Monday, February 3, 2014
Puzzle by Sean Dobbin / Edited by Will Shortz
CANDY (33A. Checkout counter staple … or, when read as three words, what 20-, 31-, 47- and 55-Across have in common), CALENDAR YEAR (20A. January 1 to December 31), CHUCK YEAGER (31A. First pilot to travel faster than the speed of sound), CHICKEN YARD (47A. Area around a farmhouse) and CANARY YELLOW (55A. Bright color) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword. Incidentally, there was a recent crossword featuring C AND Y in September of this last year.
Other — DIAMETER (45A. Line across a circle), LEAD SHOT (5D. Air rifle pellets), MARTYRED (41D. Like Joan of Arc), PARADES (9D. Fourth of July and Veterans Day events), ROBOT (19A. Mechanical man), SARASOTA (35A Florida city between Tampa and Fort Myers), SKI AREA (44D. Vail in the winter, e.g.), YAK YAK (8D. Gab and gab some more).
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