Hit or Miss


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Puzzle by Timothy Polin / Edited by Will Shortz

EACH CLUE IN / THE PUZZLE / IS MISSING / THE LETTER N (17A. First part of a hit for this crossword; 32A, 46A and 62A, [Hit part 2, Hit part 3 and Last part of the hit]) is the main feature of this Saturday stumper.

Other across — 1. Rage, AMBIT; 6. Hardly ice outside, FOUL; 10. Places for sprigs, BEDS; 14. A. Quiet parter?, PEACE; 15. Pie cutter’s tool, ADZE; 16. Umber at the opera, ARIA; 19. Relative of “Hey, ma”, PSST; 20. Arc’s target, maybe, XTC; 21. Plat pouch, SAC; 22. Easter floor mat, TATAMI; 24. Pog or Pogs, formerly, FAD; 26. Lives, PEPS; 20. Bad member to pick?, SITAR; 30. Fly of film?, ERROL; 34. Olympia with a watery realm, SEA GOD; 36. Perform peace, ATONE; 37. Fried with four legs, PET; 38. Covered with slug mud, SULLIED; 40. Sorters’ quarters, STY; 43. Dramatically scored sorceress, MEDEA; 44. Ager, TEMPER; 50. Cagey parts, e.g., ROLES; 51. Early, QUASI; 52. Part of a euro, AXON; 54. Tige, say, BIT; 55. Adds a little toe to, TINCTS; 57. Like a great bod, AAA; 59. Bled for a social affair, perhaps, TEA; 61. Dramatic cry from people who get subbed, ET TU; 66. Caker, for example, SORE; 67. Car whose logo is liked?, AUDI; 68. Ever lost to, OWNED; 69. Starts of some chorus lies, TRAS; 70. Eve, TRUE; 71. Chia growth area?, PADDY.

Down — 1. Crow, APEX; 2. Vegas would love this type of world, MEAT FREE; 3. Casio game, BACCARAT; 4. Kat’s “I”, ICH; 5. Slag for sleuths, TECS; 6. Product made by Moe, FAUCET; 7. Kid of poetic work, ODE; 8. Arm from a Mideast lad, UZI; 9. Did a baker’s job, LENT; 10. Covert, maybe, BAPTIZE; 11. Margarie might be described thus, ERSATZ; 12. Grad’s opposite, DISMAL; 13. Gere of “Gulliver’s Travels”, SATIRE; 18. User’s circuit, LAP; 23. I pieces, ASUNDER; 25. You might board yours at the keel if you take a cruise, DOG; 27. Wig of the old Greek army, PHALANX; 28. Program that asks “Are we aloe?,” for short, SETI; 30. Metal worker’s claim?, ESP; 31. Abruptly becomes violet, LOSES IT; 33. Doe, e.g., POET; 35. Bombs without bags, DUDS; 39. Sci-fi character remembered for her large bus, LEIA; 40. Strad part that becomes frayed, SPLIT END; 41. Wet like a seesaw, TEETERED; 42. Spas that last 52 wks., YRS; 43. Bugled strokes, MISCUES; 45. Deadly gag, MOB; 46 Mesa prerequisite, IQ TEST; 47. Guy who may offer a girl a rig, SUITOR; 48. Mystical chat, MANTRA; 49. H. L. player, GOALIE; 53. Refusal from a boy lass, NAE; 56. “Ow!”, STAT; 58. O, ATOP; 60. Murray who’s highly raked, ANDY; 63. Be-HUR; 64. Ed of some school addresses, EDU; 65. Old rival of America, TWA

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08.22.14 — The Friday Crossword


Regulus, earthspacenews.com

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Puzzle by Sam Ezersky / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Something that goes from a pit to your stomach?, BBQ SANDWICH; 12. Snarky sound, HEH; 15. It has billons of barrels, SAUDI ARABIA; 16. Queen of Thebes, in myth, INO; 17. One may tell a conductor to slow down, TRAIN SIGNAL; 18. Sound of a slug, BAM; 19. Sashimi selection, AHI; 20. Buckled, GAVE; 21. Dos little words?, TE AMO; 23. Ester ROLLE of “Good Times”; 25. Large part of some herds, EWES; 28. Brand of bat pellets, D-CON; 29. Fix, SPAY; 30. Walt Disney Concert Hall designer, FRANK GEHRY; 32. Cop, STEAL; 34. Monarchial support, ROYALISM; 35. G squared?, MIL; 37. Spotmatic, e.g., briefly, SLR; 38. Unhelpful reply to “How did you do that?”, IT’S MAGIC; 43. Screen entertainers with many gigs?, IPADS; 47. “All the President’s Men” figure, DEEP THROAT; 49. Like many hipsters, ARTY; Actress CATE Blanchett; 52. Pie hole, TRAP; 53. Parts of kingdoms, PHYLA; 54. Juan’s sweetheart, AMIGA; 56. RAGA rock (some George Harrison music); 58. With 59-Across, race that’s not very competitive, FUN; 59. See 58-Across, RUN; 60. Pill holder, BLISTER PACK; 64. Occasion to do a late shift?: Abbr., DST; 65. Member of a “great” quintet, LAKE ONTARIO; 66. SAO Goncalo, Rio de Janeiro; 67. Mideast president who wrote “The Battle for Peace,”1981, EZER WEIZMAN.

