01.08.15 — Half Measure


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Puzzle by Jacob Stulberg / Edited by Will Shortz

HALF MEASURE (59A. Inadequate effort … or the contents of six squares in this puzzle?), along with the aforementioned six squares containing units of volume progressing in measurement constitutes the main feature of this dry Thursday crossword:

LIVING [PINT][PINT]ERS (17A. Place for a bed and dresser), e.g., LIVING QUARTERS along with RI[P INT]O and TA[P INT]O (6D. Tear asunder; 7D. Use as a resource)

HAROLD [CUP][CUP]ER (33A. 2005 Nobel-winning playwright), e.g., HAROLD PINTER along with HIC[CUP] and [CUP]ID (23D. Minor problem; 35D. Winged god)

RE[GILL][GILL]ERATED (41A. Got well), e.g., RECUPERATED, along with MC[GILL] and [GILL]IAM (32D. Montreal university; 42D. Funny Terry), here's reference to GILL.

Other — CAW and RAVEN (3D. 11-Across maker; 11A. 3-Down sound; ERITREA (4D. African nation with a much-disputed border);  ISLAS Marías (Mexican penal colony), Actress MOIRA Kelly; Nobel-winning novelist IMRE Kertész; George MAHARIS of “Route 66”; TAHINIS (39A. Sesame seed pastes); TENT SHOW (39D. Traveling circus, often).


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