Immurement

The Cask of Amontillado illustration by Stuart Brooks 

The Cask of Amontillado … is about the narrator’s deadly revenge on a friend who he believes has insulted him. … the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive—in this case, by immurement. ~ Wikipedia 

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Friday, October 31, 2014 — Halloween 

Puzzle by Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
Edited by Will Shortz


Across — 1. Boston and Chicago, but not Seattle, ROCK BANDS; 10. Diddly-squat, JACK; 14. Inuit’s transport, WHALE BOAT; 15. Oscar nominee for “Fiddler on he Roof”, TOPOL; 16. Recommended, ADVISABLE; 17. Photoshop effect, SEPIA; 18. Bright lights, NEONS; 19. What naturals have, RAW TALENT; 21. With 24-Across, witchcraft, e.g., DARK; 22. Up, RAISE; 23. Sea-TAC; 24. See 21-Across, ART; 25. Ring of islands?, LEI; 26. Barely clear, in a way, AWEIGH; 29. Expert, COGNOSCENTE; 32. Like Fortunato, in Poe’s “the Cask of Amontillado,” e.g., BURIED ALIVE; 33. “The Cask of Amontillado,” e.g., HORROR STORY; 34. Ease, LOOSEN; 35. Predators in the “Predator” films, for short, ETS; 36. Some I.R.A.’s, CDS; 39. “Be on the lookout” signal, in brief, APB; 40. AMISH country (rustic locale); 43. Gallows TREE; 44. Anthrax cousin, METALLICA; 47. Prey for a dingo, KOALA; 48. Helpful, OF USE 49. Get ready to click, maybe, MOUSE OVER; 51. Ora pro NOBIS; 52 Having human form, INCARNATE; 53. TRES chic; 54. Didn’t kill each other, CO-EXISTED.

Down — 1. Where primatologist Dian Fossey worked, RWANDA; 2. “We’re in trouble now!”, OH DEAR; 3. Gambol, CAVORT; 4. TV colonel, KLINK; 5. 20th-century first lady, BESS; 6. Grp. with suits and cases, ABA; 7. Easy decision, NO BRAINER; 8. Start of an Eastern title, DALAI; 9. Fusses, STEWS 10. Book after Hosea, JOEL; 11. Desire, APPETITE; 12. Introduction to English?, COINAGE; 13. Social gathering, KLATCH; 15. Grp. With a lot of baggage, TSA; 20. British kitchen accessory, TEA CLOTH; 22. Like the words “hoagie” and “kitty-corner”, REGIONAL; 25. Actor with the line “Rick! Rick, help me!”, LORRE; 27. Small dams, WEIRS; 28. “ENVY, like lightning, seeks the highest places”: Livy; 29. Base men?, CURS; 30. Some E.R. cases, ODS; 31. Topping for skewered meat, SATE SAUCE; 32. Idiot box, BOOB TUBE; 33. Desire, HOPE FOR; 34. The son on “Sanford and Son”, LAMONT; 36. Adam’s apple coverer, CRAVAT; 37. X, DELETE; 38. Blackened, SEARED; 41. Parrot, MIMIC; 42. Prefix with -graphic, ICONO; 43. Betty Boop and Bugs Bunny, TOONS; 45. “The way things are …”, AS IS; 46. Tous LES jours (daily: Fr.); 47. Actress KERI Russell of “Felicity”; 50. Adolphe with an instrument named after him, SAX.

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10.30.14 — Cookie


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Puzzle by David Woolf / Edited by Will Shortz

"CHIP" in five squares sporadically placed to indicate chocolate chips in a cookie, along with a vaguely cookie-shaped grid, constitute the main feature of this sweet Thursday crossword:

  • CHOCOLATE [CHIP]  COOKIE, along with [CHIP]PER (56A. Treat represented visually by this puzzle’s answers; 59D. Upbeat)
  • [CHIP]PENDALES DANCERS with [CHIP]PEWA (16A. Entertainers with something to get off their chests; 16D. Tribe of the Upper Midwest)
  • POTATO [CHIP] with [CHIP]MUNK (23A. Wise one?; 26D. Nonhuman singer of a 1958 #1 song)
  • [CHIP] IN with [CHIP]OTLE (29A. Contribute; 29D. Fast-food chain named after a spice)
  • AR[CHIP]ELAGO with [CHIP] SHOTS (42A. The Bahamas, e.g.; 44D. They may be made with pitching wedges)

