The Friday Crossword

M. C. Escher, Drawing Hands, 1948

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Puzzle by James Mulhern and Ashton Anderson
Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — ATOM ANT (3D. Slight ’60s superhero); AUTO-TUNE (15A. Musical tool on Time’s list of “50 Worst Inventions”); BAIT CAR (20A. Help in catching an auto thief); CANKLES (51A. Lower leg woe, slangily); DAS BOOT (1D. Oversize Oktoberfest vessel named after a classic film); DRAG SHOW (1A. It often features diva impersonators); ESCHER (60A. Drawer of paradoxes); GET WEIRD (61A. Turn awkward as a relationship); HULA SKIRT (6D. Hipster’s dance wear?); KETEL ONE (35D. Vodka with an “Oranje” variety); KERPLOP (13D. Sound head before ripples are seen); RUN AMOK (2D. Go nuts); SEXY BEAST (32D. Hunk); SLY DOG (54A. Cunning sort); SNOBALLS (17A. Sister brand of Twinkies); TALK BIG (39D. Crow); TOODLES (37D. “Cheerio!”).

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07.30.15 — Little Women


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Puzzle by Brendan Emmett Quigley / Edited by Will Shortz

Louisa May ALCOTT (45D. Creator of the characters added in 17-, 28-, 44- and 57-Across) and the March sisters of “Little Women”, MEG, AMY, BETH and JO, constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword:

TOUGH NUTMEG (17A: Hardy brown spice?)
BIGAMY BUSINESS (28A: Company that will get you a second spouse?)
MACBETH ‘N CHEESE(44A: Extremely tacky production of a Shakespeare play?)
TRAVEL BANJO (57A: Country instrument played by a migrant?)

Other —  GUESS NOT (38D. “Looks like I was wrong”); JAM-UPS (7D. Printing problems); LANATE (37D. Woolly); MACRON (44D. Long vowel indicator); Baby MAMA; PABST (48D. “The way beer was meant to be); PLUG UGLY (3D. Downright homely); SPEX (40D. Glasses, informally); USABLE (18D. Worth keeping).

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07.29.15 — Double-Double

Basketball Team, 1911, interest

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Puzzle by David J. Lieb / Edited by Will Shortz


DOUBLE-DOUBLE (65A. Statistical achievement in basketball … or what the answer to each starred clue is), along with those answers, constitutes the main feature of this Wednesday crossword:

STANDARD TIME (18A: *It's divided into four zones in the contiguous U.S. states), e.g., DOUBLE STANDARD and DOUBLE OVER
TAKEOVER (27A: *Coup d'état, e.g.), DOUBLE TAKE and DOUBLE OVER. 
CROSSTALK (33A: *Incidental chatter), DOUBLE CROSS and DOUBLE-TALK 
PLAYBILLS (47A: *Handouts to theatergoers), DOUBLE PLAY and DOUBLE BILLS 
BACKDATE (53A: *Make retroactive), DOUBLE BACK and DOUBLE DATE.

Other — COAT ROOMS (3D. Where forgotten umbrellas may accumulate); DRAGONS (46D. Chinese New Year decorations); GOLDEN BOY (38D. Person who can do no wrong); NEGEV (12D. More than half of Israel); NOOGIE (15A. Knuckle to the head); SPOOKY 34D. Like a haunted house); ZEBRA (7A. Parent of a zorse or a zonkey).

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07.28.15 — AEIOU

1453 A.E.I.O.U., Wahlspruch Kaiser Friedrichs III. 
an der Grazer Burg 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Puzzle by Caleb Emmons / Edited by Will Shortz

In this Tuesday crossword, the across rows contain a group of one vowel each, e.g., A, E, I, O and U, and they descend in AEIOU order, repeated three times.

Of interest — FRESHETS (50A. Sudden floods); KLUTZ (63A. Unlikely juggler); PHILIP III (54A. King who led Spain into the Thirty Years’ War); POLTROON (20A. Utter coward); TIGHT-KNIT (18A. Close, as a community); THE CREEPS (32A. Shudder-inducing feeling).

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07.27.05 — Palindromes


Monday, July 27, 2015

Puzzle by D. Scott Nichols and Zhouqin Burnikel
Edited by Will Shortz

PALINDROMES (60A. What the ends of the answers to all the starred clues are), along with SELES, ONO, TENET and HANNAH, constitutes the main feature of this Monday crossword:

MONICA SELES (17A. *Youngest French Open champion)
YOKO ONO (39A. *”Double Fantasy” singer)
GEORGE TENET (11D. *C.I.A.’s second-longest-serving director)
DARYL HANNAH (24D. *”Splash” star)

Other — ALIMONY (4D. Payment to an ex); Desi ARNAZ of “I Love Lucy”; AVEENO (18D. Big name in skin care); BALSA (42A. Wood for model airplanes); ERROL Flynn who played Robin Hood; GRANOLA (45D. Crunchy breakfast bowlful); HIPPO (46A. Zoo heavyweight, informally); Pepé LE PEW, amorous cartoon skunk; NAME (32A. Peter, Paul or Mary); NIMROD (21A. Doofus);  Nick NOLTE of “48 Hrs.”

