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0828-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 28 Aug 11, Sunday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Patrick Berry
THEME: Pardon “E” Interruption … each of the theme answers is a common term or expression that has been "interrupted" with an “E” sound:
23A. Lively dance performed as a six-pack is being laid to rest? : BEER BURIAL POLKA (from BEER BARREL POLKA)
26A. Canine king's regime? : REIGN OF TERRIER (from REIGN OF TERROR)
41A. Eco-warriors? : BOTANICAL GUARDIANS (from (BOTANICAL GARDENS)
56A. Encounter with an Alaskan bear? : KODIAK MOMENT (from KODAK MOMENT)
76A. Set of shot glasses for Christmas? : PARTYING GIFT (from PARTING GIFT)
89A. Sharpshooter Oakley when she was a charming young musician? : LITTLE ORPHEAN ANNIE (from LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE)
108A. Interstellar valet's job? : PARKING METEORS (from PARKING METERS)
113A. Ship info kept for the Spanish Armada? : MILES PER GALLEON (from MILES PER GALLON)
COMPLETION TIME: 21m 07s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0


Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across
Sony STRDH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver (Black)6. Stereo syst. component : RCVR
If you have home entertainment system with a receiver, then it is kind of acting like the “nerve center” of the set up. The receiver is primarily for gathering sound inputs from all of your sound-producing devices (CD player, DVD player, VHS player etc.) and then processing and sending that sound signal to your collection of speakers.

14. Number crunchers, for short : CPAS
Certified Public Accountants.

18. State capital whose name comes from the French for "wooded area" : BOISE
Boise, Idaho is the largest metropolitan area in the state by far. There are a number of stories pertaining to etymology of the name “Boise”. One is that French trappers named the tree-lined river that ran through the area “la rivière boisée”, meaning “the wooded river”.

19. Mississippi River's largest tributary : OHIO
The Ohio is the largest tributary of the Mississippi by volume. In fact where the two rivers meet, in Cairo, Illinois, the Ohio is actually the larger of the pair.

20. The Hermit Kingdom, once : KOREA
South Koreans sometime refer to their country, before it entered the modern era, as the Hermit Kingdom. The use of the term reflects the country’s old isolationist policy. Today, North Korea is often called a “hermit kingdom” as the North Korean government is relatively reluctant to engage with the outside world.

Tiberius (Blackwell Ancient Lives)22. Island from which Tiberius ruled : CAPRI
Tiberius was the second Emperor of Rome, succeeding Augustus (himself the adopted son of Julius Caesar). In his latter life Tiberius became very reclusive, not really wanting the responsibilities of Emperor but refusing to give up his power. Instead he exiled himself from Rome leaving administrative control of the Empire to unscrupulous aides. Tiberius himself led a quiet life on the island of Capri, although his death at the age of 77 was apparently hastened by a pillow placed over his face, an act ordered by his successor Caligula.

23. Lively dance performed as a six-pack is being laid to rest? : BEER BURIAL POLKA (from BEER BARREL POLKA)
The very lively "Beer Barrel Polka" was composed by a Czech musician named Jaromír Vejvoda in 1927. The song became popular during WWII, famous for its opening lyric “Roll out the barrel …”

Round 2 Polar Lights Guillotine26. Canine king's regime? : REIGN OF TERRIER (from REIGN OF TERROR)
The Reign of Terror is the name given to the violent months that marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The guillotine earned the nickname “the National Razor” during those days in 1793 and 1794, with tens of thousands of people losing their lives.

Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker29. Baker of jazz : CHET
The famous jazz trumpeter Chet Baker was noted for his heroin addiction, a problem that nearly put an end to his performing career. He managed a comeback in the late seventies, mainly appearing and recording in Europe. But he never kicked the drug habit, and was found dead one day after falling from his hotel room window in Amsterdam.

31. West African monetary unit : LEONE
The leone is the currency of Sierra Leone. It was introduced in 1964 to replace the British West African pound. The introduction of the new money had practical implications as the Leone is a decimal currency and replaces the old British system of pounds, shillings and pence.

49. Earth tone : SIENNA
Umber is an earthy, brown shade, and originally described a pigment made from earth found in Umbria, the region in central Italy. Similarly, the shade of "sienna" was originally a pigment made from earth found around Siena in Tuscany.

