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0807-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 7 Aug 11, Sunday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Tony Orbach & Janie Smulyan
THEME: Good to Go … all of the theme answers are common expressions with the word GOOD removed:
23A. Start-press order for a New York daily? : LET THE (GOOD) TIMES ROLL
39A. Flippered animal that runs a maid service? : (GOOD) HOUSEKEEPING SEAL
48A. Request for candy from a kid at camp? : (GOOD) SHIP LOLLIPOP
68A. Congratulatory phrase at a "Peanuts" bar mitzvah? : YOU’RE A (GOOD) MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
88A. Jaded comment from a constantly updated person? : NO NEWS IS (GOOD) NEWS
98A. 1970s, to a schmaltzy wedding band? : THE ERA OF (GOOD) FEELINGS
120A. Amnesiac's vague recollection of having a hobby? : I’M INTO SOMETHING (GOOD)
COMPLETION TIME: 30m 17s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 3 … DULLEA (DULLIE), SOLVENE (SLOVENI), ANSARA (ENSARA)


Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across
9. "The Dublin Trilogy" dramatist : O’CASEY
"Juno and the Paycock" is by Sean O'Casey, one of the most often staged plays in his native Ireland. It is the second part of his "Dublin Trilogy", along with "The Shadow of a Gunman" and the equally celebrated "The Plough and the Stars".

Fatal Attraction [VHS]15. Kind of attraction : FATAL
“Fatal Attraction” is a an exceptional thriller released in 1987, starring Micheal Douglas and Glenn Close. The movie is about a married man who has a brief affair with a woman who then obsessively stalks him. There’s a famous scene where the Michael Douglas character discovers that his stalker has killed the family pet rabbit and left it stewing in a pot on his stove. In the British Isles “bunny boiler” is now a common enough term used to describe a crazed woman …

20. Windward : AWEATHER
"Alee" is the direction away from the wind. If a sailor points into the wind, he or she is pointing "aweather".

22. Add-on meaning "galore" : A GOGO
The term “à gogo” is French in origin, in which language it means “in abundance”.

25. Shaded shelter : BOWER
Our word "bower" comes from the Old English "bur" meaning a hut or dwelling. We've been using it to mean a "leafy arbor", a "dwelling" defined by surrounding trees, since way back in the 1500s.

26. Sleuth Lupin : ARSENE
Arsène Lupin is a character created by the French writer Maurice Leblanc. Leblanc was writing in the days of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his gentleman detective, Lupin, is as popular in the French-speaking world as Sherlock Holmes is in English.

28. Dresden's river : ELBE
The River Elbe rises in the Czech Republic, and travels over a thousand kilometers before emptying into the North Sea where it feeds the port of Hamburg. Just after passing over the border from the Czech Republic into Germany, the Elbe passes through the historic city of Dresden.

Dresden was almost completely destroyed during WWII, especially as a result of the famous firebombing of the city in 1945. Restoration work in the inner city in recent decades led to it being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site However, in 2006 when the city built a highway bridge close to the city center, UNESCO took Dresden off the list. This marked the only time a European location lost World Heritage status.

32. Make out : DESCRY
“To descry” is to catch sight of, to discern.

35. Big name in potatoes : ORE-IDA
Ore-Ida frozen foods are all made with potatoes. The company is located in Oregon, just across the border from Idaho. "Ore-Ida" is a melding of the two state names.

37. Explorer's writing : LOG
The word "logbook" dates back to the days when the captain of a ship kept a daily record of the vessel's speed, progress etc. using a "log". A log was a wooden float on a knotted line that was dropped overboard to measure the vessel's speed.

Good Housekeeping (1-year auto-renewal)39. Flippered animal that runs a maid service? : (GOOD) HOUSEKEEPING SEAL
“Good Housekeeping” is a women’s magazine founded back in 1885. In the early 1900s the magazine started the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, a laboratory tasked with the testing of household devices. Any item proven to have sufficent quality and reliability is given the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

46. Mart start : WAL-
Walmart (previously "Wal-Mart") takes in more revenue than any other publicly traded company in the world. Over in my homeland, Walmart operates under the name Asda. Walmart's worldwide headquarters are in Bentonville, Arkansas, the home of Sam Walton's original Five and Dime. You can go see the original store, as it is now the Walmart Visitor's Center.

