Links to the Past

New York Times, July 12

The key to this puzzle-within-a-puzzle is literally right in front of your face. Literally.

That word in the note to solvers – “interpret the answers to the starred clues literally” – tells you how to find the letters that will spell out our links to the past.

So in looking at the answer to 23 Across (“*Boondocks), MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, you should look literally in the middle of the word “NOWHERE” to find the letter H.

Same goes for the next starred clue, 34 Across (“*Ambulance destination”): MEDICAL CENTER. What’s literally at the center of “MEDICAL”? The letter I.

And so in, until you’ve spelled out the links to the past: HISTORY. Maybe a hidden tribute to Michael Jackson, but I highly doubt it.

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