02.23.13 — Numbered Balls

Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats in the 1961 film The Hustler
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Puzzle by Todd Gross / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Dragging vehicles; 10. Massachusetts governor after John Hancock, SAMUEL ADAMS; 12. One who was very successful with numbered balls, MINNESOTA FATS; 14. Advance man?, LENDER; 15. Some clouds, STRATI ; 17. Cerebral canals, ITERS; 18. Crook’s mark, SAP; 21. Apostle of Ire., ST PAT; 22. Plate setting, TRAY; 23. Board game found in Egyptian tombs, SENET; 25. Group led by a Grand Exalted Ruler, ELKS; 26. “The Chronicles of Vladimir TOD” (hit young adult book series about a vampire); 27. Feature of televised debates, SPLIT SCREEN; 29. Spanish demonstrative, ESO; 30. Long and twisty, EEL-LIKE; 31. “The L Word” network, in listings, SHO; 32. Survey militarily, RECONNOITER; 34. Canvas in a wooden frame, of sorts, COT; 35. Yeomen of the Guard officer, EXON; 36. Ready to play, TUNED; 37. Number one, to some, SELF; 38. Old letters, RUNES; 40. “Combats avec TES défenseurs!” (line from “La Marseillaise”); 41. In a way, informally, KINDA; 42. Some Japanese-Americans, SANSEI; 44. Period of slow growth, WINTER; 45. One who is very successful with numbered balls, LOTTERY WINNER; 49. One getting laughs at others’ expense, ROAST MASTER; 50. Exercise leader, P E TEACHER.
Down — 1. Stopped flowing, RAN DRY; 2. Exeunt OMNES (stage direction); 3. Violin virtuoso Leopold AUER; 4. French preposition, DES; 5. Street caution, SLO; 6. Part of an equitable trade, figuratively speaking, TAT; 7. Writer LeShan and others, EDAS; 8. Bundles of logs, maybe, RAFTS; 9. Not so dim, SMARTER; 10. Dublin-born singer with a 1990 #1 hit, SINEAD O’CONNOR; 11. Kings’ home, STAPLES CENTER; 12. GQ sort of guy, METROSEXUAL; 13. Part-owner, say, STAKE HOLDER; 14. Mess makers, LITTERERS; 16. “Just a few more miles”, IT’S NOT FAR; 18. Hit show, SELL-OUT; 19. Chemical used in dyes, ANILINE; 20. Dress store section, PETITES; 23. Weary, SPENT; 24. Reproved, in a way, TSKED; 27. Sessions in D.C., say, SEN; 28. Battle of CER (first Allied victory of W.W. I); 33. Like some shopping, ONE STOP; 37. Luster, e.g., SINNER; 39. Gripping parts of gecko footpads, SETAE; 41. “Roots” family surname, KINTE; 43. Superlative suffix, IEST; 44. WISH list; 46. Map abbr., RTE; 47. Soprano YMA Sumac; 48. Mil. Branch disbanded in 1978, WAC.


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