Voice v.v. Voice
His Master’s Voice by Francis Barraud, circ. 1899
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Puzzle by Julie Ann Bowling, edited by Will Shortz
NOTE: The following is emended in the original blog, and the information below is inaccurate (to whatever extent) concerning homographs, etc. See original post for update -- at some point, this LARGEPRINT post will be changed to reflect same.
Four ten-letter inter-related two-word homographs are the main feature of this neatly constructed Tuesday crossword puzzle. LEADPENCIL (20A Number one #2?); MINUTEMAID (57A Little woman?); POLISHJOKE (9D What a comedian might do before going onstage?); and BASSGUITAR (29D Fish-shaped musical instrument?) -- even though the homograph is only the first word of each entry, e.g., lead, minute, polish, and bass, it seems unnecessary to complicate the description.
Continuing with admirable symmetry, there are two nine-letter entries, IRONSTONE (6D Hard porcelain) and PRECLUDED (34D Made impossible); two eight-letter entries, DOUBLETS (26A 2 and 12, e.g., in dice) and SCARESUP (49A Puts together hastily); two seven-letter entries, PEASANT (24A Manorial worker) and VACUOUS (51A Empty, as a stare); with three six-letter entries, GOSPEL (5D Matthew or Mark); FJORDS (35A Oslo is on one), and RUEFUL (50D Really sorry).
Five-letter entries include AGONY, AVERS, CROCE, DOLED, EXECS, FARSY, GROSS, LEAST, LOSES, OMEGA, OWING, PUMPS, RODEO, SILOS, SNORT, TENON, UNCLE and UNZIP.
There is quite a large four-letter group which includes ARCS, CIRC, COOP, DEEP, DENG, DYER & DYES, EDNA, EPEE, IDEA, IGOR, INCA, ISLE, KUTE,LENO, LOOT, NERD, NORA, NOTS, ODOR, OMEN, ORAL, ORZO, OISE & OIUS; PLOD, POTS, RIND, RSTU, SORE, UNTO, and WOVE.
The three-letter fill, AUF, DUH, EXS, GAP, ICU, LSU, SAD, and SAO, is quite economical.
Clues across: 1. In debt; 6. Post-op locale; 9. Bets build them; 13. Workplace for some clowns; 14. Melon exterior; 16. Sign to heed; 17. States confidently; 18. Rice-shaped pasta; 19. Late-night name; 20. Number one #2?; 22. Hunchbacked assistant; 23. “All My EXS Live in Texas” (1987 #1 country hit) (; 24. Manorial worker; 26. 2 and 12, e.g., in dice; 31. “I am such a dope!”; 32. Bart’s teacher, EDNA Krabappel; 33. Hen’s home; 35. Oslo is on one; 39. Have-NOTS (poor people); 40. Traffic problem; 42. Northamptonshire river; 43. Yucky; 45. Olympics blade; 46. Toy with a cross frame; 47. Dental problem calling for braces; 49. Puts together hastily; 51. Empty, as a stare; 55. Prefix with culture; 57. Little woman?; 63. Heist haul; 64. Proceed slowly; 65. Persian tongue; 66. Cuzco native; 67. Holding a grudge; 68. “I surrender!”; 69. Batik artist; 70. In a funk; 71. Manages to elude
Down: 1. Like most folklore; 2. Used a loom; 3. Brainchild; 4. Social misfit; 5. Matthew or Mark; 6. Hard porcelain; 7. Magazine fig.; 8. Loosen, as a parka; 9. What a comedian might do before going onstage?; 10. Alphabet ender; 11. Carpentry joint part; 12. Angry bull’s sound; 15. Apportioned, with “out”; 21. Members of management; 25. “AUF Wiedersehen”; 26. China’s DENG Xiaoping; 27. Dumpster emanation; 28. Sermon preposition; 29. Fish-shaped musical instrument; 30. Ivory, Coast and others; 34. Made impossible; 36. Alsace assents; 37. Queue after Q; 38. Tough to fathom; 41. Most trivial; 44. SAO Tome; 48. High-heel shoes; 50. Really sorry; 51. Not yet expired; 52. Intense pain; 53. Jim who sang “Time in a Bottle”; 54. Missile sites; 58. Ibsen’s NORA Helmer; 59. Hand, to Hernando; 60. Rainbow shapes; 61. Cruise stopover; 62. Stamping tools.
Speaking of homographs, homonyms, or homophones; ET phone home! Goodbye, I gotta fly!
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