Titanic Sinks


Titanic bow SW 1988 National Geographic

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Puzzle by Michael Dewey / Edited by Will Shortz


One hundred and two years to the day — TITANIC SINKS (59A. Headline of April 16, 2014), along with MAIDEN VOYAGE (20A. Post-christening event), COLLISION THEORY (28A. What scientists use to predict the rates of chemical reactions) and TIP OF THE ICEBERG (49A. Small part that’s visible) of this Wednesday crossword commemorate the infamous tragedy.  On the event of the hundredth anniversary, the Times ran crosswords featuring the disaster on March 11, 2012, April 15, 2012 and August 12, 2012.

Other — ASIAGO (11D. Italian cheese), BRINE and FIX (19A. Pickling liquid; 66D. Pickle), ECLIPSE (95D. Sun block?), EDO and ODO, HECKLE (52D. Give a hard time, in a way), KNOT and TUFT (63A and 64A. Clump of hair), OH BOTHER (9D. Winnie-the-Pooh catchphrase), REFINERY (37D. Facility often found near a port), SCENTED (47D. Fragrant), VATS (22D. Vintners‘ vessels), YOGI (17A. Nirvana seeker).


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04.15.14 — Play Ball!


1934:  Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Puzzle by Gary Cee / Edited by Will Shortz

HIGH, INSIDE, LOW, OUTSIDE and BASE ON BALLS  is the pitch for this Tuesday crossword:

HIGH TREASON (17A. Grounds for impeachment)
INSIDE EDITION (24A. TV show anchored by Bill O’Reilly from 1989 to 1995)
LOW BLOW (39A. Underhanded attack)
OUTSIDE CHANCE (51A. Hundred-to-one odds, say)
BASE ON BALLS (63A. Batter’s reward after pitches like those described at the starts of 17-, 24-, 39- and 51-Across)

Other — DOGGIE BAG (3D. Holder of tomorrow’s lunch, maybe), ENHANCE (4D. Improve), MARSEILLE (35D. “The Count of Monte Cristo” setting), OP ED and OP ART, ORCHARD (47D. Lack of difficulty), PERSON of interest, PRECIS (27A. Concise summary, Tabula RASA, URIAH Heep.


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04.14.14 — There, etc.


Ox-eye daisy

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Puzzle by Gareth Bain / Edited by Will Shortz


THERE, THEIR and THEY’RE found at the beginnings of three 15-letter phrases comprises the interrelated group of this pleasant Monday crossword:

THERE YOU GO AGAIN (17A. Famous debate words from Reagan to Carter)
THEIR FINEST HOUR (37A. Churchill’s description of the Royal Air Force during W.W. II)
THEY’RE GRRRRREAT (58A. Endorsement from Tony the Tiger)


Other — AGE GAPS (53A. May-December romance features); EISNER (18D. Former Disney chief Michael); ELATION (20A. Extreme happiness); FOODIE (38D. Gourmet); GRAPES (9D. Vine fruits); LEGREE (45D. Simon of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”); OXEYES (19D. Some daisies); RUMBA (16. Cuban dance); ST LUCIA (49A. Caribbean Island nation south of Martinique); WRONGED (23D. Treated badly).


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04.13.14 — It's Taxing


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

“It’s Taxing” — ”Puzzle by Dan Schoenholz
Edited by Will Shortz

Seven common phrases are given clues relating to filing taxes in this fair Sunday crossword:

WITHHOLDING CONSENT (25A. Agreement for an amount to be taken from one’s salary?)
MANY HAPPY RETURNS (33A. What C.P.A.’s wish for their clients?)
ROLL THE CREDITS (49A. C.P.A.’s advice for lowering future-year liabilities?)
TABLE FOR TWO (67A. Chart used to calculate a married couple’s taxes?)
SCHEDULE CHANGE (81A. I.R.S. update?)
EMERGENCY SHELTER (93A. Last-minute way to reduce tax for a desperate filer?)
BRILLIANT DEDUCTION (104A. C.P.A.’s masterstroke?)


Other — “There s no greater evil than ANARCHY”: “Antigone”; APRIL (100A. Deadline time appropriate to this puzzle); ART GLASS (22A. Fragile decoration); CRASH PAD (14D. Where to land for the night); EAT ALONE (82D. What to “never” do, according to the title of a 2005 best seller); ECOTONE (52D. Transition area from deciduous to evergreen, e.g.); ESCROW (57A. Place in trust); HAMAN (46a. Purim villain); HELLIONS (114A. Troublemakers), MASHUP (7D. Digital olio); REDBONE (49D. Breed of hunting dog); SAFE AREA (18A. Neutral zone, say); SEGWAY (4D. Modern two-wheeler); TELETHON (120A. Certain fund-raiser);  U S STEEL (90D. Co. with the longtime stock symbol “X“).


