Times Square


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz


TIME TIME (56A. Where the ball drops on New Year’s Eve … as depicted literally in four places in this puzzle), along with the letters TIME TIME surrounding the lone black squares near each of the four corners of the puzzle constitutes the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword.

Times Square, 1958

Other — ATTEMPTED (3D. Went for), BASE METAL (37D. Lead, e.g.), CITADELS (50A. Holds), DEES (39D. Odd couple?), DMITRI (67A. One of the Brothers Karamazov), EMPANADA (16A. Tabasco turnover), GAMETE (5D. Life starter), HATE MAIL (10D. Letters that are hard to read?), INTIMATES (52A. Bosom buddies), MORTIMER Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace” role, OH PLEASE (29A. “Give me a break already!”), OPIATE (70A. Laudanum, e.g.), OVEN MITTS (26A. Range wear?), SASHIMIS (7A. They’re often dipped in wasabis).


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10.22.14 — Face Time


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz

A sort of “face” roughly formed by black squares, FACE  / TIME (32A and 33A. Meeting with someone in person), PEEKABOO, I SEE YOU (17A. Words to a baby) and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (59A. 007 film of 1981) constitutes the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.

Other — CARL ORFF (36D. “Carmna Burana” composer), DIOXIDE and OXYGEN (6D. Compound containing 10-Down; 10D. Element #8); GO ‘PFFT” (1D. Die). KUNG FU and SUMO (18D. A master of this really knows his chops; 56D. Bare-chested sport), LANCELOT (39D. Model of chivalry), ONE-LINER (38D. “I wonder what the word for ‘dots’ looks like in Braille,“ e.g.), POT and SANGRIA (53A. Ballot topic for decriminalization; 42A. Strong punch), SCROLL and UNCURL (37A. Reading for a king’s herald; 34A. Straighten out), SPINACH (14A. Catherine de‘ Medici is said to haven eaten it every day).

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10.21.14 — Time



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz

"TIME" is the clue for three 15-letter across answers, MARATHONERS STAT, PARTNER OF WARNER and WHAT PRISONERS DO, of this Tuesday crossword:

Other — DINOSAUR (5D. Natural history museum display), FRIJOLES (37D. Beans in a burrito), HIGH C (17A. Dramatic note in Verdi’s “Di quella pira”), IRAN (7D. Dry country whose name is an anagram of wet weather), MIGRATOR (3D. Seasonal traveler), NAVY SEAL (38D. Elite fighter), RHINOS (47D. Big chargers in Africa), TOM / SAWYER (36D. With 44-Down, fictional prankster).

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10.20.14 — Puzzle Note for the Week


10.20.14 — It's Time

Jean Harlow

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz


SPLIT-SECOND (17A. Instant), MINUTE RICE (26A. Product that competes with Uncle Ben’s), THE WITCHING HOUR (35A. Midnight), DAY TRIPPER (50A. 1965 Beatles hit that begins “Got a good reason for taking the easy way out”) and PASSION WEEK (58A. Time leading up to Easter) constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.

Other — CORPSE and CRYPTS (49A. What a medical examiner examines; 48D. Underground tombs), DELEGATE (3D. Political conventiongoer), EYE and NYE, HARLOW (38D. Jean of “Bombshell”), OPPONENT (39D. Foe), OPTICAL illusion, SERAPHS (31A. High-ranking angels), TAX TIP (10D. Piece of advice from H and R Block), TEN (70A. Number of years in a decade) and TENN, THAI and THAT.

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10.19.14 — Elephant Company — the Acrostic


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

ACROSTIC, Puzzle by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Edited by Will Shortz



“The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed hm from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.

“Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in World War I, to a job as a “forest man” for a British teak company.  Mesmerized by the intelligence, character, and even humor of the great animals who hauled logs through the remote jungles, he became a gifted “elephant wallah.”  Increasingly skilled at treating their illnesses and injuries, he also championed more humane treatment for them, even establishing an elephant “school” and “hospital.”  In return, he said, the elephants made him a better man.”  ~ amazon.com 

The quotation:  A TRUNK … ACTS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, AS A HAND, AN ARM, A NOSE, A SNORKEL, A SLEDGEHAMMER, A TRUMPET, AND A HOSE. … WITHOUT CONTAINING A SINGLE BONE, IT IS STRONG ENOUGH TO LIFT HEAVY LOGS, AND SUFFICIENTLY NIMBLE TO PICK UP A COIN.

