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1013-13 New York Times Crossword Answers 13 Oct 13, Sunday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jeff Chen
THEME: Taken to Task … the circled letters on the central diagonal of the grid spell out SISYPHUS, and represent the Greek myth in which Sisyphus is condemned to roll a boulder up a hill, watch it fall back, then roll it up the hill again for eternity. There is a black circle at the end of the name SISYPHUS that represents the boulder. The themed answers all relate to the same mythical story:
22A. Movie franchise since 1996 : MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
30A. Setting for "Mork & Mindy" : BOULDER, COLORADO
98A. Violation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics : PERPETUAL MOTION
108A. Underdog's saying : IT'S AN UPHILL BATTLE
15D. Computer programming problem : INFINITE LOOP
60D. First publisher of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" : ROLLING STONE
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 33m 17s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … IKO (Ako), MINAJ (Manaj)

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Across

1. Treats, as a bow : ROSINS
Rosin is a solid form of resin derived from plant sources. Rosin is formed into cakes that players of stringed instruments use to rub along the hairs of their bows to help improve sound quality. The rosin increases the degree of friction between the strings and the bow. That same friction-increasing property comes into play when baseball pitchers use rosin to get a better grip on the ball.

7. Org. for lab safety? : ASPCA
Unlike in most developed countries, there is no "umbrella" organization in the US with the goal of preventing cruelty to animals. Instead there are independent organizations set up all over the nation using the name SPCA. Having said that, there is an organization called the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that was originally intended to operate across the country, but really it now focuses its efforts in New York City.

The Labrador (Lab) breed of dog has been around at least since 1814, and the chocolate Labrador appeared over a century later in the 1930s.

12. Inits. for cinephiles : TMC
The Movie Channel (TMC)

15. QB datum : INT
In American football, a QB (quarterback) mistake could lead to an interception (int.).

18. G. P. ___ (early book publisher) : PUTNAM
G. P. Putnam’s Sons was a book publisher headquartered in New York City that started out as Wiley & Putnam in 1838. Putnam was bought by the Penguin Group in 1996.

21. Name-dropper's word? : NEE
"Née" is the French word for "born" when referring to a female. The male equivalent is "né".

22. Movie franchise since 1996 : MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
It was Tom Cruise’s idea to adapt the “Mission Impossible” television series for the big screen, and it became the first project for Cruise’s own production company. Tom Cruise took on the starring role of Ethan Hunt in the movies, the point man for the Impossible Missions Force (IMF).

25. Crosswords, e.g., in the 1920s : FAD
Crossword-like puzzles have been around at least since 1873. A puzzle that resembles what we know today as a crossword first appeared in the “New York World” in 1913. This “word-cross” puzzle was created by a journalist from Liverpool, England called Arthur Wynne. The crossword phenomenon really took off in the 1920s. Crosswords became so popular that libraries became crowded with solvers seeking out help from dictionaries and encyclopedias.

26. Like bourbon barrels : OAKEN
Bourbon is a whiskey made here in North America, with the primary ingredient being corn. Production of the whiskey has for centuries been associated with Bourbon County in Kentucky, which gave its name to the drink.

27. Grp. with a caduceus : AMA
The icon known as the caduceus is a staff around which are twisted two serpents and which has two wings at the top. The caduceus was carried by the Greek god Hermes. The traditional symbol for the medical profession was the rod of Asclepius, a Greek god associated with healing and medicine. The rod of Asclepius is similar to the caduceus, being a staff with a single serpent-entwined. Some medical organizations use the caduceus as a symbol, apparently due to confusion that dates by to the its mistaken use by the US Army Medical Corps in 1902.

28. Metaphor for obsolescence : DODO BIRD
The dodo was a direct relative of the pigeon and dove, although the fully grown dodo was usually three feet tall. One of the reasons the dodo comes to mind when we think of extinction of a species, is that it disappeared relatively recently, in the mid-1600s, and humans were the reason for its demise. The dodo lived exclusively on the island of Mauritius, and when man arrived he cut back the forest that was its home. He also introduced domestic animals, such as dogs and pigs, that ransacked the dodo's nests.

