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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Puzzle by Jim Quinlan / Edited by Will Shortz

In this interesting Wednesday crossword, common words / phrases have a negative contraction added to the end and are vaguely reclued to justify the change. 

ANI MUSTN'T (18A: Singer DiFranco should heed a warning), ANIMUS 
CATS CAN'T (23A: Jazz players are incapable), CAT SCAN 
BUSH WASN'T (35A: W. never existed), BUSHWA 
MATH ISN'T (49A: Calculus disappears), MATHIS 
KATY DIDN'T (55A: Singer Perry opted out), KATYDID 

Other — AGORA (17A. Ancient marketplace); AKIM Tamiroff of “Anastasia”; A-TRAIN (48A. Transport in an Ellington tune); COLGATE (38D. Ipana competitor, once); CROUTON (24D. Salad bar cube); SASHIMI (41D. Fare often served with wasabi); SKIBOB (25A. Winter recreation on vehicle); TINY TIM (42D. Boy in a Scrooge vision); TOTE BAG (11D. Gift to a donor, maybe); TWISTED (39D. Injured, as an ankle); VAN GOGH (12D. Post-impressionist with several self-portraits); WAKED (15A. Rose from slumber, old-style).

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05.26.15 — All You Need Is ...



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Puzzle by Gareth Bain / Edited by Will Shortz

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (39A. Beatles hit that’s a hint to both parts of the answer to each italicized clue) is the main feature of this Tuesday crossword: 

CHILD SEAT (18A. *Removable car safety feature)
BIRD’S NEST (22A. *Asian soup ingredient)
MATCH GAME (54A. *Classic daytime show hosted by Gene Rayburn)
LIFE STORY (61A. *Biography)

Other — BEST (1A. First word in every Academy Award category); BOCCE (1D. Lawn sport); DAHLIA (46D. Mexico’s national flower); MAGNOLIA (26D. Southern bloom); TANDOORI (9D. Cooked in a clay oven, as in India); ÜBERGEEK.(40D. One who’s fluent in both JavaScript and Klingon, say).

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05.25.15 — Nails


Monday, May 25, 2015 — Memorial Day 

Puzzle by Jennifer Nutt / Edited by Will Shortz

I NAILED IT (57A. Appropriate exclamation upon solving this puzzle?), along with the steps of a manicure (CLIP, FILE, BUFF, SHINE, POLISH, found at the ends of five answers) constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword 

VIDEO CLIP (17A. Excerpt shown on TV)
CIRCULAR FILE (23A. Wastebasket, jocularly)
TRAIN BUFF (33A. Visitor at a railroad museum, say)
MOONSHINE (39A. Product of a backwoods still)
SOCIAL POLISH (45A. What a boor sorely lacks)

Other — BABYLON (9D. Ancient Hanging Gardens city), BROIL and I’M COLD (35D. Swelter; 5D. “Brr-r-r!“), LOANS (47D. What banks always have interest in?), STORIED (40D. Illustrious, as a past), TIKIS (22D. Polynesian carvings), TRINI (33D. Lopez with the hit “If I Had a Hammer“).

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05.24.15 — A Tale of Many Cities


Sunday, May 24, 2015

"A Tale of Many Cities" — Puzzle by Kevin G. Der
Edited by Will Shortz 

This Sunday’s crossword  is a mish-mash.  The note heading the puzzle is of no real help in solving the puzzle being an afterthought, over-long and a who-cares.

For the record, the note preceding the crossword reads “When this puzzle is completed, the circled letters will form a path (starting in the first circle of 93-Across) spelling out the puzzle’s theme. Each long Down answer contains a hidden city, reading in order from top to bottom, not necessarily consecutively. The location of the city, and its number of letters, are indicated.”

The feature referred to in the note is JULES / VERNE (1-Down and 141-Down), AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (in circled letters throughout the puzzle beginning and ending at HELM), with the long down answers containing a “hidden” city (uncircled letters) -- think of the crossword existing without the over-wrought stunt and plod through this dreadful thing.  Or just forget it altogether.

The cities from left to right:

  • SAINT FRANCIS COLLEGE (3D. Brooklyn Heights school), San Francisco
  • THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP (31D. PBS craft show for 21 seasons), New York
  • LETTING ONE’S HAIR DOWN (6D. Relaxing), London
  • LEMON SQUEEZERS (75D. Ones pressed into service in the kitchen?), Suez
  • BORN TO BE MY BABY (10D. 1988 Bon Jovi hit), Bombay
  • SPECIAL COURT MARTIAL (39D. Military trial for a misdemeanor), Calcutta
  • THE LONG KISS GOOD NIGHT (14D. 1996 Geena Davis thriller), Hong Kong
  • YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYING (41D. “Get it?”), Yokohama

Other — BAGPIPES ((160A. They’re blown at some weddings), HELM (85A. Captain’s spot), HOT DATES (12A. Much-anticipated nights out),  MARATHON (148A. Long-running event?), OPEN BAR (43D. Popular party feature), STUD FARM (26A. Breeding ground), WONKY (67A. Not quite right).

