07.26.15 — No Escape

Simulated view of a black hole in front of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The ratio between the black hole Schwarzschild radius and the observer distance to it is 1:9. Of note is the gravitational lensing effect known as an Einstein ring, which produces a set of two fairly bright and large but highly distorted images of the Cloud as compared to its actual angular size. ~ Wikipedia 


Sunday, July 26, 2015

“No Escape” — Puzzle by Ellen Leuschner and Jeff Chen
Edited by Will Shortz

A central group of nine black squares representing ‘HOLE” with the adjacent entries of LOOP, MOUSE, POT, PIE, HIDEY, BORE, PORT, BLACK, RAT, PIN, IN THE and NAIL,  along with CENTER OF GRAVITY (112A. Tightrope walker’s concern), DISAPPEARING ACT (14D. Avoidance maneuver), FATAL ATTRACTION (42D. 1987 Michael Douglas/Glenn Close blockbuster), and HEART OF DARKNESS (21A. Novella that served as the basis for “Apocalypse Now“), constitutes the main feature of this attractive Sunday crossword.

Other — AARP (93A. 50 or more people?); BAALISM and GROUPIE (47A AND 43A. Idol worshiper?); CHERUBIM (10D. Pair of figures in Raphael‘s “Sistine Madonna“); COIN PURSES (13D. Change places); COPAY (1A. Drug charge?); EASY FIX (90D. Simple solution); EPISODE I (29A. “The Phantom Menace“ in the “Star Wars“ series); HATE MAIL (74A. Some written rants); KRAKENS (89D. Mythical monsters); LAPDOGS (51D. Toy poodles, e.g.); LEANN RIMES (70D. Singer with the 1997 3x platinum single “How Do I Live“); MEAT PIE (49D. Savory dish with a crust); OHMAGE (16A. Conductor’s resistance); STYX (121A. River with a “dreadful shore,” in Shakespeare).


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.

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