30. Setting for "Mork & Mindy" : BOULDER, COLORADO
“Mork & Mindy” is a sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982. The title characters were played by Robin Williams and Pam Dawber. Mork is an alien from the planet Ork who reports back to his superior called Orson. Orson is played by voice actor Ralph James. Ralph James was also known for providing the voice of Mr Turtle in famous Tootsie Pop commercials in the seventies.

35. Kind of raid : PANTY
The first college prank labelled as a “panty raid” apparently took place in 1948 at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

38. Whistle-blowers? : LOTHARIOS
A lothario might wolf-whistle at women.

There is a character Lothario in Don Quixote, and in the "Fair Penitent", a 1703 play by Nicholas Rowe. In both cases the Lothario in question exhibits less than wholesome behavior towards a woman, giving rise to the term “lothario” meaning a "roue".

40. One of three stars in the Summer Triangle : DENEB
Deneb is the brightest star in the constellation called Cygnus, the Swan. The name "Deneb" comes from the Arabic word "dhaneb" meaning “tail”, as it lies at the tail of the swan.

The Summer Triangle is the name given to a pattern of stars seen in the northern hemisphere. It is so named as it sits almost directly overhead at midnight in most northern latitudes. The points of the triangle are the bright stars Altair, Deneb and Vega.

42. One of a race in Middle-earth : ENT
Ents are those tree-like creatures that live in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth in his series of books "The Lord of the Rings". “Ent” is an Old English word for “giant”.

43. Painter's deg. : MFA
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

45. Caroline du Sud, e.g. : ETAT
In French, South Carolina (Caroline du Sud) is a state (état).

50. Sonata starters : CAR KEYS
The Sonata automobile is made by Hyundai.

53. Plant whose seed is sold as a health food product : CHIA
Chia is a flowering plant in the mint family, and the Chia Pet is an invention of a San Francisco company. Chia Pets are terracotta figurines to which are applied moistened chia seeds. The seeds sprout and the seedlings become the "fur" of the Chia Pet. Chia seeds are very nutritious and are fairly widely used in health foods.

55. Twin of Jacob : ESAU
Esau was the twin brother of Jacob, the founder of the Israelites. When their mother Rebekah gave birth to the twins "the first emerged red and hairy all over (Esau), with his heel grasped by the hand of the second to come out (Jacob)". As Esau was the first born, he was entitled to inherit his father's wealth (it was his "birthright"). Instead, Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for the price of a "mess of pottage" (a meal of lentils).

56. Actress Sorvino : MIRA
Mira Sorvino is an American actress, winner of an Oscar for her supporting role in the 1995 Woody Allen movie "Mighty Aphrodite". Sorvino also played a title role opposite Lisa Kudrow in the very forgettable "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion".

58. "Gilligan's Island" castaway : MARY ANN
Mary Ann Summers is the “wholesome” young lady on the sitcom "Gilligan's Island", played by actress Dawn Wells.

63. "Be My Yoko ___" (Barenaked Ladies single) : ONO
Barenaked Ladies is a Canadian alternative rock band. The somewhat quirky name chosen by the band tends to reflect the group's concert style. The band is noted for kidding around on stage with lots of banter between songs. They’re also noted for composing and performing the catchy theme song for the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”.

64. When doubled, a hit song of 1965 and 1989 : IKO
“Iko Iko” is a song written in 1953 by Sugar Boy Crawford, using the title “Jock-A-Mo”. The Dixie Cups recorded a cover version in 1965, calling it “Iko Iko”. However, Crawford ended up suing the Dixie Cups the 1965 song was recorded without reference to the 1953 original.

65. Porter : REDCAP
“Redcap” is a term used for a railroad station porter here in North America. That term of course comes from the fact that redcaps wear red caps!

