01.22.14 — Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel, illustration by Arthur Rackham, 1909


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Puzzle by Jared Banta / Edited by Will Shortz

HANSEL AND GRETEL (35A. Story mapped out in this grid, from lower left to upper right), along with a trail of BREAD CRUMBS (in circled letters from HOME (in a single square down left) to WITCH (in a single square, upper right), constitutes the interrelated group of this perfectly pleasant Wednesday crossword. 

Of the ilk — BROTHERS GRIM (52A. Publishers of 35-Across, with “the”), EAT NO FAT (11D. Emulate Jack Sprat), HANS CHRISTIAN / ANDERSON (20A. With 23-Across, giant in fairy tales) and RAMONA Quimby of children’s lit.

Other — CÉSAR RITZ (34D. Swiss “king of hoteliers”), EVICTED and LESSEES (30A. Kicked to the curb; 40A. Flat takers), [HOME] BREW and NEAR BEER (61A. Do-it-yourself libation; 37D. It has a low percentage of alcohol), SENSELESS (4D. Lacking reason), TATE (60A. Where many Sargents hang, with “the”), TESLA (27A. Rock band named for an inventor), THE S[WITCH] (9A. 2010 Jennifer Aniston movie), THROWS (47A. Purposely loses), ZITS (63A. Bad marks for a high schooler?).


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Puzzle available on the internet at
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