The Saturday Crossword

2001: A Space Odyssey

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Puzzle by James Mulhern / Edited by Will Shortz

Of interest — CHOCOLAT (42A. 2000 film set in France that was nominated for five Academy Awards); THE DOORS (15A. 1960s-’70s band that took its name from an Aldous Huxley title); DOUBT (55D. “The beacon of the wise,“ per Shakespeare); END NOTES (12D. Notable features of David Foster Wallace books); FOODIE (18A. Gourmet);Henry FONDA and Henry VIII; LIGETI (62A: Composer György whose music was featured in Kubrick films); PETE ROSE (69A. 17-time All-Star of the 1960s-‘80s); REDDIT (3D. Website with “Ask Me Anything” interviews); RSTLNE (51D. Bonus round freebies on “Wheel of Fortune”); SCAPULAR (37D. Religious garment suspended from the shoulders); SKRILLEX (1A. Leader n electronic music with multiple Grammys); STRATEGO (35A. Capture-the-flag game); VONNEGUT (39D. Author who created the fatalistic optometrist Billy Pilgrim); YOUR CALL (64A. “It’s not my place to decide”); XS AND OS (8D Chalk talk symbols).

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04.24.15 — The Friday Crossword


Friday, April 24, 2015

Puzzle by Joe Krozel / Edited by Will Shortz

Eight 15-letter entries constitute the main feature of this Friday crossword:

TURNED THE HEAT ON (15A. Put under pressure)
STINK STANK STUNK (17A. “The three words that best describe” the Grinch, in song)
OPEN TO CRITICISM (44A Not discouraging feedback)
CONFERENCE TABLE (47A. Office fixture surrounded by a board?
AUTOMATIC WEAPON (2D. One doing the rounds very quickly?)
TRI NITRO TOLUENE (3D. Something to level with)
STUCK TO ONE’S RIBS (12D. Was satisfying, as a hearty meal)
CONDIMENTS AISLE (13D. What may hold the mayo)

Other — CANTON (31A. Football Hall of Fame city), CATALPA (1A. Tree with white flowers), COMERICA (31D. Bank with a landmark tower in Dallas), CONTENTS (33A. Stuff inside), CT SCANS (1D. Images of organs, often), DAMES (36A. “I Only Have Eyes for You” movie musical), OH KAY and ON KEY, POLYSCI (8A. Int’l relations is a branch of it), STRESSED (27A. Under pressure). 

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04.23.15 — Literally

Reptiles, 1943, M. C. Escher

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Puzzle by David Steinberg and Bruce Leban
Edited by Will Shortz

A quip about wordplay, YOU CAN’T TELL PUNS / TO KLEPTOMANIACS / BECAUSE THEY TAKE / THINGS LITERALLY, is the main feature of this Thursday crossword:

Other — ALUMNA (11D. Graduate of Mount Holyoke, e.g.), CELLMATE and SLAMMER (9D. 5-Down cohabitant; 5D. Pen), CIMINO (46D. Michael who directed “The Deer Hunter”), ENAMELER (38D. Cloisonné artisan), ESCHER (43D. Tessellating artist), HEINE (35A. “Die Lorelei” poet), HE’S SO SHY (33D. 1980 hit with the lyric “That sweet little boy who caught my eye”), LAKE / ERIE (39D. With 48-Down, setting for Toledo), MAUNA KEA (3D. Highest Hawaiian peak), MODISTE (26D. Couturier), MORNAY (27A. Sauce made with roux, milk and cheese), SYNERGY (43D. Hoped-for collaboration result),  ZANTAC (12D. Tagamet competitor).