Other — ARIZONIAN (32A. John McCain, for one); AVOCET (34D. Long-billed wader)FENNEL (1D. Anise relative); PINEAL (23D. Kind of gland); QUICKER (39D. Like liquor, in an Ogden Nash verse); RAP MUSIC (30A. Focus of The Source magazine); Writer John SCARNE who was an authority on cardsSINUSES (13A. They may be blocked in the winter); SPY CAR (13D. Aston Martin DB5, for 007); VERONIQUE (37A. French woman’s name meaning “bringer of victory”).

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10.29.14 — IT'S In There



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Puzzle by Elizabeth C. Gorski / Edited by Will Shortz

IT’S IN THERE (54A. Longtime Prego slogan … with a hint to the answers to the five starred clues), FRUIT SALAD (17A. *Chilled appetizer or dessert), HIT SONG (36A. *Billboard listing), QUIT SMOKING (11D. *Kick the habit), PIT STOP (25D. *Time to retire?) and SPLIT SCREEN (24D. *Feature of many a TV interview) constitute the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword.


Other — ALIBIS (23D. Excuses, excuses), Frank McCourt’s ANGELA’S Ashes”, AQUA (10a. Shade at the swimming pool), BONGS (48A. Stoners’ purchases, CHEW UP (46A. Ruin, as a dog might shoes), KNEE BENDS (34D. Leg strengtheners), KOSOVO (34A. Its capital is Pristina), OLEO (61A. Yellow sub?), PARADES (50A. Reasons for some street closures), POET (33A. Foot specialist?), REATAS (8D. Rodeo ropes), SESAME OIL (5D. Ingredient in much Asian cooking), TIBETAN (21A. Like one side of Mount Everest).

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10.28.14 — Basketball


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Puzzle by Andrea Carla Michaels / Edited by Will Shortz

NBA (48A. Org. whose only members with no plural names appear at the ends of 17-, 25-, 41- and 56-Across), ALL THAT JAZZ (17A. Related add-ons, informally), DAYS OF THUNDER (25A. Tom Cruise/Nichole Kidman racing film), OLD BLACK MAGIC (41A. “That” something in an Arlen/Mercer standard) and BEAT THE HEAT (56A. Keep cool in summer) constitutes the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword.

Other — AERIE (39A. Place for a kiddie hawk?), ANSEL ADAMS (26D. Famous Yosemite photographer), ATHENA (44D. Subject of a massive statue n the ancient Parthenon), CATALYST (4D. It makes things happen), DISCOUNTED (25D. Not full price), GLITTERATI (11D. Fashionable celebs), LOANS (32a. Bad things from sharks?), SHTETL (51A. “Fiddler on the Roof” setting), SEMITROPIC (12D. Like the climate of Miami or Rio), TATARS (20A. Golden Horde members), TOGETHER (37D. With it).


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10.27.14 — DVD


Monday, October 27, 2014

Puzzle by Stanley Newman / Edited by Will Shortz

DVD RECORDER (53A. TV hookup option … or what you are by solving this puzzle?), DICK VAN DYKE (21A. Eponymous star of a 1960s sitcom, the only American TV star with his three initials) and DEATH VALLEY DAYS (37A. Long-running western anthology, the only American TV series with its three initials) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.

Other — BOB EVANS, restaurant chain, JEANNE Shaheen, New Hampshire senator, NERVE CELL (8D. Place for an axon), PAPA JOHNS (32D. Rival of Domino’s), POETS Corner (Westminster Abbey locale), Author Gay TALESE, UNRULY (46D. Hard to control).

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10.26.14 — Winner's Circle

David and Goliath by Caravaggio, circa 1600

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Puzzle by Caleb Emmons / Edited by Will Shortz

Note:  When this puzzle is completed, the eight circled letters, starting in the upper left and proceeding roughly clockwise, will spell an appropriate word … or a different appropriate word.