Biography - Shirley Temple: the Biggest Little Star [VHS]48. Request for candy from a kid at camp? : (GOOD) SHIP LOLLIPOP
“On the Good Ship Lollipop” is a song most associated with Shirley Temple in her days as a child actress. She first sang it in the 1934 movie “Bright Eyes”, and believe it or not, the “Lollipop” is an aircraft, and not a boat. If you don’t believe me, go check out the film …

52. Nutritional abbr. : RDA
Recommended Daily Allowances were introduced during WWII, and were replaced by Recommended Daily Intakes in 1997.

Sterling Silver Yin Yang Balance Pendant53. Like the yin side: Abbr. : FEM
The yin and the yang can be explained using many different metaphors. In one, as the sun shines on a mountain, the side in the shade is the yin and the side in the light is the yang. The yin is also regarded as the feminine side, and the yang the masculine.

56. Author Sinclair : UPTON
Upton Sinclair was a prolific American author, with almost 100 books to his name. His most famous work is probably “The Jungle”, a 1906 novel about the meat packing industry that contributed to the Meat Inspection Act being passed by Congress a few months after the book was published. He also wrote “Oil”, published in 1927, which was the basis of the 2007 film “There Will Be Blood”, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

The Essential Iguana (Howell Book House's Essential)59. Dewlapped creature : IGUANA
Dewlap is that flap of skin that hangs below the neck of some creatures. Dewlaps are found on anything from dogs to iguanas.

I Pity the Fool - Season 164. "Rocky III" co-star : MR T
Mr. T's real name is Laurence Tureaud. He is famous for many things, including the wearing of excessive amounts of jewelry. He started this habit when he was working as a bouncer, wearing jewelry items that had been left behind 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!".

65. Gnarly : RAD
In "modern lingo", the terms "rad" and "gnarly" both mean "super awesome", "super cool". Not words that I would use, or words that would be used in reference to me ...

67. Ohio university : AKRON
The University of Akron was founded as a small college in 1870 by the Universalist Church, which handed it over to the city of Akron in 1913. Today the school is part of Ohio’s State University system, and is renowned for its research into the science of polymers.

Ty Beanie Baby Charlie Brown with Sound68. Congratulatory phrase at a "Peanuts" bar mitzvah? : YOU’RE A (GOOD) MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
A Jewish girl becomes a Bat Mitzvah at 12 years of age, the age at which she becomes responsible for her actions. Boys are obviously less mature (surprise surprise!) and become Bar Mitzvahs at 13. The term translates into daughter and son of the commandments.

The characters in the cartoon series "Peanuts" were largely drawn from Charles Schultz's own life, with shy and withdrawn Charlie Brown representing Schultz himself.

75. Western Indian : UTE
The Ute are a group of American Indian tribes that now reside in Utah and Colorado. The Ute were not a unified people as such, but rather a loose association of nomadic groups.

76. High lines : ELS
The Chicago "L" is the second largest rapid transit system in the US, with the New York City Subway being the largest. The "L" is also the second oldest, again with the New York Subway system having the honor of being around the longest. Note that the official nickname for the system is the "L" (originally short for "elevated railroad"), although the term "El" is also in common use (especially in crosswords as "ELS"). The L is managed by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

Bburago Alfa 8C Competition 2007 1:18 Scale77. Romeo's predecessor? : ALFA
The Alfa in Alfa Romeo is actually an acronym, standing for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili ("Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company"), an enterprise founded in 1909. The company was taken over by Nicola Romeo in 1915, and in 1920 the name was changed to Alfa Romeo.

The Thin Red Line - Keir Dullea - Movie Photo Print78. Keir of "2001: A Space Odyssey" : DULLEA
Keir Dullea is an actor best known for portraying one of the two main astronauts in the (1968) film “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

80. End of a Greek run : OMEGA
Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet. The word "omega" literally means "great O" (O-mega). Compare this with the Greek letter Omicron meaning "little O" (O-micron).

