03.04.15 — Naming Names


Harrison Ford as Han Solo

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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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03.03.15 — Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S Thompson by purposemaker, available on Deviantart

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Puzzle by Kristian House / Edited by Will Shortz

Hunter S. Thompson is the main subject of this Tuesday crossword:

JOHNNY DEPP (18A. He played one of the lead roles in the film version of 50-55-Across)
GONZO JOURNALISM (23A. Writing style popularized by 35-Across)
HUNTER S THOMPSON (35A.. Author of 50-55-Across)
FEAR AND LOATHING / IN LAS VEGAS (50A and 55A. See 35-Across)

Other  CUDDLE UP (10D. Get cozy together), GENTRY (8D. Aristocrats), HAD A GO (1D. Tried), HELL NO (3D. “Not a chance!”), HO-HO (1A. Treat similar to a Yodel), MERTZ (41D. Neighbor of the Ricardos on “I Love Lucy”), SKYLAB (9D. Space station that crashed in 1979), U S STEEL (26D. Company that built the Unisphere for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair), X-GAMES (49D. Event featuring motocross and snocross).

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03.02.5 — Smile


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Puzzle by Andrea Carla Michaels / Edited by Will Shortz

Four answers with three sequential letter L’s constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword:

STILL LIFE (17A. Cézanne’s “The Basket of Apples”)
CALL LETTERS (23A. Radio station identification)
MELL LAZARUS (5A. “Momma” cartoonist)
TWO-L LLAMA (63A. “A beast,” according to Ogden Nash)

Other — EMMETT  Kelly, classic circus clown; EXPLODED (40D. Went off, as a bomb); FLEETING (9D. Short-lived); JAILS (1A. Sends to the lockup); Peruvian author Mario Vargas LLOSA; NAMES (34A. Andrea, Carla and Michael).

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03.01.15 — "Noted" Anniversary


Julie Andrews, “The Sound of Music”, 1965

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

“Noted Anniversary” — Puzzle by Finn Vigeland / Edited by Will Shortz

In this fine Sunday 50th anniversary commemoration of  “The Sound of Music”, the notes DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, TI, DO (in single squares) rise from the lower left corner to the upper right to indicate the rising musical notes of the song “Do-Re-Mi” along with the following:

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA (24A. Setting of 118-Across)
JULIE ANDREWS (31A. Star of 118 Across)
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE (49A. Opening lyric of 118-Across)
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN (68A. Duo behind 118-Across)
BEST PICTURE OSCAR (91A. Honor for 118-Across)
THE VON TRAPPS (108A. Family upon whom 118-Across is based)
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (118A. Movie that opened on 3/2/1965)

Other — ANNIES (103D. Annual awards in animation), CRUST (87D. Sicilian border?), HEGIRA (88D. Flight from danger), GIR[DO] (13A. 1958 space monkey), IV TUBE (102D. Hookup in bed?), MOZART (7D. “The culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music,” per Tchaikovsky), NEEDLE (28D. Something a trypanophobe fears), NO-CAL (122A. Superdietary, informally), [SOL]VING TIME (60A. Important factor in a crossword tournament), SUSAN (91A. Narnia girl), TAIPEI (23D. Asian capital nicknamed the City of Azaleas).

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02.28.15 — The Saturday Crossword

Bluebeard and Judith in an illustration 
by Gustave Doré for Perrault's tale

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Puzzle by Barry C. Silk / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — BAZOOKA (14D. “Stovepipe” of W.W. II), BELA and OPERA (53A. “Bluebeard’s Castle” librettist Balázs; 16A. “Bluebeard’s Castle,“, e.g.), CAMEO (26A. One of many made by Hitchcock), C-CLAMP (26D. Woodworker’s tool), DICK CLARK (29A. Famous New Year’s Eve party?),  FRYOLATOR (67a. Greasy spoon appliance), GET A GRIP (17A. Finishes freaking out), IRON CROSS (15A. Classic symbol of rebellion), KNOB and SNOB, PANAMA HAT (1A. Summer suit accessory), PHOTOBOMB (48A, Laugh-inducing pic), POT and TOT, ROULADE (41D. Musical embellishment), SMELTER (43D. Where to get the lead out?), STRETCHER (62A. Battlefield transport), TITFER (49D. Bit of headwear, in British lingo), WEARISOME (65A. Yawn-inducing).

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02.27.15 — The Friday Crossword


Friday, February 27, 2015

Puzzle by Julian Lim / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — ACORN, IDIOTS and NUTS (24D. Tough nut to crack; 33D. Nuts; 51D. Nuts), BB GUN and CAT’S-EYE (25D. Certain shooter; 17A. Certain shooter), GRACE PERIOD (1A. Time of forgiveness), MELISMA (20A. Musical phrase in which a single syllable is sung over several notes), NONZERO (40A. Positive or negative), PRISONER OF WAR (12A. Jean-Paul Sartre or Winston Churchill, once), SHOGI (22D. So-called Japanese chess), SPARE THE ROD (55A. Be lenient), STEPHEN JAY GOULD (52A. Evolutionary biologist who wrote “The Panda’s Thumb”), STORAGE SPACES (54A. Trunks, e.g.), THIS IS SPINAL TAP (14A. Classic 1984 film in which most of the dialogue was ad-libbed).

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02.26.15 — Half...


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Puzzle by Caleb Emmons

Four answers completed by interpolating the word “half” before the last word and imagining the completion of the second half of the last word constitutes the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword:

KENNEDY DOL (17A. Coin first minted in 1964), e.g., half-dollar
FLYING AT MA (54A. Signaling remembrance, in a way), half mast
GOING OFF COC (10D. Acting rashly), half-cocked
SUPER BOWL TI (24D. Occasion for a much-hyped performance), halftime


Other — Soap star Deborah ADAIR, ANNO mundi, ARISTOTLE (32D. “Poetics” author), CC’ING (40A. Keeping in the loop, in a way), EELED (13D. Tried to catch some fish), FUNNY FARM (1A. Crazy place?), HOODWINK (8D. Tricks), JACKO (36A. Tabloid nickname of the ‘80s), MOLOTOV (43A. Eponymous Soviet minister of foreign affairs), PENSACOLA (3D. Southern city that calls itself “America’s First Settlement” [1559]), REDS (60A. Six crayons in a Crayola 64 box), STARBUCKS (18A. Company with a lot of bean counters?), WAGGLED (25A. “Danced“ like a bee).

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02.25.15 — Capitals

Nebraska Capitol Building by Ryan McGinnis, flickr

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Puzzle by Michae4l Shteyman / Edited by Will Shortz

Four midwest state capitals constitute the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword:

LANSING MICHIGAN (22A. Midwest capital #1)
LINCOLN NEBRASKA (37A. Midwest capital #2)
ST PAUL MINNESOTA (46A. Midwest capital #3)
DES MOINES IOWA (15D. Midwest capital #4)

Other — A AVERAGE (62A. Stellar student’s boast), AMEBAE and BEING (8A. Lives in a cell?; 11D. Life form), Trevor ARIZA of the N.B.A., CAN’T LOSE (17A. Guaranteed to succeed), CHART and ICU (51A. Location for patient information; 32A. Where to find some very sick individuals, for short), ENVOI (10D. Final stanza in a poem), Paavo NURMI, the Flying Finn of 1920s Olympics, ONE-EARED (14A. Like the praying mantis, anatomically [weird, but true]), RESIGN (7D. Terminate a contract … or extend it), ROLLED R (1A. Part of “rico” or “roja”), WRIST PAD (55A. Carpal tunnel syndrome preventer).

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