Earth as a dot nestled in the top left hand corner of Saturn’s rings.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Puzzle by Elizabeth A. Long / Edited by Will Shortz
DOTTED I (36A. Lowercase letter illustrated six times in this puzzle?) and the puzzle's only I’s each one with D-O-T immediately over it constitutes the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword.
The six down answers containing the “dotted i” (OI) are 5D. DO IT, 9D. A MOI, 29D. SPOIL, 32D. COINED, 43D. BORZOI, and 46D. VOILA. The across words with the six D-O-T’s are ANECDOTE (14A. Speaker’s aid), DOTE ON (18A. Indulge), GODOT (34A. What some waiters never see?), DOTAGE (51A. Senility), YOU DO TOO (60A. “I’m not the only one!”) and, of course, DOTTED I.
Other — AIM LOW (59A. Not shoot for the stars, to put it mildly), AMANDA (16A. “The Glass Menagerie” woman), BORZOI (43D. Russian wolfhound), CANOEIST (17A Paddle pusher), GENERATE (3D. Produce), LARSON (8A. Cartoonist who said “I don’t read or watch TV to get ideas. My work is basically sitting down at the drawing table and getting silly”), NUTRIENT (63A. Vitamin, e.g.), PENALTY (41D. It’s an imposition), RATCHET (10D. Wheel with sloped teeth), UNBELT (42A. Start to take off one’s pants, say).
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