09.30.14 — The Price Is Right


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Puzzle by Kyle T. Dolan / Edited by Will Shortz


THE PRICE IS RIGHT (35A. Long-running game show with a feature spelled out clockwise by this puzzle’s circled letters), DREW CAREY (18A. Modern host of 35-Across), BOB BARKER (53A. Longtime host of 35-Across) and the circled letters, S H O W C A S E   S H O W D O W N, constitute the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword.

Other — BEER CAN (26D. Fraternity party detritus), BREWED UP (4D. Fomented, as trouble), GAS RING (24D. Blue circle on a range), IDLE WILD (37D. Original name for J.F.K. Airport), LOVE BITES (3D. Red marks of affection), PG RATINGS (32D. They may be given for rude humor), POTUS (30A. Air Force One occupant, acronymic ally), TERCE (45D. Canonical hour before sext).


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09.29.14 — Success


H. R. Haldeman

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Puzzle by Eric Sydney Phillips / Edited by Will Shortz

Phrases relating to success constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword:

I KNEW YOU WHEN (18A. Words to a local success story)
CELEBRITY (24A. What a local success story achieves)
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS (39A. What a local success story comes from)
MAKES GOOD (49A. What a local success story does)
HOMETOWN HERO (60A. Local success story)


Other — ALL TOLD (23A. After everything’s been said and done), ARGO (32D. 2012 Best Picture with Ben Affleck), BESS (33D. Mrs. Truman), GEORGE (47D. First name of three U.S. presidents), H R HALDEMAN (3D. Nixon White House chief of staff), JAMIE Foxx, JULIE Andrews, MSNBC (1D. Rachel Maddow’s channel), NINE MONTHS (31D. Pregnant pause?), Norman Vincent PEALE, YEGGS (26D. Safecrackers).


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09.28.14 — Four by Four

The Berlin Wall was placed in Berlin, Germany at the end of World War II to separate East Germany from West Germany

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

“Four by Four” —  Puzzle by Todd Gross / Edited by Will Shortz

Six phrases containing four-word-long phrases, each word being of four letters, constitutes the main feature of this Sunday crossword:

SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (23A. 1975 Tony-nominated play about an extended affair)
SALT LAKE CITY UTAH (46A. The Crossroads of the West)
WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN (92A. Warm way to welcome someone)
LESS TALK MORE ROCK (119A. Common slogan for a music radio station)
HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH (16D. “Don’t be ashamed”)
TEAR DOWN THIS WALL (36D. Reagan’s challenge to Gorbachev) 


Other — AESOP (77A. Writer painted by Velazquez), ANABOLIC (20. Kind of steroid), JOAN OF ARC (80A. Historic figure with a reputation at stake), EVA LARUE (125A. “CSI: Miami” actress), IMARETS (9A. Ottoman inns), MAHARAJA (1A. Bygone potentate), NO-GOODNIK (70D. Bum), PESCI (105D. Oscar-winning actor whose name is Italian for “fishes”), SHOFAR (63D. Synagogue instrument), WILD CARD (128A. Unpredictable one).

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09.27.14 — The Saturday Crossword


Joan Rivers

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Puzzle by Martin Ashwood-Smith and George Barany
Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Start of a weird infraction?, I BEFORE E; 9. Sushi offering, FLUKE; 14. First Indian tribe to sign a treaty with the U.S. government, DELAWARE; 15. Hand in hand, JOINED; 16. Eskimo wear, SEAL SKIN; 17. Hike, e.g., OUTING; 18. Mideast pops?, ABBA; 19. Smoke without fire?, E-CIGARETTE; 21. Naval petty off., YEO; 22. What was once cool?, KEEN; 23. Gray figures?, REBS; 27. One-man Broadway hit of 1989, TRU; 29. Only one U. S. prez has had one, MBA; 32. Straight talker’s slangy phrase, I CALL ‘EM AS I SEE ‘EM; 37. Country standard, NATIONAL AVERAGE; 38. Words from a good buddy, BREAKER ONE NINER; 39. On the side, ON ONE’S SPARE TIME; 40. X or Y preceder, GEN; 41. Site of class struggles?: Abr., SCH; 42. Floor, STUN; 43. One N.B.A. All-Star Game team, EAST; 46. One telling you to where to get off, for short?, GPS; 49. High ranking?, TOP TEN LIST; 55. Introductory ballet instruction, PLIE; 56. Whence the word “alcohol”, ARABIC; 57. Listen here!, EARPIECE; 59. Words of support from an organization, WE CARE; 60. Reacts to, as a nagging request, GROANS AT; 61. Game keeper?, SNARE; 62. Tiramisu ingredient, ESPRESSO.

