Sep 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Kurt Mengel and Jan-Michele Gianette

 
Theme: 2's - Four words, to be exact, that indicate 2 start off the theme entries.

17A. 1971 road film co-starring James Taylor : "TWO LANE BLACKTOP". Classic cult film.

26A. Treachery : DOUBLE DEALING. Classic soap opera feature.

41A. Spectacles : PAIR OF GLASSES. Classic quote: "Men seldom make passes / at girls who wear glasses / but it really depends on their frames."

53A. Status of a multiple passport holder : DUAL CITIZENSHIP. Classic ???

Argyle(the one and only) here. An apt puzzle for today, if a bit uninspired. A couple of grid spanners, all in-language theme entries but I didn't warm to it. Your temperature may vary.

Across:

1. Gather for oneself : AMASS

6. __ accompli : FAIT. "fact accomplished" - or what we might called a 'done deal'.

10. Brontë or Boleyn : ANNE

14. Video game hedgehog : SONIC

15. Up to the task : ABLE

16. Cambodia neighbor : LAOS

20. Cozy stopover : INN

21. Golfer McIlroy : RORY
 # One.

22. Shaggy : HAIRY

23. City SW of Bogotá : CALI. Down in Colombia.

24. Prefix meaning "loving" : PHILO. "philosophy" = "love of wisdom" What would be "love of crosswords"?

30. Church organ features : PIPES. But don't tell the organist she has a nice set of pipes.

31. Two-masted vessel : YAWL

32. "Do You Know the __ to San Jose?" : WAY

34. Got older : AGED

35. Gets hot under the collar : BOILS [eew, bad image.]

37. Taste, as of a sandwich : BITE

38. Mangy mutt : CUR

39. Tight-knit family : CLAN

40. "Funeral Blues" poet W.H. __ : AUDEN

45. Hearty meals : STEWS

46. Ugh-producing : ICKY

47. Assume the role of : ACT AS

49. Poet Pound : EZRA

50. New Deal agcy. : WPA. Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration)

57. Longfellow's bell town : ATRI It was in C.C.'s Sunday Aug. 17th puzzle.

58. Indian princess : RANI

59. R&B singer Sam : COOKE



60. Flat-topped hill : MESA

61. Fencing weapon : ÉPÉE

62. County in SE England : ESSEX

Down:

1. Piedmont wine region : ASTI

2. Cut with a Snapper, say : MOWN. (past tense) Forrest liked his.

 
3. Shortly, to Shakespeare : ANON

4. __ vous plaît : S'IL. "if you please"

5. Sacred Egyptian beetles : SCARABs. very pretty colors.

6. Spenser's "The __ Queene" : FAERIE

7. "Dear" advice giver : ABBY

8. Feeling poorly : ILL

9. Celestial Seasonings offering : TEA

10. Acid neutralizer : ALKALI

11. Company that's "on your side" : NATIONWIDE. Also, sponsor of the junior NASCAR circuit.

12. Jordanian queen dowager : NOOR. Biography

13. Catch sight of : ESPY 40D. With suspicion : ASKANCE

18. Hall of Fame NFL coach Chuck : NOLL. Biography

19. Kick back : CHILL

23. Prompted : CUED

24. Ring loudly : PEAL

25. Partner of hems : HAWS

26. Unearth : DIG UP

27. Big names at the Met : OPERA STARS

28. Fading away : DYING

29. Garden swingers : GATES

30. Source of some D.C. funding : PAC

33. Strong desire : YEN

35. Low __: cheap shot : BLOW

36. Clumsy sorts : OAFS

37. On a tight schedule : BUSY

39. Getting gradually louder, in mus. : CRESC. (Crescendo)

42. Bologna's land : ITALIA

43. Tin __: Model T : LIZZIE

44. Parcel of land : ACRE

47. Sandler of "Grown Ups" films : ADAM. There is a third one in the works.

 
48. Like kitten videos : CUTE

49. Berlin article : EINE

50. Start of a "Knock, knock" response : WHO'S [there]

51. Toll road : PIKE

52. Mountain climber's goal : APEX

54. Wrath : IRE

55. Sink feature : TAP

56. Sailor's distress signal : SOS

 

Argyle