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04.12.14 — The Saturday Crossword



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Puzzle by Mel Rosen / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Popularity boost due to a certain TV endorsement, COLBERT BUMP; 12. Rebel in a beret, CHE; 15. “A thousand pardons”, EVER SO SORRY; 16. Athlete in a shell, OAR; 17. Diet, e.g., LEGISLATURE; 18. “Collages” novelist, 1964, NIN; 19. Arab spring?, TROT; 20. Mexicans roll them, ARS; 21. Composers of some rhapsodies, ODISTS; 23. Business of 41-Down: Abbr., INS; 24. Wear for Hu Jintao, MAO SUIT; 25. Mythical abode of heeroes slain in battle, ASGARD; 29. “Each of us bears his own Hell” writer, VIRGIL; 30. Part of a drag outfit, HEELS; 31. Relatives of black holes, DARK STARS; 34. Cousin of an agave, ALOE; 35. Dispatch, HASTE; 36. To you, in Toulouse, ATOI; 37. Place for rank-and-filers in the House of Commons, BACK BENCH; 39. Zone menace, FREON; 40. Pungent Panini ingredient, ASIAGO; 41. Gets started, SETS TO; 42. They often provide Illumination in galleries, DOCENTS; 44. Arm with many vessels, maybe, BAY; 45. Like angels, ON HIGH; 46. Palooka, OAF; 47. Throws for a loop, AWES; 51. Shakespeare sonnet that begins “So am I as the rich, whose blessed key”, LII; 52. Parts of some alarms, HEAT SENSORS; 55. Fleece, CON; 56. White whale’s whereabouts, ARCTIC OCEAN; 57. Bath setting: Abbr., ENG; 58. People sampling mushrooms, say, MYCOLOGISTS.


Down — 1. Druid, CELT; 2. Spanning, OVER; 3. Theme of several theme parks, LEGO; 4. Pittdown man, say, BRIT; 5. Dot-dot-dot, ESS; 6. Casualty of the Battle of Roncesvalles, ROLAND; 7. Old dynasts, TSARS; 8. Some spam senders, BOTS; 9. The Negro R. runs through it, URU; 10. “Fantasy Island” host, MR ROARKE; 11. Stray mongrels, PYE-DOGS; 12. Chancellery settings, CONSULATES; 13. Where Nord, Nord-Est and Nord-Ouest are departments, HAITI; 14. Apr contemporary, ERNST; 22. “Interesting … but museum-worthy?”, IS IT ART; 23. Org. whose logo has an eagle and scales, IRS; 24. Opposite of gloom, MIRTH; 25. King of Kings, AHAB; 26. 1987 Lionel Richie hit, SELA; 27. 21st-century pastime for treasure hunters, GEOCACHING; 28. Leonov who was the first man to walk n space, ALEKSEI; 29. Balboa’s first name, VASCO; 31. Alternative to shoots?, DANGS; 32. A cube has one, ROOT; 33. SINO-Soviet; 35. Like many a purple-tinged moorland, HEATHERY; 38. “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri” painter, 1845, BINGHAM; 39. Creator of “30 Rock”, FEY; 41. Its parent is Liberty Mutual, SAFECO; 42. Opposite of agitato, DOLCE; 43. Pizza topping, ONION; 44. Pizza topping, BASIL; 46. Bart and Lisa’s bus driver, OTTO; 47. Sacs studied by 58-Across, ASCI; 48. Parts of a sob story, WOES; 49. Latin 101 word, ERAT; 50. Phishing loot: Abbr., SSNS; 53. Orange’s org., ACC; 54. Periodic dairy aisle offering, NOG.


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04.11.14 — The Friday Crossword


Friday, April 11, 2014

Puzzle by Peter Wentz / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Retreat, MOVE BACK; 9. “3 O’Clock Blues” hitmaker, 1952, B B KING; 15. Obviously … “, I REALIZE; 16. Uses, as a chaise, LIES ON; 17. Particle ejected from an atom during ionization, DELTA RAY; 18. Home of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, UGANDA; 19. “Star Wars” villain name, VADER; 20. Identify, PEG; 21. Celebration of the arrival of spring, TET; 22. Blew out, SPEWED; 24. Eastern hereditary title, RAJAH; 26. Specks, IOTAS; 27. Things worn at home?, FACE MASKS; 31. Like some details, GORY; 32. Maddeningly surreal, KAFKAESQUE; 33. “Girls” home, HBO; 34. Some adoption, candidates, KITTENS; 35. Address found online, URL; 36. Ones unlikely to drag their feet, TAP DANCERS; 38. NATE Ruess, lead singer of Fun; 39. Weep, SHED TEARS; 40. Order of ancient Greeks, DORIC; 41. There might be a battery of them, TESTS; 42. Rid (of), DIVEST; 43. Matt’s onetime “Today” co-host, ANN; 46. Runs the show, for short, MCS; 47. Like prosciutto, CURED; 48. Way over the top, TOO TOO; 50. Head of the Catholic Church when Luther’s “95 Theses” was  posted, POPE LEO X; 53. Daddy Warbucks’s henchman, THE ASP; 54. “Gracious me!”, I DECLARE; 55. Complete safe, as a proposition, NO-LOSE; 56. Lecture series with well over a billion views, TED TALKS.