67. '50s duds : EDSELS
The Edsel brand of automobile was named for Edsel, son of Henry Ford. Sadly, the name "Edsel" has become synonymous with "failure", which was no fault of Edsel himself who had died several years before the Edsel line was introduced.

70. Bupkis : NIL
“Bupkis” (also “bubkes”) is a word that means “absolutely nothing, nothing of value”, and is of Yiddish origin.

72. AARP concern : IRA
Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

AARP is now the official name for the interest group that used to be called the American Association of Retired Persons. The name change reflects the current focus of the group on all Americans aged 50 or over, as opposed to just people who have retired.

75. NATO member?: Abbr. : ATL
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded not long after WWII in 1949 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. The first NATO Secretary General was Lord Ismay, Winston Churchill's chief military assistant during WWII. Famously, Lord Ismay said the goal of NATO was "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down."

78. Eponym of a Southern "-ville" : ASHE
Samuel Ashe was the Governor of North Carolina from 1795 to 1798. North Carolina’s Ashe County and the cities of Asheboro and Asheville are named in his honor.

79. Sport using xisteras : JAI ALAI
A cesta (also “xistera”) is a wicker scoop strapped to the wrist that is used for catching and throwing the ball in jai alai.

86. Beverages in bowls : NOGS
It's not really clear where the term "nog" comes from although it might derive from the word "noggin", which was originally a small wooden cup that was long associated with alcoholic drinks.

87. Apple variety : NANO
The iPod Nano is the successor to the iPod Mini, and was introduced to the market at the end of 2005. There have been several versions of the Nano to date. The current Nano, as well as playing tunes, has an FM player, records voice memos, and even has a pedometer!

95. Isle where Macbeth is buried : IONA
Although the small island of Iona lies just off the west coast of Scotland, it was the site of a monastery built in the Middle Ages by a monk from Ireland names Colm Cille (also known as Columba). Colm Cille and his followers were sent into exile from the Irish mainland and settled in Iona, as at that time the island was part of an Irish kingdom. This monastery in Iona expanded its influence over the decades and founded other institutions all over Ireland and Great Britain. It is believed that the famous Book of Kells may have been written, or at least started, at the monastery on Iona. Iona is also the burial site for Macbeth, King of Scotland who was immortalized in Shakespeare’s fictional account of the king’s life.

98. Violation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics : PERPETUAL MOTION
Perpetual motion is a term used for motion that continues without any external source of energy. In practical terms, perpetual motion is impossible because friction causes the loss of energy as heat.

105. Just what the doc ordered? : RXS
There seems to some uncertainty about the origin of the symbol "Rx" that's used for a medical prescription. One explanation is that it comes from the astrological sign for Jupiter, a symbol put on prescriptions in days of old to invoke Jupiter's blessing to help a patient recover.

107. That, in Tabasco : ESO
Tabasco is one of Mexico’s 31 states, and is located in the very southeast of the country.

114. Personal digits: Abbr. : SSN
A Social Security number (SSN) is divided into three parts i.e AAA-GG-SSSS, Originally, the Area Number (AAA) was the code for the office that issued the card. Since 1973, the Area Number reflects the ZIP code from which the application was made. The GG in the SSN is the Group Number, and the SSSS in the number is the Serial Number. However, this is all moot, as since 2011 SSn’s are assigned randomly.

117. Barely get : EKE OUT
To "eke out" means to "make something go further or last longer". For example, you could eke out your income by cutting back on expenses. I always have a problem with the commonly cited definition of “eke out” as “barely get by”. Close but no cigar, I say ...

119. Draft org. : SSS
Selective Service System(SSS)

121. Animal with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : LASSIE
We owe the character Lassie to one Eric Knight who wrote a short story that he expanded into a novel called "Lassie Come Home", published in 1940. "Lassie Come Home" was turned into a movie three years later, the first of a very successful franchise. The original Lassie (a female) was played by a dog called Pal, a male dog. In fact, all of the dogs that played Lassie over the years were males, because they looked better on camera, retaining a thick coat even during the summer months.