82. Ones gathered for a reading, maybe : HEIRS
The heirs might gather for the reading of the will.

86. One of the Bobbsey twins : NAN
The “Bobbsey Twins” series of children’s novels was first written by Edward Stratemeyer in 1904. Stratemeyer used the pseudonym Laura Lee Hope, as did subsequent authors who wrote 72 books in the series between 1904 and 1979.

Das Boot - The Original Uncut Version93. 1981 German-language hit film : DAS BOOT
I am ashamed to say that I have never watched the whole of the 1981 movie "Das Boot", even though I love WWII submarine films. The film drew great critical acclaim, good news for the producers as it is one of the most expensive films ever made in Germany. The story is about the German U-boat U-96 on a patrol in October of 1941.

James Monroe: The American Presidents Series: The 5th President, 1817-182598. 1970s, to a schmaltzy wedding band? : THE ERA OF (GOOD) FEELINGS
The Era of Good Feelings lasted from about 1816 to 1824, during the administration of President James Monroe. The name described the feeling of bipartisanship that permeated politics at that time, largely due to President Monroe deliberately downplaying differences between the parties in Washington. One can only dream ...

105. Musée d'Orsay artist : RENOIR
The Musée d'Orsay is one of the premier museums in Paris, and holds the world's largest collection of impressionist art. Renoir was a pioneer in the Impressionist art movement, and so his work is well represented in the d'Orsay.

107. Everybody, to Erich : ALLE
“Alle” is the German for “everyone”.

114. Geneviève, for one: Abbr. : STE
The French word for a female saint is “sainte”, as in Ste. Geneviève (St. Genevieve).

St. Genevieve is the patron saint of Paris, in the Roman Catholic tradition. In the year 451 she led what was termed a “prayer marathon” that many believed saved Paris from being sacked by Attila the Hun.

115. Denmark's ___ Islands : FAEROE
The Faeroe Islands lie about halfway between Iceland and the British Isles, and is a self-governing territory that is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. However, unlike Denmark, the Faeroes are not part of the European Union.

A Highland Fling With A Monstrous Thing118. "Scooby-Doo" girl : VELMA
“Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” is a series of cartoons produced for Hanna-Barbera Productions, introduced in 1969.

Herman's Hermits - Their Greatest Hits120. Amnesiac's vague recollection of having a hobby? : I’M INTO SOMETHING (GOOD)
“I'm into Something Good” is a song composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, recorded most famously by Herman’s Hermits in 1964. It was to become the group’s first big hit.

126. Environment : MILIEU
We use the French word “milieu” to mean an environment, surroundings. In French it is a word for “middle”.

Signed Alexander, Jason 8x10 Photo127. TV character who worked for Steinbrenner : COSTANZA
In "Seinfeld", George Costanza was of course played by Jason Alexander, and the character was loosely based on the show's co-creator Larry David. The name, however, came from Jerry Seinfeld's real-life friend Mike Costanza.

130. Washed : DETERGED
To deterge is to cleanse, as in to clean a wound, say.

Down
5. Prefix with -centric : ETHNO-
To be ethnocentric is to believe in the superiority of one's own race, or to have an obsessive concern with race.

7. Holiday celebrated with bánh chung cakes : TET
The full name for the New Year holiday in Vietnam is Tet Nguyen Dan, meaning "Feast of the First Morning". Tet usually falls on the same day as Chinese New Year.

Bánh chu’ng is a steamed cake mainly made from glutinous rice, mung bean and pork. The eating of bánh chu’ng is an important part of the Tet holiday in Vietnam.

8. Asian title that's an anagram of an English one : SRI
Sri is a title of respect for a male in India.

Grosse Pointe Blank10. Two-time Oscar nominee Joan : CUSACK
Joan Cusack is a wonderful actress, I think, although she always seems to be cast in supporting roles. She is the sister of actor John Cusack, and has appeared with him in many films including “Sixteen Candles” and my personal favorite, “Grosse Pointe Blank”.

12. W. Coast air hub : SFO
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the maintenance hub for United Airlines, and is the principal base for Virgin America.

Elle (1-year auto-renewal)13. Fashion magazine : ELLE
"Elle" magazine was founded in 1945 in France and today has the biggest circulation of any fashion magazine in the world. "Elle" is the French word for "she".