Kodiak Attack56. Encounter with an Alaskan bear? : KODIAK MOMENT (from KODAK MOMENT)
Brown bears are found over much of northern Europe, Asia, and North America. The biggest subspecies of brown bear is the Kodiak Bear, the largest land-based predator in the world. The Kodiak grows to about the same size as the enormous polar bear.

59. Beneficiary of a 2008 bailout : CITIBANK
During the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, the US government rescued Citibank by providing loan guarantees and two payments of $25 billion each. It turns out that the government made a tidy profit on that deal, as Citibank has since repaid the loans in full, along with interest.

1964 photo Roy M. Cohn / World Telegram & Sun photo by Herman Hiller.65. Red Scare prosecutor Roy : COHN
Roy Cohn was a prominent assistant and associate to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the days when McCarthy was famously investigating Communist activities in the US. Prior to his work with Senator McCarthy, Cohn was a central figure on the prosecuting team in the 1951 espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

JIM BACKUS 8X10 PHOTO67. Mr. of old cartoons : MAGOO
Mr. Quincy Magoo is a wonderful cartoon character voiced by Jim Backus. Backus is probably equally well-known for playing Mr. Magoo and that of Thurston Howell, III on "Gilligan's Island". Mr. Magoo first appeared on the screen in a short called "The Ragtime Bear" in 1949. His persona was at least in part based on the antics of W. C. Fields. Backus originally used a fake rubber nose that pinched his nostrils in order to create the distinctive voice, although in time he learned to do without the prop. My absolute favorite appearance by Mr. Magoo is in "Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol", a true classic from the sixties.

Elbridge Gerry (Portrait) Art Poster- 13x19 custom fit with RichAndFramous Black 99 inch Poster Hangers68. 1813-14 vice president : GERRY
Elbridge Gerry was the fifth Vice President of the US, serving under James Madison. Gerry only served 1½ years of his term however, as he died of heart failure while still in office. While Gerry was the governor of his home state of Massachusetts he signed a bill that allowed redrawing of electoral boundaries in such a way that it benefited his Democratic-Republican Party. The “Boston Gazette” wrote an article about the bill and termed the political tactic “Gerry-Mandering”. And “gerrymandering” is a term we still use today, and not just in this country but all over the world.

73. Hundred Acre Wood young 'un : ROO
Like most of the characters in A. A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh", Roo is based on a stuffed toy belonging to Milne's son, Christopher Robin.

83. ___ equivalent (measure of explosive strength) : TNT
TNT is an abbreviation for trinitrotoluene. The chemical was first produced by the German chemist Joseph Wilbrand in 1863, who developed it for use as a yellow dye. TNT is relatively difficult to detonate so it was on the market as a dye for some years before its more explosive properties were discovered.

84. Eggs served raw : ROE
Roe is the name given to fish eggs or the ovaries of a fish laden with eggs.

Mussolini: A Biography85. W.W. II title : IL DUCE
Benito Mussolini (aka “Il Duce”, the “Duke”) was deposed in 1943 just a few weeks after the Allies invaded Sicily and started to bomb Rome. Fascist politicians voted to oust him, and Italian King Victor Emmanuel had him arrested. Hitler selected Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny to lead a group of German commandos in a daring rescue of his longtime ally. The rescuers were towed into Italian airspace in gliders, which the commandos flew into a mountainside close to where Mussolini was being held captive. The element of surprise was so significant, that the rescue was effected without a shot being fired. A small plane was flown in to transport Mussolini and Skorzeny out of Italy, and to safety in Vienna. Some months later, Mussolini returned to his homeland and fought on in parts of the country not yet taken by the Allies. As the end drew near, he made a run for Switzerland but was captured by Italian partisans. They executed him and took his body to Milan where it was put on display hanging upside down for all to see.

88. Native New Zealander : MAORI
The Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. They are eastern Polynesian in origin and began arriving in New Zealand relatively recently, starting some time in the late 13th century. The word "māori" simply means "normal", distinguishing the mortal human being from spiritual entities.

89. Sharpshooter Oakley when she was a charming young musician? : LITTLE ORPHEAN ANNIE (from LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE)
Orpheus is a figure from Greek mythology, very often associated with poetry, singing, music and the lyre in particular. In ancient Greece there was even an Orphic cult that in effect adopted the poetry ascribed to Orpheus as central to the cult's belief system. The adjectives "Orphic" and "Orphean" describe things pertaining to Orpheus, and because of his romantic, musical bent, the term has come to describe anything melodious or enchanting.

