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0501-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 1 May 11, Sunday

Solution to today's crossword in the New York Times
Solution to today's SYNDICATED New York Times crossword in all other publications

THEME: THERE’S NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP … to find the last letter of all the themed answers you have to GO UP at the end of the answer to the line above. And each of the theme answers is something at "the bottom", from where there's nowhere to go but up!
22A. *Most awful thing you could imagine : WORST NIGHTMARE COME TRU-E
36A. *Destination of 1911 : THE SOUTH POL-E
46A. *First rung on a ladder : ENTRY-LEVEL JO-B
64A. *Dunce's place : BOTTOM OF THE CLAS-S
83A. *Destitution : ABJECT POVERT-Y
93A. *Coldest point : ABSOLUTE ZER-O
110A. Optimist's phrase under adverse circumstances ... or a hint to completing the answers to the six starred clues : THERE’S NOWHERE TO GO BUT U-P

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
17. One who may be removed : COUSIN
In the most general terms, a cousin is anyone with whom one shares a common ancestor. Cousins in one’s immediate family are of course usually called by a more direct term (father, brother, uncle etc.). Two cousins are pinpointed in a family tree by using “degree” and “removal” to describe the relationship. For example, first cousins (first-degree cousins) share a common grandparent, and second cousins share a common great-grandparent, and so on up the tree. If the two cousins share the same common ancestor but there is a generational difference, then the “removal” term is used. So, if you share as a common ancestor your great-grandparent with one of your cousins, that person is your second cousin, unless that cousin is of a different generation in which case the number of generations "removed" is also specified. If that person regards your great-grandfather as his/her great-great grandfather, then you are still second cousins but more specifically are second cousins once removed (i.e. one generation removed). I explained this very badly, but it’s easier to understand using a chart

200 Irish Shamrock Seeds By Seed Needs21. Home for clover lovers : EIRE
Well … we Irish folk don’t love all clover, just the variety known as shamrock.

“Shamrock” is an anglicized version of “seamróg”, the Irish word for clover.

Giant Anteaters (Early Bird Nature)25. One with a deadly tongue : ANTEATER
Anteaters tear open ant and termite nests using their sharp claws and then eat up the eggs, larvae and mature ants using their tongues. They have very sticky saliva which coats the tongue hence making the feeding very efficient. The tongue also moves very quickly, flicking in and out of the mouth at 150 times per minute.

26. Rapscallion : IMP
We might call a little imp a rapscallion, an evolution from “rascallion”, which in turn comes from “rascal”.

Knott's Seedless Boysenberry Jam, 10-Ounce Jars (Pack of 6)27. Founder of an eponymous berry farm : KNOTT
In the twenties, Walter Knott sold berries, preserves and pies from the side of the road. In 1932, Knott picked up a new berry from Rudolph Boysen’s farm in Anaheim, California, a hybrid of blackberry, raspberry and loganberry. He sold the new berries at his stand, giving them the name “Boysenberries”. Boysenberry Pie became a signature dish at a small tea room that Walter Knott’s wife opened up near the location where the family sold fruit. The tea room became so popular, with lines waiting to be served that Knott expanded, adding shops and displays to entertain diners. Over time he built a volcano, a little gold mine, and a ghost town and lots of themed stores. The location just grew and grew, evolving into the huge theme park that it is today called Knott's Berry Farm.

29. Dogie, e.g. : CALF
“Dogie” is cowboy slang for a motherless calf in a herd.

The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram," 1910-191236. *Destination of 1911 : THE SOUTH POLE
The first men to reach the South Pole were a party led by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, on December 14, 1911. Famously, a team led by Robert Falcon Scott reached the pole just 33 days later, only to find that they had been beaten in their quest. Scott and the whole of his team perished on the journey back out of the Antarctic.

41. Where lavalava skirts are worn : SAMOA
A lava-lava is a skirt worn by both men and women in many of the Polynesian Islands, with the term “lava-lava” being a Samoan word.

44. Davy Jones's locker : SEABED
No one is really sure why "Davy Jones's Locker" is used to refer to the bottom of the sea, but the first known reference to the idiom was made in "The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle" published in 1751, written by Scottish author Tobias Smollett. It is clear, however, that Davy Jones is a euphemism for the devil or god of the seas.

