03.26.14 — Atomic Number

Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev created a periodic table of the elements that ordered them numerically by atomic weight, yet occasionally used chemical properties in contradiction to weight.  Image, 1887


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Puzzle by Alex Vratsanos / Edited by Will Shortz

ATOMIC / NUMBER (18D. With 38-Down, property of the first pat of the answer to each starred clue [appropriately positioned in the grid], along with four examples, constitutes the main feature of this Wednesday crossword:

CARBON COPY (6D. *Typist’s duplicate of old), e.g., Carbon #6
NEON LIGHTS (10D. *They’re big on Broadway), Neon, #10
IRON MAIDEN (26D. *Medieval device with spikes), Iron, #26
COPPERHEAD (29D. *Ant-Civil War Northerner), Copper, #29

Other — EMERITI (57A. Retired academics), JEOPARDY (8D. Game show with the theme music “Think!”), LOLLIPOP (37D. Kid’s post-haircut treat, maybe), NIBLETS (41D. Green Giant canned corn), Australia’s Port PHILLIP Bay, RUDOLPH (56A. Team leader of song), SCALLOP (40D. Bit of surf in surf and turf), SQUIRES (9D. Knights‘ attendants)


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