05.18.15 — Swiftly

Monday, May 18, 2015

Puzzle by Gene Newman / Edited by Will Shortz

Four Tom Swifties constitute the main feature of this Monday crossword:

18A. “You forgot to water the plants,” Tom said  WITHERINGLY
28D. “Being a bit laz,  prefer automatic,” Tom said SHIFTLESSLY
1A. “Oh, I just fed the alligator,” Tom said OFFHANDEDLY
3D. “As much as I’d like, you’re not getting any of my estate,” Tom said UNWILLINGLY

Other — ALICE and ANNIE (15A. Girl who was a guest at the Mad Hatter’s tea party; 69A. Hit 1977 musical with the song “It’s the Hard-Knock Life”); DISCO (60A. “Saturday Night Fever” music genre); Playwright LILLIAN Hellman; NEPAL and SEISMIC (25D. 2015 earthquake locale; 9D. Earth-shaking); STEREOS (56A. Sound systems).


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