05.07.13 — Water Water

Illustration by Gustave Doré

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.

~ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Puzzle by Jeff Chen / Edited by Will Shortz

WATER WATER / EVERYWHERE and ANCIENT MARINER (40A. With 42-Across, subject of the poem that contains the line 17-/65-Across), along with nine connected squares reading HOH (H2O) constitutes the interrelated group of this brilliant Tuesday crossword.
Other — ASHCAN (45A. Depth charge, in slang), BERG (62D. Arctic Ocean sighting), HARPY (1A. Scolding, nagging sort), HOMOPHONES (11D. Read and blew, for red and blue), O’HARA (14A. John who wrote “Appointment in Samarra”), PATHOS (40D. Pity), RAN AWAY (38D. Fled), SAY NO (20A. Refuse), “SO I hear“, “And THEYRE off!“, TYCHO BRAHE (29D. Astronomer who coined the word “nova”).


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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 6. Hence; 10. The opposition; 15. Invitation sender; 16. Vagrant; 17. See 40-/42-Across; 19. Key of Haydn’s Symphony No. 12 or 29; 21. Word after sports or training; 22. Dummy; 23. Seven-Time All-Star Sammy; 25. Cop’s target; 27. The “A” of B.A.; 31. Latvia neighbor: Abbr.; 33. Contemporary of Gandhi; 36. Hellmann’s product, informally; 37. Urge strongly; 39. Quaker cereal brand; 42. See 40-Across; 44. N.E.A. concern; 47. Collecting a pension: Abbr.; 48. Bakery and pharmacy; 50. Story that goes on and on; 51. It is, in Ibiza; 52. Flutters, as eyelashes; 54. Indecent; 56. Smart-mouthed; 60. One of the ABC islands; 64. Eastern nurse; 65. See 40-/42-Across; 68. Texter’s disclaimer; 69. Branch of engineering: Abbr.; 70. Tribe with a lake named after it; 71. Colors; 72 Long hallway effect; 73. “This looks bad!”. — DOWN: 1. First word of “Blowin’ in the Wind”; 2. Cries of discovery; 3. Pro ___; 4. Mice, to cats; 5. Elaborate stories; 6. “___Crossroads” (1996 Grammy-winning rap song); 7. Relaxing conclusion to a long, hard day; 8. Manipulator; 9. Rein, e.g.; 12. Fortune 500 company founded in 1995; 13. Austin Powers’s power; 18. Some winter garments; 24. Trivial Pursuit wedges, e.g.; 26. ___’acte; 27. Gather over time; 28. Dressing choice; 32. Show of respect; 34. Butler of “Gone With the Wind”; 35. Nutritional fig.; 41. Bridge position; 43. Tick off; 46. West Coast engineering institution, informally; 53. Note accompanying an F, maybe; 55. BBC sci-fi show; 56. Invoice stamp; 57. Cousin of a Golden Globe; 59. With: Fr.; 61. “Ain’t gonna happen!”; 63. Suffix with buck; 66. Sigma preceder; 67. Conclusion.


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