12.15.13 — CUT

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Cut Above the Rest, Puzzle by Jeff Chen / Edited by Will Shortz

In this clever Sunday crossword, the word CUT formed by the letters C, U and T in multiple squares at the top of the puzzle (1A. Oceans, CCCCC; 1D. Grab, CCCCC, 31A. Espies, CCCCC; e.g., SEAS, SEIZE and SEES; 8D. Farm females, UUUUU; 11D. Trees with poisonous seeds, UUUUU; 33A. Profit from, UUUUU; e.g., EWES, YEWS and USE; 14A. Razz, TTTTT; 16D. Aids for long drives, TTTTT, e.g., TEASE and TEES, clues six down answers identically as [See above]; 36D. PIECE OF THE ACTION, 42D. KICKED OFF THE TEAM, 71D. PLAYED HOOKY, 75D. SNIDE REMARK, 80D. ALBUM TRACK and 81D. EDITED DOWN.

Other — ALTRUISM (10D. Charitable giving, e.g.), BIONIC LEG (57A. “Six Million Dollar Man” feature), HOUSE RULE (28A. Game twist), JAUNTIER (43A. More rakish), SIRI (95D. Her name is Norwegian for “beautiful woman who leads you to victory”), UNICYCLE (47A. Clown prop).


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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.

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