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0717-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 17 Jul 11, Sunday



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I am away on vacation from Sunday, July 17 to Tuesday, August 2. I fully intend to sneak away to do the crossword each day, but probably won’t find time to do many look-ups. Some days I may be a little late posting the solution, and if that should happen, please let me apologize in advance. Email subscribers should check the blog directly at NTYCrossword.com as the solution may be posted by the time they read check their email. Things will be back to normal very shortly! … Bill



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Daniel A. Finan
THEME: The End Is in Sight … all the theme answers are common expressions, but with the last word missing. The circled letter(s) within the answer provide a homophone for the missing word:
25A. Parting words from the busy type : PLA(C)ES TO GO, PEOPLE TO … SEE (C)
36A. Hans Christian Andersen story : THE (P)RINCESS AND THE … PEA (P)
53A. Hardly breaking a sweat : WITH R(E)LATIV(E) … EASE (EE)
66A. End of a command at the Battle of Bunker Hill : THE WH(I)TES OF THE(I)R … EYES (II)
82A. "Godspeed!" : BEST OF L(U)CK TO … YOU (U)
93A. End of a Benjamin Franklin aphorism : HEALTH(Y), WEALTH(Y) AND … WISE (YY)
111A. 2009 fantasy film based on a best-selling book : WHE(R)E THE WILD THINGS … ARE (R)
COMPLETION TIME: 47m 12s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … THA (THE), CAMACHO (COMECHO)


Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across
1.95 cttw 925 Sterling Silver 14K White Gold Plated Lab Created Heart Shaped Opal Pendant4. Birthstones whose name starts with the same letter as their month : OPALS
Here is the "official" list of birthstones by month:
January: Garnet
February: Amethyst
March: Bloodstone or Aquamarine
April: Diamond
May: Emerald
June: Pearl or Moonstone
July: Ruby
August: Sardonyx or Peridot
September: Sapphire or Lapis Lazuli
October: Opal or Pink Tourmaline
November: Topaz or Citrine
December: Turquoise or Zircon (also now, Tanzanite)

Come Away With Me21. "Chasing Pirates" singer Jones : NORAH
The beguiling Norah Jones, daughter of famous sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, is one of my favorite singers. If you haven't heard her sing "Come Away with Me", you just haven't lived ...

23. Matt in the morning : LAUER
Matt Lauer became the news anchor for NBC’s “The Today Show” when he landed the gig as co-host after Bryant Gumbel retired from the job in 1997.

31. Area in a 1969 Elvis Presley hit : GHETTO
When Elvis Presley recorded his hit “In the Ghetto” in 1969, it was considered somewhat controversial. It tells the story of a young boy from a Chicago ghetto who steal, gets into fights, buys a gun, steals a car and is eventually shot and killed. Compared to today’s gangster rap lyrics, I’d say pretty it’s pretty mild stuff …

Conversations with Chaim Potok (Literary Conversations)32. "The Chosen" author Chaim : POTOK
Chaim Potok was a Jewish American author.His most famous novel is “The Chosen”, which recounts the life of a Jewish youth in New York City during WWII.

34. Cabinet dept. since 1965 : HUD
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has its roots in the "Great Society" program of President Lyndon Johnson. HUD's mission is to address the housing needs of the citizenry at the national level. HUD can provide mortgage insurance to help people become homeowners and also provide rental subsidies to lower-income families. HUD also is responsible for enforcement of Federal Fair Housing laws.

48. Island known for having "the wettest spot on Earth" (450+" of rain per year) : KAUAI
Because the island of Kauai is one of the wettest places on earth, all the rainfall has helped to carve out magnificent canyons and left superb waterfalls. It’s a common backdrop for movies.

Jacques-Louis David (The murdered Marat) Art Poster Print - 13x1949. French Revolution figure : MARAT
Jean-Paul Marat was a prominent figure in the French Revolution. He was famously murdered in his bath by a young woman who was a Royalist, an event that was immortalized in a celebrated painting by Jacques-Louis David.

51. Adrien of cosmetics : ARPEL
The Adrien Arpel company was founded in 1962 and sold its products across Europe. The company started selling in the US in 1968.

