction, DAVID; 36. Certainly didn’t roar, MEOWED; 39. Bellicose figure, ARES; 40. Feature of a daredevil circus act, CANNON; 41. Dirt collector, MAT; 44. Guinness measurement, PINT; 45. Kool & the Gang’s “Get Down ON IT”; 46. Unsolicited manuscripts, informally, SLUSH; 48. Get off the ground, TAKE FLIGHT; 51. Instruction for a violinist, ARCO; 52. It follows a curtain opening, SCENE I; 53. Hood’s support, MERRYMEN; 55. Stir, THE CAN; 56. Breather?, AQUA LUNG; 57. Gretsky, for most of the 1980s, OILER; 58. Manages, STEWARDS.

Down — 1. Big to-do, maybe?, AGENDA; 2. Push to the limit, MAX OUT; 3. “That cuts me to the quick”, I’M HURT; 4. Houdini’s real name, WEISS; 5. Take the money and run?, ROB; 6. J. M. W. Turner’s “OVID Banished From Rome”; 7. You Tuber, e.g.., NETIZEN; 8. It keeps people grounded, GRAVITY; 9. “Fear of Flying” author, JONG; 10. Brazen, UNABASHED; 11. Accessory to a suit, LAPEL PIN; 12. Many early 20th-century U.S. immigrants, ITALIANS; 13. Blend with bergamot, EARL GREY; 15. SON-IN-law; 20. Gossip column subject, ITEM; 22. Not live, TAPED; 27. Function of mathematics: Abbr., COS; 29. It’s a living thing, EXISTENCE; 30. Much of the Disney Channel’s demographic, TEENS; 31. Gets comfortable with, ADAPTS TO; 32. Style played on a guitarrón, MARIACHI; 33. State of stability, EVEN KEEL; 34. Shout repeated at a basketball game, TWO; 36. MANI-pedi; 37. Causes of head-scratching, ENIGMAS; 38. Hush-hush, ON THE QT; 40. Farrell of “In Bruges”, COLIN; 41. Hushed sound, MURMUR; 42. Get high, ASCEND; 43. Strings along a beach, THONGS; 47. 1972 hit that begins “What’ll you do when you get lonely…?, LAYLA; 49. “FEAR leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering”: Yoda; 50. “You have a point”, TRUE; 54. Naked, RAW.


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05.30.13 — East to West


Eating crow is an American colloquial idiom, meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proved wrong after taking a strong position. Crow is presumably foul-tasting in the same way that being proved wrong might be emotionally hard to swallow. ~ Wikipedia 

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Puzzle by Julian Lim / Edited by Will Shortz


EAST TO WEST [60A. How 17-, 23-, 37- and 51-Across run (in two ways)], each starting with E and ending with W (or vice versa), along with WOLF DNA BBE (17A. Tidal movement), WEIVRETNI TIXE (23A. Firm last words?), WORC TAE (37A. Take one’s licks, in a way) and WON IT SEOD YSAE (51A. “Be careful!”) constitute the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword.

Other — BETRAY (42D. Gives away), BIGOTRY (10D. Homophobia, e.g.), HELD WATER (3D. Added up), JEANNIE (26A. Barbara Eden title role), LIFE EVENT (33D. Marriage or divorce), LOS LOBOS (21A. “La Bamba“ performers), NEUTERS (48A. Fixes), OMAR EPPS (55A. “House“ actor for the show’s entire run).


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05.29.13 — With IN


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Puzzle by Gary Cee / Edited by Will Shortz


With “IN” and whatever-down comprises the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword:

HAT / HAND (14A. With “n” and 2-Down, with respectful humility)
JUST / CASE (19A. With “in” and 12-Down, as a precaution)
BEST / SHOW (24A. With “in” and 25-Down, blue ribbon earner)
NEXT / LINE (53A. With “in” and 41-Down, heir to the throne)
TAKE / VAIN (62A. With “in” and 55-Down, use without proper respect, as a name)
LIE / WAIT (68A. With “in” and 60-Down, prepare for an ambush)


Other — FERVENT (44D. Impassioned), I SURRENDER (11D. “Uncle!”), METAPHOR (28A. Sand in an hourglass, for time), NINE IRON (49A. Club providing lots of loft), REJOICE (10D. Celebrate), SATIN DOLL (37D. Duke Ellington classic), TRAIL BIKES (30D. Off-road rides), TWO BALL (40A. It’s solid blue, in pool), WENT TO POT (6D. Deteriorated).


