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1001-14 New York Times Crossword Answers 1 Oct 14, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Elizabeth C. Gorski
THEME: Inside Dope … each of today’s themed answers includes DOPE a hidden word i.e. DOPE is INSIDE:
17A. Genre of Verdi's "Jérusalem" GRAND OPERA
24A. Guacamole base, in British lingo AVOCADO PEAR
36A. Used a crowbar on, say PRIED OPEN
53A. Robert Redford's "great" 1975 role WALDO PEPPER

61A. Lowdown ... or a hint to 17-, 24-, 36- and 53-Across INSIDE DOPE
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 7m 58s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0


Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. "Take ___" (1994 Madonna hit that was #1 for seven weeks) A BOW
“Take a Bow” was a hit in 1994 for Madonna, her second number one in the US.

5. Formal, maybe PROM
A prom is a formal dance held upon graduation from high school (we call them "formals" over in Ireland). The term "prom" is short for "promenade", the name given to a type of dance or ball.

13. St. Petersburg's river NEVA
The Neva is a very large river that spills into the Gulf of Finland at the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. The river forms an expansive delta as it reaches the Baltic Sea and the delta gives rise to numerous islands, with the number of islands further increased by a network of canals. The historic part of the city is built on these islands giving St. Petersburg a very Venetian feel. I had the privilege of visiting the city some years ago, and I can attest that it is indeed spectacular ...

14. "Peanuts" kid with a security blanket LINUS
In Charles Schulz's fabulous comic strip "Peanuts", Charlie Brown is friends with at least three members of the van Pelt family. Most famously there is Lucy van Pelt, who bosses everyone around, particularly Charlie. Then there is Linus, Lucy's younger brother, the character who always has his security blanket at hand. Lastly there is an even younger brother, Rerun van Pelt. Rerun is constantly hiding under his bed, trying to avoid going to school.

17. Genre of Verdi's "Jérusalem" GRAND OPERA
“Jérusalem” is a four-act grand opera by Giuseppe Verdi that premiered in 1847. “Jérusalem” is one only a few of Verdi’s works that had a French libretto.

21. "Fist of Fury" star, 1972 BRUCE LEE
Bruce Lee was born not far from here in San Francisco although he was raised in Hong Kong, returning to the US to attend college. Sadly, Bruce Lee died when he was only 32 years old, due to cerebral edema (a swelling of the brain) attributed to adverse reactions to the pain killing drug Equagesic.

23. Chapter 52, formally LII
LII is the number 52 written in Roman numerals.

24. Guacamole base, in British lingo AVOCADO PEAR
I guess what we would call simply an “avocado” in North America, a British person might refer to as an “avocado pear”.

The wonderful avocado comes from a tree that is native to Mexico and Central America. The avocado fruit is sometime called an avocado pear, because of its shape, even though it is not related to the pear at all. The fruit might also be referred to as an alligator pear, due to the roughness of the green skin of some avocado cultivars.

Guacamole is one of my favorite dishes, and is made by mashing avocados and perhaps adding the likes of tomato, onion and lime juice. The guacamole recipe dates back as early as the 16th century, to the time of the Aztecs. “Guacamole” translates as “avocado sauce”.

29. Yang's go-with YIN
The yin and the yang can be explained using many different metaphors. In one, as the sun shines on a mountain, the side in the shade is the yin and the side in the light is the yang. The yin is also regarded as the feminine side, and the yang the masculine. The yin can also be associated with the moon, while the yang is associated with the sun.

30. Cause of a blowup? TNT
TNT is an abbreviation for trinitrotoluene. Trinitrotoluene was first produced in 1863 by the German chemist Joseph Wilbrand, who developed it for use as a yellow dye. TNT is relatively difficult to detonate so it was on the market as a dye for some years before its more explosive properties were discovered.

31. Cannes showing CINE
“Cinéma” is the French for “cinema”, and is often shortened to "ciné".

Cannes is a city on the French Riviera, noted as host of the Cannes Film Festival. The idea of the annual film festival was adopted by the city just before WWII. However, the festival had to wait for the end of the war for its launch in 1946.

