WarGames


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Puzzle by Michael S. Maurer / Edited by Will Shortz

WARGAMES (1983 sci-fi drama … or a possible title for this puzzle), MASH UNIT (17A. Potato?), SHORE LEAVE (24A. Ebb tide?), PRESENT ARMS (34A. Inoculation order?) and FIRING LINE (49A. “Clean out your desk!”?) constitute the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.

Other — ANAGRAMS (62A. Letterman’s favorite activity?), BIREME (43D. Old Galley), FRUIT (30A. Most of the symbols on a traditional slot machine), LAVALIERES (9D. Some microphones), LISTEN UP (3D. “Pay attention!“), SLITHY (6D. Like the toves in “jabberwocky”), SPITBALL (14A. Wet missile), STEP INSIDE (27D. Words of welcome), TABITHA (19A. “Bewitched” spinoff).

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11.25.14 — Yankee Clipper

Joe DiMaggio, photograph by Charles Conlon

Joseph Paul "Joe"DiMaggio (November 25, 1914 – March 8, 1999), born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American Major League Baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career for the New York Yankees. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands. ~ Wikipedia

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Puzzle by Jeffrey Wechsler / Edited by Will Shortz

JOE DIMAGGIO (62A. American athlete born 11/25/1914), CENTER FIELD (17A. Position of 62-Across), HITTING STREAK (24A. With 27-Across, record-setting achievement of 62-Across), FIFTY-SIX GAMES (38A. Duration of 62-Across’s 24-/17-Across) and YANKEE CLIPPER  (52A. With 54-Across, moniker of 62-Across) constitutes the interrelated group of this fine Tuesday tribute crossword on DiMaggio‘s 100th birthday.

Other — ACETIC Acid; ON HIATUS (12D. Temporarily not airing, as a TV show); ROOST and ROOTS; SCRIPT and STAGE; SHOCKER and SUSPENSE (1D. The shower scene in “Psycho,”, e.g.; 11D. Mood suffusing “Psycho”); TYPEE (34D. Melville’s first book).

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11.24.14 — ROFL


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Puzzle by Robert Seminara / Edited by Will Shortz

ROFL (36A. Texter’s expresson spelled out by the starts of 18-, 28-, 46- and 59-Across), ROLLING PINS (18A. Items for flattening dough), ON THE DOWN LOW (28A. Secretly), FLOOR MIRRORS (46A. Some dressing room conveniences) and LAUGHING GAS (59A. Nitrous oxide) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.


Other —AROUSES (44D. Shakes from a slumber), BED SORES (24D. Long-term hospital patient’s problem), ILL FAME (20A. Bad reputation), LUCRE and MOOLA (55D. “Filthy” riches; 32D. Cold hard cash), PROMPTLY (5D. Right away), SCOTLAND (40D. Site of a 2014 vote for independence).

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11.23.14 — Surround Sound


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

“Surround Sound” Puzzle by Patrick Berry 
Edited by Will Shortz


Seven phrases with similar sounding words within each phrase constitutes the interrelated group of this Sunday crossword:

RANDOM MEMORANDUM (23A. Office missive sent out arbitrarily?)
GRANITE POMEGRANATE (30A. Stone fruit?)
LUNAR BALLOONER (48A. Aeronaut who’s headed for the moon?)
ROTC PAPARAZZI (66A. Photographers who stalk future lieutenants?)
PEWTER COMPUTER (84A. Desktop machine made of malleable metal?)
MENTIONS DIMENSIONS (101A. Provides some idea of an object’s size?)
COLLIE MELANCHOLY (113A. Lassie’s affliction after failing to rescue Timmy?)


Other — ALPO (1A. Canned food you don’t eat), ASUNCION (37D. South American capital), BABEL (29A. What Gustave Dore’s “The Confusion of Tongues” depicts), EVIL EYE (17D. Glare), HERESY (24A. Excommunication provocation), KRUEGER (12D. Last name in horror), LOLLY (72A. One getting a licking, informally?), MALAWI (62D. Nyasaland, today), TENTACLE (38D. Arm of the sea), WHALER (74A. The Pequod, e.g.), WOMAN (14D. George Eliot, but not Marilyn Manson). 

