Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Puzzle by Jeff Chen and Dick Shlakman
Edited by Will Shortz
Four sentences of three sound-alike (homophonic) words constitute the main feature of this pleasant Wednesday crossword:
PEAKS PIQUE PEKES (17A. MOUNTAINS TICK OFF TOY DOGS)
BOARS BORE BOERS (28A. SOUTH AFRICANS ARE UNEXCITED BY SWINE)
PAIRS PARE PEARS (42A. COUPLES PEEL FRUIT)
IDYLLS IDLE IDOLS (54A. PASTORAL POEMS INCAPACITATE TEEN FAVES)
Other — ABANDON SHIP (3D. Final order from the captain); ALBA and ELBA; ALEXEI Kosygin of Russia; Guinea-BISSAU (West African nation); DADA and D-DAY; GLOP (50D. Zero-star fare); LEAP and PLEA; LINDT (32A. Big name in fancy chocolates); SATYR (62A. Lecherous goat-man); SETS A RECORD (26D. Becomes worthy of the Guinness Book, say).
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