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My wife and I are on vacation until Friday, July 25th; a road trip through the backroads of the states east of California. I anticipate late-night solving and posting, with acknowledgement of comments and emails suffering. Please, don't be offended at my silence as I prioritize the writing of posts! Today's hike was in Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest where we passed a tree over 4,750 years old. Getting close to home ...

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1124-13 New York Times Crossword Answers 24 Nov 13, Sunday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Gary Cee
THEME: Hits and Ms.es … today’s themed answers are all hit songs that included a woman’s given name. The clues make reference to that female moniker:
22A. "Greetings, Ms. Retton!" : HELLO MARY LOU
31A. "Very nice, Ms. Kennedy!" : SWEET CAROLINE
37A. "Hurry up, Ms. Brennan!" : COME ON EILEEN
55A. "Cheer up, Ms. Teasdale!" : SARA SMILE
62A. "Am I the one, Ms. Andrews?" : JULIE DO YA LOVE ME?
74A. "You look hot in a thong, Ms. Hawkins!" : SEXY SADIE
86A. "I need a hand, Ms. Fleming!" : HELP ME, RHONDA
94A. "Leave it alone, Ms. Zellweger!" : WALK AWAY RENEE
110A. "Time to show your cards, Ms. Field!" : LAY DOWN SALLY
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 32m 57s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. Parade organizer : MACY’S
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City has been held every year since 1924, with a brief suspension from 1942-1944. The parade was halted during WWII as there was a need for rubber and helium to support the war effort.

11. One-named singer with the hit "Locked Up" : AKON
Akon is a Sengalese American R&B and hip hop singer, who was born in St. Louis but lived much of his early life in Senegal. Akon’s real name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam.

18. Recipe amount : A DASH
In cooking, a “dash” is a very small measure, one that is often undefined. However, you can in fact buy some measuring spoons that define not only a dash, but also a “pinch” and a “smidgen” as follows:
- a dash is 1/8 teaspoon
- a pinch is 1/16 teaspoon
- a smidgen is 1/32 teaspoon

19. ___ mama (tropical drink) : BAHAMA
If you’d care to try the drink called a Bahama Mama, one recipe is:
- 1 part rum
- 1 part coconut rum
- 1 part grenadine
- 2 parts orange juice
- 2 parts pineapple juice

22. "Greetings, Ms. Retton!" : HELLO MARY LOU
“Hello Mary Lou” is a song that was co-written by Gene Pitney and a hit for Ricky Nelson in 1961. I have a nice version of the song that’s performed by the Australian group called the Seekers.

Mary Lou Retton is an Olympic champion gymnast from Fairmont, West Virginia. Retton won Olympic Individual All-Around gold in the 1984 games, making her the first female athlete to do so who wasn’t from Eastern Europe.

24. Orwellian state : DYSTOPIA
A dystopia is an imaginary community in which the residents live unhappily and in fear. “Dystopia” is the opposite of “utopia”. One example of such a society is that described by George Orwell in “Nineteen Eighty-Four”.

31. "Very nice, Ms. Kennedy!" : SWEET CAROLINE
“Sweet Caroline” is a classic soft rock song written and performed by Neil Diamond. The inspiration for the song was Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F Kennedy. Sweet Caroline Kennedy was 11 years old at the time the song was released.

35. March org.? : ROTC
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program for officers based in colleges all around the US. The ROTC program was established in 1862 when as a condition of receiving a land-grant to create colleges, the federal government required that military tactics be part of a new school's curriculum.

36. Admiral's inits. : USN
United States Navy (USN)

37. "Hurry up, Ms. Brennan!" : COME ON EILEEN
“Come on Eileen” is a great song by the English group Dexys Midnight Runners that was released in 1982. The astronauts on one of the Space Shuttle Discovery missions were woken up by NASA on the final day to the strains of “Come on Eileen”. The mission’s commander was astronaut Eileen Collins.

Eileen Brenna was an actress from Los Angeles who is perhaps best remembered for playing Captain Doreen Lewis in the 1980 comedy film “Private Benjamin”.