Down
1. Tach readout : RPM
The tachometer takes its name from the Greek word "tachos" meaning "speed". A tachometer measures engine revolutions per minute (rpm).

2. "Bien sûr!" : OUI!
"Bien sûr" translates from French as "of course", although a literal translation is "well sure".

3. Some map lines: Abbr. : STS
Streets (sts.)

5. Nymph of Greek myth : NAIAD
The Naiads of Greek mythology were water nymphs, associated with fountains, wells, springs and streams. The saltwater equivalents to the freshwater Naiads were the Oceanids.

8. Floral components : SEPALS
In a flower, the sepals are those green, leaf-like structures that are “interleaved” with the petals, providing support. Prior to acting as support for the petals, the sepals protect the flower in bud.

10. ___ Millan a k a the Dog Whisperer : CESAR
Cesar Millan is the real name of television’s “dog whisperer”. Millan has been working with overly aggressive dogs on his show “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” since 2004. Millan was an illegal immigrant from Mexico in the US back in 1990, became legal in 2000 and then became a US citizen in 2009.

14. Shakespeare heroine : CLEOPATRA
"Antony and Cleopatra" is one of William Shakespeare's tragedies, telling the story of the relationship between Mark Antony and Cleopatra after the death of Julius Caesar.

15. Computer programming problem : INFINITE LOOP
In the world of computing, an infinite loop is a defect in a program which cause it to loop endlessly, often causing the program to become unresponsive. Infinite Loop is also a street located about 30 miles from here. Infinite Loop circles the six main buildings in the headquarters complex of Apple Inc.

17. Singer Pendergrass and others : TEDDYS
Teddy Pendergrass was an R&B singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. Pendergrass was the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes before launching a successful solo career. Sadly, he was involved in a car accident in 1982 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Pendergrass passed away in 2010.

19. Jalopies : TIN CANS
The origins of our word "jalopy" meaning "dilapidated old motor car" seem to have been lost in time, but the word has been around since the 1920s. One credible suggestion is that it comes from Jalapa, Mexico as the Jalapa scrap yards were the destination for many discarded American automobiles.

29. Sharon's predecessor : BARAK
Ehud Barak served as Prime Minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001. Barak left office after he called a special election for Prime Minister and lost the vote to Ariel Sharon. Barak resigned from the Knesset and took an advisory job with the US company Electronic Data Systems (EDS), and did some security-related work with a private equity company. In 2007, Barak took over leadership of Israel's Labor Party and is now the country's Minister of Defense.

Ariel Sharon is a former Prime Minister of Israel. While still in office in 2005, Sharon suffered two debilitating strokes that left him in a permanent vegetative state from early 2006, a condition which persists to this day.

32. ___ Independent Press Awards : UTNE
The Utne Independent Press Awards are awarded annually by the “Utne Reader” magazine. The awards recognize alternative and independent magazines worldwide.

41. Joy of TV : BEHAR
Joy Behar is a comedian, and co-host of the hit talk show “The View”.

44. Something you might get shot for? : FLU
Influenza (flu) is an ailment that is caused by a virus. The virus is readily inactivated by the use of soap, so washing hands and surfaces is especially helpful in containing flu outbreaks.

51. "___ Voices" (best-selling New Age album) : YANNI
Yanni is a remarkable Greek musician, very successful in the world of New Age music. What I find so remarkable is that he is a self-taught musician.

54. Peace Nobelist Sakharov : ANDREI
Andrei Sakharov was a Soviet nuclear physicist, and in his later life a human rights activist. He participated in the USSR's program to develop the country's first atomic bomb, and was an even more crucial contributor to the development of the devastating hydrogen bomb. By the fifties, Sakharov was concerned about the consequences of his work, and in the sixties he started to become active, raising awkward questions not appreciated by the Soviet administration. He was banned from further work with the military as a consequence, and later found himself under constant police surveillance and harassment. He was then moved from Moscow and put into internal exile in Gorky. It was only under Mikhail Gorbachev's leadership, that he was able to return home to Moscow.

