11.18.10 — The Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society is marking the 35th Great American Smokeout on November 18 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. Article, HERE!


November 18, 2010

The Great American Smokeout, Puzzle by Fred Piscop, edited by Will Shortz

If you subscribe to The New York Times on-line Premium Crosswords, you are probably familiar with the monthly bonus puzzle. For the month of November, the title of this topical crossword is “The Great American Smokeout” featuring almost thirty clues containing the word “smoke“.

Across — 1. "UP IN Smoke” (Cheech and Chong movie); 15. “Gunsmoke” marshal MATT Dillon; 19. Smoked EEL; 21. Cheap smoke, STOGIE; 23. State TROOPER (“smokey”); 27. Nicotine PATCH (smoking cessation aid); 30. TEXAS BBQ (smoked fare); 34. Smoked Easter fare, HAM; 38. Create fragrant smoke, CENSE; 39. “Where there’s smoke, there’s FIRE”; 41. PEACE pipe (something smoked when calling a truce); 42. “Smoke on the WATER” (Deep Purple hit); 48. Smoke and MIRRORS (artful deception); 52. Smoke ENDERS (stop-smoking program); 54. Window application that may be smoke-colored, TIN; 56. Geraldine of “Summer and Smoke”, PAGE; 57. “Gunsmoke character Doc ADAMS; 64. “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” singer Commander CODY; 64. Talk like a heavy smoker, perhaps, RASP.

Down — 4. “Smoking or NON?”; 5. Smoke SCREEN (misleading tactic); 6. Let the smoke CLEAR (wait for things to settle); 7. “Holy smoke!”, for one, OATH; 15. Bum a smoke, say, MOOCH; 30. “On TOP of Old Smokey”; 45. Dwelling with a smoke hole, TEPEE; 49. Horse OPERA (“Gunsmoke,” e.g.), 50. “Smoke RINGS” (1932 Mills Brothers tune).


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