The New York Times Magazine, August 15, 2010 - The Making of Andrew Cuomo By Jonathan Mahler. The Question Isn't: How Different Is He From His Father? The Question Is: How Different Is He From Eliot Spitzer? (Christine Muhlke: The Heirloom-Seed King, Negar Azimi: An Islamic Pop Impressario, Pieter Hugo: A Global Graveyard for Dead Computers)99. Paterson's successor as New York governor : CUOMO
Andrew Cuomo won the gubernatorial election for the State of New York in 2010. Andrew is the son of former Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo. Andrew was also married for 13 years to Kerry Kennedy, a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

115. Foo Fighters frontman Dave : GROHL
Foo Fighters is described as an alternative rock band, one formed in 1994 by the drummer from Nirvana, Dave Grohl. "Foo fighters" were the unidentified flying objects reported by allied airmen during WWII. Spooky ...

Signed Carey, Drew 8x10 Photo118. Drew on a screen : CAREY
Drew Carey always strikes me as a stand-up guy who does stand-up comedy. Before turning to comedy, Carey served six years with the US Marine Corps.

119. A.L. M.V.P. in 2005 and 2007, informally : A-ROD
Poor old Alex Rodriguez earned more nicknames than just A-Rod. He has been called "the Cooler" by some players as there is a perception that teams go cold when he joins them, and hot when he leaves. He has also been called "A-Fraud" by teammates because of another perception, that he is over-demanding.

120. House that won't catch fire : IGLOO
The Inuit word for house is "iglu", which we usually write as "igloo". The Greenlandic (yes, that's a language) word for "house" is very similar, "igdlo".

Santa Claus From Harper's Weekly 1870121. Old Harper's Weekly cartoonist : NAST
Thomas Nast was an American caricaturist and cartoonist. He was the creator of the Republican Party elephant, the Democratic Party's donkey, Uncle Sam and the image of the plump and jocular Santa Claus that we use to this day.

124. Bygone communication : TELEX
Telex grew out of the world of the telegraph. What Telex brought to telegraphy was the ability to route messages. Instead of instructing an operator at the other end to route a particular message to the intended party, the operator of a telex could route the message directly to another telex machine by using a rotary dial, very similar to that on a telephone.

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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Jackson 51. 1970 #1 hit for the Jackson 5 : ABC
"ABC" topped the charts for the Jackson 5 in 1970, and might perhaps be called the Jackson 5’s signature tune.

4. "Hamlet" courtier : OSRIC
In William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet", Osric is the courtier that Claudius dispatches to invite Hamlet to participate in a duel.

8. ___ Minh (1940s independence movement) : VIET
The Viet Nimh was a coalition formed in 1941 that had the initial objective of gaining independence from colonial France. When French Indochina was occupied by the Japanese during WWII, the Viet Nimh was supported by the US in its fight against the invaders. Later, the Viet Nimh opposed the US in the Vietnam War, eventually being replaced by the Viet Cong.

A Ned Rorem Reader9. "Miss Julie" composer Ned : ROREM
American composer Ned Rorem is famous for his musical compositions, but also for his book, "Paris Diary of Ned Rorem" which was published in 1966. He talks openly about his sexuality in the book, and also about the sexuality of others including Noel Coward, Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber, much to some people’s chagrin.

Torii Shrine (Sunlight, B&W) Art Poster- 24x36 custom fit with RichAndFramous Black 36 inch Poster Hangers10. Shinto shrine entrance : TORII
A torii is a very traditional Japanese gate, often seen at the entrance to a Shinto shrine.

14. Bogeymen's hiding places : CLOSETS
The term “bogeyman” seems to be derived from the Scottish word “bogle” meaning “ghost”.

15. 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.

16. Compound also called an olefin : ALKENE
An alkene is an organic compound made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms. It differs from an alkane in that it has at least one C=C double bond. The simplest alkene is the gas ethylene, a major raw material used in the manufacture of plastics (like polyethylene).

17. Puts on the ballot : SLATES
To slate is to propose or schedule, a meaning that has existed since the 1880s.

Reflections on Kurt Gödel20. Mathematician Gödel : KURT
Kurt Gödel won the first Albert Einstein Award, along with Julian Schwinger.

