10.15.14 — Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry, who will be 84 this week, October 18th, 2014
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Puzzle by David Poole / Edited by Will Shortz

CHUCK BERRY (56A. One of the original Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, whose name is a hint to the answers to the four starred clues), HUCKLE FINN (17A. *Drifter of Literature), ELDER WINE (28A. *Potent potable n “Arsenic and Old Lace”), STRAW BLONDE (33A. *Nicole Kidman, hairwise) and RASP BERET (43A. *1985 Prince hit) constitute the interrelated group of this likable Wednesday crossword.

Other — ANODYNE (42D. Pain reliever), ASCRIBES (3D. Attributes), BLABBED (25D. Spilled the beans), BOLEROS (41D. Short jackets worn open in front), DECLAWS (10D. Rendered harmless, in a way), EARL GREY (37D. Tea choice for TV’s Frasier Crane), ILLINI (11D. “Fighting” Big Ten team), RAPIDS (43D. Canoeist’s challenge), TYPESETS (34D. Prepares for proofing).


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