Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Some Like it Hot


While the temperature outside may have cooled off recently, there are still plenty of hot spots to be found in today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon.

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Solution to Today's Puzzle

Legend: "*" anagram; "~" sounds like; "<" letters reversed

"( )" letters inserted; "_" letters deleted; "†" explicit in the clue


1a   GARB|LE — GARB (apparel) + LE (the French; French word meaning 'the')

4a   FLA(P|J|A)CK — FLACK (promoter) containing (eating) {P (piece of Pie) + J (bit of Jam) + (and) A (†)}

9a   IN|CUBA|TOR< — IN (†) + CUBA (Communist country) + a reversal (turned) of ROT (corrupt)

11a   RID(G)E — RIDE (travel) containing (around) G (middle [letter] of LoGan)

12a   GENES|IS — GENES (family inheritance) + IS (†)

13a   ERUPTED* — anagram (awfully) of RUDE PET

14a   PREDIC(AMEN)T — AMEN (You said it!) contained in (in) PREDICT (forecast)

19a   B|RAGGADOCIO* — B (Bubble at the front) + an anagram (ruined) of A GOOD CIGAR

22a   PROV(OK)E — PROVE (show) containing (gaining) OK (approval)

24a   RETIRED — double definition; "quit working" & "with new wheels"

26a   C(RAW)L — RAW (au naturel) contained in (coated with) CL ([symbol for the chemical element] chlorine)

27a   SKED|ADDLE — ADDLE (dizzy) following (after) SKED (program; short for schedule)

28a   CHI(POT)LE — POT () contained in (in) CHILE (South American land)

29a   {SNAP TO}* — anagram (drifting) of ON PAST


1d   {GOING APE}* — anagram (scattered) of OPIE GANG

2d   RE(CANT)ED — CANT (lack the wherewithal to; can't) contained in (put in) REED (grass)

3d   LOB|OS — LOB (toss) + OS (goose eggs; zeroes)

5d   _L|ARGE_ — hidden in ruraL ARGEntina

6d   PARQUETED~ — sounds like (overheard) {PARK (temporarily leave; park the kids with the grandparents) + AID (help)}

7d   AUDI(T)S — T (end [letter] of broadcasT) contained in (in) AUDIS (German cars)

8d   KNEADS~ — sounds like (for vocalizing) NEEDS (requires)

10d   TOSTADA* — anagram (tossed) of AT TOADS

15d   IMBROGLIO* — anagram (stirred) of OIL RIG MOB

16d   _EN| GARDE_ — hidden in kitchEN GARDEns

17d   S|C(A|RED) UP — S (small) + {CUP (goblet) containing (filled with) [A (†) + RED (sort of wine)]}

18d   TOO|D(LE-O)O — LEO (sign [of the zodiac]) contained in (in) {TOO (further) + DO (party)}

20d   IPECAC* — anagram (damaged) of ICE CAP

21d   SO|MALI — SO (then) + MALI (West African land)

23d   EASE|L — L (left) following (behind) EASE (facility)

25d   T|RAIN — T (end [letter] of hoT) + RAIN (shower)
Key to Reference Sources: 

[1]   - The Chambers Dictionary, 11th Edition
[2]   - Search Chambers - (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)
[3]   - (American Heritage Dictionary)
[4]   - (Collins English Dictionary)
[5]   - Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford Dictionary of English)
[6]   - Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford American Dictionary)
[7]   - Wikipedia
[8]   - Reverso Online Dictionary (Collins French-English Dictionary)
[9]   - Infoplease (Random House Unabridged Dictionary)
[10] - (Collins English Dictionary)
Signing off for today — Falcon

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