The West Coast Wire

LIKE A BUNCH OF ANIMALS

- by Barbara Olson © ClassiCana­dian Crosswords

ACROSS

1. Regardless of whether (4,2)

7. Bank loan result

11. 24/7 care ward, for short

14. Third astrologic­al sign

15. For two voices, musically (1,3)

16. Bird bill

17. Extremely obstinate (8,2,1,4)

20. Alka-Seltzer competitor

21. No longer up for debate

22. In one’s birthday suit (5,2,1,7)

28. Those, in Spain

29. Some executive offices: Abbr.

30. “The ___ the limit!”

31. Use the email paper clip icon

34. For fear that

36. Strutting and bragging (5,2,1,7)

42. “Make ___ for it!” (1,3)

43. Hit suddenly, as the brakes (4,2)

44. Constables’ superiors: Abbr.

48. “How to ___ Table” (Webstauran­t-Store video) (3,1)

50. What bookworms flip over?

51. Hale and hearty (7,2,1,5)

55. Red, in “in the red,” grammatica­lly

56. Initials of Prufrock’s creator

57. Tricky and elusive (8,2,2,3)

64. Snowbird’s souvenir, perhaps

65. “Take ___ song and make it ...” (“Hey Jude” lyric) (1,3)

66. Verdi opera with Desdemona

67. Significan­t time span

68. National spy agency: Abbr.

69. Blows it at the last minute, casually

DOWN

1. “For instance” abbrs.

2. November 11th honoree, for short

3. Animal source of a skin soother

4. Pen point

5. Ailing at home, maybe (2,3)

6. DreamWorks ogress

7. Aykroyd or Levy

8. Disney’s “The Owl House” Clawthorne

9. Cards flashed at city drivers (3,6)

10. Like some “Lassie Come Home” viewers

11. N.W.T.’s northernmo­st town

12. Veggie platter sticks

13. Letter-shaped pipes (1-5)

18. Supremes leader

19. Unruly throngs

22. Weak tide

23. Stargazer’s subject: Abbr.

24. The Green Hornet’s assistant

25. “___ Wood sawed wood” (tongue twister)

26. Home of the Braves

27. Army vehicle make

32. Orthodonti­st’s organizati­on: Abbr.

33. Bitter severity

35. “She’s So High” singer Bachman

37. Chop ___

38. Pitch-changing guitar device

39. “The Rubaiyat” poet ___ Khayyam

40. ___ in the wheel (peons)

41. Tot’s spot

44. Pure as the driven snow

45. One with wares to sell

46. Meteorolog­y girl? (2,4)

47. Sty serving

49. “The Thin Man” terrier

52. Slain rapper Shakur

53. The “A” in SPCA: Abbr.

54. Shrubby flatland

58. Ill-fated Heyerdahl craft

59. A CFL field has 110: Abbr.

60. New beginning?

61. Edmonton Grey Cup seeker

62. Spanish letter after “ka”

63. Start to many Mexican cites

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