11.06.09 -- Disparate Hapax

Juliette Binoche in “The English Patient”


Friday, November 6, 2008
Puzzle by Doug Peterson, edited by Will Shortz
The miscellaneous wordage of this Friday crossword is led by two 15-letter entries,  JULIETTE BINOCHE (8D. “The English Patient” Oscar winner) and REEL-TO-REEL TAPES (33A. Some audiophiles’ collections) which cross in the center of this Friday crossword, followed by four of ten letters, ACETIC ACID (24D. Wood distillation product); EXPERIMENT (12D. It often has controls); GREEN ONION (25D. Its bulb is small); PEACE PIPES (11D. They go around on reservations).
Nine letters -- ALPHA MALE (16A. Leader of the pack); AT THE TIME (31A. Then); CHEVROLET (55A Avalanche, e.g.); I CLAUDIUS (52A. John Hurt played Caligula in it); IGNORAMUS (14A. Dull type); MOUNT FUJI (1A. Far Eastern pilgrimage destination); SERENGETI (57A. Where some buffalo roam); STEVE JOBS (36A. Subject of the 2005 biography “iCon”).
Mid-size -- CLEAVE (40D. Split); CRUSTY (40A. Gruff); FAMOUS (6D. Celebrated); PAGANS (23A. Solstice celebrators); PARAPET (15D. Citadel feature); RETURN (41D. Trip part); TELLERS (34D. They’re concerned with checks and balances); TRAJAN (5D. A Tall Roman column is named after him).
Five -- AGAPE (17A. Clearly riveted); AKELA (43D. Kipling’s “great gray Lone Wolf”); COALS (42A. They may be glowing); DANKE (46A. Hamburger’s acknowledgment); ICIER (51A. Not so welcoming); ILLER (45D. More terrific, to a hip-hopper); 19A. “The Ballad of JOSIE,” 1967 comedy western; NILES (44A. William McKinley’s Ohio birthplace); ORGAN (10D. Source of ballpark pitches?); PAUL V (21D. Pope who met with Galileo); PAUSE (21A. Suspension); PER SE (23D. By its nature); PREXY (15A. Campus V.I.P.); RACED (20A. Made time); SANER (22A. Relatively stable); TALUS (32D. Fibula neighbor); TO LET (47A. Availability sign); U MASS (7D. Dr. J’s alma mater); VIOLS (54A. They had C-shaped sound holes); ZESTY (29D. Vivacious).
Short stuff -- AROD (31D. Baseball nickname that‘s a portmanteau), ASTI, DIVE, DOG, DUET, ECRU, EDNA, EIN, FDA, FILE, ISEE, LENT, LODI, MIAS, NOH, OGLE, OJOS, OPED, PIZ, RTES, SAHL, SEC, TICS, TRAP, UNPC.
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Remaining clues -- Across: 10. Page with convictions; 18. “One ___”; 26. Set up; 28. ___ Bernina (highest peak in the Eastern Alps); 30. Dull shade; 37. Spotted; 38. Kafka’s “___ Hungerkünstler”; 39. City in San Joaquin County; 48. Occasional medicine dropper?: Abbr.; 56. Best in shows. Down: 1. They’re officially honored on the third Friday in Sept.; 2. Regard impolitely; 3. Sexist, say; 4. Stylized drama; 9. Comment when following someone; 13. Like some changed locks; 22. “The Future Lies Ahead” comedian, 1958; 27. G.P.S. output: Abbr.; 31. Baseball nickname that’s a portmanteau; 35. Sight-seers at the Prado?; 46. One may be given a 10; 47. Nervous reactions; 48. Cabinet member?; 49. Shared air; 50. Wine spot; 53. Frank.

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