45. Graduates : ALUMNI
An alumnus (plural ... alumni) is a graduate or former student of a school or college. The female form is alumna (plural ... alumnae). The word comes into English from Latin, in which alumnus means foster-son or pupil.

PFEIL "Swiss Made" Small Curved Head Adze51. Wood shaper : ADZ
An adze (also adz), while similar to an axe, is different in that the blade of an adze is set at right angles to the tool's shaft, whereas the blade of an axe is set in line with the shaft.

53. ___ Lingus : AER
Aer Lingus, my favorite airline! Well, the service isn't great, but when I get on board an Aer Lingus plane I feel like I am back in Ireland. Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland, with Aer Lingus being a phonetic spelling of the Irish "aer-loingeas" meaning "air fleet". These days Aer Lingus can only lay claim to the title of Ireland's oldest airline as it's no longer the biggest. That honor goes to the controversial budget airline, Ryan Air.

2001: A Space Odyssey Poster Movie C 11x17 Keir Dullea Gary Lockwood William Sylvester Dan Richter MasterPoster Print, 11x1756. "2001: A Space Odyssey" studio : MGM
In Arthur C. Clarke's "Space Odyssey" (famously adapted for the big screen as "2001: A Space Odyssey") the computer system that went rogue was called HAL 9000, or simply "HAL". HAL stands for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer. In the French version of the film, HAL's name was changed to CARL.

72. Pluto, to Saturn : SON
In Roman mythology, the gods Saturn and Ops formed a union that produced Jupiter (Greek Zeus), Juno (Greek Hera), Neptune, Pluto and Glauca.

Pixy Stix, 4.5 lbs75. ___ Stix (powdered candy brand) : PIXY
Pixy Stix is that powdered candy that’s packaged in what looks like a straw. The “candy” was sold back in the thirties as a drink mix, but when kids were found to be eating the sweet & sour-tasting mix directly from packets, the producers began to packaging it as candy.

81. 52 semanas : ANO
A year (ano) is made up of 52 weeks (semanas), in Spanish, and in English for that matter …

93. *Coldest point : ABSOLUTE ZERO
Absolute zero is a temperature that can theoretically be reached by removing all the “energy” of the test vehicle that is being “frozen”. This temperature is designated as 0 degrees on the Kelvin scale, equivalent to -273.15 degrees centigrade. Scientists try to get as close to absolute zero as possible because matter has weird and wonderful properties at such cold temperatures, such as superconductivity and superfluidity.

Ritz Crackers, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)98. Town House alternative : RITZ
I've always liked Ritz crackers. They've been around since 1934 when they were introduced by Nabisco. The name Ritz was chosen because the marketing folks felt that the association with Ritz-Carlton would evoke images of wealth and the high life.

99. Russian legislature : DUMA
A Duma is a representative assembly in Russia. The word “dumat” in Russian means “to think, consider”.

103. "The Old Wives' Tale" playwright George : PEELE
The English playwright George Peele wrote “The Old Wives’ Tale” in 1595. It sounds pretty funny, a complex plot involving a “play within a play”.

Scent of a Woman Poster Movie 11x17 Al Pacino Chris O'Donnell James Rebhorn Gabrielle Anwar117. Luxury hotel along Manhattan's Central Park, with "the" : PIERRE
The Pierre is a luxury hotel facing Central Park in New York City. The 42-story hotel opened in 1930. If you’ve seen the movie “Scent of a Woman”, the blind Al Pacino character dances his famous tango in the ballroom of the Pierre Hotel.

120. Baroque painter Hals : FRANS
Frans Hals was a Dutch painter, one of the few Old Masters who achieved fame during his own lifetime. Sadly, Hals lived long enough to see his work go out of style, and he died practically penniless.

The Thin Man Goes Home4. Wirehair of the silver screen : ASTA
Asta was the wonderful little dog in the superb movie "The Thin Man" starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. In the original story by Dashiell Hammett, Asta was a female Schnauzer, but on screen Asta was played by a wire-haired fox terrier called "Skippy". Skippy was also the dog in "Bringing up Baby" with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, the one who kept stealing the dinosaur bone. Skippy retired in 1939, so Asta was played by other dogs in the remainder of "The Thin Man" films.

Guinness 5 Pc Set5. Pub order : PINT
In Ireland if you go into a pub and just order a "pint" without specifying the type of beer, the assumption is that it's a pint of the black stuff, Guinness. Getting thirsty now ...