52. Iraq war subj. : WMD
The first recorded use of the term "Weapon of Mass Destruction" (WMD) was in 1937. The words were used by Cosmo Gordon Lang, the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, in reference to the bombardment of Guernica in Spain during the Spanish Civil by the German Luftwaffe. He said, "Who can think without horror of what another widespread war would mean, waged as it would be with all the new weapons of mass destruction?"

LIL WAYNE Signed AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 Photo/Proof W/coa & Hologram56. Article for Lil Wayne : THA
I guess “tha” is slang for “the” in the world of rap …

Here’s yet another rapper (oh, joy!). Lil Wayne's real name is ... Dwayne Carter, Jr.

57. Eastern sect : ZEN
Zen is one of the Buddhist schools, and it developed it's own tradition in China back in the 7th century AD. Zen is a Japanese spelling of the Chinese word "chan", which in turn derives from the Sanskrit word "dhyana" meaning "meditation".

59. One of 15, once: Abbr. : SSR
The former Soviet Union was created in 1922, not long after the Russian Revolution that overthrew the Tsar in 1917. Geographically, the new Soviet Union was roughly equivalent to the old Russian Empire, and was made up of fifteen Soviet Socialist Republics.

65. Monster of Norse myth : KRAKEN
Kraken are huge sea monsters of legend that were reputed to live off the coasts of Iceland and Norway. It’s possible that the kraken legend was inspired by real-life giant squid.

66. End of a command at the Battle of Bunker Hill : THE WH(I)TES OF THE(I)R … EYES
The phrase “Don’t fire until you can see the whites of their eyes”, is inextricably linked with the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War. However, the expression had been around a few years before it was yelled out in the 1775 battle.

Biography - Whoopi Goldberg72. With 62-Across, Whoopi's "Ghost" role : ODA
62. See 72-Across : MAE
The magnificent Whoopi Goldberg's real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson. Goldberg is multi-talented, and is one of a very short list of entertainers to have won:
- an Oscar (for "Ghost")
- an Emmy (two, for "The View")
- a Grammy (for "Thoroughly Modern Millie", as a producer)
- a Tony (also for producing "Thoroughly Modern Millie")

77. Where K-I-S-S-I-N-G happens : IN A TREE
The somewhat cruel kid’s rhyme goes:
“Jack” and “Jill” sitting in a tree:
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
First comes love,
then comes marriage,
then comes baby in a golden carriage!

79. Hydroxide, e.g. : ION
A hydroxide ion is composed of one atom of oxygen, and one atom of hydrogen, and has a negative charge.

80. C.I.A. forerunner : OSS
The Office of Strategic Services was formed during WWII in order to carry out espionage behind enemy lines. A few years after the end of the war the OSS functions were taken up by a new group, the Central Intelligence Agency, chartered by the National Security Act of 1947.

81. Palm variety : SAGO
When I was growing up in Ireland I was very familiar with pearl sago, which is very similar to pearl tapioca. Pearls of sago are simply little balls of sago starch used to make breads, pancakes, biscuits, or the steamed puddings that we ate as kids. Sago comes from pith of the sago palm tree. To get at the starch the tree has to be cut down and the trunk split to reveal the pith. The pith is crushed and manipulated to make the starch available, which is then washed out of a fibrous suspension. One sago palm tree yields about 150-300 kg of starch. Personally I love the stuff, but then, I am a bit weird …

87. How some stock is purchased : AT PAR
In days gone by, when companies first issued a stock, each share would be given a face value (called "par value"). In effect, the company was making a commitment not to issue any more stock under that par value, giving investors confidence that there was no better deal to be had. Nowadays, most stock is issued without such a "guarantee" and is called "no-par stock".

88. City on the Ruhr : ESSEN
I knew a man back in Ireland, a German national from the city of Essen. He had very sad tales to tell from the days of WWII. As a young boy he lost his (socialist) parents during the Nazi purges early in the war. In 1943, he was living with his grandmother and still attending school when he was drafted into the army along with the rest of his class (at 14 years old, he told me). His platoon leader was his old school teacher who made a point of tutoring the boys in place of military drilling. One day, he was on guard duty with his class/platoon at the dam above the city, and along come the Dam Busters, with their bouncing bombs. The raid was successful (from the perspective of the Allies), but he described terrible famine faced by the people below the dam due to flooding of the farmland that surrounded the factories.

