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Greetings from Tumumcari, New Mexico: BUSINESS AS USUAL

My wife and I are on a summer road trip, a loop from California extending as far east as New Orleans (we hope). While on the road I am continuing to solve and post, although I may not be as prompt in posting or responding to messages as I would like. I hope you can understand! After braving mountain lions and rattlesnakes for the wholetrip, horseflies managed to shoo us off the hiking trails in Palo Dura Canyon today. We also visited Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo (not quite Stonehenge) ... Bill

0904-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 4 Sep 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

CROSSWORD SETTER: Dana Delaney & Matt Ginsberg
THEME: That’s Disgusting … each of the theme answers sounds like a well-know term, with an “ick” sound added:
22D. Heads-up in Ireland? : GAELIC WARNING (from GALE WARNING)
29D. Superman's attire, e.g.? : CLASSIC ACTION SUIT (from CLASS ACTION SUIT)
40D. Farm pails? : RUSTIC BUCKETS (from RUST BUCKETS)
64D. "I feel the earth move under my feet," e.g.? : KING LYRIC (from KING LEAR)
70D. Fancy garb for Caesar? : FINE TUNIC (from FINE TUNE)
83D. Antisthenes, notably? : ORIGINAL CYNIC (from ORIGINAL SIN)
98D. Something talked about on "Today"? : TOPIC OF THE MORNING (from TOP OF THE MORNING)
111D. Extremely occult? : GREATLY MYSTIC (from GREATLY MISSED)
3A. Vacation spot that's crazily busy? : THE ISLE OF MANIC (from THE ISLE OF MAN)
51A. Prank involving a hammer and nails? : CARPENTER ANTIC (from CARPENTER ANT)

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
5. Foliose : LEAFLIKE
“Foliose” is an adjective meaning “leafy” or “leaflike”, from “folium”, the Lain for “leaf”.

The World According to Garp13. Hero of a John Irving best seller : T. S. GARP
John Irvine's 1978 novel "The World According to Garp" is somewhat biographical. In fact, Irvine's mother found parts of the novel difficult to read, recognizing elements of herself in Garp's mother.

Nehi Lady Embossed Tin Sign19. Beverage whose logo was once the bottom half of a woman's legs : 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.

20. Actress who co-starred in "Havana," 1990 : LENA OLIN
The lovely Lena Olin is a Swedish actress, clearly someone who had acting in her blood. Her mother was the actress Britta Holmberg and her father the actor and director Stig Olin. Olin  had a very successful career in Sweden, often working with the great Ingmar Bergman. Olin's breakthrough international and English-speaking role was playing opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" released in 1988. Way back in 1974, the beautiful Miss Olin was crowned Miss Scandinavia in a beauty pageant for Nordic women held in Helsinki, Finland.

"Havana" is a movie starring Robert Redford and Lena Olin that is set in Cuba on the eve of the Cuban Revolution.

24. Danish cheese : HAVARTI
Havarti cheese was invented in the mid-1800s by farmer Hanne Nielson. He chose "Havarti" from the name of his farm, Havarthigaard, located in the neighborhood of Øverød, north of Copenhagen.

T.S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life25. "Gerontion" poet : ELIOT
“Gerontion” is a poem by T. S. Eliot, published in 1920.

T. S. Eliot was born in New England but grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Much of his college education was at Oxford, and clearly he became comfortable with life in England. In 1927 he became a British citizen, and lived the rest of life in the UK.

26. "Yikes!" : 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!".

27. Australia's Great ___ Basin : ARTESIAN
The Great Artesian Basin is the largest artesian aquifer in the world, covering almost 700,000 square miles of inland Australia. An artesian aquifer is underwater pool of ground water that is contained and under positive pressure. If the aquifer reaches the surface then water will actually flow without having to be pumped.

28. Dorm police, for short : RAS
RAs are resident assistants or resident advisers, the peer leaders found in residence halls, particularly on a college campus.

34. Head of London? : ELL
The “head” (first letter) in the word “London” is L (“ell”).

Hugo Chávez: Oil, Politics, and the Challenge to the U.S.35. Venezuela's Chávez : HUGO
Hugo Chávez is the President of Venezuela, and has been so since 1999. He has very much a socialist agenda, and once in power nationalized many of the country's key industries. His socialism stretches to a very vocal opposition to capitalism, and so he hasn’t been a big supporter of US policies.