8. Do followers : RE MI
The solfa syllables are: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la & ti. The solfa scale was developed from a six-note ascending scale created by Guido of Arezzo in the 11th century. He used the first verse of a Latin hymn to name the syllables of the scale:
Ut queant laxis resonāre fibris
Mira gestorum famuli tuorum,
Solve polluti labii reatum,
Sancte Iohannes.
The "ut" in this scale was later changed to "do", as "do" a more "open ended" sound, and "si" was added (the initials of "Sancte Iohannes") to complete the seven-note scale. Later again, "si" was changed to "ti" so that each syllable began with a unique letter.

The Ultimate Gary Glitter - 25 Years of Hits9. 1970s rock genre : GLAM
I remember the days of glam rock so well, as it was a hugely popular genre of music in the British Isles during the early seventies. Artistes wore the wildest of clothes, big hair, shiny outfits and really high platform boots. Names associated with glam rock are T. Rex, David Bowie, Roxy Music and Gary Glitter.

I, Me, Mine11. "___ Mine" (George Harrison book) : I ME
"I Me Mine" is one of the relatively few Beatles songs to have been written by George Harrison (and indeed performed by him). Harrison chose the same title for his autobiography published in 1980, just a few weeks before John Lennon was assassinated in New York City.

12. Over three-quarters of bunsenite : NICKEL
Bunsenite is the name given to the very rare mineral form of NiO, an oxide of nickel.

15. Bobby on the ice : ORR
Bobby Orr is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players who ever played the game. By the time he retired in 1978 he had undergone over a dozen knee surgeries. At 31 years of age, he concluded that he just couldn't skate any more. Reportedly, he was even having trouble walking ...

16. Little, in Lyon : PEU
In French, “a little” is written as “un peu”.

22. Buddhist temple : WAT
Wat is the name given to a temple in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.

23. Foie ___ : GRAS
Foie gras is one of those “sad” foods, usually produced by force-feeding a duck or a goose so that it becomes very ill and its liver expands to about ten times its normal size. The bird is then slaughtered and the diseased liver is harvested and sold as foie gras. “Foie gras” is the French for “fat liver”.

'2012 London Olympics Runner' Wall Decal - 36"W x 18"H Removable Graphic34. 2012 Olympics site : LONDON
When London hosts the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, it will become the first city to host the modern games three times (it also hosted in 1908 and 1948).

37. Shakespearean prince : HAL
In Shakespeare’s “King Henry IV, Parts I & II”, eldest son of the title character is Prince Henry, destined to be King Henry V. The prince is given the nicknames “Hal” and “Harry”.

Taj Mahal - Agra India - Reflecting Pool 11x17 Poster38. ___ Mahal : TAJ
The most famous mausoleum in the world has to be the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The Taj Mahal was built after the death of the third wife of Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal (hence the name of the mausoleum). The poor woman died in childbirth, delivering the couple's 14th child!

41. Kiss, in 34-Down : SNOG
"Snogging" is British slang of unknown origin that dates back to the end of WWII. The term is used for "kissing and cuddling", what we call "making out" over here in the US.

Mr. T: The Man With the Gold : An Autobiography of Mr. T43. Mohawked muscleman : MR T
Mr. T's real name is Laurence Tureaud. He is famous for many things, including wearing excessive amounts of jewelry. He started this habit when he was working as a bouncer, wearing jewelry items that had been left by customers at a night club, so that the items might be recognized and claimed. It was also as a bouncer that he adopted the name Mr. T. His catchphrase comes from the movie "Rocky III". Before he goes up against Rocky Balboa, Mr. T says, "No, I don't hate Balboa, but I pity the fool". He parlayed the line into quite a bit of success. He had a reality TV show called "I Pity the Fool", and produced a motivational video called "Be Somebody ... or Be Somebody's Fool!".

45. Fifth-century invader : ATTILA
In his day, Attila the Hun was the most feared enemy of the Roman Empire, until he died in 453. He was the leader of the Hunnic Empire of central Europe and was famous for invading much of the continent. However he never directly attacked Rome.

46. Slippery ___ : ELM
The Slippery Elm is a species of elm native to North America and is also known as the Red Elm.

47. Dates determined by the lunisolar calendar : EASTERS
In the Christian tradition, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the northern hemisphere's vernal equinox. This means that it can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25.

