Stir frying (爆 bào) in the wok
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Puzzle by Jeff Chen / Edited by Will Shortz
STIR FRIES (59A. Wok dishes), along with SERIF, FIRES, REFIS and FRISE found in SANS SERIF (17A. Undecorated type?), FOREST FIRES (24A. Subjects of some park sign warnings), MORTGAGE REFIS (34A. Some homeowner transactions when interest rates fall, informally) and BICHON FRISÉ (51A. Certain lap dog), constitute the interrelated group of this Thursday crossword.
Other — ASSAILS, CD CASES, CHAT ROOM, HIGH FIVE, I PROMISE, NINTENDO (3D. Company whose name roughly means “leave luck to heaven“), SEAT BELT, TENOR SAX (35D. John Coltrane played it).
Mid-size — ABUTS, ALEVE, ASAHI (10D. Japanese beer brand), AURORA, FLEXOR, Clark GABLE, GRUNT, HUMOR, Chris ISAAK, KELSO, Kevin KLINE, LIBIDO, NINE AM, OH HELL, OSIRIS (48D. Underworld boss?), OTHER, SABERS, Western SAMOA, SCHEMA, RATED, TALLER, TEEMS, TERSE, UNHURT.
Short stuff — ABIE, ACNE, ADOS, AGE, AHI, ANS, ART, “AS IF to say …”, ATTN, ATTN, Kobe BEEF, BETS, EFS, ELF, ENS, Classical ERA, FAKE, HAST, ISLE, IRE, LOB and LON, LULL, Richard MARX, MBA, Rapa NUI, OTC, PEDI, RAD, RIS, SAFE and SALE, SHIN, SODA, SPEC, SPA, SRO.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Side effect of steroid use; 5. Handoff that isn’t; 9. Biblical verb; 13. Climb using all four limbs; 14. Break; 15. Rocker Chris; 19. Butler player of note; 20. Case studier: Abbr.; 21. One acting on impulse?; 22. “Crud!; 23. Furor; 26. First name in horror; 28. Yellowfin tuna, on menus; 29. Packed letters?; 30. Part of a fast-food combo; 32. Commercial name for naproxen; 40. Elliptical, in a way; 41. An article may be written on it; 43. Y or N, maybe; 46. Rapa ___ (Easter Island); 47. Highball?; 50. Wicked!”; 54. Like 32-Across, for short; 55. Sound; 56. Rose’s guy, on Broadway; 57. Exec’s degree; 58. Abounds; 61. Western ___; 62. 59-Down treatment, informally; 63. Castaway’s locale; 64. Richard with the 1989 #1 hit “Right Here Waiting”; 65. Big rushes; 66. Lays it on the line? — DOWN: 2. Sets upon; 2. Cyberspace space; 4. “Star Trek” extra: Abbr.; 5. Bending muscle; 6. Night light; 7. Oscar winner for “A Fish Called Wanda”; 8. Seasonal mall figure; 9. Slap up?; 11. Cavalry sidearms; 12. Like LeBron James vis-à-vis Kobe Bryant; 16. Kutcher’s character on “That ‘70s Shows”; 18. Jewel box?; 22. Census form option; 25. Point of ___; 31. It may be fine; 32. Census datum; 33. Bad marks; 36. McJob holder; 38. “You have my word!”; 39. Airplane light icon; 42. Jewel boxes; 43. Borders; 44. When many clocks are punched; 45. Conceptual framework; 47. A wolf has a strong one; 52. Bookstore section; 53. Deserved; 59. See 62-Across; 60. Barbecue offering.