07.29.14 — Greenery


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Puzzle by Timothy Polin / Edited by Will Shortz

Five horticultural suggestions, e.g., sansevieria trifasciata, cornus, auncus, digitaria and aconitum, constitutes the main feature of this Tuesday crossword:

SNAKE PLANT (18A. Nursery worker’s suggestion for a backstabber?)
DOGWOOD (36A. … for a scoundrel?)
GOATSBEARD (57A. … for a fall guy?)
CRAB GRASS (3D. … for a grouch?)
WOLF’S BANE (32D. … for a lothario?)

Other — BASS SOLO (5D. Extended piece by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin or John Entwistle of the Who), FERN (14A. Bit of office greenery), MAMA’S BOY (54A. Overly devoted son), MENACES (24A. Killer bees and others), MESTIZA (49A. Mujer of mixed race), OPIUM DEN (37D. Old-time drug hangout), SEXTS (44A. Responds hotly?), SOBERS UP (20A. Gets more clearheaded), XZIBIT (46D. Rapper who hosted MTV’s “Pimp My Ride”).


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