01.15.11 — Lost in Frost

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Puzzle by Barry C. Silk, edited by Will Shortz

A cold Saturday crossword to match the cold weather gripping the North American continent, making the prospect of the coming Spring all the more sweet.

Across — 1. Notes’ counterparts, RESTS; 6. They have soles, PAWS; 10. “What are you waiting for ?!”, DO IT; 14. It’s like -like ESQUE; 15. Growing part of the economy, E-COMMERCE; 17. Good thing to end a close race with, SPURT; 18. “Whatever”, LIKE I CARE; 19. Deviled, NETTLED; 21. Nuprin alternative, ANACIN; 22. Plant toxic to sheep and goats, AZALEA; 23. Stable stock, BRIDLES; 24. “Frost at Midnight” poet, COLERIDE; 27. Like a fig, SEEDY; 28. Cabell who was the 1978 N.L. at-bats leader, ENOS; 29. Byzantine weaving output, DAMASKS; 31. Place to litter, DEN; 32. Arizona national monument with Pueblo ruins, WUPATKI; 33. Office of Small Business Utilization agcy., GSA; 36. One way to be married, HAPPILY; 37. Chum, BOIL; 38. Not release, as bad news, SIT ON; 41. Item of current technology?, ELECTRODE; 43. Knot, CLUSTER; 45. LSD and others, AMIDES; 46. They have major bifurcations, AORTAE; 47. Grilling demand, ADMIT IT; 49. Rifle shot, so to speak, LINE DRIVE; 51. Kol NIDRE (Yom Kippur prayer); 53. No wear for waifs, PLUS SIZES; 54. “USE IT in a sentence”; 55. Bribes, SOPS; 56. Discrimination fighter: Abbr., EEOC; 57. Plastic surgery may change it, SHAPE.

Down — 1. Flat, e.g.: Abbr., RES; 2. Sports-themed restaurant chain, ESPN ZONE; 3. Rat out, SQUEAL ON; 4. They have retractable heads, TURTLES; 5. Passer and blocker’s teammate, SETTER; 6. Santos rookie of 1956, PELE; 7. Eating stuff, ACID; 8. Food is often tossed in it, WOK; 9. Bad marks, SMEAR; 10. They take years to end, DECADES; 11. Very wise one, ORACLE; 12. 1954 Patti Page hit, whose title is sung three times before “Please, don’t go”, I CRIED; 13. Minute, TEENSY; 16. Bit of bunny slope gear, MINISKI; 20. Out of action, LAID UP; 22. Nailed, ACED; 23. Memorable J.F.K. arrival, BEATLE; 25. Smart, DAPPER; 26. Priority inbox offered, G-MAIL; 30. Overhead shooter, SKYCAM; 32. Idle people may scour them, WANT ADS; 33. “That just might work!”, GOOD IDEA; 34. Cruise option, SIDE TRIP; 35. They’re often tapped, ALES; 36. Eater seater, sometimes, HOSTESS; 37. Like a 23-Down, BRITISH; 38. Crown covers, SCALPS; 39. Port on the Panay Gulf, ILOILO; 40. Appear, TURN UP; 42. Countdown term, T-MINUS; 44. Paranormal, say, EERIE; 47. Chevy model, AVEO; 48. Fam. Tree member, DESC; 50. Organ finale?, IZE; 52. Côte d’Ivoire’s rainy season, ETE.

… all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

From “Frost at Midnight“ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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