The New York Times Mad Hatter Crosswords: 75 Wild Puzzles

The New York Times Mad Hatter Crosswords: 75 Wild Puzzles

by Will Shortz
     
 

Some of the New York Times’ crossword puzzles are wickedly wild. They break the rules and force solvers to “think outside the box.” And that’s what makes them so fun! Mad Hatter Crosswords contains 75 of the most clever and outrageous puzzles the Times has ever published.
 
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Some of the New York Times’ crossword puzzles are wickedly wild. They break the rules and force solvers to “think outside the box.” And that’s what makes them so fun! Mad Hatter Crosswords contains 75 of the most clever and outrageous puzzles the Times has ever published.
 
Features:
75 of the Times’ wildest puzzles
Portable format is perfect for travel or solving at home
Edited by the biggest name in crosswords, Will Shortz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312588472
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
712,151
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.28(d)

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1

ACROSS

1 What lions and lambs rarely do

8 Secretly

15 Green shade

16 Busy

17 Common allergen

18 Name meaning "God is with us"

19 Mathematician who was the subject of "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers"

20 Edd’s "77 Sunset Strip" co-star

22 Yerkes Center inhabitant

23 "Bye now"

24 Aerospace transmitter

25 1960’s–70’s soul record label

26 Natl. Adopt-a-Dog Month

27 Taken in

28 Slangy hypothetical

29 Cobalt

31 Bow and others

32 It’s set on the far right

34 Tons

37 Herbal stress reliever

41 Satanic

42 Cute Valentine

43 ___ in Quebec

44 Otolaryngologists, for short

45 Instrument heard on "Within You Without You"

46 Willa Cather’s "One of ___"

47 Fr. martyress, maybe

48 Blue supergiant known as Alpha Cygni

49 San Diego tourist attraction

50 Haberdashery purchases

52 Wife of Nero

54 Collectively

55 Un-p.c. activity

56 Opener

57 1950’s Mouseketeer

DOWN

1 House style

2 Drink order

3 Much-anticipated social event

4 It may initiate a blessing

5 Farm calls

6 First name in tyranny

7 Cut a rug

8 Shakespearean king

9 Directory contents

10 Tube alternative

11 Sweets

12 Dividing line

13 "What’s shaking?"

14 Pre-Internet communications

21 Rink event

24 Bone just above the foot

25 Paddle

27 Carving medium

28 "McSorley’s Bar" painter

30 Jr. year events

31 Spy’s need

33 It has a mathematical focus

34 Lively ballroom dance

35 Bar

36 Reveres

38 Caraway-flavored liquor

39 Coyote, to a sheep rancher

40 Quiet

42 Grafton sleuth ___ Millhone

45 It may be common

46 Orchard Field, after 1949

48 It’s committed to memory

49 British gun

51 ___ de bourrée (ballet movement)

53 Long time: Abbr.

2

ACROSS

1 Hit man’s hit

9 Loafs on the job

15 Have a table for one

16 Knows about

17 Big name in footwear

18 Specialty

19 Cause of misery

20 "Mahoning" painter

22 It may be a lot

23 Time and ___

25 ___ pickle

26 "My Way" lyricist

27 Old sponsor of Tom Mix

29 Butts

32 "Forgot About ___" (1999 rap song)

33 Stick in a paint can

34 Stadium snack

38 Has the authority

39 Something to fight for

41 Mont Blanc, e.g.

42 Layered dish

43 Delivers for a price

48 Crown

49 South Korea’s Roh ___ Woo

51 Get ready to shoot

52 Anthony Eden, e.g.

53 Figures in detective fiction

55 Literally, "numbered"

56 "I can’t believe it!"