49. Like some queens : APIAN
“Apis” is the Latin for “bee”.

51. Market makeup: Abbr. : COS
Companies (cos.)

52. Summer month in France : AOUT
“Août” is the French for August, and “juillet” is French for July (note that the name of months aren't capitalized in French).

53. Kind of cat : MANX
I've seen Manx cats by the dozen on their native island. They're found all over the Isle of Man (hence the name "Manx") located in the middle of the Irish Sea. Manx cats have just a stub of a tail, and hence are called “stubbins” by the locals.

54. Feature of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West : ONE EYE
On the original “Oz” stories by L. Frank Baum, the Wicked Witch of the West is depicted in illustrations with an eyepatch. Baum tells us that she had only one good eye, but that eye “was as powerful as a telescope”. The Wicked Witch has two good eyes in the famous 1939 movie adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz”.

55. "Cheer up, Ms. Teasdale!" : SARA SMILE
“Sara Smile” was the first US Top 10 hit for the duo Hall & Oates.

Sara Teasdale was a poet from St. Louis, Missouri although she spent much of her adult life in New York City. Examples of Teasdale's most famous poems are "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "I Shall Not Care". Teasdale committed suicide in 1933 by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

58. Bearded one : GNU
A gnu is also known as a wildebeest, and is an antelope native to Africa. "Wildebeest" is actually the Dutch word for "wild beast".

59. Title character in an A. A. Milne play : MR PIM
A. A. Milne (of "Winnie-the-Pooh" fame) wrote a play called "Mr. Pim Passes By" in 1919. The play was a big hit and starred Leslie Howard in the original London production.

62. "Am I the one, Ms. Andrews?" : JULIE DO YA LOVE ME?
“Julie Do Ya Love Me” was a 1970 hit for sixties and seventies teen idol Bobby Sherman.

The actress and singer Julie Andrews was made a Dame in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II. The most famous roles played by Andrews were probably the leads in “Mary Poppins” (1964) and “The Sound of Music” (1965). More recently she has had a recurring role in “The Princess Diaries” (2001) and the film's 2004 sequel.

69. Shorties : RUNTS
Back around 1500. a runt was an old or decayed tree stump, and by the early 1600s "runt" was being used to describe animals that were similarly old and decayed. Ultimately "runt" came to mean the smallest and often sickest in a litter.

71. Scuba tank meas. : PSI
Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI) is a measure of pressure.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau started off his career in the French Navy, aiming for a working life in aviation. Because of a car accident, Cousteau had to abandon his first career choice and instead went to sea. Famously, he invented the Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA), also called the aqualung.

74. "You look hot in a thong, Ms. Hawkins!" : SEXY SADIE
“Sexy Sadie” is a song written by John Lennon and released by the Beatles in 1968. Lennon wrote the song in India, and its original title was “Maharishi”.

Sadie Hawkins is a character in Al Capp's comic strip "Li'l Abner". Sadie was still a spinster at the age of 35 so declared a "Sadie Hawkins Day" in which she chased the local men in a footrace, with marriage as the prize when one was caught.

76. Firenze's home : ITALIA
“Firenze” is the Italian name for the city that we know in English as Florence.

81. German name part : VON
“Von” is German for “from”.

83. Barbecue needs : COALS
It is believed that our word “barbecue” comes from the Taíno people of the Caribbean in whose language “barbacoa” means “sacred fire pit”.

85. Nothing special: Abbr. : REG
Regular (reg.)

86. "I need a hand, Ms. Fleming!" : HELP ME, RHONDA
“Help Me, Rhonda” is a Beach Boys hit written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, released in 1965. When the song was first issued as a track on the album “Today!”, the song was titled “Help Me, Ronda” (note the spelling of “Ronda”). When the song was released as a single a month later, the title used the spelling with which we are familiar: “Help Me, Rhonda”.

Rhonda Fleming is a film and television actress who was most successful in the forties and fifties. Back then, Fleming had bright red hair to offset a fair complexion. Her appearance was so suited for the Technicolor process that Flaming had the nickname “The Queen of Technicolor”.