48. Ixnay : VETO
Ixnay is a word in Pig Latin. Pig Latin is in effect a game, whereby one takes the first consonant of an English word and moves it to the end of the word, and then adding the letters "ay". So, the Pig Latin for the word "nix" is "ix-n-ay", ixnay.

A Lost Legend: Remembering Farrah Fawcett In Pictures50. Actress Farrah : FAWCETT
Farrah Fawcett's first big role was that of Jill Monroe, one of the famous "Charlie's Angels". Her life off-screen was just as celebrated as her performances on television. She was married to actor Lee Majors ("The Six Million Dollar Man") for nine years, and then spent fifteen years with actor Ryan O'Neal.

55. Hinny's mother : ASS
A hinny is the offspring of a male horse (the "h-" from h-orse) and a female donkey (the "-nny" from je-nny). A mule is more common, and is the offspring of a female horse and male donkey.

63. Naan cooker : TANDOOR
In an Indian restaurant, naan bread is very popular. Naan is traditionally baked in a clay oven known as a tandoor.

64. Ottoman bigwig : BEY
Bey is a Turkish title for a chieftain. In the days of the Ottoman Empire the term “bey” was used for many different officials, but traditionally it referred to the leader of a small tribal group. Today “bey” is used very much like “mister”.

Monopoly City Edition66. Monopoly util. : ELEC
The commercial game of Monopoly is supposedly a remake of "The Landlord's Game" created in 1903 by a Quaker woman called Lizzie Phillips who used it as a tool to explain the single tax theory of American economist Henry George. The Landlord's Game was first produced commercially in 1924. The incredibly successful derivative game called Monopoly was introduced in 1933 by Charles Darrow, and he became quite a rich man when Parker Brothers bought the rights to the game just two years later in 1935.

67. Leonidas' kingdom : SPARTA
Leonidas was a king of Sparta, famous for leading his army at the Battle of Thermopylae.

The Battle of Thermopylae took place in 480 BC, fought between the Persian Empire of Xerxes and an alliance of Greek city-states led by Sparta. The Greeks chose the narrow pass of Thermopylae to make a stand against the advancing Persian army, as there they could minimize the advantage that the Persians had with their vast number of soldiers. The pass of Thermopylae was so narrow that only one chariot could pass through at a time. Famously, the greatly outnumbered Spartan forces held this pass with hand-to-hand combat for two full days, until a local resident showed the Persians a way around the pass so that the Greek army could be attacked and annihilated from the rear.

NORTH RIVER ROWLOCK HORN 2 per Card73. Things in locks : OARS
Oars are rested in rowlocks, the stirrup-shaped devices that allow the oar to rotate as it sweeps in the water.

74. Big Apple media inits. : NYT
The New York Times newspaper.

Kaaba in Mecca 8x10 Silver Halide Photo Print77. Most sacred building in Islam : KAABA
The Kaaba is a large, cube-shaped structure that resides in a mosque in Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. According to the Qur'an, the Kaaba was constructed by Abraham and his son, Ishmael. When Muslims turn to face Mecca during prayers, they are actually turning to the Kaaba.

78. 20-ounce Starbucks order : VENTI
A venti-sized coffee at Starbucks is so called because it is 20 fl. oz. in size, and venti is Italian for twenty.

Signed Mendes, Eva 8x10 Photo80. Mendes of "Hitch" : EVA
Eva Mendes play the female lead in the movie "Hitch" opposite Will Smith.

84. "The Family Circus" cartoonist Keane : BIL
"The Family Circus" comic strip is a written by Bil Keane. Once Bil sketches out the text and idea for the cartoon he sends it off to his son Jeff, who inks and colors it so that it is ready for publication. In the storyline itself, the main characters are based on Bil's own family. In fact, the character "Jeffy" is based on Jeff, Bil's son and production assistant.

85. Plat du ___ : JOUR
“Plat du jour” in a French restaurant is literally “dish of the day”, today’s special.

90. Creator of Aslan and the White Witch : C S LEWIS
In the C. S. Lewis books, Aslan is the name of the lion character (as in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"). Aslan is actually the Turkish word for lion. Anyone who has read the books will recognize the the remarkable similarity between the story of Aslan and the story of Christ, including a sacrifice and resurrection.