58 Writer Rawlings

60 Warm

61 Monopoly avenue

62 Divines

63 Stop stewing

DOWN

1 Potation location?

2 Sound of feigned amusement

3 Like much of Webern’s work

4 "___ are milder" (old ad slogan)

5 Flying Dutchman’s choice

6 Letter getter

7 Waiting one’s turn

8 Neighbor of Nigeria

9 10-year sentence, in slang

10 Sugar suffix

11 Flew off the handle

12 Alternative to 5th Avenue

13 Emphasizes, in a way

14 Rent

21 Turner and others

24 Seat of Webster County, Ia.

26 1608 Monteverdi Opera

28 Sci-fi writer ___ Scott Card

30 Experiencing swelling, maybe

31 Sign of a smash

34 Grp. concerned with clipping

35 Old Colorado Indian

36 Special delivery?

37 Like some dryers

40 Pal

41 Whip up

44 "I Loves You, Porgy" singer, 1959

45 Code of silence

46 Rages

47 Hard

50 It may render an arrow harmless

52 Some attendance figs.

53 M.D.

54 Hindu honorifics

57 Julie or Marie: Abbr.

59 Raven

3

ACROSS

1 Diagnostic aid

8 Leaves stranded

15 Mundane

16 Fit

17 2003 Broadway musical whose name is an address

18 "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart" duettist, 1976

19 Thimbleful

20 Roughed up

22 It’s cast

23 Takes care of

25 Dashboard item

26 Trio to the right of the D on a keyboard

27 Animal that may be striped

29 Emblem of St. Mark

31 Reddish purple

32 Marriage, for one

34 Three-time Major League Soccer champs

36 Show affection from a distance

38 Bun holder

41 Ready for a drive

45 Comrade in arms

46 1987 Pulitzer critic Richard

48 Pox

49 Controversial 1980’s proposal: Abbr.

50 "Yipe!"

52 Fishing locale

53 "What ___?"

55 Kennel club’s interest

57 Auto protector

58 Pause that refreshes

60 Circling

62 Buttercup family member

63 Puccini aria

64 Armenia’s capital

65 Noncommittal reply

DOWN

1 Snake

2 Cheese holder

3 "Again . . ."

4 Term.

5 Fish bait

6 Follow ___ (do detective work)

7 Vicks product

8 It’s put on the rack

9 In literature, the personification of purity

10 "Don’t ___"

11 Flake

12 Flipped

13 Decorative dining table piece

14 Was hot

21 Bombed

24 Short and thick

28 John ___, 1995 British Open winner

30 ___ de Noël (Christmas Eve): Fr.

31 Get smart

33 Run

35 Instant: Abbr.

37 Available for a pass

38 Compensation package amount

39 Traditional

40 Criticize harshly

42 Slowly come (in)

43 Info that may be stored with passwords

44 Important Wall St. number

47 Discovery of 1898

51 Title girl in a Ritchie Valens hit

54 Salinger girl

55 Courtesy title overseas

56 Popular techno musician

59 Erev ___ (Hebrew good evening)

61 Fighter at Chancellorsville

4

ACROSS

1 Savvy

7 Basketball player’s stat

15 Stay out of sight

16 TV family member whose words are often bleeped

17 Layperson in a monastery

18 "And?"

19 Not at all shady

21 Diamond with a mike

22 They may hold money for passengers

23 Run off, in the old days

24 Beekeeper in a 1997 film

25 A hero may have it

29 Tallies: Abbr.

30 Clipped

32 At the time of

33 QB Detmer and others

34 Place to display goods

38 Downed, as shots

41 No longer work

42 Caught on camera

46 Like some discounted mdse.

47 Receives eagerly

50 It may be for the birds

51 Four in an acre

53 "What have you been up to lately?" response

55 Aplenty, once

56 Not work independently

58Part of some platters

61 Conductor knighted in 1996

62 Tundra borderer

63 Painter Meissonier

64 Taboo

65 Worrywart’s words

DOWN

1 Casting event

2 Ochlocracy

3 Siren

4 Have second thoughts about

5 "___ le feste" ("Rigoletto" aria)

