Saturday, January 11, 2014
Puzzle by Martin Ashwood-Smith / Edited by Will Shortz
Eight 15-letter answers constitutes the main feature of this Saturday crossword:
CANADA BLUE GRASS (1A. It has a close “Kentucky” cousin)
TRADITIONAL IRAS (16A. Tax deferral options)
NAVAL ENGAGEMENT (17A. Water gun fight?)
STEMLESS GLASSES (18A. Tumblers)
OBSCENE GESTURES (51A. They’re usually pixilated on TV)
POTASSIUM IODIDE (59A. Kelp is a natural source of it)
ELEPHANT TRAINER (60A. One who orders trunks to be moved?)
DENTAL ASSISTANT (61A. Member of a drill team?)
Other Across — 19. Nonprofessional, LAY; 20. “Thus weary of the world, away she HIES”: Shak.; 21. Burnable medium, briefly, CDR; 23. Slender runner, SKI; 25. One may remove grease with elbow grease, SOS PAD; 30. SC Johnson brand, RAID; 32. Does a Ludacris impersonation, RAPS; 34. Grid great Greasy, NEALE; 35. Not the least bit, IN NO WAY; 37. “That’s expensive!”, IT’S A LOT; 39. Sum symbol, SIGMA; 40. Rice alternative, ORZO; 42. Stop on Amtrak’s California Zephyr, RENO; 43. Dead player?, POSSUM; 45. Key contraction, O’ER; 46. SEX ed; 47. Larry KERT of the original “West Side Story”; 49. Went nowhere, SAT.
Down — U.P.S. deliveries: Abbr., CTNS; 2. Poor as A RAT (destitute); 3. Belly dancers’ bands?, NAVEL RINGS; 4. Native of Caprica on “Battlestar Galactica”, ADAMA; 5. Corker, DILLY; 6. Done to A TEE; 7. Alternatives to racks, BINS; 8. Sawmill supplier, LOG SHIP; 9. Fish in a dragon roll, UNAGI; 10. They have bills and appear on bills, EAGLES; 11. Renowned boxing gym in Brooklyn, GLEASON’S; 12. Outer limits, RIMS; 13. Diomedes speared him, ARES; 14. Having good balance, SANE; 15. They were retired in ‘03, SSTS; 21. Like new notes, CRISP; 22. Freshwater aquarium favorite, DANIO; 23. Many a dama: Abbr., SRA; 24. Deck, KAYO; 26. Brand, SEAR; 27. Renaissance composer of “Missa Papae Marcelli”, PALESTRINA; 28. How troglodytes live, ALONE; 29. Clean out, DETOX; 31. DiMaggio and others, DOMS; 33. Fitting decision, SIZE; 38. Wisconsin county or its seat, WAUKESHA; 38. A.L. East team, on scoreboards, TOR; 41. Really cheap shots?, ROTGUTS; 44. Monthly, MENSAL; 48. Spanish royal, REINA; 49. Attic promenades, STOAS; 50. Book review?, AUDIT; 51. Weigh-in section?, OP ED; 52. Woody trunk, BOLE; 53. Korean War-weapon, STEN; 54. Abbr. by Hook or by Cook, CAPT; 55. Drs. Often take over for them, EMTS; 56. iPhone talker, SIRI; 57. Fall scene, EDEN; 58. Fundació Joan Miró designer, SERT.
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