Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Puzzle by Ruth B. Margolin / Edited by Will Shortz
Adding IST to familiar phrases resulting in unfamiliar phrases constitutes the interrelated group of this pleasant Wednesday crossword:
CUBIST REPORTERS (17A. Journalists covering abstract art?)
POMPOUS ASSIST (26A. Help from a jerk?)
STARKIST NAKED (44A. Canned tuna without mayo?)
SLEEPER CELLISTS (58A. Narcoleptics with string instruments?)
Other — AVIATE (5A. Do the Wright thing?), CALYPSO (41D. Harry Belafonte genre), CREDIT RISK (11D. One unable to get a loan, say), EURASIA (10D. “1984” superstate), GAS and SNAIL (51A. Shell carries it; 42D. It carries a shell), GUEVARA (24D. Compadre of Castro), MAIN STREET (28D. Where to find the only stoplight in a small town, typically), NASSAU (15A. South American cruise stop, for short), REPLICA (33A. Model plane, e.g.), VOILE (38A. Sheer curtain fabric).
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