36. Used a crowbar on, say PRIED OPEN
A crowbar is a wonderful tool, one that can be used to pry open things, and to remove nails. The claw at one or both ends of the tool aids in that nail removal, and it is likely this “claw” was said to resemble that of a crow, giving us the name “crowbar”. Back in Elizabethan times. the same tool was called an “iron crow”. There’s a line in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” that reads “Get me an iron crow and bring it straight/Unto my cell.”

40. ___ facto IPSO
“Ipso facto” is Latin, meaning "by the fact itself". Ipso facto describes something that is a direct consequence of particular act, as opposed to something that is the result of some subsequent event. For example, my father was born in Dublin and was an Irish citizen ipso facto. My son was born in California and is an Irish citizen by virtue of being the son of an Irish citizen ("not" ipso facto).

42. Crime lab sample DNA
I've always been fascinated by the fact that the DNA of living things is so very similar across different species. Human DNA is almost exactly the same for every individual (to the degree of 99.9%). However, those small differences are sufficient to distinguish one individual from another, and to determine whether or not individuals are close family relations.

47. Spanish she-bear OSA
In Spanish, "osa" is a female bear, and "oso" is a male.

53. Robert Redford's "great" 1975 role WALDO PEPPER
“The Great Waldo Pepper” is a 1975 movie about a WWI pilot who missed out on combat and who has a post-war career barnstorming. Robert Redford plays the title role. I hear that aviation enthusiasts love this movie …

58. Palliates EASES
To “palliate” is to relieve the symptoms of a disease or disorder, without effecting any form of a cure. “Palliate” comes from the Latin “palliatus” meaning “cloaked”.

66. Violinist Leopold AUER
Leopold Auer was a Hungarian violinist, as well as a conductor and composer. Auer wrote a small number of works for the violin, the most famous of which is the "Rhapsodie Hongroise" written for violin and piano.

69. Appalachians, e.g.: Abbr. MTNS
The Appalachian Mountains in eastern North America were once as tall as the Alps and the Rockies, before submitting to eons of erosion.

Down
2. "Apollo and Daphne" sculptor BERNINI
Gian Lorenzo Bernini was an Italian artist, generally regarded as the successor to Michelangelo.

“Apollo and Daphne" is a life-sized sculpture by Italian artist Bernini that can be seen in the Galleria Borghese in Rome.

5. Gaza grp. PLO
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was founded in 1964. The PLO’s early stated goal was the liberation of Palestine, with Palestine defined as the geographic entity that existed under the terms of the British Mandate granted by the League of Nations back in 1923. The PLO was granted observer status (i.e. no voting rights) at the United Nations in 1974.

After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the boundaries of the strip of land on the Mediterranean around Gaza were fixed in the Israel-Egypt Armistice Agreement. The boundaries were specifically defined but were not to be recognized as an international border. From 1948, the Gaza Strip was occupied and administered by Egypt, until 1967 when Israel took over occupation following the Six-Day War. In 1993, Israel and the PLO signed the Oslo Accords which handed over administration to the Palestinian Authority, but with Israel retaining control of the Gaza Strip's airspace, some land borders and its territorial waters. The intent was to further this agreement, but discussions between the parties broke down. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.

6. Engraved letters? RIP
Rest in peace (RIP)

7. End of an ancient period ONE BC
The designations Anno Domini (AD, "year of Our Lord") and Before Christ (BC) are found in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The dividing point between AD and BC is the year of the conception of Jesus, with AD 1 following 1 BC without a year "0" in between. The AD/BC scheme dates back to AD 525, and gained wide acceptance soon after AD 800. Nowadays a modified version has become popular, with CE (Common/Christian Era) used to replace AD, and BCE (Before the Common/Christian Era) used to replace BC.

8. Lexicographer James who was the O.E.D.'s first editor MURRAY
Scotsman James Murray was the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), filling that role from 1879 until his death in 1915. However, Murray never saw his work completed as the anticipated ten-year project actually took 50 years to complete.

9. ___ throat STREP
Streptococcus bacteria multiply and divide along a single axis so that they form linked chains. That behavior gives the genus of bacteria its name, as “streptos” is Greek for “easily twisted, like a chain”. I had a battle with streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) not too long ago and it was not at all pleasant, I must say. Another species of streptococcus is responsible for that terrible “flesh-eating” infection that makes the news from time to time.

