Margaret Hamilton as The Wicked Witch of the West
in The Wizard of Oz. Photograph: Ronald Grand Archive
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Puzzle by Mark Bickham / Edited by Will Shortz
IS THIS GOOD (62A. Question posed while pulling leftovers from the fridge … or a query about the initial words of 18-, 24-, 33-, 43- or 50-Across?), e.g., slang for the word GOOD — KILLER, INSANE, RADICAL, WICKED and BAD — constitutes the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword.
KILLER BEES (18A. Aggressive swarms)
INSANE ASYLUMS (24A. Facilities with padded walls)
RADICAL SIGN (33A. Square root symbol)
WICKED WITCH (43A. One of two figures in “The Wizard of Oz”)
BAD MOON RISING (50A. 1969 platinum record for Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Other — DRESS SIZE (11D. Number at a bridal boutique), END-WISE (44D. How sausage links are connected), INCUBATES (32D. Sits on to keep warm, say), OOOLA (53D. “Alley Oop” woman), SHOGI (1D. Japanese chess), VITUAL (9D. Almost real).
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