Thursday, July 17, 2014
Puzzle by Alan Arbesfeld / Edited by Will Shortz
Four answers with the first word spelled backwards along with BACK implied as part of the word constitutes the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword:
[KCAB]PMUH WHALE (17A. Singer in the sea, literally). e.g., humpback whale
[KCAB]LLAF POSITION (27A. Plan B. literally), fallback position
[KCAB]RETRAUQ SNEAK (42A. Gridiron maneuver, literally), quarterback sneak
[KCAB]YGGIP RIDE (57A. Little kid’s lift, literally), piggyback ride
Other — ALL CAPS (7D. Indicator of stress), ATT and ATTY, AURORA (39A. Skylghts?), EMPTY NETS (13D. Fisherman’s bane and hockey player’s boon), ILA and IRA, LOCATIONS (11D. Spots), NORTHEAST (32D. 45 degrees), OGLE and OGRE, ON E and ONE-C, QUAYLE (43D. Bush successor), SPARE TIRE (30D. Gut), TRATTORIA (12D. Vino spot), TRUE LOVES (31D. Soul mates).
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