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0629-14 New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Jun 14, Sunday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Byron Walden
THEME: Downright Tricky … today’s themed answers all start in DOWN direction, and them make a RIGHT turn in thegrid so that we end up with an EL-shape. Also, each themed answer is made up of three words, starting with the letters CID:
8D. Lament about modern men : CHIVALRY IS D/EAD
13D. Pachelbel classic, familiarly : CANON I/N D
32D. Major African humanitarian concern of the 2000s : CRISIS IN DAR/FUR
38D. Like the contents of many attics : COVERED IN/ DUST
50D. 1982 holiday country hit by Alabama : CHRISTMAS IN/ DIXIE
71D. "Right away, boss" : CONSIDER IT D/ONE

108D. Spanish hero whose 113-Down is represented enigmatically six times in this puzzle : EL CID
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 31m 42s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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Across

20. "From Here to Eternity" setting : OAHU
"From Here to Eternity" is a 1953 film adaptation of a James Jones novel of the same name. The main characters in the story are three soldiers stationed in Hawaii in the days prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The soldiers are played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed play the love interests. The film (and novel) title is a quotation from the 1892 poem “Gentlemen-Rankers” by Rudyard Kipling:
We're poor little lambs who've lost our way,
Baa! Baa! Baa!
We're little black sheep who've gone astray,
Baa—aa—aa!
Gentlemen-rankers out on the spree,
Damned from here to Eternity,
God ha' mercy on such as we,
Baa! Yah! Bah!

21. Stage-diving locale : MOSH PIT
Moshing (also “slam dancing”) is the pushing and shoving that takes place in the audience at a concert (usually a punk or heavy metal concert). The area directly in front of the stage is known as the mosh pit. When a performer does a "stage dive" it is into (or I suppose "onto") the mosh pit. It doesn't sound like fun to me. Injuries are commonplace in the mosh pit, and deaths are not unknown.

24. Stoker of fear? : BRAM
Bram Stoker was an Irish author whose real given name was Abraham (shortened to “Bram”). Stoker is most famous for his Gothic novel “Dracula”, first published in 1897.

26. Lay ___ : AN EGG
Apparently the expression “to lay an egg”, meaning “to perform or play really badly” comes from the resemblance of the number 0 to an egg. One laying an egg scores zero.

27. Politician with a like button? : IKE
“I Like Ike” was a political slogan that originated with the grassroots movement to get Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president in the 1952 presidential election.

30. Minnesota player, familiarly : VIKE
The Minnesota Vikings joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. Founded in Minnesota, the team’s name reflects the location’s reputation a center of Scandinavian American culture.

31. Microwaveable snack : HOT POCKET
Hot Pockets were introduced in the seventies by brothers David and Paul Merage. Hot Pockets are microwaveable turnovers filled with cheese, meat or vegetables.

33. Dress that drapes : SARI
The item of clothing called a "sari" (also "saree") is a strip of cloth, as one might imagine, unusual perhaps in that is unstitched along the whole of its length. The strip of cloth can range from four to nine meters long (that's a lot of material!). The sari is usually wrapped around the waist, then draped over the shoulder leaving the midriff bare. I must say, it can be a beautiful item of clothing.

35. Highly desirable to Uncle Sam? : ONE-A
The US government maintains information on all males who are potentially subject to military conscription, using what is called the Selective Service System(SS). In the event that a draft was held, men registered would be classified into groups to determine eligibility for service. Class 1-A registrants are those available for unrestricted military service. Other classes are 1-A-O (conscientious objector available for noncombatant service), 4-A (registrant who has completed military service) and 4-D (Minister of religion).

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 code word "Samland" for "America" in intelligence communiques.

42. Lean meat source : EMU
The emu has had a tough time in Australia since man settled there. There was even an "Emu War" in Western Australia in 1932 when migrating emus competed with livestock for water and food. Soldiers were sent in and used machine guns in an unsuccessful attempt to drive off the "invading force". The emus were clever, breaking their usual formations and adopting guerrilla tactics, operating as smaller units. After 50 days of "war", the military withdrew. Subsequent requests for military help for the farmers were ignored. The emus had emerged victorious …

44. Shortstop-turned-ESPN analyst Garciaparra : NOMAR
Nomar Garciaparra is one of only thirteen players to have hit two grand slams during a single game in the Majors. He accomplished the feat in 1999 for the Boston Red Sox against the Seattle Mariners.

