"Duke Max" Crown of the King of Meridies
Monday, April 23, 2012
Puzzle by Michael David / Edited by Will Shortz
Seven “either/or” entries rule this colorful Monday crossword, the clues commanding a split of common gerunds: PAR KING (20A. Ruler on a golf course?); PEA KING (53A. Ruler in a vegetable garden?); THIN KING (4D. Ruler after a diet?); TAN KING (10D. Ruler on a beach?); PROVO KING (20D. Ruler in a Utah city?); FLAN KING (40D. Ruler with custard desserts?); LOO KING (42D. Ruler in a W.C.?).
Other — ALIEN TO, BURRITO, DECAGON and TEN (65A. Figure with 14-Down sides; 14D. Number of sides in a 65-Across), DEFICIT, HYPHENS, IN A RAGE, RON ORE, MENTION, PAST DUE, PIT-A-PAT, SILICON, ROY G BIV (66A. Rainbow mnemonic).
Mid-size — AFRICA, ARTIST, CAIRO, DIODE, DITTO, EQUATE, ESKIMO, INERT, IRVING, JESTER, LOCKET, N TEST, RAIN ON (23A. Spoil, as a parade), RONDO, SUMMON, TEEPEE, UNIT.
Short stuff — ACK, AGOG, Stick A TOE in the water, AYE, BAD, CLOY, COB and COD, Art DECO, EAR, EMO, ERIC, ESAI, EST, FOR, FUME, I DO, JERK, LAMP, NENE, NET and NEV, NOON, Forget-me-NOT, NSC, “… OR I quit!”, PAIN, PHD, PIMA, PULE, “QUE pasa?”, SIR, SKIN, SPF, TING, “My country ‘TIS of thee“.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Late, as a library book; 8. Sound of an excited heart; 15. “-” marks; 16. Furious; 17. Surplus’s opposite; 18. Bring up, as a subject; 21. Yank; 24. Floppy feature of a basset hound; 27. Morales of “NYPD Blue”; 28. In favor of; Mushroom cloud creator, briefly; 34. Scrape, as a knee; 35. Songwriter Berlin; 38. Little bell sound; 39. Electron tube; 40. Be furious; 41. Rock music genre; 42. Heart-shaped item on a chain, say; 43. Genie’s home; 44. Last movement of a sonata; 46. Tire filler; 48. Atlantic food fish; 50. Foreign policy grp.; 52. Hawaii’s state bird; 56. Comic strip cry; 58. Folded Mexican dish; 59. Element used to make semiconductors; 63. Not recognizable by; 64. Raw material for a steel mill. — DOWN: 1. Advanced deg.; 2. Sailor’s affirmative; 3. Beach lotion letters; 5. Art ___ (1920s-’30s movement); 6. Join; 7. Superlative suffix; 8. Fine cotton; 9. Like krypton; 11. Easel user; 12. Ache; 13. Bug-eyed; 21. Court clown; 22. Igloo builder; 25. Zimbabwe’s continent; 29. Passengers; 31. Consider the same; 32. Order to come; 33. Cone-shaped shelter; 35. Bachelor’s last words; 36. Badminton court divider; 45. Where many fed. Employees live; 49. “Me too”; 51. Egypt’s capital; 53. Whine; 54. Guitarist Clapton; 55. Midday; 57. Fill to excess; 58. Rotten; 59. Madam’s mate; 60. Corn on the ___; 62. Las Vegas’s home: Abbr.