Nails


Monday, May 25, 2015 — Memorial Day 

Puzzle by Jennifer Nutt / Edited by Will Shortz

I NAILED IT (57A. Appropriate exclamation upon solving this puzzle?), along with the steps of a manicure (CLIP, FILE, BUFF, SHINE, POLISH, found at the ends of five answers) constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword 

VIDEO CLIP (17A. Excerpt shown on TV)
CIRCULAR FILE (23A. Wastebasket, jocularly)
TRAIN BUFF (33A. Visitor at a railroad museum, say)
MOONSHINE (39A. Product of a backwoods still)
SOCIAL POLISH (45A. What a boor sorely lacks)

Other — BABYLON (9D. Ancient Hanging Gardens city), BROIL and I’M COLD (35D. Swelter; 5D. “Brr-r-r!“), LOANS (47D. What banks always have interest in?), STORIED (40D. Illustrious, as a past), TIKIS (22D. Polynesian carvings), TRINI (33D. Lopez with the hit “If I Had a Hammer“).

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05.24.15 — A Tale of Many Cities


Sunday, May 24, 2015

"A Tale of Many Cities" — Puzzle by Kevin G. Der
Edited by Will Shortz 

This Sunday’s crossword  is a mish-mash.  The note heading the puzzle is of no real help in solving the puzzle being an afterthought, over-long and a who-cares.

For the record, the note preceding the crossword reads “When this puzzle is completed, the circled letters will form a path (starting in the first circle of 93-Across) spelling out the puzzle’s theme. Each long Down answer contains a hidden city, reading in order from top to bottom, not necessarily consecutively. The location of the city, and its number of letters, are indicated.”

The feature referred to in the note is JULES / VERNE (1-Down and 141-Down), AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (in circled letters throughout the puzzle beginning and ending at HELM), with the long down answers containing a “hidden” city (uncircled letters) -- think of the crossword existing without the over-wrought stunt and plod through this dreadful thing.  Or just forget it altogether.

The cities from left to right:

  • SAINT FRANCIS COLLEGE (3D. Brooklyn Heights school), San Francisco
  • THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP (31D. PBS craft show for 21 seasons), New York
  • LETTING ONE’S HAIR DOWN (6D. Relaxing), London
  • LEMON SQUEEZERS (75D. Ones pressed into service in the kitchen?), Suez
  • BORN TO BE MY BABY (10D. 1988 Bon Jovi hit), Bombay
  • SPECIAL COURT MARTIAL (39D. Military trial for a misdemeanor), Calcutta
  • THE LONG KISS GOOD NIGHT (14D. 1996 Geena Davis thriller), Hong Kong
  • YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYING (41D. “Get it?”), Yokohama

Other — BAGPIPES ((160A. They’re blown at some weddings), HELM (85A. Captain’s spot), HOT DATES (12A. Much-anticipated nights out),  MARATHON (148A. Long-running event?), OPEN BAR (43D. Popular party feature), STUD FARM (26A. Breeding ground), WONKY (67A. Not quite right).

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05.23.15 — It's Not for Me to Say


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Puzzle by Peter Wentz / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — AESOP (2D. “Slow and steady wins the race” source); CHESHIRE (23D. County of Lewis Carroll’s birth); CLOWN CAR (21D. Hollowed-out comedic prop); EGO TRIP (44D. Retweeting of rave reviews, possibly); ESKIMO KISS (17A. Touching of noses); EXIT LANES (33D. You might move over for them on the highway); FLOODLIGHT (64A. Night game requirement); FREE CLIMB (12D. Ascent without assistance); HATCHET JOB (1A. Reputation ruiner); KRONOR (51A. Swedish coins); MATHIS (46A. “It’s Not for Me to Say” crooner); OFFICE BOY (43A. Certain gofer); PLACE A BET (55A. Wager); ROCK GARDEN (60A. Form of xeriscaping); SCOTCH EGG (20A. Deep-fried pub dish); SNARES (46D/ Gobbles); THE CURE (42D. “Friday, I’m in Love” band, 1992); YOU LIE (28A. “False, false, false!”).

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05.22.15 — Hot Mess

Red Hot by Todd Klassy on Flickr

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Puzzle by David Woolf / Edited by Will Shortz

Six full-length-of-the-puzzle answers constitutes the main feature of this mean Friday crossword:

SEALED WITH A KISS (1A. Message accompanied by red lips)
ALL OVER THE PLACE (16A. Like a hot mess)
BAGGAGE CAROUSEL (17A. Where everything has been checked)
TRACTOR TRAILERS (50A. They’re good for the long haul)
RUSSIAN ROULETTE (53A. Game with one round) 
ON HANDS AND KNEES (54A. Like many floor cleaners)

Other — BROAD (45D. Like dales, but not glens); EL NORTE (38D. Los Estados Unidos, en Mexico); HOT IRON (36D. Means of branding); SABADO (1D. Saturday, in Seville); SELFIE (15D. Many an Instagram); SILK (49D. Web content); WRESTLE (7D. Get a lock on e.g.).

