The letter E, an influential vowel and one of the most frequently used letters in the English language, died yesterday. It was 2,800 years old. ~ Joshua David Stein, Wired
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Puzzle by Mathew E. Paronto and Jeff Chen
Edited by Will Shortz
CROSSWORDESE (55A. What this puzzle’s capitalized clues are, both by definition and pun), e.g., “crossword E’s”, along with FENCING BLADE (20A. EPEE), NEEDLE CASE (28A. ETUI), SEA BIRD (39A. ERNE) and ARAB LEADER (47A. EMIR), constitute the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword.
Other — AMNESIA (46D. Overused plot device in soaps), ART FILM (4D. Highbrow theater screening), BANANA SPLIT (10D. Fountain treat with cherries on top), BUSSES (48D. Hearty kisses), CLOWN AROUND (25D. Be a goof), ORACLE (5D. Seer), UNCIVIL (23A. Discourteous).
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