12.04.14 — Scrabble

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Puzzle by Kacey Walker and David Quarfoot
Edited by Will Shortz

SCRABBLE (7A. Game with its own dictionary); ANAGRAMS (63A. What the three possible answers to each of 26-, 36- and 44-Across are, leading to 27 possible solutions to this puzzle), along with the following, constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword:

WORRIED / ROWDIER / WORDIER (26A: Play in 7-Across with the rack DEIORRW)
RESIDED / DESIRED / DERIDES (36A: Play in 7-Across with the rack DDEEIRS)
GARDENS / DANGERS / GANDERS (44A: Play in 7-Across with the rack ADEGNRS) 

The corresponding downs:

RAIL or WAIL (26A. Complain loudly), REED or WEED (28D. Plant that’s not cultivated), RRS or RDS (23D. Transportation lines: Abbr.), BUD or BUR (21D. Plant protrusion)

DOES or ROES (36D. Some deer), SUN or RUN (38D. Morning ___), AID or AIR (29D. ___ station), SKID or SKIS (25D. What one might attach to a vehicle after a snowstorm)

DEE or GEE (44D. Tip of Greenland?), NOTARY or ROTARY (46D. Something a lawyer might once have called on?), AGE or ADE (42D. Suffix with block), BEAR or BEAN (33D. Black ____)

Other — CHRISTIE (56A. Governor who said “I don’t think there’s anybody in America who would necessarily think my personality is best suited to being number two”), EDSEL (14D. Car that famously debuted on “E Day”), HOORAYED (16A. Showed one’s support in a way), NOBLE (20A. Like the rightmost elements), “SEE IT?” (52A. Clear now?”), SHALE (7D. Something settled long ago?), SIRI (31A. One with all the answers?).


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