Moses with the Ten Commandments,
1648, Philippe de Champaigne
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Puzzle by Victor Barocas / Edited by Will Shortz
TURNING A PROPHET (64A. Punny description of the circled letters in 17-, 27- and 48-Across), along with the prophets in the circled letters, e.g., MOSES, AMOS and EZRA (all spelled backwards), constitutes the main feature of this Wednesday crossword:
WIN SOME LOSE SOME (17A. Words of resignation)
ESPRESSO MAKERS (27A. Barista-operated gadgets)
SCHWARZENEGGER (48A. Governor elected in a 2003 recall vote)
Other — HAWK and KIWI (38D. Sharp-eyed sort; 52A. Chicken-sized flightless bird), “Pumping IRON” (1977 docudrama featuring 48-Across), MA BELL (18D. Old phone company nickname), MAGPIE (57A. Bird in the crow family), RWANDA (49D. Country with a gorilla on its 5,000-franc note), SKEWER (41D. Lampoon but good), ZIGGED (50D. Did part of a slalom path).
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