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Friday, September 19, 2014

Puzzle by Finn Vigeland / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Self-praise couched in self-deprecation, in modern lingo, HUMBLEBRAG; 11. Story lines, ARCS; 15. Wanting, INADEQUATE; 16. What marketers might follow, TELE; 17. 2013 Golden Globe winner for “Girls”, LENA DUNHAM; 18. Colony in ancient Magna Graecia, ELEA; 19. “Downton Abbey” title, LADY; 20. Four-star figs., ADMS; 21. Risotto relative, PILAF; 22. Refrain syllable, TRA; 23. Going green?, ILL; 24. South American cowboy, LLANERO; 26. Animal that may swim on its back, OTTER; 28. It’s often checked on a cell, E-MAIL; 30. NEO-soul (style of Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill; 31. Talent scout’s find, informally, PHENOM; 33. Public, ON RECORD; 35. Beginning of a process of elimination, ONE POTATO; 37. One who gets numbers by calling numbers, POLLSTER; 40. Bathes, STEEPS; 44. Coach ARA Parseghian; 45. 44-Across’s “Fighting” team, IRISH; 47. Between, to Balzac, ENTRE; 48. One living in urban poverty, SLUMDOG; 50. Baby docs, OBS; 52. VOX pop; 53. Contemporary and compatriot of Debussy, SATIE; 54. You may drop a big one, NAME; 56. Toon toned down for the 1930s Hays Code, BOOP; 57. Resort options, INNS; 58. A nerd may not have one, SOCIAL LIFE; 60. Some tributes, ODES; 61. Alcopop relative, WINE COOLER; 62. Christie novel title that, without spaces, is a man’s name, N OR M; 63. New lease on life, FRESH START.

Down — 1. There’s no place to go but down from here, HILLTOP; 2. Make public, UNEARTH; 3. Obamacare obligation, MANDATE; 4. Fourth of July, for Calvin Coolidge, informally, B’DAY; 5. Was up, LED; 6. Level, EQUAL; 7. Unit of energy?, BUNDLE; 8. First name in Chicago politics, RAHM; 9. Not level, AT A SLANT; 10. Peach, GEM; 11. Eschewed takeout, say, ATE IN; 12. Stuffed chili pepper, RELLENO; 13. How you may feel after taking allergy medication, CLEARER; 14. Shore dinner, SEAFOOD; 21. Spots where artists mix?, PALETTES; 23. Nickname for Oliver Cromwell, IRONSIDE; 25. Turkish dough, LIRAS; 27. Unstable compound, ENOL; 29. Ties up in a slip, MOORS; 32. METRO desk (newsroom assignment); 34. Either director of “True Grit”, COEN; 36. Negligee, PEIGNOIR; 37. Fire, PASSION; 38. Sentinel’s place, ORLANDO; 39. Taylor LAUTNER of “Twilight”; 41. Chef de cuisine’s shout, ET VOILA; 42. Publishing house employee, PROOFER; 43. Dr. Ruth, for one, SEXPERT; 46. Bros, HOMIES; 49. “Divine” showbiz persona, MISS M; 51. Bad place for a whale, BEACH; 55. Spots annoying teens, ACNE; 56. Stain, BLOT; 58. Match.com abbr., SWF; 59. LOS Lonely Boys (2004 Grammy winners).

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09.18.14 — QRCIU


During a total solar eclipse, 
the solar corona can be seen by the naked eye.
~ Wikipedia

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Puzzle by Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz


CASEY (16A. Man trying to clarify the spelling of his name n 21-, 25-, 38-, 52- and 57-Across) and QRCIU (66A. What the listener might think 16-Across’s name is?), along with unhelpful spelling clarifications, e.g., C AS IN CUE, A AS IN ARE, S AS IN SEA, E AS IN EYE and Y AS IN YOU, constitute the interrelated group of this clever Thursday crossword.

