Crosses in a Zoo


Breeding of ligers has been banned in many zoos and animal sanctuaries due to no conservation value of the hybrid, and the risk it poses on the tigress that gives birth to it.   Keeping the two species separate has been standard procedure.  However, ligers do occur by accident in captivity. ~ Wikipedia 

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Puzzle by David Phillips / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest  AFC SOUTH (1A Colts’ division, for short), CREPES (42A. Bistro orders), DEL TACO (24D. Fast-food chain with the slogan “Unfreshing believable”), DINOSAUR (37A. One unable to adapt), IT’S A DATE (56A. “Ill see you then!“), LIGERS (54A. Crosses in a zoo), LIZ TAYLOR and VIOLET (12D. “Success is a great deodorant” speaker, informally; 33A. Violet for 12-Down), MARINARA (15A. Dip for mozzarella sticks), PET NAMES (59A. Love handles?), PRIME RIB (17A. Upper cut?), RE-ENTER (25D. Come again?), RON REAGAN (31D. Former Air America radio host), SIDE SALAD (29D. Alternative to soup at a restaurant), SYCAMORES (14D. Divine trees n the “Book of the Dead”), TRUE LIES (61A. Schwarzenegger movie with an oxymoronic title).

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03.05.15 — Falling Behind


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Puzzle by Jim Peredo / Edited by Will Shortz


FALLING BEHIND (38A. Lagging … or a hint to 17-, 19-, 56- and 61-Across) clues in the main feature of this Thursday crossword, falling “behinds“, e.g., RUMP, BUM, TAIL and CAN:

DONALD T/RUMP (17A and 18D. Who said about himself “Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money”; RUMP session [meeting after a legislative dissolution])
BABY AL/BUM (19A. Record of infantile behavior?; 20D. No-good)
GORY DE/TAIL (56A. Part of a story you might not want to know; 60D. Follow)
UNAMERI/CAN (61A. Hating baseball and apple pie?; 63D. Fire)

Other — DIORAMA (65A. It‘s a scene to behold), GALACTIC (13D. Huger than huge), GODPARENTS (11D. Participants at many baptisms), HEARING AID (28D. Device placed next to a drum), IAMB (3D. “Hurray“ or “alas“), PTERO (15D. Wing: Prefix). TANGLES (24D. Argues [with]), WE‘RE LOST (36D. Comment upon driving past the same unfamiliar place again).

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03.04.15 — Naming Names


Harrison Ford as Han Solo

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Puzzle by Jeff Stillman / Edited by Will Shortz

Four phrases formed with names utilizing film characters constitutes the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword:

ROCKY START (11D. 1976, for Stallone’s rise to stardom?)
BOND TRADERS (17A. Connery and Lazenby, between 1967 and 1971?)
TRIPLE AXEL (29D. Eddie Murphy, after 1964, 1987 and 1994?)
PLAYING SOLO (64A. What Harrison Ford was doing in 1977, 1980 and 1983?)


Other — AGATE (42A. Tiny type size), CETOLOGY (27A. Study of whales), CHIANTI (26D. Wine traditionally sold in a fiasco), CUPID and EROS (1A. Bow-toter on seasonal cards; 28D. Counterpart of 1-Across), DACTYLS (25A. Poetic feet), ELBE (61D. Dresden’s river), EN BLOC (48D. All together), IBSEN (45D. “The Wild Duck” dramatist), IBISES (50D. Once-sacred birds), INDIGO (4D. Spectrum hue), SERIN (44A. European finch), SUBTITLE (49A. Foreign film feature).

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03.03.15 — Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S Thompson by purposemaker, available on Deviantart

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Puzzle by Kristian House / Edited by Will Shortz

Hunter S. Thompson is the main subject of this Tuesday crossword:

JOHNNY DEPP (18A. He played one of the lead roles in the film version of 50-55-Across)
GONZO JOURNALISM (23A. Writing style popularized by 35-Across)
HUNTER S THOMPSON (35A.. Author of 50-55-Across)
FEAR AND LOATHING / IN LAS VEGAS (50A and 55A. See 35-Across)

Other  CUDDLE UP (10D. Get cozy together), GENTRY (8D. Aristocrats), HAD A GO (1D. Tried), HELL NO (3D. “Not a chance!”), HO-HO (1A. Treat similar to a Yodel), MERTZ (41D. Neighbor of the Ricardos on “I Love Lucy”), SKYLAB (9D. Space station that crashed in 1979), U S STEEL (26D. Company that built the Unisphere for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair), X-GAMES (49D. Event featuring motocross and snocross).