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05.28.13 — GE



GE Neon Sign, Circa 1950
The Mark Woolley Collection of Vintage Radios 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Puzzle by Dan Feyer / Edited by Will Shortz


Adding GE to the tail of five familiar phrases to form unfamiliar phrases constitutes the interrelated group of this friendly Tuesday crossword:

SPACE BARGE (17A. Garbage scow that docked with Mir?)
CHARLIE CHANGE (20A. Swapping out Sheen for Rose?)
BREAKING BADGE (35A. Boy scout’s reward for karate)
ORIGINAL SINGE (54A. Caveman’s injury after discovering fire?)
EVIL TWINGE (59A. Feeling when one’s voodoo doll is poked?)


Other — BREWSKI (18D. Cold one), GARDENIA (38D. Fragrant white flower), HEPCAT / ZOOT (21D. Cool one, once; 16A. Kind of suit worn by a 21-Down); I BLEW IT (34D. “My goof!“) and ORACULAR (3D. Providing hints of the future).


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05.27.13 — Double Down


“He'd bet three thousand and double down to six thousand, 
all of it hanging on the turn of the next card.”
  ~  Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss, page 66, 1999, 
Frederick Barthelme and Steven Barthelme

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Monday, May 27, 2013 — Memorial Day 

Puzzle by Doug Peterson / Edited by Will Shortz

DOUBLE DOWN (31D. Blackjack player’s option … or a description of the answers to the starred clues?), DURAN DURAN (3D. *Band with the 1983 hit “Hungry Like the Wolf“), WALLA WALLA (6D. *Washington city near the Oregon border), GOODY GOODY (9D. *Affectedly virtuous), LOUIE LOUIE (27D. *Hit song for the Kingsmen with famously unintelligible lyrics) and KNOCK KNOCK (29D. *Joke starter) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.

Other — PERFUNCTORY (65A. Just going through the motions), THAT’S ALL (20A. “Nothing left to say”), UNTENDED (63A. Like a weedy garden) and WELL-GROOMED (18A. Neat in appearance).

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05.26.13 — TV Movie About ...




"Shadowed by the world’s highest sand dunes, this simple wooden outhouse offers a breathtaking backdrop. The red dunes of the Namib Desert provide a stunning display as light, colour and shadow change by the minute. This solitary toilet bears witness to the constant movement of endless skies and shifting sands."  Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft Park, Africa

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

“Made-For-TV Movies” Crossword by Joon Pahk and Jeremy Horwitz
Edited by Will Shortz


Having seen only two of the films and none of the television programs utilized in the seven long answers of this strugglesome Sunday crossword, there’s little to say, especially with many of the clues for the down answers being of scant help in a rather clumsy solve.  The seven:

TAXI STAND BY ME (23A. TV movie about … where I can easily get a cab?)
OUT HOUSE IN AFRICA (30A. … where to go in Togo?)
THREE CHEERS AMIGOS (47A. … a Hispanic “hip hip hooray”?)
SAY ANYTHING MONK (62A … trying to get a friar to violate his vow of silence?)
BREAKFAST GLEE CLUB (83A. … a singing group that meets for bacon and eggs?)
COOL HAND SOAP LUKE (97A. … Skywalker’s trendy hygiene products?)
GET LOST SHORTY (111A. … giving a pipsqueak the brush-off?)


