01.13.11 — Variations on LINE

From a distance, it appears that Adam's finger and God's finger have just broken contact. Yet from up close, it becomes apparent that they are connected. The entire picture is comprised of a single black line.  TSP Art


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Puzzle by Elizabeth C. Gorski, edited by Will Shortz

GOES OVER THE LINE (57A. Takes things a bit too far), MURDER ON THE NILE (17A. 1944 mystery play by Agatha Christie), ELIN NORDEGREN (21A. Spouse in 2009 headlines), TAX LIEN (37A. Something that may be on a house), and NEIL ARMSTRONG (50A. Who said “I put up my thumb and it blotted out the planet Earth”) are the interrelated group of this solid Thursday crossword.

Other — BANANA CAKE (63A. Yellowish dessert), FED INTO (4D. Was a tributary for), FREE REIN (9D. Carte blanche), FRONT ROOMS (15A. They’re seen from a porch), RHENISH (27A. Nickname of Schumann’s Symphony No. 3), SKIDOOS (45A. Some snowmobiles), STROLLS (44D. Boardwalk activities), TWO IRONS (37D. They’re helpful for long shots).

Mid-size — ANTLER (8D. Horn); No END IN sight; ENDOW; Jean-Luc Godard’s “Une FEMME Mariée”, FERMI; GIMME; Emmy winner Sharon GLESS; HONED; MAMIE (19A. 1950s White House name); Billy Joel’s “I GO TO Extremes”; MOBIL (56A. Pegasus appeared in this company’s logo); NINER (53D. Montana, once); NIOBE (25D. Weeper of Thebes); OBIES (52D. Annual spring ceremony, with “the”); Tony OLIVA, 1964 A.L. Rookie of the Year; RERAN; SAFECO Field (where the Mariners play), STAYS; THIGH, USUAL.

Short stuff — AFR, AGHA, “Don’t throw bouquets AT ME / Don't please my folks to much /Don't laugh at my jokes too much / People will say we're in love; BIO, CUE, EATS, EENY, ELIE, ELM, ENA and ENG, EON, ESE, ETAT, GBS, GRO, GUFF (1A. Bunk), HER, HOOF, ISEE, ITEM, LEES, LUNK (31D. Blockhead), MML, MOI, MTA, NUN (36A. Certain Buddhist), OAT, ODE, OLEO (30A. Miles Davis jazz number), ONES, ONOR, ORCA, RIFE, RKO, ROUX, SAY, SERF, STIR, SSRS, TYRO.

Read Elizabeth C. Gorski’s crossword bloggers article at Crossword City.


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 5. Turkish honorific; 14. Words said with a nod; 20. Fashion designer Tahari; 26. Rookie; 33. Miles Davis jazz number; 33. Stick around a barroom; 40. Playbill item; 41. Fund; 43. N.Y.C. subway inits.; 44. Vassal; 48. Division politique; 55. Teeming (with); 64. Dregs; 65. Is conservative in blackjack, say; 66. ___ before (no later than); 67. Members of a former union: Abbr. — DOWN: 1. “I want it, and I want it now!”; 2. Norm; 3. 1938 Physics Nobelist; 5. Source of about half the world’s diamonds: Abbr.; 6. Miracle-___; 7. Practiced; 10. Long time; 11. “Voulez-vous coucher avec ___ ce soir?” (1975 lyric); 12. Mid-century year; 13. Oxford-to-London dir.; 16. ___-high boots; 18. Choosing-up word; 22. Shamu or Keiko; 23. Sauce thickener; 24. School subj.; 28. Rouse; 29. Place for a shoe; 30. Awful “Dancing With the Stars” scores; 34. Golf course planting; 39. Vittles; 42. Something Ben Jonson wrote to himself; 51. Screened again; 57. Literary monogram; 58. Bran choice; 59. Bygone Spanish queen; 60. Opinion; 61. Ref’s decision; 62. Part of H.R.H.

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