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In today's puzzle, 36-Down, seven letters:
"Love is reciprocal ": Marcel ProustThe answer is TORTURE (all caps, the crossword convention). The passage:
To be loved, one need not be sincere, nor even good at lying. By love, I mean here a kind of mutual torture.Yet another passage that won't soon appear on a Proust gift tag or note card.
The Prisoner, translated by Carol Clark (London: Penguin, 2003), 96
My favorite clue in today's puzzle is 23-Across, "Field with bases" (four letters). Highlight the empty space between the colon and period if you want to see the answer: MATH.
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