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0220-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Feb 11, Sunday




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CROSSWORD SETTER: Elizabeth C. Gorski
THEME: WUNDERBAR! All of the theme answers use the adjacent "bar" formed by three black squares to complete the answer:
26A. Band whose 1998 song "One Week" was #1 for one week : (BAR)ENAKED LADIES
46A. Pear variety : (BAR)TLETT
48A. Milky Way, for one : CHOCOLATE (BAR)
66A. Onetime head of the Medellín drug cartel : PABLO ESCO(BAR)
69A. Mattel announced their breakup in 2004 : (BAR)BIE AND KEN
84A. Classic western slugfest : (BAR)ROOM BRAWL
109A. Plan on ordering a drink, say : BELLY UP TO THE (BAR)
27D. Sharply reprimanded : (BAR)KED AT
28D. Just : (BAR)ELY
88D. Lounge in many a hotel : PIANO (BAR)
COMPLETION TIME: 35m 35s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
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How Fibber McGee and Molly Won World War II20. Hometown of old radio's Fibber McGee and Molly : PEORIA
"Fibber McGee and Molly" was one of the longest-running comedies on radio, airing from 1935 to 1959. Fibber McGee and Molly were a married couple, as were the actors who played them, Jim Jordan and Marian Driscoll. Indeed, the show was set in Peoria, Illinois, and that's where the Jordan and Driscoll were born and where they lived in real life.

21. Noted parent in tabloids : OCTOMOM
Octomom is the name the media gave to Nadya Doud-Suleman Gutierrez. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the birth of her octuplets in 2009, conceived with the aid of in vitro fertilization. She already had six children, and was unemployed and using public assistance programs.

Frozen Farmed Sashimi Grade Salmon Fillets (Sake) - Two ~1lb Pieces25. Food often dipped in soy sauce : SASHIMI
Sushi is a Japanese dish that has as its primary ingredient cooked, vinegared rice. The rice is usually topped with something, most often fish, and can be served in seaweed rolls. If you want raw fish by itself, then you have to order "sashimi".

26. Band whose 1998 song "One Week" was #1 for one week : (BAR)ENAKED LADIES
Barenaked Ladies is a Canadian alternative rock band. The somewhat quirky name chosen by the band tends to reflect the group's concert style. The band is noted for kidding around on stage with lots of banter between songs.

GORAN IVANISEVIC 16X20 COLOR PHOTO29. Tennis's Ivanisevic : GORAN
Goran Ivanišević is a Croatian tennis player, noted for having perhaps the strongest service in the game. His best placing in the world ranking was No. 2, in 1994.

30. Astrologer to the rich and famous : OMARR
Sydney Omarr was an astrology consultant to the rich and famous, and author of a horoscope column that appeared in the Los Angeles Times. While Omarr (real name Sidney Kimmelman) was in the US Army he even wrote a horoscope column for "Stars and Stripes". He claimed that he got the job of writing for "Stars and Stripes" after having giving a consultation to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Bettie Page- Nurse Bettie 30'' x 40'' Textile/Fabric Poster40. 1950s pinup queen ___ Page : BETTIE
As a model, Bettie Paige was famous for her fetish modelling pictures from the fifties, depicting images of bondage. After her successful career as a pinup she changed her lifestyle completely by converting to Christianity and taking a job with evangelist Billy Graham.

42. Spartan walkway : STOA
A stoa was a covered walkway in Ancient Greek architecture. It usually consisted of columns lining the side of a building or buildings, with another row of columns defining the other side of the walkway. The columns supported a roof. Often stoae would surround marketplaces in large cities.

44. ___ generis : SUI
"Sui generis" is a Latin expression meaning "of its own kind". The term can be used in a number of fields, and in philosophy it refers to an idea which cannot be included in a wider concept, and idea of its own kind.

