Urim and Thummim, an attempt to identify a sinner via divination, by repeatedly splitting the people into two groups and identifying which group contains the sinner.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
"It's Better This Way" — Puzzle by Jeremy Newton
Edited by Will Shortz
With SICK at the beginning in circled letters and WELL at the end, this strange Sunday crossword tells us FOLLOWING THE / PRESCRIPTION is “the better way” — along with seven answers containing "RX" — the group:
FOLLOWING THE / PRESCRIPTION (16D: With 58-Down, a patient process? … or a hint to two consecutive letters in the answer to each of the seven starred clues).
XERXES I OF PERSIA (23A. *He bested Leonides at Thermopylae)
FOUR X FOUR (31A. *Off-roader, often)
THE WINTER X GAMES (49A. *Annual draw for snow cross fans)
GROUCHO MARX MUSTACHE (65A. *Iconic feature of comedy)
PROFESSOR XAVIER (79A. Founder of Marvel’s School for Gifted Youngsters)
SOLVE FOR X (97A. *Frequent problem faced by algebra students)
RETURN OF DOCTOR X (108A. *Horror flick starring Humphrey Bogart as a mad scientist, with “The”)
Other — AEGISES (42A. Sponsorships), BURLAP (36A. Stuff in sacks), EX-FED (98D. Retired govt. agent), GO BROKE (51D. Lose everything), MGM LION (57D. Loud beast heard in theaters), RESCUE ME (20A. 1965 R&B #1 song with the repeated lyric “Can‘t you see that I‘m lonely?“), R.L. STINE (73A. “Revenge R Us“ author), ROM-COMS (40D. "Clueless" and "Bridget Jones's Diary"), URIM and Thummim (sacred Judaic objects).
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