02.12.15 — Stone


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Puzzle by John P. Markey / Edited by Will Shortz

CORNERSTONE (36A. Where one might find a date … with a hint to this puzzle’s theme), TIME CAPSULE (43A. Something found behind a 36-Across), INSCRIPTION (30A. Writing on a 36-Across) and "STONE" in the four corner squares of the puzzle constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword:

[STONE]WALLS with [STONE]HENGE (1A. Takes the fifth, perhaps; 1D. World Heritage Site that’s more than 4,000 years old)
GEM[STONE] with [STONE]MASON (10A. Turquoise, e.g.; 13D. Foundation worker)
TOUCH[STONE] with [STONE] AGE (43D. Standard of comparison; 66A. Antediluvian)
GRIND[STONE] with RHINE[STONE] (49D. Part of many a mill; 68A. Part of many a country singer’s outfit)

Other — ATLANTIC (3D. Neighbor of Ventnor on a Monopoly board); EMOTICON (39D. Means of communication using dots and dashes), EMPERORS (38D. Montezuma and others), FIREARMS (8D. Second Amendment subject), GSA and GSN, ISTRIA (44D. Adriatic peninsula shared by Italy, Slovenia and Croatia), NITRO CAR (25D. Certain dragster), ZALES (23A. Big name in jewelry).


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