The author’s name and the title of the work:  VICKI CROKE, “ELEPHANT COMPANY”

The defined words:

A. Slide-jiggling effect on a trombone, VIBRATO
B. Assail, as someone’s character, IMPUGN
C. Cloth used by cyclists for padding, CHAMOIS
D. Like Alec Guinness and Paul McCartney, KNIGHTED
E. “Speaking truthfully …” (2 wds.), IN FACT
F. Storage tank sometimes underground, CISTERN
G. Activity of a rummager, ROOTING
H. Spent, needing a refill (3 wds.), OUT OF GAS
I. Old Cretan center of Bronze Age culture, KNOSSOS
J. Subject of the equation  E^2 = (pc)^2 + (m0c^2)^2, ENERGY
K. Coat for a dentist, ENAMEL
L. Be scornful of, as a danger (2 wds.), LAUGH AT
M. Busy; attentive, ENGAGED
N. Animal whose stuffing comes out, PINATA
O. Boyhood hometown of Mark Twain, HANNIBAL
P. Brought into harmony, ATTUNED
Q. Implement in many salons (2 wds.), NAIL FILE
R. Images on Monopoly bills, TRAINS
S. Lke the spears on Kenya’s flag, CROSSED
T. Pursued by a posse, maybe (3 wds.), ON THE LAM
U. Cloying, drippy, mushy, MAWKISH
V. Quickly, PRESTO
W. What’s regarded as an abomination, ANATHEMA
X. Far from a loser (2 wds.), NO SLOUCH
Y. Robin with a 20-year career in the major leagues, YOUNT

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10.19.14 — Why Not?


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Puzzle by David Phillips / Edited by Will Shortz


Substituting other letters for the letter "Y" in nine common phrases or words and clueing same to justify the result constitutes the main feature of this perplexing Sunday crossword.  The puzzle, incidentally, contains no letter Y.  
IDOLS OF THE KING (24A. Elvis’s heroes?), sounds like “Idylls of the King”
CLEAR THE WEIGH (37A. Embarrassed person’s comment after getting of an electronic scale?), clear the way
SUNDAE BEST (49A. #1 item at Dairy Queen?), Sunday best
SARI STATE (68A. Guijarat or Punjab, dresswise?), sorry state
DEVIL RAISE (85A. Wicked poker bet?), devil rays
GUISE AND DOLLS (94A. Two concerns of a secretive voodoo practicer?), “Guys and Dolls”
NO RIME OR REASON (112A. Lack of logic and a frosty coating?), no rhyme or reason
TRUSTEE SIDEKICK (3D. Subordinate of a board chair?), trusty sidekick
CHAISE REBELLION (46D. “I’ve had enough  of this patio furniture!,” e.g.?), Shays’ Rebellion 

Other — ALBANESE (31D. Soprano Licia, singer at the Met for 26 years), ALE KEG (15D. Bass drum?), BOO HISS (1D. Expression of disapproval), HOT POT (40D. Stew dish known in Thailand as “suki”), INCUBUS (91A. Certain demon), Actress NAOMI Watts, NATALIE Wood in Hollywood, REDDIT (21A. Site claiming to be “the front page of the Internet“), RICK ROLL (83A. Pull a classic Internet prank on), SHARIFS (13A. Arab nobles), SHE-CRAB (42A. Kind of soup in Southern cuisine), SIZZLES (93D. Is hot, hot, hot), TENDRILS (65D. Climbing things?). 

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10.18.14 — Saints Alive!


St. Stephen, 1474, Carlo Crivelli

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Puzzle by Evan Birnholz / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Some military settings?, MESS KITS; 9. Pants part, CROTCH; 15. Part of a bar code?, AGE LIMIT; 16. “Annie LAURIE,” old Scottish love song; 17. Atlantis section, NOSECONE; 18. Sharp, ASTUTE; 19. Car radio button, SEEK; 20. Droids have them, APPS; 22. When repeated, aerobics class cry, STEP; 23. The Joker, e.g., PSYCHOPATH; 26. Certain punch, AWL; 29. One in a one-on-one session, TUTEE; 30. With 14-Down, literary yes-man, URIAH; 33. Connecting word, VIA; 34. “Wait A MIN!” “Hold on there!”); 35. Strong ale, in British lingo, STINGO; 36. One who didn’t make it to the office?, ALSO-RAN; 38. Classic British cars that pioneered in rear engines, COOPERS; 39. They may be picked up by dogs, SCENTS; 40. Integral course of study, briefly?, CALC; 41. “The thing is …”, SEE; 42. Bakery purchase, TORTE; 43. Competition where the last one standing wins, ROLEO; 44. Current setting, SEA; 45. Scorpio hunter of film, DIRTY HARRY; 48. Noted avoider of the color red, CRIP; 50. Be full, TEEM; 51. Court star Nadal, informally, RAFA; 54. Really move, HUSTLE; 56. Oner, RARE BIRD; 59. Parts of the Navy’s full dress blues, ASCOTS; 60. Actor with Adam Sandler in “Funny People”, ERIC BANA; 61. Leave one’s company?, DESERT; 62. Like some business letters, DICTATED.

