11.19.13 — The Gettysburg Address

The only known photograph of the Dedication Ceremony at Gettysburg


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Puzzle by David J. Kahn / Edited by Will Shortz

ABE LINCOLN (3D. Prez who delivered a famous address on November 19, 1863), GETTYSBURG (31D. Where 3-Down’s address was delivered),  along with FOUR / SCORE / AND / SEVEN / YEARS / AGO in circled letters constitutes the main feature of this fine Tuesday tribute crossword of that event of seven score and ten years ago to the day.

The answers containing the circled letters — ONE OF FOURS (17A. 1922 Willa Cather novel that won a Pulitzer), SCOREPAD (25A. Bridge or Scrabble need), GRAND OPERA (36A. Verdi’s “Don Carlos,” e.g.), SALES EVENT (43A. Big attraction for bargain hunters), MID-YEARS (51A. Some school exams) and WAGONFULS (66A. Maximum loads of hay or vegetables).

Other — Big DIPPER (group of stars in Ursa Major), FERRARO (8D. Mondale’s 1984 running mate), HONUS (2D. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Wagner, one of the first five inductees), JAI / ALAI (58A. With 35-Down, a court game), NASA (33D. 2011 launcher of Curiosity), Darwin’s “On the ORIGIN of Species”, PLUTO and STYX (6D. Dwarf planet whose moons include Charon and 12-Down); 12D. Moon of 6-Down named for a mythological river), R E LEE (56D. 31-Down general’s signature), SAILORS (44D. Seafarers),TIN EAR (48A. Musical incompetence).


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863


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