Sunday, February 15, 2015
“Split Ends” — Puzzle by Ellen Leuschner and Jeff Chen
Edited by Will Shortz
Splitting the ends of phrases that are normally linked by the word “or” constitutes the main feature of this Sunday crossword:
BE THERE or BE SQUARE (1A and 2D. “Everyone who’s anyone is attending”)
GO BIG or GO HOME (8A and 9D. Shoot for the moon)
THE LADY or THE TIGER (13A and 15D. Much-anthologized Frank R. Stockton short story)
HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY (54A and 57D. Proverbial matter or perspective)
IS IT LIVE or IS IT MEMOREX (60A and 61D. Question asked in classic 1970s ads)
YOUR MONEY or YOUR LIFE (79A and 80D. Stickup line)
SHOULD I STAY or SHOULD I GO (115A and 118D. Song by the Clash on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list)
Other — DEADEYES ((89D. Straight shooters?), DIARISTS (87D. Anaïs Nin and Franz Kafka, notably), DRIVEL (28D. Blather), FRAILEST (58D. Most feeble), LIE (16D. Rough position?), LOG CABINS (8D. Little houses on the prairie), MOBSTERS (90D. Family members), NANNY GOAT (78D. Female with a beard), PRITHEE (93D. Please, to a Puritan), U S NAVY (52D. Org. with the motto “Not for self but for country”), YO LA TENGO (85D. Indie band whose name means, literally, “I have it”).
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