56. Much mail to mags : MSS
An editor has to wade his or her way through a manuscript (MS) that has been submitted.

58. Rapper Nicki : MINAJ
Nicki Minaj is a rapper from Queens, New York who was born in Trinidad.

59. Helen Keller brought the first one to the U.S. : AKITA
The Akita breed of dog is named for its point of origin, the Akita Prefecture in Japan. When Helen Keller visited Japan in 1937, she asked for and was given an Akita breed of dog, with the name of Kamikaze-go. Sadly, the dog died within a year from distemper. The following year the Japanese government officially presented Keller with a replacement dog. Supposedly Keller's dogs were the first members of the breed to be introduced into the US.

60. First publisher of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" : ROLLING STONE
The iconic magazine “Rolling Stone” was founded in San Francisco in 1967. Jann Wenner was a cofounder, and is still the magazine’s chief editor. The name for the publication is taken from the 1950 song “Rollin’ Stone” recorded by Muddy Waters.

67. Proof-ending word : ERAT
QED is used at the end of a mathematical proof or a philosophical argument. The QED acronym stands for the Latin "quod erat demonstrandum" meaning "that which was to be demonstrated".

68. Hindu title of respect : SAHIB
"Sahib" is most recognized as a term of address in India, where it is used in much the same way as we use "mister" in English. The term was also used to address male Europeans in the days of the British Raj. The correct female form of address is “sahiba”, but in the colonial days the address used was “memsahib”, a melding of “ma’am” and “sahib”

74. Little confabs : TETE-A-TETES
A “tête-à-tête” is a one-on-one meeting, literally “head-to-head” in French.

76. Red Scare target : ALGER HISS
Alger Hiss was US government official involved in the establishment of the United Nations. Hiss was accused of being a spy in testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in 1948. Hiss vigorously denied and fought the accusation but eventually served over three years in jail on related charges. The consensus seems to be that Hiss was indeed a spy, but there may be new evidence available when the HUAC’s papers are unsealed in 2026.

77. Philosopher Rand : AYN
Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist born Alisa Rosenbaum. Rand's two best known works are her novels "The Fountainhead" published in 1943 and "Atlas Shrugged" in 1957. Back in 1951, Rand moved from Los Angeles to New York City. Soon after, she gathered a group of admirers around her with whom she discussed philosophy and shared drafts of her magnum opus, "Atlas Shrugged". This group called itself "The Collective", and one of the founding members was none other than future Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan.

81. ___ City (Baghdad area) : SADR
Sadr City is a suburb of Iraq, oft in the news these days. Sadr City is named after the deceased Shia leader Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr.

84. "Eat, Pray, Love" locale : BALI
Bali is the most important tourist destination in Indonesia and is an island lying east of Java. In recent years, Bali's tourist industry has been badly hit in the aftermath of two terrorist bombings. The first one, in 2002, killed 202 people, mainly foreign tourists in a nightclub.

“Eat, Pray, Love” is a 2006 memoir by novelist Elizabeth Gilbert. “Eat, Pray, Love” is a huge best seller that has gotten a boost with the release of a 2010 screen adaptation starring Julia Roberts.

85. "Worst car of the millennium," per "Car Talk" : YUGO
The Yugo was a really unreliable subcompact car built by the Zastava corporation, in Yugoslavia.

"Car Talk" is a very entertaining radio show aired on NPR at weekends. The show is hosted by brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka “Click and Clack”). The hosts spend most of their airtime giving advice on automotive repair, and do a lot of kidding around as well. Click and Clack have announced their retirement from radio, after 35 years on the air.

89. Onetime Krypton resident : KAL-EL
Jor-El was a scientist on the planet Krypton who was married to Lara. Jor-El and Lara had an infant son named Kal-El who they were able to launch into space towards Earth just before Krypton was destroyed. Kal-El became Superman. In the 1978 movie “Superman”, Jor-El was played by Marlon Brando, Lara was played by Susannah York, and Kal-El/Superman was of course played by Christopher Reeve.