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07.26.15 — No Escape


Simulated view of a black hole in front of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The ratio between the black hole Schwarzschild radius and the observer distance to it is 1:9. Of note is the gravitational lensing effect known as an Einstein ring, which produces a set of two fairly bright and large but highly distorted images of the Cloud as compared to its actual angular size. ~ Wikipedia 

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

“No Escape” — Puzzle by Ellen Leuschner and Jeff Chen
Edited by Will Shortz

A central group of nine black squares representing ‘HOLE” with the adjacent entries of LOOP, MOUSE, POT, PIE, HIDEY, BORE, PORT, BLACK, RAT, PIN, IN THE and NAIL,  along with CENTER OF GRAVITY (112A. Tightrope walker’s concern), DISAPPEARING ACT (14D. Avoidance maneuver), FATAL ATTRACTION (42D. 1987 Michael Douglas/Glenn Close blockbuster), and HEART OF DARKNESS (21A. Novella that served as the basis for “Apocalypse Now“), constitutes the main feature of this attractive Sunday crossword.

Other — AARP (93A. 50 or more people?); BAALISM and GROUPIE (47A AND 43A. Idol worshiper?); CHERUBIM (10D. Pair of figures in Raphael‘s “Sistine Madonna“); COIN PURSES (13D. Change places); COPAY (1A. Drug charge?); EASY FIX (90D. Simple solution); EPISODE I (29A. “The Phantom Menace“ in the “Star Wars“ series); HATE MAIL (74A. Some written rants); KRAKENS (89D. Mythical monsters); LAPDOGS (51D. Toy poodles, e.g.); LEANN RIMES (70D. Singer with the 1997 3x platinum single “How Do I Live“); MEAT PIE (49D. Savory dish with a crust); OHMAGE (16A. Conductor’s resistance); STYX (121A. River with a “dreadful shore,” in Shakespeare).

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07.25.15 — Rosebud

Orson Welles, “Citizen Kane”

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Puzzle by Kevin G. Der / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — AROINT (16A. “Begone,” to Shakespeare); BIBELOT (33A. Trinket); BOUNCE HOUSE (45A. It’s blown up at a carnival); BOX SCORE (33D. Some sports figures); COURT VISION (19a. Hoopster’s playmaking ability); EGOMANIA (15A. Citizen Kane’s affliction); FOOT BATHS (27D. Dog washers?); NEPAL (43D. Traditional birthplace of Buddhism); ON SALE NOW (13D. Available for purchase); ORANGINA (51A. Beverage in a pear-shaped bottle, ironically); POWER NAP (49A. Stopgap for an energy shortage); SNEEZE (52A. Something you close your eyes for); TIME BOMB (1A. One waiting to go off); TON ROWS (35A. Modern composer’s constructions); VIOLA SOLO (12D. Feature of Berlioz’s symphony “Harold en Italie”); WET ONE (31A. Sloppy kiss); WIN THE WAR (31D. Ultimately prevail).

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07.24.15 — Briefly Featured

Rita Hayworth, “Gilda” 1946

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Puzzle by Patrick Berry / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — ALLAH (34A. Deity with 99 names); ANTI-NOVEL (52A. Literary term popularized by Sartre); FALSE TEETH (12D. Wood choppers of old); GHOST TOWN (32D. Nobody’s home); GILDA (23A. Rita Hayworth film briefly featured n “The Shawshank Redemption“); HIT OR MISS (19A. Wildly uneven); ILLITERATE (13D. “X” signer); I’M SO SORRY (4D. “My deepest condolences”); INSIDE MAN (1A. Helper in a heist); LOBSTER and PINE NUT (37D. Bisque bit; 38D. Biscotto bit); NEW MEXICO (15A. U.S. state with the oldest capital city); ONE AND ONLY (24D. Perfect match); SKELETONS (46A. Dancers in danse macabre imagery); SWEET-N-LOW (56A. Product in pink packets); TEAR-GASSED (25D. Put down, in a way, as a group of rioters).

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07.23.15 — Mouthful



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Puzzle b Timothy Polin / Edited by Will Shortz

SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS (39A. Mouthful from a 1964 song), with each syllable in a square, MAGNIFICENT (19A. What 39-Across means) and MARY POPPINS (62A. Musical featuring 39-Across), constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword. 

Other ANADEM (6D. Floral garland); APOLITI[CAL] (4D. Nonvoting, say); BEARDS (53A. What shadows become as they lengthen); FERMIS (22D. Miniscule distance units); INSTRUMENT (29A. Woodwind or wind gauge); LUNA (8D. 1960s-'70s Soviet space program); NAIL GUNS (57A. Sharp shooters?); [PER]SIAN RUG (40D. Grand Bazaar purchase); THE TUXE]DO] (12D. Jackie Chan action film featuring a high-tech jacket); TUNERS (3D. Workers with pitchforks?).

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