07.13.14 — Self-Evident

Sunday, July 13, 2014

"We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident”
Puzzle by Tim McCoy / Edited by Will Shortz

Seven tautological phrases, plus one from Gertrude Stein in circled letters (A ROSE IS A ) constitutes the interrelated group of this friendly Sunday crossword:

BOYS WILL BE BOYS (23A. Class excuse for some misdemeanors)
I YAM WHAT  YAM (35A. Declaration from Popeye)
WHAT’S DONE IS DONE (43A. Doubt-dispelling words from Lady Macbeth)
IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER (72A. Famous Yogism)
HATERS GONNA HATE (97A. Words dismissing detractors)
IT IS WHAT IT IS (105A. Expression of resignation)
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH (121A. “We wll tolerate this no more!”)

Other — CERN (33A. World’s largest particle physics lab, in Switzerland), CHEWS OUT ((93D. Reams), EARED and SIDED (48D and 49D. Follower of lop), ERAGON (119A. Fantasy title character whose name is one letter different from the creature he rides), GOLD MINE (6D. Source of great profit), LIGAND (19D. Bonding molecule), NERDS (73D. Colorful, pebble-like candies), SOLARIUM (91D. Sunny room), START A WAR (47D. Send in troops, say), SWIVELS (94D. Takes a turn), TITRATES (64D. Determines the concentration of a dissolved substance), WEEVIL (43D. One that’s a bore?), WEST WING (11D. Emmy-winning drama four years n a row, with “The”).

Place in pets
Night town
Night town a glass
Color mahogany
Color mahogany center
        Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. …

Gertrude Stein

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