XW Info

This puzzle appeared on Thursday, November 8, 2012 in syndication. The original New York Times publication date is shown below.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
by Bill Thompson
The seven circled letters reading from top to bottom describe an event occurring at four locations in this puzzle.
Thu 10/4/2012
AVISCROCIPAWS
DICEREHEMALIT
DRESIFORMPINE
LAMESTHOOSEGOW
ELAHISRUR
CHOCOLATEDAE
HIHATMYBADADD
ADINTBILLTVAD
NINGEENAFAIRY
GOEDERGROUND
LABENLSOS
MRMIYAGIELAPSE
ROEGLEAVESAID
AUTHLEMAYIDEA
ZESTSKATEFERN
© 2012, The New York Times
JimH notes: The four special squares are read as SUN on the way Across, but are eclipsed by MOON on the way down. This solar eclipse crossword is a nice complement to Kevin G. Der's 2010 lunar eclipse puzzle.
1.Thrifty alternative : AVIS
5.Signs of spring : CROCI
10.Feline face cleaners : PAWS
14.Casino stock : DICE
15.Shorten, maybe : REHEM
16.Settled : ALIT
17.Ceremonial military outfit : DRESSUNIFORM
19.Long : PINE
20.Like the worst excuse : LAMEST
22.Clink : HOOSEGOW
24.The girl from Ipanema? : ELA
25."You will be ___" (last line of "Wishin' and Hopin'") : HIS
27.Classic play whose title is an abbreviation : RUR
28.Dairy Queen treat : CHOCOLATESUNDAE
35.Drum kit component : HIHAT
37."Oops, sorry" : MYBAD
38.Build on, with "to" : ADD
39.Deuce follower : ADIN
40.Govt. security : TBILL
41.Certain spot : TVAD
42."Delta of Venus" author : NIN
43.Actress Davis : GEENA
44.One carrying dust, maybe : FAIRY
45.Hides, in a way : GOESUNDERGROUND
48.Place for a particle accelerator : LAB
49.Photoshop option: Abbr. : ENL
50.Help-wanted letters : SOS
53."Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything" speaker : MRMIYAGI
58.Pass : ELAPSE
60.Director of "The Witches," 1990 : ROEG
61.Omits : LEAVESUNSAID
64.Wolfe or Woolf, e.g.: Abbr. : AUTH
65.W.W. II general nicknamed "Bombs Away" : LEMAY
66.It begins at conception : IDEA
67.Gusto : ZEST
68.Ray variety : SKATE
69.Crayola color since 1998 : FERN
1.Confuse : ADDLE
2.Like some marketing : VIRAL
3.Wet-bar convenience : ICEMACHINE
4.Mobutu ___ Seko (African despot) : SESE
5.Rotten Tomatoes contributor : CRITIC
6.Dict., e.g. : REF
7."You'd better watch out!" : OHOH
8.Dos minus dos : CERO
9.Like vampires : IMMORTAL
10.Movie with a 9-year-old Best Supporting Actress winner : PAPERMOON
11.Character with the tagline "Booyakasha!" : ALIG
12.Major downer? : WINO
13.Fret : STEW
21.Targeted launch : MOONSHOT
23.Took to court : SUED
26.Melancholy : SOMBER
29.Chinese dynasty : HAN
30.Deceitful : LYING
31.Deafening : ABLARE
32.Kato Kaelin portrayer on "S.N.L." : DAVIDSPADE
33.Purim's month : ADAR
34.Whirl : EDDY
35."___ 'em!" (mob's cry) : HANG
36.Graphic beginning? : IDIO
40.Tots' sports equipment : TEEBALLS
41.Whup : TAN
43.Greeting in Oz : GDAY
44.Image on the "E.T." poster : FULLMOON
47.Feature of Mike Wazowski in "Monsters, Inc." : ONEEYE
48.Work after work? : MOONLIGHT
51.Basket material : OSIER
52.Chair for Cleopatra : SEDAN
53.Singer Jason : MRAZ
54.Rake : ROUE
55.Team whose colors are blue and orange : METS
56.Tech whiz, say : GEEK
57.Meaning of "Ich bin ein" in J.F.K.'s quote : IAMA
59."In your dreams!" : ASIF
62.Big tank : VAT

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