Down Goes Frazier

George Foreman, right, sent Joe Frazier to the canvas six times in less than two founds to claim Frazier’s heavyweight championship in a bout at Kingston, Jamaica , on Jan. 22, 1973.  Foreman, who was 24 at the time would retire in 1977 but come back to win a share of the title in 1994 at age 45. ~ Houston Chronicle Sports 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Puzzle by Peter A. Collins / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — It’s part of a club, MAYO; 5. Place for vino, ASTI; 9. Like some floors and series, SWEPT; 14. Ancient land east of the Tigris, ELAM; 15. Fur source, CHINCHILLA; 17. Repeated cry in a 1973 fight, DOWN GOES FRAZIER; 19. High class, SENIORS; 20. Mo. Of Indian Independence Day, AUG; 21. Annihilate, arcade-style, ZAP; 22. Many a New York Post headline, PUN; 23. Geezers, OLD GOATS; 25. Aptly named N.F.L. M.V.P. of the 1960s, STARR; 28. Tudor who lost her head, BOLEYN; 29. The Glass Capital of the World, TOLEDO OHIO; 31. Thing, in Spain or Italy, COSA; 35. Minority report?, DISSENT; 36. Polish rolls, BIALIES; 38. SLOE-eyed; 39. Regardless of the repercussions, AT ALL COSTS; 41. Fox in the Baseball Hall of Fame, NELLIE; 43. Bring up to speed, CUE IN; 44. They might become bats, ASH TREES; 47. Death, to Mozart, TOD; 48. People often strain to make it, TEA; 49. D.C.-based intercontinental grp., OAS; 50. Calls upon, TURNS TO; 54. Many Victoria Cross recipients, BRITISH SOLDIERS; 57. Heads with hearts, ARTICHOKES; 58. One hit on the head, NAIL; 59. Indian yogurt dish, RAITA; 60. “No PASA nada” (“It’s all good”: Sp.); 61. Journeyer through Grouchland, in a 1999 film, ELMO.

Down — 1. Doc’s orders, MEDS; 2. Palliation application, ALOE; 3. Demonstration of disinterest, YAWN; 4. Like God, OMNIPRESENT; 5. Fall faller, ACORN; 6. Hens and heifers, SHES; 7. “’TIS true”; 8. Like God, INFALLIBLE; 9. Like yaks, SHAGGY; 10. Richard Pryor title role, with “the”, WIZ; 11. The “you” in “On the Street Where You Live”, ELIZA; 12. Fold, PLEAT; 13. Some cover-ups, TARPS; 16. Tanker’s thankful, CRUDE OIL; 18. Currency of 46-Down, GOURDE; 23. “Impressive!”, OOH; 24. Elated, ON CLOUD NINE; 25. Touchstones: Abbr., STDS; 26. Bust a hump, TOIL; 27. Further, ALSO; 28. Liquor store, Down Under, BOTTLE SHOP; 30. Restrained, ON A LEASH; 32. Beauvais’s department, OISE; 33. Institute n the 1997 sci-fi film “Contact”, SETI; 34. N.R.A. member?: Abbr., ASSN; 37. Agreement, ACCORD; 40. Start of an alphabet book, A IS; 42. Work first publicly performed at the Theater an der Wien in 1805, EROICA; 44. In open court, AT BAR; 45. Junipero SERRA, founder of San Francisco; 46. Where 18-Downs are currency, HAITI; 47. Home of minor-league baseball’s Drillers, TULSA; 50. Ducky web sites?, TOES; 51. Dollar bill feature, SEAL; 52. Quick cut, TRIM; 53. Europe’s Tiger City, OSLO; 55. Cousin of a chickadee, TIT; 56. The English Beat’s genre, SKA.

