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Jul 1, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013 Jeffrey Wechsler

Theme: This One is for Beetle Bailey - Key letters from the reveal begin the theme entry words.

53A. Military mess assignment, and this puzzle's title : KP DUTY

6D. Tot's wading spot : KIDDIE POOL

10D. Deli sandwich freebies : KOSHER PICKLES

18D. Decisive end to a boxing match : KNOCKOUT PUNCH

30D. Rustic paneling wood : KNOTTY PINE

Argyle here. Rabbit, rabbit. Bit confusing for a Monday. Four columns for the main entries and an across for the reveal. Until I replaced TATER with TUBER, my SE corner would not fill. A challenging Monday.

Across:

1. Toast go-with : JAM

4. Its pH is more than 7 : ALKALI. Less than 7 is acidic.

10. Queen's spouse : KING. Too easy, didn't trust it.

14. "__ live and breathe!" : AS I

15. Spoil, as a barbecue : RAIN ON. Let's hope it won't rain on your parade Thursday.

16. Most eligible to be drafted : ONE A

17. Conceded the point : BACKED DOWN

19. Sean Connery, by birth : SCOT

20. Connected the opposite shores of, as a river : SPANNED

21. Flammable gas : ETHANE

23. Caravan's watering hole : OASIS

25. Feel remorse over : RUE

26. Like-minded groups : BLOCS

29. Yosemite grazer : ELK. I'm not sure of the location but it's pretty.
Update: Yosemite no longer has grazing elk. This elk is in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO.
31. Cattle marking : BRAND

35. Geologist's collectible : ROCK

36. Backbone : SPINE

38. Fishing spot : PIER

39. Turnpike traveler : AUTO

40. With 69-Across, Dr. Seuss classic : HOP ON. 69A. See 40-Across : POP

41. State where Interstates 35 and 80 cross : IOWA

42. Prie-__: kneeler : DIEU. Has this become a Monday word?

43. Receives guests : HOSTS

44. Symbol before the sharps and flats : CLEF

45. Dust-up : SET TO

47. Way past tipsy : LIT

48. Dress bottom : SKIRT

49. Influential D.C. group : PAC

51. Medication for insomniacs : NYTOL. Brand name.
56. Developmental stage : PUBERTY

60. Sentence subject, as a rule : NOUN

61. "Is that a guarantee?" : "CAN I BE SURE?". Hah!

64. Oil cartel acronym : OPEC

65. Repair shop courtesy : LOANER
66. Wire thickness unit : MIL

67. Second-youngest March sister, in literature : BETH. "Little Women"

68. __ Glue-All : ELMER'S. Another brand name. 

Down:

1. They set up the 18-Down : JABS 18D. Decisive end to a boxing match : KNOCKOUT PUNCH. (in case you forgot)

2. Quickly, in memos : ASAP

3. Flaky mineral : MICA

4. Sports venues : ARENAs

5. Puts on cargo : LADES

7. 12 months in Madrid : AÑOUpdate: Tilde added thanks to PaulG's comment. Perhaps I've learned my lesson.

8. Close to the ground : LOW

9. Word before circle or peace : INNER

11. Ancient Peruvian : INCA

12. Eye-catching sign : NEON

13. Airport boarding area : GATE

22. Bathroom fixture : TUB

24. Enters stealthily : SLIPS IN

26. Thin nails : BRADS

27. Huey and Dewey's brother : LOUIE. Donald's nephews.

28. Four pairs : OCTET

32. Garlicky sauce : AIOLI. Mayo with attitude.

33. More modern : NEWER

34. Preliminary version : DRAFT

36. Librarian's admonition : [SHH!]

37. Nav. officer : ENS.

46. Bit in a horse's mouth? : OAT. A bit is part of the bridle that goes in the horse's mouth.

48. Recovers from a bender, with "up" : SOBERS

50. Washer phase : CYCLE

52. Yam, for one : TUBER

53. Handle near a keyhole : KNOB

54. Francis or John Paul II, e.g. : POPE

55. Song for two : DUET. 58D. Song for three : TRIO

57. Beef cut : RUMP

59. Shrill cry : YELP. This got me; I had YELL.

62. Internet giant that owns MapQuest : AOL

63. '60s combat venue, briefly : NAM


Argyle