The Friday Crossword

"Quaker guns" (logs used as ruses to imitate cannons) 
in former Confederate fortifications
at Manassas Junction March 1862

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Puzzle by Brandon Hensley / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — ALBUS DUMBLEDORE (34A. School head in a best-selling series of novels); AND SCENE (14D. Director’s cry with a pause in the middle); AGAPE and BROMANCE (49D. Love of one’s fellow man,, to Greeks); 36D. Love of one’s fellow man?); DRIVEL (53A. Rot); EPIC VERSE (59A. Genre of the “Odyssey”); EXPURGATE (17A. Clean up, as test); HAD IT MADE (11D. Was set for life); HUXLEY (2D. “Eyeless in Gaza” novelist 1936);  QUAKER GUN (30D. Wood painted to look like a cannon); RINGO (55A. Rock star’s nickname derived from his jewelry); RUM RAISIN (15A. Ice cream flavor with chewy bits); SEX KITTEN (61A. Coquettish sort); TAKE A PEEK (56A. Cheat at hide-and-go-seek, say); T-BALL (32D. Minor league game?); WHITE CAPS (1A. Shore sights on a windy day).

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07.02.15 — Ink


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Puzzle by Timothy Palin / Edited by Will Shortz

INVISIBLE INK (67A: What six of this puzzle's clues have been written with?) along with the six answers, single-letter clues and the imaginary INK for each, constitutes the main feature of this insignificant Thursday crossword.

ECCENTRICITY (18A: K), i.e. Kink
FOUNDER (12D: S), Sink
SPLIT SECOND (30A: W) , Wink
MEDIUM RARE (38A: P), Pink
STOOL PIGEON (53A: F), Fink
CONNECT (45D: L),  Link 

Other — AA CELLS (3D. Needs for many digital cameras); ACE and MAC (21A, 8D. Buddy); DR MARIO (13D. Classic Nintendo game similar to Tetris); ENROL (59A Opposite of drop out); ETYMA (11D. Root words), HICCUPS (2D. Affliction with many folk remedies); IRIDIC (7D.. Containing element #77); LIANA (15A. Tropical vine), Bear ORISON.

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07.01.15 — Daffineth


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Puzzle by Ned White / Edited by Will Shortz

Substituting TH in common phrases usually beginning with S, giving each a daffy clue, is the main feature of this Wednesday crossword:

THAW / MILL (1A. With 68-Across, release philosopher John Stuart from cryonic suspension?)
THICK / PUPPY (9A. With 66-Across, slow learner in the litter?)
THIGHS OF RELIEF (20A. Turkey servings for the famished?
THUMBER OLYMPICS (38A. Quadrennial competition for hitchhikers?)
THEMES OKAY TO ME (53A. TV critic’s approval of a show’s opening tune?)

Other — Per ardua ad ASTRA”; H-BAR and H-BOMB; KER-plunk; NIHIL (26D. Zero to Nero); TENT (67A. Something that has low stakes?).

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06.30.15 — Activities

Chris Rock

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Puzzle by Susan Gelfand / Edited by Will Shortz

Five surnames of well-known individuals double as the first word of two-word phrases in this Tuesday crossword:

ROCK GARDENS (17A. Comedian cultivates flowers?), Chris Rock 
POUND SIGNS (23A. Poet inks a contract?), Ezra Pound 
PRICE TAGS (33A. Opera singer scrawls graffiti?), Leontyne Price  
FIELD TRIPS (48A. Actress stumbles?), Sally Field 
BACON STRIPS (53A. Philosopher removes his clothes?), Francis Bacon 

Other — ABALONE (2D. Ornamental shell source); ANSWERS (12D. They cross in a crossword); BRAVADO (37D. Impressive show of courage); GAZELLE (25D. Graceful antelope); Singer Josh GROBAN whose self-titled 2001 debut album went 4x platinum; PIG and RATS (29D. Squealer; 47A. Squealers); SNIPPETS (20D. Tiny excerpts); Assassin John WILKES Booth.

