06.02.14 — S. A.

Essays of Michel de Montaigne, 1588


Monday, June 2, 2014

Puzzle by Andrea Carla Michaels / Edited by Will Shortz

ESSAY (66A. Kind of test … or a phonetic hint to 17-, 25-, 36-, 47- and 57-Across), e.g., S. A., is the lead-in to the interrelated group of this pleasant Monday crossword:

SHEER AGONY (17A. Total misery)
SNOOZE ALARM (25A. Sleep extender)
SYDNEY AUSTRALIA (36A. 2000 Olympics site)
SAMUEL ADAMS (47A. Founding father who had a beer named after him)
SMART ALECK (57A. Wisenheimer)

Other — ANISE (22D. Absinthe flavor), ARIA, ATRIA and TIARA, HOSEA (11D. Book between Daniel and Joel), HUMANS (44D. Earthlings), NO IDEA (28A. “Beats me!”), MAGOO and WAHOO (6D. Nearsighted Mr. of cartoons; 15A. “Yippee!”), MAMET (49D. Playwright who wrote “Glengarry Glen Ross”), O’DOULS (10D. Nonalcoholic beer brand), QATAR (21D. Persian gulf emirate), QUEER (21A. Odd), SMUTTY (45D. Raunchy), SUPERB (45A. Top-notch), TONYS (23D. Stage statuettes).


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