36. Security interest : LIEN
A lien is the right that one has to retain/secure someone's property until a debt is paid.

Godzilla Raids Again47. City raided in "Godzilla Raids Again" : OSAKA
Godzilla is a Japanese invention. The first in a very long series of films was released way back in 1954. The original name in Japanese was "Gojira", but this was changed to Godzilla for audiences outside of Japan. "Gojira" is a combination of "gorira" and "kujira", the Japanese words for gorilla and whale, apt because Godzilla is a big ape-like creature that came out of the deep.

49. Cloud producer, informally : A-BOMB
There are two classes of nuclear weapons, both of which get the energy for an explosion from nuclear reactions. The first nuclear bombs developed, called atomic bombs (A-bombs), use fission reactions. Uranium nuclei are split into smaller nuclei with the release of an awful lot of energy in the process. The second class of nuclear weapons are fusion bombs. These devices are called thermonuclear weapons or hydrogen bombs (H-bombs). In a fusion reaction, the nuclei of hydrogen isotopes are fused together to form bigger nuclei, with the release of even greater amounts of energy.

50. ___ Highway (route from Dawson Creek) : ALCAN
Dawson Creek is a city in the northeast of British Columbia, Canada.

The Alaska Highway is also known as the Alaska-Canadian Highway or ALCAN Highway. A highway connecting the contiguous United States to Alaska was proposed in the twenties, but the Canadian authorities didn't believe the project had much merit as the road would be used by very few of its citizens. The perceived importance of the route increased during WWII, and President Roosevelt deemed the road a strategic necessity so he made a deal with Canada. The cost of construction would be born by the US, but the road and related facilities were to be handed over to Canada at the end of the war. The project was accelerated when the Japanese invaded and occupied Kiska and Attu Islands in the Aleutians. The road of course has been improved and is still in use today and forms part of what is popularly known as the Pan-American Highway, which runs from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the south of Argentina or Chile, depending on how the route is defined.

REACH!: FINDING STRENGTH, SPIRIT, AND PERSONAL POWER57. Boxer on season four of "Dancing With the Stars" : LAILA ALI
Laila Ali is the daughter of the great Muhammad Ali, and is a very capable boxer in her own right. She's not a bad dancer either, coming in third place in the fourth season of "Dancing with the Stars".

61. Like items at a supermarket checkout : SCANNED
The first UPC-marked item to get scanned in a store was on June 26, 1974, at 08:01 a.m. at Marsh's supermarket in Troy, Ohio. It was a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum!

Carole King Autographed Signed Promotional Photo64. "I feel the earth move under my feet," e.g.? : KING LYRIC (from KING LEAR)
“I Feel the Earth Move” is a song written and performed by the the great Carole King, first released on her famous “Tapestry” album in 1971.

Shakespeare was inspired to write his famous drama “King Lear” by the legend of "Leir of Britain", the story of a mythological Celtic king.

65. Q.E.D. part : ERAT
Q.E.D. is used at the end of a mathematical proof or a philosophical argument. The acronym stands for the Latin "quod erat demonstrandum" meaning "that which was to be demonstrated".

Rodin: A Biography67. Paris's Musée ___ : RODIN
The Rodin Museum is my favorite of all the museums in Paris. The Musée Rodin is very special in that the building and garden that hold all of the works was once Rodin's actual home and studio. Well worth a visit if you’re in Paris ...

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life68. Benjamin : C-NOTE
Benjamin Franklin is featured on one side of the hundred-dollar bill, and Philadelphia's Independence Hall on the other side. There is a famous "error" in the image of Independence Hall. If you look closely at the clock face at the top of the building you can see that the "four" is written in Roman numerals is "IV" as perhaps one might expect. However, on the actual clock on Independence Hall, the "four" is denoted by "IIII".

