New York Times crossword March 20 / Constructed by Brendan Emmett Quigley
Oh, this will be a piece of cake, I thought after seeing the “Chick Lit” title of today’s puzzle. I’m not exactly a fan of the genre, but I figured I knew enough of the best-selling titles. So I started scouring the grid for the spot where BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY would fit. And maybe FEAR OF FLYING, too?
I wasn’t thinking literally. That became clear after I got crossing letters THE STE_____ for 39 Across (“Chick lit book #3 ”) and filled in THE STEPFORD WIVES, which fit perfectly. Oops. It was THE STERILE CUCKOO (which I’ve never heard of). But that clearly told me the eight books that made up the theme were indeed “chick” lit — titles with birds.
The other books: THE PELICAN BRIEF (23 Across), UGLY DUCKLING (33 Across), SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR (59 Across), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (69 Across), THE MALTESE FALCON (87 Across), LONESOME DOVE (95 Across) and WHERE EAGLES DARE (109 Across).
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