Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Puzzle by Zoe Wheeler / Edited by Will Shortz
Five heterographic phrases in which one word of an uncommon phrase is pronounced the same as another word of a common phrase, spelled different and different in meaning, constitute the interrelated group of this Wednesday crossword. All five contain the letter Z, e.g., BOOZE, BREEZE, CRUZ, GAZE and SIZE:
BOOS HOUNDS (18A. Acts the heckler at the Westminster dog show?)
SEA BRIES (24A. Cheeses manufactured in the Mediterranean?)
PENELOPE CREWS (37A. Entourages for Odysseus’ faithful wife?)
STAR GAYS (53A. Ricky Martin and Neil Patrick Harris?)
SUPER SIGHS (59A. Expressions of regret from apartment building managers?)
Other — APPLAUSE (3D. Flashing sign in a TV studio), COOPED UP (2D. Confined; STAR WARS (27D. Source of the all-time best-selling movie-related toy line), STAYED ON (40D Continued, as with a job), TRADED OFF (21D Giving up one thing for another), WIZARDRY (39D. Spelling, e.g.?).
Six-letter — ARDORS, BONHAM, C SHARP, DOONES, EAMONN (25D. Irish equivalent of Edward), HECTIC, LOUSES, MANIAS, OH SURE, ONE SET, PIE PAN, RAISIN, SO BE IT (5D. “Que sera sera“), SYS OPS, TWISTS, WHIFFS.
Five — ABBAS Mahmoud of the P.L.O., BLUSH, FEELS, GEEKS, GLOBS, GLORY, ISERE, MUSED, PLATE, REHAB, SENSE, SUGAR, TRA LA, WRITE.
Short stuff — ACC, Long AGO, APE, ATA standstill, BEE, EDU and EMU, END, EPS, ERA, FUN, HMO, INO, “I SEE dead people“, Ray KROC, MITT, MSS, NYSE, ONLY child, OTT, ROPE, SCAR, SEM and SER, SHOO, SIGN, SOPH, SRS, SYNC, TAMI, “TOP Chef“, TRON, ZAP (50A. Blast).
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Frankenstein’s monster had one on his forehead; 5. Crop circle, some believe; 14. Lasso; 16. Word sung twice before “hallelujah”; 17. One who’s junior to a jr.; 20. Commemorative item; 22. Busy one; 23. “Scat!”; 26. D. Flat equivalent; 28. Cousin of .org or .com; 30. Baseball Hal-of-Famer who batted left and threw right; 31. Stack in a mag. Office; 32. Pondered; 34. Furbys and yo-yos, once; 41. Lorna ___ (cookies); 42. Jot (down); 47. Amusement; 48. Long time; 51. Quick smells; 56. Cousin of an ostrich; 58. Department in SE France; 62. Icelandic epic; 64. Skipping syllables; 65. Romance/thriller novelist Hoag; 66. McDonald’s founder Ray; 67. Intelligence; 68. 1982 sci-fi film with a 2010 sequel; 69. Harmonize, informally. — DOWN: 1. Class of ‘12 in 2012, e.g.: Abbr.; 4. What a user goes into for help; 6. Odysseus’ savior; 7. Lumps; 8. It lists G.M. and I.B.M.; 10. Bit of makeup; 11. John of Led Zeppelin; 12. Enthusiasms; 13. Online network admins; 19. Not just busy; 24. Half a school yr.; 30. Quick round of tennis; 33. Cut off; 35. Copy; 36. Special delivery?: Abbr.; 38. No-goodniks; 54. Some records, for short; 44. Features of many spy films; 45. “I bet!”; 46. Tin tossed as the first Frisbee; 49. Sun-Maid tidbit; 52. Intuits; 53. Dearie; 54. Less-than-social sorts; 57. Politico Romney; 60. Singer Corinne Bailey ___; 61. Med. Group; 63. Va. Tech is in it.