93. Actually : IN ESSE
The Latin term "in esse" is used to mean "actually existing", and translates as "in being".

101. Normand of the silents : MABEL
Mabel Normand was a comedy actress in the days of silent films, but perhaps more importantly, later in her career she became one of the first female screenwriters, producers and directors. Normand was so successful off the screen that she had her own movie studio and production company in the twenties.

102. Stomping grounds for Godzilla : OSAKA
The Japanese city of Osaka used to be called Naniwa, with the name changing to Osaka some time before 1500. "Osaka" can be translated either as "large hill" or "large slope".

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.

104. H H H H : ETAS
Eta is the seventh letter of the Greek alphabet, and is a forerunner of our Latin character "H".

112. French pronoun : LUI
In French, “lui” is the word for "him" and “elle” is the word for "her".

113. Tours summer : ETE
Tours is the largest city in the Centre region of France. It is said that the people of Tours speak the "purest" form of French in the whole country, and when spoken by a local it is also said to be free of any accent.

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Across
1. Treats, as a bow : ROSINS
7. Org. for lab safety? : ASPCA
12. Inits. for cinephiles : TMC
15. QB datum : INT
18. G. P. ___ (early book publisher) : PUTNAM
19. Layered : TIERED
20. Refined resource : OIL
21. Name-dropper's word? : NEE
22. Movie franchise since 1996 : MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
25. Crosswords, e.g., in the 1920s : FAD
26. Like bourbon barrels : OAKEN
27. Grp. with a caduceus : AMA
28. Metaphor for obsolescence : DODO BIRD
30. Setting for "Mork & Mindy" : BOULDER, COLORADO
35. Kind of raid : PANTY
36. Playing : ON TV
37. Rideshare rides : VANS
38. Whistle-blowers? : LOTHARIOS
40. One of three stars in the Summer Triangle : DENEB
42. One of a race in Middle-earth : ENT
43. Painter's deg. : MFA
45. Caroline du Sud, e.g. : ETAT
46. Publisher's entreaty : RENEW
48. Some wraps : SHAWLS
50. Sonata starters : CAR KEYS
53. Plant whose seed is sold as a health food product : CHIA
55. Twin of Jacob : ESAU
56. Actress Sorvino : MIRA
57. Cat's resting place, maybe : LAP
58. "Gilligan's Island" castaway : MARY ANN
61. When doubled, a sad sound effect : WAH
62. No longer exists : ISN'T
63. "Be My Yoko ___" (Barenaked Ladies single) : ONO
64. When doubled, a hit song of 1965 and 1989 : IKO
65. Porter : REDCAP
67. '50s duds : EDSELS
69. Carry or iron follower : -ONS
70. Bupkis : NIL
71. Overcast : GRAY
72. AARP concern : IRA
73. Pub offering : MEAT PIE
75. NATO member?: Abbr. : ATL
76. Pub offerings : ALES
77. Not even close : AFAR
78. Eponym of a Southern "-ville" : ASHE
79. Sport using xisteras : JAI ALAI
81. Word with solar or sound : SYSTEM
83. Bide one's time : SIT BY
86. Beverages in bowls : NOGS
87. Apple variety : NANO
88. Jaw : YAK
90. Doozy : BEAUT
92. Went off? : DIGRESSED
95. Isle where Macbeth is buried : IONA
96. Film bit : ALGA
97. Score abbr. : INSTR
98. Violation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics : PERPETUAL MOTION
103. Achieve : GET AHEAD
105. Just what the doc ordered? : RXS
106. Go cold turkey : CEASE
107. That, in Tabasco : ESO
108. Underdog's saying : IT'S AN UPHILL BATTLE
114. Personal digits: Abbr. : SSN
115. ___ the Eagle (a Muppet) : SAM
116. Date for New Year's Day : ONE/ONE
117. Barely get : EKE OUT
118. Kicker's prop : TEE
119. Draft org. : SSS
120. Paintball mementos : WELTS
121. Animal with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : LASSIE

