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Crossword No. 405: The Long Term by Matt Gaffney
1 London’s Underground, with “The” 5 Native-born Israeli
10 Shawn Carter, to the music world
15 Didn’t dine out
16 Athens is there
17 Spot on the small screen
18 Temporary transfers
19 Title role for Welles
20 Zimbabwean dictator who marked his 38th year in power on April 18
23 Video game company founded in 1972
24 Money back
28 Pot pie piece
29 Félix Houphouët- Boigny ruled this African nation from its independence in 1960 to his death in 1993
34 ___ Tuesday
35 Sing like the Swiss
36 Marketing opening?
39 Outbid someone at the last second, in eBay slang
41 88 on a Steinway
42 More than love
44 Rubs it in
46 Modern-era record holder among nonhereditary rulers, he ran his island nation for more than 52 years
48 Section of a circle’s circumference
51 Very small
52 Of the schnoz
54 Francisco Franco ruled Spain for 36 years under this military title
59 Justin who lost the Masters in a playoff to Sergio Garcia on April 9
62 Author Calvino
63 “___ Fire” (Springsteen song)
64 Improve, as an article
65 Walk-on appearance
67 Himalayan cryptid
68 Be hardly working instead of working hard
69 Nights before
1 Kind of woman’s shoe
2 Give some love to, as a YouTube video
3 Shearing sounds
4 Tail or bitter follower
6 Small piece of silver?
8 Ali milieu
9 Aziz of Parks and Recreation
10 Humor section items
11 “Now I understand!”
12 Yang’s counterpart
13 Woman’s name from the Greek for “life”
21 Rolling in it
26 Nickname for a Junior’s son
27 Slippery school
30 Surgeons’ domains: abbr.
31 Pacific island kingdom
32 Bad things
33 Train station
34 Plain known for its abundance of wildlife
36 Cincinnatian in the White House
37 Falco of Nurse Jackie
38 Miner’s quarry
40 Inner ___ (canal area)
45 Nobelist Morrison
47 No idealists
48 Isaac who wrote I, Robot
49 Punk rock surname
50 Exact copies
53 To the left or right
55 List-ending abbr.
56Rendezvous With ___ (Arthur C. Clarke book)
57 Oldest of the Baldwin brothers
58 “Check it out!”
59 King: Sp.
60 Words often “to” a specific person
61 Take a chair
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This week’s question: Unable to find love with a real-life woman, Chinese engineer Zheng Jiajia has married a humanoid robot that he built himself. If Hollywood were to make a romantic comedy about Zheng and his fembot’s unlikely love story, what title should the film have?
Last week’s contest: An Italian restaurant in North Carolina saw business double recently when it decided to stop serving children under age 5. If the proprietor were to open a national chain of restaurants that barred all kids, what would it be called?
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