15. ___ egg : FABERGE
Fabergé eggs are beautiful jeweled eggs made by the House of Fabergé from 1885 to 1917. The tradition of fabricating the eggs started when Tsar Alexander III commissioned Fabergé to create a jeweled egg for his wife in 1885. After this, the House of Fabergé produced more and more elaborate designs, year after year.

19. Cosmetics brand with the classic slogan "Because I'm worth it" : L’OREAL
L'Oréal is a French cosmetics company, the largest cosmetics and beauty company in the world.

24. Swiss mix : MUESLI
"Muesli" is a Swiss-German term describing a breakfast serving of oats, nuts, fruit and milk. Delicious ...

Brussel's CT9005CE Chinese Elm Bonsai29. Often-trimmed tree : BONSAI
The term "bonsai" is used more correctly to describe the Japanese art of growing carefully shaped trees in containers. Bonsai has come to be used as the name for all miniature trees in pots.

Beatles '6537. "Beatles '65" and others : LPS
The first vinyl records designed to play at 33 1/3 rpm were introduced by RCA Victor in 1931, but were discontinued due to quality problems. The first Long Play (LP), 33 1/3 rpm disc was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948, with RCA Victor following up with a 45 rpm "single" the following year, in 1949.

38. Hanauma Bay locale : OAHU
Hanauma Bay is located east of Honolulu on the coast of Oahu. In Hawaiian “hana” means bay and “uma” means curve, so the locals usually refer to the area as simply Hanauma, as the word “Bay” is extraneous.

Woodsy Owl40. Antipollution mascot Woodsy ___ : OWL
Woodsy Owl is an icon used by the US Forest Service. Woodsy's job is to promote the appreciation of nature and is associated with the tag-lines “Give a hoot --- don’t pollute!” and “Lend a hand --- Care for the Land!”

42. Birth control option, briefly : IUD
It seems that it isn’t fully understood how intrauterine devices (IUDs) work as a means of birth control. The design that has been most popular for decades is a T-shaped plastic frame on which is wound copper wire. It’s thought that the device is an irritant in the uterus causing the body to release chemicals that are hostile to sperm and eggs. This effect is enhanced by the presence of the copper.

44. Lacking a surrounding colonnade, as a temple : APTERAL
In architectural terms, a temple built with no columns along the sides of its walls is termed “apteral”.

45. Ljubljana resident : SLOVENE
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, a status the city was awarded on the creation of the Republic in 1991 following the break up of Yugoslavia.

49. Ready to be called : ONE-A
The US government maintains information on all males who are potentially subject to military conscription, using what is called the Selective Service System (SSS). In the event that a draft is held, men registered would be classified into groups to determine eligibility for service. Class 1-A registrants are those available for unrestricted military service. Other classes are 1-A-O (conscientious objectors available for noncombatant service), 4-A (registrants who have completed military service) and 4-D (ministers of religion).

50. French meat : PORC
“Porc” is the French for pork.

53. Casino offering : FARO
Faro is a card game somewhat akin to Baccarat, and was popular in England and France in the 18th century. It made it to the Old West, where it became a favorite of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. The origin of the name "Faro" is unclear. One popular theory is that Faro is a contraction of ‘pharaoh’ given that Egyptian motifs used to be common on playing cards of the period. There’s another theory involving the usual suspects: Irish immigrants and famines …

54. Poetic "plenty" : ENOW
Enow is an archaic form of the word "enough".

55. Singer Aimee : MANN
Aimee Mann is an American rock singer and guitarist.

White Orchid Womens Long Sleeve Pajamas, Blue, X-Large60. What a pajama party often is : GABFEST
Our word "pajamas" comes to us from the Indian subcontinent, where "pai jamahs" were loose fitting pants tied at the waist and worn at night by locals and ultimately by the Europeans living there. And "pajamas" is another of those words that I had to learn to spell differently when I came to America. In the British Isles the spelling is "pyjamas".

61. It's NW of Georgia : UKRAINE
Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe, a Soviet Republic before the dissolution of the USSR. In English we often use the name “the Ukraine”, but I am told this isn’t appropriate.

A Charge to Keep : My Journey to the White House63. Sch. that plays Texas A&M : SMU
Southern Methodist University (SMU) is located in University Park, Texas (part of Dallas), and was founded in 1911. In 2008, President George W. Bush agreed to the selection of SMU as the site for his Presidential Library. The building is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2013.