Down
1. Tach readout : RPM
2. "Bien sûr!" : OUI!
3. Some map lines: Abbr. : STS
4. Feared red state : INSOLVENCY
5. Nymph of Greek myth : NAIAD
6. Fire sign : SMOKE
7. Intention : AIM
8. Floral components : SEPALS
9. Teaser : PROMO
10. ___ Millan a k a the Dog Whisperer : CESAR
11. Some teasers : ADS
12. Additionally : TO BOOT
13. In the 70s, say : MILD
14. Shakespeare heroine : CLEOPATRA
15. Computer programming problem : INFINITE LOOP
16. In the vicinity of : NEAR TO
17. Singer Pendergrass and others : TEDDYS
19. Jalopies : TIN CANS
23. Daredevil's asset : NERVE
24. "... and ___ it again!" : I’D DO
29. Sharon's predecessor : BARAK
30. Beachgoer's pride, informally : BOD
31. Doozy : ONER
32. ___ Independent Press Awards : UTNE
33. In transit : ON THE WAY
34. [sigh] : ALAS
39. Cold-blooded : HEARTLESS
41. Joy of TV : BEHAR
43. [air kiss] : MWAH!
44. Something you might get shot for? : FLU
47. Red or white vessel : WINEGLASS
49. "It can't wait!" : ASAP
50. Place where many screens may be set : CINEMA
51. "___ Voices" (best-selling New Age album) : YANNI
52. Imagine, informally : S’POSE
54. Peace Nobelist Sakharov : ANDREI
56. Much mail to mags : MSS
58. Rapper Nicki : MINAJ
59. Helen Keller brought the first one to the U.S. : AKITA
60. First publisher of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" : ROLLING STONE
62. It's a challenge : I DARE YOU
66. ___ in cat : C AS
67. Proof-ending word : ERAT
68. Hindu title of respect : SAHIB
72. Hypothetical words : IF SO
74. Little confabs : TETE-A-TETES
76. Red Scare target : ALGER HISS
77. Philosopher Rand : AYN
80. Main line : AORTA
81. ___ City (Baghdad area) : SADR
82. Hand holder : MANACLE
84. "Eat, Pray, Love" locale : BALI
85. "Worst car of the millennium," per "Car Talk" : YUGO
87. "___ hand?" : NEED A
89. Onetime Krypton resident : KAL-EL
91. Lick : TAN
92. Brief : DIGEST
93. Actually : IN ESSE
94. Fits : SPASMS
95. Sweater's line? : IT’S HOT
99. Trim : PRUNE
100. Discharge : EXPEL
101. Normand of the silents : MABEL
102. Stomping grounds for Godzilla : OSAKA
104. H H H H : ETAS
109. "It can't wait!" : NOW!
110. Prevailing party : INS
111. Talking-___ : TOS
112. French pronoun : LUI
113. Tours summer : ETE


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2 comments :

Anonymous said...

This puzzle sucked. I wasted a good 5 hours of my life with this garbage. The theme wasnt even any good ��

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above commenter. The theme was too obscure and the clues were way too hard.

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This is the simplest of blogs.

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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The name's William Ernest Butler, but please call me Bill. I grew up in Ireland, but now live out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am retired, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world.

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Crosswords and My Dad

I worked on my first crossword puzzle when I was about 6-years-old, sitting on my Dad's knee. He let me "help" him with his puzzle almost every day as I was growing up. Over the years, Dad passed on to me his addiction to crosswords. Now in my early 50s, I work on my Irish Times and New York Times puzzles every day. I'm no longer sitting on my Dad's knee, but I feel that he is there with me, looking over my shoulder.

This blog is dedicated to my Dad, who passed away at the beginning of this month.

Bill
January 29, 2009

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