69. W.W. I German admiral : SPEE
Maximilian Graf von Spee was actually born in Denmark, but of a noble German family. By the time WWI started, he had risen to the rank of Rear Admiral in the German Navy. Spee was killed in the Battle of the Falkland Islands (the original 1914 version!). Of course he gave his name to the powerful pocket battleship, the Admiral Graf Spee, which was damaged in the Battle of the River Plate during WWII. The Graf Spee took refuge in the neutral port of Montevideo, and when the boat was expelled by the government of Uruguay, the captain scuttled her rather than face the Allied flotilla waiting for her off Montevideo.

79. French school : LYCEE
The “lycée” is the last stage of secondary education in France.

83. Antisthenes, notably? : ORIGINAL CYNIC (from ORIGINAL SIN)
Antisthenes was a Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. He was one of the founders of the school of Cynicism, a group that believed the purpose of life was to live in harmony with nature in a life of virtue. The name “cynic” comes from the Greek for “dog”, and the name was originally applied to the Cynics as an insult.

6" x 4" Mounted Photographic Print Veronese Feast in the House of Levi88. Veronese masterpiece "The Feast in the House of ___" : LEVI
“The Feast in the House of Levi” is a painting by Paolo Veronese, an Italian artist working in the 16th century. The painting actually depicts the Last Supper, but as the Roman Catholic Church objected to themes in the work, Veronese changed the title to “The Feast in the House of Levi”.

91. ___ Canals : SOO
In the summer of 2010 I spent a very interesting afternoon watching ships make their way through the Soo Locks and Soo Canal that allow ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great lakes. The name "Soo" comes from the US and Canadian cities on either side of the locks, both called Sault Ste. Marie.

POLITICAL AND PATRIOTIC GIFTS-REPUBLICAN ELEPHANT CERAMIC WALL PLAQUE by Besheer Art Tile, Bedford, New Hampshire, U.S.A94. Birthplace of the Rep. Party : WISC
Ripon, Wisconsin is named for the cathedral city of Ripon in North Yorkshire in England. In 1854, thirty opponents of the Nebraska Act (which had a "pro-slavery" clause) met in a schoolhouse in Ripon and decided to organize a new political party that would reflect their values and interests. They called the new group the Republican Party, choosing a term prominent in the Declaration of Independence. Because of this meeting, Ripon, Wisconsin is one of a small number of cities that claims to be the "Birthplace of the Republican Party".

Journals of Lewis and Clark (National Geographic Adventure Classics)95. First tribe met by Lewis and Clark : OTOE
The Otoe were the first Native American tribe encountered in the West by Lewis and Clark. The explorers met with the Otoe (and Missouria) tribes in 1804 at a spot that became known as Council Bluff. The site is now a National Historic Landmark called Fort Atkinson, Nebraska as a fort was built there on the recommendation of Lewis.

105. Surrealist who avoided the draft by writing the day's date in every space on his induction paperwork : ARP
Hans Arp was a French artist, renowned for his work with torn and pasted paper, although that wasn't the only medium he used. He was the son of a French mother and German father, and spoke both languages fluently. When he was speaking German, he gave his name as Hans Arp, but when speaking French, he called himself Jean Arp. Both "Hans" and "Jean" translate into English as "John".

The artist Hans Arp was the son of a French mother and German father. In WWI he moved to Switzerland to avoid being called up to fight, taking advantage of Swiss neutrality. Eventually he was told to report to the German Consulate and fill out paperwork for the draft. In order to get out of fighting, Arp messed up the paperwork by writing in the date in every blank space on the forms. Then he took off all his clothes and walked with his papers over to the officials in charge. He was sent home ...

Michael Cera Signed Photo107. Michael of "Juno" : CERA
Michael Cera is a Canadian actor, a very talented young man who is riding high right now. He played great characters in the TV show "Arrested Development", and the 2007 comedy-drama "Juno". More recently he played the title role in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World".

Ghostbusters (From "Ghostbusters")108. "Who ya ___ call?" : GONNA
“Who ya gonna call?” is a lyric from the tune “Ghostbusters”, written as the theme song for the 1984 movie.

1984's "Ghostbusters" really is a fun movie. It stars Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, and was directed by Ivan Reitman (a trio that also worked together on 1981's "Stripes"). The first draft of the screenplay was written by another star of the movie, Dan Akroyd. Akroyd originally envisioned "Ghostbusters" as a vehicle for himself and John Belushi, but sadly Belushi passed away before the project could be realized.

