Sunday, June 8, 2014
“Strike One” — Puzzle by Patrick Berry / Edited by Will Shortz
Ten squares containing two letters, one being X to change a common phrase into an uncommon one, constitutes the main feature of this Sunday crossword. Actually, one could just place an X over the common-phrase letter to do the trick. The “crossed out” letters spell CROSSED OUT:
XED (124A. Struck out, as one letter n each of this puzzle’s answers)
SMILEY FA[C/X]ES (23A.
THE HEART OF WA[R/X] (29A.
ARTOO DETO[O/X] (38A.
LESSER APE[S/X] (42A.
BEAUTY CONTE[S/X]T (56A.
EVERGREEN TRE[E/X] (78A.
BO[D/X]Y DOUBLE (92A.
FO[O/X] FIGHTER (95A.
SKIP TO MY LO[U/X] (102A.
DESSERT [T/X]RAY (113A.
The matching downs (sans X’s) — TIC, STARES AT, POINT, CSI, ELITE, MORENO, RED HEAT, OLD-TIMER, and AUDEN.
Other — BLOCKADE (83D. Sea wall?), BLOW OPEN (16D. Use dynamite on, as a safe), EMBOSSED (82D. Raised on books?), IDIOTIC (4A. Brainless), LOP-EARED (85A. Like some bunnies and hounds), MAGNESIA (52A. Antacid ingredient), MINARET (91D. Mosque tower), MORENO (68D. Singer/actress Rita), NO LIMIT (63D. Like some poker games), NUDISTS (123A.You’ll see a lot of them), OLD-TIMER (84D. Golden ager), SNO CONE (64D. Carnival cooler), SORORAL (88D. Like some twins), VAMPIRE (20A. Sucker?).
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THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.