Spare the ROD


Monday, September 22, 2014

Puzzle by Ian Livengood / Edited by Will Shortz

STICK, POLE, CANE, STAFF and ROD, found at the starts of the following, constitutes the interrelated group of this dandy Monday crossword:

STICK-UP MEN (17A. Bank heist group)
CANE SUGAR (24A. Sweet rum component)
POLE CAR (37A. Indy 500 leader)
STAFF CUTS (47A. Company downsizings)
ROD STEWART (57A. British rocker with the 1979 #1 hit “Da Ya Think I‘m Sexy?”)

Other — AVAIL and AVILA, A WEE BIT (25D. Not very much), COME GET ME (11D. “I’m stranded and need a ride”), ENFORCE (41D. Carry out, as a law), GANG WAR (43D. Fight over turf), LOOS (29D. Eton johns), NECK TIE (4d. Item not worn on casual Fridays), PUTS ASIDE (33D. Takes off the burner), STATURE (10D. Height), TOE TAG (35A. Morgue identification).

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09.21.14 — Hippopotamus — the Acrostic


September 21, 2014

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


This Sunday’s fine acrostic draws a quotation from “An Account of Egypt” by Herodotus.


The subject of the history of Herodotus is the struggle between the Greeks and the barbarians, which he brings down to the battle of Mycale in 479 B.C.  The work, as we have it, is divided into nine books, named after the nine Muses.  … The chronological narrative halts from time to time to give opportunity for descriptions of the country, the people, and their customs and previous history; and the political account is constantly varied by rare tales and wonders.~ The Project Gutenberg 

The quotation:  THIS IS THE APPEARANCE WHICH HE PRESENTS:  HE IS FOUR-FOOTED, CLOVEN-HOOFED LIKE AN OX, FLAT-NOSED, WITH A MANE LIKE A HORSE AND TEETH LIKE TUSKS, AND HIS HIDE IS SO EXCEEDINGLY THICK THAT SHAFTS OF JAVELINS ARE MADE OF IT.

The author’s name and the title of the work:  HERODOTUS, “AN ACCOUNT OF EGYPT”

The defined words:  

A. What s described by this puzzle’s quotation, informally, HIPPO
B. Bartholdi’s helper with the Statue of Liberty, EIFFEL
C. Something others put on a dog, RELISH
D. Recurring melodic phrase, OSTINATO
E. Dried out at a facility, DETOXED
F. City of the “Moneyball” team, OAKLAND
G. Inclined to have stick fingers, THIEVISH
H. Free, as from a train, UNHITCH
I. Salad green at a sushi restaurant, SEAWEED
J. Stuck on, as a letter’s stamp, AFFIXED
K. Opponents one rarely defeats, NEMESES
L. Jacket for an arctic trek, ANORAK
M. Acclaimed playwright who was a physician by profession, CHEKHOV
N. Mark the homophone of answer M.? (2 wds.), CHECK OFF
O. Glance, especially an amorous one, OEILLADE
P. Items included in mess kits, UTENSILS
Q. Apple app for readers of current evens, NEWSSTAND
R. What spines may reveal, TITLES
S. Aeschylus trilogy, ORESTEIA
T. Language also called Suomi, FINNISH
U. Given the old heave-ho, EJECTED
V. Complimentary, GRATIS
W. Veil worn by some Muslim women in Turkey, YASHMAK
X. Dynast often pictured in a headdress, PHARAOH
Y. Ibis-headed god of wisdom and magic, THOTH


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09.21.14 — Nascar Rocks!



Sunday, September 21, 2014

“Nascar Rocks!” — Puzzle by Michael Ashley
Edited by Will Shortz


Five questions for Nascar drivers that are puns of rock songs constitutes the interrelated group of this Sunday crossword:


WON’T GET FUELED AGAIN (27A. “Hey, what did you think when you missed that last pit stop?” [The Who, 1971]), “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

I KISSED A GRILLE (42A. “Did you do anything for luck before today’s race?” [Katy Perry, 2008]), “I Kissed a Girl”
MOVES LIKE JAGUAR (65A. “How did that new car handle out there on the track?” [Maroon 5, 2011]), “Moves Like Jagger”
BRAKE ON THROUGH (93A. “What did you try to do after the caution flag came out?” [The Doors, 1967]), “Break on Through”
LIVIN’ LA VEHICLE LOCA (109A. “Are you enjoying your time out on the Nascar circuit?” [Ricky Martin, 1999]), “Livin’ La Vida Loca”


Other — ANIMAL HOUSE (25A. Comedy classic of 1978), CAST A SPELL (57A. Perform some magic), CITIZEN KANE (114A. Movie with the line “Old age. It’s the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don’t look forward to being cured of”), DO AS I DO (49A. “Like this”), DOCILITY (90D. Tameness), GHI (62A. 4 letters), LIONEL (86A. Toy company on track to success?), MINISTER TO (78A. Tend), NAMIBIA (95D. Home of some Bushmen), REAR END (40A. Fanny), RILING (20A. Teeing off), SCOUT MOTTO  (76D. “Be prepared”), WAGNERIANS (3D. “Ring” lovers).