69. Musical number : OPUS
The Latin for "work" is “opus”, with the plural being “opera”.

The Producers (Widescreen Edition)70. "The Producers" character who sings "When You Got It, Flaunt It" : ULLA
“The Producers” is a 1968 satirical movie written and directed by Mel Brooks, the first film he ever directed. Brooks adapted the movie into a hugely successful Broadway musical that won a record 12 Tony Awards. The original leads in the stage show, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, then appeared in a 2005 movie adaptation of the musical version of the original film!

DIE HARD ALAN RICKMAN 8X10 COLOR PHOTO72. Actor Rickman : ALAN
Alan Rickman is a marvelous English actor, famous for playing bad guy Hans Gruber in the original "Die Hard" film, Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" series, and my personal favorite, Eamon de Valera in "Michael Collins".

73. K-12 : ELHI
"Elhi" is an informal word used to describe anything related to schooling from grades 1 through 12, i.e. elementary through high school.

Signed Ansara, Michael 8x10 B&W Photo79. "Broken Arrow" co-star Michael : ANSARA
Michael Ansara played the character Cochise, in the fifties Western TV series “Broken Arrow”.

84. Zeus' disguise when fathering Helen of Troy : SWAN
In Greek mythology, Leda was the beautiful Queen of Sparta who was seduced by Zeus when he took the form of a swan. She produced two eggs from the union. One egg hatched into the beautiful Helen, later to be known as Helen of Troy over whom the Trojan War was fought. The other egg hatched into the twins Castor and Pollux. Castor and Pollux had different fathers according to the myth. Pollux was the son of Zeus, so was immortal, while Castor was the son of Leda's earthly husband, and so he was a mortal.

87. Blood-typing system : ABO
The most important grouping of blood types is the ABO system. Blood is classified as either A, B, AB or O, depending on the type of antigens on the surface of the red blood cells. A secondary designation of blood is the Rh factor, in which a different set of antigens is labelled as either positive or negative. When a patient receives a blood transfusion, ideally the donor blood should be the same type as that of the recipient, as incompatible blood cells can be rejected. However, blood type O-Neg can be accepted by recipients with all blood types, A, B, AB or O, and positive or negative. Hence someone with O-neg blood type is called a "universal donor".

89. Modern party planning aids : EVITES
An "evite" is an "electronic invitation".

92. Scot's "wee" : SMA’
The Scots dialect word sma' means "small". It famously appears in the Robert Burns poem, "To a Mouse". The lines read:
A daimen icker in a thrave
’S a sma’ request;
I’ll get a blessin wi’ the lave,
An’ never miss’t!

which "translates" to:
An occasional ear of corn out of twenty-four sheaves
Is a small request;
I'll be blest with the rest of the corn,
And never miss the ear you took!

93. In excelsis ___ : DEO
"Gloria in excelsis Deo" is the title of a Latin hymn, which translates as "Glory to God in the highest".

Signed McDermott, Dylan 8x10 Photo100. Eve who wrote "The Vagina Monologues" : ENSLER
Eve Ensler is a playwright whose most famous work is “The Vagina Monologues”. When Ensler was only 23 years of age she adopted a 15 year old boy. We are familiar with that boy on the big screen these days … actor Dylan McDermott.

108. Order to a barista : LATTE
The person who serves coffee in a coffee shop is often called a "barista". "Barista" is the Italian for "bartender".

The name latte is an abbreviation of the Italian "caffelatte" meaning "coffee (and) milk". Note that in the original spelling of "latte", the Italian word for milk, there is no accent over the "e". An accent is often added by mistake when we use the word in English, perhaps meaning to suggest that the word is French.

109. "Zigeunerliebe" composer : LEHAR
Franz Lehár was a Hungarian composer, someone who had a difficult relationship with the Nazi regime after it took control of his country. His wife was born Jewish, but converted to Catholicism. Fortunately Hitler enjoyed Lehár's music, and as a result Goebbels intervened and made Sophie Lehár "an honorary Aryan by marriage".

