07.24.14 — Paint IT Black


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Puzzle by David Phillips / Edited by Will Shortz

PAINT IT BLACK (23D. 1966 Rolling Stones hit … or an instruction to be followed four times in this puzzle) with ‘IN’ in four black double-squares constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword:

  • CHECK [IT] OUT (20/22A. “Looky here!”) along with ENC[I]RCLED (5/25D. Went around) and COA[T]TAIL (6/26D. Men’s formalwear feature)
  • LET [IT] SLIDE (59/61A. Not worry about something annoying) with DULC[I]NEA (41/67D. Don Quixote’s love) and PETER [T]OSH (37/68D. One of the Wailers of Bob Marley and the Wailers)
  • WRECK-[IT]-RALPH (4D/39D. Hit 2012 Disney film) with STA[I]RCASE (29/32A. Flight setting) and ANA[T]OLIA (35/36A. Greater part of Turkey)
  • PAINT [IT] BLACK with CUTS [I]NTO (47/49A. Interrupts, as a broadcast) and SELEC[T]EES (52/53A. Chosen people)

Other — AFRO (7D. Picked locks?), DINO and FLINTSTONE (63D. 11-Down pet; 11D. Pebbles, e.g.), ECARTE (5A. Game similar to euchre), ISAIAH (74A. Prophet on the Sistine Chapel ceiling), OGRISH (50D. Beastly), OPALS (50A. South Australian exports), PEORIA (51D. Bradley University site), Jeremy RENNER of “The Avengers“,  SLOES (56D. Dark-skinned fruit), SOLANO (66A. California county between San Francisco and Sacramento), STELLA (52D. Stanley Kowalski’s woman), Rikki-tikki-TAVI, THEATRE (27A. A series of “insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster,” per Tom Stoppard.


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.

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