Other — ACACIA (5D. Tree in a giraffe’s diet), ALLEYS (56A. Places where you can hear a pin drop?), CORONAE (27A. Circles around the sun), EPSILON (4D. Elasticity symbol, in economics), IMITATE (50A. Copy), KIMYE (32D. Celebrity couple portmanteau), e.g., Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, MARLIN (10D. “The Old Man and the Sea” fish), MISSUS (51D. Wife, informally), OBIT (59D. Life lines?), ORYX (28D. African antelope), UTENSIL (47D. Something set in a place setting), YMCA (57D. Song that was a hit for a spell in the 1970s?), YOLO (58D. Modern acronym suggesting “seize the day“), e.g., "You only live once."


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09.17.14 — Pollination



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Puzzle by Zhouqin Burnikel and Don Gagliardo
Edited by Will Shortz

POLLINATION (62A. Job done by the insects seen above the circled words in 17-, 26- and 50-Across), e.g., IRIS, ASTER, ROSE and a BEE above each, constitutes the main feature of this Wednesday crossword.

BEEF above IRISH COFFEE (14A. Complaint; 17A. Drink made with Jameson, maybe)
BEENE above YES MASTER (22A. Geoffrey of fashion; 26A. Genie’s reply)
BEETLE above PROSE POEM (46A. Circus clown car, often; 50A. Literary hybrid)


Other — CAMBRIDGE (33D. Where Stephen Hawking and Charles Darwin went to school), COME OF AGE (34D. Reach adulthood), EYEBALL (10D. Look over, nformally), HELOTS (31A. Spartan serfs), MEADOW (28D. Place for a lark), RIFLE (57A. Biathlete’s weapon), SELL TO (44A. Supply with goods), STEEPED (44D. Lke hot tea), SWEET TALK (11D. Cajole), TENNESSEE (12D. Home of Fort Donelson National Battlefield).


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09.16.14 — ON and ON and ON...



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Puzzle by Gary Cee / Edited by Will Shortz

ON AND ON AND ON (52A. How a motor mouth talks … or what 20-, 29- and 43-Across literally have in common), along with three answers containing three each of “ON” constitutes the main feature of this Tuesday crossword:

TONY TONI TONE (20A. 1990s R&B group with a repetitive-sounding name)
LONDON ONTARIO (29A. City midway between Detroit and Toronto)
MONSOON SEASON (43A. June to September, in India)


Other — ERUPTS and SPAT (33A. Throws a tantrum; 5A. Lovers’ quarrel), PINE NUTS (38D. Ingredients in pesto), RETINA (42A. Ophthalmologist’s concern), TEXT BOOK (8D. Required school purchase, maybe), TRANSLUCENT (3D. Like sheer fabric or sautéed onions), WRITING DESK (26D. Secretary).

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09.15.14 — Jelly

Belly dancer Yuliya from New Jersey

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Puzzle by Andrea Carla Michaels / Edited by Will Shortz


JELLY (67A. What quivering legs feel like … or a word that can precede the starts of 17-, 27-, 45- and 60-Across), along with BELLY, FISH, ROLL and BEAN constitute the interrelated group of this very friendly Monday crossword:

BELLY DANCER (17A. Performer who may have a navel decoration)
FISH AND CHIPS (27A. Some British pub food)
ROLL OF THE DIE (45A. Risk, figuratively)
BEAN SPROUTS (60A. Common stir-fry ingredients)


Other — ARCHER (18D. Zodiac symbol for Sagittarius), CRESTS (38D. Colorful parts of many birds), DRECK (37A. Junk, from Yiddish), EMMA PEEL (32A. Diana Rigg’s role on “The Avengers”), FATALLY (28D. How Hamlet stabs Polonius), JOHN DOE (22D. Mr. X), KIDNAPS (39D. Takes for ransom), PRISONER (43A. Jailbird), TUVALU (47D. Polynesian land whose Internet suffix is .tv), VROOM (21A. Souped-up engine sound).


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09.14.14 — Spoonerisms


Caricature of Charles H. Workman.
Caption reads “Through every passion raging”.

