Monday, January 6, 2014
Puzzle by Zhouqin Burnikel / Edited by Will Shortz
2014 in ROMAN numerals (what the initial letters of the answers to the five starred clues all are), e.g., MMXIV, is the main feature of this cheerful first-Monday-of-the-New-Year crossword:
M NIGHT SHYAMALAN (17A. *“The Sixth Sense” director)
M BUTTERLY (23A. *1988 Best Play Tony winner inspired by Puccini)
X-ACTO (39A. *Craft knife brand)
I AM AMERICA (47A. *2007 Stephen Colbert satirical book)
V IS FOR VENGEANCE (58A. *22nd in a Sue Grafton series)
Other — KELLY GREEN (11D. Good color for St. Patrick’s Day), KIRK GIBSON (29D. Dodgers slugger who was the 1988 N.L. M.V.P.), LEILA (35A. Girl in Byron’s “Don Juan”), “Wrecking Ball" singer MILEY Cyrus, “Mon ONCLE” (Jacques Tati film), THE ALAMO (40D. Something to remember in San Antonio?), YOGA MATS (4D. They may be unrolled before meditation).
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THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.