The Saturday Crossword

“I Robot” cover illustration, Bantam Books

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Puzzle by Damon J Kaczynski / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — BELIEVE YOU ME (20A. “… and that’s no joke!”); Graham CRACKOS (old Kellogg’s cereal); DIRK DIGGLER (24D. “Boogie Nights” persona played by Mark Walberg); ELEANOR RIGBY (54A. Beatles song in which no Beatle plays an instrument); ETYMON (50A. Linguistic root); FIREPLACE and LOG (10D. With 12-Down, poker target);  ICE-COLD BEVERAGE (17A. Refreshment on a scorching hot day); I ROBOT (44A. Classic 1950 book with the line “It’s your fiction that interests me.  Your studies of the interplay of human motives and emotion”); OEDIPAL (18D. Like some unhealthy attachments); OH COME NOW (32D. “Puh-lease!”); OKEYLY-DOKELY (3D. All right, to 42-Across); ORRERY (46D. Model in a science class); PANTERA (34D. Metal band with the 1994 #1 album “Far Beyond Driven”); SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN (57A “Yes, let’s!”); TEA PARTY (33A. It runs to the right); THE CLASH (40A.Their 1982 album “Combat Rock“ went double-platinum).

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04.17.15 — The Friday Crossword


Friday, April 17, 2015

Puzzle by Mary Lou Guizot / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interestA STROKE OF GENIUS (3D. Something that’s brilliant), CLEAN SWEEP (31A.Rout), ELIZABETH WARREN (11D. Senator who wrote “A Fighting Chance,“ 2014), HOSTESS TWINKIES (5D. Longtime food product with a mascot in a cowboy hat), MISTER PRESIDENT (9D. Cry at a White House press conference), OF THE SAME STRIPE (17A. Similar), ON INTIMATE TERMS (53A. Very close), SNOWDEN (23A. Man who went into self-imposed exile in 2013), TIE GAME (46A. Draw), WHERE’S THAT (39A. Direction seeker’s query).

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04.16.15 — Backward


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Puzzle by Joe Krozel and Peter Collins
Edited by Will Shortz

In this Thursday crossword the across answers in the top half of the puzzle go the normal way, while in the bottom half they go backward.

YOU GO YOUR WAY / ENIM OG LL’I DNA (20A. With 49-Across, comment upon parting), BACKWARD and DRAWCAB (33A. How the Across answers appear in the puzzle; 38A. How the Across answers appear in the top half of this puzzle vis-à-vis the bottom).

Other — ACERBIC (9D. Sharp), ASPIRIN (42D. It’s a relief), CALMEST (40D. Least wavy), ESSE, MOM and ATTA (35A. To be, to Brutus; 36A. Dr. MOM; 37A. Lead-in to girl), IT’S A BREEZE (28D. “Piece of cake!“), JOE and PETER (55D. Mud; 1A. Die [out]); MARTHA (25D. Onetime daytime talk show), RINGLET (5D. Certain lock), SEE YA LATER (11D. “I’m outta here!”).
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04.15.15 — Bilateral Symmetry


Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — Tax Day 

Puzzle by Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz

BILATERAL / SYMMETRY (44A. With 46-Across, feature of the answers to this puzzle’s six starred clues, in a sense), TAJ MAHAL (24A. Landmark that exhibits 44-/46-Across) and BUTTERFLY (28A. Landmark that exhibits 44-/46-Across), along with the following constitutes the main feature of this attractive Wednesday crossword:

ALL Y’ALL (14A. *Southern pronoun)
MADE MAD (15A. *Angered)
GIORGIO (16A. * Designer Armani)
ILL WILL (59A. *Animus)
DINED IN (62A. *Enjoyed home cooking)
DO-SI-DOS (63A. *Square dance moves)

Other — BAD SPOT (39A. Predicament), CHALUPA (56A. Taco Bell offering), EARWIG (45D. Insect with pincers), ENDGAME (65A. King vs. king-and-pawn situation), GIRD UP (19A. Encircle with a belt)HELMSLEY (38D. Businesswoman with the nickname Queen of Mean), J AND J (8D. Tylenol producer, for short), JOLIET (8A. Illinois city about 40 miles SW of Chicago), LEOPARDS (10D. Antelope stalker), SPAYER (Vet, at times), UM OKAY (29D. “So  guess that‘s a thing now“), .

