03.04.15 — Naming Names

Harrison Ford as Han Solo


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Puzzle by Jeff Stillman / Edited by Will Shortz

Four phrases formed with names utilizing film characters constitutes the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword:

ROCKY START (11D. 1976, for Stallone’s rise to stardom?)
BOND TRADERS (17A. Connery and Lazenby, between 1967 and 1971?)
TRIPLE AXEL (29D. Eddie Murphy, after 1964, 1987 and 1994?)
PLAYING SOLO (64A. What Harrison Ford was doing in 1977, 1980 and 1983?)

Other — AGATE (42A. Tiny type size), CETOLOGY (27A. Study of whales), CHIANTI (26D. Wine traditionally sold in a fiasco), CUPID and EROS (1A. Bow-toter on seasonal cards; 28D. Counterpart of 1-Across), DACTYLS (25A. Poetic feet), ELBE (61D. Dresden’s river), EN BLOC (48D. All together), IBSEN (45D. “The Wild Duck” dramatist), IBISES (50D. Once-sacred birds), INDIGO (4D. Spectrum hue), SERIN (44A. European finch), SUBTITLE (49A. Foreign film feature).


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