Nehi Lady Embossed Tin Sign27. Pop name : NEHI
"Nehi Corporation" was the nickname for the Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works that introduced the Nehi drink in 1924. Years later, the company developed a new brand, Royal Crown Cola (also known as RC Cola). By 1955, RC Cola was the company's flagship product, so the "Nehi Corporation" became the Royal Crown Company.

36. Start of a Wagner title : DAS
“Das” is the German for “the”, when referring to a neuter object, as in the famous opera by Richard Wagner “Das Rheingold”, meaning “The Rhine Gold”.

37. Biblical priest at Shiloh : ELI
In the Bible, Eli is a High Priest of Shiloh, and the teacher of Samuel. As such, his story is told in the Book of Samuel.

39. Stable sounds : NICKERS
“To nicker” is to neigh softly, a word probably derived from “neigh”.

Wall Street (Insider Trading Edition)44. "Wall Street" character Gordon ___ : GEKKO
Corporate raider, Gordon Gekko said in the 1987 movie "Wall Street", "greed is good", but I wonder is he right?

45. ___ Chicago Grill : UNO
The chain of pizza parlors known today as Uno Chicago Grill used to be called Pizzeria Uno, or just “Uno’s”. Apparently Uno’s created the world’s first deep dish pizza.

47. Notorious investor : RAIDER
The business strategy known as "corporate raiding" really is pretty ruthless and short sighted (excuse my being judgmental). The idea is to buy a large interest in a corporation, sometimes "stealthily", by buying up a significant number of voting shares. Then the raider uses the power of the voting rights to convince other voters to change the way the company is run, purely to increase the share price in the relatively short term. The changes often involve replacement of the management team, downsizing and even liquidation of the company, all for short term personal gain.

51. Brabantio's fair daughter : DESDEMONA
Desdemona is one of the main characters in William Shakespeare’s play “Othello”. She is the daughter of a Venetian senator called Brabantio whom she vexes by eloping with Othello, a man not of her race, and a man several years older than her.

53. "Gotta go," in chat rooms : TTYL
Talk To You Later!

I'm Coming Out55. "Last Time I Saw ___" (Diana Ross song) : HIM
“Last Time I Saw Him” is an unusual song for Diana Ross in that has a country theme, Indeed, the song was released the same year by country singer Dottie West.

60. All-Star Dick of the 1960s-'70s Knicks : BARNETT
Dick Barnett played professional basketball for nine seasons with the New York Knicks, from 1965-1973. Barnett holds a PhD in education from Fordham University.

62. Knuckle-headed action? : NOOGIE
A “noogie” is that childish move where someone rubs his (and it’s always a guy!) knuckles into a person’s head to create a little soreness.

66. It's due south of Iran : OMAN
Oman lies on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, neighbored by the OAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The capital city of Muscat has a strategic location on the Gulf of Oman, and has a history of invasion and unrest. Centuries of occupation by the Persians ended in 1507 when the Portuguese took the city in a bloody attack. The Portuguese held Muscat for much of the next century until they were finally ousted by local Omani forces in 1648. A Yemeni tribe invaded the area in 1741 and set up a monarchy that has been in place ever since.

69. Starchy staple of Africa : YAM
Although in the US we sometimes refer to sweet potatoes as "yams", the yam is actually a completely different family of plant. True yams are more common in other parts of the the world than they are in this country, and especially in Africa.

Body Candy Italian Charms Laser IOTA Greek Letter LOWER CASE77. Smidgen : IOTA
Iota is the ninth letter in the Greek alphabet. We use it to portray something very small, as it is the smallest of all Greek letters.

78. Workers' rights agcy. : ILO
The ILO (International Labour Organization) is now an agency administered by the UN, but it was established by the League of Nations after WWI. The ILO deals with important issues such as health and safety, discrimination, child labor and forced labor. The organization was recognized for its work in 1969 when it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

FDR79. W.P.A. initiator : FDR
The Work Progress Administration (WPA) was the largest of the New Deal agencies. It employed millions of people during the Depression, putting them to work on various public works projects. The total spending through the WPA from 1936 to 1939 was nearly $7 billion.

