01.18.14 — Facepalm

Caïn by Henri Vidal, Tuileries Garden, Paris, 1896

A facepalm is the physical gesture of placing one's hand flat across one's face or lowering one's face into one's hand or hands. The gesture is found in many cultures as a display of frustration, disappointment, embarrassment, shock, surprise or sarcasm. ~ Wikipedia


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Puzzle by David Steinberg / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Fast-paced alternative to Scrabble BANANAGRAMS; 12. Lance cpl.’s org., USM; 15. It has a Page Navigation menu option, ADOBE READER; 16. 100 sawbucks, GEE; 17. Cop car, to a C’Ber, TIJUANA TAXI; 18. Inhibiter of free speech, GAG; 19. Exchange some words?, EDIT; 20. Follower of Bush or Clinton, ERA; 21. Many an Israeli, SABRA; 23. Part of some bargain store names, SAV; 24. Do-or-die situation, CLUTCH; 27. SOON-to-be; 28. SETH Green on a screen; 30. Texas’ PALO Duro Canyon; 31. High style of the 1700s, POUF; 32. Oppenheimer’s agcy., AEC; 34. Vocal trio, TERZETTO; 36. 1983 song with the lyric “Let’s leave Chicago to the Eskimos”, I LOVE LA; 40. Women, poetically, with “the”, FAIR SEX; 41. Nonverbal equivalent of “You have got to be kidding me!”, FACEPALM; 43. Cannes neighbors?, ENS; 43. Financier IVAR Kreuger called the Match King; 45. Start another tour, RE-UP; 47. “Man!”, GEEZ; 50. Alternative to nuts?, DARN; 51. Like 36 of this puzzle’s answers, ACROSS; 53. Grease monkey’s pocket item, RAG; 55. Formal identification, IT IS I; 57. Mix for a mixer, DIP; 58. Draw to an end, WANE; 59. Spanish gentleman, DON; 60. Professional organizers?, TAXONOMISTS; 64. Fidelity offering, briefly, IRA; 65. Feature of 007’s car, EJECTOR SEAT; 66. Cornerback Law and others, TYS; 67. Beyoncé alter ego, SASHA FIERCE.

Down — 1. Katharine Lee BATES, “America the Beautiful” lyricist; 2. Court wear, maybe, ADIDAS; 3. “I swear, man!”, NO JIVE; 4. Have an edge against, ABUT; 5. Its website has lesson plans, briefly, NEA; 6. Vintage fabric, ARNEL; 7. Get set, GEAR UP; 8. Sharp knock, RAT-A-TAT; 9. Org. Whose members look down in the mouth?, ADA; 10. Its flag has an eagle in the center: Abbr., MEX; 11. Some foreign misters, SRIS; 12. Wear that was one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” four times, UGG BOOTS; 13. Circumnavigator’s way, SEA ROUTE; 14. “Transformers” actress, 2007, MEGAN FOX; 22. Impugn, ASPERSE; 24. Call from a tree, CHEEP; 25. Tenor CLEF; 26. Trio in Greek myth, HORAE; 29. Round houses?, TAVERNS; 33. Bow no longer shot, CLARA; 35. Hits with wit, ZINGS; 36. 2007 book subtitled “Confessions of the Killer”, IF I DID IT; 37. John’s place, LAVATORY; 38. Simple winds, OCARINAS; 39. “The Twilight Saga” vampire, ALEC; 42. “A Severed Head” novelist, 1961, MURDOCH; 46. Itinerary start, POINT A; 48. Thing taken to a slip, ERASER; 49. Ulcer treater, ZANTAC; 52. Mad bit, SPOOF; 54. Beau chaser?, GESTE; 58. Endings of rock names, ITES; 58. One way to crack, WISE; 61. 1977 Steely Dan title track, AJA; 62. One side in some chalk talks, XES; 63. One might show muscles, in brief, MRI.


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Puzzle available on the internet at
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