Satan as depicted in the Ninth Circle of Hell in
Dante Alighieri's Inferno, illustrated by Gustave Doré.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Puzzle by Robert W. Harris / Edited by Will Shortz
THUMB’S CREW (17A. Index, middle, ring and pinkie fingers?), BUG’S PRAYER (29A. “Lord, make me impervious to Raid“?), GINGER’S NAP (43A. Reason everyone whispered during the afternoon on Gilligan’s island?) and COMIC’S TRIP (57A. Excursion for Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock?) constitute the interrelated group of this merry medievally evil Wednesday crossword. Oh, I get it, thumbscrew, bug sprayer, ginger snap and comic strip.
Other — AIRBAG, AUTOS and SRS (7D. It might suddenly blow up; 50D. Holders of 7-Downs; 49D. Official name for a 7-Down: Abbr.), AMULETS, ENDORSE, ERASER, EVIL EYE, GENEVA, IN-HOUSE, MINERAL, MODERN, NESSMAN and NIEMAN, ORDER UP, SATORI (44D. Buddhist state), SCROLL, SOLD OUT, STEEPS, The Great TEMPTER, UTILIZE.
Five-letter — ALITO, BAKER, BRAUN, CRETE (26A. Location of the Labyrinth of Minos) , “CRUEL Shoes”, DUE TO, ENDER, MEADE, MINDY, OLIOS, PRE-OP, RAVED and ROVER, REMIT, SADIE Hawkins Day, STAGE (32D. All the world, it’s said) STASH.
Short stuff — AIT, ALEX Cross, AVER, BELS, BOO, CCNY, DEN (24D. TV spot, typically), ERRS, EST, HOWL, ICBM, IUD, JAL, JETÉ, LIAR, LIMA, LOT, LPS, NITE, NEO, ON ME, OUZO (62A. Anise-flavored liqueur), PELÉ, POD, PSAT, RAP, RTE, RUNE, SASS, SEX, SPED, TEE, TLC, TOKE, VASE.
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