88. N.R.C. forerunner : AEC
The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was set up right after WWII in 1946, with the aim of promoting the peaceful use of atomic energy. Establishing the AEC was a significant move made by President Truman, as it passed control of atomic energy from the military to the civilian sector. The AEC continued to operate until 1974 when its functions were divided up into two new agencies: the Energy Research and Development Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

90. Classical "You too?" : ET TU?
It was Shakespeare who popularized the words "Et tu, Brute?" (And you, Brutus?), in his play "Julius Caesar", although the phrase had been around long before he penned his drama. It's not known what Julius Caesar actually said in real life just before he was assassinated on the steps of the Senate in Rome.

94. "Leave it alone, Ms. Zellweger!" : WALK AWAY RENEE
“Walk Away Renée” is a hit song by the band called The Left Banke, released in 1966. It was composed by the band’s keyboard player, Michael Brown, when he was just 16-years-old.

Renée Zellweger's big break came in the 1996 movie "Jerry Maguire". A few years later she followed that up with a string of successes in "Bridget Jones Diary" (2001), "Chicago" (2002) and "Cold Mountain" (2003). My wife and I love watching her play Bridget Jones, and as someone coming from the British Isles I have to say she does a remarkable job with the accent. She worked hard to perfect that accent, and of course she had a voice coach. She also went "undercover" and worked as a temp in an office for three weeks fine-tuning her skills.

100. "Absolutely Fabulous" or "Father Ted" : BRITCOM
British sitcom (Britcom)

“Absolutely Fabulous” (sometimes shortened to "Ab Fab") is a cult-classic sitcom produced by the BBC. The two stars of the show are Jennifer Saunders (Edina Monsoon) and Joanna Lumley (Patsy Stone).

“Father Ted” is a British sitcom set in Ireland, about three priest living on a remote island off the west coast of the country. There have been a couple of attempts to remake “Father Ted” for the American market. Let’s hope the project works out one day …

103. Jai ___ : ALAI
Even though jai alai is often said to be the fastest sport in the world because of the speed of the ball, in fact golf balls usually get going at a greater clip. Although, as a lind blog reader once pointed out to me, you don’t have to catch a golf ball …

104. First razor with a pivoting head : ATRA
Fortunately for crossword setters, the Atra razor was introduced by Gillette in 1977. The Atra was sold as the Contour in some markets and its derivative products are still around today.

105. Yvonne with the 1978 #1 hit "If I Can't Have You" : ELLIMAN
Yvonne Elliman is a singer from Honolulu who launched her career from London. Elliman landed the role of Mary Magdalene in the original recording of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and then played the role on stage there for four years. Elliman reprised the role in the Broadway production of the show. While the Bee Gees were working on the score for “Saturday Night Fever”, they actually wrote the hit “How Deep Is Your Love” for Elliman, but they ended performing the song themselves for the movie.

108. Pitcher Valenzuela : FERNANDO
Fernando Valenzuela is a former baseball pitcher from a small town in the state of Sonora, Mexico. Valenzuela played most of this career with the LA Dodgers.

110. "Time to show your cards, Ms. Field!" : LAY DOWN SALLY
“Lay Down Sally” is a fabulous song co-written by Eric Clapton, and recorded by him in 1977.

Actress Sally Field first came to the public's attention in the sixties with title roles in the TV shows "Gidget" and "The Flying Nun". She has two Best Actress Oscars; one for "Norma Rae" (1979) and one for "Places in the Heart" (1984).

113. TV's Ashley and Mary-Kate : OLSENS
I don't know anything about the Olsen twins, but I am told that folks believe Mary-Kate and Ashley to be identical twins. They look very much alike, but are in fact just fraternal twins.

114. Kate's TV partner : ALLIE
"Kate & Allie" ran from 1984 to 1989, starring Susan Saint James as Kate, and Jane Curtin as Allie. Jane Curtin won two Emmy awards for her work on the series, while Susan Saint James ... did not.

118. More Solomonic : WISER
According to the Bible, Solomon was the son of David and a king of Israel. Notably, Solomon is described as being very wise. In the story known as “the Judgment of Solomon”, Solomon was asked to decide who of two quarreling women was the mother of a baby. He suggested that they cut the baby in two with a sword, forcing one of the women to surrender the child rather than see it die. Solomon gave the child to the woman who showed compassion.

