Max Schreck as the Count in “Nosferatu”
based on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”
Sunday, November 16, 2014
“Don’t Quit Your Day Job” — Puzzle by Andrew J. Ries
Edited by Will Shortz
The last names of eight notable personages twisted by the clue to each provides humorous results in this friendly Sunday crossword:
WILLIAM HURT (23A. Oscar winner who would make a lousy anesthesiologist?)
JOHNNY ROTTEN (33A. Punk rocker who would make a lousy grocer?)
BRAM STOKER (39A. Horror author who would make a lousy firefighter?)
NICOLAS CAGE (57A. Action star who would make a lousy free-range farmer?)
GEORGE BURNS (76A. Bygone comic who would make a lousy baker?)
BOBBY SHORT (90A. Cabaret pianist who would make a lousy electrician?)
GLORIA ALLRED (97A. Lawyer who would make a lousy anti-Communist leader?)
STEVIE NICKS (112A. Singer who would make a lousy mohel?)
Other — ARE WE DONE (41D. “Can I leave now?“); AROMA (26D. Drifter outside a coffee shop?); ATTENDEES (27A. Who’s there?); BAUXITE (91D. Main source of aluminum); BUG ZAPPER (77D. Barbecue fryer?), CHIME IN ON (29D. Add one’s two cents about); EX-HIPPIES (80D. Many boomers, now), FAT AS A PIG (110A. More than plump); GRAD PHOTO (46D. Yearbook feature); HAPPY MEAL (12D. Toy holder); IN A CAST (51D. Immobilized, as one’s arm); OAXACA (93D. Neighbor of Chiapas); SELECTMAN (4D. New England town official); SHOELAST (59D. Cobbler’s aid); SNEES (86A. Blades that sound like an allergic reaction); SPIN A YARN (63D. Fabulize).
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