EMBALM (21D. Mummify)
Thursday,April 30, 2009
Puzzle by Greg Kaiser and Steven Ginzburg, edited by Will Shortz
Crossword puzzles thrive on thepun, or paronomasia, a form of word play that deliberately exploits ambiguity between similar-sounding words for humorous or rhetorical effect from the intentional misuse of homophonical, homographical, homonymic, polysemic, metonymic, or metaphorical language.
CAPITAL OFFENSES (36A. Pun-crimes committed by the answers to the six starred clues?) is today's example along with KHARTOUM (15A. *Final resting place for old autos?); BAGHDAD (24A. *Father of the Ziploc?); TRIPOLI (49A. *Wide shoe specification?); NEW DELHI (63A. *Recently opened sandwich shop?); DUBLIN (2D. *Multiplying' by 2?); BEIRUT (48D. *Base of a fragrant tree?), resulting in car tomb, bag dad, eee, new deli, doublin' and bay root -- hey, no offense taken!
Thursday links --UBANGI (17A. Congo tributary); PAN-ARAB (46A. Like Gamal Abdel Nasser's movement); CIRRUS (64A. It's white and fleecy); EMBALM (21D. Mummify); SARONG (43A. Island attire); PANSY (53D. Violet variety).No offense!
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