94. Pennsylvanie, e.g. : ETAT
In French, one state (état) in the US is Pennsylvania (Pennsylvanie).

ZZ TOP 16X20 PHOTO95. "Legs" band, 1984 : ZZ TOP
In the blues rock band ZZ Top, the hairy guitar players are Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill. The relatively clean-shaven drummer is … wait for it … Frank Beard …

97. "Casablanca" role : ILSA
Ilsa Lund was of course played by Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 movie "Casablanca". I love the words of one critic describing the chemistry between Bogart and Bergman in this film: "she paints his face with her eyes" .. wow ...

DEBRA MESSING 8x10 COLOR PHOTO99. Messing of "Will & Grace" : DEBRA
I always thought the real stars of "Will & Grace" were Jack (played by Sean Hayes) and Karen (played by Megan Mullally).

101. Specks of dust : MOTES
Mote is just another word for a speck of dust.

The Simpsons Apu Don't Have a Cow Man Automotive Air Freshener102. Kwik-E-Mart operator : APU
The fictional store, Kwik-E-Mart, is operated by Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, on "The Simpsons" TV show. The convenience store owner doesn't seem to be making much practical use of his Ph. D. in computer science that he earned in the US. His undergraduate degree is from Caltech (the Calcutta Technical Institute), where he graduated top of his class ... of seven million students ...

106. Verne captain : NEMO
In the 1954 movie version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", Captain Nemo goes down with his ship. In the novel by Jules Verne, the fate of Nemo and his crew isn't quite so cut and dry, although the inference is perhaps that they did indeed head for Davy Jones's Locker.

108. Late-week cry : TGIF
Thank God It's Friday is a relatively recent expression, originating in Akron, Ohio. It was a catchphrase used by disk jockey Jerry Healy of WAKR, in the early seventies.

111. Charlemagne's realm: Abbr. : HRE
Pepin the Short was the Duke of the Franks from 751 to 768. He expanded the Frankish Empire, and then law dictated that he had to leave the Empire divided between his two sons, Carloman I and Charlemagne. Carloman I was given lands that were centered around Paris, and Charlemagne was given lands that completely surrounded his brothers territory. So it fell to Charlemagne to defend and extend the borders of the empire, and because of this it is Charlemagne that we read about today, not Carloman I. It was Emperor Charlemagne who in effect founded the Holy Roman Empire.

112. Pay ending : OLA
Payola is the illegal practice of paying radio stations or disk jockeys to repeatedly play a particular piece of music. The impetus behind the crime is that the more often a song is played, the more likely it is to sell. The term "Payola" comes from the words "pay" and "Victrola", an RCA brand name for an early phonograph.

The Ren and Stimpy Show - Seasons Three and a Half-ish113. Nickelodeon dog : REN
“The Ren and Stimpy Show” ran on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1996. Not my cup of tea ...

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. One keeping a watch on someone? : STRAP
6. Steal : BARGAIN
13. Swine swill : SLOP
17. One who may be removed : COUSIN
19. 21, at a casino, say : AGE LIMIT
21. Home for clover lovers : EIRE
22. *Most awful thing you could imagine : WORST NIGHTMARE COME TRUE
25. One with a deadly tongue : ANTEATER
26. Rapscallion : IMP
27. Founder of an eponymous berry farm : KNOTT
28. Some pipe joints : TEES
29. Dogie, e.g. : CALF
32. Declaration upon checking oneself into rehab : I NEED HELP
36. *Destination of 1911 : THE SOUTH POLE
40. "Does not compute" : ERROR
41. Where lavalava skirts are worn : SAMOA
44. Davy Jones's locker : SEABED
45. Graduates : ALUMNI
46. *First rung on a ladder : ENTRY-LEVEL JOB
49. Times in classifieds : AFTS
51. Wood shaper : ADZ
52. Hits and runs? : LOOTS
53. ___ Lingus : AER
54. Hits or runs : STAT
55. Stub ___ : A TOE
56. "2001: A Space Odyssey" studio : MGM
57. Dost possess : HAST
59. A laser might read it : DISC
62. Brain-racked state : WIT’S END
64. *Dunce's place : BOTTOM OF THE CLASS
67. It may have a cross to bear : STEEPLE
70. Minute, informally : ITSY
71. Skin-and-bones : LEAN
72. Pluto, to Saturn : SON
75. ___ Stix (powdered candy brand) : PIXY
76. Big boats : ARKS
78. Doctor whose patients never pay the bills : VET
79. Holdup : DELAY
81. 52 semanas : ANO
82. She, in Rome : ESSA
83. *Destitution : ABJECT POVERTY
87. Color again, as hair : RETINT
89. Director's cry : ACTION
91. Ones running shoulder to shoulder? : ROADS
92. Corrupt : TAINT
93. *Coldest point : ABSOLUTE ZERO
96. Burger King vis-à-vis McDonald's, fittingly : ARCHRIVAL
98. Town House alternative : RITZ
99. Russian legislature : DUMA
103. "The Old Wives' Tale" playwright George : PEELE
104. Years on end : EON
107. Above all others : AT THE TOP
110. Optimist's phrase under adverse circumstances ... or a hint to completing the answers to the six starred clues : THERE’S NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP
115. Introductory drawing class : ART I
116. Like stars on a clear night : AGLIMMER
117. Luxury hotel along Manhattan's Central Park, with "the" : PIERRE
118. Unwelcome guest : PEST
119. Real softball : EASY ONE
120. Baroque painter Hals : FRANS

