Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Five clues utilizing the word “cross” as “annoyed” constitute the interrelated group of this somewhat cross Wednesday crossword — UP IN ARMS (17A. The cross baby was …), SEEING RED (24A. The cross motorist stuck at a stoplight was …), BESIDE HIMSELF (37A. The cross man who’d been cloned was …), IN A LATHER (52A. The cross woman taking her bubble bath was …), INCENSED (62A. The cross aromatherapy patient was …). Hmmm ...Cross!? — third day in a row!
Other — ALTERS, AMELIA (8D. Whimsical 2001 film set in Paris), ATHENA, BERLIN, Big BERTHA, Guinea-BISSAU, DROWSE, ELBOWS, GAS BAG (47A. Endless talker), GLADES, HAREMS, HIT LIST (44A. People on it get offed), I AM SAM, ICICLE (3D. Freezing point?), MAULED, REPEAT, RETAINS (32A. Doesn‘t give up), STEAMS, STEEDS, TALENT, UNREAD, USURPS.
Five-letter — BIBLE, CABAL (33A. Group with revolutionary ideas), EDIFY, ELSIE, LIMBS, MEADE (56A. Gettysburg general), RAN UP, RECAP, “Walk Away RENEE“, VISTA.
Short stuff — ABLE, ADS (13D. Net surfer‘s annoyances), AHA, “ARE You Experienced?”, ASAP, BAR,BEIN, CAW, DSL modem, DUH (58D. “Everybody knows that!”), ELO, ENUF, ETTA, FEAT, GAPE, HUB, MCI, MUG, NEW, ORR, PALS, PAUL, Pistol PETE, PILL, PHI, RIAL, RNA, SAD, SAIL, SEC, SELL, SPA, URI, USS, VETS, WEE, YEWS.
No need to throw things!
"CROSS" WORDS CONTEST — All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Berry. Have your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twenty-five correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Oct. 23, will receive copies of "Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles: 101 of the Top Crosswords From The New York Times." Only one entry per person, please. The answer and winners' names will appear on Friday, Oct. 28, at http://www.nytimes.com/wordplay.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Swiss canton; 4. Good at one’s job; 8. Parthenon dedicatee; 14. Short time to wait; 15. Mast attachment; 16. Brutalized; 19. Places for patches; 20. Brief summary; 21. Book that might contain birth records; 23. Homeboys; 29. Cooks, as some vegetables; 36. Author of several New Testament epistles; 42. Pistol ___ (Oklahoma State’s mascot); 43. Amassed, as debt; 55. Item in a box with seven compartments, say, 57. Windows operating system released in 2007; 58. Drift off; 64. Lacking in knowledge; 65. Exploit; 66. Jimi Hendrix’s “___ You Experienced?”; 67. Muslim palace divisions; 68. English churchyard trees; 69. Nava vessel inits. — DOWN: 1. Seizes unlawfully; 2. Already-aired episode; 4. “Now!”; 5. Object from Mars?; 6. Legs and such; 7. Milk carton mascot; 9. Currency unit in the 21-Across; 10. Big airport; 11. “Rockarial” band, for short; 12. Just out; 18. Grp. That sends things up; 22. Once-divided city; 25. Stare in shock; 26. Iranian coin; 27. Adequately, to Li’l Abner; 30. Company acquired by Verizon in 2006; 31. Piteous; 34. Big ___ (German W.W. I cannon); 35. What a teacher likes to hear from a pupil; 37. 1960s hippie event; 38. James of jazz; 39. Trader’s option; 40. Desktop item, often; 41. It might make you sweat; 42. 21st letter; 45. 2001 drama whose title is taken fro “Green Eggs and Ham”; 46. Mounts; 48. Do some political damage control; 49. Guinea-___ (West African nation); 50. Lets out, maybe; 51. A&E police drama set in South Florida, with “The”; 53. Impart pearls of wisdom to; 54. “Walk Away ___” (1966 top 10 song); 57. Ones out of service?; 59. Molecule involved in protein synthesis; 60. Boston Garden legend Bobby; 61. Diminutive; 63. Unlovely bird sound.