6 Sticks, in a way

7 React to something hilarious

8 Court great

9 Grp. concerned with traveling

10 Part of some letters

11 Certain Iraqi

12 Bump

13 Cause of some attacks

14 Business setback

20 It’s associated with dens: Abbr.

23 North Dakota city

26 Cravings

27 When D.S.T. begins

28 Call from the field

31 London’s ___ Court

35 Player of Caroline in "Caroline and the City"

36 Questionable gift

37 1996 song that was #1 for 14 weeks

38 Dish Network rival

39 Picked-out material?

40 One who’s overly eager

43 Discussion

44 Not thinking of others

45 Thaw

48 Game similar to crazy eights

49 Burst

52 Loser

54 Land, in Lyon

56 Mobility improver

57 Actor Reginald, who played both Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes

59 Pitch preceder

60 Under the table

5

ACROSS

1 They come in fits

5 Insurer’s file: Abbr.

9 Firmly add on

14 Take ___ (rest)

15 Ethnic cuisine

16 Kitchen gadget

17 Writer Earl ___ Biggers

18 Basketball Hall-of-Famer Harshman

19 Skirt

20 Big job for a teller

21 Prefix with industry

22 Turns over

23 ___-deucey (game)

24 Games that go into overtime

26 Squalled

28 Actress Hyams of 1920’s–30’s film

29 Common female middle name

30 Popular toys since 1961

32 1969 N.B.A. M.V.P. who played for the Bullets

34 Hot

36 Work the room

39 D–

43 Old war zone: Abbr.

44 Antiquarian’s stock

46 Escalator feature

47 Turned state’s evidence

50 Wagner soprano

51 Representative

52 "___ ask you!"

53 Baglets

54 ___ once

55 Edge

56 Port near Mascara

57 "Don’t You Know" hitmaker, 1959

58 Bad spots

59 Make a decision

60 Triglyceride, e.g.

61 Mothers and daughters

62 Rimsky-Korsakov’s "The Tale of ___ Saltan"

DOWN

1 Bumbler

2 Quite a lot

3 Show no respect for privacy

4 Like some pesticides

5 Hindu soul

6 Two murals at the Met

7 Is in love vainly

8 Danish tourist attraction

9 Some vase decorations

10 Pin

11 It’s far removed from the real world

12 Furniture style of the early 1800’s

13 In braids

25 Further down

27 Warning sign

31 British party

33 Vacation destination

35 Certain Zinfandel

36 Big tract

37 Peter and others

38 Small tract

40 The Dnieper flows through it

41 House of Milan

42 Star of "The Bronx Zoo"

45 Rays

48 Food in a nursery rhyme

49 Small change

6

ACROSS

1 Highest-ranking, in some hierarchies

6 Kind of cholera

13 Side in eightball

15 Best Original Screenplay winner for "American Beauty"

16 What Putin is often put in

17 Like peppercorns

18 Regional

20 Game winner

21 Potluck array

22 Good thing to get over

23 9W and others

24 Gray ___

25 Place for knights

29 Silvery white

31 Small flap on a garment

32 Like worker bees

33 One may have stilts

34 Naval Medical Center locale

36 Divergent doctrine developer

37 Place for the high life?

38 Commercial catchword

39 Like hors d’ouevres

44 It may be crushed

45 There until the bitter end

46 Pennsylvania city where Franklin signed a treaty with Indians, 1753

48 Miners

49 Taxed

50 Surrounded

51 Margins of safety

52 Victims

DOWN

1 Glistening garnish

2 First name of a Blackmore heroine

3 Pieces of land

4 Queens’ homes

5 One on a podium, perhaps

6 Some garment cuts

7 Puts (away)

8 Toward the center

9 Old hoops grp.

10 Low stools

11 Unlucky

12 Visitor to Rome in 46 B.C.

14 Cleric’s vesting place

15 Necklace option

19 Get through slowly

22 ___ Tribunal (international arbitration court)

25 Music genre

26 Be able to gather enough evidence

27 "Iliad," e.g.

