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Crossword #18: Shady Business

Homer Simpson, male model?As a nonpartisan diversion from this fall’s sad political spectacle, I humbly offer a rancor-free crossword puzzle: an opportunity to fiddle while our country burns. Enjoy it, but don’t get too comfortable. There’s a small but nonzero chance we all wake up five weeks and two days from today in a frightening, bad reality show of a country.

Okay, enough doom and gloom already. The puzzle really is politics-free. It is Simpsons-free too, though at least one answer may evoke the image at right.

Checkmark iconThe solution to this puzzle was published on Sunday, October 9.

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  1. The Across Lite program can be downloaded for free at and runs on Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X. I can recommend it unreservedly. It is easy to install and use, and is free of any of the malware garbage that commonly plagues freeware. [^]