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05.25.13 — I'm A Real Boy



Pinocchio, Walt Disney

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Puzzle by David Steinberg / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. What’s “all in my brain,” in a 1967 rock classic, PURPLE HAZE; 11. Dynasty founded by Yu the Great, HSIA; 15. Like some majors and wars, UNDECLARED; 16. Capping, ATOP; 17. Be peerless, STAND ALONE; 18. Blacks out, BANS; 19. Little Joe’s half brother of old TV, HOSS; 20. Einstein’s death, TOD; 21. Preakness, e.g., HORSE; 22. Image mentale, IDEE; 24. First created being, in myth, CHAOS; 26. Stand-up comic known for irreverent sermonettes, DAVID STEINBERG; 31. Form’s top, perhaps, LINE A; 32. Make inseparable, WELD; 33. River forming the Handegg waterfall, AAR; 49. Having one 49-Across, IN G; 35. Winner of seven tennis majors in the 1920s, LACOSTE; 38. Material in the translation process, RNA; 39. Caterpillar roll ingredient, EEL; 40. Operation creation, SLIT; 41. Java class?, DECAF; 43. Do a vanishing act, DROP OUT OF SIGHT; 47. Jezebel’s lack, SHAME; 48. One housed in a chest, LUNG; 49. See 34-Across, SHARP; 51. “Dear” one, SIR; 52. Diamond stats, RBIS; 56. Decimal starter, HEXA; 57. Microsoft Office feature, POWERPOINT; 60. Figure taking a bow?, EROS; 61. No-strings declaration?, I’M A REAL BOY; 62. DONE deal; 63. “So Wrong” singer, 1962, PATSY CLINE.


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Down — 1. Labor leader’s cry?, PUSH; 2. It may precede itself; UNTO; 3. Stds. For A and E, e.g., RDAS; 4. Seriously thinking, PENSIVE; 5. Monitor option, LCD; 6. High, ELATED; 7. Headbands?, HALOES; 8. Longtime teammate of Mr. November, AROD; 9. Eastern state?, ZEN; 10. City near Utrecht, EDE; 11. Violent sandstorm, HABOOB; 12. Old TV show hosted by Ed McMahon, STAR SEARCH; 13. Makeup of some beans, IONS; 14. Basilica niche, APSE; 21. Submitted, HANDED IN; 23. Product named for its “round the clock protection”, DIAL SOAP; 24. Broccoli bits?, CEES; 25. Foil component, HILT; 26. Building with many sides, DINER; 27. Fifth-century invader, ANGLO SAXON; 28. TWO-TO-one; 29. Stormed, RAN AT; 30. Winner of 14 tennis majors in the 1990s, GRAF; 31. Wasn’t straight, LIED; 36. Many a college interviewer, ALUM; 37. Reference, CITE; 42. Cylindrical menu item, EGG ROLL; 44. What outer space is that cyberspace isn’t?, PHRASE; 45. Circular stack, FLIERS; 46. Epsom’s setting, SURREY; 49. Leave one’s coat behind?, SHED; 50. Saving type, HERO; 51. Performer of high-risk operations, SWAT; 53. Mideastern P.M.’s nickname, BIBI; 54. Not blind to, IN ON; 55. Affliction whose name rhymes with its location, STYE; 57. Vegas spot, PIP; 58. German granny, OMA; 59. American crossroads, e.g., PAC.


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05.24.13 — Careless Abandon




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Friday, May 24, 2013

Puzzle by Joe Krozel / Edited by Will Shortz


Twelve fifteen-letter answers constitute the main feature of this fearsome Friday crossword:

HAS AN INTEREST IN (17A. Is curious about)
PROCRASTINATING (24A. Off-putting?)
GASOLINE STATION (31A. It may help you get from E to F)
CARELESS ABANDON (41A. Bad quality for dangerous work)
RAN A CLOSE SECOND (48A. Barely lost)
TOLERANCE LEVELS (58A. Drug study data)
BOSTON STRANGLER (3D. Notorious 1960s figure)
GENERAL ELECTRIC (5D. Company of which Thomas Edison was once a director)
HONKS ONE’S HORN AT (6D. Greets with a beep)
THESIS STATEMENT (8D. Doctoral candidate’s starting point)
THE SAHARA DESSERT (9D. Large portion of Africa)
PETRIFIED FOREST (11D. Source of hardwood?)


