U.S.A., Canada, Japan and U.S.S.R.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Puzzle by Ian Livengood / Edited by Will Shortz
F L A G D A Y in circled letters with the note “When this puzzle is done, the seven circled letters, reading clockwise, will spell a phrase …” along with MAPLE LEAF [Canada]; STARS AND STRIPES [U.S.A.]; HAMMER AND SICKLE [U.S.S.R.] and RISING SUN [Japan] constitutes the interrelated group of this fine Wednesday crossword.
Other — AMAZON (55A. Fortune 100 company based in Seattle), BELFAST (9D. C. S. Lewis’s birthplace), DEN and POKER ROOM (34D and 35D. Place to play cards), FIESTA (22A. Party with a piñata, say), FOUR ALARM (3D. Hot chili designation), MINERVA (52A. Athena’s counterpart), RAIN GOD (43D. Tlaloc, to the Aztecs), YEAH MAN (23A. “For sure, dude!”).
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