Canvas Print, Bartlett Pear - 12 x 1846. Pear variety : (BAR)TLETT
The Bartlett is the most commonly grown pear outside of Asia, a cultivar of the European pear. Back in the UK, where the Bartlett originated, it is called a Williams Pear, or more completely a Williams' Bon Chretien (Williams' good Christian). Several Williams trees were imported to the US in 1799 and planted in Massachusetts. The land on which the trees were planted was eventually bought by one Enoch Bartlett, and he started to distribute the pears and basically introduced the variety to the US. He didn't know that the pears were called Williams, so he named them after himself!

Eisenhower Soldier and President55. NASA recruiting site : MIT
The Soviet Union launched the Sputnik satellite towards the end of 1957, a development that shocked the establishment in the US. Within months, President Eisenhower made his move, creating the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, now DARPA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

61. ___-ray Disc : BLU
A Blu-ray disc looks just like a standard DVD or CD, but it has a lot more capacity for data storage making it an ideal medium for high-definition movies. The name "Blu-ray" name comes from the fact that a Blu-ray player uses a "blue laser" to read the disc, unlike a standard DVD which uses a "red laser".

65. Shreve who wrote "The Pilot's Wife" : ANITA
Anita Shreve's 1998 novel "The Pilot's Wife" was chosen as a selection for Oprah's Book Club in 1999, and ever since then Shreve's books have at the top of the bestsellers lists.

PABLO ESCOBAR: KING OF COKE66. Onetime head of the Medellín drug cartel : PABLO ESCO(BAR)
Pablo Escobar was a Colombian drug lord, often referred to as the "world's greatest outlaw". He is reputed to have been the world's most successful and richest criminal, and even appeared on the 1989 Forbes list of richest people, at number 7. In 1986, Escobar attempted to enter Colombian politics, pledging to pay off the nation's $10 billion national debt. The law finally caught up with him in 1993, when he was killed in a gunfight with Colombian government forces.

69. Mattel announced their breakup in 2004 : (BAR)BIE AND KEN
Barbie's counterpart doll is Ken, and Ken's family name is Carson. Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts. When Ken was introduced in 1959, it was as Barbie's boyfriend. In 2004 it was announced that Ken and Barbie were splitting up, and needed to spend quality time apart. Both dolls are still available for purchase though.

60 Minutes - Elian (October 2, 2005)71. Name in 2000 headlines : ELIAN
The immigration status of young Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez was all over the news in 2000. Elian's mother drowned while trying to travel illegally to the US, while Elian and his mother's boyfriend survived the journey. The INS placed Elian in the care of paternal relatives in the US who then petitioned to have the boy stay with them permanently, against the wishes of Elian's father back in Cuba. After court proceedings, the federal authorities forcibly removed Elian from his relatives in the US, and he was returned to his father who took him back to Cuba. Back in Cuba, Fidel Castro stepped in and befriended Elian, so he has influential sponsorship now in his homeland as a result of his ordeal. Elian is now attending a military school in Cuba, and his father is working as a waiter in a restaurant.

78. Big name in lens care : RENU
ReNu is a brand name of contact lens products sold by Bausch & Lomb.

79. Dernier ___ : CRI
The French phrase "dernier cri" translates literally as "the latest cry or scream", but is used to denote the latest fashion.

TéA LEONI 8x10 COLOUR PHOTO80. Sandler's "Spanglish" co-star : LEONI
Téa Leoni is an American actress. One of her early parts was in the great film "A League of Their Own" (a minor role, Racine at first base). She also played Sam Malone's fiancée on "Cheers" and opposite Adam Sandler in "Spanglish". My favorite of her more prominent roles was as Jane, in "Fun with Dick and Jane".

87. It's just below a B : SPACE
On a keyboard, the space bar is just below the letter B.

89. Really use an opportunity well : MAKE HAY
From "make hay while the sun shines". Good idea ...

92. CPR pro : EMT
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) used to involve the simultaneous compression of the chest to pump blood using the heart, and artificial respiration by blowing air into the lungs. Nowadays emergency services are placing more emphasis on the heart compressions, and less on the artificial respiration.

