12.10.07 -- ING

The grave of C. T. and Ada ING.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Puzzle by Lynn Lempel, edited by Will Shortz
appears in the body (as opposed to the endING) of six inter-related entries in this back-to-work Monday puzzle -- SPRINGROLL (16A. Appetizer with sweet and sour sauce) (getting the answer first, I thought the clue would be White House Easter tradition); STINGRAY (26A. Deadly long-tailed fish) (that‘s the thing that killed Steve Irwin); SINGSONG (48A. Monotonous voice) (I‘d have preferred SING SING, but then I‘m strange); STRINGBEAN (63A. Gangly guy) (what about Olive Oyl?); SLINGSHOT (10D. Goliath’s undoing); and SWINGVOTE (33D. Make-or-break election bloc). Or just look at it as six inter-related rhyming words, SPRING, STING, SING, STRING, SLING, and SWING!
Love this SUNNY (21A. Cheerful) crossword, full of thINGs that HINTAT (5D. Merely suggest) an ARSENAL (14D. Weapons stash) of YESES (38D. Si and oui). The STORK (41A. Bird on birth announcement cards), DIVAS (56A. Beverly Sills and others), GEESE (51A. Birds flying in V’s) send us sINGING and soarING into SPACE (55D. Rocket’s realm).
People in the puzzle: Along with Beverly Sills, we have 1A. John WALSH, host of “America’s Most Wanted”; KEN (6A. “Jeopardy! whiz Jennings); DIAN (18A. Gorilla watcher Fossey); a HAG (19A. Frightful female); TOSCA (20A Puccini heroine); ELSA (31A. Schiaparelli of fashion); MEN (47A. All U.S. senators until 1922); AMOS (62A. “Famous” cookie maker); DANES (70A. Copenhageners, e.g.); KROC (6D. Ray who created the McDonald’s empire); Galileo and Goliath; STAN (11D. Baseball’s Musial); TSARS (23D. Romanov rulers); GREGG (27D. One of the Allman Brothers); the von Trapp family; SIS (43D. Bro’s sibling); a MORON (45D. Lamebrain); a TWEEN (54D. 11- or 12-year-old); a CREW (59D. Backstage bunch); and a SPY (63D. Mata Hari, for one). Read GREEN GENIUS on Mata Hari.
Places: AUSTRIA (40D. Home of the von Trapp family); PADUA (9D. City where Galileo taught); EDAM (31D. Dutch city with a cheese market); ARCH (14A. St. Louis landmark); SPA (28A. Where you might get into hot water?); LEA (39A. Meadow); ATMS (46A. S. & L. conveniences).
Other entries: Six-letter, ECLAIR, ROTATE, MESHES, TRUSTS, NUDGED and NESTLE, and ARISES. Five-letter, ERECT (69A Straight up), ATARI, IDTAG, DOWRY, SCROD, ATPAR, LARGO, GOTIT, STYES, and EASED (52D Lessened, as pain). Four-letter, PSST, ALTO, DATE, PLEA, AXED, WASH, TONY (12D. Broadway award), LORE, PERM, ASKS, DADA, IMAX, and ANTS. Three-letter, TAR, GUM, WPA, YEW, SRI, NHL, DAM, and BRA (64A. Top half of a bikini) (What?...for that strINGbean Olive Oyl?)!
O.K., let's get workING, ING!
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