12. Much of Arabia DESERT
The Arabian Peninsula (also “Arabia”) is part of Western Asia that is located just north-east of Africa. The peninsula is bordered to the west by the Red Sea, to the northeast by the Persian Gulf, and to the southeast by the Indian Ocean. Most of the Arabian Peninsula is taken up by Saudi Arabia, but also included are Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen.

15. ___ Arabia SAUDI
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab country in the Middle East and is the world's largest oil producer, home to the world's largest oil reserves. The Saudi dynasty started in central Arabia in 1744 when the secular leader Muhammad ibn Saud joined forces with the Islamic scholar and Imam, Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab. At the time, Saud was a ruler of a town near Riyadh and he was determined to bring "true" Islam to the Arabian peninsula. Since 1744 the fortunes of the Saudi family have risen and fallen, but it is that same family who rules what we know today as Saudi Arabia.

22. Publisher Nast CONDE
Condé Nast has a very large portfolio of publications, including "Vogue", "GQ", "House and Garden", "Golf Digest", "Wired", "Vanity Fair" and "The New Yorker".

25. End of a famous boast VICI
The oft-quoted statement "Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came, I saw, I conquered") is believed by many to have been written by Julius Caesar. The words date back to 47 BC and refer to the short war between Rome and Pharnaces II of Pontus.

26. Platte Valley native OTOE
The Otoe (also Oto) Native American tribe originated in the Great Lakes region as part of the Winnebago or Siouan tribes. The group that would become the Otoe broke away from the Winnebago and migrated southwestwards ending up in the Great Plains. In the plains the Otoe adopted a semi-nomadic lifestyle dependent on the horse, with the American bison becoming central to their diet.

The Platte River used to be called the Nebrakier, which is an Oto word meaning "flat river". Indeed, the state of Nebraska takes its name from “Nebrakier”. For a while it was also called the River Plate as "plate" is the French word "flat". Later this became "Platte", the phonetic spelling of the French "plate".

35. Golden rule preposition UNTO
The Golden Rule is also known as the ethic of reciprocity, and is a basis for the concept of human rights. A version of the rule used in the Christian tradition is attributed to Jesus: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

38. "Movin' ___" ON UP
"Movin' On Up" is the theme song for “The Jeffersons” sitcom that was first broadcast in the seventies and eighties.

The very popular sitcom called “The Jeffersons” ran from 1975 until it came to an abrupt end in 1985. CBS cancelled the show without even allowing a series finale that “wrapped things up”. In fact the lead actor, Sherman Hemsley, first learned of the show’s cancellation in the newspaper.

41. Soap ingredient PALM OIL
Soap is basically made by adding a strong alkali (like lye) to a fat (like olive oil or palm oil). The fats break down in the basic solution in a process called saponification. The crude soap is extracted from the mixture, washed, purified and finished in molds.

46. "Star Trek" weapons PHASERS
A MASER is a device that was around long before LASERs came into the public consciousness. A MASER (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is similar to a LASER, but microwaves are emitted rather than light waves. When the storyline for "Star Trek" was being developed, the writers introduced a weapon called a "phaser", with the name "phaser" derived from PHoton mASER.

49. Shower time APRIL
The phenomenon of “April Showers” really applies to the UK and Ireland. Increased occurrence of rain during April is largely due to an annual change in the position of the jet stream.

50. Many a Taylor Swift fan TEENER
Singer Taylor Swift had one of her first gigs at the US Open tennis tournament when she was in her early teens. There she sang the national anthem and received a lot of favorable attention for the performance.

52. Tribe of the Canadian Plains CREE
The Cree are one of the largest groups of Native Americans on the continent. In the US most of the Cree nation live in Montana on a reservation shared with the Ojibwe people. In Canada most of the Cree live in Manitoba.

54. What a big mouth might have DELTA
Some rivers deposit a lot of silt at the river’s mouth, where it empties into a sea or ocean. That deposit of silt makes the river more shallow, and so the volume of water spreads out laterally, into a triangular or delta-shape.

