12.17.14 — Figures of Speech

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Puzzle by Stu Ockman / Edited by Will Shortz

A hyperbole, an oxymoron, a litotes and a simile,, different examples of linguistic tropes, constitute the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword:

IT’LL TAKE FOREVER (17A. Hyperbole for an arduous task)
TAKE HASTE SLOWLY (22A. Oxymoron for cautious travel)
NOT UNATTRACTIVE (45A. Litotes for beauty)
AS THICK AS A BRICK (50A. Simile for denseness)

Other — FIVE WS (11D. Reporter‘squestions, collectively), WELL-KNIT (3D. Tightly interlocked), GALLEONS (4D. Many Spanish Armada ships), REST AREA (34D. Place to stop and text, perhaps), OLD IRISH (35D. Ancestor of Scottish Gaelic and Manx) and ZIP IT (31D. “Hush!”).


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