Down — 1. Guesstimate opening, I’D SAY; 2. Deep-sea explorer William BEEBE; 3. Explain, ELABORATE ON; 4. Beginning of a seasonal refrain, FA LA; 5. Hurtful outbursts?, OWS; 6. Playboy, RAKE; 7. Shortstop ERICK Aybar who was a 2011 Gold Glove winner; 8. Start of an elimination, EENIE; 9. Time that little Susie is woken n the 1957 hit “Wake Up Little Susie”, FOUR; 10. Lo-cal, LITE; 11. Military group, UNIT; 12. Canterbury’s home, KENT; 13. Beat by a whisker, EDGE; 15. Who said “I have a wonderful psychiatrist that  see maybe once a year, because I don’t need it.  It all comes out onstage”, JOAN RIVERS; 20. Easily passes, GETS AN A; 24. Name in 2000 headlines, ELIAN; 25. Mates, BLOKES; 26. Old age, SENESCENCE; 28. Early online forum, USENET; 29. Inane, MEANINGLESS; 30. Spangle, say, BEGEM; 31. “A MERE trifle!”; 32. Having much at stake, IN BIG; 33. CARNE asada; 34. Parade V.I.P., MARSHAL; 35. Cockeyed, ALOP; 36. Song that ends “O dolcezze perdute! O speranze d’amor, d’amor, d’amor!”, ERI TU; 44. Challenge for defenders, SIEGE; 45. Bygone royalty, TSARS; 47. Measures of one’s writing?, PICAS; 48. Mind, SEE TO; 49. Shooters, TAWS; 50. Israel conductor Daniel OREN; 51. Rain forest rodent, PACA; 52. Aid in an uphill climb, T-BAR; 53. Country name pronounced by natives in two syllables, EIRE; 54. Atlantic City resort, informally, with “the”, TROP; 55. Common cleaning scent, PINE; 58. Hole number, PAR.


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09.26.14 — The Friday Crossword


Ninotchka, Greta Garbo

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Berry / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. “Ninotchka” setting, PARIS; 6. Fad dance of the 1930s, SHAG; 10. Swedish Air Force supplier, SAAB; 14. Hollywood job, AGENT; 15. Water bearer, PIPE; 16. Lady Antebellum, e.g., TRIO; 17. Someone might call your number this evening, BINGO NIGHT; 19. Asian tourist magnet, AGRA; 20. Delayed sensation?, SLEEPER HIT; 21. 1920s-’30s debate opponent of Einstein, BOHR; 22. 15-Across shape, TEE; 23. “The road of excess leads to the palace of WISDOM”: William Blake; 25. Succumb to drowsiness, NOD; 26. Exceed 21 in twenty-one, BUST; 28. Orchard Field, today, O’HARE; 30. Spending time unprofitably, BUMMING AROUND; 34. Little home wreckers?, CARPENTER ANTS; 35. Some carved Victorian toys, ROCKING HORSE; 36. Strong and durable, in a way, OAKEN; 37. Maid, LASS; 38. Deli offering, BLT; 39. Giri cocktail, GIBSON; 43. They’re on during the wee hours, briefly, PJS; 46. Arab League member, OMAN; 48. Lengthened unnecessarily, DRAGGED OUT; 51A. Roofing material, TILE; 52. 1963 song investigated by the F.B.I. for supposedly obscene lyrics, LOUIE LOUIE; 53. Cartridge fillers, INKS; 54. Forever, basically, EONS; 55. In the intervening time, SINCE; 56. Cole Porter’s “C’EST Magnifique”; 57. Three-player card game, SKAT; 58. Wound up, ENDED.

