10.22.13 — Middle Earth

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Puzzle by Kevan Choset / Edited by Will Shortz

MIDDLE EARTH (59A. “The Lord of the Rings” setting … or a feature of 17-, 24-, 38- and 49-Across?), CLEAR THE AIR (17A. Overcome an unpleasant misunderstanding), LINEAR THINKING (24A. Left-brain activity), I HEART HUCKABEES (38A. 2004 film featuring Dustin Hoffman), and ACUTE ARTHRITIS (49A. Reason to see a rheumatologist) constitute the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword.

Other — DOOHICKEY (11D. Thingamajig), HERMES (47D. Mercury counterpart), PEANUT OIL (33D. What pad Thai is often cooked in), SHIRR (34D. Bake, as eggs), SITAR (54A. Instrument played by George Harrison), THRACIANS (32A. Allies of the Trojans in the “Iliad”).


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