Thursday, April 2, 2015
Puzzle by Joe Krozel and Timothy Polin
Edited by Will Shortz
Black squares forming weird-shaped letters of T, H, U and S that can be anagrammed to be definitions of four answers constitutes the main feature of this rather ugly Thursday crossword:
CABANAS (1A. One arrangement of the letters in the grid) = HUTS
SEAL (21A. Another arrangement of the letters in the grid) = SHUT
REAR 8D. Another arrangement of the letters in the grid) = TUSH
ERGO (26d. Another arrangement of the letters in the grid) = THUS
Other — ALL THOSE AGAINST (11D. Naysayers?), ARECA and COCAS (4D. Tropical palm; 49A. Plants that are illegal to import), ATOMIC REACTORS (14D. Core group?), BLEEP OUT (16A. Censor), ELSE (43D. Further), MUTILATES (36A. Tears up), NATIONAL PASTTIME (10D. Baseball tag), PAUPERED (27D. Brought to financial ruin, REESE’S PIECES (20D. Movie candy?), SEASONED TO TASTE (12D. Prepared exactly as one likes, say), SPINAL TAP (39A. Titular rock band whose film’s IMDb rating goes up to 11 rather than 10), STUPID PET TRICKS (7D. Classic late-night comedy bit).
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THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.