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Remaining clues — ACROSS:  1. Comparable in extent; 6. Old White House inits.; 9. Convertible setting; 14. Holdings; 15. “Look at that!”; 16. Laughing ___; 20. N.Y.C. line; 21. Some bulls; 22. Stranded message?; 23. Place to hang something; 228. Museum funding org.; 29. Scale markings: Abbr.; 30. Pajama-clad exec.; 37. Word with place or prayer; 38. Stretch (out); 39. Besmirch; 40. Long time; 45. Put away; 46. Google finding; 54. H.S. subj.; 55. Rocky mount; 56. ___ o menos (basically, in Spanish); 57. Pooh pal; 62. ‘90’s soccer great Lalas; 63. Prince Valiant’s son; 64. Onetime big name in daytime talk; 65. Georges who wrote “Life” A User’s Manual”; 66. See 67-Across; 67. With 66-Across, little source of carbs.  —  DOWN:  1. “___ of fools sailing on” (Wang Chung lyric); 2. 1998’s ___ Report; 4. Pension supplement, for short; 7. One perhaps having one too many; 10. Cries of despair; 12. 18-Down, for one; 13. Consumer products firm since 1837, informally; 18. Dockworker’s grp.; 19. Infomercial pioneer Popeil; 25. Fig. at the top of an organizational chart; 26. Lao-___; 27. Asian holiday; 31. Big maker of S.U.V.’s; 32. Moody’s rating; 32. Presidential nickname; 34. It may be clicked on a computer; 35. Cargo on the Spanish Main; 36. Grandmother, to Brits; 42. Fraternity letter; 43. Start of a cheer; 44. Japanese computer giant; 48. Draw on again; 49. Tropical lizard; 50. Mauna ___; 51. Mineo of movies; 52. “I’m serious!”; 53. Nurse, at times; 59. Computer file suffix; 60. ___-Magnon; 61. Intl. broadcaster.

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05.14.13 — Name Dropping


Name Dropping by Marc Rosenthal

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Puzzle by John Lieb / Edited by Will Shortz

Four down answers with the initials ND constitute the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword:

NAME DROPPING (12D. Status-seeking sort ... or a solver of this puzzle, initially?)
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (5D. With 41-Down, title teen in a 2004 indie hit)
NANCY DREW (20D. Amateur detective in 1967's "The Clue in the Crossword Cipher")
NEIL DIAMOND (24D. "Song Sung Blue" singer)

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05.13.13 — Monday and Mesa



Monday, May 13, 2013

Puzzle by Allan E. Parrish / Edited by Will Shortz

Anagrams of (take your pick) MESA, AMES, SAME and SEAM found in MESA ARIZONA (20A. Chicago Cubs spring training site), AMES BROTHERS (26A. “Rag Mop” hitmakers, 1950), SAME OLD STORY (48A. You’ve heard it many times before) and SEAM WELDING (56A. Metal-joining technique) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.

Other — BEAUTY SHOP (63A. Salon), EXHAUST (4D. Deplete), ROTTEN EGGS (18A Last ones in the pool, say), STUDIOS (47D. Small apartments), TRENTON (39A. New Jersey‘s capital).

Mid-size — AMBIT, ANGRY, ASHEN, ASIAN, Jane AUSTEN, CAGED, CRANE, DEEPEN, ENTERO, EXHAUST, FARRAR, Hermann HESSE, HOTEL, John LOCKE, Steve MCNAIR, MICAH, MULTI, NASAL decongestant, OBESE, OREOS, PEACH, Mitt ROMNEY, TABLA, TIE-DYE, TONTO, TOP GUN.

Short stuff — Et ALIA, AMPS, APEX, ARE and AREA, ASTI, BEGS, BOOR, EAU de cologne, ELBA, ELOI, ERS, ESP, EZIO Pinza, FERN, GNAW, HIGH, IRE, Camero IROC and IRON, ISBN, MHOS, MSG, “Thank you very MUCH“, NATO, NO NO, OONA Chaplin, OPIE, OSTE, PCB, PERP, PONY, RAHM Emanuel, “Puttin’ on the RITZ“, ROAR, ROBE, SCOW, SHAM, TOME, UKE, UMA Thurman, WOMB, ZOO.

