Thursday, April 5, 2012
Puzzle by Elizabeth C. Gorski / Edited by Will Shortz
A 5x5 checkerboard pattern in the center of the grid containing the word CHECKERBOARD, along with GAME OF CHESS (17A. Pastime for Napoleon and Fidel Castro), RACING FLAGS (51A. Things waved at the Indy 500), JOCKEY SILKS (11D. Colorful riding gear) and QUILT DESIGN (24D. Bee production) constitutes the interrelated group of this fine Thursday crossword.
Other — MOORISH (28D. Like Shakespeare’s Othello), PRESELECTED (43A. Chosen beforehand), SCANDAL (21D. Prelude to a resignation, perhaps), SHEAVED (26D. Collected, as wheat), SHOWER SCENE (25A. It prompted a flood of “Psycho” analysts), SISTINE Chapel.
Six-letter — ADELE H (8D. Title role in a 1975 Truffaut film), AGASSI, APRONS, ARAMIS, ARIOSE, AVALON, DROVES, ELAYNE Boosler, MASSIF (1A. Group of mountains), REACTS, ROBOTS, TEPEES (13D. Cones on plains).
Five-letter — ADD IN, Stop on A DIME, BY LOT, CRIES, Long-EARED, EDGAR, Stanley ELKIN, FIFTH, Woody HAYES, LEASE, LEUMI, NO HOW, RISER, T-HOLE.
Short stuff — AERY, AGA, Te AMO, CAP, CHOC, D-TEN, ENNA, ESTE, FAQ, FESS, FLAB, FRO, GIT, ISO, JET, KENS, LAB, MAG, MOIL, NARY a one, NEG, ODIE, OLE, OVI, REF, ROSH Hashana, SAM, SKYE terrier, SLA, SSN and SSS, TRIB, YES.
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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 11. Perk for a C.E.O., maybe; 14. 1992 Wimbledon winner; 15. Comics character who almost never speaks; 16. Cry spelled with an accent on the last letter; 19. Tube top; 20. Oarlock; 22. E-help page; 27. Bank of Israel; 30. Songlike; 31. Understands, to a Scot; 32. One way to choose; 36. “Lou Grant” paper, with “the”; 37. Where King Arthur was conveyed for his wounds to be healed; 38. Make part of the mix; 42. Stanley who wrote “George Mills”; 47. Org. in ‘70s headlines; 50. Prefix with posit; 57. Photog’s master; 58. Spanish direction; 60. Govt.-issued ID; 61. Come clean, with “up”; 62. Bomb defusers, often. — DOWN: 1. 16 or Seventeen, for short; 2. Turkish title; 3. Tom Hanks’s “Sleepless in Seattle” role; 4. Vancouver-to-Seattle dir.; 5. Uniform: Prefix; 6. Bottle of whiskey; 7. Not in any way, informally; 9. Choir’s platform; 10. “I’ll do it!”; 12. Funny Boosler; 22. Liposuction target; 23. Eagle’s nest: Var.; 34. Work hard; 35. Sicilian province or its capital; 38. Blacksmiths’ wear; 39. Crowds; 40. Does something about something; 41. Square at the end of the fourth row in Battleship; 44. It has terms regarding a term; 45. Breaks down; 46. Whodunit award; 51. Make some calls; 52. Big do, for short; 53. Testing zone; 55. “Go on now!”; 56. Grilling sound. — Note: When this crossword is done, the puzzle’s theme will help you fill the interior squares.