Isaac Albeniz : A Guide to Research (Composer Resource Manuals)89. Pianist Albéniz : ISAAC
Isaac Albéniz was a Spanish Catalan pianist and composer. He is best remembered for creating works built around motifs from Spanish folk music. Although he wrote these works for piano, many have been transcribed for the guitar and are frequently heard today.

Nadia (True Stories Collection TV Movie)91. Gymnast Comaneci : NADIA
Nadia Comaneci won three golds in the 1976 Summer Olympics and was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of a ten in the gymnastics competition. She published a book "Letters to a Young Gymnast" in 2003, and now lives in the United States.

93. End of a Benjamin Franklin aphorism : HEALTH(Y), WEALTH(Y) AND … WISE
The proverb “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” comes to us courtesy of Benjamin Franklin, first publishing it in “Poor Richard’s Almanack”.

108. Papal legate : NUNCIO
The Latin word for "envoy" is nuntius. The Vatican usednuntius for the title of Papal Nuncio, or more correctly, Apostolic Nuncio, a permanent representative of the Holy See to a particular state or even to an international organization. In 1961, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations declared that a Papal Nuncio is an ambassador like those from any other country, and affords them the same rights and privileges.

111. 2009 fantasy film based on a best-selling book : WHE(R)E THE WILD THINGS … ARE
Maurice Sendak is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. His best known work is "Where the Wild Things Are", published in 1963. The "Wild Things" of the tale are beasts conjured up in the imagination of a young boy after he sent to bed with no supper.

Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War115. Former U.N. leader Kofi : ANNAN
Kofi Annan is the diplomat from Ghana who served as General Secretary of the UN for ten years until the beginning of 2007. Annan attended the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1971-72, and graduated with a Master of Science degree.

116. Key of the "Odense" Symphony : A MINOR
There is a long list of symphonies that were once attributed to Mozart, but which have now been proven not to be his work, or are still in doubt. One of these is a Symphony in A minor, nicknamed “Odense”, as it was discovered in the city of Odense, Denmark, in 1983.

117. "Swan Lake" maiden : ODILE
"Swan Lake" is such a delightfully light and enjoyable ballet. It tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by a sorcerer. The ballet also features Odile, Odette's "evil twin". Odile is disguised to look like Odette with the goal of tricking the prince to fall in love with her. In the ballet, the roles of Odette and Odile are played by the same ballerina.

Grow Your Own Ginkgo Tree120. Tree with fan-shaped leaves : GINKGO
The Ginkgo tree is quite remarkable, in that it is regarded as a living fossil. This means that it has not evolved as a living organism, and based on fossil evidence is the same species today as it was million of years ago. As such, it is a remarkably successful species, having survived many extinction events that wiped out so much life on the planet.

Weber 751001 22.5-Inch One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill, Black121. Grill brand : WEBER
In 1952 George Stephen was working for the Weber Brothers Metal works in Chicago. One of the company's products was a line of half-spheres that were welded together to make buoys used in Lake Michigan. Stephens took two of these metal hemispheres and converted them into the original kettle grill. Weber set up a barbecue division that Stephens ran, and Stephen became so successful that he bought out the Weber Brothers factory, and converted all production to the manufacture of grills.

Down
1. Contemporary of Freud : JUNG
Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist. He was very much associated with the analysis of dreams.

5. Hoi ___ : POLLOI
Hoi polloi is a Greek term, literally meaning "the majority". In English it has come to mean "the masses" and is often used in a derogatory sense.

Ara Parseghian Autographed/Hand Signed 8x10 Photo (James Spence)6. Coach Parseghian : ARA
Ara Parseghian coached the Notre Dame football team from 1964 to 1974, a period known as "The Era of Ara".

12. Jesús, for one : ALOU
Jesus Alou played major league baseball, as did his brothers, Matty and Felipe, as well as Felipe's son, Moises.

The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football13. Notre Dame football legend : GIPP
George Gipp was Notre Dame’s first All-American football player. Just two weeks after getting the award, Gipp (aka “The Gipper”) developed pneumonia and died. Famously, on his deathbed he told the Notre Dame coach, Knute Rockne, to “win just one for the Gipper”. Ronald Reagan used that same line a lot in his political campaigns, as the actor-turned-politician played the Gipper in the movie “Knute Rockne, All American”.