Original Slinky93. Slinky, e.g. : COIL
The marvelous Slinky toy was invented in the early forties by a naval engineer called Richard James. James was developing springs for the navy that could stabilize sensitive instruments in rough seas. One day he accidentally knocked one of his experimental coils off a shelf and watched it "step' onto a stack of books, then onto a table, and onto the floor where it recoiled itself very neatly. The Slinky was born ...

94. Togo's capital : LOME
Lome is the capital city of Togo, in West Africa.

Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World, Second Edition98. Writer/philosopher Hannah : ARENDT
Hannah Arendt was studying and working the field of philosophy, when she had to flee her native Germany in the run up to WWII because of her Jewish heritage. She ended up in the US in 1941, and took posts in various schools here. In 1969 she was appointed full professor at Princeton, the first woman to win such a position, and a decade before women students were admitted to the college.

99. General name on a menu? : TSO
General Tso's chicken is an American invention on the menu of a Chinese restaurant. The name General Tso may be a reference to General Zuo Zontang of the Qing Dynasty, but there is no clear link.

Balalaika, Prima, Deluxe, Rosewood100. Three-stringed instruments : BALALAIKAS
A balalaika is a stringed instrument from Russia. It has a neck with three strings, and a triangular body. They come in various sizes, from the rare "piccolo" variety to the very large "contrabasso" balalaika which is so heavy it has to be supported by extension legs that rest on the ground.

103. Children's song refrain : EIEIO
EIEIO is the refrain from the children's song "Old MacDonald's Farm".

105. "Death of a Salesman" role : LOMAN
Arthur Miller was a remarkable playwright, best known for his plays "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible". Famously, Arthur Miller left his first wife to marry Marilyn Monroe in 1956. The two divorced five years later, just over a year before Monroe died of an apparent drug overdose.

107. Wars, in ancient Rome : BELLA
"Bellum" is the Latin for "war", the plural of which is "bella".

early 1900s photo Dolores Del Rio, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front .114. Actress Dolores of the silent era : DEL RIO
Dolores del Rio was a Mexican film actress of the silent era. During that time she was regarded as the female counterpart of Rudolph Valentino. She was a remarkably beautiful woman.

115. Brand advertised with a cow : BORDEN
Elsie the Cow is the mascot of the Borden Company. Elsie first appeared at the New York World's Fair in 1939, introduced to symbolize the perfect dairy product. Elsie was also given a husband, Elmer the Bull, who eventually moved over to the chemical division of Borden where he gave his name to Elmer's Glue.

PAPA SMURF FIGURINE121. Blue boys? : SMURFS
The Smurfs were little blue men created by a Belgian cartoonist in 1958, who became famous in the US when Hanna-Barbera used them in a children's cartoon series. The Smurfs were largely a group of males, originally with just one female character, Smurfette, who was wooed by almost all of the boy Smurfs. Later, another female was introduced into the mix, Sassette, and still later along came Granny Smurf.

123. Choir supports : RISERS
A riser is an elevated part of a stage, one that is usually portable and used only when needed.

124. Currency replaced by the euro : PESETA
The peseta is the former currency of Spain, replaced by the euro in 2002.

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Winning Edge Designs Olive Oyl Head Cover2. Popeye's gal : OYL
"Thimble Theater" was the precursor comic strip to the famous "Popeye" drawn by E. C. Seger. Before Popeye came into the story, the brother and sister characters Castor Oyl and Olive Oyl were the main protagonists. And then, along comes a sailor ...

5. Egyptian god of the universe : AMEN-RA
Amun was also known as "Amun-Ra", a god in Egyptian mythology. Amun lends his name to our word "ammonia", as the Romans called the ammonium chloride they collected near the Temple of Jupiter Amun "sal ammoniacus" (salt of Amun).

Yoda Super Deformed Plush6. "Star Wars" guru : YODA
Yoda is one of the most beloved characters of the "Star Wars" series of films. Yoda's voice was provided by the great modern-day puppeteer Frank Oz of "Muppets" fame.

10. "Aunt ___ Cope Book" : ERMA'S
"Aunt Erma's Cope Book" was written by Erma Bombeck and published in 1979. Erma Bombeck wrote for newspapers for about 35 years, producing more than 4,000 witty and humorous columns describing her home life in suburbia.