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05.23.15 — It's Not for Me to Say


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Puzzle by Peter Wentz / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — AESOP (2D. “Slow and steady wins the race” source); CHESHIRE (23D. County of Lewis Carroll’s birth); CLOWN CAR (21D. Hollowed-out comedic prop); EGO TRIP (44D. Retweeting of rave reviews, possibly); ESKIMO KISS (17A. Touching of noses); EXIT LANES (33D. You might move over for them on the highway); FLOODLIGHT (64A. Night game requirement); FREE CLIMB (12D. Ascent without assistance); HATCHET JOB (1A. Reputation ruiner); KRONOR (51A. Swedish coins); MATHIS (46A. “It’s Not for Me to Say” crooner); OFFICE BOY (43A. Certain gofer); PLACE A BET (55A. Wager); ROCK GARDEN (60A. Form of xeriscaping); SCOTCH EGG (20A. Deep-fried pub dish); SNARES (46D/ Gobbles); THE CURE (42D. “Friday, I’m in Love” band, 1992); YOU LIE (28A. “False, false, false!”).

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05.22.15 — Hot Mess

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Puzzle by David Woolf / Edited by Will Shortz

Six full-length-of-the-puzzle answers constitutes the main feature of this mean Friday crossword:

SEALED WITH A KISS (1A. Message accompanied by red lips)
ALL OVER THE PLACE (16A. Like a hot mess)
BAGGAGE CAROUSEL (17A. Where everything has been checked)
TRACTOR TRAILERS (50A. They’re good for the long haul)
RUSSIAN ROULETTE (53A. Game with one round) 
ON HANDS AND KNEES (54A. Like many floor cleaners)

Other — BROAD (45D. Like dales, but not glens); EL NORTE (38D. Los Estados Unidos, en Mexico); HOT IRON (36D. Means of branding); SABADO (1D. Saturday, in Seville); SELFIE (15D. Many an Instagram); SILK (49D. Web content); WRESTLE (7D. Get a lock on e.g.).

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05.21.15 — Monkey Business


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Puzzle by Peter A. Collins / Edited by Will Shortz

RAISED THE BAR (52A. Elevated expectations or what this puzzle’s maker did to five answers in this puzzle), e.g., raising the BAR- prefix of words and/or phrases to the row just above the remainder of the aforementioned words and/or phrases, constitutes the main feature of this fairly agreeable Thursday crossword:

BAR/ REL OF MONKEYS (17A. It gets a tow; 20A. Metaphor for fun)
BAR / OQUE (10A. Communicate like a drill sergeant; 16A. Scarlatti’s style)
BAR / RIER REEF (31A. Unpainted, say; 36A. Shoreline protector)
BAR/ T SIMPSON (38A. Prefix with -meter; 42A. Perpetual 10-year old of TV)
BAR / BIES (60A. Campaign from town to town; 64A. Line of Mattel dolls)

Other — AHOY (47A. Exclamation that’s made up of two shorter exclamations); CORING (29D. Geophysicist’s activity); DARK (8D. Word with horse or meat); DEBTEE and LOAN (27D. One offering a 7-Down; 7D. Advance); DECORS (27A. Looks inside a building); EARTH SIGN (18A. Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo); MRS DASH (21D. Seasoning brand); THE FORE (5D. A place of prominence).

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05.20.15 — What's the Meaning?


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Puzzle by Jacob Stolberg / Edited by Will Shortz

In this friendly Wednesday crossword, thrice-repeated single words change meaning when the sequence of letters are divided in a different manner:

VIS À VIS A VISA (20A. In relation to someone’s travel document?)
ABE LABEL ABEL (33A. “Grampa Simpson, describe a Genesis figure?”)
RIDER I DERIDE (41A. Jockey who’s jeered by me?)
P. I. SPIES PIES (57A. Detective catches siht of bakery wares?)


Other — ASH and ASPEN (12D. Makeup of some bats); 53D. Wood used n matchmaking); EASTER (23A. Holiday not widely observed by Quakers); LATINO (31A. Many a MundoFox watcher); PRAIRIE / DOG (5D. With 11-Down, barking rodent); STENOS (49D. Notepad holders of old).

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