16. Chicago mayor before Emanuel : DALEY
Richard J. Daley was the Mayor of Chicago for 21 years (1955-1976), making him the longest-serving mayor for the city in history. His son, Richard M. Daley was mayor until quite recently, the city’s second-longest serving mayor.

The current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, was an Illinois representative in the US House before resigning to take up President Obama's offer of becoming White House Chief of Staff.

18. Riga resident : LETT
Someone from Latvia is known as a Lett.

Riga is the capital city of Latvia. The historical center of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, declared as such because of the city's magnificent examples of Art Nouveau architecture.

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (Classic Seuss)26. Creator of Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose : SEUSS
Dr. Seuss was the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Geisel was commander of the Animation Department of the USAF during WWII. He was behind many propaganda films including one called "Our Job in Japan". This propaganda film was used after the war as a basis for the short feature "Design for Death", a study of Japanese culture released in 1947, and winner of an Oscar for best Documentary.

36. Détentes : THAWS
Détente is a French word meaning "loosening" and in general it's used to describe the easing of strained relations in a political situation. In particular, the policy of détente has come to be associated with the improved relations between the US and the Soviet Union in the seventies, initiated during the Nixon administration.

Hector Camacho Autographed Boxing 8x10 Photo with The Macho Man Inscription38. 1980s lightweight boxing champ : CAMACHO
Hector Camacho is a Puerto Rican boxer, with the nickname "Macho Camacho".

40. D.C. baseballer : NAT
The Washington Nationals baseball team started out life as the Montreal Expos in 1969. The Expos moved to Washington in 2005, becoming the Nats. There are only two National Leagues teams that have never played in a World Series. One is the Mariners, and the other the Nats.

45. Vols' school : U TENN
Tennessee uses the nickname "Volunteer State" as during the War of 1812 volunteer soldiers from Tennessee fought with valor, especially during the Battle of New Orleans.

Tango49. Where Julio Iglesias was born : MADRID
The Spanish singer Julio Iglesias’s real name is Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva. He took up playing the guitar as a young man while recovering from a devastating car accident that injured his spinal cord. “Immediate” recovery took three years, but he still receives therapy for his weakened legs.

56. 1994 Denis Leary/Kevin Spacey flick :
“The Ref” is a black comedy, a 1994 movie starring Dennis Leary as a thief who ends up holding a family hostage after a heist goes wrong.

57. Sorority letter : ZETA
Zeta is the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet, and is a precursor of our Roman letter Z. The word "zeta" is also the ancestor of the name "zed", which became "zee", the pronunciation that we use here in the US.

Signed Stone, Sharon 8x10 Photo60. Stone in Hollywood : SHARON
Actress Sharon Stone big success came with her appearance in the erotic thriller "Basic Instinct" released in 1992. She really hasn't landed huge roles in big movies since then, other than the role of Ginger in "Casino", for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Personally, I enjoyed her performance in 1994's "The Specialist", an entertaining action film in which she played opposite Sylvester Stallone and James Woods.

64. "Ta-da!" : ET VOILA
“Et voilà”, French for, “and there it is!”

66. "Così fan ___" : TUTTE
Mozart's comic opera "Così fan tutte" is also known as "The School for Lovers" in English. A more literal translation is "Thus do all (women)", or "Women are like that".

Osmond, Ken Autographed/Hand Signed 8x10 Photo B&W68. Eddie on "Leave It to Beaver" : HASKELL
On the hit television show “Leave It to Beaver”, the Eddie Haskell character was played by child actor Ken Osmond. When Osmond grew up, he abandoned the acting life and opted instead to serve as a police officer in Los Angeles. He served for 18 years, and then retired after being hit with three bullets when chasing a suspected car thief.