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09.20.14 — CTR

Logarhitmic radial photo of the universe, Pablo Carlos Budassi

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Puzzle by Erik Agard / Edited by Will Shortz


CTR (56A. Abbr. found at the 56-Down of this puzzle’s four longest answers), along with the four answers, constitutes the main feature of this lackluster Saturday crossword:

ASPECT RATIO (20A. 16:9, say)
PROJECT RUNWAY (33A. Fashion series since 2004)
MAGIC TRICKS (49A. Legerdemain)
LG ELECTRONICS (15D. “Life’s Good” sloganeer)


Other across — 1. Goes quickly after takeoff?, STREAKS; 8. Series of antecedents, LEAD UP; 14. Professor who tries to kill Harry Potter, QUIRRELL; 16. ANGINA pectoris; 17. Not one favored, UNDERDOG; 18. Randomly distributed, STREWN; 19. PBJ filling?, AND; 22. Muscles for some fraternity guys, DELTS; 24. Shake, LOSE; 25. Mo. Of National Grandparents’ Day, SEP; 26. Raft, SLEW; 27. Height, APEX; 29. Viewfinder?, POLL; 30. Some nerve?, OPTIC; 32. Nobelist Frederick SODDY, pioneer in radiochemistry; 37. Asner’s “Elf” role, CLAUS; 38. Browning, for one, RIFLE; 39. It might be found in a café, LAIT; 40. Spanish interrogative, COMO; 41. All-nighter, maybe, RAVE; 45. Writer AYN Rand; 46. Cold-shoulder, SHUN; 48. ASTIN Mackenzie of “The Facts of Life”; 53. Cooperstown inst. HOF; 54. Words before and after “Am too!”, ARE NOT; 55. Longest continuous corporate partner of the Olympic Games, COCA COLA; 57. Get misty, TEAR UP; 58. Fall guy?, STUNTMAN; 59. Galley slaves, e.g., OARERS; 60. Least abundant, SPAREST.

Down — 1. Teams, SQUADS; 2. Smuggling aid, TUNNEL; 3. Judges 14:14 has the only one in the Bible, RIDDLE; 4. “Maid of Athens, ERE we part”: Byron; 5. Hamlet takes a stab at it, ARRAS; 6. Some gym shoes, KEDS; 7. Spill, SLOP; 8. Holds up, LASTS; 9. Word with deux or nous, ENTRE; 10. Home of the Unesco World Heritage Site Fatehpur Sikri, AGRA; 11. Light refreshment, DIET SODA; 12. Hard to handle, UNWIELDY; 13. Splendid array, PANOPLY; 21. Sportsperson who may take a bow?, COX; 23. Situation that makes a double play impossible, TWO OUT; 27. Tucked away, ATE; 28. Snap, PIC; 29. Dungeons & Dragons attributes, POWERS; 31. Wear for the weary, PJS; 32. TV inits. Since 10/11/75, SNL; 33. Feature of many a McDonald’s, PLAY AREA; 34. Macs and such, RAIN GEAR; 35. Part of a crater, RIM; 36. Saucer, perhaps, UFO; 37. Red Juice hybrid, CLAMATO; 40. Contemptible sort, CUR; 42. In, AT HOME; 43. They take bows, VIOLAS; 44. Terrible one?, ENFANT; 46. Comb, SCOUR; 47. Certain address starter, HTTPS; 48. Yoga pose, ASANA; 50. About, IN RE; 51. Some Red Cross supplies, COTS; 52. Single-serving coffee holder, K CUP.

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09.19.14 — Boop


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Puzzle by Finn Vigeland / Edited by Will Shortz

Across — 1. Self-praise couched in self-deprecation, in modern lingo, HUMBLEBRAG; 11. Story lines, ARCS; 15. Wanting, INADEQUATE; 16. What marketers might follow, TELE; 17. 2013 Golden Globe winner for “Girls”, LENA DUNHAM; 18. Colony in ancient Magna Graecia, ELEA; 19. “Downton Abbey” title, LADY; 20. Four-star figs., ADMS; 21. Risotto relative, PILAF; 22. Refrain syllable, TRA; 23. Going green?, ILL; 24. South American cowboy, LLANERO; 26. Animal that may swim on its back, OTTER; 28. It’s often checked on a cell, E-MAIL; 30. NEO-soul (style of Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill; 31. Talent scout’s find, informally, PHENOM; 33. Public, ON RECORD; 35. Beginning of a process of elimination, ONE POTATO; 37. One who gets numbers by calling numbers, POLLSTER; 40. Bathes, STEEPS; 44. Coach ARA Parseghian; 45. 44-Across’s “Fighting” team, IRISH; 47. Between, to Balzac, ENTRE; 48. One living in urban poverty, SLUMDOG; 50. Baby docs, OBS; 52. VOX pop; 53. Contemporary and compatriot of Debussy, SATIE; 54. You may drop a big one, NAME; 56. Toon toned down for the 1930s Hays Code, BOOP; 57. Resort options, INNS; 58. A nerd may not have one, SOCIAL LIFE; 60. Some tributes, ODES; 61. Alcopop relative, WINE COOLER; 62. Christie novel title that, without spaces, is a man’s name, N OR M; 63. New lease on life, FRESH START.