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04.22.15 — Pair of Cards


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015   Earth Day 

Puzzle by Alex Vratsanos and Sam Ezersky
Edited by Will Shortz

PAIR OF CARDS (56A. Some poker holdings … or a hint to 20-, 24-, 30- 41- and 42-Across) and CARD following both words of five entries constitutes the interrelated group of this mild Wednesday crossword:

CREDIT REPORT (20A.Equifax offering)
HOLE PUNCH (24A. Three-ring binder user’s gadget)
NAME CALLING (30A. Some childish insults)
TRADING POST (41A. Place to deal in fur, once)
HIGH SCORE (52A. Arcade achievement)

Other — BIG PAPI (40D. Baseball’s David Ortiz, to fans), DOROTHY (43D. “Over the Rainbow” singer), EYE-ROLL (7D. “Oh, puh-leeze!” facial expression), ICE-FREE (44D. Navigable in winter, say), OSH (13D. Kyrgyzstan city), SMASH-UP (46D. Major wreck), THE COPA (2D. Hangout in a Barry Manilow hit), VIP ROOM (3D. Celeb’s hangout).

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04.21.15 — S and AEIOU

Georges Seurat, 1889-90, Le Chahut, 
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Puzzle by Gerry Wildenberg / Edited by Will Shortz

Two-word alliterative vowel progression of SA, SE, SI, SO and SU constitutes the main feature of this friendly Tuesday crossword: 

SATURDAY SABBATH (17A. Jewish observance)
SESAME SEED (22A. Hamburger bun topper)
SIMPLE SIMON (33A. Nursery rhyme character “going to the fair”)
SOLID SOUTH (49A.Voting block from Reconstruction to the 1960s)
SURGE SUPPRESSOR (55A. Power strip part)

Other — ARTISTES, MUSEE and SEURAT (3D. Cézanne et 4-Verticale; 61A.Where works of 3-Down may be seen; 4D. Painter Georges), CASHIER (42A. Tender person?), CLAMOR (31A. Lots of noise), LEAN IN (10D. 2013 best seller subtitled “Women, Work and the Will to Lead”), MOTT ST (27A. Big Apple thoroughfare named in Rodgers and Hart’s “Manhattan”), N.L.F. Hall-of-Famer Bronko NAGURSKI; OCHRES (12D. Earth tones), Alley OOP, TOES IN (47D. Is out of alignment, as a car wheel).

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04.20.15 — Ladies First

Romeo and Juliet, 1809, Hugues Merle

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Puzzle by Tom McCoy / Edited by Will Shortz

LADIES FIRST (59A. Chivalrous rule obeyed in this puzzle), along with reversing the order of the names of four familiar male and female couples constitutes the main feature of this Monday crossword:

JANE AND DICK (17A. Classic learning-to-read stories)
MARY AND WILLIAM (23A. Virginia university)
GRETEL AND HANSEL (37A. Grimm fairy tale)
JULIET AND ROMEO (52A. Shakespeare play)

Other — BUNYAN (12D. Tall Paul); “DOWNTON Abbey”; GAH (57A. Cry of frustration); IDAHO (28D. Boise’s state); Pie à la MODE; OIL (48D. What the “O” in OPEC does not stand for, surprisingly); “Mr. Jock, TV quiz PH D, bags few lynx” (classic pangram); OJIBWA (45D. Tribe traditionally living around Lake Superior); SNAP ON (72A. Affix with a click); STEAMS (13D. Prepares in a wok, as vegetables); TSK TSK (1A. “You should know better!”).