Accompanying biography read “The only part of him which gets tired is his tongue, and occasionally the oft-repeated lines have got muddled.  ‘Self-constricted ruddles,’ his striggles were terruffic’, and deloberately rib me’ are a few of the spoonerisms he has perpetrated.  Success has not spoilt him.  He is a professional humourist who has been known to make an Englishman laugh at breakfast”.Wikipedia 

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

“Celebrity Spoonerisms”  — Puzzle by Tony Orbach and Patrick Blindauer
Edited by Will Shortz


This Sunday’s fairly amiable crossword aims low and hits bottom with a thud featuring nine spoonerisms that utilize “celebrity” names to rib inconsequential phrases:


  • CAINE PILLAR (26A. Actor Michael’s means of support?), e.g., pain killer
  • FEY HEALED (28A. Comic Tina recovered from her wound?), hay field
  • LEE SCION (42A. Heir of martial artist Bruce?), sea lion
  • FIRTH BOTHER (52A. Annoyance for actor Colin?), birth father
  • GERE BOGGLES (68A. Thunderstruck critic’s review for actor Richard?), beer goggles
  • SHEEN CLEATS (88A. What actor Martin calls his athletic footwear?), clean sheets
  • WEST MYTH (97A. Urban legend about rapper Kanye?), messed with
  • BYRNE TACK (114A. Musician David’s equestrian accouterments?), turn back
  • POEHLER SOUR (117A. Tart cocktail named for comic Amy?), solar power


Other — ARSENIC (123A. Suspected cause of Napoleon’s death), EVANESCENT (44D. Ephemeral), ITASCA (101D. Lake that’s the source of the Mississippi), KEEP GOING (6D. “Don’t stop!“), OH HAPPY DAY (39D. “Praise the Lord!“), ON SALE NOW (86D. Tempting words for shopaholics), PHEASANT (16D. Partridge family member). SPACEK (1A. Sissy who‘s not a sissy).


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09.13.14 — Bad Girl


Eris — Golden apple of discord by Jakob Jordaens, 1633

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Puzzle by Josh Knapp / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Pro, ADEPT; 6. Paper job, COLUMNIST; 15. Words repeated after “I shall no more,” in “The Tempest”, TO SEA; 16. Say, PRONOUNCE; 17. When bars close in Boston, TWO AM; 18. TV screen format, LETTERBOX; 19. Subject of a standing order?, ANTHEM; 21. INSERT COIN; 22. Super-corny, CHEESEBALL; 26. Pair, ITEM; 27. Font menu choice, KERN; 28. It’s between -1 and +1, SINE; 29. Bag, SNARE; 30. Source of conflict, in antiquity, ERIS; 31. Film, e.g., COATING; 33. 12/; DEC; 34. Biker chick, perhaps, BAD GIRL; 35. Dude, CAT; 38. Invention that prompted NBC to adopt the peacock logo, COLOR TV; 39. CHIA seeds, ingredients in some health drinks; 40. “Gotcha,” in old lingo, I’M HIP; 43. Star followers, MAGI; 44. Something that’s fallen off a shelf?, BERG; 45. What an article may refer to, NOUN; 46. Herb used in Thai food, LEMONGRASS; 48. Fair, COMELY; 50. Italian after-dinner drink, GRAPPA; 51. Party to a tryst, INAMORATA; 55. Toy company that introduced Rubik’s Cube, IDEAL; 56. Like bulldogs, TENACIOUS; 57. Finely prepare, MINCE; 58. Something on either side of a bridge, EYE SOCKET; 59. One advised to take two tablets, MOSES.


Down — 1. Beset, ATTACKED; 2. Call from the cellar, DOWN HERE; 3. Like most philosophy dissertations, ESOTERIC; 4. Ones involved in an elaborate courtship, PEA HENS; 5. Breaks, TAMES; 6. Radar’s rank on “M*A*S*H”: Abbr., CPL; 7. Bank deposit?, ORE; 8. Universal area, LOT; 9. Through, UNTIL; 10. Kitchen brand, MOEN; 11. Like many new mothers, NURSING; 12. Still being tested, IN BETA; 13. One running home, maybe, SCORER; 14. Modern-day “Let’s stay in touch”, TEXT ME; 20. Agave product, MESCAL; 23. Montreal eco-tourist attraction, BIODOME; 24. Anemone, to name one, ANAGRAM; 25. “Just relax, will you?!”, LET IT GO; 29. Chase scene producers, for short, SNL; 32. Classic storyteller who wrote under the pseudonym Knickerbocker, IRVING; 34. Punch, BOP; 35. Depreciates, CHEAPENS; 36. Valuable commodity in New York City, AIR SPACE; 37. What some homemade signs announce, TAG SALES; 38. Anchors of some malls, CINEMAS; 39. Box in a cab, CB RADIO; 40. Spark, INCITE; 41. Comedian Paul MOONEY; 42. Kind, HUMANE; 46. Words that are rarely spoken, LYRICS; 47. Teller of many tales, GRIMM; 49. Unscrewed, LOCO; 52. [Thumbs up], A-OK; 53. End of many a long race: Abbr., TUE; 54. P.E.I. setting, AST.

