11.18.14 — Power

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Puzzle by Jacob McDermott / Edited by Will Shortz

POWER COUPLE (36A. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, e.g. … or a hint to 17-, 30-, 44- and 61-Across) and four answers where both words can use POWER, constitutes the interrelated group of this bright Tuesday crossword:

SUPERSTAR (17A. Luminary among luminaries), e.g., superpower and star power
FULL STEAM (30A. Flat out), full power and steam power
HIGH HORSE (44A. Snooty attitude), high power and horsepower
MUSCLEMAN (61A. Bodybuilder, for one), muscle power and manpower

Other — CLAM UP (49D. Stop talking), IT’S EASY (52A. Accidentally say), KIGALI (50D. Capital of Rwanda), KOOKS (58A. Wackos), LET OFF and LET SLIP (6D. Excuse from responsibility; 53A. Accidentally say), NOUGAT (10D. Candy bar filling), NAUSEA (2D. Feeling after a roller coaster ride), PISTOL (38D. Energetic sort), SNARK (9A. Sarcasm), SOCKS (48A. Low pair?), SPANKS (51D. Hits bottom?), UNCAS (31D. Last of the Mohicans in “The Last of the Mohicans”).


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