11.13.09 -- OH ME!

OH ME (53D. Worrier’s words),
Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893
November 13, 2009
Puzzle by Dana Motley, edited by Will Shortz
The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή) (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς) (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (φοβία) (meaning fear). The term triskaidekaphobia derives from the Greek words "tris", meaning 'three', "kai", meaning 'and', and "deka", meaning 'ten'. the whole word means three and ten. The word was derived in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953.
Superstition has that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day. In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve hours of the clock, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, twelve gods of Olympus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects -- Wikipedia
Across: 1. Bring to perfection, RIPEN; 6.
Watch things, briefly, LCDS; 10. Top or bottom, in baseball, HALF; 14. It’s not to be taken literally, IRONY; 15. Hot time in Montréal, AOUT; 16. Stick out in a restaurant?, OLEO; 17. Big wheels, often, GAS GUZZLER; 19. Disorderly courtroom outburst, LIAR; 20. Literary schnauzer; 21. American goldfinch, YELLOW BIRD; 23. Surprised reaction, EGAD; 25. “Rich Man, Poor Man” Emmy winner, ASNER; 26. Funshine, Grumpy or Love-a-lot, CARE BEAR; 29. Meridian shower, GLOBE; 32. Reading locale: Abbr., ENG; 33. Moves quickly, as a cloud, SCUDS; 35. Loses enthusiasm, COOLS; 37. Publication specification, EDITION; 39. Seat of Winnebago County, OSHKOSH; 41. Attention-getter, SIREN; 42. Liking, TASTE; 44. Opposite of me, in Munich, SIE; 45. Get happy, ELATE; 47. Was an accountant?, NARRATED; 49. Piece of evidence?, SHRED; 51. Bygone laborer, ESNE; 52. Bingham Canyon operation, COPPERMINE; 56. N.F.L.’er Olsen or Toler, GREG; 59. Title locale in a Leonard Bernstein song where “life was so cozy”, OHIO; 60. Source of high anxiety?, ACROPHOBIA; 62. Need for heat, AMMO; 63. Strip sign, NEON; 64. “Move ALONG!”; 65. Show bias, LEAN; 66. The U.S. Treasury is on their backs, TENS; 67. They’re applied to some backs, WAXES.
Down: 1.
Port near Ogre, RIGA; 2. Plans for one’s golden years, briefly, IRAS; 3. She’s identified with a cause, POSTER GIRL; 4. Mesh with, ENGAGE; 5. Sch. whose sports teams are the Violets, NYU; 6. Not work at all, LAZE; 7. Kale kin, COLLARD; 8. Fight settlers, DUELS; 9. Willful, STRONG; 10. Best Actor Tony winner for “Mark Twain Tonight!”, HOLBROOK; 11. Others, when listing, ALII; 12. King on a stage, LEAR; 13. President who was born a King, FORD; 18. Grammy category starting in 2007, ZYDECO; 22. Debt disregarders, slangily, WELCHERS; 24. Potent stuff called “the green fairy”, ABSINTHE; 26. Piccolo duet?, CEES; 27. “Dawson’s Creek” role, ANDIE; 28. Chloe I “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” e.g., AUNT; 30. Item-concealing shoplifting aid, BOOSTER BOX; 31. Bovine at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, ELSIE; 34. Honoree of a 1998 New York ticker-tape parade, SOSA; 36. Get rid of, SHED; 38. 1/768 GALLON, teaspoon; 40. 2006 Golden Globe Best Actress, STREEP; 43. Dog for logs, ANDIRON; 46. Out-of-bounds, ERRANT; 48. Cabinda is an exclave of it, ANGOLA; 50. One may give facts about acts, EMCEE; 52. Seamy stuff?, COAL; 53. Worrier’s words, OH ME; 54. Southwest native, PIMA; 55. Vichy votes, NONS; 57. “Nosferatu, EINE Symphonie des Grauens”; 58. Laughing stock?, GAGS; 61. Speech hesitation, HAW.
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Flaming Curmudgeon said...

Asta is not a Schnauzer. Asta is a wire-haired terrier. Yes?

DONALD said...

Flaming Curmudgeon -- according to Answers.com "In the Dashiell Hammett stories the Thin Man's dog was a female Schnauzer called Asta. They kept the name because the stories were so popular but the best dog star at the time was a male Wire Fox named Skippy. So he became Asta."