Bond of Union, M. C. Escher, 1956
Monday, April 28, 2014
Puzzle by Jim Modney / Edited by Will Shortz
BODY DOUBLES (35A. Star stand-ins … or a hint to 17-, 25-, 48- and 58-Across?), HEAD TO HEAD (17A. Direct, as competition), TÊTE À TÊTE (25A. 17-Across, literally: Fr.), MANO A MANO (48A. 58-Across, literally: Sp.) and HAND TO HAND (58A. Direct, as combat) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.
Other — BLENDS IN (35D. Is inconspicuous, say), CAIRN terrier (dog breed), COME NOW (38D. “Don’t be absurd!”), GELATO (31A. Italian ice cream), MILANO (45D. Certain Pepperidge Farm cookie), ON A DATE (39D. Out with one’s sweetie), SINLESS (13D. Immaculate), SQUEEZES (11D. Hugs tightly), TAHITI (1D. Polynesian paradise), UDDER (4D. What a milking machine connects to).
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