11.20.08 -- Show Me The Money!

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Puzzle by Pete Muller, edited by Will Shortz
With today’s day-after-day headlines and constant decline of the economy, small comfort can be taken from today’s crossword with CAPITALISM (17A. Start of a quote by economist Allan Meltzer) WITHOUTFAILURE (23A. Quote, part 2) ISLIKERELIGION (47A. Quote, part 3) WITHOUTSIN (54A. End of the quote), along with assorted entries such as BEAR (59A. With 27-Across, it collapsed in 2008) STEARNS (27A. See 59-Across), ENRON (32D. 2005 documentary subtitled “The Smartest Guys in the Room”), TNOTE (64A. I.R.A. option), NAFTA (61A Pact since 1993), LEGAL (49D. Corporate department), GRUNT (50D. Menial worker) and the grim
FUNERAL (43A. Occasion to say goodbye).
ITSOK (28A. Consoling words), ITSAFACT (8D. “Honest to goodness!”), our puzzle says, providing a SANER (48D. More there?) outlook -- but then there’s a
RAELIAN (51A. One who believes humans descended from extraterrestrials), the FATAH (5D. Palestinian group), and a WAC (1D. Extra in “I Was a Male War Bride”) who’s GONEAWOL (35D. Off-base?) in PAKISTAN (38D. Commonwealth member beginning in 1947) with a TEENAGE (34A. Like most Olympic gymnasts) HINDU (11D. Mahatma Gandhi, for one).
Entries of the orient continue with
AKIRA (14A. Director Kurosawa), the KABUKI (29D. Tokyo theater performance), 47D. Pitcher Hideki IRABU, a RANI (26A. Eastern queen) and LIAO (45D. Chinese dynasty a thousand years ago) -- hell, throw in the HRE (41D. Charlemagne rules it: Abbr.), that should ramp up the FRICTION (4D. Heat producer), whether for a NSEC (33D. Fraction of an instant: Abbr.) or ETERNITY (36D. Forever and a day).
Puzzle personae also include ALI (7D. Noted ring leader); ALTHEA (44D. 1950s tennis champion Gibson); an ANGE (53A. Image in the Notre Dame de Paris); a CAPN (20A. First mate’s superior, informally) and TARS (52A. 20-Across‘s crew); FILERS (43D. Manicurists); 57D.
Cousin ITT of “The Addams Family); KROC (46A. Ray who founded McDonald’s); LOMBARDI (9D. Winning coach of the first two Super Bowls); OTOE (60A. Tribe speaking Chiwere); RITA (26D. Singer Coolidge); 1. Tobias WOLFF, author of “This Boy’s Life”.
A few more mid-size entries -- ABRADED (21A. Sanded, e.g.); DIODE (13D. Device also called a rectifier); MICRO (31D. Prefix with surgery); RINSES (22D. Pours 23-Down on) and WATER (23D. See 22-Down);
SHOALS (10D. Bars of a sort); TIEPINS (37A. Dressy accessories); WALNUT (6D. Waldorf salad ingredient); 42A. “SACRE bleu!”.
Leftovers -- AFTER (12D. Pursuing); ALTO (15A. Kind of sax) and WAIL (6A. Sound of a sax) are a pair up center; APOS (18D. Blood type, for short), sometimes clued as overseas addresses; ART (39A. “Either plagiarism or revolution,” according to Gauguin); BOTH (40A. Choice that avoids choosing); HIFI (16A. Spinner for the Spinners); INSET (24D. Map box); LCDS (30A. Some monitors, for short); LIP (3D. Edge);
LYRA (63A. Constellation between Cygnus and Hercules); MEN (31A. Game pieces); NAE (58D. Not, to a Scot); OKA (2D. Volga feeder); SFO (56D. West Coast airport inits.); SHAD (10A. Fish that can detect ultrasound); 25D. TEL no.; TOR (55D. Prominence) and URLS (62A. Web addresses).
Show me the money!
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