Down — 1. Brewer of Schlitz, nowadays, PABST; 2. Catlike, in a way, AGILE; 3. Soprano RENEE Fleming; 4. “Splendor in the Grass” screenwriter, INGE; 5. Telegraphy word, STOP; 6. Secretly carrying (off), SPIRITING; 7. Weathercast numbers, HIGHS; 8. Fruit grower’s bane, APHID; 9. Reach, GET TO; 10. Uninformed guess, STAB; 11. Ancient mariners, ARGONAUTS; 12. Banned items at Wimbledon, AIR HORNS; 13. Left the gate, say, BOARDED; 18. Post office workers?, NEWSMEN; 24. Hard-to-escape situation, MORASS; 26. Philosopher who wrote “Superstition is the religion of feeble minds”, BURKE; 27. Working while others play?, UMPING; 29. Improves, HONES; 30. Answers wrongly?, BACK TALKS; 31. Ultimate degree, NTH; 32. Fault finder?, GEOLOGIST; 33. Systematize, ARRANGE; 34. Where firedamp can form, COAL MINE; 35. Like Tik-Tok in the Land of Oz, ROBOTIC; 40. Runs without moving, IDLES; 41. Small tributary, BROOK; 42. Ritzy gym feature, SAUNA; 43. Egyptian monetary unit, POUND; 44. Power, slangily, JUICE; 45. Jousting need, STEED; 47. First flight locale, NEST; 49. “Somethin’ ELSE” (Eddie Cochran song); 50. Dispatch, DO IN.

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09.25.14 — Body Parts


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Puzzle by Alex Vratsanos / Edited by Will Shortz


A note heads this Thursday crossword:  “The human body is said to have 10 three-letter body parts.  All 10 of these are hidden inside Across answers in this puzzle.  Can you find them all?  — GUM, TOE, JAW, RIB, EAR, ARM, HIP, LIP, KEY and LEG.

Of note — ARMENIA (37A. Yerevan is its capital), BEIJING (42D. Literally, “northern capital”), ESPOSITO (39D. First N.H.L. player to score 100 points in a season), EZEKIEL (7D. Book that descrbes the destruction of Gog and Magog), FILIPINOS (56A. New Americans of 1898), JA RULE (18D. Rapper who co-starred in 2002’s “Half Past Dead”), PEACE OUT (4D. “Later, bro!“), RIBOSOMES (25A. Protein generators), SACAJAWEA (17A. Golden girl?), SPACESHIP (48A. Enterprise, for one), SPALKO (46D. Villain in “Indiiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull“).


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09.24.14 — X


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Puzzle by Andy Kravis / Edited by Will Shortz


Substituting one letter in each of four film titles with the letter X is the main feature of this Wednesday crossword:

MARX ATTACKS, 17A. Film about a Communist Invasion? (1996)
A BEAUTIFUL MINX, 26A. Film about the woman most likely to catch men’s attention? (2001)
THE LOVELY BOXES, 46A. Film about an elegantly made crossword? (2009)
EAT X-RAY LOVE, 63A. Film about a romantic dentist’s daily routine? (2010)


Other — BETTE DAVIS (27A. Actress with the iconic line “What a dump!”), BRANDT (53A. First family of Germany, 1969-74), DALI (51A. Collaborator with Disney on the film “Destino“), LAMP (1D. Genie’s home), LEVITATE (37D. Get off the ground?), MAKE SURE (9D. Confirm), NORMA (6A. Bellini opera), PLAYBOY (20A. Casanova), REPLICA (39A. The statue “David” on open-air display in Florence, e.g.), UNFEMININE (11d. Like a bass voice or a hairy chest), WET CELL (36A. Battery containing a liquid electrolyte).


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09.23.14 — GOLD


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Fall Equinox 

Puzzle by Gerry Wildenberg / Edited by Will Shortz


GOLD NUGGETS (38A. Valuable finds suggested by the circled letters) and GOLD spelled in six sets of circled letters constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword gem on the first day of Autumn.

Other — ALDAS and ALDO, ASWIRL (48A. Like the snow in a shaken snow globe), BOGEYING (3D. Barely missing par), EDGARS (12d. Mystery prizes), IDLE (60A. Nothing doing), SIMMMERS (34A. Cooks gently), SLIPSLOP (40D. Twaddle), SO-AND-SO (41A. Rascal), Big SPENDER (person who takes a date to a fast-food restaurant, jocularly), STEAM (69A. What comes out of an angry person’s ears in cartoons), STREWN (45A. Scattered).


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