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04.14.15 — Eight

The Number 8 by Erté
Romain de Tirtoff was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials.~ Wikipedia 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Puzzle by Bruce Haight / Edited by Will Shortz

EIGHT (36A. Total number of letters of the alphabet used in this puzzle), e.g., A, E, G, H, I, R, S T, is the gimmick of this awkward Tuesday crossword.

Of note — EAST ASIA (36D. Where Korea is), EASTER EGGS (11D. Hidden treasures), ERTÉ (33D. Art Deco notable), RAT TERRIER (28D. Popular farm dog), SAT TIGHT (9D. Didn’t go anywhere), STARTER SET (53A. Group of dishes for a new household, say), THAT’S GREAT (17A. “Way to go!”).

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04.13.15 — Fab Four



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Puzzle by Alex Silverman / Edited by Will Shortz

FAB / FOUR (32A. With the shaded squares of 35-Across, subject of this puzzle), YELLOW SUBMARINE (14A. Navy captain’s favorite Beatles song?), SHE’S LEAVING HOME (17A. Empty nester’s favorite Beatles song?), WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR (35A. Sexagenarian’s favorite Beatles song?), PAPERBACK WRITER (55A. Author’s favorite Beatles’ song) and HERE COMES THE SUN (58A. Early riser’s favorite Beatles song?) constitutes the interrelated group of this fine Monday crossword.

Other — BRAVAS (23A. Cries to divas), GALILEO (21D. Astronomer who discovered the main moons of Jupiter), QUAYLES (22D. Vice-presidential family of 1989-93), QUANT (22A. Math whiz, in Wall Street lingo), UVULA (31A. Dangling tissue near the tonsils).

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04.12.15 — Look What Turned Up


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Puzzle by Jeff Chen / Edited by Will Shortz

Answers completed by making an upward turn at the tail-end of the entry constitutes the main feature of this humdrum Sunday crossword:

WISH YOU WERE H (2D. Postcard message), e.g., Wish you were h[ere] 
GLUTEN-FREE B (5D. Beverage brewed without barley or wheat), b[eer]
REACHES LEGAL (11D. Becomes an adult), [age]
ON A SCALE FROM ONE TO (22D. How things may be rated), [ten]
TAKES THE TOPS  (5D. Wins), [pot]
DO EXACTLY AS I (63D. “Follow my command!”), [say]
NOW WHERE WER (70D. “What was I talking about before?“), [we]

Other — BAT PHONE (4D. Line in Gotham), DOG STAR (49D. Bright spot?), ECOTAGE (104A. Environmental terrorism), FARM BOY (74A. Young Clark Kent, e.g.), FIBULA (74D. Bone whose name means “clasp” in Latin), GUT BOMBS (21A. Hard-to-digest food items, in slang), HAS AT (20A. Rolls up the sleeves and begins), ICE CANOE (84D. Winter race vehicle), MISSIONS (10D. Mercury had 28 of them). SAWYER (45A. Finn’s friend), TEA PARTY (15D. Sons of Liberty gathering).

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04.11.15 — No Trespassing

Citizen Kane

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Puzzle by Martin Ashwood-Smith . Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — ACERBIC (4A. Sharp), ALTERNATE ROUTES (39A. What parades may necessitate), ATTESTED TO (22A. Corroborated), BEATING A RETREAT (40A. Chicken preference?), CAR ANTENNA (5D. One getting the show on the road?), ELIOT NESS (24A. Renowned  1920s raider), ENCOURAGED (23D. Buoyed), HAND BEATEN (11D. Like some rugs and egg whites), ITALIAN ICE (32D. Boardwalk cooler), NO-INTEREST LOANS (30A. Borrowing bargains), PLEASE SIR (46A. Respectful appeal), RUNS ACROSS (52A. Meets), SALES ASSISTANTS (41A. Counter intelligence?), SHIATSU (57A. Japanese for “finger pressure”), SONNETEERS (21A. Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Edna St. Vincent Millay, notably), TRESPASSER (36D. Guard dog’s quarry).

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