12.14.12 — Easy Does It!

Friday, December 14, 2012
Puzzle by Paula Gamache / Edited by Will Shortz

Six eleven-letter-across and six ten-letter-down entries constitute the main feature of this Friday crossword:

  • THE BIG SHORT (4A. 2010 best seller by Michael Lewis)
  • BEATLEMANIA (16A. Fever that reached America in the mid-1960s)
  • SAMUEL ALITO (18A. Nominee who was the subject of a 2006 filibuster attempt)
  • EVA LONGORIA (50A. L'Oréal spokeswoman of the 2000s)
  • FACE REALITY (54A. Wake up and smell the coffee)
  • THE RED ROVER (58A. Sea novel by James Fenimore Cooper)
  •  STAND ASIDE (1D. Take no preventive action)
  • INDOOR POOL (2D. Amenity in some 30-Down)
  • STAR STRUCK (3D. Transported by a big name)
  • STRIP MALLS (28D. Chains of chains, often)
  • ALICIA KEYS (29D. 2001 Best New Artist Grammy winner)
  • MCMANSIONS (30D. They stand out in the neighborhood)
Other — ARTERY, DEMISE, DHARMAS (44A. Virtuous behaviors, in Hinduism), DO SHOTS, ELKHOUND (40A. Large hunter with a shaggy gray coat), GEL PACKS (9D. Flexible injury soothers), GOT SORE, HAILER and HALITE (11D. Cubic crystals with perfect cleavage), MAILER, PRINTS, SEEP IN, SMARTLY, TAUTENED, UNCLE SAM.
Five-letter — DERIV, EAMES House (Los Angeles landmark of modern architecture), GANEF, KNOPF (25D. Publisher with a borzoi logo), LEICA, PEERS, SMOKY, SONNY, SPREE, TOPPS (35A. Bazooka Joe‘s company), UMPED, WHEES.
Short stuff — ADA, ATTY, AYR, BTUS, DEFT, DOC, “Well Did You EVAH?”, GAR, ILE, IOUS, KATT, LEA and LEO, LYN, MACE, NORW, “Go ON IN!”, ORE, PRIM, RES, RITT, SAKI, SEI, SIS, SOLO, SSS, TAOS, TBS, TLC, TNT (15A. Homewrecker?).


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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. She often wears hand-me-downs; 17. Org. fighting decay; 19. Major Eur. Oil exporter; 21. Matter found in briefs?; 2. Digital evidence?; 23. Toss down tequila, e.g.; 26. One may service an organ; 27. Relative of John Bull; 31. Carousal; 32. Not clear, in a way; 33. Special handling; 34. They indicate shyness; 36. Stiff; 37. Sleepy co-worker?; 38. Rascal, in slang; 39. Shooter favored by Henri Cartier-Bresson; 42. Percolate; 43. Adept arguer: Abbr.; 45. End; 48. Due tripled; 49. Contemporary of O. Henry; 53. It’s a sign; 55. Political adviser Nofziger; 57. Lottery letters. — DOWN: 4. “Sullivan & Son” airer; 5. Unrestrained; 7. Energy qtys.; 8. Trinité; 10. One way to dress; 13. “Nuts” director, 1987; 14. Ute Peak’s county; 20. Cries on a ride; 24. Bed rock?; 27. Worked on a field; 32. Fella; 35. Took up the slack?; 36. Equals; 38. Became peeved; 39. Low location?; 41. Whom a hack watches out for; 42. Follower of Ali; 44. Dict. Info; 45. Magicianlike; 46. Cole Porter’s “Well, Did You ___?”; 47. Police supply; 48. Unbanded?; 51. Fish with poisonous roe; 52. Scottish port.


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