Emily Dickinson: A Biography70. Emily Dickinson poem "For Every Bird ___" : A NEST
On a recent trip around the country, my wife and I had a very disappointing stop in Amherst, Massachusetts intending to visit the home of Emily Dickinson. We hadn't done our homework and failed to note that the home was only open for tours on certain days of the week, and not the day we were there (so be warned!). Emily Dickinson wrote nearly 1800 poems in her lifetime, with less than a dozen published before she died in 1886. Emily's younger sister discovered the enormous collection, and they were published in batches over the coming decades. Try this one …

For every Bird a Nest—
Wherefore in timid quest
Some little Wren goes seeking round—

Wherefore when boughs are free—
Households in every tree—
Pilgrim be found?

Perhaps a home too high—
Ah Aristocracy!
The little Wren desires—

Perhaps of twig so fine—
Of twine e'en superfine,
Her pride aspires—

The Lark is not ashamed
To build upon the ground
Her modest house—

Yet who of all the throng
Dancing around the sun
Does so rejoice?

76. Military group headquartered in Colo. Spgs. : NORAD
The North American Defense Command (NORAD) isn’t just a US operation, but is a cooperative arrangement between Canada and the United States. The two countries entered in to an agreement to establish NORAD in 1958, mainly due to the concern that there would be little or no warning of a missile attack from the Soviet Union that came over the North Pole.

78. Architect Saarinen : ELIEL
Eliel Saarinen was a Finnish architect who designed entire city districts in Helsinki. He immigrated to the United States, where he became famous for his art nouveau designs. He was the father of Eero Saarinen, who was to become even more renowned in America for his designs, such as Dulles International Airport, and the TWA building at JFK.

81. "___ Alive" : STAYIN’
"Stayin’ Alive" was one of the songs from "Saturday Night Fever". Terrible film, fabulous music …

USA TODAY83. Today preceder : USA
The title of widest circulation of any American newspaper is an honor competed for by "The Wall Street Journal" and "USA Today", with each paper selling about 2 million copies daily (including online subscribers). "USA Today" was launched in 1982.

Coolidge84. "Silent" one : CAL
President Calvin Coolidge, the only US President to have been born on July 4th, was known as a man of few words. It was while he was serving as Vice-President to in the administration of Warren G. Harding, that Coolidge earned the nickname “Silent Cal”. There is a famous story told about Coolidge’s reticence that I would love to think is true, attributed to the poet Dorothy Parker. Sitting beside him at dinner, she remarked to him, "Mr. Coolidge, I've made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you." His famous reply: "You lose."

85. Krazy ___ : KAT
"Krazy Kat" was a successful comic strip that ran from 1913-1944, drawn by George Herriman.

87. Big name in brewing : ANHEUSER
Adolphus Busch was born in Mainz in Germany. He emigrated with three of his brothers from Germany, to St. Louis in 1857. Still a young man, he met a married Lilly Anheuser, whose father owned a local brewery. When Busch's own father died, he received a sizable inheritance, which he used to buy a substantial share in his father-in-law's brewery. When Lilly's father died, the brewery was renamed to Anheuser Busch.

90. Modern update : TWEET
I have never tweeted in my life, and have no plans to do so. Twitter is a micro-blogging service that limits the post sent to just 140 characters. In a sense, it is similar to this blog. Here I send out a post once a day containing information that I think might be useful to folks (thank you for reading!). I don't think I could send much of interest using just 140 characters. I believe that many people who do tweet tend to send out messages like "I'm at dinner now. I am having sushi" and "There's nothing on TV. I'm bored". Nope, I don't think so!

94. San ___, Calif. : YSIDRO
San Ysidro lies just north of the US-Mexican border, and is in effect a suburb of San Diego. San Ysidro is named after Saint Isadore, the patron saint of farmers.

Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Widescreen Edition)96. 2006 comedy title character from western 2-Down : BORAT
2. See 96-Down : ASIA
The full name of the 2006 "mockumentary" is "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazhakstan". Borat is played by a British comedian, Sacha Baron Cohen. Not my cup of tea …

Signed Owens, Buck 8x10 Photo97. Buck in the Country Music Hall of Fame : OWENS
Buck Owens was a very successful country star, along with his backing band, the Buckaroos. He had 21 number one hits in the country music charts, but never had a record that successfully crossed over to the popular charts. From 1968 to 1986, Owens was the co-host of the popular TV show “Hee Haw”.

100. [Kiss] : MWAH
“Mwah!” … the sound of a big kiss.

