02.18.15 — Fore and Aft

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Puzzle by Ed Sessa / Edited by Will Shortz

Reversing the front and rear words of five common phrases constitutes the main feature of this friendly Wednesday crossword:
  • BABY THE ROCK (17A. Mollycoddle Dwayne Johnson?)
  • BOOKS THE COOK (22A. Enters charges against a restaurant employee?)
  • QUESTION THE DUCK (36A. Try to find out what’s what at a pond?)
  • BLAME THE BEAR (46A. Shift responsibility for some missing campsite food?)
  • DECK THE SWAB (56A. Kayo Popeye?)
Other — AFT (55A. Back, to Popeye), ANODE (41A. Battery terminal), BPS (11A. Some gas stations), BRUNO (11D. Musical Mars), CCCP (1A. Letters on Soyuz rockets), ENCARTA (20A. Onetime Microsoft encyclopedia), ICE / CUBE (21D. Motel freebie; 1D. 21-Down unit), PAIGE (32A. Major League Baseball’s oldest-ever rookie [age 42]), SKIN (35D. It’s all around you), SPIDER (15A. One navigating the web?), STANDEE (23D. One who can’t find a seat, say), TEFLON (44A. Polytetrafluoroethylene, commercially), TRIPE and TRIPE, ULNA (14A. Fifth-longest bone in the human body)


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