10.08.14 — The Descent of MAN


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Puzzle by Mary Lou Guizza and Jeff Chen
Edited by Will Shortz

THE DESCENT OF MAN (11D. Darwin work … with a hint to three consecutive letters in 3-, 4-, 7-, 9- and 11-Down), along with ‘MAN” found in the five answers descending in the crossword constitutes the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword:

MANIFEST DESTINY (3D. Expansionist doctrine)
I DEMAND A RECOUNT (4D. Election loser’s cry)
TEN COMMANDMENTS (7D. Text on tablets)
THRILLA IN MANILA (9D. Big 1975 boxing showdown)

Other — Carne ASADA (2D. Mexican dish), ASSADS (35A. Father-and-son rulers of Syria), ASHANTI (40A. “Foolish” singer, 2002), ATOMS (54A. Positrons’ places), CAB (38A. One with a checkered existence?), MT IDA (55D. Crete’s highest peak), KAFKA (25A. “Amerika” novelist), PANINI (66A. Italian sandwich), TUTTO (57A. All, in Alba).


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