46. Stylebook concern : USAGE
A “style manual” is a favorite reference book of mine, one that sets the standards for writing and design of documents. That said, it’s sad how often I have to refer to “The Chicago Manual of Style”.

49. Area with XY coordinates? : MAN CAVE
In most mammalian species, including man, females have two identical sex chromosomes (XX), and males two distinct sex chromosomes (XY). As a result it is the males who determine the sex of the offspring. However, in birds it’s the opposite, so females determine the sex of the chicks.

58. Stay inactive over the summer : ESTIVATE
“Estivation” is a process of hibernation in some animal species that takes place during the summer months. Hibernation is often associated with low temperatures, whereas estivation is a strategy to avoid activity during high temperature.

60. Paris street : RUE
“Rue” is the French word for “street”.

62. Moderator of the first Obama/McCain and Obama/Romney debates : LEHRER
Jim Lehrer is a former news anchor with PBS for the “PBS Newshour” show. Lehrer is also associated with presidential debates and has moderated 12 such events.

64. Early Chinese dynasty : HSIA
The Xia (also “Hsia”) Dynasty was the first Chinese Dynasty, lasting from about 2070 to 1600 BCE.

65. Graph's x-coordinate : ABSCISSA
When something is plotted on a graph with x- and y-coordinates, the x-coordinate is called the abscissa, and the y-coordinate is the ordinate.

75. Son of Aphrodite : EROS
Eros was the Greek god of love, the Greek counterpart of the Roman god Cupid.

82. "The Education of a Golfer" autobiographer : SAM SNEAD
Sam Snead was probably the most successful golfer never to win a US Open title, as he won a record 82 PGA Tour events. He did win seven majors, but never the US Open. He was also quite the showman. He once hit the scoreboard at Wrigley Field stadium with a golf ball, by teeing off from home plate.

86. Hollywood and Bollywood, e.g. : FILM INDUSTRIES
Bollywood is the informal name given to the huge film industry based in Mumbai in India. The term "Bollywood" is a melding of "Bombay", the old name for Mumbai, and of course "Hollywood".

89. Material in the hats of Buckingham Palace guards : BEAR FUR
The British Grenadier Guards started wearing bearskin hats following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The hat is made from the fur of the Canadian black bear, with an entire skin being used to make just one hat. The use of bearskin by the UK military has been controversial for a couple of decades now and seems to be fading out due to ethical concerns.

Buckingham Palace is a stately home that, since the days of Queen Victoria, has been the official residence of the British monarch. Buckingham Palace was originally a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, hence the name.

95. Grp. battling consumer fraud : BBB
The Better Business Bureau is a private concern (nope, it is not a government agency), founded in 1912. It operates like a franchise, with local BBB's managed independently but operating to a "corporate" set of guidelines.

96. 1980s video game spinoff : MS PAC-MAN
The Pac-Man arcade game was first released in Japan in 1980, and is as popular today as it ever was. The game features characters that are maneuvered around the screen to eat up dots and earn points. The name comes from the Japanese folk hero "Paku", known for his voracious appetite. The spin-off game called Ms. Pac-Man was released in 1981.

100. Drag staple : PADDED BRA
The etymology of the term "drag", as used in the transvestite world, seems to be unclear. It perhaps relates to the tendency of a transvestite's skirts to drag along the ground in days of old (although why they just didn't hitch up their skirts is beyond me!).

103. Et ___ : ALII
Et alii (et al.) is the equivalent of et cetera (etc.), with et cetera being used in place of a list of objects, and et alii used for a list of names. In fact "et al." can stand for et alii (for a group of males, or males and females), aliae (for a group of women) and et alia (for a group of neuter nouns, or for a group of people where the intent is to retain gender-neutrality).

107. Connecticut Ivy : YALE
Elihu Yale was a wealthy merchant born in Boston in 1649. Yale worked for the British East India Company, and for many years served as governor of a settlement at Madras (now Chennai) in India. After India, Yale took over his father’s estate near Wrexham in Wales. It was while resident in Wrexham that Yale responded to a request for financial support for the Collegiate School of Connecticut in 1701. He sent the school a donation, which was used to erect a new building in New Haven that was named “Yale” in his honor. In 1718, the whole school was renamed to “Yale College”. To this day, students of Yale are nicknamed “Elis”, again honoring Elihu.