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05.21.15 — Monkey Business


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Puzzle by Peter A. Collins / Edited by Will Shortz

RAISED THE BAR (52A. Elevated expectations or what this puzzle’s maker did to five answers in this puzzle), e.g., raising the BAR- prefix of words and/or phrases to the row just above the remainder of the aforementioned words and/or phrases, constitutes the main feature of this fairly agreeable Thursday crossword:

BAR/ REL OF MONKEYS (17A. It gets a tow; 20A. Metaphor for fun)
BAR / OQUE (10A. Communicate like a drill sergeant; 16A. Scarlatti’s style)
BAR / RIER REEF (31A. Unpainted, say; 36A. Shoreline protector)
BAR/ T SIMPSON (38A. Prefix with -meter; 42A. Perpetual 10-year old of TV)
BAR / BIES (60A. Campaign from town to town; 64A. Line of Mattel dolls)

Other — AHOY (47A. Exclamation that’s made up of two shorter exclamations); CORING (29D. Geophysicist’s activity); DARK (8D. Word with horse or meat); DEBTEE and LOAN (27D. One offering a 7-Down; 7D. Advance); DECORS (27A. Looks inside a building); EARTH SIGN (18A. Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo); MRS DASH (21D. Seasoning brand); THE FORE (5D. A place of prominence).

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05.20.15 — What's the Meaning?


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Puzzle by Jacob Stolberg / Edited by Will Shortz

In this friendly Wednesday crossword, thrice-repeated single words change meaning when the sequence of letters are divided in a different manner:

VIS À VIS A VISA (20A. In relation to someone’s travel document?)
ABE LABEL ABEL (33A. “Grampa Simpson, describe a Genesis figure?”)
RIDER I DERIDE (41A. Jockey who’s jeered by me?)
P. I. SPIES PIES (57A. Detective catches siht of bakery wares?)


Other — ASH and ASPEN (12D. Makeup of some bats); 53D. Wood used n matchmaking); EASTER (23A. Holiday not widely observed by Quakers); LATINO (31A. Many a MundoFox watcher); PRAIRIE / DOG (5D. With 11-Down, barking rodent); STENOS (49D. Notepad holders of old).

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05.19.15 — The Devil You Say!


The Fall of Lucifer, “Paradise Lost”, 1866, Gustave Doré
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Puzzle by Allan E. Parrish / Edited by Will Shortz

Anagrams of ANGEL constitutes the main feature of this Tuesday crossword:

FALLEN ANGEL (17A. Lucifer, notably)
OBLIQUE ANGLE (27A. It’s not right)
JESSICA LANGE (48A. Oscar-winning actress for “Blue Sky”)
CONRAD NAGEL (63A. Greta Garbo’s “The Mysterious Lady” co-star)

Other — AGGREGATE (11D. Pile up); ANYA and YAYA; BOLSHOI (4D. Moscow-based ballet company); Soccer’s Chastain BRANDI; GLEAM (55D. Twinkle); ICICLE (49D. Emotionally distant person, metaphorically); LET’S DANCE (34D. Ht David Bowie single and album of 1983); METHANE (47D. Coal miner’s concern); QUELL (28D. Bring under control); REDHEAD (24A. Conan O’ Brien or chuck Norris, e.g.); UGG and UGH.

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05.18.15 — Swiftly


Monday, May 18, 2015

Puzzle by Gene Newman / Edited by Will Shortz

Four Tom Swifties constitute the main feature of this Monday crossword:

18A. “You forgot to water the plants,” Tom said  WITHERINGLY
28D. “Being a bit laz,  prefer automatic,” Tom said SHIFTLESSLY
1A. “Oh, I just fed the alligator,” Tom said OFFHANDEDLY
3D. “As much as I’d like, you’re not getting any of my estate,” Tom said UNWILLINGLY


Other — ALICE and ANNIE (15A. Girl who was a guest at the Mad Hatter’s tea party; 69A. Hit 1977 musical with the song “It’s the Hard-Knock Life”); DISCO (60A. “Saturday Night Fever” music genre); Playwright LILLIAN Hellman; NEPAL and SEISMIC (25D. 2015 earthquake locale; 9D. Earth-shaking); STEREOS (56A. Sound systems).

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