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06.29.15 — Movement

Spinners flying, an iconic and influential 
futuristic vehicle designed by Syd Mead.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Puzzle by Todd Gross and Andrea Carla Michaels
Edited by Will Shortz

Modes of movement, e.g., CRAWLER, WALKER, RUNNER and FLYER, constitute the interrelated group of this fine Monday crossword:

WEB CRAWLER (17A. Bot that systematically browses the Internet)
ALICE WALKER (28A. “The Color Purple” novelist)
BLADE RUNNER (48A. 1982 Harrison Ford sci-fi film)
RADIO FLYER (64A. Classic red wagon)


Other — CHURN (29D. Make butter the old-fashioned way); DACCA (4D. Capital of Bangladesh, old-style); EMBARKED (3d. Started, as on a journey); EMERALDS (2D. Green gems); ET CETERA (41D. “Yadda, yadda, yadda”); GEESE (70A. Birds that fly in V’s); KEMO SABE (58A. The Lone Ranger, to Tonto); LEA, LEI and LIE LOW; SERGEANT (21A. To whom a private says “Sir, yes, sir!”).

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06.28.15 — Fields of Blood — the Acrostic

Battle is joined between Crusaders and Muslims 
(Bridgeman Art Library)

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

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

This Sunday’s acrostic draws a quotation from Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong.

“… a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence.

For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness—something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present. “ ~ amazon.com  

The quotation:  THE SUMERIANS HAD NO WORD FOR PRIEST:  ARISTOCRATS WHO WERE ALSO THE CITY’S BUREAUCRATS, POETS, AND ASTRONOMERS OFFICIATED AT THE CITY CULT.  THIS WAS ONLY FITTING, SINCE FOR THEM ALL ACTIVITY--ESPECIALLY POLITICS--WAS HOLY.

The author’s name and the title of the work:  KAREN ARMSTRONG, “FIELDS OF BLOOD”

The defined words:

A. Loss of language faculties, APHASIA 
B. Modify for more current use, RETROFIT
C. 1980 Summer Olympics host, MOSCOW
D. Activate, in a way (2 wds.), SWITCH ON
E. Mechanical attendance counter, TURNSTILE
F. :Like the music of Brahms or Chopin, ROMANTIC
G. Chest or urn containing bones, OSSUARY
H. Bird related to a tree creeper, NUTHATCH
L. Cause of woe to Northeastern forests (2 wds.), GYPSY MOTH
J. Meant to be amusing, FACETIOUS
K. Horn-blowing archangel of Islam, ISRAFIL
L. Figures used by Ptolemy to describe orbits, EPICYCLES
M. Notable author of weird fiction, LOVECRAFT
N. Glistening bed on a spider web, DEWDROP
O. Tool employed in “Moneyball”, STATISTICS
P. Seafood dish that is part of Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans II” (2 wds/), OYSTER STEW
Q/. Not drawn with mechanical aid, FREEHAND
R. Pas de deux participant, BALLERINA
S. Racially discriminatory, above reproach (hyph.). LILY-WHITE
T. Software giant based in the Bay Area, ORACLE
U. The Big Ten’s Buckeyes (2 wds.), OHIO STATE
V. Standoffish, detached, aloof, DISTANT

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06.28.15 — The Final Word


Sunday, June 28, 2015

“Getting in the Final Word” — Puzzle by Jeremy Newton
Edited by Will Shortz

In this Sunday afterthought crossword, the final word of a phrase is formed by ignoring the first section’s crossing letter resulting in a shorter word.
  • JUST with CAUSE (3D. With 18-Across, “Tobe on the safe side…”; 18A. Gay rights, e.g.), results in JUST IN CASE.
  • KEEPING with MIND (16D. With 21-Across, remembering; 21A. Like some enemy waters), KEEPING IN MIND
  • WHAT HAPPENS with VEGANS (30A. With 13-Down, shorthand pact for a wild trip; 13D. Unlikely butchers), WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
  • YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND with MOE (52A. With 49-Down, 1995 Oscar-nominated Pixar theme song; 49D. Good name for a lawn care guy), YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME
  • COULD YOU PUT THAT with WRITHING (80A. With 58-Down, request for an official document; 58D. Twisting)
  • DOUBLED OVER with PAIN (101A. With 90-Down, reacting a to a gut punch, perhaps; 90D. Bristol, for one), DOUBLED OVER IN PAIN
  • CALLING with SLICK (87D. With 104-Across, talking with a fake rasp; perhaps; 104A. Cleverly crafted), CALLING IN SICK
  • CAME with LAST (109D.  With 125-Across, got the booby prize; 125A. Tiniest thing), CAME IN LAST
Other — ADMIT IT (88D. “Fess up!“); ECLECTIC (107A. Diverse); EDAMAME (10D. Sushi bar appetizer); EVANESCENT (12D. Not here for long); MOO SHU PORK (74D. Chinese dish often wrapped in pancakes); NAG, NAG, NAG (23A. “Geez, get off my back already!”); NO CHANCE ((59D. “Forget it!“); OPIUM DEN (36D. Smoke-filled establishment); TOWN DRUNK (114A. Stock character like Mayberry‘s Otis); ST. PETER (89A. Guard at a gated community?).