55. Basil-flavored sauce PESTO
The term “pesto” applies to anything made by pounding. What we tend to know as “pesto” sauce is more properly called “pesto alla genovese”, pesto from Genoa in northern Italy.

59. Singer Lambert ADAM
Adam Lambert is one of the "successes" to come out of the "American Idol" machine.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. "Take ___" (1994 Madonna hit that was #1 for seven weeks) A BOW
5. Formal, maybe PROM
9. Formal wear accouterment STUD
13. St. Petersburg's river NEVA
14. "Peanuts" kid with a security blanket LINUS
16. Build muscles, with "up" TONE
17. Genre of Verdi's "Jérusalem" GRAND OPERA
19. Lens holders RIMS
20. "Come in!" ENTER
21. "Fist of Fury" star, 1972 BRUCE LEE
23. Chapter 52, formally LII
24. Guacamole base, in British lingo AVOCADO PEAR
27. Making the rounds? IN ORBIT
29. Yang's go-with YIN
30. Cause of a blowup? TNT
31. Cannes showing CINE
32. Sound from a window ledge COO
34. Do some housekeeping DUST
36. Used a crowbar on, say PRIED OPEN
40. ___ facto IPSO
42. Crime lab sample DNA
43. Amt. of cooking oil, maybe TBSP
47. Spanish she-bear OSA
48. Face the pitcher BAT
51. Boorish UNCOUTH
53. Robert Redford's "great" 1975 role WALDO PEPPER
56. Vote for YEA
57. Where you might pick fruit while it's still green LIME TREE
58. Palliates EASES
60. Something false in the Bible? IDOL
61. Lowdown ... or a hint to 17-, 24-, 36- and 53-Across INSIDE DOPE
64. Tizzy SNIT
65. "Please, I can do it" LET ME
66. Violinist Leopold AUER
67. "Hey, José!" HOLA!
68. Tire swing part ROPE
69. Appalachians, e.g.: Abbr. MTNS

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1. Good-looking? ANGELIC
2. "Apollo and Daphne" sculptor BERNINI
3. Warm response from a crowd OVATION
4. Decline WANE
5. Gaza grp. PLO
6. Engraved letters? RIP
7. End of an ancient period ONE BC
8. Lexicographer James who was the O.E.D.'s first editor MURRAY
9. ___ throat STREP
10. Facilities TOILETS
11. Accidental UNMEANT
12. Much of Arabia DESERT
15. ___ Arabia SAUDI
18. In need of some color DRAB
22. Publisher Nast CONDE
25. End of a famous boast VICI
26. Platte Valley native OTOE
28. Workout count REPS
33. Screwy ODD
35. Golden rule preposition UNTO
37. Bomb squad member ROBOT
38. "Movin' ___" ON UP
39. Glazier's unit PANE
40. Words before "... and that's final!" I SAID NO ...
41. Soap ingredient PALM OIL
44. Takes over the assets of, as a partner BUYS OUT
45. Make more inclined STEEPEN
46. "Star Trek" weapons PHASERS
47. Studious-looking OWLISH
49. Shower time APRIL
50. Many a Taylor Swift fan TEENER
52. Tribe of the Canadian Plains CREE
54. What a big mouth might have DELTA
55. Basil-flavored sauce PESTO
59. Singer Lambert ADAM
62. Little handful IMP
63. Syllable repeated after "fiddle" DEE


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CROSSWORD SETTER: Kyle T. Dolan
THEME: Showcase Showdown … today’s themed answers refer to the long-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT. The circled letters in the grid spell SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN, when read in a clockwise direction:
18A. Modern host of 35-Across DREW CAREY
35A. Long-running game show with a feature spelled out clockwise by this puzzle's circled letters THE PRICE IS RIGHT
53A. Longtime host of 35-Across BOB BARKER
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 8m 16s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0


Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. Friend of Gandalf BILBO
Bilbo Baggins is the main character in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel "The Hobbit", and a supporting character his "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Gandalf is an important character in the J. R. R. Tolkien novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He is a wizard known as Gandalf the Grey during his life, and as Gandalf the White after he returns from the dead.