20th Century Masters: Best Of Phil Ochs120. "The War Is Over" writer/singer : OCHS
Phil Ochs was an American protest singer, active in the days of the Vietnam War.

2. Beer served without artificial carbonation : REAL ALE
“Real Ale” is a relatively contemporary term. It has been used in the UK since 1973 to refer to beer that has been brewed traditionally, and that does not use extraneous carbonation. I really, really like real ale …

3. Vacation spot that's crazily busy? : THE ISLE OF MANIC (from THE ISLE OF MAN)
The Isle of Man is a large island located in the middle of the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. I used to spend a lot of time there in my youth, and a very interesting place it is indeed. The Isle of Man is classed as a British Crown Dependency, and isn't part of the United Kingdom at all. It is self-governing and has its own parliament called the Tynwald. The Tynwald was created in AD 979, and is arguably the oldest continuously-running parliament in the world. The inhabitants of the island speak English, although they do have their own language as well called Manx, which is very similar to Irish Gaeilge and Scottish Gaelic. And then there are the Manx cats, the ones without any tails. I've seen lots of them, and can attest that they are indeed found all over the island.

4. Round storehouse : SILO
Silo is a Spanish word that we absorbed into English, originally coming from the Greek word "siros" that described a pit in which one kept corn.

5. Cousin of Inc. : LLC
A limited liability company (LLC) is a company structure that limits the liability of the owner or owners.

Ana Ivanovic Poster Print, 22x357. Tennis's Ivanovic : ANA
Ana Ivanovic is a Serbian tennis player, and former world number one. As well as playing tennis, she also studies finance at university in her native Belgrade.

9. End of July by the sound? : LONG I
The end of the word “July” sounds like a “long I”.

10. Pelvis-related : ILIAC
The sacrum and the two ilia are three bones in the human pelvis.

14. Start of all Oklahoma ZIP codes : SEVEN
ZIP codes were introduced in 1963. The acronym ZIP stands for Zone Improvement Plan, a name indicating that mail travels more efficiently when the codes are included in the postal address.

15. Tumbler : GLASS
A tumbler is another name for a glass. Back in the 1660s a tumbler was a glass with a rounded or pointed base so that it could not be put down without spilling its contents, as it would “tumble” over. The idea was that one had to drink up before putting the glass down.

16. Architectural space : ATRIUM
In modern architecture, an atrium is a large open space, often in the center of a building and extending upwards to the roof. The original atrium was an open court in the center of an Ancient Roman house. One could access most of the enclosed rooms of the house from the atrium.

31. Río makeup : AGUA
In Spanish, there is water (agua) in a river (río).

S.O.S Steel Wool Soap Pads, 18 pads32. Kind of pad : SOS
S.O.S is a brand name of scouring pads made from steel wool impregnated with soap. The product was invented as a giveaway by an aluminum pot salesman in San Francisco called Ed Cox. His wife gave it the name "S.O.S" as an acronym for "Save Our Saucepans". Note the punctuation! There is no period after the last S, and that is very deliberate. When Cox went to register the trademark, he found that S.O.S. could not be a trademark because it was used as an international distress signal. So, he dropped the period, and I hope made a lot of money for himself and his wife.

33. Certain triple-decker : CLUB
The club sandwich is a double-decker affair with three layers of bread and two layers of fillings. It has been around since the end of the 19th century, and some say it was invented at an exclusive gambling "club" in Saratoga Springs, New York.

British Army UK BEF War DSO Order Orden Badge Medal Award39. U.K. decoration: Abbr. : DSO
The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a British military award, usually awarded to officers with the rank of Major or higher.

41. Bitter, in a way : TANNIC
A substance that is astringent is a chemical compound that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues. Some red wines can have an astringent taste, a dry and puckering feeling, because of the presence of tannins. Tannins occur naturally in plants, probably as a defensive measure against predators who shy away from the astringent. The word "tannin" comes from an Old German word for oak or fir tree, as in "Tannenbaum".

The Works of Ibsen (with active table of contents)42. "Ghosts" playwright : IBSEN
Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote "Ghosts" in 1881, although he disputed the popular English translation of his original title. His title of "Gengangere" really means, "The Ones Who Return", or "Again Walkers".