Down — 1. There’s no place to go but down from here, HILLTOP; 2. Make public, UNEARTH; 3. Obamacare obligation, MANDATE; 4. Fourth of July, for Calvin Coolidge, informally, B’DAY; 5. Was up, LED; 6. Level, EQUAL; 7. Unit of energy?, BUNDLE; 8. First name in Chicago politics, RAHM; 9. Not level, AT A SLANT; 10. Peach, GEM; 11. Eschewed takeout, say, ATE IN; 12. Stuffed chili pepper, RELLENO; 13. How you may feel after taking allergy medication, CLEARER; 14. Shore dinner, SEAFOOD; 21. Spots where artists mix?, PALETTES; 23. Nickname for Oliver Cromwell, IRONSIDE; 25. Turkish dough, LIRAS; 27. Unstable compound, ENOL; 29. Ties up in a slip, MOORS; 32. METRO desk (newsroom assignment); 34. Either director of “True Grit”, COEN; 36. Negligee, PEIGNOIR; 37. Fire, PASSION; 38. Sentinel’s place, ORLANDO; 39. Taylor LAUTNER of “Twilight”; 41. Chef de cuisine’s shout, ET VOILA; 42. Publishing house employee, PROOFER; 43. Dr. Ruth, for one, SEXPERT; 46. Bros, HOMIES; 49. “Divine” showbiz persona, MISS M; 51. Bad place for a whale, BEACH; 55. Spots annoying teens, ACNE; 56. Stain, BLOT; 58. Match.com abbr., SWF; 59. LOS Lonely Boys (2004 Grammy winners).

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09.18.14 — QRCIU


During a total solar eclipse, 
the solar corona can be seen by the naked eye.
~ Wikipedia

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Puzzle by Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz


CASEY (16A. Man trying to clarify the spelling of his name n 21-, 25-, 38-, 52- and 57-Across) and QRCIU (66A. What the listener might think 16-Across’s name is?), along with unhelpful spelling clarifications, e.g., C AS IN CUE, A AS IN ARE, S AS IN SEA, E AS IN EYE and Y AS IN YOU, constitute the interrelated group of this clever Thursday crossword.

Other — ACACIA (5D. Tree in a giraffe’s diet), ALLEYS (56A. Places where you can hear a pin drop?), CORONAE (27A. Circles around the sun), EPSILON (4D. Elasticity symbol, in economics), IMITATE (50A. Copy), KIMYE (32D. Celebrity couple portmanteau), e.g., Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, MARLIN (10D. “The Old Man and the Sea” fish), MISSUS (51D. Wife, informally), OBIT (59D. Life lines?), ORYX (28D. African antelope), UTENSIL (47D. Something set in a place setting), YMCA (57D. Song that was a hit for a spell in the 1970s?), YOLO (58D. Modern acronym suggesting “seize the day“), e.g., "You only live once."


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09.17.14 — Pollination



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Puzzle by Zhouqin Burnikel and Don Gagliardo
Edited by Will Shortz

POLLINATION (62A. Job done by the insects seen above the circled words in 17-, 26- and 50-Across), e.g., IRIS, ASTER, ROSE and a BEE above each, constitutes the main feature of this Wednesday crossword.

BEEF above IRISH COFFEE (14A. Complaint; 17A. Drink made with Jameson, maybe)
BEENE above YES MASTER (22A. Geoffrey of fashion; 26A. Genie’s reply)
BEETLE above PROSE POEM (46A. Circus clown car, often; 50A. Literary hybrid)


Other — CAMBRIDGE (33D. Where Stephen Hawking and Charles Darwin went to school), COME OF AGE (34D. Reach adulthood), EYEBALL (10D. Look over, nformally), HELOTS (31A. Spartan serfs), MEADOW (28D. Place for a lark), RIFLE (57A. Biathlete’s weapon), SELL TO (44A. Supply with goods), STEEPED (44D. Lke hot tea), SWEET TALK (11D. Cajole), TENNESSEE (12D. Home of Fort Donelson National Battlefield).


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09.16.14 — ON and ON and ON...



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Puzzle by Gary Cee / Edited by Will Shortz

ON AND ON AND ON (52A. How a motor mouth talks … or what 20-, 29- and 43-Across literally have in common), along with three answers containing three each of “ON” constitutes the main feature of this Tuesday crossword:

TONY TONI TONE (20A. 1990s R&B group with a repetitive-sounding name)
LONDON ONTARIO (29A. City midway between Detroit and Toronto)
MONSOON SEASON (43A. June to September, in India)


Other — ERUPTS and SPAT (33A. Throws a tantrum; 5A. Lovers’ quarrel), PINE NUTS (38D. Ingredients in pesto), RETINA (42A. Ophthalmologist’s concern), TEXT BOOK (8D. Required school purchase, maybe), TRANSLUCENT (3D. Like sheer fabric or sautéed onions), WRITING DESK (26D. Secretary).

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