Down
1. HBO host Bill : MAHER
Bill Maher is a stand-up comedian and political commentator. Maher has an HBO television show called “Real Time with Bill Maher” which is essentially a follow-on from the very successful “Politically Incorrect” that started out on Comedy Central.

2. Singer with the hit albums "19" and "21" : ADELE
The English singer Adele Adkins goes by the stage name "Adele". Adele describes her musical style as “heartbroken soul”. Not too long ago, Adele wrote and performed the theme song for the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall”.

4. Designer inits. : YSL
Yves Saint-Laurent was a French fashion designer, actually born in Algeria. Saint-Laurent started off working as an assistant to Christian Dior at the age of 17. Dior died just four years later, and as a very young man Saint-Laurent was named head of the House of Dior. However, in 1950 Saint-Laurent was conscripted into the French Army and ended up in a military hospital after suffering a mental breakdown from the hazing inflicted on him by his fellow soldiers. His treatment included electroshock therapy and administration of sedatives and psychoactive drugs. He was released from prison, managed to pull his life back together and started his own fashion house. A remarkable story ...

5. 2,000 pounds : SHORT TON
Here in the US, a ton is equivalent to 2,000 pounds. Over in the UK, a ton is 2,240 pounds. The UK unit is sometimes referred to as an Imperial ton or sometimes a “long ton”. Folks over there refer to the US ton then as a “short ton”. To further complicate matters, there is also a “metric ton” or “tonne”, which is equivalent to 2,204 pounds. I wish we’d just stick to kilograms …

8. 1980s-'90s Corbin Bernsen TV drama : LA LAW
"L.A. Law" ran on NBC from 1986 to 1994, and was one of the network's most successful drama series. It took over from the equally successful "Hill Street Blues" in the Thursday night 10 p.m. slot until, after a six-year run, it was itself replaced by yet another respected drama, "E.R." The opening credits showed that famous California licence plate. The plate was on a Jaguar XJ for most of the series, but moved onto a Bentley towards the end of the run. For each series the registration sticker was updated, so no laws were being broken.

Corbin Bernsen is mainly a television actor. He really hit the big times playing lawyer Arnold Becker on “LA Law”, and now appears regularly on the USA comedy-drama hit “Psych”. Bernsen is a collector of snow globes and has over 8,000 of them, making him the owner of one of the largest snow globe collections in the world.

10. ___ de Nil (pale yellowish green) : EAU
The color known as “eau de nil” is a pale yellowish green. The name translates from French as “water of the Nile”.

13. Figure skating champion Brian : ORSER
Brian Orser is a retired Canadian figure skater. Orser was one of the “combatants” in the Battle of the Brians, the name given to the rivalry between Brian Orser and US skater Brian Boitano.

14. Cavil : NIT
A cavil is a trivial objection, a nit.

16. Par ___ : AVION
"Par avion" is the French term for "by airplane". We're used to seeing "par avion" on a blue sticker under the words "Air Mail" on our mail.

17. "Moneyball" subject Billy : BEANE
Billy Beane is the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Michael Lewis wrote his book “Moneyball” about the way Billy Beane built his team by bringing on board players who were “undervalued”, getting the maximum benefit from his limited payroll budget. I must admit I know nothing about baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Moneyball”, and the film adaptation with Brad Pitt playing Beane.

21. All ___ Day : SOULS’
All Souls’ Day is a religious holiday mainly in the Roman Catholic tradition. All Souls’ Day is observed on November 2nd annually, and is a commemoration of the “faithful departed”.

27. Global commerce grp. since 1995 : WTO
The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was laid down in 1949, a compromise solution reached by participating governments after they failed in their goal to establish the International Trade Organization. Finally in 1995, a similar organization was formed and the World Trade Organization (WTO) effectively succeeded GATT.

38. Sushi fish : OPAH
Opah is the more correct name for the fish also known as the sunfish, moonfish or Jerusalem haddock. I've seen one in the Monterrey Aquarium. It is huge ...

39. Cause of yawning : ENNUI
“Ennui” is the French word for boredom, a word that we now use in English. It's one of the few French words we've imported that we haven't anglicized and actually pronounce "correctly".