43. What Bryn Mawr College is not : COED
I used to live not far from Bryn-mawr (also Brynmwar) in Wales, the town with the highest elevation in the country. Appropriately enough, bryn mawr is Welsh for "big hill". There is also a Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania (note the different capitalization), named after its Welsh counterpart. At the Pennsylvania location there's a Brynn Mawr college, a private women's school that was the first American university to offer graduate degrees to women.

44. N.Y.C. subway inits. : BMT
The Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) operated transit lines and streetcars in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan back in the first half of the 20th century. The old BMT routes form the J, L, M, N, Q and R trains of today’s New York City Subway system.

48. Married couple? : ARS
There are a couple of letters R (“ars”) in the word “married”.

Carpenter Ants of the United States and Canada51. Prank involving a hammer and nails? : CARPENTER ANTIC (from CARPENTER ANT)
Carpenter ants can wreak havoc in a wooden structure. They burrow into damp wood creating galleries and pathways that form a complex network of nests. Unlike termites though, carpenter ants don’t feed on the wood.

Aliens Poster Movie 11x17 Sigourney Weaver Michael Biehn Lance Henriksen Bill Paxton52. 1986 film shot partly in a decommissioned power plant : ALIENS
“Aliens” is a 1986 sequel to the very successful science-fiction movie “Alien” released in 1979. Aliens was filmed at Pinewood Studios in England, and at the decommissioned Acton Lane Power Station in London.

55. What karats measure : PURITY
A karat (also “carat”, the spelling outside North America) is a measure of the purity of gold alloys, with 24-carat representing pure gold.

57. Columbia athletes : LIONS
Columbia University is an Ivy League school in New York City. Columbia’s athletic teams are called the Lions, thought to be a reference to the lion on the English coat of arms. Prior to the American Revolution, Columbia was called King’s College as it was chartered by King George II in 1754.

58. Bread on the table, maybe : ANTE
Money (“bread”) on the poker table might be an ante.

Greatest Hits62. Salsa singer Celia : CRUZ
Celia Cruz was born and bred in Cuba, but spent most of her working life in the United States, playing out her salsa singing career in New Jersey. Around the world she was known as the "Queen of Salsa".

63. U.S. visa type issued to visiting diplomats : A-ONE
"A" visas (A-1, A-2 & A-3) are issued by the US government to representatives of foreign governments and their families travelling on official business.

64. Labyrinthine : KNOTTY
A labyrinth is another word for a maze, and is named after the maze in which the Minotaur was confined in Greek Mythology.

76. Woman's support : BRA
The word "brassière" is of course French in origin, but it isn't the word the French use for a "bra". In France what we call a bra is a "soutien-gorge", translating to "held under the neck". The word "brassière" is indeed used in France but there it describes a baby's undershirt, a lifebelt or a harness. "Brassière" comes from the Old French word for an "arm protector" in a military uniform ("bras" is the French for "arm"). Later "brassière" came to mean "breast plate" and from there was used for a type of woman's corset. The word jumped into English around 1900.

80. Word derived from the Latin "uncia," meaning "one-twelfth" : INCH
An “uncia” is a unit of length used in Ancient Rome, equal in length to one-twelfth of a pes. An uncia was just a little shorter than our modern-day inch, and indeed the word “inch” is derived from “uncia”.

81. Baked ___ : ZITI
Cylindrical pasta is known in general as “penne”, and there are many variants. Ziti is a particularly large and long tube, with square-cut ends.

Uncle Sam I Want You - Art Poster - 24 X 36 Art Poster Print by James Montgomery Flagg, 25x3382. Uncle Sam, for one : ICON
The Uncle Sam personification of the United States was first used during the War of 1812. The “Uncle Sam” term was so widely accepted that even the Germans used it during WWII, choosing the codeword "Samland" for "America" in intelligence communiques.

91. Sticky roll? : STAMPS
A roll of stamps are quite “sticky” on the back.

92. "C'est si bon!" : OO LA LA
“C'est si bon!” is the French for “it’s so good”.

101. Creamy shades : ECRUS
The shade of ecru is a grayish, yellowish brown. The word "ecru" comes from French, and means "raw, unbleached", and has the same roots as our word "crude".