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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Judge’s garment; 5. Plant with fronds; 9. Book after Jonah; 14. Zenith; 15. Et ___ (and others); 16. Machine at a construction site; 17. Lofty; 22. Hosp. areas for accident victims; 23. Actress Thurman; 24. Pattern for many 1960s T-shirts; 32. Prefix with task; 33. Unmannered sort; 34. Lawbreaker, in police lingo; 38. E.P.A.-proscribed compound, for short; 42. Menagerie; 43. Hoax; 45. Bone: Prefix; 46. Chinese or Japanese; 51. 1986 Tom Cruise/Val Kilmer action film; 55. “You ___ what you eat”; 65. Clothes presser; 66. Philosopher John who posited a theory of social contract; 67. Unabridged dictionary, e.g.; 68. Mrs. Charlie Chaplin; 69. White from fright, say; 70. Library ID; 71. Flat-bottomed boat. — DOWN: 1. Chicago mayor Emanuel; 2. “The Andy Griffith Show” boy; 3. Panhandles; 4. Deplete; 5. ___, Straus and Giroux (book publisher); 6. “The Time Machine” people; 8. Western mil. Alliance; 9. QB Steve who won a Payton Award; 10. Fury; 11. Like animals in a 42-Across; 12. Furious; 19. Intestinal prefix; 21 Circumference; 25. Mind reader’s ability, briefly; 26. Concert blasters; 28. Exile isle for Napoleon; 29. Seriously overweight; 30. Kemo Sabe’s sidekick; 31. Equivalent of five houses in Monopoly; 35. Basso Pinza; 36. Lion’s sound; 37. Smallish equine; 40. McCain : 2008 :: ___ : 2012; 44. Where the Knicks play in N.Y.C.; 47. Small apartments; 48. Jane who wrote “Pride and Prejudice”; 50. Become more intense; 51. Small Indian drum; 52. Nabisco cookies; 53. Fruit with a pit; 57. Italian wine area; 58. Conductance units; 59. Where a baby develops; 60. Camaro ___-Z; 61. Something you might get your hand slapped for doing; 62. Chew like a beaver; 64. Luau instrument, informally.

05.12.13 — Simply Put

 
 
Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp
working on the giant machine
in the 1936 film “Modern Times
 
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
 
“Simply Put” Crossword by David J. Kahn / Edited by Will Shortz

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP (24D. This puzzle’s long-winded advice, simply put) along with POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES / OF A PLAN OR DECISION ONE / CANNOT REVERSE SHOULD BE / HEEDED PRIOR TO THE TIME / AN ACTION IS EFFECTUATED(29-Across - With 44-, 63-, 77- and 93-Across, a long-winded piece of advice) constitutes the main feature of this Sunday crossword.
 
Other — LETTER GRADE (24A. One way to measure a student’s progress), LITTLE TRAMP (103A. Charlie Chaplin persona, with “the”), PASS GO, SPEEDY, STEP ASIDE, TABLE-HOPS.

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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Certain laureate; 5. ___ Fine, “The Nanny” nanny; 9. Planet, to a 1-Across; 1. Get a little richer in Monopoly; 18. Slave whom Amneris was jealous of:19. Hindu epic hero; 20. “Zero Dark Thirty org.; 21. Kind of garage; 22 Some mixers; 26. Possible cause of turbulent weather; 27. Swearing; 28. As an end result; 35. Lei Day hellos; 36. Validates; 37. “Very nice!”; 38. Standard home page feature; 39. Journalist Marvin or Bernard; 41. Louisiana area; 52. “That’s the way things are”; 53. Shoes without heels; 54. Remain unresolved; 56. Ninny; 59. Fitting conclusion?; 60. Blackmore title girl; 61. Quick; 63. See 29-Across; 68. Flows out; 69. Fleming of opera; 70. Home of the U.K.; 71. Cartoonist Hoff; 72. Supermarket aid; 73. Ful of animal fat; 74. Pair on ice; 84. Doesn’t stay; 85. 180s; 86. Subject of the 2002 book “The Perfect Store”; 87. Doing perfectly; 90. Stout ___; 91. Fla. Vacation spot; 100. Something to strike; 101. Oration locations; 102. Wake-up calls; 106. Acquires unexpectedly; 110. Except when; 111. Notwithstanding that briefly; 112. Three-sided weapon; 113. One with designs on women; 114. Places; 115. ___ lane; 116. Pitching muscle, for short; 117. Big show. — 1. Campaign-funding grp.; 2. Garage supply; 3. School address ending; 4. Works the room, maybe; 5. Facades; 6. Arm bones; 7. Dryer brand; 8. ___ passage; 9. A lot; 10. Fashion photographer Herb; 11. Suffuse; 12. ___ ejemplo; 13. “Life of Pi” director Lee; 14. Not flustered; 15. Like embargoed goods; 16. Thingamajog; 17. Lunchbox treats; 23. Where Yemen Airways is based; 25. Case worker’s title?: Abbr.; 29. ___ Alto; 30. Former Swedish P.M. Palme; 31. Senate cover-up; 32. Having no active leads; 33. “From all of ___ all of you …”; 34. Actor McGregor; 39. Carp in a pond; 40. Auction category; 41. Steak ___; 42. Kefauver of old politics; 43. Sue Grafton’s “___ for Lawless”; 45. Start to go surfing?; 46. Helps in a bad way; 47. Opposite of always; 48. Intimate; 49. Automaker since 1899; 50. Cravings; 51. Not go beyond; 55. Unnatural?; 56. Power option; 57. Biblical matriarch who lived to 127; 58. Bag; 60. Tooth: Prefix; 61. One side in a 19th-century war, with “the”; 62. Blender setting; 64. Evening, in ads; 65. Go ballistic; 66. Turns suddenly; 67. Pressure, informally; 73. Reagan antimissile program, for short; 74. Mucky place; 75. Ring results; 76. Let someone else take over; 78. Impression; 79. Nov. 11 honoree; 80. Snorkeling site; 81. “Yeah, yeah”; 82. Canberra chum; 83. Viewed; 87. Formally name; 88. Corner piece; 89. Cooler in hot weather; 90. “Nemesis” novelist; 91. Place to play stickball; 92. Rolaids rival; 93. Mark of distinction; 94. Elect; 65. 61-Down’s opponent, with “the”; 96. The Snake River snakes through it; 97. Didn’t turn away from; 98. Fly away, in a way; 99. “A horse designed by a committee”; 104. Cause of a trip; 105. Host follower?; 107. Turn down; 108. Surpass; 109. Guanajuato gold.

