12.29.14 — Spell It Out

Monday, December 29, 2014

Puzzle by Peter A. Collins / Edited by Will Shortz

SPELL IT OUT (64A. Leave no room for misinterpretation … or what the first words of the answers to the five starred clues do, literally), along with EYE, TEE, OH, YOU and TEE, constitutes the interrelated group of this pleasant Monday crossword:

EYE CONTACT (17A. *What a good speaker maintains with the audience)
TEE TIMES (25A. *Golfers’ bookings)
OH BROTHER (30A. *”Man!”)
YOU LOST ME (45A. *”Wait, wait … go back”)
TEA CHEST (51A. *Bit of Boston Harbor debris n 1773)

Other — BOB MARLEY (32D. “One Love” singer), LITCHI nut (Chinese fruit), LOW-IMPACT (11D. Not joint-pounding, as aerobics), MOUSE (57D. One just squeaking by?), U. S. S. NIMITZ (aircraft carrier named for a former admiral), OUTLINE (46D. Writer’s plan), RIO LOBO (5D. 1970 John Wayne film), SOPPY (53D. Maudlin), STYMIES (10D. Thwarts), TICKETS (43D. Lottery buys) ZERO G (39A. Weightless state, informally).


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