08.11.14 — H-aeiou-LL

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Puzzle by David Steinberg and Bernice Gordon
Edited by Will Shortz

A vowel progression featuring HALL, HELL, HILL, HOLL and HULL is the main feature of this pleasant Monday crossword:

HALLELUJAH (18A. “Thank God Almighty!”)
HELLENISTIC (23A. Of an ancient Greek period)
HILLBILLY (35A. Jed Clampett, e.g.)
HOLLANDAISE (49A. Sauce made with butter, egg yolks and lemon juice)
HULLABALOO (55A. Uproar)

Other — ALL and ELL; BEHEADS (13D. Guillotines); Comedy Central’s “The COLBERT Report”; HERNIA (21D. Result of overstrain, maybe);  MADE IT and ATE IT (12D. Cry after reaching the summit; 59A. Swallowed a loss); LA JOLLA (11D. Home of U.C. San Diego); LEA and LEI, LEWD (44A. Apt rhyme of “crude”); MAIDENS (41D. Cinderella and Rapunzel); PESTLE (4D. Mortar’s partner); SIRI (63A. iPhone assistant who says that “42” is the meaning of life); SPLATS (33A. Food fight sounds).


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