07.31.14 — Space Bar

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Puzzle by Jeff Chen and Jill Denny / Edited by Will Shortz

COMPUTER KEY (55-Across, e.g.), STAR WARS CANTINA (55-Across, e.g.?) and 55-Across [SPACE] BAR (Visual representation of this puzzle’s theme), along with seven down answers, constitutes the interrelated group of this vacuous Thursday crossword:

AIR [SPACE]S (41D. Areas that may be protected by military jets)
DISK [SPACE] (36D. You might need a lot of it for your files)
[SPACE] JAM (56D. Hit 1996 live-action/animated film)
[SPACE] AGE (57D. We‘re living in it)
[SPACE] BAR (58D. Name for 55-Across)
DEEP [SPACE] (37D. It’s far out)
SUB[SPACE]S (43D. Regions within regions)

It appears that the seven squares marked “SPACE” are intended to be left empty to further emphasize “SPACE”.

Other — CHOPRA (5D. Who sad “The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers“), DESPAIR (39A. Low state), EVACUATE (3D. Empties), HOLY BIBLE (11D. People swear by it), LESSENS (42A. Drops), PB AND J (50A. Easily prepared lunch item, informally), RAZOR (47D. It might make one’s shadow disappear), SQUIB (63A. Short news item).


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