15. ___ Chemical (Fortune 500 company) DOW
Dow Chemical Company was founded back in 1897 by a chemist called Herbert Henry Dow, and initially manufactured and sold bleach and potassium bromide. Dow is now the second-largest chemical manufacturer in the world according to revenue, second only to the German company BASF.

16. NATO alphabet letter between Alfa and Charlie BRAVO
The NATO phonetic alphabet is also called the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) phonetic alphabet. It goes Alfa, Bravo, Charlie … Zulu.

17. Mars explorer ROVER
NASA’s Curiosity rover is the fourth in a series of unmanned surface rovers that NASA has sent to Mars. Previous rovers are the Sojourner rover (1997), Spirit rover (2004-2010) and Opportunity rover (2004-present). Curiosity rover was launched in November of 2011, and landed on Mars in August 2012 after having travelled 350 million miles. After that long journey, Curiosity landed just 1½ miles from its targeted touchdown spot.

18. Modern host of 35-Across DREW CAREY
Drew Carey always strikes me as a stand-up guy who does stand-up comedy. Before turning to comedy, Carey served six years with the US Marine Corps.

21. Aplomb POISE
“Aplomb” is such a lovely word, meaning confidence and assurance. It is a French word that literally means "perpendicularity", or "on the plumb line". The idea is that someone with aplomb is poised, upright, balanced.

22. "Peter Pan" dog NANA
In J.M. Barrie’s play and novel about Peter Pan, Peter takes takes the Wendy Darling and her two brothers on adventures on the island of Neverland. Back in the real world, the Darling children are taken care of by a nanny, a Newfoundland dog called Nana. It is Nana who takes Peter Pan’s shadow away from him as he tries to escape from the Darling house one night.

23. Proctor's command BEGIN
A "proctor" is a supervisor, especially of an examination in a school, or perhaps of a dormitory. The word "proctor" originated in the late 1500s, a contraction of the word "procurator", the name given to an official agent of a church.

27. King with a golden touch MIDAS
King Midas of Greek mythology might be termed an alchemist as he had the power to turn everything he touched into gold i.e. the Midas touch. Of course the power that he was given became be a curse, as everything he touched turned to gold, including his food and drink, and even his children.

30. Air Force One occupant, acronymically POTUS
President of the United States (POTUS)

We usually use the term “Air Force One” for the purpose-built military aircraft that transports the president, although any plane can use the call sign, provided the president is aboard. There was an incident in 1953 which a flight carrying President Eisenhower (flight no. Air Force 8610) flew close to commercial airliner (flight no. Eastern 8610). In order to avoid confusion of flight numbers in the future, the special callsign “Air Force One” was created.

32. Ad Council output, for short PSA
Public service announcement (PSA)

35. Long-running game show with a feature spelled out clockwise by this puzzle's circled letters THE PRICE IS RIGHT
“The Price is Right” is a television game show that first aired way back in 1956!

38. Dummkopf ASS
"Dummkopf" is a German word that translates literally as "dumb head".

39. Its chips aren't for eating INTEL
Intel is the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor chips. The company was founded in 1968, and the name “Intel” is a derived from the term "int(egrated) el(ectronics)". Recognition of the Intel brand has been greatly helped by the success of the “Intel Inside” campaign that started back in 1991.

40. Device read with a laser CD-ROM
CD-ROM stands for "compact disc read only memory". The name indicates that you can read information from the disc (like a standard music CD for example), but you cannot write to it. You can also buy a CD-RW, which stands for "compact disc - rewritable", with which you can read data and also write over it multiple times using a suitable CD drive.

41. How some home videos are stored ON DVD
The abbreviation “DVD” doesn’t actually stand for anything these days, although it originally was short for Digital Video Disk. The use of the word "video" was dropped as DVDs are no longer limited to storing video content.

43. ___ Madness (Snapple flavor) MANGO
Originally “Snapple” was name of just one type of juice made by a company called Unadulterated Food Products. The drink’s name was a contraction of “snappy apple”. The company’s name was changed to the Snapple Beverage Corporation in the early 1980s. Snapple was sold in 1994, and is now a brand name owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

53. Longtime host of 35-Across BOB BARKER
Bob Barker is a retired TV host of game shows, most famous for hosting “The Price Is Right” for 35 years from 1972 to 2007. He retired when he was 83½ years old, having secured the record as the oldest man ever to host a regularly scheduled TV game show. Barker is a celebrated animal rights activist, after becoming a vegetarian in 1979.