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04.19.15 — Double Down

“Titanic” prior to launch…

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

“Double Down” Puzzle by Don Gagliardo and Zhouqin Burnikel
Edited by Will Shortz

Eight squares containing two letters each play double duty in this Sunday crossword:
  • DIRT[Y L]INEN and PAY PAL (22A. Private things that are embarrassing; 5D. One way to complete an online purchase)
  • HEAR[T-W]ARMING and NOT NOW (23A. Moving in a nice way; 12D. Later)
  • GOO[D-N]ATURED and MADMAN (57A. Friendly; 46D. Lunatic)
  • FINA[L N]OTICE and KAL-KAN (59A. Warning just before a cutoff of service; 50D. Big brand of dog food)
  • LAUNC[H P]ARTY and HOT POT (80A.Celebratory event for a new company or product; 82D. Asian stew often eaten with a dipping sauce)
  • EVENIN[G S]TAR and GET SET (83A. Venus; 85D. “Go” preceder)
  • STATIO[N W]AGON and NITWIT (119A. Plus-size model?; 120D. Dunderhead)
  • PAPE[R T]RAIL and RAGTAG (121A. Hard evidence a lawyer follows; 122D. Motley)
Other — BAA BAA (97A. “Ewe two?“) EATS ALONE (18A. Requests a table for one, say), FREE-RANGE (26A. Not caged), HOMO ERECTUS (14D. Old man?), IMPORT QUOTA (36D. Certain trade barrier), INSINUATION (42D. Sly suggestion), PRESS-UP (69A. Bit of exercise, in Britain), RE-SANDS and RE-SEEDS; RUNNING A TAB (67D. Drinking now, paying later), TACO SALAD (112A. Order at a Mexican grill), TANTARA (93D. Bit of fanfare], THIGH (13A. Mini revelation?), WHAT AM I (20D. Question ending a riddle).

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04.19.15 — The Word Snoop — the Acrostic



Sunday, April 19, 2015

ACROSTIC, Puzzle by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Edited by Will Shortz

This Sunday’s acrostic draws a quotation from The Word Snoop by Ursula Dubosarsky.

Meet the Word Snoop. She?s dashing and daring and witty as can be?and no one knows more about the evolution of the English language than she does. Luckily, she?s spilling her secrets in this gem of a book. From the first alphabet in 4000 BC, to anagrams, palindromes, and modern-day text messages, readers will learn all about the fascinating twists and turns our fair language has taken to become what it is today.

With playful black-and-white illustrations, riddles to solve, and codes to break, The Word Snoop is definitive proof that words can spark the imagination and are anything but dull. This is a book for every aspiring writer, and every true reader. ~ Google ebook 

The quotation: A BLACK CAT DREAMT EVERY FOURTH GOOSE HUNTED INVISIBLE JELLYFISH.  KINDLY LET MANY NICE OSTRICHES PASS QUICKLY.  RATHER STUPIDLY THE UMBRELLA VOTED WHEN X-RAYING YELLOW ZEBRAS. …MAKE UP YOUR OWN CRAZY PANGRAMMATIC STORY

The author’s name and the title of the work:  URSULA DUBOSARSKY, WORD SNOOP

The defined words:

A. Original version, as of a musical score, URTEXT
B. Vroom-maker’s activity, REVVING
C. Sworn enemies of Gargamel, SMURFS
D. Member of the order of newts and salamanders, URODELE
E. Mandible (2 wds.), LOWER JAW
F. Sort of order imposed in this puzzle’s quote, ALPHABETIC
G. The opposite of parch, DRENCH
H. Not pleasant to regard, UNSIGHTLY
I. Derisive imitation, BURLESQUE
J. Kind of fiber in technology, OPTICAL
K. Create Z’s, in a comic strip, SNORE
L. Burning fiercely, ABLAZE
M. Improve; purify, make genteel, REFINE
N. Peduncle, STALK
O. Social gathering where coffee might be involved, KLATSCH
P. Doo-wop hit with the admonition ”Don’t talk back” (2 wds.), ‘YAKETY YAK”
Q. Last word of Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”, WHIMPER
R. Crude container (2 wds.), OIL DRUM
S. Joke follower in a stand-up act, RIMSHOT
T. Unmoved (hyph.), DRY-EYED
U. Literally, rendered fat; figuratively, sentimentalism, SCHMALTZ
V. Capital city of Niger, NIAMEY
W. Pigheadedness, OBSTINACY
X. Augustus’ name before he was emperor, OCTAVIAN
Y. Practice similar to bigamy, POLYGYNY

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