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11.22.14 — The Saturday Crossword


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Puzzle by David Steinberg / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Dated agreement?, FO’ SHIZZLE; 10. Cognizes, KNOWS; 15. Comment to an unapologetic burper, say, EXCUSE YOU; 16. Cosmetics dye, EOSIN; 17. Hawk, WARMONGER; 18. Q preceder, SUSIE; 19. Fashion designer ELIE Saab; 20. Mexican couple, DOS; 21. Something locked in a cell?, GENOME; 22. Neuralgia : nerve :: costalgia : RIB; 23. Lightly towels off, PATS DRY; 25. Dickens pseudonym, BOZ; 26. Woman’s name that sounds like a repeated letter, CECE; 28. First name in design, EERO; 29. Turn off, maybe, MUTE; 30. School basics, facetiously, RRR; 32. Succeeded, REPLACED; 34. Donnybrook, FRACAS; 37. Moon named after the Green personification of terror, DEIMOS; 38. SALT signer, BREZHNEV; 40. Adèle, for one: Abbr., STE; 41. Page, e.g., AIDE; 42. Juice name starter, CRAN; 44. Letters at the top of a page, HTTP; 47. Brick, for example, RED; 48. Fictional locale of a John Wayne western, RIO LOBO; 50. Eagle’s place: Abbr., AFB; 52. Attacked verbally, SNIPED; 54. Something most Americans won’t take, for short, ESL; 55. Destiny’s Child, e.g., TRIO; 56. Olympian Moses, EDWIN; 57. iPhone competitor, DROID RAZR; 59. Uniform, ALIKE; 60. Where El Nuevo Herald is read, MIAMI AREA; 61. Classic sea adventure of 1846, TYPEE; 63. Straight man of old comedy, ZEPPO MARX.


Down — 1. “The FEWER the words, the better the prayer”: Martin Luther; 2. OXALIC add (bleach ingredient); 3. Old record keeper, SCRIBE; 4. “An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding” philosopher, HUME; 5. Film speed letters, ISO; 6. Castle town n a 1937 film, ZENDA; 7. Start of something big?, ZYGOTE; 8. “Hoop-Dee-Doo” lyricist, LOESSER; 9. USD alternative, EUR; 10. Writer n “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, KESEY; 11. A follower?, NOUN; 12. Slow-cooked Italian dish, OSSO BUCO; 13. Handy things, WIIMOTES; 14. Exhibited stemutation, SNEEZED; 21. Feels (for), GROPES; 23. Lake catch, PERCH; 24. Stowe antislavery novel, DRED; 27. It’s temporarily hot, CRAZE; 29. David MAMET who wrote the screenplay for “The Verdict”; 31. Bad, and then some, RANCID; 33. Art purchase, LITHO; 34. Warm, FRIENDLY; 35. Grocery product with a multiply misspelled name, REDDI-WIP; 36. Hematology prefix, SERO; 38. Stool, typically, BAR SEAT; 39. Jarrett of the Obama White House, VALERIE; 43. “Ain’t happening!”, NO SOAP; 45. “Boom” preceder, TA-RA-RA; 45. Lipitor maker, PFIZER; 48. RENEE Taylor of “The Nanny”; 49. String bean’s opposite, BLIMP; 51. Product once pitched by Ronald Reagan, BORAX; 53. Lake catch, PIKE; 55. Disneyland sight, TRAM; 57. Part of a certain cease-fire agreement, for short, DMZ; 58. Roman divinity, DIO.

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11.21.14 — A to Z


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Puzzle by Kevin Christian / Edited by Will Shortz

The representation of the entire alphabet is the main feature of this Friday crossword. 

Across — 1. Having a big itch, JONESING; 9. Giant jet, AIRBUS; 15, EMOTICON; 16. “Swann’s Way” novelist, PROUST; 17. Marinara, e.g., RED SAUCE; 18. When to put all you eggs in one basket?, EASTER; 19. Late legend in countdowns, KASEM; 20. Bell part, LIP; 22. Fertiliser ingredient, NITRE; 23. Neighbor of 10-Down, IRAQ; 24. Underlying, BASAL; 26. “Country Girl” memoirist O’Brien, EDNA; 27. Capital player, briefly, NAT; 28. Fire, PASSION; 30. Soy, north of Mexico, I AM; 31. Elves, in poetry, FAYS; 32. Heat loss, maybe?, NBA GAME; 34. Home of minor-league baseball’s Brewers, HELENA; 37. Like lizards and lizardfish, SCALED; 38. Tennis since 1968, OPEN ERA; 40. “Give this A TRY”; 41. It can be dry or sparkling, WIT; 42. Title woman of a 1977 Neil Diamond hit, DESIREE; 44. Org. of sisters, SOR; 47. Bit of design info, SPEC; 49. Not still, ASTIR; 50. Where a ducktail tapers, NAPE; 51. Paroxysm, THROE; 53. Looney Tunes devil, for short, TAZ; 54. Ceilings, informally, MAXES; 55. Refuse to leave alone, HARASS; 57. Farmers’ market frequenter, maybe, LOCAVORE; 59. Novelist Shreve and others, ANITAS; 60. Hoosier, INDIANAN: 61. Key figure?, TYPIST; 62. Spark, CATALYST.