109. Capital near the 60th parallel : OSLO
Oslo is an ancient city, founded around 1048. The medieval city was destroyed by fire in 1624 and was rebuilt by the Danish-Norwegian King Christian IV and renamed Christiana. In 1877 there was an official change of the name's spelling to "Kristiana", and then more recently in 1925 the name was restored to the original Oslo. Things have recently gone full circle as the center of Oslo, the area that would have been contained by the original medieval walls, is now called Christiana again.

"Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 1942-2002" (New Vanguard)112. Omaha Beach craft, for short : LST
LST stands for Landing Ship, Tank. LSTs were the large vessels used mainly in WWII that had doors at either ends, from which tanks and other vehicles could roll off and onto beaches. The design concept persists to this day in the huge fleet of commercial roll-on/roll-off ferries, all inspired by the LST.

The Normandy landings on D-Day in 1944 took place along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The worst fighting by far took place on Omaha Beach, a sector assigned to the US Army, transported by elements of the US Navy and the Royal Navy.

Chairman Mao Red Army Uniform114. Kind of jacket : MAO
What we call the Mao suit in the west is known as the Zhongshan suit in China. The style was introduced by Sun Yat-sen (also known as Sun Zhongshan) as the form of national dress after the founding of the Republic of China in 1912.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. Word with liberal or visual : ARTS
5. Foliose : LEAFLIKE
13. Hero of a John Irving best seller : T. S. GARP
19. Beverage whose logo was once the bottom half of a woman's legs : NEHI
20. Actress who co-starred in "Havana," 1990 : LENA OLIN
21. Protect : SHELTER
22. Heads-up in Ireland? : GAELIC WARNING (from GALE WARNING)
24. Danish cheese : HAVARTI
25. "Gerontion" poet : ELIOT
26. "Yikes!" : EGAD
27. Australia's Great ___ Basin : ARTESIAN
28. Dorm police, for short : RAS
29. Superman's attire, e.g.? : CLASSIC ACTION SUIT (from CLASS ACTION SUIT)
34. Head of London? : ELL
35. Venezuela's Chávez : HUGO
36. Security interest : LIEN
37. Metric liquid meas. : MLS
38. Achievement : DEED
40. Farm pails? : RUSTIC BUCKETS (from RUST BUCKETS)
47. City raided in "Godzilla Raids Again" : OSAKA
49. Cloud producer, informally : A-BOMB
50. ___ Highway (route from Dawson Creek) : ALCAN
54. Willing to do : UP FOR
56. Fluid : UNSET
57. Boxer on season four of "Dancing With the Stars" : LAILA ALI
60. Aggregate : SUM
61. Like items at a supermarket checkout : SCANNED
64. "I feel the earth move under my feet," e.g.? : KING LYRIC (from KING LEAR)
65. Q.E.D. part : ERAT
67. Paris's Musée ___ : RODIN
68. Benjamin : C-NOTE
69. W.W. I German admiral : SPEE
70. Fancy garb for Caesar? : FINE TUNIC (from FINE TUNE)
72. Characterized by : PRONE TO
74. Suffix with absorb : -ENT
75. Exploited : UTILIZED
76. Sugar providers : BEETS
77. Flower also known as love-in-idleness : PANSY
79. French school : LYCEE
80. "___ my case!" : I REST
81. "Button your lip!" : ZIP IT
83. Antisthenes, notably? : ORIGINAL CYNIC (from ORIGINAL SIN)
88. Veronese masterpiece "The Feast in the House of ___" : LEVI
91. ___ Canals : SOO
94. Birthplace of the Rep. Party : WISC
95. First tribe met by Lewis and Clark : OTOE
97. Hard butter : RAM
98. Something talked about on "Today"? : TOPIC OF THE MORNING (from TOP OF THE MORNING)
105. Surrealist who avoided the draft by writing the day's date in every space on his induction paperwork : ARP
106. Victuals : ALIMENTS
107. Michael of "Juno" : CERA
108. "Who ya ___ call?" : GONNA
110. Unnatural : MAN-MADE
111. Extremely occult? : GREATLY MYSTIC (from GREATLY MISSED)
115. Happy : PLEASED
116. Set sail : PUT TO SEA
117. Tick off : LIST
118. Deeper blue? : SADDER
119. O.K. : ASSENT TO
120. "The War Is Over" writer/singer : OCHS

