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(John Rooney/Associated Press) Premium CrosswordSaturday Puzzle »By Trip PayneJune 27, 2009Across Lite »XWord Info Solution »Syndicated crossword »Premium Crosswords is available through subscription only.Saturday puzzles are supposed to be challenging, and this one has plenty of tough clues.Writers seem drawn to the notion of retrograde narrative as a literary device.

Merrily We Roll Along by Sondheim runs the plot in reverse to great effect.

The protagonist in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F.

Scott Fitzgerald actually ages in reverse.

Time's Arrow: or The Nature of the Offence by Martin AMIS relates (TELLS) the story of a German Holocaust doctor backward.TOM BRAIDER is a video game I've never heard of.


Sorry, that would be TOMB RAIDER.

That makes more sense! It wouldn't stand out now, but in 1996 its soundtrack and state-of-the-art graphics were revolutionary.Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie is a great title for a book of poetry by Maya ANGELOU, published in 1971.

Matthew 1:1 is the first verse of the New Testament, and CHRIST wastes no time making his entrance right there.

I always wanted to be a rap star, but I could never figure out how to tie my DO-RAG.

That's the cloth a real rapper wraps around his head.

Rap samples might be DEMO TAPES, too.

That phrase survives even though demos are almost always recorded on digital media now.There are some obscure proper names today, meaning I didn't happen to know them.

GIA Scala was in The Guns of Navarone in 1961.

Paul-Marie Verlaine was a 19th-century French poet.

Burn Notice is a TV show starring Sharon GLESS.

LEE Pace owns the Pie Hole diner in Pushing Daisies, another TV series.I like "Start of a confession," but the clue of the day is "You could stand to lose it."I interviewed today's constructor, Trip Payne, last year.

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