It Came A-Pun a Midnight Clear

Happy holidays, y'all! Here's a little something to puzzle over while waiting for the cookies to bake or the kiddies to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. But be warned: It isn't easy. We predict you'll utter at least one cross word.


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ACROSS

1 Precedes "Baker" and "Charlie"

5 It's a long story

9 Mann or Gramm-Rudman

12 Bonne ____ (French good night)

13 Boors

14 Rock group for global health?

15 December ditty for aging Texas beauties?

18 Actress Turturro

20 Half an ancient weapon?

21 Waited on

22 Wired

23 Cinder

25 Joins the choir invisible

26 Butterfly McQueen role

27 Exhortation to all ye faithful

29 Comic actress Madeline

30 Santa avoids the south one

32 Book bag

36 Sound of a famous minister's bell?

37 It breaks up before the party does

39 Pie or River

41 "In ____ arms is sleeping . . ."

42 Mr. or co-

43 Realm of Providence

44 Psalm word

45 Single Latina, for short

46 West Texas shepherd's song? "____ Navidad"

48 It was grassy

49 Texas tree topper?

51 Suffix for Vi-?

52 Vaya con ____

53 Author of Riders to the Sea

56 Glues

59 "Get outta here," country-style

60 Unit of speed (abbrev.)

63 Prefix for "theater"

64 It's now Ho Chi Minh City

66 Age

68 Concern

69 Sunbather's seasonal song?

72 Skater Babilonia

73 Goodwill toward men

74 Shamu, for one

75 Multipurpose motor transport

76 Precedes "la la la la la la la"

77 Cheers

DOWN

1 Mrs. Perry

2 Rancher's refrain? "Jingle ____"

3 Tyler or Ullman

4 Summers on the Seine

5 What vamps get attached to?

6 Old "old"

7 Telecommunications giant

8 Foolish stable resident?

9 San Antonio tourist's tune?

10 Salsa invaders

11 Ending for "nema-"

13 Bank

15 Alamo City, for short

16 Remodel

17 Almost overflow

19 Ending for "diction" or "caution"

22 Elizabeth, et al.

24 Nurses' Noel number? (with "The")

26 Joseph, to Jesus

28 Between Bees and Dees

29 ____, bar the door

30 Former grain of sand

31 Row toward

32 Unit of sea speed (abbrev.)

33 Undercover cop

34 Precedes "blind" or "fast"

35 Eucalyptus junkie

36 Cyclic sickness

37 Hurls at furs?

38 Thought

40 Puckish sports org.?

44 Heroin

46 Foreign service officers (abbrev.)

47 Long-running TV show

50 Four fifths of "Old MacDonald" chorus

53 Agleam

54 Mystical bear?

55 Katherine Anne Porter's "____ Wine"

56 Prefix for "man" or "10"

57 Beloved, in Italian

58 He ate no fat

59 Anna or Gertrudis

61 Orchard owner's wish? "Let there be ____ on earth"

62 Central American handicrafts

64 Soar

65 The Killing Fields actor

67 Dallas stylemaker, for short

69 Kindred spirit to 13 Across

70 State dr.'s grp.

71 Breastplate of sorts


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