1. Ticked off : ANGERED
2. Beer served without artificial carbonation : REAL ALE
3. Vacation spot that's crazily busy? : THE ISLE OF MANIC (from THE ISLE OF MAN)
4. Round storehouse : SILO
5. Cousin of Inc. : LLC
6. "Ick!" : EEW
7. Tennis's Ivanovic : ANA
8. Cabbies' clients : FARES
9. End of July by the sound? : LONG I
10. Pelvis-related : ILIAC
11. Somewhat informal? : KINDA
12. Grade school subj. : ENG
13. Pointer's words : THAT ONE
14. Start of all Oklahoma ZIP codes : SEVEN
15. Tumbler : GLASS
16. Architectural space : ATRIUM
17. Regular price : RETAIL
18. Set for a detective, maybe : PRINTS
21. "Eek!," e.g. : SHRIEK
23. Yearn (for) : ITCH
27. Suffix with problem : -ATIC
30. Watch from the sidelines : LURK
31. Río makeup : AGUA
32. Kind of pad : SOS
33. Certain triple-decker : CLUB
39. U.K. decoration: Abbr. : DSO
41. Bitter, in a way : TANNIC
42. "Ghosts" playwright : IBSEN
43. What Bryn Mawr College is not : COED
44. N.Y.C. subway inits. : BMT
45. Skyscraping : TALL
46. Wows : SLAYS
48. Married couple? : ARS
51. Prank involving a hammer and nails? : CARPENTER ANTIC (from CARPENTER ANT)
52. 1986 film shot partly in a decommissioned power plant : ALIENS
53. Mint on a hotel pillow, e.g. : NICETY
54. Good for something : USEFUL
55. What karats measure : PURITY
56. Reversed : UNDID
57. Columbia athletes : LIONS
58. Bread on the table, maybe : ANTE
59. "___ that a lot" : I GET
62. Salsa singer Celia : CRUZ
63. U.S. visa type issued to visiting diplomats : A-ONE
64. Labyrinthine : KNOTTY
66. Complete: Prefix : TELEO-
68. Gradual increase in vol. : CRESC
71. Row : TIER
72. Strip : PEEL
73. Yes, to no: Abbr. : OPP
76. Woman's support : BRA
78. Bother : AIL
80. Word derived from the Latin "uncia," meaning "one-twelfth" : INCH
81. Baked ___ : ZITI
82. Uncle Sam, for one : ICON
84. "Hmmm ..." : I WONDER
85. Quick : GIFTED
86. Followers: Suffix : -ISTS
87. French vote : NON
89. Nail polish, e.g. : VARNISH
90. Collisions : IMPACTS
91. Sticky roll? : STAMPS
92. "C'est si bon!" : OO LA LA
93. Put in one's two cents' worth : OPINED
96. Like custard : EGGY
99. "This has got me fuming!" : I’M MAD
100. Die out : CEASE
101. Creamy shades : ECRUS
102. Dashes may be part of them : MEETS
103. Speak to the masses : ORATE
104. Betray : RAT ON
109. Capital near the 60th parallel : OSLO
111. No. typically between 2.0 and 4.0 : GPA
112. Omaha Beach craft, for short : LST
113. One of these days : YET
114. Kind of jacket : MAO

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Anton said...

Hope you don't mind but I want to correct a few things about Lena Olin.

She was not discovered by Ingmar Bergman. He was a close friend to her parents ten years before Lena was born. He did encourage her when she struggled a bit in the beginning, failing her first two drama school auditions and later on wrote "After the Rehearsal" for her but discover is stretching it a bit.

Lena Olin's most famous performance is not "Chocolat" but probably as Sabina in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" or perhaps as Masha in "Enemies, a Love Story" which was Oscar nominated for.

She was nominated but did not win an Emmy for "Alias".

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, Anton.

Thanks for taking the time to correct what I had written. You are clearly an expert on Miss Olin's career!

Based on your input, and a little bit more reading, I've made changes to what I wrote. I am afraid I tend to move a little too quickly when writing up the Sunday puzzles, as they have so many clues!

Thank you again for "watching my back", Anton.

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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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