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Crossword No. 385: For the Record by Matt Gaffney
1 Editor’s insertion
10 Company patronized by Wile E. Coyote
14 D.C.-to-Boston train
16 Risk board territory bordering Ukraine and Afghanistan
17 On Nov. 6, 20-yearold Mats Valk of the Netherlands solved one of these in 4.74 seconds, a new world record
19 Children connect them
20 Noteworthy period
24 HMS Dreadnought, e.
26 Shoots the breeze
27 Danger in Iraq, for short
28 Dish dryer
31 ___ Rican
34 Good surname for an auto mechanic?
35 Hitchcock thriller
36 Friend of Philippe’s
37 In September 2015, a record 2,521-squaremeter version of this game’s board was created in Arlington Texas
40 Stephen of The Crying Game
41 First word from a baby, maybe
43 Picnic invaders
44 Ground to a halt
46 Prince Edward Island or Manitoba
48 Biol., e.g.
50 Attaches to a wall, sometimes
54 Siege site
56 Fails to be, casually
57 Clay, from 1964 onward
58 “What greater gift than the love of ___?” —Dickens
59 On July 16, 322 games of this were played in a single room at a resort in Bulgaria, a new world record
62 “Big Mouth” Martha
63 Sound heard a second time
64 Not quite tight
65 X, in XOXO
66 High school sophomore, e.g.
67 Tries for flies
1 Rod in Cooperstown
2 NSX automaker
3 Rod in concrete
4 Wallach of The Godfather: Part III
5 Be criticized
6 One of its letters stands for “publishers”
7 Framed advantageously
8 Key neighboring Q
9 Company division?
10 IRS agent
11 In October 2014, Tyler Hinman solved one of these in The New York Times in a record-setting 1 minute 57 seconds
13 Besides that
18 Went down
23 ___ bran
25 Command to a collie
26 Altoids alternative
29 Lunger’s equipment
30 Be ahead
31 Summer fun
32 Epps of ER
33 In 2007 in Cedar City, Utah, 12,215 people participated in a record-setting game of this
34 Nickname of a Midwestern metropolis
38 “Oh yeah?”
39 Concert hall events
42 Takes flight
47 Mike Pence’s st.
48 Belted one out
50 Brand for a shutterbug
51 Ocean kingdom
52 “How’d the game go?” response
53 Good scores on The Gong Show
54 Zillionaire Zuckerberg
55 Berry in some Starbucks drinks
56 Need a rubdown
60 Top pitcher
61 Do the yard
The Week Contest
This week’s question: A Boston University study has found that peasants in 13th-century Europe took 150 days off from work per year to celebrate holidays and festivals, compared with 16.2 vacation days taken by the average American. If a management guru were to write a book about how adopting a medieval work-life balance would make us happier and more productive, what should it be titled?
Last week’s contest: Researchers have discovered that men who put on weight after fathering children live longer and are more attractive to women than their leaner, more muscular male counterparts. What would be the title of a new book instructing men on how to develop the perfect dad bod?
THE WINNER: “Father Figure” —Elizabeth Hasley, Oakland
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