Broadway And Beyond The Concert Songs86. "Evita" narrator : CHE
"Evita" was the follow up musical to "Jesus Christ Superstar" for Andrew Lloyd Weber and Time Rice. Both of these works were originally released as album musicals, and very successful ones at that (I remember buying them when they first came out). For the original album's cast they chose Irish singer Colm Wilkinson (or C. T. Wilkinson, as we know him back in Ireland) to play "Che", the narrator of the piece.

90. Smiley's creator : LE CARRE
John Le Carre is the pen name of David Cornwell, an English author famous for his spy novels. Cornwell worked for British Intelligence during the fifties and sixties, even as he was writing his spy thrillers. He left MI6 soon after his most famous 1963 novel "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold", became such a great success.

No Bull: The Unauthorized Biography of Dennis Rodman93. Dennis of the court : RODMAN
Retired professional basketball player Dennis Rodman was quite the character on the court, and made a big splash off the court too. Famously he had an affair with the singer Madonna, was married for a while to Carmen Electra, and turned out in a wedding dress to promote his autobiography!

Napoleon Bonaparte: A Life94. Orchestral work premiered in 1805 : EROICA
Beethoven originally dedicated his "Eroica", Symphony No. 3, to Napoleon Bonaparte. Beethoven admired the principles of the French Revolution, and as such respected Bonaparte who was "born" out of the uprising. When Napoleon declared himself Emperor, Beethoven (and much of Europe) saw this as a betrayal to the ideals of the revolution, so he scratched out the name of his new symphony changing "Bonaparte" to "Eroica", meaning "heroic" or "valiant".

103. Certain dental repair : ONLAY
“Inlay” is another word for a filling in dentistry. An onlay is similar to an inlay. An onlay not only fills a hole in the tooth but it is also built up to replace a missing cusp. It’s sort of halfway between a filling and a crown, I suppose.

The Life of George Washington, all five volumes in a single file, with active table of contents106. Valley ___ : FORGE
The village of Valley Forge is in Pennsylvania, about 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Most famously the village hosted George Washington’s Continental Army during the 1777-1778 winter.

Richard Gere Signed Autographed Reprint Photo 8x10109. Richard of "Bee Season" : GERE
Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche starred in “The Bee Season”, a 2005 movie adapted from the Myla Goldberg novel of the same name. The “bee” in the title is a spelling bee.

110. Outhouse door symbol : MOON
The crescent moon that is traditionally carved into the door of an outhouse is actually more often seen in cartoons than it is in real structures.

114. HP products : PCS
The giant multinational called HP (originally Hewlett-Packard) was founded in 1939 with an investment of $538, in a one-car garage in Palo Alto, California by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. The company name would been Packard-Hewlett had Dave Packard won a coin toss!

116. Salty fillet : LOX
Lox is a a cured salmon fillet, finely sliced. The term "lox" comes into English via Yiddish, and derives from the German word for salmon, "Lachs".

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Director : ARROW
6. Stereo syst. component : RCVR
10. Recipe abbr. : TBSP
14. Number crunchers, for short : CPAS
18. State capital whose name comes from the French for "wooded area" : BOISE
19. Mississippi River's largest tributary : OHIO
20. The Hermit Kingdom, once : KOREA
21. Lie a lot : LOLL
22. Island from which Tiberius ruled : CAPRI
23. Lively dance performed as a six-pack is being laid to rest? : BEER BURIAL POLKA
26. Canine king's regime? : REIGN OF TERRIER
28. Small chain component : ISLET
29. Baker of jazz : CHET
30. Dominant theme : MOTIF
31. West African monetary unit : LEONE
32. Ones crunched during crunch time? : ABS
35. Tanned skin : HIDE
38. Hostile feelings : ENMITIES
41. Eco-warriors? : BOTANICAL GUARDIANS
48. Grammatical topic : USAGE
49. Earth tone : SIENNA
50. Smoke : CIG
51. Web address component : DOT
54. Beat soundly : THRASH
56. Encounter with an Alaskan bear? : KODIAK MOMENT
59. Beneficiary of a 2008 bailout : CITIBANK
63. Expected : DUE
64. Very unpleasant : NASTY
65. Red Scare prosecutor Roy : COHN
67. Mr. of old cartoons : MAGOO
68. 1813-14 vice president : GERRY
70. Fan club focus : IDOL
71. Stockpile : AMASS
73. Hundred Acre Wood young 'un : ROO
74. Not permanent : ERASABLE
76. Set of shot glasses for Christmas? : PARTYING GIFT
80. A man or a mouse : MAMMAL
83. ___ equivalent (measure of explosive strength) : TNT
84. Eggs served raw : ROE
85. W.W. II title : IL DUCE
88. Native New Zealander : MAORI
89. Sharpshooter Oakley when she was a charming young musician? : LITTLE ORPHEAN ANNIE
93. Have an emotional impact : RESONATE
96. "Or ___ what?" : ELSE
97. Interject : ADD
98. Canning seal : O-RING
99. Paterson's successor as New York governor : CUOMO
104. Newborn on a ranch : CALF
107. Sneaky trick : DODGE
108. Interstellar valet's job? : PARKING METEORS
113. Ship info kept for the Spanish Armada? : MILES PER GALLEON
115. Foo Fighters frontman Dave : GROHL
117. Golf rarities : ACES
118. Drew on a screen : CAREY
119. A.L. M.V.P. in 2005 and 2007, informally : A-ROD
120. House that won't catch fire : IGLOO
121. Old Harper's Weekly cartoonist : NAST
122. Wheelless vehicle : SLED
123. Desires : YENS
124. Bygone communication : TELEX