112. "La Bohème" soprano : MIMI
"La bohème" is the second most frequently performed opera in the US (after Puccini's "Madama Butterfly").

Brahms: The Symphonies113. Key of Brahms's Symphony No. 4: Abbr. : E MIN
Johannes Brahms was a leading German composer from the Romantic period. He is one of the "Three Bs", often grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven.

116. Eleven, to Héloïse : ONZE
“Onze” is French for “eleven”.

117. Edwardian expletive : EGAD
Egad was developed as a polite way of saying "oh God" in the late 1600s, and is an expression of fear or surprise somewhat like "Good grief!".

122. German rejection : NIE
"Nie" is the German word for "never".

123. Cause of some repetitive behavior, in brief : OCD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is the fourth most commonly diagnosed mental disorder, making it about as common as asthma.

The Three Stooges Movie Opening Credits Poster Print - 24x36 Poster Print, 36x24 Poster Print, 36x24124. A Stooge : MOE
If you've seen a few of the films starring "The Three Stooges" you'll have noticed that the line up changed over the years. The original trio was made up of Moe and Shemp Howard (two brothers), and Larry Fine (a good friend of the Howards). This line up was usually known as "Moe, Larry and Shemp". Then Curly Howard replaced his brother when Shemp quit the act, creating the most famous trio, "Moe, Larry And Curly". Shemp returned when Curly had a debilitating stroke in 1946, and he stayed with the troupe until he died in 1955. Shemp was replaced by Joe Besser, and then "Curly-Joe" DeRita. When Larry had a stroke in 1970, it effectively marked the end of the act.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Airplane amenities : LEG RESTS
9. "The Dublin Trilogy" dramatist : O’CASEY
15. Kind of attraction : FATAL
20. Windward : AWEATHER
21. Fashion frill : RUFFLE
22. Add-on meaning "galore" : A GOGO
23. Start-press order for a New York daily? : LET THE (GOOD) TIMES ROLL
25. Shaded shelter : BOWER
26. Sleuth Lupin : ARSENE
27. Suffix with form : -ULA
28. Dresden's river : ELBE
30. St. Pete-to-Savannah dir. : NNE
31. Flaps : ADOS
32. Make out : DESCRY
35. Big name in potatoes : ORE-IDA
37. Explorer's writing : LOG
39. Flippered animal that runs a maid service? : (GOOD) HOUSEKEEPING SEAL
43. Legal assistants : PARAS
46. Mart start : WAL-
47. Sparks : AROUSES
48. Request for candy from a kid at camp? : (GOOD) SHIP LOLLIPOP
52. Nutritional abbr. : RDA
53. Like the yin side: Abbr. : FEM
56. Author Sinclair : UPTON
57. Start : ONSET
59. Dewlapped creature : IGUANA
62. When to call, in some ads : EVES
64. "Rocky III" co-star : MR T
65. Gnarly : RAD
67. Ohio university : AKRON
68. Congratulatory phrase at a "Peanuts" bar mitzvah? : YOU’RE A (GOOD) MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
74. "Sounds like ___!" : A PLAN
75. Western Indian : UTE
76. High lines : ELS
77. Romeo's predecessor? : ALFA
78. Keir of "2001: A Space Odyssey" : DULLEA
80. End of a Greek run : OMEGA
82. Ones gathered for a reading, maybe : HEIRS
85. ___ result : AS A
86. One of the Bobbsey twins : NAN
88. Jaded comment from a constantly updated person? : NO NEWS IS (GOOD) NEWS
93. 1981 German-language hit film : DAS BOOT
96. Part of some itineraries? : VIA
97. Leisurely time to arrive at the office : TEN AM
98. 1970s, to a schmaltzy wedding band? : THE ERA OF (GOOD) FEELINGS
104. See 106-Across : DNA
105. Musée d'Orsay artist : RENOIR
106. Things determined by 104-Across : TRAITS
107. Everybody, to Erich : ALLE
110. "___ me" (phone comment) : IT’S
111. Match part : GAME
114. Geneviève, for one: Abbr. : STE
115. Denmark's ___ Islands : FAEROE
118. "Scooby-Doo" girl : VELMA
120. Amnesiac's vague recollection of having a hobby? : I’M INTO SOMETHING (GOOD)
125. Construct : ERECT
126. Environment : MILIEU
127. TV character who worked for Steinbrenner : COSTANZA
128. Six-pack holder? : TORSO
129. Certain newspaper advertisement : INSERT
130. Washed : DETERGED