14. Pioneer in quadraphonic records : RCA
Monophonic sound ("mono") is sound reproduced using just one audio channel, and is usually played out of just one speaker. Stereophonic sound is reproduced using two audio channels, with the sound from those channels usually played out of two speakers positioned apart from each other so that sound appears to come from between the speakers. Quadraphonic sound (4.0 surround sound) uses four audio channels with the sound played back through four speakers usually positioned at the corner of the room in which one is listening.

16. Big Apple neighborhood : NOHO
NoHo is short for North of Houston (street), and is the equivalent area to SoHo, South of Houston, both in New York City.

Apparently the first published use of the term "Big Apple" to describe New York City dates back to 1909. Edward Martin wrote in his book "The Wayfarer in New York" the following:
"Kansas is apt to see in New York a greedy city. . . . It inclines to think that the big apple gets a disproportionate share of the national sap."

Black Hawk Down (3-Disc Deluxe Edition)18. Civil war locale beginning in 1991 : SOMALIA
The tragic civil war in Somalia began in 1991 and is still raging, creating tremendous instability in the country. The United Nations resolved to intervene in 1992 resulting in a US-led task force of peacekeepers entering the country to manage the distribution of humanitarian aid. In 1993 the peacekeepers became directly involved in the fighting leading to the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers and 19 US soldiers. Most of these were killed in the Battle of Mogadishu, the incident that is the basis for the movie "Black Hawk Down". After incurring more casualties, the UN forces withdrew from Somalia in 1995.

31. Witty saying : MOT
Mot is the French for "word", and is used in English to denote a witty remark.

32. Fifth word of the Gettysburg Address : AGO
A visitor (below) points out that there is a mistake in the clue, as "ago" is the sixth word of the Gettysburg Address.

I visited Gettysburg for the first time in 2010, and goodness me what a moving place that is. As I discovered on my visit, there are five known copies of Lincoln's Gettysburg address, and all of them differ in some way or another, so I suppose the exact words spoken will never be known. Martin Luther King Jr. evoked Abraham Lincoln's words in another of America's iconic addresses, his "I Have a Dream" speech. Lincoln's speech began with "Four score and seven years ago ...", and King's speech began with "Five score years ago ..." a nod to the Gettysburg Address.

German E-boats 1939-45 (New Vanguard)35. W.W. II craft : E-BOAT
In WWII, the German Navy's Motor Torpedo Boats (a version of the American PT boat) were called S-boots, short for Schnellboot ("fast craft"). The Allied forces referred to them as E-boats, with the "E" possibly standing for "enemy" or "Eilboot" ("hurry boat").

38. Etui item : NEEDLE
An etui is an ornamental case used to hold small items, in particular sewing needles. We imported both the case design and the word "etui", from French. The French also have a modern usage of "etui" ... a case for carrying CDs.

39. Jails, in British slang : QUODS
I'd never heard the term before, but "quod" is old British slang for a jail. Dating back to about 1700, the origin of "quod" isn't known.

41. Finis : THE END
"Finis" is the end, the finish, imported into English from French as "finis" the French word for ... "the end".

Simon Le Bon Color Matte Photograph - 12x12 Inches47. Simon of Duran Duran : LE BON
Simon Le Bon is the lead singer with the English band Duran Duran. Le Bon is a passionate sailor and garnered a lot of attention when his yacht lost its keel in the 1985 Fastnet race. Before Le Bon and his crew could be rescued, they spent 40 minutes trapped underwater inside the hull. The incident didn't deter Le Bon from sailing though, and not long after he came third in the 1985-1986 Whitbread Round the World Race.

48. ___-Magnon : CRO
Remains of early man, dating back to 35,000 years ago, were found in Abri de Cro-Magnon in southwest France, giving the name to those early humans. Cro-Magnon remains are the oldest that have been discovered in Europe.

51. Dickens title opener : A TALE
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens is the most printed book originally written in English.

Signed Sabin, Dr. Albert 8x10 B&W Photo52. Vaccine pioneer : SABIN
Albert Sabin developed the oral polio vaccine. Sabin's vaccine was a "live", controlled vaccine. The equally famous Salk vaccine was a "killed" vaccine.

Dr. Haing S. Ngor Signed 8x10 B&W Photo - VERY RARE - Signed in Black - The Killing Fields - Murdered in L.A. in 1996 - Rare - Collectible54. "The Killing Fields" actor Haing S. ___ : NGOR
The harrowing 1984 movie "The Killing Fields" tells the story of three journalists in Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The Cambodian journalist was played by Cambodian-born American actor Haing S. Ngor, for which performance he won the 1985 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. Ngor had never acted before taking the role, but had directly experienced life under the Khmer Rouge. He was a trained surgeon and gynecologist in Cambodia, and had to hide that fact from the Khmer Rouge due to persecution of intellectuals and professionals. Such was the danger to his family that when his wife was having a troubled birth in a concentration camp, Ngor was unable to give her the required Cesarean section as it would have betrayed his true identity, and so she died.

57. "___-Tikki-Tavi" : RIKKI
In Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book", one of the short stories is titled "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the story about a mongoose, the brave pet of an English family that protects them from a succession of snakes.

62. Grp. whose seal has the words "This we'll defend" : US ARMY
The Department of the Army's emblem and seal includes a rattlesnake holding a scroll in its mouth. On the scroll are the words "This We'll Defend". The Army seal originated during the American Revolution, when it was used to authenticate official documents.

64. Irving Bacheller novel "___ Holden" : EBEN
Irving Bacheller was an American journalist and writer. His novel "Eben Holden" was published in 1900.

Ralph Lauren67. Ralph ___ né Lifshitz : LAUREN
Ralph Lauren is an American fashion designer, born Ralph Liftshitz in the Bronx, New York. Lauren started off working as a salesman for Brooks Brothers after spending two years in the US Army. He then opened a necktie store, featuring his own tie designs. The ties were sold under the name "Polo", which became Lauren's most famous brand.

68. Steal : CRIB
A crib is a plagiarism, most commonly the copying of an answer in an examination.

73. Avis alternative : ALAMO
Avis has been around since 1946, and is the second largest car rental agency, after Hertz. It has the distinction of being the first company to locate a branch at an airport. The third largest car rental company right now is Alamo, a relative newcomer founded in 1974. Alamo made inroads (pun intended!) into the market by popularizing the idea of "unlimited mileage".

75. Football score abroad : GOL
"Gol" is the Spanish for "goal".

Southern Coati, Amazonia, Ecuador Giclee Poster Print by Pete Oxford, 16x1279. South American animal with a snout : COATI
A coati is a member of the raccoon family and is also known as the Brazilian aardvark, or the snookum bear. The coati is native to Central and South America, but can be found in the southwest of the United States.

83. Part of the next-to-last line of the Lord's Prayer : DELIVER US
The Lord's Prayer is a central prayer in Christian religions, and is found in two places in the New Testament. In the version in the Gospel of Matthew the last line of the prayer is "deliver from evil". In the Gospel of Luke the last line is "lead us not into temptation".

Black Mamba Snake (Dendroaspis Polylepis Polylepis) Photographic Poster Print by George Grall, 18x2489. Fearsome snakes : MAMBAS
The mamba, and most famously the black mamba, is a highly venomous snake that used to be responsible for a great number of fatalities before anti-venoms became available. Mamba venom is a deadly mix of neurotoxins that attack the nervous system, and cardiotoxins that attack the heart so a bite, if left untreated, causes the lungs and the heart to shut down.

90. Mozart's "Un bacio di mano," e.g. : ARIETTA
"Un bacio di mano" is an arietta for bass and orchestra composed by Mozart, with words by Lorenzo Da Ponte. An arietta is a short aria.

Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America91. Garrison in Minnesota : KEILLOR
The amazing humorist Garrison Keillor is one of Minnesota's most famous sons. His wonderful radio show called "A Prairie Home's Companion" made its debut in 1974 and is named after the Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead, Minnesota. Keillor has let it be known that he is "passively" looking for someone to replace him on the show in 2012. He will be missed ...

Bette Midler - The Divine Bette Midler93. More like Bette Midler stage shows : CAMPIER
One of my favorite singers, and indeed all-round entertainers is Bette Midler. If you've ever seen her live show, you'll know that "camp" is a good word to describe it, as her humor is definitely "out there" and quite bawdy. Early in her career, Midler spent years singing in the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in New York City. There she became very close friends with her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow. While singing in the bathhouse, Bette only wore a white towel, just like the members of her audience. It was there she created her famous character, the Divine Miss M, and earned herself the nickname "Bathhouse Betty".

99. Cravat holder : TIE (BAR)
Tie bar is another name for a tie clip.

100. Recurring Matt Damon title role : BOURNE
Jason Bourne is a character in the marvelous series of thriller novels by Robert Ludlum. Three of the books have been made into movies starring Matt Damon in the title role, and word is that another one might be in the works. Ludlum wrote only the first three books in the series, and five more were written using his character and style by Eric Van Lustbader.

Your Movie Sucks104. "The Great Movies" author : EBERT
Roger Ebert co-hosted a succession of film review television programs for over 23 years with his Gene Siskel, until Siskel passed away in 1999. Ebert was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer in 2002, and since then has undergone a number of surgical procedures. Sadly, he has lost his voice, but continues work as a film critic, focusing these days on the print medium.

PLAYGIRL MAGAZINE June 1973 (1st issue): Lyle Waggoner (from Carol Burnett show) NUDE in the centerfold!105. Actor Waggoner and others : LYLES
Lyle Waggoner is a veteran of "The Carol Burnett Show", and the actor who played the part of Steve Trevor in the "Wonder Woman" TV series. Before his stint on "Wonder Woman", he also worked as a model and has the distinction of being the first centerfold for "Playgirl"!

108. Product of fatback : LARD
Fat, when extracted from the carcass of an animal is called "suet". Untreated suet decomposes at room temperature quite easily, so it has to be "rendered" or purified to make it stable. Rendered fat from pigs is what we call "lard". Rendered beef or mutton fat is known as "tallow".

110. Italian author Primo : LEVI
Primo Levi was an Italian chemist and writer. His best known work is "If This Is a Man", a biographical account of the year he spent in Auschwitz. He was one of 650 Jews transported to the camp in 1944, and was one of only 20 who survived imprisonment.

113. Brig. ___ : GEN
Typically a brigadier general is in charge of a brigade of troops i.e. three battalions or 3,000 men.

Dr. Dre: The Biography116. Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
Dr. Dre is the stage name of rapper Andre Romelle Young. He is perhaps as well known for his own singing career as he is for producing records and starting the careers of others such Snoop Dog, Eminem and 50 Cent.

117. Little amphibian : EFT
Newts wouldn't be my favorite animals. They are found all over the world, living on land or in the water depending on the species, but always associated with water even if it is only for breeding. Newts metamorphose through three distinct developmental stages during their lives. They start off as larvae in water, fertilized eggs that often cling to aquatic plants, unlike the eggs of frogs and toads which float freely. The eggs hatch into tadpoles, the first developmental form of the newt. After living some months as tadpoles swimming around in the water, they undergo metamorphosis, sprouting legs and replacing their external gills with lungs. At this juvenile stage they are known as efts, and leave the water to live on land. A more gradual transition takes place then, as the eft takes on the lizard-like appearance of the adult newt.

Classic President Harry S Truman Films DVD: 1945 - 1965 Harry S. Truman Films & Newsreels During WWII118. Hush-hush grp. : NSA
The National Security Agency was set up in 1952 by President Truman, a replacement for the Armed Forces Security Agency that had existed in the Department of Defense since 1949. The agency has always been clouded in secrecy and even the 1952 letter from President Truman that set up the agency was kept under wraps from the public for over a generation. I really like the nickname given to the NSA: "No Such Agency" ...


For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Words before a discounted price : YOU PAY
7. TV network force : AD REPS
13. Pickle juices : BRINES
19. Go-getter : DYNAMO
20. Hometown of old radio's Fibber McGee and Molly : PEORIA
21. Noted parent in tabloids : OCTOMOM
23. Not level : SLOPED
24. Did sleight of hand with : PALMED
25. Food often dipped in soy sauce : SASHIMI
26. Band whose 1998 song "One Week" was #1 for one week : (BAR)ENAKED LADIES
29. Tennis's Ivanisevic : GORAN
30. Astrologer to the rich and famous : OMARR
33. Softens : EASES
34. More furtive : SLYER
36. PC key : ALT
37. Lab instructor? : DOG HANDLER
39. Reduced amount? : QTY
40. 1950s pinup queen ___ Page : BETTIE
42. Spartan walkway : STOA
43. Bridge position : EAST
44. ___ generis : SUI
45. "After you" : GO AHEAD
46. Pear variety : (BAR)TLETT
48. Milky Way, for one : CHOCOLATE (BAR)
50. Didn't accept, with "on" : PASSED
53. One way for drivers to turn : ON RED
55. NASA recruiting site : MIT
56. In the past, once : ERST
60. "Give ___ rest!" : IT A
61. ___-ray Disc : BLU
63. Gift from above : GODSEND
65. Shreve who wrote "The Pilot's Wife" : ANITA
66. Onetime head of the Medellín drug cartel : PABLO ESCO(BAR)
69. Mattel announced their breakup in 2004 : (BAR)BIE AND KEN
71. Name in 2000 headlines : ELIAN
72. Set up : ARRANGE
76. Alphabet trio : RST
77. Tapping site : KEG
78. Big name in lens care : RENU
79. Dernier ___ : CRI
80. Sandler's "Spanglish" co-star : LEONI
82. With good order : TIDILY
84. Classic western slugfest : (BAR)ROOM BRAWL
87. It's just below a B : SPACE
89. Really use an opportunity well : MAKE HAY
92. CPR pro : EMT
93. Slinky, e.g. : COIL
94. Togo's capital : LOME
98. Writer/philosopher Hannah : ARENDT
99. General name on a menu? : TSO
100. Three-stringed instruments : BALALAIKAS
102. Roman 1,002 : MII
103. Children's song refrain : EIEIO
105. "Death of a Salesman" role : LOMAN
106. Best Buy buy : TV SET
107. Wars, in ancient Rome : BELLA
109. Plan on ordering a drink, say : BELLY UP TO THE (BAR)
112. Loose : AT LARGE
114. Actress Dolores of the silent era : DEL RIO
115. Brand advertised with a cow : BORDEN
119. Member of an assaulting party : STORMER
120. Leveling tool : EVENER
121. Blue boys? : SMURFS
122. Fervid : ARDENT
123. Choir supports : RISERS
124. Currency replaced by the euro : PESETA

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1. Rushing stat: Abbr. : YDS
2. Popeye's gal : OYL
3. Juan's one : UNO
4. New Year's Eve wear : PAPER HATS
5. Egyptian god of the universe : AMEN-RA
6. "Star Wars" guru : YODA
7. Beseeches : APPEALS TO
8. Resolved : DEAD SET
9. Suitcase convenience : ROLLER
10. "Aunt ___ Cope Book" : ERMA'S
11. Multicolored : PIED
12. Really mean : SADISTIC
13. Giving orders : BOSSY
14. Pioneer in quadraphonic records : RCA
15. "I love this!" : IT'S GREAT
16. Big Apple neighborhood : NOHO
17. Gulf state : EMIRATE
18. Civil war locale beginning in 1991 : SOMALIA
22. Made, as money : MINTED
27. Sharply reprimanded : (BAR)KED AT
28. Just : (BAR)ELY
30. Takes too much : ODS
31. Witty saying : MOT
32. Fifth word of the Gettysburg Address : AGO
35. W.W. II craft : E-BOAT
38. Etui item : NEEDLE
39. Jails, in British slang : QUODS
41. Finis : THE END
44. Drop : SHED
45. Quiet transportation : GLIDER
47. Simon of Duran Duran : LE BON
48. ___-Magnon : CRO
49. Present opener? : OMNI-
50. Parade tootler : PIPER
51. Dickens title opener : A TALE
52. Vaccine pioneer : SABIN
54. "The Killing Fields" actor Haing S. ___ : NGOR
57. "___-Tikki-Tavi" : RIKKI
58. Word with plate or plant : STEEL
59. Like grapefruit juice : TANGY
62. Grp. whose seal has the words "This we'll defend" : US ARMY
64. Irving Bacheller novel "___ Holden" : EBEN
65. Caper : ANTIC
67. Ralph ___ né Lifshitz : LAUREN
68. Steal : CRIB
70. Equal in height : AS TALL
73. Avis alternative : ALAMO
74. Lizard look-alike : NEWT
75. Football score abroad : GOL
79. South American animal with a snout : COATI
81. Quarantine advocates : ISOLATORS
83. Part of the next-to-last line of the Lord's Prayer : DELIVER US
85. "My stars!" : OH DEAR ME
86. Mend, in a way, as a metal joint : RESOLDER
88. Lounge in many a hotel : PIANO (BAR)
89. Fearsome snakes : MAMBAS
90. Mozart's "Un bacio di mano," e.g. : ARIETTA
91. Garrison in Minnesota : KEILLOR
93. More like Bette Midler stage shows : CAMPIER
95. Green-lights : OKS
96. Common middle name for a girl : MAE
97. Biblical verb ending : -EST
99. Cravat holder : TIE (BAR)
100. Recurring Matt Damon title role : BOURNE
101. Not out : AT HOME
104. "The Great Movies" author : EBERT
105. Actor Waggoner and others : LYLES
108. Product of fatback : LARD
110. Italian author Primo : LEVI
111. Recipe abbr. : TBSP
113. Brig. ___ : GEN
116. Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
117. Little amphibian : EFT
118. Hush-hush grp. : NSA


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7 comments :

Anonymous said...

Lincoln wrote "Four score" and so did Daniel Chester French, when he created the Lincoln Memorial. It is not up to somebody with a BA in English to revise history.

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, anonymous visitor.

Well, I suppose that is one interpretation ... revising history. My sense having listened to the speech is that it was more of a homage.

Thanks for stopping and taking the time to comment.

fran Pelzman Liscio said...

wonderful puzzle! I have a question, I was 'puzzled' by clue number 39 across, reduced amount? the answer is 'qty'
Is a quantity a 'reduced' amount, or just any amount? Also, the clue didn't suggest that it would be an abbreviation. I would have expected the clue to read 'reduced amt?' or just 'amt' - that one clue just really threw me. But I loved Barenakedladies, and especially 'PabloEsco'

Bill Butler said...

Hi Fran,

Yes, it was a "wunderbar" puzzle :)

I worked out the "BAR" theme quite quickly, but it took someone later to point out the "bar" represented black squares in the grid. That made it more wonderful and clever :)

Re QTY
I think the idea here is that instead of using an abbreviation in the clue to indicate the abbreviation in the answer, the setter gives us "reduced" instead. The "reduced" is the indicator of the abbreviation. So an "amount" is a "quantity" and "quantity" can be "reduced" to QTY.

Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by, Fran.

PS: love your photos by the way!

Anonymous said...

I think "ago" is either the fourth or the sixth word in the Gettysberg address, not the fifth as the clue asked?

fran Pelzman Liscio said...

Thank you Bill, you completely cleared up the mystery for me! I'm just getting back into doing the NYT puzzles after decades of not doing them. IWell, you answered my question, and I'm glad you like my pix!cheers--Fran
I enjoyed today's puzzle, too, with all the double V's.

Bill Butler said...

Well spotted, anonymous visitor!

Indeed, the word "ago" is the sixth word of the Gettysburg address, so the clue is wrong. I will make a note above!

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