55. Sal of "Exodus" MINEO
The actor Sal Mineo's most famous role was John "Plato" Crawford, the kid who was in awe of the James Dean character in "Rebel Without a Cause". Sadly, Mineo was murdered in 1976 when he was just 37 years old. He was attacked in the alley behind his Los Angeles apartment and stabbed through the heart. When an arrest was made it was discovered that the murderer had no idea that his victim was a celebrity, and that his plan was just to rob anyone who came along.

"Exodus" is a wonderful novel written by American writer Leon Uris, first published in 1947. The hero of the piece is Ari Ben Canaan, played by Paul Newman in the 1960 film adaptation directed by Otto Preminger.

56. "O, I am ___!" (Polonius's last words) SLAIN
In Shakespeare's "Hamlet", Polonius is an important character eventually killed by Hamlet, albeit in a case of mistaken identity. Polonius has two memorable lines in the play that are oft-quoted today. "To thine own self be true", and "Neither a borrower nor a lender be".

57. ___ fly (R.B.I. producer) SAC
A sac(rifice) fly, in baseball.

58. ___ Marbles (British Museum display) ELGIN
A frieze is an architectural feature found in many Roman and Greek buildings. Inside a room, frieze is the name given to the upper part of the wall, between the picture rail and the crown molding. Outside of a room, the term frieze is the name given to any extended decoration that is positioned above eye level. Perhaps the most famous frieze comes from the Parthenon in Athens. Over a third of this highly decorated feature was removed from Athens and taken to London in the early 1800s by the Earl of Elgin, where they remain on display in the British Museum. These famous "Elgin Marbles" are subject of much controversy as the legality of the removal is in dispute.

60. Flamenco shout OLE!
Flamenco is a style of Spanish music and dance. The origin of the word "flamenco" isn't clearly understood, but the explanation that seems most credible to me is that it comes from Flanders in Northern Europe. Given that "flamenco" is the Spanish word for "Flemish" and Flanders is home to the Flemish people it makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

Down
2. Winner of a popular TV talent show IDOL
"American Idol" is a spin-off show that was created after the amazing success of the British television show "Pop Idol". I can't abide either program(me) ...

5. Anthem preposition O’ER
The words "o'er the ramparts we watched" come from "The Star Spangled Banner" written by Francis Scott Key.

The lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner” were written first as a poem by Francis Scott Key, inspired by the bombarding by the British of the American forces at Fort McHenry that he witnessed during the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814. The words were then set to the tune of a popular British drinking song penned by John Stafford Smith called "The Anacreontic Song", with the Anacreontic Society being a men's club in London.

9. Jimmy Fallon's home NBC
Jimmy Fallon was a cast member for a number of years on “Saturday Night Live” before getting his own talk show in 2009, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. Fallon is in the news right now as he is about to take over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno.

10. Planet with 27 moons URANUS
All of the twenty-seven moons of the planet Uranus are named for characters from literature, characters created by William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. The five major moons are so large that they would be considered planets in their own right if they were orbiting the sun directly. The names of these five moons are:
- Miranda (from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”)
- Ariel (from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock”)
- Umbriel (from Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock”)
- Titania (from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”)
- Oberon (from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”)

11. One of 14 in a gold chain KARAT
A karat (also “carat”, the spelling outside of North America) is a measure of the purity of gold alloys, with 24-karat representing pure gold.

12. 18 of 38 roulette numbers EVENS
The name "roulette" means "little wheel" in French, and the game as we know it today did in fact originate in Paris, in 1796. A roulette wheel bears the numbers 1-36. A French entrepreneur called François Blanc introduced the number “0” on the wheel, to give the house an extra advantage. Legend has it that Blanc made a deal with the devil in order to unearth the secrets of roulette. The legend is supported by the fact that the numbers 1 through 36 add up to a total of “666”, which is the “Number of the Beast”. Spooky ...

