05.27.13 — Double Down

“He'd bet three thousand and double down to six thousand, 
all of it hanging on the turn of the next card.”
  ~  Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss, page 66, 1999, 
Frederick Barthelme and Steven Barthelme


Monday, May 27, 2013 — Memorial Day 

Puzzle by Doug Peterson / Edited by Will Shortz

DOUBLE DOWN (31D. Blackjack player’s option … or a description of the answers to the starred clues?), DURAN DURAN (3D. *Band with the 1983 hit “Hungry Like the Wolf“), WALLA WALLA (6D. *Washington city near the Oregon border), GOODY GOODY (9D. *Affectedly virtuous), LOUIE LOUIE (27D. *Hit song for the Kingsmen with famously unintelligible lyrics) and KNOCK KNOCK (29D. *Joke starter) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.

Other — PERFUNCTORY (65A. Just going through the motions), THAT’S ALL (20A. “Nothing left to say”), UNTENDED (63A. Like a weedy garden) and WELL-GROOMED (18A. Neat in appearance).


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Puzzle available on the internet at
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