02.27.15 — The Friday Crossword

Friday, February 27, 2015

Puzzle by Julian Lim / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — ACORN, IDIOTS and NUTS (24D. Tough nut to crack; 33D. Nuts; 51D. Nuts), BB GUN and CAT’S-EYE (25D. Certain shooter; 17A. Certain shooter), GRACE PERIOD (1A. Time of forgiveness), MELISMA (20A. Musical phrase in which a single syllable is sung over several notes), NONZERO (40A. Positive or negative), PRISONER OF WAR (12A. Jean-Paul Sartre or Winston Churchill, once), SHOGI (22D. So-called Japanese chess), SPARE THE ROD (55A. Be lenient), STEPHEN JAY GOULD (52A. Evolutionary biologist who wrote “The Panda’s Thumb”), STORAGE SPACES (54A. Trunks, e.g.), THIS IS SPINAL TAP (14A. Classic 1984 film in which most of the dialogue was ad-libbed).


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