Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Puzzle by Sam Buchbinder / Edited by Will Shortz
OZ in circled letters, along with YELLOW BRICK ROAD (58A. Path taken by 37-Across to find the ends of 17-, 26- and 44-Across in [circled letters]), HEROINE and DOROTHY (23D and 37A. 23-Down of a classic L. Frank Baum novel), and the aforementioned "ends" of three across entries, e.g., BRAIN, COURAGE and HEART, constitute the interrelated group of this delightful Tuesday crossword upon the 75th anniversary of the release of the film:
ARTIFICIAL BRAIN (17A. IBM’s Watson, essentially)
GET UP THE COURAGE (26A. Embolden oneself)
NEAR TO ONE’S HEART (44A. Dear)
Other — AKIVA Goldsman, Mayim BIALIK, Mike ENZI, GROUP-ONS (16A. Deals buyable via a tap on an app), HECKLE (48D. Jeer), KLUTZY (65A. Ham-handed), LIFT UP and UPREAR (5D. Boost; 11D. Erect), SKI HAT (6D. Top of a mountain?), TESLA (28D. Electric car company).
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