C H A M P I O N and D E F E A T E D sharing eight squares, along with eight intersecting pairs of opponents constitutes the interrelated group of this winning Sunday crossword:

[C/D] HERCULES / HYDRA (21A. Opponent of 3-Down, in Greek myth)
[H/E] HECTOR / ACHILLES (22A. Opponent of 9-Down, in classical literature)
[A/F] ALI / FOREMAN (14A. Opponent of 14-Down, in sports)
[M/E] BATMAN / THE PENGUIN (51A. Opponent of 28-Down, in comics)
[P/A] KASPAROV / DEEP BLUE (101A. Opponent of 86-Down, in games)
[I/T] DAVID / GOLIATH (90A. Opponent of 64-Down, in the Bible)
[O/E] HARE / TORTOISE (96A. Opponent of 78-Down, in fable)
[N/D] KING KONG / GODZILLA (60A. Opponent of 49-Down, in film)

Other — ACID JAZZ (75A. Relative of neo-soul), B VITAMIN (85D. Riboflavin, e.g.), COERCIVELY (54D. By force), CRIMINAL (73A. A case might be made for one), EPSILON (38D. Leader of ancient Ephesus?), SCHLUBS (1A. Boors), SLACKEST (29A. Least taut), STALBANS (116A. English city where the Magna Carta originated), STEAM CAR (47D. Stanley, for one).

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10.25.14 — A Sign of the Times — Tempus Fugit


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz

Update — All of the Xs from the week of puzzles lined up by the number in their squares equals 20 5 13 16 21 19 6 21 7 9 20, coded alphanumerically to result in T E M P U S   F U G I T (“Time flies”).

If you do the Times crossword on a daily basis you have probably noted the brouhaha surrounding this week of puzzles.  The Times sent out messages to bloggers of the puzzle to not reveal material related to same due to being the final crossword of a metapuzzle "contest" — so, that's over with and done.:

ALPHANUMERIC (18D. Certain character set ... and a hint to translating this week's final answer) and X MARKS THE SPOT (9D. Map phrase ... and a hnt to finding this week's final answer).

Other  AMENS (19A. Shows of appreciation for services provided?), AND/OR and DRANO (47A. Bit of writing that’s slashed?; 48A. Household brand that‘s an anagram of 47-Across), ASSET (13D. What you will?), ATRIA (32D. Pair of hearts?), BENSON (41D. Half of a cigarette?), I CLAUDIUS (31D. 1977 PBS sensation), I DIDN’T CATCH THAT (36A. “Huh?!”), IN TRANSIT (17A. Coming or going), ION STORMS (54A. Sci-fi disturbances), IRRITATES (31A. Needles), LET’S PARTY (8D. Fraternity house cry), MMXL (5A. 100th anniversary of Disney's "Fantasia"), O’ER and OAR, OATS (29A. Some Arabian food), PIE JUSU (42A. Requiem Mass part), SENSUALLY (38A. How Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday to President Kennedy), UPDO (57A. It‘s hair-raising), X TINA (9A. Singer Aguilera's nickname).

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10.24.14 — Time Out


Friday, October 24, 2014

Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz

What’s to say?


Of interest — ADAM BEDE (3D. Title carpenter of an 1859 novel), AZALEA (44D. Rhododendron relative), GANJA (51D. Pot), GIN JOINTS (61A. Saloons), IT’S A BLAST (63A. “Boy, am I having fun!”), LET IT GO (50A. Stop obsessing), MEETERS (8D. People with signs at airports, e.g.), ORAL EXAMS (1A. Times for speaking one’s mind?), ORG CHART (1D. Diagram showing company positions, briefly), PAMPLONA (37D. Site of an annual encierro), PEONY (60A. Flowering plant named for a Greek god), RED CARPET (15A. Spot for shooting stars), SPIDEY sense, TROUPES (36A. Groups with play dates?), T S ELIOT (34A. “Ash Wednesday” poet), TURN LOOSE (58A. Free), WONTON (45D. Chinese appetizer), X-RATED (21A. Beyond blue), ZIP UP (16A. Finish putting on pants, say).

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