41. Port city from which Amelia Earhart last flew : LAE
Lae is the second largest city in Papua New-Guinea (after the capital, Port Moresby). It was from the airport at Lae that Amelia Earhart departed in 1937, never to be seen again.

Amelia Earhart is as famous today as she was during her lifetime. When she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic she was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by Congress, and the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor by the French government. She made two attempts to circumnavigate the globe by air (not solo). Her first attempt in March 1937 had to be abandoned when her aircraft was damaged during takeoff. The second attempt in June/July of the same year ended when Earhart and her navigator disappeared flying from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island in the Central Pacific.

45. La ___, Dominican Republic (first Spanish settlement in the Americas) : ISABELA
“La Isabela” was a settlement in todays’ Dominican Republic founded by Christopher Columbus in 1493 that was named for Queen Isabella I of Castile. La Isabela only lasted for a few years, and Columbus turned his attention to a new settlement that is now Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

47. Whine : PULE
“To pule” is to whine or whimper. “Pule” is derived from the French word “piauler” which translates as “to cheep, chirp”.

51. Military wear, for short : CAMO
Our term “camouflage” evolved directly from a Parisian slang term “camoufler” meaning “to disguise”. The term was first used in WWI, although the British navy at that time preferred the expression “dazzle-painting”.

52. Date for Denis : AMIE
A male friend in France is "un ami", and a female friend is "une amie".

55. The "S" of R.S.V.P. : S’IL
RSVP stands for "répondez s'il vous plaît", which is French for "please, answer".

62. Noisy birds : JAYS
The bird known as a “jay” is sometimes called a “magpie”, although the terms are not completely interchangeable.

63. Fairies' land : ERIN
"Éire", is the Irish word for "Ireland". "Erin" is an anglicized version of "Éire" and actually corresponds to "Éirinn", the dative case of "Éire".

I am not sure that the Irish lay claim to that many fairies …

65. Drapery material : VOILE
Voile is a soft and sheer fabric usually made from cotton that is often used as a window treatment. Voile curtains are similar to net curtains and may be used as mosquito nets, for example. Aptly enough, "voile" is the French word for "veil".

66. Athlete who wrote "A Hard Road to Glory" : ASHE
Arthur Ashe was a professional tennis player from Richmond, Virginia. In his youth, Ashe found himself having to travel great distances to play against Caucasian opponents due to the segregation that still existed in his home state. He was rewarded for his dedication by being selected for the 1963 US Davis Cup team, the first African American player to be so honored. Ashe continued to run into trouble because of his ethnicity though, and in 1968 was denied entry into South Africa to play in the South African Open. In 1979 Ashe suffered a heart attack and had bypass surgery, with follow-up surgery four years later during which he contracted HIV from blood transfusions. Ashe passed away in 1993 due to complications from AIDS. Shortly afterwards, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.

77. Sports org. supported by 66-Down : ATP
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) is an organization that looks after the interests of male tennis professionals. The equivalent organization for women is the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

78. Beat it : LAM
To be "on the lam" is to be in flight, to have escaped from prison. "On the lam" is American slang that originated at the end of the 19th century. The word "lam" also means to "beat" or "thrash", as in "lambaste". So "on the lam" might derive from the phrase "to beat it, to scram".

91. Power in old Hollywood : TYRONE
Tyrone Power was a Hollywood actor from Cincinnati, Ohio. Power tended to play the romantic lead, as well as the swashbuckler that was so popular in the thirties. His career was interrupted during WWII when he volunteered to serve with the Marine Corps as a pilot. Power served with distinction and resumed his career after the war. He died on set, suffering a massive heart attack while filming a sword duel with his friend George Sanders. Power was only 44 years of age.

95. Northern native : ALEUT
The Aleuts live on the Aleutian Islands of the North Pacific, and on the Commander Islands at the western end of the same island chain. The Aleutian Islands are part of the United States, and the Commander Islands are in Russia.

96. Film fish : WANDA
I think that the 1988 comedy "A Fish Called Wanda" is very under-appreciated. The film was co-written by and stars John Cleese, and has an exceptional cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Cleese's friend from "Monty Python", Michael Palin. The "fish" in the film is the con artist Wanda, played by Curtis.

97. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Greasy : NEALE
Greasy Neale was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1941-1950.

