03.08.14 — The Saturday Crossword

The mimosa (technically, the Silver Wattle) is the symbol 
of the celebrations of Women's day in Italy and Russia.


Puzzle by David Steinberg / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Cooler idea?, JAIL BREAK; 10. Home to the Great Mosque, MECCA; 15. It included a moonwalk, APOLLO XII; 16. Spirit of St. Petersburg?, STOLI; 17. One stocking bars, CANDY SHOP; 18. West African capital, DAKAR; 19. Old sitcom sot, OTIS; 20. Pimienta’s partner, SAL; 21. Many instant message recipients, AOLERS; 22. “Sketches” pseudonym, BOZ; 23. Bad-tempered, BILIOUS; 25. Compress, as a file, ZIP; 26. Turn the air blue, SWEAR; 28. Where many games can be viewed, ESPN; 29. Prefix with data, META; 30. Motor problems, TICS; 32. Fat-derived, STEARIC; 34. Havana highball, MOJITO; 37. Recite mechanically, INTONE; 38. Swank, OPULENT; 40. Word before red, BEET; 41. Beech house, NEST; 42. Quarter of zwölf, DREI; 44. Tables in western scenes, MESAS; 48. Word after red, ANT; 49. Like time, inexorably, GOING BY; 51. “ERE I forsook the crowded solitude”: Wordsworth; 52. Walters portrayer on “S.N.L.”, RADNER; 54. Dance piece?, CHA; 55. Thé addition, LAIT; 58. Produce sentimental notes?, CROON; 57. Big-name Web crawler, GOOGLEBOT; 59. “The Asphalt Jungle” revolves around one, HEIST; 60. Like Francisco Goya, ARAGONESE; 61. “Breaking Away” director, YATES; 62. She “made a fool of everyone, in song, SEXY SADIE.

The Nude Maja, 1880, Francisco Goya

Down — 1. A.J. JACOBS, author of the best seller “The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World”; 2. Director of “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “This is 40”, APATOW; 3. Turn positive, say, IONIZE; 4. Some Yale degs., LLDS; 5. Nellie who wrote “Ten Days in a Mad-House”, BLY; 6. Martini accompanier?, ROSSI; 7. Uses a drunk meter, e.g., EXHALES; 8. Provençal spreads, AIOLIS; 9. 100-at currency unit, KIP; 10. It was run in the 1980s-’90s, MS-DOS; 11. Abbr. for listless?, ET AL; 12. Tab alternative, COKE ZERO; 13. Big name in allergy relief, CLARITIN; 14. It’s flown in, AIRSPACE; 21. AUNTIE Anne’s (pretzel maker); 23. Ultra BRITE; 24. Quick missions?, OPS; 27. Slightly biased?, ATILT; 29. Like some finishes, MATTE; 31. Hole in one on a par 5 hole, CONDOR; 33. “No ENEMY is worse than bad advice”: Sophocles; 34. Bahrain, Bhutan or Brunel, MONARCHY; 35. Clearing, OPEN AREA; 36. Popular line of footwear?, JUST DO IT; 39. Endurance race, briefly, TRI; 40. Cardiff Giant, e.g., BIG HOAX; 43. Cry for another piece, ENCORE; 45. Starfish setting, SEABED; 46. Some opera passages, ARIOSI; 47. Parlor piece, SETTEE; 49. Word on a restroom door, GENTS; 50. Loose, BAGGY; 53. Thing twitched on “Bewitched”, NOSE; 55. River known for the goldfields in its basin, LENA; 57. Sign on an interstate, GAS; 58. LOS Tarantos” (1963 film).


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