28 Avalanche

29 Alexander V, e.g.

30 Cobbler’s job

34 Beat

35 While lead-in

37 Some seats are next to them

39 Large and heavy-looking

40 Axed

41 1819 Keats poem

42 Turn outward

43 They may be pounded out

45 Heroine of Tchaikovsky’s "Pique Dame"

47 Two -time Wimbledon winner ___ Hoad

7

ACROSS

1 Like William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

7 Facing

14 Showed

16 Mental pictures

17 Its logo is a rearing horse

18 Early 19th-century invention named after a Scottish engineer

19 Sponge

21 Puts out, say

22 Craft

23 Make one

24 Neuwirth who won a Tony for "Chicago"

27 Bills

29 Mag. subscription units

32 One up at all hours?

37 1954 Akira Kurosawa classic

38 Become the focus

39 Plymouth-to-London dir.

40 Plymouth Reliant, for one

41 Some home-brew

42 1997 U.S. Open winner

44 Frank

48 "Holy moly!"

50 Noted Chopin compositions

54 Certain electrode

56 Hotel room furniture

57 Boastful wannabe

58 Popular baked confection that originated in Chattanooga

59 Stage persona

60 Egypt’s Lake ___

DOWN

1 Diminutive Bud Fisher cartoon character

2 "Boy, do I ___!"

3 Conductor

4 Ready to go back

5 Nothing special paywise

6 Subs

7 Having an extended opening?

8 "Lion of the Desert" role

9 "Never Wave at a ___" (1952 film comedy)

10 Rock with bands

11 Butterfly whose larvae feed on nettles

12 Downer

13 Sylvia of jazz

15 Calendario parts

20 Liberalize

23 Inexplicable impulses

24 Noted Davis

25 Novelist Canin

26 Occupation involving many workers

28 Common flag symbol

30 ___ orange

31 Farm structures

33 Sunburn sites

34 Paul Valéry’s "La soirée ___ M. Teste"

35 Cotton Club notable

36 Evolutionary shifts

43 River of Hades

45 Hebrew name meaning "sweetness"

46 Bad company?

47 The Navigator Islands, today

48 Elusive subject

49 "Sounds good to me!"

50 Conquistador’s locale

51 Tastes

52 Fort ___, Ont.

53 Vision expert

55 Lot

8

ACROSS

1 Rather good at reporting

4 "Moses" author

8 One given to gushing

14 "Turn to Stone" grp.

