08.10.14 — White House Dog

Sunny Obama (born June 11, 2012) is a pet dog of the Obama family.  Sunny is a female Portuguese Water Dog who has been called the younger sister of Bo, who holds the title of First Dog of the United States.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Number-One Friends, Puzzle  by Elizabeth C. Gorski
Edited by Will Shortz

WHITE HOUSE DOG (62A. What the answer to each of the six starred clues starts with), along with the six starred clues and their answers (and a black-square image of a dog in the center of the grid), constitutes the man feature of this delightful Sunday crossword:

HER EXCELLENCY (24A. *What t call a female ambassador [the Johnsons])
BUDDY SYSTEM (116A. *Pairing up for safety [the Clintons])
SPOT REMOVER (3D. *Cleaning supply [the Bushes 43])
REX HARRISON (15D. *”My Fair Lady” co-star [the Reagans])
MILLIE SMALL (67D. *Singer with the 1964 #2 hit “My Boy Lollipop” [the Bushes 41])
SUNNY SIDE UP (70D. *Egg order [the Obamas])

Also, ARF (8A. Lab report?), BOW / WOW (73A. With 75-Across, bark) and Pooper SCOOPER.

Official White House portrait of the Bo, First Dog (May 2009)

Other — CYCLOPS (13D. One with an eye for a storyteller?), EDELWEISS (52D. Last song Rodgers and Hammerstein did together, 1959), EGO TRIP (63D. A big head may be on one), EMBOSS (1D. Give some relief), ERGOMETER (86D. Rowing machine, for one), ESCAPE ROUTE (119A. Freedom trail?), ESTABLISH (51D. Found), LEG WARMER (80D. Dancer’s wear), OBVIATES (56A. Makes unnecessary), ORTS (28A. Table scraps), TEST RIDES (50A. Motorcycle demos, e.g.), TOMATO PASTE (105A. Lasagna ingredient), ZEROES (17D. Two out of 100?).

Bo (left) and Sunny (right) in 2013


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.

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