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06.26.15 — Hot Wax

"Babel Upturned," hot wax (encaustic
painting by Grace Carol Bomer 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Puzzle by Tim Croce / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — AMEX CARD (36D. Plastic that’s often green); ARIZONA (58A. Brand name whose middle letter is capitalized for no apparent reason); ARBORIO (15A. Rice variety used in rice pudding); BASSALE (24D. Its logo was the U.K.‘s first registered trademark); DESTINE (40D. Foreordain); EASY ONE and EAZY Z (14D. “C’mon … gimme a challenge!”; 51D. The Godfather of Gangsta Rap); HOT WAX (7D. Brazilian supply); IS IT A GO (12D. “Do we have the green light?“); KIA SOUL (43D. Korean compact); MCDREAMY (38A. Handsome surgeon’s name on “Grey’s Anatomy”); MISHAPS (38D. Blooper reel highlights); NEATNIK (13D. One whose work is picking up?); PANFISH (1A. Bluegill or crappie); PONY CAR (62A. Mustang, e.g.); RAGE-QUIT (8D. Leave an online game in a huff); R.I.C.O. ACT (17A. Mob law?); SICK JOKE (33A. Product of a twisted sense of humor); ST CROIX (25D. Denmark sold it to the U.S. in 1917).

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06.26.15 — The Friday Crossword

Lest We Forget - The Sinking of the Lusitania
By Thomas Marie Madawaska Hemy

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Puzzle by Eric Rhode / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — ALTE Sprachen; LUSITANIA and U-BOAT (17A. See 16-Across; 16A. Source of doom for the 17-Across); HAVE IT ALL (32D. What many career women strive to do); HIT A NERVE (58A. Touched on something touchy); I’M AT A LOSS (15A. “You got me”); IS IT GOING TO RAIN (8D. “Should I take an umbrella or not?“); LLAMA (6D. Spitting image in the Andes?); MANSPLAIN (1A. Patronizingly point out, in modern lingo); NASAL CONSONANTS (3D. “m” and “n”); ODESA (46A. City south of Kylv); ONE PLAYER (60A. Like solitaire games); PORKY (18A. Famous stuttered); SALT SPRAY (55A. Product that puts waves in the hair); SORRY I’M NOT SORRY (12D. Non-apology apology).

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06.25.15 — Lead Belly

Lead Belly

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Puzzle by David Poole / Edited by Will Shortz

LEAD BELLY (61A. Legendary guitarist … or a hint to eight answers in this puzzle), along with four squares containing PB (the symbol for lead), constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword:
  • U[P B]EAT with LI[P B]ALMS (19A. Optimistic; 10D. Blistex products)
  • PO[P B]OTTLES with TO[P B]ID (17A. Subjects for Andy Warhol; 3D. Winner on eBay)
  • DEE[P B]LUE with A[PB]S (38a. Groundbreaking cross-playing computer; 33D. Old calls from HQ)
  • RAS[PB]ERRY with CU[PB]OARD (49A. Sound of disapproval; 42D. Place to put everything you can?)
Other — APULIA (24D. The “high heel” of Italy’s “boot”); ASTA (1A. Tinseltown terrier); BRASSERIE (31D. Restaurant that might serve steak fries); BRUCE LEE (9D. Kato portrayer in “The Green Hornet”); CARELESS (23A. Like most typos); ESCARTE (21A. Euchre relative); I MEANT IT (57A. “That was said in all sincerity”); OVEREATER (11D. One taking extra courses?); PALMA 28A. Capital of Majorca); ROMAN (49D. Like M, L or XL, but not S); SUCRE (45A. One of two capitals of Bolivia); TÊTE (67A. Head overseas?).

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