109. Southern grocery chain : WINN-DIXIE
The Winn-Dixie supermarket chain started out as a family concern, growing from a general store in Burley, Idaho in 1914. When the family business was big enough, it took a controlling interest in a chain of stores called Winn-Lovett in 1939. Using the name Winn-Lovett, the company continued to grow and in 1955 bought the Dixie Home chain of stores. At that point the name changed to Winn-Dixie. The original family name? That was Davis ...

111. Harry Potter mark : SCAR
Author J. K.Rowling’s famous character Harry Potter has a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead, the result of an attack on his life as a baby by the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort.

115. Agents' org. : FBI
What we know today as the FBI was set up in 1908 as the BOI, the Bureau of Investigation. The name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. The Bureau was set up at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt was largely moved to do so after the 1901 assassination of President McKinley, as there was a perception that anarchists were threatening law and order. The FBI’s motto uses the organization’s acronym, and is “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity”.

117. Post-Weimar period : NAZI ERA
At the end of WWI, the imperial government of Germany was overthrown in the German Revolution of November 1918. Just under a year later, a new constitution was adopted by a national assembly in the city of Weimar. The resulting Weimar Republic lasted until German democracy collapsed in the early 1930s and the Nazi Party came to power.

119. Terrace farming pioneers : INCA
The Inca people emerged as a tribe around the 12th century, in what today is southern Peru. The Incas developed a vast empire over the next 300 years, extending along most of the western side of South America. The Empire of course fell to the Spanish, finally dissolving in 1572 with the execution of Tupac Amaru, the last Incan Emperor.

121. "Walk Away ___" (1966 hit) : 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.

122. "Absolutely Fabulous," e.g. : 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).

123. "JAG" spinoff : NCIS
NCIS is the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which investigates crimes in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The service gives its name to the CBS TV show "NCIS", a spin-off drama from "JAG" in which the main "NCIS" characters were first introduced. The big star in "NCIS" is the actor Mark Harmon.

125. Beyond piqued : ANGRY
Our term "pique" meaning a "fit of ill feeling" is a French word meaning a "prick, sting, irritation".

127. H.S. proficiency exams : GEDS
The General Educational Development (GED) tests are a battery of five tests designed to demonstrate that a student has the academic skills of someone who has graduated from an American or Canadian high school.

Down
1. ___ salad : COBB
Ty Cobb's first cousin, Robert H. Cobb, owned the Brown Derby chain of restaurants. One of his regular customers was the famous Sid Grauman, who ran Grauman's Chinese Theater. Late one night, Grauman asked for a snack, and Cobb came up with a chopped salad simply made from ingredients he happened to have in the refrigerator. Grauman liked it so much that continued to request it, and the Cobb salad was born.

4. Quince, e.g. : NUMERO
In Spanish, fifteen (quince) is a number (numero).

7. Subj. of a thought experiment : ESP
Extrasensory perception (ESP)

11. C4H10O : ETHER
Ethers are a whole class of organic compounds, but in the vernacular “ether” is specifically diethyl ether. Diethyl ether was once very popular as a general anesthetic.

13. Pachelbel classic, familiarly : CANON IN D
Johann Pachelbel was a composer from Germany active in the Baroque Era. Pachelbel’s music was very popular during his own lifetime, and today his best-known work is his “Canon in D”. which has become one of the most popular choices during modern wedding ceremonies.

14. When Tatum O'Neal won her Oscar : AGE TEN
Tatum O'Neal is the youngest actress to win a "competitive" Oscar. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award in 1974 when she was just 10 years old, for her role as Addie in "Paper Moon". The youngest person to win an honorary Academy Award was Shirley Temple, who was only 5 years old when she was presented with an Oscar in 1934.

16. "Cogito, ___ sum" : ERGO
The great French philosopher Rene Descartes made the famous statement in Latin, "Cogito ergo sum", which translates into English as "I think, therefore I am".

29. Health care giant with a Tree of Life logo : CIGNA
The health care management company known as CIGNA was formed in 1982 by a merger of two insurance companies. One was Connecticut General (CG) and the other Insurance Company of North America (INA).

