07.09.14 — Star-Studded

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Puzzle by Bruce Haight / Edited by Will Shortz

STAR-STUDDED (60A. Like the Oscars … or the answers to this puzzle’s seven asterisked clues?) summarizes the main feature of this Wednesday crossword:

JUST ARRIVED (17A. *Words on a birth announcement)
SALES TARGET (26A. *Quota for a rep to achieve)
COSTA RICA (37A. *Oldest continuous democracy in Central America)
TOURIST AREA (51A. *Where to find money exchange shops)
LESS TAR (13D. *Cigarette ad claim)
STARE (27D. *Prefight psych job)
ASTARTE (40D. *Ancient fertility goddess)

Other — AT ONE GO (12D. In a single try), BEER GUT (11D. Opposite of six-pack abs, ironically), CREATURE (38D. Kind of comfort), DOODLES (41D. Marginal things?), DRUM SET (42D. It often shows a band’s name), MADAGASCAR (32A. Title island of a 2005 DreamWorks animated film), SORORAL (47A. Sisterly), THAT’S A GO (5D. “Let’s roll!), TORTUGA (31A. Island setting for “Pirates of the Caribbean”), WISECRACKS (43A. Words from class clowns).


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Puzzle available on the internet at
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