103. Half: Prefix : DEMI-
Ever wonder what the difference is between the prefixes “hemi-”, “demi-” and “semi-”? Well, the general observation is that words using the “demi-” prefix date back to the days of Norman influence over the English language. As a result, “demi-” turns up in the world of period costume and coats of arms. Words using “hemi-” tend ot have Greek roots, and are prevalent in the world the sciences and the medical field. Words with “semi-” tend to have Latin roots, and are most often found in music and the arts, and mathematics.

105. "Peter Pan" fairy, for short : TINK
Tinkerbell had a relatively small part to play in J. M. Barrie's play "Peter Pan", but her role has expanded over the years due to the character's popularity with movie audiences.

109. "Dies ___" : IRAE
Dies Irae is Latin for "Day of Wrath". It is the name of a famous melody in Gregorian Chant, and is often used as part of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass.

110. Serengeti antelope : ORYX
The oryx is a large antelope species, mainly found in Africa but also in the Arabian Peninsula. One species was introduced by man into the White Sands Missile Range, and it is now considered an invasive species in the neighboring White Sands National Monument.

The Serengeti is a region in Africa, located in northern Tanzania and southwest Kenya. The name “Serngeti” comes from the Maasai language and means “Endless Plains”.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Punch : JAB
4. Birthstones whose name starts with the same letter as their month : OPALS
9. Senescence : OLD AGE
15. Puzzle : ADDLE
20. Advantage : USE
21. "Chasing Pirates" singer Jones : NORAH
22. "Stop that!" : COOL IT
23. Matt in the morning : LAUER
24. It means nothing : NIL
25. Parting words from the busy type : PLA(C)ES TO GO, PEOPLE TO see
28. Whom a guy might hang with when he's not with the guys : GAL PAL
30. Isn't shy with an opinion : SPEAKS UP
31. Area in a 1969 Elvis Presley hit : GHETTO
32. "The Chosen" author Chaim : POTOK
34. Cabinet dept. since 1965 : HUD
35. Pottery base : CLAY
36. Hans Christian Andersen story : THE (P)RINCESS AND THE pea
43. Kind of shot : FLU
46. Critter with foot-long teeth : HIPPO
47. Dipped sticks? : OARS
48. Island known for having "the wettest spot on Earth" (450+" of rain per year) : KAUAI
49. French Revolution figure : MARAT
51. Adrien of cosmetics : ARPEL
52. Iraq war subj. : WMD
53. Hardly breaking a sweat : WITH R(E)LATIV(E) ease
55. Goldenrod, e.g. : WEED
56. Article for Lil Wayne : THA
57. Eastern sect : ZEN
58. Appears gradually on the screen : FADES IN
59. One of 15, once: Abbr. : SSR
60. Major upset, say : SHOCKER
62. See 72-Across : MAE
65. Monster of Norse myth : KRAKEN
66. End of a command at the Battle of Bunker Hill : THE WH(I)TES OF THE(I)R eyes
69. Symbol of strength, to the Maya : JAGUAR
72. With 62-Across, Whoopi's "Ghost" role : ODA
73. Granter of an honorary degree to George Washington in 1776 : HARVARD
74. Farmer's ___ : TAN
77. Where K-I-S-S-I-N-G happens : IN A TREE
79. Hydroxide, e.g. : ION
80. C.I.A. forerunner : OSS
81. Palm variety : SAGO
82. "Godspeed!" : BEST OF L(U)CK TO you
86. Water ____ (dental product company) : PIK
87. How some stock is purchased : AT PAR
88. City on the Ruhr : ESSEN
89. Pianist Albéniz : ISAAC
90. TV part : TELE-
91. Gymnast Comaneci : NADIA
92. Place with snorts : STY
93. End of a Benjamin Franklin aphorism : HEALTH(Y), WEALTH(Y) AND wise
96. Bring to a ___ : BOIL
98. 9/ : SEP
99. Pacifist's protest : LIE-IN
100. The Jackson 5's first major label : MOTOWN
103. Most clueless : DITSIEST
108. Papal legate : NUNCIO
111. 2009 fantasy film based on a best-selling book : WHE(R)E THE WILD THINGS are
114. Goof : ERR
115. Former U.N. leader Kofi : ANNAN
116. Key of the "Odense" Symphony : A MINOR
117. "Swan Lake" maiden : ODILE
118. Arm of a starfish : RAY
119. Has over : HOSTS
120. Tree with fan-shaped leaves : GINKGO
121. Grill brand : WEBER
122. Cause for a TV-MA rating : SEX

