publication date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (part of Round XXXIX)
clue: A six-letter word for summertime pants, ending in Z.
explanation: Shortz created crossword puzzles for the New York Times and other publications. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Ryan Dunn, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, Jason Lemler, and Vicki Moore