32. Major African humanitarian concern of the 2000s : CRISIS IN DARFUR
In response to a 2003 rebellion in the Darfur region of Sudan, the Sudanese government embarked on a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the non-Arab population in the region. Hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths ensued, and eventually Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir was indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. al Bashir is still in office.

34. Hollywood setting: Abbr. : FLA
Hollywood is a city in southern Florida, and is the twelfth-largest city in the state.

39. Traitor Aldrich : AMES
Aldrich Ames worked for the CIA until he was convicted in 1994 of spying for the Soviet Union. Prior to identifying Ames as a spy, the CIA was highly concerned at the high rate of disappearance of their own agents behind the Iron Curtain and they struggled for years to find the mole that they assumed must be working within their own ranks. After he was finally arrested, the CIA was criticized for not having identified Ames sooner, particularly as he was living an extravagant lifestyle relative to his apparent means. Ames is serving a life sentence in the US Penitentiary in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

42. Actor Jannings : EMIL
Emil Jannings, an actor from Switzerland, was the first person to receive an Oscar. He was the star of the 1928 silent movie called "The Last Command".

43. Chess ending : MATE
In the game of chess, when the king is under immediate threat of capture it is said to be "in check". If the king cannot escape from check, then the game ends in "checkmate" and the player in check loses. In the original Sanskrit game of chess, the king could actually be captured. Then a rule was introduced requiring that a warning be given if capture was imminent (today we announce "check!") so that an accidental and early ending to the game doesn't occur.

45. '80s TV star who later pitched Snickers : MR T
Mr. T's real name is Laurence Tero Tureaud. Mr. T is famous for many things, including the wearing of excessive amounts of jewelry. He started this habit when he was working as a bouncer, wearing jewelry items that had been left behind by customers at a nightclub so that the items might be recognized and claimed. It was also as a bouncer that he adopted the name Mr. T. His catch phrase comes from the movie "Rocky III". In the film, before he goes up against Rocky Balboa, Mr. T says, "No, I don't hate Balboa, but I pity the fool". He parlayed that line into quite a bit of success. He had a reality TV show called "I Pity the Fool", and produced a motivational video called "Be Somebody ... or Be Somebody's Fool!".

48. "___ Enchanted" (2004 film) : ELLA
"Ella Enchanted" is the title of a fantasy novel written by Gail Carson Levine, and published in 1997. It is a retelling of the story of Cinderella, with lots of mythical creatures added. A film adaptation was released in 2004, starring Anne Hathaway in the title role.

50. 1982 holiday country hit by Alabama : CHRISTMAS IN DIXIE
Alabama is a band from Fort Payne, Alabama who perform a blend of country music and southern rock.

52. 1960s pop singer Sands : EVIE
Evie Sands is a singer from Brooklyn, New York. Sands is also a noted songwriter, having penned songs that have been recorded by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Karen Carpenter, Linda Ronstadt and Dusty Springfield.

55. LAX, O'Hare and others : HUBS
Los Angeles International Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and the busiest here on the West Coast of the US. The airport was opened in 1930 as Mines Field and was renamed to Los Angeles Airport in 1941. On the airport property is the iconic white structure that resembles a flying saucer. This is called the Theme Building and I believe it is mainly used as a restaurant and observation deck for the public. The airport used to be identified by the letters “LA”, but when the aviation industry went to a three-letter standard for airport identification, this was changed to “LAX”. Apparently the “X” has no significant meaning.

O'Hare International is the fourth busiest airport in the world. The original airport was constructed on the site between 1942 and 1943, and was used by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the manufacture of planes during WWII. Before the factory and airport were built, there was a community in the area called Orchard Place, so the airport was called Orchard Place Airport/Douglas Field. This name is the derivation of the airport's current location identifier: ORD (OR-chard D-ouglas). Orchard Place Airport was renamed to O'Hare International in 1949 in honor of Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare who grew up in Chicago. O'Hare was the US Navy's first flying ace and a Medal of Honor recipient in WWII. As an aside, Butch O'Hare's father Edward was a lawyer friend of Al Capone who eventually worked undercover for the IRS and helped get the famous gangster convicted on tax evasion. Some years later, Edward was shot to death while driving his car.