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07.24.14 — Paint IT Black


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Puzzle by David Phillips / Edited by Will Shortz


PAINT IT BLACK (23D. 1966 Rolling Stones hit … or an instruction to be followed four times in this puzzle) with ‘IN’ in four black double-squares constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword:


  • CHECK [IT] OUT (20/22A. “Looky here!”) along with ENC[I]RCLED (5/25D. Went around) and COA[T]TAIL (6/26D. Men’s formalwear feature)
  • LET [IT] SLIDE (59/61A. Not worry about something annoying) with DULC[I]NEA (41/67D. Don Quixote’s love) and PETER [T]OSH (37/68D. One of the Wailers of Bob Marley and the Wailers)
  • WRECK-[IT]-RALPH (4D/39D. Hit 2012 Disney film) with STA[I]RCASE (29/32A. Flight setting) and ANA[T]OLIA (35/36A. Greater part of Turkey)
  • PAINT [IT] BLACK with CUTS [I]NTO (47/49A. Interrupts, as a broadcast) and SELEC[T]EES (52/53A. Chosen people)


Other — AFRO (7D. Picked locks?), DINO and FLINTSTONE (63D. 11-Down pet; 11D. Pebbles, e.g.), ECARTE (5A. Game similar to euchre), ISAIAH (74A. Prophet on the Sistine Chapel ceiling), OGRISH (50D. Beastly), OPALS (50A. South Australian exports), PEORIA (51D. Bradley University site), Jeremy RENNER of “The Avengers“,  SLOES (56D. Dark-skinned fruit), SOLANO (66A. California county between San Francisco and Sacramento), STELLA (52D. Stanley Kowalski’s woman), Rikki-tikki-TAVI, THEATRE (27A. A series of “insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster,” per Tom Stoppard.


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07.23.14 — Blank Check


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Puzzle by Howard Barkin / Edited by Will Shortz


BLANK CHECK (59A. Complete freedom … and a hint to each half of the answer to each starred clue), BODY DOUBLE (18A. *Movie stand-in), BACKGROUND SOUND (29A. *Crowd noise, for example) and PERSONAL BAGGAGE (46A. *One’s physical or emotional burdens) constitute the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.

Other — A KEY (58D. Solution t the classic riddle “What force or strength cannot get through, / I, with gentle touch can do”), AGA KHAN (45D. Shiite leader who clams direct descent from Muhammad), ASKANCE (43D. With suspicion, as a look), BOAR (1A. Truffle-seeking beast), DARKENS (57A. What the moon does during a lunar eclipse), EQUATOR (10D. Where it’s always zero degrees), RUN COLD (24D. What your blood may do when you’re frightened), SWAK (52A. Love-letter words), TIME OUT (20A. Toddler’s banishment to a corner, say), TOCCATA (38A. Bach work).

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07.22.14 — Across and Down


“I’m Wishing” is the first song featured in
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ~ Disney Wiki 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Puzzle by Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz


Seven crossing entries with one meaning across and another down, accompanied by cross-referenced clues, constitutes the interrelated group of this crafty Tuesday crossword:


  • LIGHT (6A. With 8-down, lime shade), with GREEN  (8D. With 6-Across, approve), light green and green-light.
  • MAN (16A. With 12-Down, not natural), MADE (12D. With 16-Across, mob inductee), man-made, made man.
  • HEAD (33A. With 23-Down, deli product), CHEESE (23D. With 33-Across fan of the N.F.L.’s Packers), headcheese, cheesehead.
  • WISHING (38A. With 38-Down, place to drop a coin), WELL (38D. With 38-Across, desiring happiness for someone), wishing well, well-wishing.
  • ARM (40A. With 31-Down, jazz legend), STRONG (31D. With 40-Across, coerce), [Louis] Armstrong, strong-arm.
  • PAN (58A. With 54-Down, waffle alternative), CAKE (54D. With 58-Across, bakery container), pancake, cake pan.
  • BREAK (59A. With 57-Down, part of a morning routine), FAST (57D. With 59-Across, basketball tactic), breakfast, fast break.



Other — BANDLEADER (3D. Count Basie, e.g.), BEATEN DOWN (30D. Demoralized), DIRT BIKES (35D. Off-road two-wheelers), DRONE BEE (20A. One in service to the queen?), IN CROWD (4D. Exclusive group), LASERDISC (6D. Bygone video format), LLAMA (52D. Fleeced beast), REFILLED (56A. Like gas tanks and many prescriptions, again and again), SPIED ON (44D. Watched through binoculars, say).


