11.29.08 -- Symmetry

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, often used as an implied symbol of the essential symmetry of the human body, and by extension, to the universe as a whole.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Puzzle by Barry C. Silk, edited by Will Shortz
A dozen ten-letter entries in sets of three each with a tag-along nine-letter entry in the four corners constitutes the bulk of this Saturday crossword, graced by a very friendly center allowing pleasant passage from one set to the other in a crossword of beautiful symmetry!
Upper left across --
LITMUS TEST (1. Sole deciding issue); OCEAN LINER (15. The United States, for one); CONSCIENCE (17. Angel on one’s shoulder); INTERPRET (19. Construe) -- with downs of LOCI; ICON (2. Elvis, e.g.); TENT; MASER (4. Electromagnetic wave enhancer); UNCROSS (5. Remove from the lotus position); SLIPON (6. Get into easily); TIER; ENNE; SECTS; TRE.
Upper right down --
ABDICATOR (11. King Edward VIII, e.g.); REEXAMINED (12. Like cold cases for which new evidence arises); PACESETTER (13. Leader); STORM DOORS (14. Added protection against winter weather) -- with acrosses ARPS; BEAT; DECO; SIXER; SARCASM (22. It might drip from a crack); ROAMED (30. Was vagarious); TITO; ONTO; GREER; DRS.
Lower left down --
MADAGASCAR (24. “The eighth continent,” to ecologists); AM I TO BLAME (25. Question that may be answered “No, you’re not responsible”); NECTARINES (26. Smooth-skinned fruit); SENTIMENT (32. Feeling) -- with acrosses MAN (24. “Phew!”); 31. Elvis’s “A MESS of Blues“; DICE; ATTN; GOATEE (42. The devil is often depicted with one); ABRIDGE (47. Cut down); SLIMY (51. Vile); CANE; AMEN (60. Period of prayer?); REST.
Lower right across --
MINESHAFT (52. What takes a pit crew down?); ACCESSIBLE (59. Easy to get into); BEER COOLER (61. Container at many a cookout); SELDOM SEEN (63. Rare) -- with downs ABS; EMCEE; ICEL; NERD; ENESCO (45. “Oedipe” opera composer, 1936); GRISSOM (41. Second American to fly in space); CHIOS (50. Greek island in the Aegean); ABLE; FLEE; TERN.
The center of the crossword contains seven across entries: ROO, SNAP, RIOT,
DIZZY (37. Swimming), RAZZ, AYER and NIC (49. Actor Cage, informally) -- always thought Nicolas abbreviated to Nick! A group of four Z’s sits off- center. The center entries down: SRO, ARTY, ARIA, PIZZA, OZZY, DREG and EDY (43. Last name in ice cream) -- no “s” today for Edy’s!
Save the “s” for Silk, Shortz and symmetry!
For today’s cartoon, go to
The Crossword Puzzle Illustrated.
Click on image to enlarge.
Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES -- Crossword Puzzles and Games
If you subscribe to home delivery of The New York Times you are eligible to access the daily crossword via The New York Times - Times Reader, without additional charge, as part of your home delivery subscription.

Xword search information -- Across: 11. The sculptures “Cloud Shepherd” and “Coquille Crystals”; 16. Ready to crash; 18. Like the Empire State Building; 20. Net rival; 21. Bush jumper, informally; 27. Polaroid; 31. Elvis’s “___ of Blues”; 33. Comic who kills; 35. Defier of Stalin; 36. Shooter’s equipment; 37. Swimming; 38. Not taken by; 39. Letter routing abbr.; 40. Heckle; 41. 20-Across in the Hall of Fame; 44. Philosopher who promoted logical positivism; 46. Many members of prestigious faculties: Abbr.; 58. Means of support; 62. Break. Down: 1. Points; 2. Elvis, e.g.; 3. Safari setup; 7. Arena ticket specification; 8. Cousin of -trix; 9. Some offshoots; 10. Middle of the afternoon, in Milan; 20. Exceeding capacity, briefly; 23. Like many indie films; 28. “William Tell” component; 29. Kind of oven; 34. “The Osbournes” dad; 37. Small remnant; 48. One making introductory remarks; 53. Place to find fjord explorers: Abbr.; 54. Square type; 55. Au fait; 56. Cut out; 57. Arctic ___; 59. Trunk supporters.

No comments: