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0417-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 17 Apr 11, Sunday

Solution to today's crossword in the New York Times
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THEME: End of the Line … each of the theme answers comes at the END of a sardonic LINE that’s started within the clue itself:
23A. "I used to do drugs. ___": Mitch Hedberg : I STILL DO BUT I USED TO TOO
36A. "The car stopped on a dime. Unfortunately, the dime was ___": Anonymous : IN A PEDESTRIAN’S POCKET
58A. "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it ___": Woody Allen : THROUGH NOT DYING
68A. "Whoever named it necking was ___": Groucho Marx : A POOR JUDGE OF ANATOMY
79A. "You know what I hate? Indian givers. ___": Emo Philips : NO I TAKE THAT BACK
101A. "I don't mean to sound bitter, cold or cruel, but I am ___": Bill Hicks : SO THAT’S HOW IT COMES OUT
120A. "I have the heart of a small boy. It ___": Stephen King : IS IN A GLASS JAR ON MY DESK

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
1. Screen grp.? : TSA
The Transportation Security Administration was of course created in 2001, soon after the 9/11 attacks.

Solzhenitsyn: A Biography4. Solzhenitsyn subject : GULAG
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, having spent many years in a Gulag labor camp, wrote his famous book "The Gulag Archipelago", published in the West in 1973.

19. Huffington Post buyer in 2011 : AOL
“The Huffington Post” is a news website founded in 2005 by Arianna Huffington. It’s a very active site, with 3,000 people contributing blog posts (including many celebrities and politicians), and readers leaving over one million comments every month. “The Huffington Post” was sold to AOL in 2011 for $315 million, with Arianna Huffington staying on as editor-in-chief.

20. Lyric muse : ERATO
In Greek mythology, the muses are the goddesses who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. The number of muses is a subject of debate at times, but the most popular view is that there are nine:
- Calliope (epic poetry)
- Clio (history)
- Erato (lyric poetry)
- Euterpe (music)
- Melpomene (tragedy)
- Polyhymnia (choral poetry)
- Terpsichore (dance)
- Thalia (comedy)
- Urania (astronomy)

22. Tree-lined path in une forêt : ALLEE
In French, a tree-lined, usually straight path though a forest (une forêt) is called “une allée”.

Mitch Hedberg23. "I used to do drugs. ___": Mitch Hedberg : I STILL DO BUT I USED TO TOO
Mitch Hedberg was a stand-up comedian from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He made a lot of jokes about his drug use, and in 2003 he was arrested for possession of heroin. He was found dead in a hotel room in 2005, having overdosed on cocaine and heroin.

33. Alone, in Paris : SEUL
“Seul” is the French word for “alone”.

35. Lady of Lammermoor : LUCIA
Lammermoor is a location featured in Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" which is based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott called "The Bride of Lammermoor". A more correct spelling of the actual location in Scotland is "Lammermuir", with the reference being to the Lammermuir Hills in the southern part of the country. "Lammermuir" translates to "lamb's moor".

42. Mexican Valentine's greeting : TE AMO
“Te amo” is the Spanish for “I love you”.

43. Madre's hermano : TIO
In Spanish, one's mother's brother (madre's hermano) is an uncle (tio).

52. Asian flatbread : NAAN
In an Indian restaurant, naan bread is very popular.

My Story55. Mystifying Geller : URI
Uri Geller's most famous performance is perhaps his uncomfortable failure on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson in 1973. Carson "hi-jacked" Geller on live television by providing him with spoons to bend and watches to start, none of which had been available to Geller before the show aired. Clever!

56. Biblical name meaning "hairy" : ESAU
Esau was the twin brother of Jacob, the founder of the Israelites. When their mother, Rebekah, gave birth to the twins "the first emerged red and hairy all over (Esau), with his heel grasped by the hand of the second to come out (Jacob)".

Woody Allen on Woody Allen58. "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it ___": Woody Allen : THROUGH NOT DYING
Woody Allen's real name is Allan Stewart Konigsberg. He has been nominated for an Academy Award an incredible 21 times in many different categories, and has won on three occasions. He has more Oscar nominations as a screenwriter than any other writer, but he spurns the Awards ceremony and only attended it once in all his years in the movie business. He broke tradition by turning up at the 2002 ceremony, unannounced, to beg producers to continue filming in his beloved New York City despite the fears created by the 9/11 attacks.

63. Like Jack, it's said : NIMBLE
Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
The candlestick
In days of old, jumping over a candlestick was a light-hearted from of fortunetelling. If one cleared the candlestick without quenching the flame, then one would have good luck.

67. Exploding stars : NOVAE
A nova is basically a star that suddenly gets much brighter, gradually returning to its original state weeks or even years later. The increased brightness is due to increased nuclear activity causing the star to pick up extra hydrogen from a neighboring celestial body. A supernova is very different. It is a very bright burst of light and energy, created when most of the material in a star explodes. The bright burst of a super-nova is very short-lived compared to the sustained brightness of a nova.

Groucho Marx ~ Groucho Marx Postcard ~ Rare Postcard!!~ Approx 4" x 6"68. "Whoever named it necking was ___": Groucho Marx : A POOR JUDGE OF ANATOMY
Groucho Marx's real name was Julius Henry Marx. By the time Groucho started his successful, post-Hollywood career hosting the quiz show "You Bet Your Life", he was sporting a real mustache. For all his movies, however, his mustache was painted on with greasepaint.

Alien Poster 27x40 Tom Skerritt Sigourney Weaver Veronica Cartwright75. Sci-fi film with a hatching egg on its poster : ALIEN
The 1979 sci-fi horror movie alien was the big break for Sigourney Weaver, as it was her first lead role, and her character ended up as central to a whole set of sequels. The movie’s producers made a very conscious decision to cast a female in the lead role so as to have the film stand out in the male-dominated genre of science fiction.

76. Cork's place: Abbr. : IRE
Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. Cork has been a major port for many years, and was the last port of call for many, many Irish emigrants to America. When these Irish people reached the US it was common for them to give their point of origin as “Cork”, whereas they may have come from almost anywhere in the country. It’s because of this that many descendants of Irish immigrants who had been told they were from a Cork family often find out they were under a misapprehension as their ancestors just sailed from Cork.

E=Mo279. "You know what I hate? Indian givers. ___": Emo Philips : NO I TAKE THAT BACK
Emo Philips is a stand-up comedian from Chicago. He's had a long and successful career, and listed on his resume is a small acting part in the 1992 hit movie "Meet the Parents" starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. Philips was also the executive producer for that very same film, so, I'd say he made a few pennies ...

88. Whisked mixture : ROUX
A roux is a mixture of wheat flour and clarified butter (or other fat, sometimes) cooked together until it can be used as a thickening agent. Roux is an essential ingredient in French cooking, although "healthier" versions are being used more and more these days.

Georg Simon Ohm German Physicist Giclee Poster Print by Georges Dary, 12x1692. Physicist Georg : OHM
The unit of electrical resistance is the ohm (with the symbol omega), named after Georg Simon Ohm, the German physicist. Ohm was the guy who established experimentally that the amount of current flowing through a circuit was directly proportional to the voltage applied, (V=IR) a relationship that every school kid knows as Ohm's Law.

Love All the People: The Essential Bill Hicks101. "I don't mean to sound bitter, cold or cruel, but I am ___": Bill Hicks : SO THAT’S HOW IT COMES OUT
Bill Hicks was a controversial stand-up comedian, noted for his ribald sense of humor. He “appeared” twice on “Late Night with David Letterman”. On his first visit, a joke that mentioned a wheelchair was cut out of his routine by the censors, and on his second visit his whole appearance was dropped from the show. That was the first time a whole segment featuring a guest was edited out of Letterman’s show.

109. Fool's deck : TAROT
Tarot cards have been around since the mid-1400s, and for centuries were simply used for entertainment in games. It has only been since the late 1800s that the cards have been used by fortune tellers to predict the future.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS - NFL Football Team - Sticker Decal - #S0125112. Saint's place : SUPERDOME
The New Orleans Superdome was opened in 1975, and is the largest, fixed-dome structure in the world, covering 13 acres. The seating capacity varies depending on the event being staged, but the Rolling Stones attracted a crowd of more than 87,500 people in 1981. The primary purpose of the structure is to host home games for the New Orleans Saints football team. Famously, in 2005, the Superdome became a shelter of last resort for about 30,000 refugees in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

119. Con Ed, e.g.: Abbr. : UTIL
Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) has its roots in the New York Gas Light Company, founded in 1823. The company changed its name to Consolidated Gas when it merged six gas companies in 1884. Consolidated Gas participated in the electrification of the New York City area, and owned the New York Edison Company. In 1936, as electricity sales dominated Consolidated Gas’s revenues, the company name was changed again, to Consolidated Edison.

Stephen King Illustrated Companion: Manuscripts, Correspondence, Drawings, and Memorabilia from the Master of Modern Horror120. "I have the heart of a small boy. It ___": Stephen King : IS IN A GLASS JAR ON MY DESK
Stephen King is a remarkably successful author, having sold over 350 million copies of his books, many of which have been made into hit movies. I’ve tried reading two or three, but I really don’t do horror …

124. Classic role-playing game, for short : D AND D
Dungeons & Dragons is a complex role-playing game first published in 1974, by Tactical Studies Rules Incorporated (TSR). It was probably the first of the modern, role-playing games to be developed, and the most successful. It is still played by lots of people today, including my nerdy son ...

125. Dairy mascot : ELSIE
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.

126. Slate, for one : EZINE
"Slate" is an online magazine founded in 1996. It was originally owned by Microsoft and was part of the MSN offering. The magazine has been available for free since 1999 (it is ad-supported) and has been owned by the Washington Post Company since 2004.

131. Mayo container? : ANO
May (mayo) is one of the months in the Spanish year (año).

Jet Li: A Biography1. Feature of many a Jet Li film : TAI CHI
Jet Li's real name is Li Jian Jie, a martial artist and international film star from Beijing, China. He played a villain in "Lethal Weapon 4", and had a leading role in the 2000 movie "Romeo Must Die".

3. Stanza successor : ALTIMA
Nissan made the Stanza and now makes the Altima.

5. 19-Across has a much-used one : URL
Internet addresses are Uniform Resource Locators (URLs).

6. The Beatles during Beatlemania, e.g. : LADS
The Beatles were just lads back in the sixties.

Tycoon - The Secret Untold Story of Aristotle Onassis [VHS]10. J.F.K.'s successor : ARI
Jackie Kennedy Onassis was born into a privileged family, the daughter of a Wall Street stock broker, John Vernou Bouvier III. Ms. Bouvier moved in the same social circles as the Kennedy clan, and first met the then-US Representative John Kennedy at a dinner party hosted by mutual friends. After she saw her husband assassinated, and then her brother-in-law Bobby Kennedy, she declared that she feared for the life of her children as they bore the Kennedy name. She left the country, eventually meeting and marrying Aristotle Onassis. Reportedly she was very satisfied that the Greek shipping magnate was able to provide privacy and security for her children.

Rama Lama Ding Dong12. 1960s doo-wop group with an automotive name, with "the" : EDSELS
"Rama Lama Ding Dong" was a hit in 1961, although it had been released in 1957 under the erroneous title "Lama Rama Ding Dong" and didn't quite make it. The song was recorded by the doo-wop group called the Edsels, named after the latest (and "doomed") Ford automobile. Before becoming the Edsels, the group was called the Essos, after the oil company.

18"x24" Political Poster. Day of World Solidarity with the Congo, Africa Anti Apartheid. PATRICE LUMUMBA.History Material.Smart Decor14. First Congolese P.M. Lumumba : PATRICE
Patrice Lumumba was a Congolese politician who played a central role in gaining independence of the Congo after colonial rule by Belgium. He was elected the first prime minister for the young country in 1960, but after only ten weeks in office his government was deposed in a coup. Lumumba was arrested and killed by firing squad. Forty years later the Belgian government apologized to the people of the Congo for the part that Belgium played in the assassination of their first prime minister.

15. Czech neighbors : SLOVAKS
Czechoslovakia existed as a sovereign state in Europe from 1918 at which time it declared itself independent from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The country went through much turmoil through the days of Nazi and Soviet occupation, but democracy was restored in 1989 after the non-violent Velvet Revolution that overthrew the communist government. Nationalist tendencies did develop over time, leading to a peaceful dissolution of the country in 1993, and the creation of the two independent states of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic (aka Slovakia).

Best of Liza Minnelli16. Liza Minnelli, for one : ALTO
In choral music, alto is the second-highest voice in a four-part chorus: soprano, contr(alto), tenor, bass. The word "alto" describes the vocal range, that of the deepest, female singing-voice, whereas the term "contralto" describes more than just the alto range, but also its quality and timbre. An adult male's voice (not a boy's) with the same range as an alto is called a "countertenor".

17. First pope to be called "the Great" : LEO I
The first pope named Leo is now known as Pope Saint Leo the Great. He is famous for having met with the feared Attila the Hun and persuading him to turn back his invading force that was threatening to overrun Western Europe.

Pink Panther Inspector Clouseau Embroidered Iron On Movie Patch PNK1724. Like Inspector Clouseau : INEPT
Inspector Jacques Clouseau is of course the wonderful detective in "The Pink Panther" series of films. The definitive player of the role was English actor Peter Sellers. Clouseau worked for the Sûreté, the detective branch of the French National Police.

31. Roger of "Cheers" : REES
Roger Rees is a Welsh actor. He played the character Robin Colcord on "Cheers", the posh love interest for Rebecca Howe, played by Kirstie Alley.

32. Pierre is there: Abbr. : S DAK
Here's an old chestnut of a trivia question for you ... what's the only state capital in the Union in which the name of the capital and the name of its state share no common letters? You guessed it ... Pierre, South Dakota ...

Mad to Be Normal: Conversations With R.D. Laing34. Scottish psychiatrist R. D. : LAING
R. D. Laing was a controversial Scottish psychiatrist.

39. Biblical patriarch "righteous in this generation" : NOAH
Genesis 6:19-20 states that Noah was instructed to take two animals of every kind into the ark. Later, in Genesis 7:2-3, Noah was instructed to take on board "every clean animal by sevens ... male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth". Apparently "extras" (7 rather than 2) were needed for ritual sacrifice.

Nylon 320-Disc CD Wallet (Black) plus 16 CD/DVD Fast File Holder40. Decorative kit : ETUI
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 France. The French also have a modern usage of "etui" ... a case for carrying CDs.

47. ___ Minor : ASIA
Asia Minor is also known as Anatolia, and is the geographic part of Asia that protrudes out into the west, towards Europe. It is roughly equivalent to modern-day Turkey.

51. Chinese gang : TONG
A Tong, in the sense of being an organization within the Chinese immigrant community, is a North American phenomenon. The original intent of the tongs was to provide benevolent support and protection for members, but even since the early 1800s some tongs have been associated with crime. The word “tong” means “hall” or “gathering place”.

Three Plays: Desire Under The Elms, Strange Interlude, Mourning Becomes Electra53. Eugene O'Neill's "___ Christie" : ANNA
Eugene O'Neill won a Pulitzer for his play "Anna Christie".

Eugene O’Neill was born in a hotel room in what is now called Times Square, in New York City in 1888. That building no longer exists and there is a Starbucks on the site today, but you can go take a look at the commemorative plaque at the Northeast corner of 43rd and Broadway. O’Neill died in 1953, in room 401 of the Sheraton Hotel on Bay State Road in Boston. His last words were, “I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room, and God damn it, died in a hotel room."

57. Battle of the Atlantic vessel : U-BOAT
U-boat stands for the German "Unterseeboot" (undersea boat). U-boats were primarily used in WWII to enforce a blockade against enemy commercial shipping, with a main objective being to cut off the supplies being transported to the Britain from British colonies and the US. The fight for control of the supply routes became known as the Battle of the Atlantic.

59. Start of a fitness motto : USE IT
Use it or lose it (I think) …

Looney Tunes Piano Library - Lola Bunny's Broadway Songs64. Bugs Bunny's girlfriend : LOLA
Bugs Bunny’s girlfriend is Lola Bunny, first appearing in the 1996 movie “Space Jam”.

65. The Phantom of the Opera : ERIK
I'm a bit jaded with big, stage musicals I must admit, but I will always have time for Andrew Lloyd Weber's masterpiece "The Phantom of the Opera".

Venus de Milo, The Louvre - 24"x36" Poster73. Whence Venus? : MILO
The famous "Venus de Milo" is so named as it was discovered in the ruins of the ancient city of Milos, on the Aegean island of the same name. I've been lucky enough to see it, in the Louvre in Paris, and was surprised at how large it is (6 ft 8 in tall).

85. Vegas attraction : KENO
The name "Keno" has French or Latin roots, with the French "quine" being a term for five winning numbers, and the Latin "quini" meaning "five each". The game, however, originated in China. It was introduced to the West by Chinese immigrants who were working on the first Transcontinental Railroad in the 1800s.

91. Vintner Claude : MOET
Moët & Chandon is a French winery, one of the world's largest producers of champagne. The company was founded by wine trader Claude Moët in 1743. The name was changed to Moët & Chandon in the 1830s when Pierre-Gabriel Chandon, an in-law to the Moët family, was given co-ownership. Moët & Chandon owns the famous Dom Pérignon brand name, honoring the Benedictine monk who did so much to improve the quality of champagne.

94. Doesn't cut : ATTENDS
Doesn’t cut class, say, and instead attends.

98. F-15, e.g. : TWIN JET
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is considered to be one of the most effective modern fighters. It has been deployed in dogfights since first going in to service in 1972, and has claimed over 100 combat victories with no losses.

100. Ann Landers or Ayn Rand: Abbr. : PSEUD
1961 photo Ann Landers, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left / World Telegram & Sun pho"Ask Ann Landers" was an advice column written by Eppie Lederer from 1995 to 2002. Eppie was the twin sister to Pauline Phillips, the person behind "Dear Abby". Eppie took over the "Ask Ann Landers" column from Ruth Crowley who started it in 1943.

The Passion of Ayn RandAyn Rand (born Alisa Rosenbaum) was a Russian-American novelist born Alisa Rosenbaum. Her two best known works are her novels "The Fountainhead" published in 1943 and "Atlas Shrugged" in 1957. Back in 1951, Ayn Rand moved from Los Angeles to New York City. Soon after, she gathered a group of admirers around her with whom she discussed philosophy and shared drafts of her magnum opus, "Atlas Shrugged". This group called itself "The Collective", and one of the founding members was none other than future Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan.

103. French walled city on the English Channel : ST MALO
Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany in the northwest of France. Saint-Malo was a fortified island in the Middle Ages, and became home to French privateers and pirates in the 1800s, much to the chagrin of the British on the other side of the English Channel.

106. Daniel of Nicaragua : ORTEGA
Daniel Ortega is the current President of Nicaragua. Prior to his political career, Ortega was a leader in the Sandinista National Liberation Front.

113. Org. for part-time soldiers : USAR
The US Army Reserve and the Army National Guard comprise the reserve components of the US Army. The Army Reserve was formed in 1908, originally with the intent of maintaining a reserve of medical officers for the Army.

Bar-Tenders Pina Colada Instant Cocktail Mix (6 Pouches)114. Colada fruit : PINA
Piña colada is a Spanish term which translates into "strained pineapple". The cocktail was introduced in the Caribe Hilton in 1954, and since 1978 it has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico. Yum ...

115. Latin 101 verb : ESSE
Esse is the Latin for "to be".

122. 6 letters : MNO
Check your phone. The letters on the number 6 key are MNO.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. Screen grp.? : TSA
4. Solzhenitsyn subject : GULAG
9. Dives (into) : WADES
14. Song accompanied by a harp : PSALM
19. Huffington Post buyer in 2011 : AOL
20. Lyric muse : ERATO
21. Wear down : ERODE
22. Tree-lined path in une forêt : ALLEE
23. "I used to do drugs. ___": Mitch Hedberg : I STILL DO BUT IUSED TO TOO
27. Invent : COIN
28. Ignores : SNUBS
29. Dam result, often : RESERVOIR
30. Sends one out of the park : HOMERS
33. Alone, in Paris : SEUL
35. Lady of Lammermoor : LUCIA
36. "The car stopped on a dime. Unfortunately, the dime was ___": Anonymous : IN A PEDESTRIAN’S POCKET
42. Mexican Valentine's greeting : TE AMO
43. Madre's hermano : TIO
44. Recuperate : REST UP
46. Kind of diet : FAD
49. "Never mind" : SKIP IT
52. Asian flatbread : NAAN
55. Mystifying Geller : URI
56. Biblical name meaning "hairy" : ESAU
58. "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it ___": Woody Allen : THROUGH NOT DYING
63. Like Jack, it's said : NIMBLE
66. Some doors : INS
67. Exploding stars : NOVAE
68. "Whoever named it necking was ___": Groucho Marx : A POOR JUDGE OF ANATOMY
75. Sci-fi film with a hatching egg on its poster : ALIEN
76. Cork's place: Abbr. : IRE
77. More moist : DEWIER
79. "You know what I hate? Indian givers. ___": Emo Philips : NO I TAKE THAT BACK
86. Affix carelessly, with "on" : SLAP
87. Crush, sportswise : OWN
88. Whisked mixture : ROUX
89. Send continuously, as video : STREAM
92. Physicist Georg : OHM
93. Cut off : DETACH
97. Dinner table command, with "up" : SIT
99. Above : ON TOP
101. "I don't mean to sound bitter, cold or cruel, but I am ___": Bill Hicks : SO THAT’S HOW IT COMES OUT
109. Fool's deck : TAROT
110. Fashionable '70s dress : MIDI
111. Breastbones : STERNA
112. Saint's place : SUPERDOME
116. Essentials : NEEDS
119. Con Ed, e.g.: Abbr. : UTIL
120. "I have the heart of a small boy. It ___": Stephen King : IS IN A GLASS JAR ON MY DESK
124. Classic role-playing game, for short : D AND D
125. Dairy mascot : ELSIE
126. Slate, for one : EZINE
127. Fooled : GOT
128. Out-line? : ERASE
129. Perform à la Shakespeare : DOEST
130. Place for military supplies : DEPOT
131. Mayo container? : ANO

1. Feature of many a Jet Li film : TAI CHI
2. "Already?" : SO SOON
3. Stanza successor : ALTIMA
4. Get fixed? : GEL
5. 19-Across has a much-used one : URL
6. The Beatles during Beatlemania, e.g. : LADS
7. Heaps : A TON
8. Totally fail : GO BUST
9. Diving duds : WETSUIT
10. J.F.K.'s successor : ARI
11. Forbidding : DOUR
12. 1960s doo-wop group with an automotive name, with "the" : EDSELS
13. Escorts to a second-floor apartment, say : SEES UP
14. First Congolese P.M. Lumumba : PATRICE
15. Czech neighbors : SLOVAKS
16. Liza Minnelli, for one : ALTO
17. First pope to be called "the Great" : LEO I
18. "Love ___ leave ..." : ME OR
24. Like Inspector Clouseau : INEPT
25. Superlative prefix : UBER-
26. Inside look? : DECOR
31. Roger of "Cheers" : REES
32. Pierre is there: Abbr. : S DAK
34. Scottish psychiatrist R. D. : LAING
37. Squirt, e.g. : EMIT
38. '13 grad in '11, e.g. : SOPH
39. Biblical patriarch "righteous in this generation" : NOAH
40. Decorative kit : ETUI
41. Become a traitor : TURN
45. Glutton : PIG
46. Wet lowland : FEN
47. ___ Minor : ASIA
48. Wettish : DAMP
50. Crocus or freesia, botanically : IRID
51. Chinese gang : TONG
53. Eugene O'Neill's "___ Christie" : ANNA
54. Palindromic time : NOON
57. Battle of the Atlantic vessel : U-BOAT
59. Start of a fitness motto : USE IT
60. Spot : TV AD
61. Fruit that grows in a cluster : DATE
62. Cries of pain : YEOWS
64. Bugs Bunny's girlfriend : LOLA
65. The Phantom of the Opera : ERIK
69. Taunt : JEER
70. A law ___ itself : UNTO
71. Venus and others : ORBS
72. Grand slam, e.g. : FEAT
73. Whence Venus? : MILO
74. When said three times, "Of course, obviously!" : YEAH
78. Record stat : RPM
79. Sleep precursor : NOD
80. Gets charged up? : OWES
81. Really liking : INTO
82. "Quit your crying" : HUSH
83. It's assumed : AXIOM
84. Nile menace, informally : CROC
85. Vegas attraction : KENO
90. Cashpoints : ATMS
91. Vintner Claude : MOET
94. Doesn't cut : ATTENDS
95. Empty pretense : CHARADE
96. Garage opener? : HARD G
98. F-15, e.g. : TWIN JET
100. Ann Landers or Ayn Rand: Abbr. : PSEUD
102. Drove (along) : TOOLED
103. French walled city on the English Channel : ST MALO
104. Something that can't be patented : IDEA
105. Like stadium seating : TIERED
106. Daniel of Nicaragua : ORTEGA
107. Simultaneity : UNISON
108. Admonish, as a child : TALK TO
112. Aspect : SIDE
113. Org. for part-time soldiers : USAR
114. Colada fruit : PINA
115. Latin 101 verb : ESSE
117. What you might do after retiring : DOZE
118. Fabric scrap, say : SNIP
121. Family girl : SIS
122. 6 letters : MNO
123. Thus far : YET

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