Down — 1. “Sheesh!”, MAN; 2. Big things on Capitol Hill, EGOS; 3. Former Zairian leader Mobuto SESE Seko 4. “A hint of lovely oblivion,” per D. H. Lawrence, SLEEP; 5. Modern kind of campaign, KICKSTARTER; 6. Letters with a view, IMO; 7. Brand once plugged by John Madden, TINACTIN; 8. First Christian martyr, STEPHEN; 9. Grip, CLASP; 10. “Batman” villain RA’S al Ghul; 11. Exceed, OUTSTRIP; 12. Subject of “The Word” on the first episode of “The Colbert Report”, TRUTHINESS; 13. Recognize, CITE; 14. See 30-Across, HEEP; 21. Literary figure whose name is a letter short of something he wrote, POE; 24. Native Arizonians, YUMAS; 25. Aid for clumsy thumbs, AUTOCORRECT; 26. “Stop” at 44-Across; AVAST; 27. “Consider it done”, WILCO; 28. Abandoned storage units?, LASERDISCS; 31. Say “amen,” say, AGREE; 32. Gomer’s biblical husband, HOSEA; 35. Cobbler, at times, SOLER; 37. Walking very quietly, say, ON TIP-TOE; 38. Dis whose name comes from the Latin for “ink pot”, CALAMARI; 40. Stuck, COHERED; 43. Kvass component, RYE; 46. Statistical method for comparing the means of two groups, T-TEST; 47. Start of a cartoon cry, YABBA; 48. Waste of a vote?, CHAD; 49. Wile, RUSE; 52. Order, FIAT; 53. Egg chair designer ARNE Jacobsen; 55. Xerox option: Abbr., LTR; 57. Wrestler RIC Flair; 58. Pap, DAD.

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10.17.14 — The Friday Crossword


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Puzzle b Michael Ashley / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Something running on a cell, MOBILE APP; 10. “The Waltons” co-star Ralph WAITE; 15. Starting to succeed, ON ONE’S WAY; 16. Opera title boy, AMAHL; 17. Been exposed to an awful lot, SEEN IT ALL; 18. Like Royal Albert Hall, DOMED; 19. Roofing option, TAR; 20. “Palindromania!” writer Jon AGEE; 21. Male duck, DRAKE; 22. Be up, BAT; 24. Ones hanging around delis?, SALAMIS; 26. Flashers at a rock concert, STROBES; 30. Let up, RELENT; 31. Superslim, THIN AS A REED; 34. Some QB protectors, RGS; 35. Out of service?: Abbr., RETD; 36. Gouge, e.g., MAR; 37. Dog tag?, FIDO; 38. Thespian UMA Thurman; 39. One who’s often 31-Across, FASHION ICON; 43. Orbiting Galaxy, e.g., COMSAT; 45. Hulu offerings, STREAMS; 46. Like a cat-o’-nine-tails’ nine tails, KNOTTED; 48. Spitfire org., RAF; 49. Paul DIRAC who pioneered in quantum mechanics; 50. Means to deep spiritual insight, YOGA; 53. Malaria-fighting compound during W.W. II, DDT; 56. Development sites?, UTERI; 57. “V for Vendetta” writer, ALAN MOORE; 60. “Le Bassin aux Nymphéas” painter, MONET; 61. Tabs, e.g., DIET SODAS; 62. Lead character in seasons 1-3 of “Homeland”, BRODY; 63. One-run homers, SOLO SHOTS.


Down — 1. Start of many records, MOST; 2. Prime draft pick, ONE-A; 3. Two-time belligerent against the British Empire, BOER; 4. Country INN; 5. “Magnum, P.I.” wear, LEI; 6. Things dealt with in passing, ESTATES; 7. Like many dogs’ tails, AWAG; 8. Faint, PALE; 9. TV’s Goober and others, PYLES; 10. Was ducky?, WADDLED; 11. Lacking scruples, AMORAL; 12. 2007 satirical best seller, I AM AMERICA; 13. 2007 Jamie Foxx film set in Saudi Arabia, THE KINGDOM; 14. Many future monarchs, ELDEST SONS; 22. What atoms may have, BOND; 23. Oakland Oaks’ org., ABA; 25. Consist of, ARE; 26. Overawed, STRUCK DUMB; 27. Church-owned newsweekly, for short, THE MONITOR; 28. Only Hispanic performer with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, RITA MORENO; 29. SAM’S Club; 32. Player motivator, RAH; 33. Olympian troublemaker, ERIS; 37. Person’s sphere of operation, FIEF; 39. Easy street’s location?, FAT CITY; 40. Had, ATE; 41. Town at the tip of Italy’s “heel”, OTRANTO; 42. Carrying people, for short?, NRA; 44. Didn’t just peek, STARED; 47. Couples, DYADS; 51. Potpourri, OLIO; 52. Fine GAEL (Irish political party); 53. Dummy, DODO; 54. “Consarn it all!”, DRAT; 55. Danny Ocean’s ex-wife in “Ocean’s Eleven, TESS; 58. Some mail for a mag, MSS; 59. “Will ya look at that!”, OOH.

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