Down
1. Contemporary of Freud : JUNG
2. See 96-Down : ASIA
3. Vegetable on a vine : BELL PEPPER
4. Cruising the beat : ON PATROL
5. Hoi ___ : POLLOI
6. Coach Parseghian : ARA
7. Varnish resins : LACS
8. Jesus, to Christians : SHEPHERD
9. Quarterfinal groups, e.g. : OCTADS
10. "The way I see it ..." : LOOK
11. See 15-Down : DOGS
12. Jesús, for one : ALOU
13. Notre Dame football legend : GIPP
14. Time to enjoy le soleil : ETE
15. With 11-Down, leaders : ALPHA
16. Chicago mayor before Emanuel : DALEY
17. Number with two : DUET
18. Riga resident : LETT
19. Switch ending : -EROO
26. Creator of Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose : SEUSS
27. Watch on the beach, maybe : OGLE
29. Like bubble gum and questions : POPPED
33. Skills : KNOWHOW
35. Main : CHIEF
36. Détentes : THAWS
37. Classic root beer brand : HIRES
38. 1980s lightweight boxing champ : CAMACHO
39. Of the same sort : AKIN
40. D.C. baseballer : NAT
41. "Ya think?!" : DUH
42. Stuff in a pit : TAR
43. Give a body check : FRISK
44. "C'est ___" : LA VIE
45. Vols' school : U TENN
49. Where Julio Iglesias was born : MADRID
50. Rampaging, after "on" : A TEAR
53. Had been : WERE
54. They moved from Minnesota to Los Angeles in 1960 : LAKERS
56. 1994 Denis Leary/Kevin Spacey flick : THE REF
57. Sorority letter : ZETA
60. Stone in Hollywood : SHARON
61. Word repeated in "I ___! I ___!" : KID
62. Bellyache : MOAN
63. Home of the 46-Across: Abbr. : AFR
64. "Ta-da!" : ET VOILA
66. "Così fan ___" : TUTTE
67. "Buzz off!" : SHOO
68. Eddie on "Leave It to Beaver" : HASKELL
69. Dovetails : JIBES
70. Emily Dickinson poem "For Every Bird ___" : A NEST
71. Bombastic : GASSY
74. Some clickers : TAP DANCERS
75. Over : AGAIN
76. Military group headquartered in Colo. Spgs. : NORAD
78. Architect Saarinen : ELIEL
79. Hankering : ITCH
81. "___ Alive" : STAYIN’
83. Today preceder : USA
84. "Silent" one : CAL
85. Krazy ___ : KAT
86. Something to watch when there's nothing on? : PEEP SHOW
87. Big name in brewing : ANHEUSER
90. Modern update : TWEET
93. Clue : HINT
94. San ___, Calif. : YSIDRO
95. Little thrill : TINGLE
96. 2006 comedy title character from western 2-Down : BORAT
97. Buck in the Country Music Hall of Fame : OWENS
100. [Kiss] : MWAH
101. "Yikes!" : OH NO
102. Perfect specimens : TENS
103. Half: Prefix : DEMI-
104. Cry after hitting a jackpot : I WIN
105. "Peter Pan" fairy, for short : TINK
106. Struggle (through) : SLOG
107. Surfer's concern : TIDE
109. "Dies ___" : IRAE
110. Serengeti antelope : ORYX
112. Witch : HAG
113. Point of writing? : NIB

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2 comments :

nina26best said...

Hello... Happy to say I did very well this Sunday! Thought I had them ALL right, but found two errors: Asia and oryx! Funny how I always cringe when I get my first look at each one; they all seem impossible, and I'm sure I'll get nowhere. But then I just jump in and answer the obvious ones, and little by little the spaces fill! Such a pleasure!

Bill Butler said...

Well done, Nina!

It's always a good feeling when the Sunday puzzle "falls" relatively easily and gracefully :) And ASIA and ORYX aren't shameful misses by any means!

Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Nina.

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