12.23.14 — Fee-fi-fo-fum!

Jack and the Beanstalk by Arthur Rackman, 1910

I smell the blood of an Englishman,
Be he live, or be he dead,
I'll grind his bones to make my bread.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Puzzle by Bruce Haight / Edited by Will Shortz

BEANSTALK (21D. Storied locale for the circled letters in 8- and 65-Across), along with GIANT, JACK, FEE, FI, FO and FUM in the circled letters constitutes the main feature of this very friendly Tuesday crossword.

Other — ALGERIA (15A. Largest country in Africa since the breakup of Sudan in 2011), BAD SEED (38A. Wayward offspring, informally), COFFEES (1A. Espresso and cappuccino), ESCALLOP (39D. Bake in a sauce), GERARDO (63A. Rapper with the 1991 hit “Rico Suave”), HI-JACK (65A. Commandeer), LA SCALA (61A. Milan opera house), OCEANUS (64A. Greek personification of the outer sea), OXIDIZE (14A. Become rusted), PERFUME (66A. Clichéd gift on Mother’s Day), Puppeteer Tony SARG.


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