Washington’s Birthday is observed on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. This date is commonly called Presidents’ Day and many groups honor the legacy of past presidents on this date.
Puzzle by David Gray / Edited by Will Shortz
SAY SAY SAY (38A. Paul McCartney / Michael Jackson hit … or a hint to the starts of 17-, 24-, 57- and 65-Across), UNCLE BUCK (17A. 1989 John Hughes movie starring John Candy), NO MORE TEARS (24A. “There, there … stop crying”), CHEESE CURLS (57A. Snack that leaves the fingers orange) and WHAT A JOKE (65A. “This is just ridiculous!”) constitute the interrelated group of this fine Monday crossword.
Other — ALL STARS (43D. 39D. Best of the best, sports wise), ANKARA (8D. Turkey’s capital), DAYTONA (47D. Nascar race locale), ET CETERA (9D. And so on), E-TICKET (48D. Printout taken to the airport, maybe), INCISOR (3D. Front tooth), LINKAGE (2D. Connection), NEPHEWS (49D. Huey, Dewey and Louie, to Donald), SWEAR TO (44D. Solemnly affirm).
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