59. Grammy-nominated 1998 hit for Alanis Morissette : THANK U
Alanis Morissette is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After releasing two pop albums in Canada, in 1995 she recorded her first album to be distributed internationally. Called "Jagged Little Pill", it is a collection of songs with more of a rock influence. The album was a huge success, the highest-selling album of the 1990s, and the highest-selling debut album by any artist at any time (selling over 30 million units).

66. Bill's partner : COO
When birds “bill and coo” together they touch beaks and make noises to each other. The term is also used when two lovers talk quietly to each other, and kiss.

69. Actress Moore : DEMI
Demi Moore was born Demetria Guynes and took the name Demi Moore when she married her first husband, Freddy Moore. She changed her name to Demi Guynes Kutcher a few years after marrying her present husband, Ashton Kutcher. She still uses Demi Moore as her professional name.

70. Highland tongue : ERSE
There are actually three Erse languages. Irish, Manx (spoken on the Isle of Man) and Scots Gaelic. In their own tongues, these would be Gaeilge (in Ireland), Gaelg (on the Isle of Man) and Gaidhlig (in Scotland).

72. Kaput : PFFT
"Pfft" is an interjection used to describe something which has suddenly disappeared, gone "kaput".

Kaput comes to us from French (via German). "Capot" means "not having won a single trick" in the French card game called Piquet.

73. "Celeste Aida," for one : ARIA
"Celeste Aida" translates to "Heavenly Aida", and is an aria from the Verdi opera “Aida”.

"Aida" is the famous opera by Giuseppe Verdi, actually based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, who also designed the costumes and stages for the opening performance. The opera was first performed in 1871 in an opera house in Cairo. In the storyline, Aida is an Ethiopian princess brought into Egypt as a slave. Radames is an Egyptian commander who falls in love with her, and then of course complications arise!

74. Enterprise for Morton : SALT MINING
Morton Salt started doing business in 1848 in Chicago, and now is the largest producer of salt in North America.

79. Collect on the surface, in chemistry : SORB
Adsorption is the accumulation of chemicals on the surface of a solid or liquid. Absorption is the accumulation through pores or interstices. The derivative verb “sorb” can be applied to either process.

83. Dadaism pioneer : 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. Arp 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". In WWI Arp 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 the date in every blank space on the forms. Then he took off all of his clothes and walked with his papers over to the officials in charge. He was sent home …

Dadaism thrived during and just after WWI, and was an anti-war, anti-bourgeois and anti-art culture. The movement began in Zurich, Switzerland started by a group of artists and writers who met to discuss art and put on performances in the Cabaret Voltaire, frequently expressing disgust at the war that was raging across Europe.

87. AOL, e.g., for short : ISP
An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is just what the name indicates, a company that provides its customers with access to the Internet. One way that ISPs differentiate themselves from each other is in the way in which end users are connected to the ISP's network. So, there are cable ISPs, DSL ISPs, dial-up ISPs and satellite ISPs. I'd go with cable if I were you, if it's available in your area ...

90. Fast-food chain with the Ultimate Angus sandwich : ARBY'S
The Arby’s chain of fast food restaurants was founded in 1964 by two brothers, Forrest and Leroy Raffel. The name “Arby’s” is a homonym of “RB’s”, standing for “Raffel Brothers”.

94. One who drills, fills and bills: Abbr. : DDS
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

98. Directing a shell : COXING
The coxswain of a boat is one in charge, particularly of its steering and navigation. The name is shortened to "cox" particularly when used for the person steering and calling out the stroke in a competition rowing boat.

A scull is a boat used for competitive rowing. The main hull of the boat is often referred to as a shell. Crew members who row the boat can be referred to as “oars”.

99. Down Easter : MAINER
The coast of Maine is often referred to as “Down East” by the people of New England.

100. Rogue : PICARO
A picaroon, also known as a picaro, is a rogue, adventurer or perhaps a pirate.

101. The ___ Mets : AMAZIN’
The New York Mets baseball team was founded in 1962, a replacement for two teams that the city had lost, namely the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. For several years the Mets played very poorly, finishing no better than second-to-last in their division. Then of course along came the “Miracle Mets” (aka “Amazin’ Mets”) who beat the Baltimore Orioles in 1969 to claim the World Series in a huge upset.

