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Belted One Out of This World

By 7 mars 2020 No Comments

TUESDAY PUZZLE — When we last saw Peter Koetters, he was doing unspeakable things to vegetables, but today he is back in The New York Times Crossword doing unspeakably funny things to … well, you’ll find out.

Today’s Theme

When I worked in advertising, slogan writing was a much sought-after assignment, just because it was so much fun and the potential for coming up with funny or ribald ones was so great. We would sit around for hours, riffing on all the punny ways to talk about foot fungus powder, until it was 5 o’clock and time to go to happy hour. There isn’t a lot that I miss about the 1980s, but those were good times.

Today, Mr. Koetters continues that tradition with punny slogans for capital cities, should you want to visit them. For example, at 50A, the testimonial “‘I was afraid to ski, but in New Hampshire I ___!’” is answered by CONCORD MY FEARS, as a sound-alike for “conquered my fears” and CONCORD being the capital of New Hampshire.

That’s very clever. Now you go visit the other three cities.

Tricky Clues

11A: Were you suspicious of this clue? “Fixer at a horse race?” sounds like someone who fixes the races themselves, but the person who “fixes” the horses is the VET.

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