02.12.14 — Seppuku

General Akashi Gidayu preparing to carry out Seppuku after losing a battle for his master in 1582. He had just written his death poem, which is also visible in the upper right corner. 
By Tsukioka Yoshitoshi around 1890.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Puzzle by Peter A. Collins / Edited by Will Shortz

The arrangement of three sets of black squares in the form of the letter T might or might not be of use to anyone doing this grim Wednesday crossword; however, the three main answers feature phrases of three words each beginning with the letter T:

TURNING THE TRICK (16A. Triumphing)
TRIMMING THE TREE (33A. Traditional pre-Christmas activity)
TELLING THE TRUTH (53A. Testifying accurately)

Other — HARAKIRI (2D. End of Kurosawa’s “Rashomon”?); HIGH NOON (6D. 1952 Gary Cooper classic); LAID OVER (11D. Had a break between flights); LETHAL AGENT (24D. Poison gas, e.g.); MALACHI (49A. Last book of the Old Testament); NEPALI (7A. Katmandu tongue); NIHILIST (7D. Believer that life is meaningless); SHUTTLER (1D. One operating a loom); STRIKE ZONES (23D. They vary according to batters’ heights); TOE TAG (17D. Morgue ID).


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

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