Down
1. Substitute for forgotten words in a song : LA LA
2. Pour thing? : EWER
3. Stops panicking : GET’S A GRIP
4. Valued : RATED
5. Prefix with -centric : ETHNO-
6. "I can't believe it!" : SHEESH
7. Holiday celebrated with bánh chung cakes : TET
8. Asian title that's an anagram of an English one : SRI
9. Unsettling last words : OR ELSE
10. Two-time Oscar nominee Joan : CUSACK
11. Home to about 15% of the world's population: Abbr. : AFR
12. W. Coast air hub : SFO
13. Fashion magazine : ELLE
14. "2, 4, 6, 8 - Who do we appreciate?," e.g. : YELL
15. ___ egg : FABERGE
16. Back : AGO
17. College-area local : TOWNIE
18. What a chair should cover? : AGENDA
19. Cosmetics brand with the classic slogan "Because I'm worth it" : L’OREAL
24. Swiss mix : MUESLI
29. Often-trimmed tree : BONSAI
32. Designed for two : DUAL
33. Takes in : REAPS
34. "___ out!" : YER
36. Serpentine shape : ESS
37. "Beatles '65" and others : LPS
38. Hanauma Bay locale : OAHU
40. Antipollution mascot Woodsy ___ : OWL
41. AOL's Web site, e.g. : PORTAL
42. Birth control option, briefly : IUD
44. Lacking a surrounding colonnade, as a temple : APTERAL
45. Ljubljana resident : SLOVENE
49. Ready to be called : ONE-A
50. French meat : PORC
51. Active : ON THE GO
53. Casino offering : FARO
54. Poetic "plenty" : ENOW
55. Singer Aimee : MANN
58. Muffs : ERRS
60. What a pajama party often is : GABFEST
61. It's NW of Georgia : UKRAINE
63. Sch. that plays Texas A&M : SMU
64. Memory: Prefix : MNEM-
66. Calendario unit : DIA
68. When tripled, et cetera : YADA
69. Musical number : OPUS
70. "The Producers" character who sings "When You Got It, Flaunt It" : ULLA
71. Mucho : A TON OF
72. Actor Rickman : ALAN
73. K-12 : ELHI
79. "Broken Arrow" co-star Michael : ANSARA
81. Type in : ENTER
83. Portrayal : RENDERING
84. Zeus' disguise when fathering Helen of Troy : SWAN
87. Blood-typing system : ABO
89. Modern party planning aids : EVITES
90. Sports column : WINS
91. Go south, as sales : SAG
92. Scot's "wee" : SMA’
93. In excelsis ___ : DEO
94. Japanese "thanks" : ARIGATO
95. Frequent, in verse : OFT
98. Stand on short feet : TRIVET
99. Straight : HETERO
100. Eve who wrote "The Vagina Monologues" : ENSLER
101. ___ egg : EASTER
102. Beat it : LIT OUT
103. Best in crash-test ratings : SAFEST
108. Order to a barista : LATTE
109. "Zigeunerliebe" composer : LEHAR
112. "La Bohème" soprano : MIMI
113. Key of Brahms's Symphony No. 4: Abbr. : E MIN
116. Eleven, to Héloïse : ONZE
117. Edwardian expletive : EGAD
119. Ones putting on a show, for short : MCS
121. They: Fr. : ILS
122. German rejection : NIE
123. Cause of some repetitive behavior, in brief : OCD
124. A Stooge : MOE

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2 comments :

Darlene Allen said...

This looks like it took an enormous amount of work....THANKS SO MUCH...I always need your help.
Darlene

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, Darlene.

I must admit, it's a bit more work on a Sunday than it is Monday through Friday. But I do enjoy it!

Tanks for stopping by, Darlene ...

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I do the New York Times puzzle online every evening, the night before it is published in the paper. Then, I "Google & Wiki" the references that puzzle me, or that I find of interest. I post my findings, along with the solution, as soon as I am done, usually well before the newsprint version becomes available.

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