103. Label for pans? : AWFUL
To pan something is to criticize it harshly.

104. House entered near the autumnal equinox : LIBRA
In the world of astrology, the horoscope is divided into twelve “houses”. These houses are the birth signs with which we are familiar.

108. Spanish hero whose 113-Down is represented enigmatically six times in this puzzle : EL CID
Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar was known as El Cid Campeador, which translates as "The Champion" or perhaps "The Lord, Master of Military Arts". El Cid was a soldier who fought under the rule of King Alfonso VI of Spain (among others). However, he was sent into exile by the King in 1080, after acting beyond his authorization in battle. El Cid then offered his services to his former foes, the Moorish kings, After a number of years building a reputation with the Moors, he was recalled from exile by Alfonso. By this time El Cid was very much his own man. Nominally under the orders of Alfonso, he led a combined army of Spanish and Moorish troops and took the city of Valencia on the Mediterranean coast, making it is headquarters and home. He died there, quite peacefully in 1099.

110. ___ Torres, four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist : DARA
Dara Torres is a US swimmer who has won twelve Olympic medals. Torres is also the only American swimmer to have competed in five Olympic Games, and is the oldest swimmer to have made it onto the Olympic team, at 41.

114. Colleen : LASS
“Cailín” is the Irish word for “girl”, and is usually anglicized as “Colleen”.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. It may be cut by an uppercut : CHIN
5. Drink cooler : ICE CUBE
12. Map feature : SCALE
17. Nurse : SIP
20. "From Here to Eternity" setting : OAHU
21. Stage-diving locale : MOSH PIT
22. More than willing : EAGER
23. For : PRO
24. Stoker of fear? : BRAM
25. Not flat or sharp : ON PITCH
26. Lay ___ : AN EGG
27. Politician with a like button? : IKE
28. Adorns : BEDECKS
30. Minnesota player, familiarly : VIKE
31. Microwaveable snack : HOT POCKET
33. Dress that drapes : SARI
34. Hall-of-___ : FAMER
35. Highly desirable to Uncle Sam? : ONE-A
36. Wine list heading : REDS
37. Competitor in some county fairs : HOG CALLER
40. Offer to buy unspecified stocks, say : BLIND BID
42. Lean meat source : EMU
44. Shortstop-turned-ESPN analyst Garciaparra : NOMAR
45. "Thanks a ___!" : MIL
46. Stylebook concern : USAGE
49. Area with XY coordinates? : MAN CAVE
51. Routine checkup : YEARLY PHYSICAL
57. Desire : ITCH
58. Stay inactive over the summer : ESTIVATE
60. Paris street : RUE
61. Vend : SELL
62. Moderator of the first Obama/McCain and Obama/Romney debates : LEHRER
64. Early Chinese dynasty : HSIA
65. Graph's x-coordinate : ABSCISSA
67. Statement after long deliberation : I'VE MADE A DECISION
72. Relayed : PASSED ON
75. Son of Aphrodite : EROS
76. Common pool or store posting : NO DOGS
80. Word with house or boy : FRAT
81. Type : ILK
82. "The Education of a Golfer" autobiographer : SAM SNEAD
85. What might give you a big head? : AFRO
86. Hollywood and Bollywood, e.g. : FILM INDUSTRIES
89. Material in the hats of Buckingham Palace guards : BEAR FUR
91. Byes : TATAS
92. Litter member : PUP
93. Do-nothing : IDLER
95. Grp. battling consumer fraud : BBB
96. 1980s video game spinoff : MS PAC-MAN
100. Drag staple : PADDED BRA
103. Et ___ : ALII
105. Surf sound : ROAR
106. Ones trapped in boxes of their own making? : MIMES
107. Connecticut Ivy : YALE
109. Southern grocery chain : WINN-DIXIE
111. Harry Potter mark : SCAR
112. Downloader's directive : INSTALL
115. Agents' org. : FBI
116. Black ___ : AS INK
117. Post-Weimar period : NAZI ERA
119. Terrace farming pioneers : INCA
120. Mantel piece : URN
121. "Walk Away ___" (1966 hit) : RENEE
122. "Absolutely Fabulous," e.g. : BRITCOM
123. "JAG" spinoff : NCIS
124. Fail to keep up : LAG
125. Beyond piqued : ANGRY
126. Allow to continue : CONDONE
127. H.S. proficiency exams : GEDS

