01.06.15 — Deoxyribonucleic Acid

Tuesday, January 6, 2014

Puzzle by Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz

DNA (62D. Molecule hidden  in 4-, 11-, 23-, 25- and 29-Down) and a sort of DNA strand made of black squares in the center of the grid with blank spaces at the edges constitutes the main feature of this ingenious Tuesday crossword:

TOOTH AND NAIL (4D. Fierce way to fight)
GOOD NATURE (11D. Cheerful disposition)
ISLAND NATION (23D. Comoros or Barbados)
OLD NAVY (25D. Gap subsidiary)
BRAND NAMES (29D. Wilson and Hoover, but not Eisenhower)

Other — BUTTED (46D. Rammed like a ram); CLARICE Starling, “The Silence of the Lambs” protagonist; FERTILE (56A. Like loamy soil); GRAPH (49D. It has axes); MONTY (13D. Hall of fame); POST-DOC (20A. Lab research assistant, maybe); POT LEAF (31D. Image often accompanying the phrase “Legalize it”); REALTOR (54A. House tour giver); WE DID IT (22A. “Hooray for us!”); I DO TOO (66A. “Same here”); YOWIE (12D. “Ouch!”).


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