Relative difficulty: Medium / Challenging
Word of the Day: SHADRACH (One of a Jewish biblical trio) —
nouna companion of Daniel who, with Meshach and Abednego, was thrown into the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar and came out unharmed. Dan. 3:12–30. (dictionary.com)
- Table staple, of sorts (BLACK[JACK])
- Eschewer of fat ([JACK]SPRAT)
- You might find one at a sawmill (LUMBER[JACK])
- Stick pulled from a pile ([JACK]STRAW)
- Brandy made from cider (APPLE[JACK])
- One in a corner ([JACK]HORNER)
- British standard (UNION[JACK])
- Figure often mentioned by meteorologists ([JACK]FROST)
- With 39-Across, apt title for this puzzle (JACK IN / THE BOX)
- Open (UNSTOP) — Had UNSNAP here; that one hurt for a while.
- Untested (NEW) — Ditto for RAW. Argh!
- Diversion with 81 squares (SUDOKU) — Where do you come down on the sudoku vs. crosswords debate?
- Bounce back and forth quickly (PINGPONG) — I know Will would prefer TABLETENNIS, but that's not really a verb.
- More unctuous (OILIER) — "Unctuous" is fun to say.
- Sch. in Pocatello (ISU) — As a sports fan, I tend to accept schools in puzzles in correlation with how prominent their athletic programs are, so I didn't care for this one. (And before you ask, RPI has two national championships in Division I hockey, thank you very much.)
- 1998 film "Waking ___ Devine" — I lived in England when this came out; it was just called "Waking Ned".
- Addis Ababa is its capital: Abbr. (ETH) — This isn't a great entry regardless, but I'd much rather see it clued as "Old verb ending" or some such than an abbreviation one never really sees.
- Domicile (RESIDE) — This is one of the clues that gave me fits; had no idea this could be a verb.
- Nonlibrary reading (PORN) — Not according to crack investigative reporter Carl Monday! (I'm not linking to that video because I don't want to get this blog flagged again. You can Google it.)