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A Way With Words

Even before he came to IUP as president, Michael Driscoll confessed an addiction to crossword puzzles that eventually led to his constructing his own. Coinciding with what is widely accepted as the 100th anniversary of the crossword in 2013, Driscoll created this IUP-themed puzzle specially for IUP Magazine.

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1. Just a hint of the old mascot in the clue; it's a common clue for raja, an (Asian) Indian prince
5. Hustle, as in the disco dance
10. Itch and ache, as in yearn
14. Alec Guinness played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Use of first name in clue indicates first name in answer.
15. Student theater productions take place in Waller Hall and Fisher Auditorium.
16. Elev for elevation. Use of abbreviations in clue indicate abbreviation in answer. Source: National Park Service website
17. Well-known fact about John Sutton Hall
20. Hundredths of a meter are centimeters. Standard abbreviation for meter (m) indicates abbreviation in answer.
23. California city
25. From the masthead of the student newspaper
29. The first circle of hell in Dante's Inferno is Limbo
33. Neh=Nehemiah; OT in clue indicates abbreviation in answer.
36. German phrase common in English. See the Oxford English Dictionary.
37. Green is often used colloquially to describe ecological ideas; "for short" implies abbreviation.
38. Longtime gathering spot at the heart of campus
41. Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars. Use of first name in clue indicates first name in answer.
43. JPL=Jet Propulsion Lab; use of acronym "NASA" implies use of acronym in answer. e.g., Ethane
45. Egg is prefix in egghead.
52. Short for "Let's go, Hawks," commonly uttered by IUP cheerleaders
56. "I" is an abbreviation for Interstate, implying the abbreviation in the answer.
58. From Li'l Abner comic strip
62. Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, home to IUP basketball and volleyball and many touring shows
66. Anni is the genitive singular, nominative plural, and vocative plural of annus, per Wiktionary
68. Quotes indicate saying "got it" is the same as saying "I see."
69. Statistical term
71. Sers=sermons, which are typically delivered on Sunday. Abbreviation "Sun." in clue implies abbreviation in answer.


5. After a musical piece by Camille Saint-Saëns or a book by Stephen King; French for "Dance of the Dead"
6. Ichiro Suzuki, commonly referred to by first name
7. Penn Station. Abbreviation "NYC" implies abbreviation in answer.
8. A colonel is below a general in rank; clue and answer are both abbreviations.
9. This is a little tricky. ORL is the FAA identifier for Orlando Executive Airport. Orlando International Airport is MCO. Abbreviation in clue hints at abbreviation in answer.
10. Aesop is credited with writing a number of fables
11. The name of the angel in It's a Wonderful Life
13. A rare, but known, word for dusk or twilight
22. NES=Nintendo Entertainment System; abbreviation in clue implies abbreviation in answer.
27. Keanu Reeves played Neo in the movie The Matrix. Use of first name in clue implies first name in answer.
28. The Penguins are Pittsburgh's National Hockey League franchise; abbreviation in clue implies abbreviation in answer.
30. The Baha Men are perhaps best known for "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
32. One of the puppets from the TV show Kukla, Fran, and Ollie; see IMDB.
35. Title character from 1970s police show Kojak, starring Telly Savalas. See IMDB.
37. Evel and Robbie Knievel
38. IUP football head coach Curt Cignetti at one time coached tight ends at the University of Pittsburgh and other places.
39. APR=Annual Percentage Rate; abbreviation of "figures" implies abbreviation in answer.
46. FWD=forward
50. Sarah Cook Stansbury Sutton, wife of James Sutton, builder of Breezedale, was born in Mercer. James's brother John was the school's first board president. See IUP Magazine story.
53. Nest of a hawk or other bird of prey

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