 

05.11.13 — Location

 

 
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Saturday, May 11, 2013
 
Puzzle by Matt Ginsberg / Edited by Will Shortz
 
This seaworthy Saturday crossword features LOCATION (61A. Place) as a clue for four cross-referenced answers with their location in the puzzle to be imagined as parts of those answers, e.g., TOP, BOTTOM, LEFT and RIGHT.
 
A-ONE (56D. 1-Across*) and DRAWER (1A. Chest piece) = [TOP] DRAWER
CARP (13D. 68-Across*) and BOTTOM (68A. The Missouri to the Mississippi) = [BOTTOM] FEEDER
SAILED (25A. 33-Down*) and PORT (33D. Strong wine) = [LEFT] PORT
AT ONCE (49A. 32-Down*) and AWAY (32D. Out) = [RIGHT] AWAY
 
* taking into account its 61-Across
 
While the print version of the puzzle has “taking into account its 61-Across” in italics after the clue list, referring to the four clues with asterisks, the online version adds the phrase to the four clues.
 



 
Other — BASILICA (7A. St. John‘s, for one), DESK SETS (67A. Classic graduation gifts), ENIWETOK (65A. 1950s H-bomb test site), HARA KIRI (18A. Act in “The Last Samurai“), I HAVE NO IDEA (10D. “Beats me!”), LIKED TO (11D. Did with enjoyment), PARAGUAY (33A Where the Guarani is cash), ROGUE STATES (2D. Iran, North Korea and the like), TAKES TO (46A. Shows an aptitude for), URBAN II (39A. Pope who started the First Crusade), WINDY DAY (44A. Good occasion for kite-flying), WOJTYLA (4D. John Paul II, originally), YANGTZE (45D. Site of the Three Gorges Dam).
 
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 15. Fish that attaches itself to a host; 16. Like the Congressional Record; 17. Biblical prophet whose name means “Yahweh is my God”; 19. St. John’s, for one; 20. Kneecap, e.g.; 22. Dick and Al, recently; 23. Like King Sargon II: Abbr.; 27. Author of “Herding Cats: A Life in Politics”; 29. Latin rock band featured at Woodstock; 37. Milk source, to a kid; 38. Vein gloriousness?; 41. Tokyo Rose’s real first name; 42. German chocolate brand; 48. Mother of the Titans; 51. Home of more than 900 volcanoes; 55. White House girl; 58. Western setting; 60. Just under half a penny’s weight; 63. Ostrich, e.g.; 66. Dermatological concern; 67. Classic graduation gifts. — DOWN: 1. ___ blank; 2. Transfers often entail them, informally; 3. Bahrain bigwigs: Var.; 5. Span of a ruler, maybe; 6. First name in Chicago politics; 7. Part of the coast of Brazil; 8. Estée Lauder fragrance for men; 9. TV or monitor part: Abbr.; 12 Ellington band vocalist Anderson; 14. Father/daughter fighters; 21. Take ___ at; 26. Veneer, e.g.; 28. Ask, for as assistance; 30. It’s not basic; 31. Astronomical figure?; 34. “La donna è mobile,” e.g.; 35. Give off, with “of”; 36. Not pitch or roll, say; 40. Big uranium exporter; 43. Twin-engine Navy helicopter; 47. Hoofing it; 50. Abruptly stops, with “out”; 52. Like mummies; 53. Instruction written in currants for Alice; 54. Campaign dirty trick; 55. Coast, in a way; 57. Univ. grouping; 59. Nonkosher; 62. Samson’s end?; 64. Pal.