Down
1. 1970 #1 hit for the Jackson 5 : ABC
2. Waterfall sound : ROAR
3. Sufficiently aged : RIPE
4. "Hamlet" courtier : OSRIC
5. Consider carefully : WEIGH
6. Stiffly awkward. as movement : ROBOTIC
7. One doing course work : CHEF
8. ___ Minh (1940s independence movement) : VIET
9. "Miss Julie" composer Ned : ROREM
10. Shinto shrine entrance : TORII
11. Filled in : BRIEFED
12. Cook so as to lock in the flavor, say : SEAR
13. Comrade : PAL
14. Bogeymen's hiding places : CLOSETS
15. Hoi ___ : POLLOI
16. Compound also called an olefin : ALKENE
17. Puts on the ballot : SLATES
20. Mathematician Gödel : KURT
24. Comrade : BRO
25. Continuing to criticize unnecessarily : PILING ON
27. Pop name : NEHI
32. Border : ABUT
33. "What nonsense!" : BOSH
34. Plan for the evening? : STAR CHART
36. Start of a Wagner title : DAS
37. Biblical priest at Shiloh : ELI
39. Stable sounds : NICKERS
40. Hurt badly : MAIM
42. Opposing : AGAINST
43. Snug retreat : NEST
44. "Wall Street" character Gordon ___ : GEKKO
45. ___ Chicago Grill : UNO
46. Far-away connector : AND
47. Notorious investor : RAIDER
51. Brabantio's fair daughter : DESDEMONA
52. Not deceived by : ONTO
53. "Gotta go," in chat rooms : TTYL
55. "Last Time I Saw ___" (Diana Ross song) : HIM
57. Seer's perception : AURA
58. Blue uniform wearer : MAILMAN
60. All-Star Dick of the 1960s-'70s Knicks : BARNETT
61. Dumbfounded : AGOG
62. Knuckle-headed action? : NOOGIE
65. U.S.N. rank : CAPT
66. It's due south of Iran : OMAN
68. "C'mon, sleepyhead!" : GET UP
69. Starchy staple of Africa : YAM
72. Bloodmobile supply : SYRINGES
75. Tuscaloosa university, for short : BAMA
77. Smidgen : IOTA
78. Workers' rights agcy. : ILO
79. W.P.A. initiator : FDR
81. Like the climate of 66-Down : ARID
82. "So I ___" : LIED
86. "Evita" narrator : CHE
87. Predatory fish : EEL
89. Like the day of the summer solstice : LONGEST
90. Smiley's creator : LE CARRE
91. Is caught up in the Rapture, e.g. : ASCENDS
92. "Cool" : NEAT
93. Dennis of the court : RODMAN
94. Orchestral work premiered in 1805 : EROICA
95. Moves laterally : SIDLES
100. Tried to convince : URGED
101. "That's fine" : OKAY
102. Thousand thou : MIL
103. Certain dental repair : ONLAY
105. Aboveboard : LEGIT
106. Valley ___ : FORGE
108. Ring : PEAL
109. Richard of "Bee Season" : GERE
110. Outhouse door symbol : MOON
111. Take turns? : ROLL
112. One going on foot? : SHOE
114. HP products : PCS
116. Salty fillet : LOX

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