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1127-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 27 Nov 11, Sunday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jeff Chen
THEME: YIN/YANG … the grid is shaded to resemble the yin-yang symbol, and the theme answers in one half of the grid contain words that are the opposites to words in the theme answers in the equivalent spot in the other half of the grid:

24A. Full of strong feelings : HOT AND HEAVY
116A. Started sneezing and sniffling, say : CAUGHT A COLD

31A. Something to enjoy on a beach : SUMMER BREEZE
102A. He might put chills up your spine : OLD MAN WINTER

42D. Weighing hardly anything : LIGHT AS A FEATHER
16D. Suffering from nyctophobia : AFRAID OF THE DARK

37D. Walter Mitty, e.g. : DAYDREAMER
45D. Question asked to one with a hangover : ROUGH NIGHT

43D. Time in Hawaii, maybe : HONEYMOON
48D. Kuomintang co-founder : SUN YAT-SEN

COMPLETION TIME: 20m 14s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0


Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
I am afraid that decorating for Christmas took longer than I had anticipated and I didn't have time for the look-ups for today's puzzles. Apologies!

Happy Holidays!

Bill

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Test-drive : DEMO
5. Scintillate : SHINE
10. Who wrote "By their own follies they perished, the fools" : HOMER
15. Name of nine Thai kings : RAMA
19. Name of five Norwegian kings : OLAV
20. Dogpatch yokel : ABNER
21. Name on a B-29 : ENOLA
22. "What ___?" : OF IT
23. Pirates of the Caribbean, e.g. : RIDE
24. Full of strong feelings : HOT AND HEAVY
26. Instinctive desire : URGE
27. Villainous role for Montalbán : KHAN
28. Bedelia of children's literature : AMELIA
29. Fearsome creature with plates on its back : STEGOSAUR
31. Something to enjoy on a beach : SUMMER BREEZE
34. More foamy : SUDSIER
35. "Let's make ___ true Daily Double, Alex" : IT A
36. Two on a line : ENDS
39. Razz : NEEDLE
40. Sleaze : FILTH
43. Mata ___ (spy) : HARI
47. Contented sighs : AAHS
49. Start of many Portuguese place names : SAO
50. Family ___ : UNIT
51. Gloomy : MOROSE
53. Irving Berlin's "___ Be Surprised" : YOU’D
55. Area 51 holdings, supposedly : UFOS
58. Flavor enhancer : MSG
59. Representatives in a foreign country : CONSULS
60. Italian woman : DONNA
62. Amount past due? : TRE
63. N.C.A.A. part: Abbr. : ATH
64. Absorbed, in a way : ATE
65. Breach : GAP
66. Qatari bank note : RIYAL
67. It has a crown : HAT
68. Turner who led a rebellion : NAT
69. Musician's asset : RHYTHM
71. Where the vice president presides : SENATE
72. Grp. with the 1973 gold album "Brain Salad Surgery" : ELP
73. Windy City rail inits. : CTA
74. Dud : LEMON
75. Green hue : PEA
76. Perfection, for some : TEN
77. Opus ___ : DEI
78. Rams, but not dams : HES
79. Rice-___ : A-RONI
80. All together : EN MASSE
82. Dismiss : AXE
83. Abbr. on a B-52 : USAF
85. Dance partner? : SONG
86. Early online forum : USENET
87. Gillette brand name : TRAC
88. Gift in "The Gift of the Magi" : FOB
90. Classic soft drink brand : NEHI
92. Land o' blarney : ERIN
93. Words on an information desk : ASK ME
94. Crow with a powerful voice : SHERYL
97. Guidelines: Abbr. : STDS
99. Moo ___ pork : SHU
100. Seaside : COASTAL
102. He might put chills up your spine : OLD MAN WINTER
110. Perfectly : ON THE NOSE
113. Edith's cranky husband : ARCHIE
114. Not straight : AWRY
115. Dept. of Labor arm : OSHA
116. Started sneezing and sniffling, say : CAUGHT A COLD
118. Sorvino of "Mighty Aphrodite" : MIRA
119. Opponents of us : THEM
120. Architect Jones : INIGO
121. Singer Susan with the 2009 #1 album "I Dreamed a Dream" : BOYLE
122. Wood alternative : IRON
123. "No problem!" : SURE
124. Fancy car starter? : ASTON
125. Family of Slammin' Sammy : SOSAS
126. Some shooters, for short : SLRS

Down
1. Uncool set : DORKS
2. Root of politics : ELIHU
3. Lady's address : MADAM
4. Digit protector : OVEN MITT
5. Bygone Las Vegas hotel/casino with a roller coaster : SAHARA
6. Certain W.M.D. : H-BOMB
7. Lay to rest : INTER
8. Writer Zora ___ Hurston : NEALE
9. Singer Tennessee ___ Ford : ERNIE
10. Sly laugh sound : HEH
11. Low dice roll : ONES
12. Castle guard : MOAT
13. Some cobblers of lore : ELVES
14. Sci-fi zapper : RAYGUN
15. "The Social Contract" philosopher : ROUSSEAU
16. Suffering from nyctophobia : AFRAID OF THE DARK
17. Author Cervantes : MIGUEL
18. On the ground, in ballet : A TERRE
25. Flabbergast : DAZE
30. Some of Keats's feats : ODES
32. Neighbor of Sudan: Abbr. : ETH
33. "Bambi" character : ENA
37. Walter Mitty, e.g. : DAYDREAMER
38. Lock : SHOO-IN
40. Master criminal of books and film : FU MANCHU
41. Establishes : INSTATES
42. Weighing hardly anything : LIGHT AS A FEATHER
43. Time in Hawaii, maybe : HONEYMOON
44. MGM motto starter : ARS
45. Question asked to one with a hangover : ROUGH NIGHT
46. Malcolm X adopted it : ISLAM
48. Kuomintang co-founder : SUN YAT-SEN
51. Is protective of : MOTHERS
52. Particularly: Abbr. : ESP
54. "CSI" procedure : DNA TEST
56. Grilling procedure : ORAL EXAM
57. Bit of stage scenery : SET PIECE
59. "Cheers" waitress : CARLA
61. Coeur d'___, Idaho : ALENE
70. British weights : TONNES
71. One of a standard group of five : SENSE
75. Little bit of French? : PEU
81. Singer DiFranco : ANI
84. "Bad!" : FOR SHAME
87. Ring of Fire perils : TSUNAMIS
89. Eight bits : BYTE
91. It may precede a kiss : I DO
93. Yellowfin tuna : AHI
94. Skedaddles : SCOOTS
95. Island south of Tsugaru Strait : HONSHU
96. Italian automaker since 1906 : LANCIA
98. Adirondack chair element : SLAT
99. Hosts of the 1912 Olympics : SWEDES
101. Some shark products : LOANS
103. Bits : DRABS
104. Marilyn who hosted 1980s TV's "Solid Gold" : MCCOO
105. Mates' cries : AHOYS
106. Nabisco brand : NILLA
107. Pirouette : TWIRL
108. Boot, in baseball, e.g. : ERROR
109. "___ Hope" : RYAN’S
111. Corporate bigwig : SUIT
112. Frozen food brand : EGGO
117. Sweetie : HON

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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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