10.06.13 — Toe Tags

A toe tag is a piece of cardboard normally attached with string to the big toe of a dead person in a morgue. It is used for identification purposes, allowing the mortician, coroner, law enforcement and others involved in the death process to correctly identify the corpse. ~ Wikipedia


Sunday, October 6, 2013

“Toe Tags”, Puzzle by Patrick Berry / Edited by Will Shortz

Nine standard phrases have the sound of “toe” tacked on to produce unfamiliar and sometimes amusing new phrases in this curious Sunday crossword:

PERMANENT PRESTO (23A. Magic word that never loses its power?)
ROLLING PINTO (28A. 1970s Ford on the move?)
GLOOMY GUSTO (39A. Enthusiastic enjoyment o one’s unhappiness?)
CUP OF TITO (41A. The Josip Broz Memorial Trophy?)
BUY ONE GET ONE FRITO (58A. Stingy snack vendor’s special offer?)
NYPD BLUTO (75A. Big Apple cop who’s looking to bust Popeye?)
MASTER QUITO (77A. Learn all about the capital of Ecuador?)
GARBAGE CANTO (88A. Portion of Dante’s “Inferno” that was wisely excised?)
GUIDED MISTLETOE (96A. Christmas decoration that automatically steers toward lovers?)

Other — BLOATED and OBESE (75D and 85D. Overlarge); CANOODLE (73D. Make out); JUST DESERTS (37D. Fitting punishment); OVINE (20A. Like Lincolns); RUMBLE SEATS (36D Model A features).


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Puzzle available on the internet at
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St.Genevieve said...

Isn't the phrase for a fitting punishment "just desserts" not "deserts"?

DONALD said...

Deserts here is the plural of desert, meaning "that which one deserves". "Desert" is now archaic and rarely used outside this phrase. Wikipedia link here -- just deserts