### 11.28.12 — Algebra

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Puzzle by Adam G. Perl / Edited by Will Shortz

X PLUS Y IS SIXTEEN (17A. Start of an algebra problem), X MINUS Y IS FOUR (36A. The rest of the algebra problem) and X IS TEN AND Y IS SIX (58A. Answer to the algebra problem) constitutes the interrelated group of this anathematically obtuse Wednesday crossword.

Other — ENDORSE (27D. Throw one’s support behind), IDEA MEN (50A. Think tank types), I’M IMPESSED (25D. “Wow!”), SAUTEED (52A. Like stir-fry), THE GRADUATE (11D. Mrs. Robinson’s movie) , TRITEST (23A. Least fresh).

Mid-size — ADMIRE, ALIENS, AS YET, BAGEL, DIOXIN (45D. Compound in Agent Orange), ENRAGE, EQUATE, ESSEX, I’M EASY, IRAQI, LISLE, MEANER, METAL, SALARY, SENSES, SESTET, STASIS, TIE TO, UNITE, YEATS, YES YOU.

Short stuff — AH ME, ALE, AOL, ARP, To A TEE, BIX Beiderbecke, DART, DST, EFT, EGOS and ENOS Slaughter, “L’ETAT c‘est moi“, ETD, GAL, GAS, IOTA, IRED, “Take IT AS a sign“, ITE, LSD, MRE, NAYS, NEDS NOEL, OAT, OMS, ONTO, OTIS, OUI, POT, RARE, REST, Messenger RNA, RODE, ROSA, ROUX, SES, SOME nerve!”, STDS, TDS, TNT, TESS and TOSS, TSO, UNI, URSA, XED, XOX.

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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Goose egg; 6. “Major” beast; 10. Porter’s regretful Miss; 14. From Basra, say; 15. Time to stuff stockings; 16. [sigh]; 20. Toby filler; 21. To ___ (perfectly); 22. Heating option; 30. Poet with a “fanatic‘s heart“; 32. Passage preventers, often; 33. Québec assent; 34. Jettison; 35. Outgoing flight stat; 41. Kitty; 43. Alternative to Yahoo!; 45. It has feathers and flies; 47. Black Sabbath’s genre; 49. Benchmarks: Abbr.; 54. Meditation sounds; 55. One-in-a-million; 64. Steaming; 65. Causes of some celebrity clashes; 66. Link with; 67. Fictional Flanders and Devine; 68. Kind of day for a competitive cyclist; 69. Historic English country. — DOWN: 1. Beiderbecke of jazz; 2. Dadaist Jean; 3. Guy’s mate; 4. Regard as identical; 5. Fine cotton thread; 6. Prefix with -form; 7. Parks in front of a bus?; 8. Sonnet part; 9. Xenophobes’ fear; 10. Muesli morsel; 12. “Fine with me”; 13. Classic quintet; 18. Response to “Who, me?”; 19. Marked, in a way; 23. Menu general; 24. Gumbo thickener; 26. Actress Harper of “No Country for Old Men”; 28. Savvy about; 31. Until now; 34. Cause of a boom and bust?; 35. Young newt; 37. Smidge; 39. Subject of a cap, in sports; 40. Didn’t go by foot; 44. “Dropped” drug; 46. Venerate; 47. More Scroogelike; 48. Tee off; 49. Equilibrium; 51. Battlefield fare: Abbr.; 53. Pull together; 56. Slaughter in baseball; 59. Some highlight reel features, for short; 60. Summer hrs.; 61. Parisian’s possessive; 62. Ore suffix; 63. Affectionate sign-off.