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Sep 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 12 2017, Jeffrey Wechsler


Theme: There's No Telling

17. With 61-Across, dubious tabloid image : UNIDENTIFIED

61. See 17-Across : FLYING OBJECT 

25. Call to a police hotline, possibly : ANONYMOUS TIP 

36. 1972 chart-topper for the band America : A HORSE WITH NO NAME 

51. Emmy-winning travel and cuisine show hosted by Anthony Bourdain : PARTS UNKNOWN 

Melissa here.

Interesting that there is no reference to the theme in the clues - no starred clues, and no reveal. Which is fitting because the theme answers are all about keeping mum.

This may have been the fastest Tuesday solve ever.

Across       

1. Attack vigorously : ASSAIL


7. Insurance company's concern : RISK


11. "Now I get it!" : AHA


14. Dry-eyes solution : SALINE


15. __ Picchu : MACHU



16. Female GI in WWII : WAC. Women's Army Corp.


19. Curved line : ARC


20. '50s president, initially : DDE. Dwight D. Eisenhower


21. 20-Across nickname : IKE


22. The Congo, formerly : ZAIRE


24. Tycoon Onassis : ARI


29. Hits the tarmac : LANDS


31. Very long time : EON


32. Attention-getting whisper : PSST


33. Elect to office : VOTE IN


35. Spouse : MATE


43. Storyteller __ Christian Andersen : HANS


44. Key of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony : D-MINOR


45. Relaxing venues : SPAS


49. Train cos. : RRS


50. Likely will, after "is" : APT TO


56. Canon SLR camera : EOS. Everyone I know just uses their phone for taking pictures now.



57. Get the better of : OUTDO


58. "If you ask me," briefly : IMO. In My Opinion.


59. Like this crossword ans. : ACR. Across.


60. Hole in __ : ONE


67. ATM maker : NCR


68. Poke fun at : TEASE


69. Thingamabob : DOODAD


70. Bashful : SHY


71. Sleep in a tent, say : CAMP


72. Dries out, with "up" : SOBERS

Down:


1. Sch. with a Tempe campus : ASU. Arizona State University.


2. She plays Dr. Cristina Yang in "Grey's Anatomy" : SANDRA OH




3. Stirred up a cloud of dust at, as a base : SLID INTO



4. Staff helper : AIDE

5. Suffix with hero : INE


6. Bolshevik leader : LENIN


7. Battle of Britain fliers: Abbr. : RAF. Royal Air Force. Always makes me think of Roald Dahl.


8. Here, to Henri : ICI. French.


9. Female pronoun : SHE


10. Invasive Japanese vine : KUDZU. I used to use Kudzu fragrance in my massage oil blend - the scent is lovely. Interesting Smithsonian article.


11. Anticipates : AWAITS


12. Poll founder Louis : HARRIS. So this is who the Harris Poll is named after.


13. Receive willingly : ACCEPT


15. Personal bearing : MIEN


18. Ring ref's decision : TKO. Technical Knock Out.


23. Snake that bit Cleopatra : ASP

24. Thomas __ Edison : ALVA


25. Tag sale words : AS IS


26. Irish poet : YEATS


27. Cloth-eating insect : MOTH


 
28. Upright : ON END


30. German article : DER


34. Jacket style named for an Indian leader : NEHRU



35. Capital of Belarus : MINSK


37. Say "Watch it" to : WARN


38. Arabian Sea nation : OMAN


 

39. Little bite : NIP


40. Go before : ANTECEDE


41. Auto, to a Brit : MOTOR CAR


42. Love god : EROS


45. Cereal utensils : SPOONS


46. Beer gut : PAUNCH


47. Blood carrier : ARTERY


48. Criterion: Abbr. : STD. Abbreviation, not an acronym. Standard.


52. The third letter of 13-Down (but not the second) : SOFT C. I should know this sneaky clue by now.


53. Work starting hour : NINE


54. Texter's "Crikey!" : OMG


55. Forest : WOODS


 

59. "This is __ for Superman!" : A JOB


62. Grassy expanse : LEA


63. Candied veggie : YAM.


64. Web access co. : ISP. Internet Service Provider.


65. Scarer's shout : BOO


66. NFL scores : TDS. Touchdowns.


Note from C.C.:

1) I mentioned a few weeks ago that Melissa had a car accident. She was driving her brother's truck to take care of some business in California. Her brother Rick wrote this moving article about the truck and what really matters. I remember the day Melissa let me know the accident and how important the truck was to her and Rick. It makes me cry.

2) Happy 58th birthday to dear Steve, our incomparable foodie and our tireless Thursday Sherpa. Steve travels extensively for his work, so many of his blogs are written from airports or whatever city he's staying.

Steve and his friend Jill, June 12, 2016
Tea at The Queen Mary