Down — 1. Regulus A and Bellatrix, B-STARS; 2. Gets rounds around town?, BAR HOPS; 3. Show fear of QUAIL AT; 4. Govt. project who logo depicted a shield in space, SDI; 5. Danny AINGE of the Celtics; 6. Curiosity producer, NASA; 9. Counterpart of “abu”, IBN; 10. “Burn Notice” grp., CIA; 11. Freeze, HALT; 12. Literally, “fire bowl”, HIBACHI; 13. Doesn’t just attract, ENAMORS; 14. Cache for cash, say, HOMONYM; 22. 1963 Pulitzer winner Leon EDEL; 24. It’s KOH, chemically, LYE; 26. “The Killing” star Mireille ENOS; 27. Like some lobbies, SKY LIT; 30. Trip up?, FLIGHT; 31. T. S. GARP of literature; 33. Member of a Latin trio, AMAT; 36. Line to Jamaica n N.Y.C., LIRR; 38. Bar necessities, ID CARDS; 39. “Dream” group in Barcelona in 1992, TEAM USA; 40. Mounted below the surface of, SET INTO; 41. QuickTime or RealPlayer format option, MPEG; 42. Like boors vis-à-vis gentlemen, COARSER; 44. Masseur gratifier, AAH; 45. Raise crops on the Plains, maybe, DRY FARM; 46. So-called “Helen of the West Indies”, ST LUCIA; 48. Director of the 2012 comedy “This is 40”, APATOW; 50. Try to pull off, say, YANK ON; 53. Epic start, PART I; 55. Cutting it, ABLE; 57. Replicator, e.g., GENE; 61. LAZ-Boy; 62. Old White House nickname, IKE; 63. Guerra’s opposite, PAZ.


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08.21.14 — PO Boxes



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Puzzle by Jules P. Markey / Edited by Will Shortz


POST OFFICE BOXES (39A. Mail conveniences … or a hint to eight squares in this puzzle) and eight squares (e.g., boxes) containing the letters PO constitutes the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword:


[PO]LE [PO]SITION (18A. First place) with C-S[PO]T (5D. Benjamin) and SO[PO]RFIC (8D. Sleep-inducing)
[PO]SON [PO]WDER (61A. Means of murder in some Agatha Christie novels) with DE[PO]SE (48D. Testify) and S[PO]KE (58D. Umbrella part)
[PO]WER [PO]LITICS (4D. Throwing one’s weight around, in international relations) with TEM[PO] (1A. Pace) and TEA[PO]T (23A. Cozy thing?)
[PO]PCORN [PO]PPER (27D. Feature of many a movie house) with E[PO]NYM (26A. See 16-Across) and S[PO]NGE (53A. Freeloader)


Other — EXTENSIVE (36D. Large-scale), ISOLDE (57A. Wagnerian heroine), LA LA LA (6D. [I‘m not listening … I can’t he-e-ear you!]), MAKE A FIST (3D. Prepare to give blood, perhaps), MESNE (47A. Intermediate, in law), SHIITE (32A. Ayatollah Khomeini, e.g.), YETI (42A. Cryptozoological beast).

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08.20.14 — Wheel


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Puzzle by Zhouqin Burnikel / Edited by Will Shortz


FREE (55D. Like the initial letters of the answers to the six starred clues, on “Wheel of Fortune”), e.g., R, S, T, L, N and E, constitutes the obscure main feature of this Wednesday crossword — especially for one who has never seen the mentioned television show:

R RATED MOVIE (17A. *Fare for those 17 and up)
S STAR (22A. *Astronomical red giant)
T ROWE PRICE (28A. *”Invest With Confidence” firm)
L FRANK BAUM (48A. *Best-selling novelist who wrote the children’s poetry volume “Father Goose”)
N SYNC (54A. *”It’s Gonna Be Me” group)
E STREET BAND (60A. *The Boss’s backup musicians)


Other — ASIAGO (12D. Cheese that’s often grated), CLASS ACT (39D. One to admire), GREW WEARY (5D. Tired), Hedy LAMARR of “Ecstasy”, RHAPSODY (3D. Liszt piece), TEA KETTLE (34D. Whistler in the kitchen).