98. "Family Ties" mom : ELYSE
The actress Meredith Baxter is best known for playing the mother (Elyse) in the eighties sitcom “Family Ties”. Baxter’s big break on television came with a title role on a short-lived sitcom called “Bridget Loves Bernie”. She ended up marrying David Birney, her co-star on “Bridget Loves Bernie”, and so was known for many years as Meredith Baxter-Birney. She changed her name back to Meredith Baxter when the pair divorced in 1989.

101. Dragon puppet : OLLIE
“Kukla, Fran and Ollie” is an early television show that aired from 1947-1957. Kukla and Ollie (Oliver J. Dragon) were puppets and Fran was Fran Allison, usually the only human on the show.

102. One-third of an old Hollywood trio : MAYER
Lazar Meir was born in Belarus in 1884, but we know him better as Louis B. Mayer, the famous American film producer and boss of MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer).

109. ___ Lingus : AER
Aer Lingus is my favorite airline! Well, the service isn't that great, but when I get on board an Aer Lingus plane I feel like I am back in Ireland. Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland, with "Aer Lingus" being a phonetic spelling of the Irish "aer-loingeas" meaning "air fleet". These days Aer Lingus can only lay claim to the title of Ireland's oldest airline as it is no longer the biggest. That honor goes to the controversial budget airline called Ryanair.

111. Rope-a-dope boxer : ALI
Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier had three memorable fights. The first was billed as the "Fight of the Century" and took place in 1971 in Madison Square Garden. It was a fight between two great boxers, both of whom were undefeated up till that point. Frazier won in a unanimous decision after fifteen rounds. A couple of years later, in 1973, Frazier lost his title to George Foreman. Ali and Frazier had a non-title rematch in 1974, with Ali coming out ahead this time, also in a unanimous decision. Later that year, Ali grabbed back the World Heavyweight Title in "The Rumble in the Jungle", the famous "rope-a-dope" fight against George Foreman. That set the stage for the third and final fight between Ali and Frazier, "The Thrilla in Manila". Ali won the early rounds, but Frazier made a comeback in the middle of the fight. Ali took control at the end of the bout, so much so that Frazier wasn't able to come out of his corner for the 15th and final round. He couldn't come out of his corner because both of his eyes were swollen shut, giving Ali a victory due to a technical knockout (TKO).

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Parade organizer : MACY’S
6. Fake : FALSE
11. One-named singer with the hit "Locked Up" : AKON
15. Pat gently : DAB
18. Recipe amount : A DASH
19. ___ mama (tropical drink) : BAHAMA
20. Belittling : DERISIVE
22. "Greetings, Ms. Retton!" : HELLO MARY LOU
24. Orwellian state : DYSTOPIA
25. Right angle : ELL
26. Turkey isn't one : RED MEAT
27. One who's done the "I do's" : WIFE
28. "___ further review ..." : UPON
29. Handle again? : RETITLE
31. "Very nice, Ms. Kennedy!" : SWEET CAROLINE
34. Eight, for starters? : OCTO-
35. March org.? : ROTC
36. Admiral's inits. : USN
37. "Hurry up, Ms. Brennan!" : COME ON EILEEN
44. Little birdie : TIT
46. 3.0 or 4.0 : GPA
49. Like some queens : APIAN
50. Sports league-backed cable network : NBA TV
51. Market makeup: Abbr. : COS
52. Summer month in France : AOUT
53. Kind of cat : MANX
54. Feature of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West : ONE EYE
55. "Cheer up, Ms. Teasdale!" : SARA SMILE
57. Advanced deg. : PHD
58. Bearded one : GNU
59. Title character in an A. A. Milne play : MR PIM
61. Person who holds property in trust : BAILEE
62. "Am I the one, Ms. Andrews?" : JULIE DO YA LOVE ME?
66. "Sí!" at sea : AYE AYE!
69. Shorties : RUNTS
70. "Hurrah!" : OLE!
71. Scuba tank meas. : PSI
74. "You look hot in a thong, Ms. Hawkins!" : SEXY SADIE
76. Firenze's home : ITALIA
79. Bad mark : BLOT
80. "___ off!" : HATS
81. German name part : VON
82. Rock genre : METAL
83. Barbecue needs : COALS
84. Go off : ERR
85. Nothing special: Abbr. : REG
86. "I need a hand, Ms. Fleming!" : HELP ME, RHONDA
88. N.R.C. forerunner : AEC
90. Classical "You too?" : ET TU?
93. Big ___ Conference : EAST
94. "Leave it alone, Ms. Zellweger!" : WALK AWAY RENEE
100. "Absolutely Fabulous" or "Father Ted" : BRITCOM
103. Jai ___ : ALAI
104. First razor with a pivoting head : ATRA
105. Yvonne with the 1978 #1 hit "If I Can't Have You" : ELLIMAN
107. Portuguese "she" : ELA
108. Pitcher Valenzuela : FERNANDO
110. "Time to show your cards, Ms. Field!" : LAY DOWN SALLY
112. Pulled : TUGGED ON
113. TV's Ashley and Mary-Kate : OLSENS
114. Kate's TV partner : ALLIE
115. Maxime or Marie: Abbr. : STE
116. Fury : RAGE
117. Agemates : PEERS
118. More Solomonic : WISER