 

05.10.13 — Is That All There Is?



 
Berrien County Little League, Blues farm team, circa 1960.
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Puzzle by Derek Bowman / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Finish differently, say, RESTAIN; 8. 1950s backup group with four top 10 hits, COMETS; 14. Stars are recognized with them, OSCAR NODS; 17. Clear as mud, so to speak, OPAQUE; 18. It may have pop-ups, STORY BOOK; 19. Scott BAKULA who co-starred on TV’s “Men of a Certain Age”; 20. “Incredible!”, YOWZA; 21. Not just surmise, KNOW; 23. Closest to zero, LEAST; Years, in Tours, ANS; 26. Oakland daily, for short; TRIB; 28. “Unfortunately …”, ALAS; 29. Deutschland “de”, VON; 31. Phoenix setting: Abbr., MST; 33. D.C. nine, NATS; 35. It has short stops, LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM; 41. “What, no more?, IS THAT ALL THERE IS; 42.Places for a 35-Across, BASEBALL DIAMONDS; 43. AS NO other (matchlessly); 44. Satyajit Ray’s “The APU Trilogy”; 45. Bill in a bow tie, NYE; 46. Tarantula hawk, e.g., WASP; 49. Band options, AM FM; 51. Dreamworks SKG; 53. Phoenix setting?, ASHES; 55. Jacuzzi session, SOAK; 57. “A COAT of Varnish” (C. P. Snow novel); 61. Chemistry test topic, ISOMER; 63. Cursorily, AT A GLANCE; 65. Certain Mexican-American, TEJANO; 66. Where to come to grips with things?, MOVIE SETS; 67. Tight, STINGY; 68. Purports, ALLEGES.




Down — 1. Looking up, ROSY; 2. This, in Tijuana, ESTO; 3. Trash hauler, SCOW; 4. Much-filmed swinger, TARZAN THE APE MAN; 5. Ancient Dravidian’s displacer, ARYAN; 6. Like Chopin’s Mazurka Op. 56 No. 1, IN B; 7. Sony Reader competitor, NOOK; 8. Middle ear?, COB; 9. It’s often set in a ring, OPAL; 10. Serve well in court, MAKE A STRONG CASE; 11. Come to EQUAL; 12. Hometown of the band Hanson, TULSA; 13. Party prizes?, SEATS; 15. “Shh! It’s a secret!:, DON’T TELL; 16. Hershey bar, SKOR; 22. Brogue feature, WINGTIP; 25. “The Moldau” composer, SMETANA; 7. Mies van der Rohe was its last director, BAUHAUS; 29. Something needing a stamp, VIA; 30. Giant giant’s family, OTTS; 32. “Giant” events, SLALOMS; 34. Be overrun, TEEM; 35. Party label for Brit. P. M. William Gladstone, LIB; 36. Culture centers?, LABS; 37. Chuck Schumer’s predecessor in the Senate, AL DAMATO; 38. Kids’ rhyme starter, EENY; 39. Congress person, AIDE; 40. Works for an editor: Abbr., MSS; 46. Takes orders, say, WAITS; 47. Concern of I.R.S. Form 8594, ASSET; 48. Japanese sliding door, SHOJI; 5. Head makeup, FOAM; 51. Superman’s name on Krypton, KAL EL; 54. Hong Kong’s Hang SENG Index; 56. Polynesian drink, KAVA; 58. Pull felt on Earth, ONE G; 59. Part of a French play, ACTE; 60. Cher’s role in “Burlesque”, TESS; 62. “The Natural” hero ROY Hobbs; 64. Former Mets manager GIL Hodges.
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