09.18.14 — QRCIU

During a total solar eclipse, 
the solar corona can be seen by the naked eye.
~ Wikipedia


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Puzzle by Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz

CASEY (16A. Man trying to clarify the spelling of his name n 21-, 25-, 38-, 52- and 57-Across) and QRCIU (66A. What the listener might think 16-Across’s name is?), along with unhelpful spelling clarifications, e.g., C AS IN CUE, A AS IN ARE, S AS IN SEA, E AS IN EYE and Y AS IN YOU, constitute the interrelated group of this clever Thursday crossword.

Other — ACACIA (5D. Tree in a giraffe’s diet), ALLEYS (56A. Places where you can hear a pin drop?), CORONAE (27A. Circles around the sun), EPSILON (4D. Elasticity symbol, in economics), IMITATE (50A. Copy), KIMYE (32D. Celebrity couple portmanteau), e.g., Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, MARLIN (10D. “The Old Man and the Sea” fish), MISSUS (51D. Wife, informally), OBIT (59D. Life lines?), ORYX (28D. African antelope), UTENSIL (47D. Something set in a place setting), YMCA (57D. Song that was a hit for a spell in the 1970s?), YOLO (58D. Modern acronym suggesting “seize the day“), e.g., "You only live once."


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Puzzle available on the internet at
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