“By Dawn’s Early Light” 1912 painting by Edward Moran depicts legendary moment of the morning of September 14th, 1814. Francis Scott Key with his compatriots Colonel John Skinner and Dr. William Beanes spy the American flag waving above Baltimore’s Fort McHenry. This inspired key to write the work the become the American national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
“Oh, Say…” — Puzzle by Daniel C. Bryant
Edited by Will Shortz
THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER whose first notes are indicated by shaded squares constitutes the main feature of this fine Sunday crossword, e.g., SOL, MI, DO, MI, SOL, DO.
FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (24A. Lawyer who wrote 65-Across)
EIGHTEEN FOURTEEN (30A. Year 24-Across wrote 65-Across)
BRITISH PUB SONG (40A. What the music to 65-Across was, originally)
WHITNEY HOUSTON (88A. Performer who gave a memorable rendition of 65-Across in 1991)
PRISONER EXCHANGE (99a. Mission that 24-Across was on when he wrote 65-Across)
BALTIMORE HARBOR (113A. Where 24-Across was inspired to write 65-Across)
STAFF (8D. Locale for this puzzle’s shaded squares)
Flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814, photographed in 1873 in the Boston Navy Yard by George Henry Preble. Today the flag is viewable at the National Museum of American History.
Other — COLD CASH (53D. Money in hand), ESCAROLE (86D. Salad green), FACTOTUM (12A. General servant), HIS OR HER (43D. Their, singularly), NEOPHYTE (4D. Greenhorn), IVY LEAGUE (42D. Penn station?), SATAN (25D. Old Nick), SMEARY (66D. Like mascara in the rain), STRETTI (5D. Overlapping fugue motifs), TATTOOED (121A. Inked), UTERI (18D. Birth places?), YOKOHAMA (93A. Setting of James Clavell's ""Gai Jin").
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