Down
1. ___ salad : COBB
2. Proverbial speedsters : HARES
3. "That's what my Spidey sense told me" : I HAD A HUNCH
4. Quince, e.g. : NUMERO
5. Reassuring reply : I’M OK
6. Reasons to say no : CONS
7. Subj. of a thought experiment : ESP
8. Lament about modern men : CHIVALRY IS DEAD
9. When computers work : UPTIME
10. Trade cross words : BICKER
11. C4H10O : ETHER
12. European coastal plant once thought to be an aphrodisiac : SEA HOLLY
13. Pachelbel classic, familiarly : CANON IN D
14. When Tatum O'Neal won her Oscar : AGE TEN
15. Part of a hockey goalie's equipment : LEG PAD
16. "Cogito, ___ sum" : ERGO
17. Ray-finned fishes of the Southwest U.S. : SPIKED ACES
18. Ticked off : IRKED
19. Versifiers : POETS
29. Health care giant with a Tree of Life logo : CIGNA
32. Major African humanitarian concern of the 2000s : CRISIS IN DARFUR
34. Hollywood setting: Abbr. : FLA
38. Like the contents of many attics : COVERED IN DUST
39. Traitor Aldrich : AMES
40. Nastiness : BILE
41. Tour transport : BUS
42. Actor Jannings : EMIL
43. Chess ending : MATE
45. '80s TV star who later pitched Snickers : MR T
47. Some square dancers : GALS
48. "___ Enchanted" (2004 film) : ELLA
50. 1982 holiday country hit by Alabama : CHRISTMAS IN DIXIE
52. 1960s pop singer Sands : EVIE
53. Tiny battery : AAAA
54. Laud : PRAISE
55. LAX, O'Hare and others : HUBS
56. "Of course!" : YES INDEED!
59. Grammy-nominated 1998 hit for Alanis Morissette : THANK U
63. New Year's ___ : EVE
66. Bill's partner : COO
68. Jell-O maker : MOLD
69. Actress Moore : DEMI
70. Highland tongue : ERSE
71. "Right away, boss" : CONSIDER IT DONE
72. Kaput : PFFT
73. "Celeste Aida," for one : ARIA
74. Enterprise for Morton : SALT MINING
77. Bad way to be caught : OFF BALANCE
78. Eats : GRUB
79. Collect on the surface, in chemistry : SORB
82. Floor : STUN
83. Dadaism pioneer : ARP
84. Up to snuff : ABLE
87. AOL, e.g., for short : ISP
88. Item for a houseguest : SPARE KEY
90. Fast-food chain with the Ultimate Angus sandwich : ARBY'S
94. One who drills, fills and bills: Abbr. : DDS
97. Up : ARISEN
98. Directing a shell : COXING
99. Down Easter : MAINER
100. Rogue : PICARO
101. The ___ Mets : AMAZIN’
102. Half a star, maybe : RATING
103. Label for pans? : AWFUL
104. House entered near the autumnal equinox : LIBRA
106. "All In" network : MSNBC
108. Spanish hero whose 113-Down is represented enigmatically six times in this puzzle : EL CID
110. ___ Torres, four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist : DARA
112. Press : IRON
113. Moniker : NAME
114. Colleen : LASS
118. Green: Prefix : ECO-


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4 comments :

John Bitner said...

What are the six enigmatic references to the moniker "El CID"?

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, John.

I tried to explain that in the couple of lines that I wrote about the theme (under the grid), but looking back, I didn't do a great job. The EL (from EL CID) reference is to the EL-shape that each of the themed answers has in the grid, as each is in the down direction with a 90-degree turn to the right. The CID (from EL CID) reference is to the first letter in each of the themed answers, as in "Chivalry is dead", "Canon in D" etc.

Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

The "Down(-)right tricky" part, I get. The EL CID device is really, REALLY labored. While I appreciate the effort is must take to set a puzzle around such a device, is the groaner pun really worth the effort???? The puzzles are getting worse and worse in this regard....

AntNene said...

I guess I just don't have the brain that can decipher such an intricate puzzle. I agree with the earlier poster--don't like such involved gimmicks. But kudos to you, Bill, for figuring all that out!

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