05.21.15 — Monkey Business

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Puzzle by Peter A. Collins / Edited by Will Shortz

RAISED THE BAR (52A. Elevated expectations or what this puzzle’s maker did to five answers in this puzzle), e.g., raising the BAR- prefix of words and/or phrases to the row just above the remainder of the aforementioned words and/or phrases, constitutes the main feature of this fairly agreeable Thursday crossword:

BAR/ REL OF MONKEYS (17A. It gets a tow; 20A. Metaphor for fun)
BAR / OQUE (10A. Communicate like a drill sergeant; 16A. Scarlatti’s style)
BAR / RIER REEF (31A. Unpainted, say; 36A. Shoreline protector)
BAR/ T SIMPSON (38A. Prefix with -meter; 42A. Perpetual 10-year old of TV)
BAR / BIES (60A. Campaign from town to town; 64A. Line of Mattel dolls)

Other — AHOY (47A. Exclamation that’s made up of two shorter exclamations); CORING (29D. Geophysicist’s activity); DARK (8D. Word with horse or meat); DEBTEE and LOAN (27D. One offering a 7-Down; 7D. Advance); DECORS (27A. Looks inside a building); EARTH SIGN (18A. Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo); MRS DASH (21D. Seasoning brand); THE FORE (5D. A place of prominence).


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