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08.19.14 — OZ



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Puzzle by Sam Buchbinder / Edited by Will Shortz

OZ in circled letters, along with YELLOW BRICK ROAD (58A. Path taken by 37-Across to find the ends of 17-, 26- and 44-Across in [circled letters]), HEROINE and DOROTHY (23D and 37A. 23-Down of a classic L. Frank Baum novel), and the aforementioned "ends" of three across entries, e.g., BRAIN, COURAGE and HEART, constitute the interrelated group of this delightful Tuesday crossword upon the 75th anniversary of the release of the film:


ARTIFICIAL BRAIN (17A. IBM’s Watson, essentially)
GET UP THE COURAGE (26A. Embolden oneself)
NEAR TO ONE’S HEART (44A. Dear)

Other — AKIVA Goldsman, Mayim BIALIK, Mike ENZI, GROUP-ONS (16A. Deals buyable via a tap on an app), HECKLE (48D. Jeer), KLUTZY (65A. Ham-handed), LIFT UP and UPREAR (5D. Boost; 11D. Erect), SKI HAT (6D. Top of a mountain?), TESLA (28D. Electric car company).

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08.18.14 — A Fish Out of Water

The Fog Warning, 1885, Winslow Homer 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Puzzle by Ian and Katie Livengood
Edited by Will Shortz


A FISH OUT OF WATER (40A. Misfit … or what you get after the sequence described by the ends of 17-, 21-, 57- and 63-Across?), e.g., BAIT, CAST, BITE and REEL, constitute the interrelated group of this nifty little Monday crossword:


OSCAR BAIT (17A. Film designed to attract Academy Awards consideration)
COLOR CAST (21A. Like most TV shows starting in the 1960s)
UNDERBITE (57A. Problem with teeth alignment)
MOVIE REEL (63A. Projection room item)


Other — ADIEU and CIAO (24D. Informal goodbye; 52D. Formal goodbye). BLACK EYE (53A. Shiner), CHECHNYA (23A. War-torn part of Russia), COACHES UP (5D. Instructs, informally), DECK CHAIR (3D. Piece of patio furniture), D STUDENTS (32d. Pupils who score in the 60s), POLICE VAN (35D. Paddy wagon), POOLE (16A. English Channel port town), STATE SEAL (37D. Louisiana’s has a nesting pelican with three chicks), TOUCAN SAM (9D. Avian Froot Loops mascot).

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08.17.14 — Sittin' Solve



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

“Sittin’ Solve” — Puzzle by Caleb Madison / Edited by Will Shortz


In this Sunday crossword, twelve three-word phrases change meaning when reduced to two, e.g., [and] is changed to “IN’”:

WRITIN’ WRONG (20A. Spellin’ things incorrectly?), right and wrong
JACKIN’ COKE (29A. Stealin’ a hard drug?), Jack and Coke
ROCKIN’ ROLL (32A. Pushin’ some bread back and forth?), rock and roll
BARRIN’ GRILL (66A. Not allowin’ anyone to cook burgers and franks?), bar and grill
TIMIN’ AGAIN (104A. Recheckin’ with a stopwatch?), time and again
SHOWIN’ TELL (106A. Demonstratin’ how to shoot an apple off someone’s head?), show and tell
CUTTIN’ PASTE (116A. Usin’ less stickum?), cut and paste
HITTIN’ MISS (2D. Givin’ a female casino patron another card?), hit and miss
BUYIN’ LARGE (12D. Makin’ some big purchases?), by and large
WILLIN’ GRACE (38D. Hopin’ favor is bestowed?), Will and Grace
NIPPIN’ TUCK (73D. Bitin’ a friend of Robin Hood?), nip and tuck
HAULN’ OATS (73D. Carryin’ a load of grain?), Hall and Oates


Other — AWAY WE GO (22A. Departing words), CIARA (28A. R&B singer with the 2004 #2 hit “Goodies”), EASY MONEY (78D. “Get rich quick” promise), EMOJI (93D. What you might use to put on a happy face?), Clark GREGG, IS THAT ALL (81A. “Are you done?“), I WANNA (100D. “Lemme!“), KESHA and SASHA, LEDGE (51D. Jumping-off point?), MAN PURSE (114A. Accouterment popularized by a “Seinfeld” episode), MORAY EEL (85D. Coral reef lurker), NEWSSTAND (54A. Paper pusher?), RAP VIDEO (61A. 50 Cent piece), ROBOTRY (59D. Engineering topic), SNAPCHAT (9D. Medium for many selfies), THE ROOKIE (13D. 2002 Dennis Quaid film about a struggling mnor-league pitcher), VERTICALS (77D. Stats for basketball players), VINES (62D. Popular six-second clips since 2013), ZEE (101A. ¼ of zero?), ZUNE (111D. Microsoft portable media player).


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