An Embarrassment of Riches


This politically incorrect (some might even say “disgusting”) puzzle comes to you from an anonymous source, known only to Rockefeller alum (1977) George Barany, who is currently on the faculty of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. For more about this specific puzzle, including a link to its answer, visit here and here. More Barany and Friends puzzles can be found .


1. Sometimes, they’re not given

6. Burro, e.g.

9. Oscar’s U.K. equivalent

14. Straight: Prefix

15. Word after good or bad

16. Domains

17. “___ In” (Wings hit that begins with “Someone’s knockin’ at the door”)

18. Sugary drink, often

19. Carl ___, whose September 2015 endorsement of fellow billionaire 58-Across was a “no-brainer”

20. Adjective that does not begin to describe 58-Across

23. McCorvey in a landmark case

24. Pay back?

25. Paddle-wheel craft

27. 58-Across inveighing against the IRS?

32. Apprentice, like 58-Across at electoral politics

33. Woman who raised Cain

34. Universal soul, in Hinduism

36. Acts the rat

39. Lawless princess?

41. “___, Marissa Mayer Are Right; Employees Should Not Work From Home” (February 2013 tweet by 58-Across)

43. Centerfielder on Mets World Series team

44. “58-Across is The World’s Greatest ___” (FiveThirtyEight headline, July 2015)

46. Flag-waving, breast-beating “patriot,” like 58-Across

48. Expanded, contracted

49. Carillon clamor

51. Scottish castle that 58-Across is unlikely to be invited to

53. Domains

56. “Ich bin ___ Berliner”

57. LBJ’s palindromic “War on Poverty” agcy.

58. DAMN TURD POL, anagramatically

64. One of three people walking into a bar, in many a joke

66. “Four score and seven years ___ …”

67. Word before basin or wave

68. Heavenly hunter

69. Try to become President, e.g.

70. Low-budget, in adspeak

71. “Schlonged,” e.g.

72. It may be tapped

73. Reginald ___ (truck driver whose beating was broadcast live during the 1992 Los Angeles riots) An Embarrassment of Riches


1. Burrow

2. State where, in 2016, armed militants dubbed Y’all Qaeda and Vanilla ISIS took over federal property: Abbr.

3. Palindromic Holy Roman Emperor

4. “58-Across and ___” (CNN politics headline, July 2015)

5. Home country of pirates that 58-Across vowed to wipe off the face of the earth

6. Berry high in anti-oxidants

7. Sugary drink, often

8. Builder’s plans, informally

9. “It’s a Wonderful Life” family

10. Great circle path, e.g.

11. Term coined in 1939 to describe a prominent political figure, that is appropriate again today

12. Literally, “big water”

13. Grant on TV

21. Smart

22. Co. founded by Alexander Graham Bell

26. “La donna è mobile,” e.g.

27. Modern callternative?

28. Profess

29. Underpinning of 58-Across’s foreign policy, apparently

30. Key of Vivaldi’s “Spring Concerto”

31. Mumbai master

35. Hendryx who sang “Lady Marmalade” with Labelle

37. Rowlands of “A Woman Under the Influence”

38. Pitch

40. On the quiet side

42. Looked over, lasciviously

45. Activity for porkbarrel politicians

47. Missing

50. Durocher who said “Nice guys finish last”

52. Way to serve some Mexican food

53. Palindromic billionaire who blasted

58-Across and Ted Cruz as 11-Downs (December 2015)

54. Unit of wisdom?

55. 58-Across’s debate strategy, apparently

59. Malarial fever

60. ___-windedness, a salient feature of 58-Across

61. Japanese soup noodles

62. American politician/educational reformer Horace ___

63. Sneaky maneuver

65. Word said once in France to mean “good” or twice in the U.S. to mean “goodie”



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