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09.12.14 — The Friday Crossword


Freddie Mercury of Queen at Teatro Genius of Viterbo

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Puzzle by Michael Wiesenberg / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Queen’s music, STADIUM ROCK; 12. Film developer?: Abbr., DIR; 15. “Hasta la vista!”, I‘M OUTTA HERE; 16. Musician with the 2012 album “Lux”, ENO; 17. Allows someone to talk, say, TAKES THE RAP; 18. Big gun on a ship: Abbr., ADM; 19. Oxford, e.g., to its students, UNI; 20. Michael CERA of “Juno”; 21. Oxide used in picture tubes, YTTRIA; 23. “A person who talks when you wish him to listen,” per Ambrose Bierce, BORE; 24. Lead, GO FIRST; 25. Shots, PHOTOS; 28. Coddle, e.g., BE NICE TO; 29. Shack, HOVEL; 30. Artistic friend of Zola, MANET; 31. Sharpshooter’s skill, AIM; 32. Poet Wilfred OWEN; 33. Out of gear?, NAKED; 34. EDNA Buchanan in a bookstore; 35. Word of logic, NOR; 36. Moving day multitude, BOXES; 37. Governor or senator follower, ELECT; 38. Caught in a web, ENSNARED; 40. Certain book, sizewise, QUART; 41. Makes out, DETECTS; 42. Secure neatly, as an umbrella, FURL; 43. Pioneer in the Nevada gaming industry, HARRAH; 44. One of its categories is Agency of the Year, CLIO; 45. With 46-Down, two-in-one movie players, DVD; 48. It’s often an oxide, ORE; 49. Something avoided in a factory outlet, RETAIL PRICE; 52. Washington and McKinley: Abbr., MTS; 53. Commute, in a way, DRIVE TO WORK; 54. Replies of confusion, EHS; 55. Stick here and there, INTERSPERSE.

Down — 1. Archaeologists often find what they’re looking for in this, SITU; 2. Counterfeiter fighter, informally, T-MAN; 3. Isao AOKI of golf; 4. At full term, DUE; 5. “No worries”, IT’S COOL; 6. Comes out with, UTTERS; 7. Skiing twins’ surname, MAHRE; 8. Sister of Phoebe, in myth, RHEA; 9. “Or softly lightens O’ER her face”: Byron; 10. Like many kids’ self-made greeting cards, CRAYONED; 11. Didn’t let oneself go, say, KEPT FIT; 12. Lead-in to some written advice, DEAR READER; 13. Blurred, INDISTINCT; 14. Option for a marinara base, ROMA TOMATO; 22. Not too big a jerk, TIC; 23. Old bomber, B-TEN; 24. A lot of what makes you you, GENES; 25. Checked in with loved ones, say, PHONED HOME; 26. Exclamation that might be punctuated “??!?”, HOW ON EARTH; 27. Put too much weight on, OVER-STRESS; 28. Like some potato chips, BAKED; 30. Ceilings, MAXES; 33. From the Union, NORTHERN; 34. Hebrew for “to the skies”, EL AL; 36. Rival of Captain Morgan, BACARDI; 37. Abba’s music, EUROPOP; 39. NER Tamid (ever-burning synagogue lamp); 40. Thick spreads, QUILTS; 42. Ace on a base, FLIER; 44. Give up, CAVE; 45. One of its fragrances is Poison, DIOR; 46. See 45-Across, VCRS; 47. Rink fooler, DEKE; 50. Small warbler, TIT; 51. Inits. Of Thoreau’s mentor, RWE.


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