07.12.14 — The Saturday Crossword

Electra and Orestes, from Alfred Church, 
Stories from the Greek Tragedians, 1897


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Puzzle by Tim Croce and Alex Vratsanos
Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Army equivalent of a leading seaman: Abbr., CPL; 4. Lowered, SCOWLED; 11. Man on he street, BRO; 14. New England state sch., URI; 15. Football helmet feature, EAR HOLE; 16. Preposition with three homophones, O’ER; 17. Span since 1955, TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE; 20. Middle of an Aeschylus trilogy, with “The”, LIBATION BEARERS; 21. Classic label in classical music, ERATO; 22. Try to pull off, say, TUG AT; 23. Camera movement, TILT; 24. Unwelcome neighbor, SNOOP;29. Get on board, LADE; 30. Gouda and Muenster, SEMI-SOFT CHEESES; 33. Greeting at the head of a procession, ALL HAIL; 34. Selfish response to a request, I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT; 42. River that passes by the Hermitage, NEVA; 43. Wall hanging, ARRAS; 44. Saint who is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, ELMO; 45. Squarely, informally, SPANG; 47. First name in late-night TV, CRAIG; 48. Monumental, EARTH-SHATTERING; 54. Pro athlete in a red-and-white uniform, ARIZONA CARDINAL; 55. Subway nits., MTA; 56. Bright spots, SOLARIA; 57. One being shepherded, say, EWE; 58. It’s double-hyphenated: Abbr., SSN; 59. Like many a sports car, TWO-DOOR; 60. Brutus’ “but”, SED.

The Remorse of Orestes
 by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1862

Down — 1. Schnitzels, e.g., CUTLETS; 2. Plain variety, PRAIRIE; 3. Stick in a purse?, LIP BALM; 4. 1950s-’70s defense acronym, SEATO; 5. Request often accompanied by “please”, CAN I; 6. Pasta eaten with a spoon, ORZO; 7. “That’s enough,” to a server, WHEN; 8. Banker/philanthropist Solomon, LOEB; 9. River into which the Vitava flows, ELBE; 10. Clear of vermin, DE-RAT; 11. Some corner shops, BODEGAS; 12. Move from A to B, say, REGRADE; 13. Hero of 20-Across, ORESTES; 18. Stanger a.k.a. Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker”, PATTI; 19. “You can’t beat me!”,  I RULE; 24. Sight-singing technique, SOLFA; 25. 54-Across, e.g., for short, NFLER; 26. Gender option on modern forms, OTHER; 27. Onetime center for the distribution of oranges, OCALA; 28. 2008 World Series winners, to fans, PHILS; 31. Didn’t get snapped up, say, SAT; 32. Laura Nyro album “ELI and the Thirteenth Confession”; 34. They run up legs, INSEAMS; 35. Skips, DEPARTS; 36. Reproductive, in a way, OVARIAN; 37. Sportscaster Jim NANTZ; 38. Olympic gymnast KERRI Strug; 39. Manhattan eatery referenced in Billy Joe’s “Big Shot”, ELAINE’S; 40. “Wow!”, I’M IN AWE; 41. Turned off and on, TOGGLED; 46. Shade, GHOST; 47. Ohio’s CEDAR Point, home of the Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force roller coasters; 49. Kind of day or job, SNOW; 50. Headlight?, HALO; 51. Part of A.M.P.A.S.: Abbr., ACAD; 52. Arum family member, TARO; 53. TLC, e.g., TRIO.


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