08.20.14 — Wheel

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Puzzle by Zhouqin Burnikel / Edited by Will Shortz

FREE (55D. Like the initial letters of the answers to the six starred clues, on “Wheel of Fortune”), e.g., R, S, T, L, N and E, constitutes the obscure main feature of this Wednesday crossword — especially for one who has never seen the mentioned television show:

R RATED MOVIE (17A. *Fare for those 17 and up)
S STAR (22A. *Astronomical red giant)
T ROWE PRICE (28A. *”Invest With Confidence” firm)
L FRANK BAUM (48A. *Best-selling novelist who wrote the children’s poetry volume “Father Goose”)
N SYNC (54A. *”It’s Gonna Be Me” group)
E STREET BAND (60A. *The Boss’s backup musicians)

Other — ASIAGO (12D. Cheese that’s often grated), CLASS ACT (39D. One to admire), GREW WEARY (5D. Tired), Hedy LAMARR of “Ecstasy”, RHAPSODY (3D. Liszt piece), TEA KETTLE (34D. Whistler in the kitchen).


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anon. said...

Is "E" free on Wheel of Fortune?
Don't players have to "buy" vowels?

Robloid said...

In the bonus round the player is given the letters RSTLN and E. They then get to choose three more consonants and a vowel.