Down — 1. Century starter?, MID; 2. Something in that vein?, ORE; 3. Line outside a club, maybe, VELVET ROPE; 4. Erode, EAT AWAY; 5. Leaves of grass, BLADES; 6. Ran, AIRED; 7. High-level appointee, CZAR; 8. It has all the answers, KEY; 9. Alternative to cords, BLUE JEANS; 10. Bowls, e.g., BIG GAMES; 11. Mauna KEA; 12. “ … and who ISN’T?”; 13. Network connection, NODE; 14. Part of a moving cloud, GNAT; 20. Foe of the Vikings, PACKERS; 22. Tour parts, SIGHTS; 23. Bigwig, POOBAH; 24. High beams, RAFTERS; 25. Orders n a restaurants, HAS; 27. Millionaires and billionaires, FATCATS; 28. Theodore Roosevelt’s domestic program, SQUARE DEAL; 29. Rapper KURTIS Blow; 30. Elite, SELECT; 32. Part of a TV archive, KINESCOPE; 34. Model introduced in the 1990s, KATE MOSS; 37. Target of a 1972 ban, DDT; 38. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” for one, NOVELLA; 40. Plain-spoken, DIRECT; 42. Took in, DUPED; 43. Routing aid: Abbr., ATTN; 44. Big apple neighborhood, NOHO; 45. “Christians Awake,” e.g., NOEL; 47. Semaphore signals, e.g., CODE; 49. Asian path, TAO; 50. Hog roasting locale, PIT; 51. Planet whose inhabitants age backward, ORK; 52. Pair of Dos Equis, XES.


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04.10.14 — Six Flags


Checkered Flag

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Puzzle by David Steinberg / Edited by Will Shortz


SIX FLAGS (59A. Popular day trip destination … or a hint to the starts of the answers to the starred clues), BLACK TIE (13A. *Kind of affair), AMERICAN PIE (19A. *1971 song with the lyric “Helter skelter in a summer swelter”), RED SKELTON (25A. *Creator of Sheriff Deadeye and Cauliflower McPugg), CHECKERED PAST (33A. *Sketchy history), WHITE SALES (40A. *January events) and PIRATE RADIO (48A. *Some illegal transmissions) constitute the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword.

Other — AGGRIEVE (16A. Distress), ASHCAN and U-BOAT (7D. 8-Down sinker), CSI MIAMI (33D. CBS spinoff that was filmed mostly in California), EMETIC (58A. Emergency room agent), HUNGRIER (34D. More ambitious), IRRITANT (11D. Pebble in one’s shoe, e.g.), MONOGRAM (56A. Feature of some stationery), SBARRO (15A. Fast-food chain founded by Italian immigrants), TRAPPERS (10D. Hide seekers), WHENCE (40D. Word often redundantly preceded by “from“).


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04.09.14 — Boxes


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Puzzle by John E. Bennett / Edited by Will Shortz


WHAT’S IN THE BOXES (37A. Question asked by a customs officer or a kid on Christmas … with a hint to ths puzzle’s circled squares), along with MAIL, GEAR, PILL, SAND, SHOE and SALT, constitutes the main feature of this Wednesday crossword.

Other — FIRST LIGHT (57A. Dawn), ICE CUBE (55A. Rock, so to speak), MOANED and SIGHED (9D. Bellyached; 49D. Said “alas,“ say), MUSKY (9A. Like some scents for men), STRADDLED (27A. Was on both sides of), TENSILE (23A. Capable of being stretched), WATER SNAKE (21A. Cottonmouth, e.g.), WORDINESS (46A. Verbiage).


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04.08.14 — Knock It Off!


Painted wooden knockdown clown head with fabric dress,
The Ron Rakaseder Collection of American Arcade & Carnival Memorablia

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Puzzle by Ian Livengood / Edited by Will Shortz


KEEP IT DOWN (17A. “That’s enough!,” to a hot dog-eating contestant?), WRAP IT UP (25A. “That’s enough!,” to a store clerk at Christmas?), MOVE IT ALONG (36A. “That’s enough!,” to a store clerk at Christmas?), CUT IT OUT (51A. “That’s enough!,” to a collagist?) and KNOCK IT OFF (61A. “That’s enough!,” to a carnival thrower) constitute the interrelated group of this winning Tuesday crossword.

Other — APE SUIT (2D. Jungle film attire), AUDI and AUDITS, AURORA (46D. Dawn goddess), CREW TEAM (3D. Unit involved in a shell game?), GAS STOVE (39D. Appliance with a pilot), GUINEA pig, GUTSY (24A. Full of nerve), SEES FIT (43D. Deems it O.K.). ‘TEN-HUT (12d. Drill sergeant’s shout), WHATNOT (25D. Miscellaneous things).


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