Monday, March 3, 2014
Puzzle by Andrea Carla Michaels and Michael Blake
Edited by Will Shortz
Two-word phrases where the first word ends in "N" and the second word is identical, but minus the "N"(or vise versa) comprises the interrelated group of this neat Monday crossword:
DIVAN DIVA (17A. Operatic singer on a sofa?)
PATTERN PATTER (28A. Chitchat about a dressmaking template?)
FREETOWN FREE TOW (37A. Complimentary road service in Sierra Leone’s capital?)
EASTERN EASTER (45A. Egg-hunting time in the Orient?)
LEARN LEAR (63A. Memorize lines for a Shakespearean king?)
Other — CHRISTIE (10D. New Jersey governor whose first name starts his last name), EAGLET (49D. “Bald” baby bird), “EENY meeny miney mo”, ESTROGEN (38D. Hormone in the pill), NATL (59D. The “N” of N.A.A.C.P.: Abbr.), ROSIER (41D. More optimistic), STANZA (4D. Lyric unit), "THE X Factor", TRUNKS (48D. Elephants’ feelers), WALSH and WELSH.
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