Down — 1. Close-fitting, sleeveless jacket, JERKIN; 2. 1998 Masters champ Mark O’MEARA; 3. Acknowledges without a sound, NODS AT; 4. Footnote abr., ET SEQ; 5. Neighbor of Indiana and China in Risk, SIAM; 6. Post-O.R. stop, maybe, ICU; 7. What a boor has, NO CLASS; 8. Rock with colored bands, GNEISS; 9. Boor, APE; 10. Neighbor of 23-Across, IRAN; 11. Good name for an optimist?, ROSIE; 12. Call from the rear?, BUTT-DIAL; 13. Avatar accompanier, USER NAME; 14. Like music on Pandora Radio, STREAMED; 21. Hassle, PAIN; 24. Giants’ environs, BAY AREA; 25. Source of the delicacy tomalley, LOBSTER; 28. Like man mirrors, PANED; 29. Nautilus shell feature, NACRE; 31. Home for a sedge wren, FEN; 33. Like the out crowd?, GAY; 34. “Come again?”, HOW’S THAT; 35. Moment when the fog lifts, EPIPHANY; 36. “Go for it!”, LET ‘ER RIP; 40. Major copper exporter, ARIZONA; 43. Slanted, ITALIC; 44. State bordering Poland, SAXONY; 45. Unlikely fare for philistines, OPERAS; 46. Mind a lot, RESENT; 48. Kinkajou’s kin, COATI; 50. Like some forces, NAVAL; 52. Those, in Toledo, ESAS; 54. Hermes’ mother, MAIA; 56. Boomer for nearly 35 yrs., SST; 58. Setting for many card games, CDT.

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11.20.14 — Z



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Puzzle by Timothy Polin / Edited by Will Shortz

ZORRO (44D. Subject of this puzzle), DON DIEGO / DE LA VEGA (5D. With 37-Down, real name of 44-Down), THE CURSE OF / CAPISTRANO (4D. With 29-Down, first story to feature 44-Down [1919]), and a note to the crossword, “After completing the puzzle, connect nine appropriate letters in order to discover an image associated with 44-Down,”  constitute the main feature of this Thursday crossword.

Other — AVARICE (50A. “The spur of industry,“ per David Hume), BENZINE (24D. Petroleum ether), CAIN (29A. Initial offer?), DEICIDE (20A. What Set committed when he slew Osiris), I’M COLD (8A. “Brr-r-r!”), KERF (42A. Slit made with a saw), LEONINE (28D. Having a sense of pride?), LIZARD (54A. Skink, e.g.), M AND M’S (43d. Little green ones come from Mars), MINDLESSLY (43A. How zombies act), NEWS AGENT (33A. British paper vendor), NINE-SIDED (40A. Like Baha’i houses of worship), SNORKELERS (25A. They’re hooked up to breathing tubes).


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11.19.14 — No — Two Ways About It



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Puzzle by Jacob Stulberg / Edited by Will Shortz

THERE’S NO TWO / WAYS ABOUT IT (18A. With 64-Across, words of certainty … or a hint to 23-, 40- and 56-Across), along with three answers beginning with NO and ending with ON, e.g., NORA EPHRON (23A. “Silkwood“ screenwriter), NON-PRESCRIPTION (40A. Like Advil vis-à-vis Vicodin) and NOMINATION (58A. Convention outcome) constitutes the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.

Other — CALIPH (21D. Self-proclaimed leader of ISIS, e.g.), ELYSE (54D. “Family Ties” mother), EMIGRANT (22A. One headed for Ellis Island, say), HOT TEA (4D. Cold sufferer’s drink), KOMODO dragon (huge lizard), MAURA Tierney of “ER”, OKLAHOMA (61A. Where the Joads were driven from), PRIE-dieu, TNT (30D. Discharge letters?), UKASE (53D. Czar’s edict).

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