04.03.12 — Moving Parts


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Puzzle by Paula Gamache / Edited by Will Shortz

MOVING PARTS (53A. Working components of an engine … or what the ends of 18-, 23-, 34- and 47-Across are?), along with anagrams of PARTS found in INSECT TRAPS (18A. Mosquito Magnets and flypaper), NYLON TARPS (23A. Campers’ lightweight cover-ups), JACK SPRAT (34A. Eater of lean, in rhyme) and ANKLE STRAP (47A. Feature of a gladiator sandal) constitute the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword.

Other — ADORING, AS OF NOW, BARISTA (40D. Coffeehouse server), CONSTANCY (5D. Faithfulness), DEPOSIT, DISGUST, ESPNEWS, EUROVAN (38D. Old Volkswagen seven-seater), MARRY ME, ON AND ON, PRO BONO, PROTECTOR (33D. Knight, to a damsel), RAW SILK, SPOILED, STEPMOM, THE ROSE (37D. Bette Midler film loosely based on Janis Joplin’s life), TRAINEE.

Mid-size — ETHOS, FRITOS, MENDS, NOOSE, OCCUR, ONION, OSAGE (57A. Missouri river to the Missouri River), PRIEST, RECAPS, SASSY, SNOPES.com, STEAMY, “Likely STORY!”, TARSI, THUGS, WHEWS.

Short stuff — Amo, AMAS, amat, AMOK AMS, ANG and ANT and ATT, BIG D, BOD, COS, EER, HIT, IHOP, JAG, NEU, OMEN, ONES, ORO, OTTO von Bismarck, PANE, PARR, Punxsutawney PHIL, RHO, SAMS, SAP, SDS, SLIT, SNOW, TDS, TOI and TON, USE, WED, WRAP.


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Morning times, for short; 4. Come to pass; 9. Chose, with “for”; 14. Vital fluid; 15. Hangman’s halter; 16. Bones below the tibia; 17. Top prize in the Juegos Olimpicos; 20. Snack chips made from corn; 22. Loving to bits; 26. Opposite of old, in Germany; 27. Gathering clouds, e.g.; 29. Whistles of relief; 31. Hump day: Abbr.; 32. Winter forecast; 33. Sermon server; 36. Like the bathroom after a hot shower; 39. Restaurant chain with syrup dispensers on every table; 40. Gymgoer’s pride; 43. Tough guys; 44. Narrow cut; 45. One of several on a French door; 46. Always, in sonnets; 49. How some professional services are offered; 52. Modern sight on many an Indian reservation; 56. ‘60s teach-in grp.; 58. Spirit of a culture; 62. Six-foot runner? — DOWN: 1. At present; 2. Words from an aspiring fiancé; 3. Bratty, say; 4. Source of the headline “World Death Rate Holding Steady at 100 Percent,” with “The”; 6. S.&P. 500 listings: Abbr.; 7. Put into service; 10. Catherine who was the last wife of Henry VIII; 12. Disney-owned cable broadcaster of game highlights; 13. Gross out; 19. Causes of end zone celebrations, for short; 21. Big weight; 24. Wildly; 25. Nubby fabric derived from a cocoon; 29. Shawl or stole; 30. Batter’s datum; 32. ___ Club (Costco competitor); 34. Binge; 35. Punxsutawney ___ (Groundhog Day celeb); 36. Second wife, to the hubby’s kids; 41. Endlessly; 42. Withdrawal’s opposite; 44. ___ com (urban myth debunker); 45. Components of scores: Abbr.; 47. Film director Lee; 48. Fresh, in an impolite way; 50. Home of the Cowboys, informally; 51. Individuals; 54. Lawyer: Abbr.; 55. Fraternity “P”.

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