Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Puzzle by Adam G. Perl / Edited by Will Shortz
GIRL / WITH / THE DRAGON TATTOO (1A. With 10-Across and the circled letters, a best selling novel, with “The”), STIEG (62A. Author Larsson of 1-/10-Across, etc.), LISBETH SALANDER (17A. Heroine of 1-/10-Across, etc.) and MIKAEL BLOMKVIST (54A. Hero of 1-/10-Across) constitute the interrelated group of this Tuesday crossword.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (original title in Swedish: Män som hatar kvinnor– literally– men who hate women) is a crime novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson. It is the first book of the "Millennium series" trilogy, which, when published posthumously in 2004, became a best-seller in Europe and the United States. ~ Wikipedia
Other — ARIANE (43D. 1906 Massenet opera based on Greek myth), LOS ALTOS (42A. Silicon Valley city), N TESTS (44A. 1940s Bikini blasts, for short), NUTMEG (44D. Mace source), OPERATOR (29A. Zero personality?), RETOOK (5D. Seized again), SHRIEK (26A. Horror film sound), WINONA (10D. Actress Ryder).
Five-letter — AGORA, APNEA, ASSET, BLAKE (59A. English Romantic poet William), ESTER, ETHOS, ETUDE, GLIDE, GOOSE, G SPOT, “GUNGA Din“, GUPTA, HOMEO, “You OWE IT to yourself“, REINS, RELIC, ROSAS, SEPIA, STALL, STEAK, STOKE, “TO ERR is human“, T TOPS.
Short stuff — AKIN, Jai ALAI, AMID, AREA, ARON, ASIA, ATTA, AUTO, BLT, CEL, ERIE, EST, GALE, GENE, GIRL, GTOS, HERE, IDA, INDO, IN RE, IRIS (2D. Rainbow goddess), LAB, LEN, LUST, ODIN, REGT and REST, RIOT, SMOG and SOOT, STEM, SUES, TEAM, TEES and TRES, TIDE, TOES, TWO, WAS, WIRE, VET.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 5. Excavation find; 14. Environs; 15. Musical exercise; 16. Start of a legal memo; 20. Ballpark fig.; 21. It’s found in stacks; 22. One taking a gander?; 23. Bygone muscle cars; 24. The King’s middle name; 34. Kipling’s “___ Din”; 35. Tango requirement; 36. During; 37. It’s to your advantage; 38. “Little piggies”; 39. Actor Cariou; 40. TV doctor Sanjay; 41. Old photo tint; 45. Cause for calling in the National Guard; 46. Takes to court; 47. Not flighty; 50. Lead-in to boy or girl; 51. Has been; 58. God of war and magic; 60. Canal of song; 61. Part of a pool; 63. There’s no “I” in it, they say. — DOWN: 1. Air force?; 3. Relaxation; 4. Experimentation station; 6. Spirit of a people; 7. One of the seven deadly sins; 8. Gilbert and Sullivan princess; 9. Cartoon frame; 11. Prefix with China; 12. Number of Los Lonely Boys; 13. “Take this”; 18. Fragrant compound; 19. Public place in Athens; 23. Encircle; 24. Sleeper’s problem; 25. Armory grp.; 26. Conk out; 27. Prefix with -pathy; 28. Ones holding their horses?; 29. Boots; 30. Some sports car features; 32. Some Spanish flowers; 34. “The ___ and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality” (1982 best seller); 37. Self starter?; 38. Perturbs, with “off”; 40. Dance movement; 41. Porterhouse, for one; 46. Feed, as a fire; 47. Factor in an air quality rating; 48. Beach washer; 49. Similar (to); 51. Something a police informant might wear; 52. Where Indians live; 53. Stern’s opposite; 55. Figure wachers’ figs.; 56. Deli order, for short; 57. Animal doc.