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07.21.14— Blue Monday


Pablo Picasso, Blue Nude, 1902

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Puzzle by Matt Fuchs / Edited by Will Shortz


PRIVATE PARTS (55A. What unmentionables cover … or what 20-, 27- and 44-Across all begin with?), HIDDEN VALLEY (20A. Big name in ranch dressing), SECRET GARDEN (27A. Classic of English children’s literature, with “The”) and CLASSIFIED AD (44A. Small paid item in the back of a newspaper) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.

Other — CLAM BAKE (18A. New England cookout), CREW CUT (38A. Military hairstyle), DECADES (7D. Divisions of a century), ESP and ESPYS, JOURNAL (36A. Diary), PICASSO (42D. Painter with a Blue Period), WEB SITES (58A. YouTube and Yahoo!).


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07.20.14 — Moving Parts


Land of junk, asylum insane journal

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

“Moving Parts” — Puzzle by Eric Berlin
Edited by Will Shortz


A note heads this crossword:  The answer to each starred clue must have two consecutive letters removed before it is written into the grid.  These letters will move to a pair of circles elsewhere in the puzzle.  (In all cases, new words will be formed.)  The nine letter pairs, when properly arranged, will spell an appropriate answer at 72-Across.

A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE (72A. See instructions) is the end result of the noted exercise in this unfriendly Sunday crossword.

Other —  CAESAREAN (92D. Like the cry “Veni, vidi, vici”), DOODAD (44A. Thingamajig), GAROTTE (45A. Strangle), RISOTTO (49A. Italian dish that needs much stirring), STRETTO (101A. Close overlap of fugue voices), TOADSTOOL (10D. Mushroom), WHITTLE (22A. Yolk surrounder). 

Little else of interest except the tedious and uninteresting hopscotch between circled letters and starred clues.


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07.19.14 — The Saturday Crossword

Crossword, photo Getty

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Puzzle by Barry C. Silk / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. It has many giants and dwarfs, COSMOS; 7. Profit-sharing figure: Abbr., AGT; 10. Part of the former Republic of Pisa, ELBA; 14. Run down a mountainside, SCHUSS; 15. Pour it on, GO ALL OUT; 17. One who winds up on a field, HURLER; 18. A kid might be punished for showing it, ATTITUDE; 19. Scores, A LOT; 20. Marked up, say, WROTE ON; 21. Something pocketed in Italy?, RAVIOLI; 24. Like Princes Leia vis-à-vis Luke Skywalker, YOUNGER; 27. Roller coaster feature with a food name, PRETZEL LOOP; 29. Celle-là, across the Pyrenees, ESA; 30. Movie with the line “I’m a vulgar man. But  assure you, my music is not”, AMADEUS; 31. Be a very fast learner?, CRAM; 32. Title woman n a “Paint Your Wagon” song, ELSA; 35. Hybrid, maybe, CAR; 36. Do a 35-Across chore, GAS UP; 37. Romp, LARK; 38. Brave, e.g., WARRIOR; 40. “Who AM I?”; 41. 1965 Yardbirds hit, FOR YOUR LOVE; 45. Like many rodeo animals, LASSOED; 47. Dweller near the Potemkin Stairs, ODESSAN; 48. Best seller, HOT ITEM; 50. In, AMID; 51. Track on “Beatles ’65”, I’M A LOSER; 53. “Out!”, BEGONE; 55. Scarab, e.g., TALISMAN; 56. Tip for slips, ERASER; 57. Barreled, SPED; 58. Like some broody teens, EMO; 59. Folks working on courses?, DINERS.

Down — D preceder, C SHARP; 2. Telescope part, OCULAR; 3. Tuesday preceder, SHROVE; 4. Be a juggler?, MULTITASK; 5. Ending of saccharine, OSE; 6. Letters on old atlases, SSR; 7. Seaweed derivative, AGAR; 8. Call for a timeout, GO TO YOUR ROOM; 9. Some body work, TATTOOS; 10. John in an arena, ELTON; 11. Chases, in Cheshire, LOUNGERS; 12. Flower child?, BUD; 13. Had dogs, e.g., ATE; 16. Fail at falling asleep, LIE UP; 20. Underdog playoffs participant, WILD CARD TEAM; 22. Character in many Baum works, OZMA; 23. Where Gay’s “lowing herd wind slowly”, LEA; 25. Biblical venison preparer, ESAU; 26. Artery connection, RAMP; 28. Noted acid studier, LEARY; 31. Noted 1-Across studier, CARL SAGAN; 32. Company with the King David Club, EL AL; 33. “Los Horizon” figure, LAMA; 34. St. Patrick’s Day order, IRISH ALE; 36. “Saw” sights, GORE; 38. Pity party plaint, WOE IS ME; 39. Alternative to the pill, briefly, IUD; 41. Snaps, FOTOS; 42. Slip through, say, OSMOSE; 43. Like Cinderella’s stepsisters vis-à-vis Cinderella, VAINER; 44. “ENDERS Game”; 46. Not iffy, SOLID; 49. Hungarian name meaning “sincere”, ERNO; 51. “IT’S me”; 52. Battle-planning aid, MAP; 53. Spring place, BED; 54. “Cap’n ERI” (1904 novel).


