Julius Caesar and the Crossing of the Rubicon, Francesco Granacci, 1494
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Across — 1. Treaty signer with Ger. In 1939, USSR; 5. Horse of a sort, ARAB; 9. Eddie Fisher’s “Oh! My PAPA”; 13. Campaign/election analyst NATE Silver; 14. Oven brand, AMANA; 15. Resting, say, ABED; 16. Nickname since 1999, AROD; 17. Exceedingly hard to see, FAINT; 18. Really small amount, IOTA; 19. Stage-sharing speaker, PANELIST; 21. Oxen might be put in it, TANDEM; 23. Find contest’s meta-answer by reading THE FIRST LETTERS of these clues; 25. Tenth Commandment word, WIFE; 26. Heraldic drawing, ARMS; 27. Incline, SLANT; 29. Seven PINES (Civil War battle site); 31. Workers who play?, DJS; 34. Enclosing fence, PALE; 35. Equipped for a ride, perhaps, SHOED; 36. Kite part, BEAK; 37. Saddler’s aid, AWL; 38. Goes across, SPANS; 39. Role for Young, WELBY; 40 Insults playfully, GUYS; 41. Diminutive battery size, AAAA; 42. Solvers must FILL EVERY CIRCLE in the grids to determine the grids’ proper order; 49. Rat Island natives, ALEUTS; 50. Expenses for globetrotters, AIRFARES; 51 Anarchy, RIOT; 52. Drunken jag, SPREE; 54. Islander’s need, maybe, BOAT; 55. Not mad, SANE; 56. Outer parts, PEELS; 57. Real-time, LIVE; 58. Day on old calendars, IDES; 59. Exterior area, YARD; 60. Ruptured couple, EXES.
Down — 1. Suitable’s opposite, UNAPT; 2. “Princess” in its Hebrew translation, SARAH; 3. Evade while being questioned, STONEWALL; 4. Label anew, REDEFINE; 5. Lay up, AMASS; 6. Activist/singer Bonnie RAITT; 7. Former Texas governor ANN Richards; 8. Assaulted, in a way, BATTERED; 9. Muralists’ needs, PAINTS; 10. One that might be humble, ABODE; 11. PETER Ustinov of “Topkapi”; 12. Second or sixth in a series, ADAMS; 14. Lighted, AFIRE; 20. Elevate, LIFT; 22. Accepters of deposits, ATMS; 24. Driving divisions, LANES; 27. Évian, for one, SPA; 28. Regulation, LAW; 29. Astronomical appearance, PHASE; 30. Nonneutral particle, ION; 31. “Death of Sardanapalus” painter Eugène DELACROIX; 32. Hit that begins a one-two, JAB; 33. It’s what’s up, SKY; 35. Strip since 1961 that’s printed in black and white, SPY VS SPY; Causing only minor irritation, say, BEARABLE; 38. Raw beef fat, SUET; 39. Oliver Twist, e.g., WAIF; 40. Seat cushions?, GLUTES; 41. Spread, ACRES; 42. Iranian tongue, FARSI; 43. Narrative set in the Bronze Age, ILIAD; 44. Genre film director Sergio LEONE; 45. Worth more to collectors, say, RARER; 46. Output, YIELD; 47. Run along, LEAVE; 48. Democratic senator ESTES Kefauver; 53. Shepherd’s pie tidbit, PEA.
All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Berry. Have your solutions handy, because today’s puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twenty-five correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6 p.m. Eastern time on 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 nytimes.com/wordplay.
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