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03.02.5 — Smile


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Puzzle by Andrea Carla Michaels / Edited by Will Shortz

Four answers with three sequential letter L’s constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword:

STILL LIFE (17A. Cézanne’s “The Basket of Apples”)
CALL LETTERS (23A. Radio station identification)
MELL LAZARUS (5A. “Momma” cartoonist)
TWO-L LLAMA (63A. “A beast,” according to Ogden Nash)

Other — EMMETT  Kelly, classic circus clown; EXPLODED (40D. Went off, as a bomb); FLEETING (9D. Short-lived); JAILS (1A. Sends to the lockup); Peruvian author Mario Vargas LLOSA; NAMES (34A. Andrea, Carla and Michael).

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03.01.15 — "Noted" Anniversary


Julie Andrews, “The Sound of Music”, 1965

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

“Noted Anniversary” — Puzzle by Finn Vigeland / Edited by Will Shortz

In this fine Sunday 50th anniversary commemoration of  “The Sound of Music”, the notes DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, TI, DO (in single squares) rise from the lower left corner to the upper right to indicate the rising musical notes of the song “Do-Re-Mi” along with the following:

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA (24A. Setting of 118-Across)
JULIE ANDREWS (31A. Star of 118 Across)
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE (49A. Opening lyric of 118-Across)
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN (68A. Duo behind 118-Across)
BEST PICTURE OSCAR (91A. Honor for 118-Across)
THE VON TRAPPS (108A. Family upon whom 118-Across is based)
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (118A. Movie that opened on 3/2/1965)

Other — ANNIES (103D. Annual awards in animation), CRUST (87D. Sicilian border?), HEGIRA (88D. Flight from danger), GIR[DO] (13A. 1958 space monkey), IV TUBE (102D. Hookup in bed?), MOZART (7D. “The culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music,” per Tchaikovsky), NEEDLE (28D. Something a trypanophobe fears), NO-CAL (122A. Superdietary, informally), [SOL]VING TIME (60A. Important factor in a crossword tournament), SUSAN (91A. Narnia girl), TAIPEI (23D. Asian capital nicknamed the City of Azaleas).

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02.28.15 — The Saturday Crossword

Bluebeard and Judith in an illustration 
by Gustave Doré for Perrault's tale

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Puzzle by Barry C. Silk / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — BAZOOKA (14D. “Stovepipe” of W.W. II), BELA and OPERA (53A. “Bluebeard’s Castle” librettist Balázs; 16A. “Bluebeard’s Castle,“, e.g.), CAMEO (26A. One of many made by Hitchcock), C-CLAMP (26D. Woodworker’s tool), DICK CLARK (29A. Famous New Year’s Eve party?),  FRYOLATOR (67a. Greasy spoon appliance), GET A GRIP (17A. Finishes freaking out), IRON CROSS (15A. Classic symbol of rebellion), KNOB and SNOB, PANAMA HAT (1A. Summer suit accessory), PHOTOBOMB (48A, Laugh-inducing pic), POT and TOT, ROULADE (41D. Musical embellishment), SMELTER (43D. Where to get the lead out?), STRETCHER (62A. Battlefield transport), TITFER (49D. Bit of headwear, in British lingo), WEARISOME (65A. Yawn-inducing).

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02.27.15 — The Friday Crossword


Friday, February 27, 2015

Puzzle by Julian Lim / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — ACORN, IDIOTS and NUTS (24D. Tough nut to crack; 33D. Nuts; 51D. Nuts), BB GUN and CAT’S-EYE (25D. Certain shooter; 17A. Certain shooter), GRACE PERIOD (1A. Time of forgiveness), MELISMA (20A. Musical phrase in which a single syllable is sung over several notes), NONZERO (40A. Positive or negative), PRISONER OF WAR (12A. Jean-Paul Sartre or Winston Churchill, once), SHOGI (22D. So-called Japanese chess), SPARE THE ROD (55A. Be lenient), STEPHEN JAY GOULD (52A. Evolutionary biologist who wrote “The Panda’s Thumb”), STORAGE SPACES (54A. Trunks, e.g.), THIS IS SPINAL TAP (14A. Classic 1984 film in which most of the dialogue was ad-libbed).

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