15 Dynasty of Confucius

16 Rabbit ears, e.g.

17 College entrance consideration

19 Still in the original package

20 Gets ready beforehand, in a way

21 Like Satan worshipers

22 Lends

23 Past tense?

24 One that gives you an eyeful?

26 Corporeal cord

27 Drain feature

28 Like many churches

30 Years

31 Storied home wrecker

38 Shout to the team

42 Antarctica’s ___ Coast

43 Enter quietly

45 Turn (to)

46 Taking off

47 Source of some scars

48 Hierarchs

49 Famous Cremona family

50 Water, in other words

51 Religious exhortation

52 Some injections

53 Coastline feature

54 Current entry points

55 Disposal items

56 Even

DOWN

1 Regardless of

2 Not at all calm

3 Need for taking 9-Down

4 Proper relationship

5 Skyrocket

6 Feature of some roller coasters

7 Rose and burgundy, e.g.

8 Tell a thing or two

9 They may be brought to a business meeting

10 Ritzy

11 Taqueria order

12 "Have mercy" in Masses

13 Pittance

18 Goose-pimply

25 They’re baited in rings

29 Tough request

31 Rush in a movie theater

32 Professional light bulb producers?

33 Suppressing opposition brutally

34 Eradicated, with "out"

35 Hop offerer

36 Has trouble standing

37 Architecture, e.g.

38 Skilled moneymaker

39 Whole

40 Certain marble

41 Uncomfortable position

44 Las ___

48 Step, in Seville

9

ACROSS

1 Gorges

7 Liquid offering at a "bar"

15 Kind of valve

16 Be a segue for

17 Asian clue collector

18 Indefinite yes

19 Online newsgroup system

20 Occult characters?

21 Churned-out prose

22 Keep away

24 Straining aid

25 Game ender, perhaps

26 Unfeminine

27 Karat measure

32 Underling

33 Counterparts

34 Fore-play?

35 Piano piece

36 Does up differently

37 Pang

38 Natural rustler

39 Dancing stimulus

40 Got really upset

46 Invoice fig.

47 Chauffeur’s order

48 Hot

49 Stored

51 ___ Beach, Calif.

52 Firecracker

53 King topper

54 Pair for the court

55 Doesn’t look good?

DOWN

1 "The Fall" novelist

2 Physicist ___ Störmer

3 Foch’s force

4 Something may be written in it

5 Top of the Catholic Church?

6 Sausage-wrapped British breakfast dish

7 Kitchen gadgets

8 ___ Islands, which include the Cyclades

9 Gumbel’s "Today" successor

10 They’re usually fruit-flavored

11 Bash a bit

12 Reduced

13 "Terrible pity"

14 Escape mechanisms?

23 Surety concern

24 In sorry shape

26 Track event

27 Bullets, so to speak

28 By and large

29 Account

30 "The Sacred Wood" writer, 1920

31 How many symphonies Chopin wrote

32 Great American Cookies rival

34 Busiest

36 Fly-by-nights?

38 Tracy’s "Tortilla Flat" co-star

40 Dorough of the Backstreet Boys

41 Traffic stopper, sometimes

42 Senate wear

43 One may be full of scales

44 Eighty-___ (early Oklahoma homesteader)

45 Cons

47 Good watcher

50 It may make a bust: Abbr.

10

ACROSS

1 Subject of a court order

8 Credit

15 Name after which the New World is named

16 Infused with energy

17 Formative

18 Having some intelligence

19 Some modern bill payers, for short

20 Photo ID’s

22 50’s sitcom name

23 Set (against)

24 Divulge

25 Literary monogram

26 "I’m not ___ complain . . ."

28 Gulf V.I.P.

30 Anthologies

31 Mezzo Berganza

33 Common computer icon

35 Correct

37 Sincere

39 Goes for

43 Pass

44 Saucy sort

46 March

47 Bond, e.g.: Abbr.

48 They must be satisfied

50 Christmas, e.g.: Abbr.

51 Disparage

53 Numbers holder

54 Give (out)

55 Goes nuts

57 "The same," in condition

59 ___ City of story and film

60 Kind of window

61 Very spread out

62 Neighbors, figuratively

DOWN

1 Cleaning vessel

2 Last song recorded by the Beatles

3 Not so likely

4 Tosser of the Apple of Discord

5 Material for a whitesmith

6 Yucca’s plant family

7 Pleasant

8 Qintar spender

9 Old letter opener

10 Early second-century date

11 Oregon college

12 Classic work with 34 cantos

13 Business, facetiously

14 Whirls

21 One concerned with bouquets

24 Schlemiel

27 Bathwear

29 Hopping John ingredient

30 More suitable for a job

32 Stand buys

34 Airs

36 Fruity dessert

37 Front-of-car accessory

38 Not so bright

40 Sticks

41 Dollface

42 Ductless organs

43 Big cuts

45 Lunchbox item, for short

49 Detailed, briefly

52 Singular, to Caesar

53 ___ call

54 Turn

56 Field call

58 Sports page statistic

Excerpted from The New York Times by Will Shortz.
Copyright 2009 by The New York Times.
Published in August 2009 by St. Martin’s Press.
All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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