06.24.14 — Covert Operation

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Puzzle by Heather Valadez / Edited by Will Shortz

COVERT OPERATION (40A. Secret military mission … or a hint to the circled letters in this puzzle?), along with AND, SUBTRACT, MULTIPLY and DIVIDE in circled letters within STAND-BY MODE (18A. Sleep state for an electronic device), SUB-CONTRACT (24A. Outsource, as part of a job), MULTI-PLAYER (50A. Like World of Warcraft and other fare for 66-Acrosses) and DRIVER’S SIDE (62A. It’s on the left in the U.S. and the right in the U.K.) constitutes the main feature of this Tuesday crossword.

Other — FLY and SICK (9D and 36A. Really cool, in slang), GAMER (66A. See 50-Across), ICE MELT (21D. Magnesium chloride, e.g.), LABOR and TOIL (16A and 30D. Slave away), RAMPED UP (42D. Increased, as production), RATS NEST (5D. Tangle), SNAPE (70A. Potter’s potions professor), SO TO SAY (29D. In a manner of speaking), YOLKS (53D. They provide richness in batter).


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