07.28.14 — String Quartet

Monday, July 28, 2014

Puzzle by Tom McCoy / Edited by Will Shortz

STRING QUARTET (37A. Classical music group … or what the four sets of circled letters make up?), along with the circled words, ROPE, YARN, NYLON and CABLE, constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword:

ZERO PERCENT (17A. Chance of an impossibility)
HEY ARNOLD (30A. Nickelodeon show whose protagonist has a foot-ball-shaped head)
ANY LONGER (44A. For even a second more)
VOCAB LESSON (59A. Component of a language class, informally)

Other — ASSYRIA (52A. Nineveh’s land), GAUNTLET (12D. Knight’s glove), LOSE LOSE (11D. Lke a catch-22 situation), MINUTELY (23D. With great attention to detail), RIPSAWS (24A. Cutters that cut with the grain), SENESCED (37D. Grew old), SPARKLER (25D. Hand-held Fourth of July firework), THRUSH (6D. Plumb songbird), TRY-HARDS (38D. Those who put a lot of effort into social climbing, in modern lingo).


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