Puzzle by Mike Buckley / Edited by Will Shortz
CREATIVITY / IS THE RESIDUE OF / WASTED TIME (18A. Beginning of a quote by 3-/31-Down on which Stephen Colbert commented “I hope teenagers aren’t watching this right now”), a quotation from ALBERT EINSTEIN (3D and 31D), on his birthday, constitutes the main feature of this Thursday crossword.
Other — AGREED TO, INK SPOTS (33D. 1940s quartet with the #1 hit “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall,” with “the”), MEAT LOAF (11D. Player of Eddie in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”), PRIMROSE (9D. Flower from which an oil is derived), SCISSORS, SENORITA,TRI-COLOR.
Mid-size — CAMARO, DATED (36D. Went out with), DHOTI (30D. Indian attire), DROWSE, EARTHS (22A. Cerium and samarium are rare ones), ELIJAH Wood, KNITS, LASSO, LAUREL, LIBRAS, OSSIE Davis, PLEAT, RHODO, SOCIAL, SPACED, SPINAL, STABS, SWEPT, TESLAS (47A Some electric cars), THERE, U-HAUL, USER ID, YENTL.
Short stuff — ABBE, AJAR, ASTA, BARI, CAPN, DST, ECU, ESSO, HOPI, MET, MIRA Sorvino, NERO, OILS, OLE, PILL, PRO, SAHL (51A. Comic who said “A conservative is someone who believes in reform. But not now”), SARA and SARI (55A. Indian attire), SAW (40D. Went out with), SHOD, SHUN, SHY, SLAP and SLAV, SLOE, SPA and SPAM, SUM, TEST, TRUE, T-TOP, URGE, YAR.
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