1. Teatime biscuit : SCONE
2. Rich cake : TORTE
3. Surprise birthday parties often involve them : RUSES
4. Wirehair of the silver screen : ASTA
5. Pub order : PINT
6. "Ugh!" : BAH
7. Go-between: Abbr. : AGT
8. Do followers : RE MI
9. 1970s rock genre : GLAM
10. Scuba mouthpiece attachment : AIRPIPE
11. "___ Mine" (George Harrison book) : I ME
12. Over three-quarters of bunsenite : NICKEL
13. Sheer, informally : SEE THRU
14. Almost every puppy has one : LITTER MATE
15. Bobby on the ice : ORR
16. Little, in Lyon : PEU
18. Many a flower girl : NIECE
20. Pitch : TONE
22. Buddhist temple : WAT
23. Foie ___ : GRAS
24. Some miniatures : MODELS
30. #2 or #3, say : LOSER
31. Coal, e.g. : FUEL
33. Tacitly agree with : NOD AT
34. 2012 Olympics site : LONDON
35. Close to one's heart : PRIZED
36. Place to get a yo-yo or choo-choo : TOY SHOP
37. Shakespearean prince : HAL
38. ___ Mahal : TAJ
39. Cable inits. : HBO
41. Kiss, in 34-Down : SNOG
42. One of three for H2O : ATOM
43. Mohawked muscleman : MR T
45. Fifth-century invader : ATTILA
46. Slippery ___ : ELM
47. Dates determined by the lunisolar calendar : EASTERS
48. Ixnay : VETO
50. Actress Farrah : FAWCETT
54. Principal's charge: Abbr. : SCH
55. Hinny's mother : ASS
58. "It's about time!" : AT LAST
59. Freckle : DOT
60. They're hypothetical : IFS
61. Quarters that haven't been picked up? : STY
63. Naan cooker : TANDOOR
64. Ottoman bigwig : BEY
65. Prefix with information : MIS-
66. Monopoly util. : ELEC
67. Leonidas' kingdom : SPARTA
68. Noted weakness? : TIN EAR
69. Tamed tigers, say : EXOTIC PETS
72. Bob, e.g. : SLED
73. Things in locks : OARS
74. Big Apple media inits. : NYT
77. Most sacred building in Islam : KAABA
78. 20-ounce Starbucks order : VENTI
80. Mendes of "Hitch" : EVA
82. Something with one or more sides : ENTREE
83. From ___ Z : A TO
84. "The Family Circus" cartoonist Keane : BIL
85. Plat du ___ : JOUR
86. Start to fix? : PRE-
88. Come into : INHERIT
90. Creator of Aslan and the White Witch : C S LEWIS
93. Settle a score : AVENGE
94. Pennsylvanie, e.g. : ETAT
95. "Legs" band, 1984 : ZZ TOP
97. "Casablanca" role : ILSA
99. Messing of "Will & Grace" : DEBRA
100. Reversal : U-TURN
101. Specks of dust : MOTES
102. Kwik-E-Mart operator : APU
105. "Goodness gracious!" : OH MY
106. Verne captain : NEMO
108. Late-week cry : TGIF
109. Gardener, at times : HOER
110. Pick : TAP
111. Charlemagne's realm: Abbr. : HRE
112. Pay ending : OLA
113. Nickelodeon dog : REN
114. Poet's "before" : ERE

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