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07.18.14 — The Friday Crossword


Friday, July 18, 2014

Puzzle by Ian Livengood / Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. “Know what I‘m saying’?,” in hip-hop slang, YA’ HEARD; 8. “Yep, alas”, ‘FRAID SO; 15. Feature of many a reception, OPEN BAR; 16. 1998 N.F.L. M.V.P. Davis, TERRELL; 17. Tablet alternatives, GEL CAPS; 18. Laughed menacingly, CACKLED; 19. Any of the Baleares, ISLA; 20. Political leader?, GEO; 22. Bob of play-by-play, COSTAS; 23. Squeeze, CRUNCH; 26. Kind of dye, AZO; 27. Things that wind up on trucks, FIRE HOSES; 30. Sounded wowed, AAHED; 32. Days AGO; 33. Villainous organization in the 007 film “GoldenEye”, RUSSIAN MOB; 35. Sleep around, BED HOP; 37. Like many Plains Indians, SIOUAN; 39. Football and basketball, TEAM SPORTS; 43. Like innuendo, SLY; 44. Electronics component, DIODE; 45. Ole Miss, athletically, THE REBELS; 47. What you might arrive two hrs. early for, ETD; 48. Central American capital, SAN JOSE; 49. Blue-flowered Mediterranean herb, BORAGE; 52. Buff finish?, OON; 53. Nuzzling spot, maybe, NAPE; 57. Leader referred to as “His Imperial Majesty”, AKIHITO; 59. 1994 memoir with a chapter on “New Robot Novels”, I ASIMOV; 61. Oscar-nominated Greek-American actor, SAVALAS; 62. Crank, NUTCASE; 63. Certain solution holder, EYE BATH; 64. Figure in many a New Yorker cartoon, ST PETER.

Down — 1. Meditative sort, YOGI; 2. Big tree climbers, APES; 3. Something to catch from scolding parents, HELL; 4. Box, ENCASE; 5. Org. the Utah Stars belonged to, ABA; 6. Public Enemy and others, RAP GROUPS; 7. Who wrote “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not”, DR SEUSS; 8. U.S. fraud watchdog, FTC; 9. Breadth, REACH; 10. ARCO Arena (past Kings home); 11. Needles, IRKS; 12. Campus spot for Bluto, Otter and Boon, DELTA HOUSE; 13. Scuzz, SLEAZE BALL; 14. Motherland, OLD SOD; 21. Tender with Washington, ONES; 24. Google browser, CHROME; 25. Ted Danson hit series, CSI; 27. “Groovy!”, FAB; 28. “All right already!”,  I GET IT OKAY; 29. Walk of Style locale, RODEO DRIVE; 30. Flavorings in some root beers, ANISES; 31. Member of a loving trio?, AMO; 34. Person on a mission?, ASTRONAUT; 36. Ordered, HAD; 38. George Clinton was ts first gov. (for 21 years), NYS; 40. K-12 grp., PTA; 41. “Whoops!”, OH NO; 41. Answers, REJOINS; 44. Lower, DEBASE; 46. “Quit your squabbling”, BE NICE; 48. Swtched to, as on a thermostat, SET AT; 50. Fictonal boss of Stubb and Flask, AHAB; 51. River to the Colorado, GILA; 54. Member of a loving trio?, AMAT; 55. Work for an artist, maybe, POSE; 56. “Would I EVER!”; 58. Start of a kids’ clothing line name, OSH; 60. Letters on a track, STP.



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