Down
1. HBO host Bill : MAHER
2. Singer with the hit albums "19" and "21" : ADELE
3. Remember : CALL TO MIND
4. Designer inits. : YSL
5. 2,000 pounds : SHORT TON
6. Food source : FARM
7. "Oh, now I see" : AH YES
8. 1980s-'90s Corbin Bernsen TV drama : LA LAW
9. Cuffed : SMOTE
10. ___ de Nil (pale yellowish green) : EAU
11. Hound : ADDICT
12. Main cause : KEY FACTOR
13. Figure skating champion Brian : ORSER
14. Cavil : NIT
15. Bread flavorer : DIPPING OIL
16. Par ___ : AVION
17. "Moneyball" subject Billy : BEANE
19. Urged : BADE
21. All ___ Day : SOULS’
23. Breakfast order : MELON
27. Global commerce grp. since 1995 : WTO
30. Alpine climber's tool : ICE AX
32. Seaside eagle : ERN
33. No longer closeted : OUT
37. Not serious, in a way : CAMP
38. Sushi fish : OPAH
39. Cause of yawning : ENNUI
40. "Can ___ next?" : I BE
41. Port city from which Amelia Earhart last flew : LAE
42. Older form of a word : ETYMON
43. Always : EVERY TIME
45. La ___, Dominican Republic (first Spanish settlement in the Americas) : ISABELA
47. Whine : PULE
48. Suit to ___ : A TEE
51. Military wear, for short : CAMO
52. Date for Denis : AMIE
54. Away for a while : ON LEAVE
55. The "S" of R.S.V.P. : S’IL
56. Matching : SAME
58. Blokes : GUYS
60. Aqua, e.g. : PASTEL
62. Noisy birds : JAYS
63. Fairies' land : ERIN
64. Having a projected date of : DUE
65. Drapery material : VOILE
66. Athlete who wrote "A Hard Road to Glory" : ASHE
67. Juniors, e.g. : YEAR
68. Egg choice : EXTRA-LARGE
71. Botanists' microscopic study : PLANT CELLS
72. Persuaded : SOLD
73. "___ jungle out there" : IT’S A
75. Cutthroat : DOG-EAT-DOG
77. Sports org. supported by 66-Down : ATP
78. Beat it : LAM
79. Hype : BOOST
83. Logging aid : CHAINSAW
85. Home theater brand : RCA
86. Aqua, e.g. : HUE
87. Broadcast as an encore : RERAN
89. Barely managing, with "out" : EKING
91. Power in old Hollywood : TYRONE
92. Singsong syllable : TRA
94. Drifts : WAFTS
95. Northern native : ALEUT
96. Film fish : WANDA
97. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Greasy : NEALE
98. "Family Ties" mom : ELYSE
99. Black-berried tree : ELDER
100. Gran Turismos and others : BMWS
101. Dragon puppet : OLLIE
102. One-third of an old Hollywood trio : MAYER
106. They carry charges : IONS
109. ___ Lingus : AER
110. Cut : LOP
111. Rope-a-dope boxer : ALI


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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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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.

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