01.15.14 — Alphabetically Yours

Longtime crossword constructor Bernice Gordon born on Jan. 11, 1914, poses for a portrait at her home, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Philadelphia. The New York Times is publishing one of her puzzles today, making her the first centenarian to have a grid printed in the newspaper. ~ The Associated Press 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Puzzle by Bernice Gordon / Edited by Will Shortz

Six letters of the alphabet serve as homophones in this perfectly pleasant (with just the right dash of difficulty) Wednesday crossword:

GEOGRAPHY B (17A. It’s all about location, location, location)
ONLY U (39A. 1955 hit for the Platters)
CARIBBEAN C (62A. Environs for Blackbeard)
AFTERNOON T (11D. Occasion for sandwiches and scones)
BLACK EYED P (28D. Soul food ingredient)

Other — Newswoman BARBARA Walters, CAPE HORN (6D. Southern tip of South America), LIP SYNCH (44A. Pretends to be singing), SHOEBOX (45D. Line of greeting cards billed as “a tiny little division of Hallmark”), VOLTAIRE (34A. Philosopher who wrote “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere”), YIELDING (40D. Soft to the touch).


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.

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