13. ___ bean SOYA
What are known as soybeans here in the US are called “soya beans” in most other English-speaking countries. So, I drink soy milk here in America, but when I am over in Ireland I drink "soya milk".

21. Rho preceders PIS
Rho and pi are Greek letters.

26. Fraternity party detritus BEER CAN
“Detritus” is the loose material that results from the process of erosion. The usage of the term has evolved to man any accumulated material or debris. “Detritus” is Latin for “a wearing away”.

27. Mineralogist for whom a scale is named MOHS
The Mohs scale of mineral hardness was developed in 1812 by Friedrich Mohs. Basically Mohs took minerals and scratched them with other minerals. In this way he was able to determine which minerals were hardest (most scratch resistant) and which softest.

29. Seed coat ARIL
The casing surrounding many seeds is called the aril, and it may be quite fleshy. This fruit-like characteristic makes it desirable as a food and aids in the dispersion of the seeds.

30. Bake sale grp., perhaps PTA
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

31. Canadian comedy show of the 1970s-'80s SCTV
“Second City Television” (SCTV) is a sketch show that was produced in Canada from 1976 to 1984.

37. Original name for J.F.K. Airport IDLEWILD
The Idlewild Golf Course was taken over by the city of New York in 1943 and construction started on a new airport to serve the metropolis and relieve congestion at La Guardia. The Idlewild name still persists, even though the airport was named after Major General Alexander E. Anderson from the first days of the project. When the facility started operating in 1948 it was known as New York International Airport, Anderson Field. It was renamed to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in 1963, one month after the President was assassinated.

42. Parisian possessive SES
“Ses” is the French word for “his”, “her” or “its”, when referring to a group of items.

43. Dinero MOOLA
Lettuce, cabbage, kale, dinero, dough and moola (also moolah) are all slang terms for money.

44. Palestinian leader Mahmoud ___ ABBAS
Mahmoud Abbas took over as Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 2004 after the death of Yasser Arafat. Abbas is also the President of the Palestinian National Authority, equivalent to "head of state".

45. Canonical hour before sext TERCE
In the Roman Catholic tradition, there is an official set of daily prayers known as the Liturgy of the Hours. The traditional list of prayers is:
- Matins (during the night, or at midnight)
- Lauds or Dawn Prayer (Dawn, or 3 a.m.)
- Prime or Early Morning Prayer (First Hour, or 6 a.m.)
- Terce or Mid-Morning Prayer (Third Hour, or 9 a.m.)
- Sext or Midday Prayer (Sixth Hour, or 12 noon)
- None or Mid-Afternoon Prayer (Ninth Hour, or 3 p.m.)
- Vespers or Evening Prayer ("at the lighting of the lamps", or 6 p.m.)
- Compline or Night Prayer (before retiring, generally at 9 p.m.)

51. Luke Skywalker's twin LEIA
Princess Leia is Luke Skywalker’s twin sister in the original "Star Wars" trilogy and was played by Carrie Fisher. Carrie Fisher has stated that she hated the famous "cinnamon bun hairstyle" that she had to wear in the films, as she felt it made her face look too round. She also had to to sit for two hours every day just to get her hair styled. Two hours to get your hair done? It takes me just two seconds ...

52. Broadway honor TONY
The full name for the Tony Award is the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre. Antoinette Perry was an American actress and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, one of the organizations that selects the award recipients.

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1. Friend of Gandalf BILBO
6. Put ___ disadvantage AT A
9. Microwaves, informally NUKES
14. Like a whole lot ADORE
15. ___ Chemical (Fortune 500 company) DOW
16. NATO alphabet letter between Alfa and Charlie BRAVO
17. Mars explorer ROVER
18. Modern host of 35-Across DREW CAREY
20. Erupted BLEW
21. Aplomb POISE
22. "Peter Pan" dog NANA
23. Proctor's command BEGIN
25. Touches ABUTS
27. King with a golden touch MIDAS
28. Reliever's stat SAVES
30. Air Force One occupant, acronymically POTUS
31. Shopping ___ SPREE
32. Ad Council output, for short PSA
35. Long-running game show with a feature spelled out clockwise by this puzzle's circled letters THE PRICE IS RIGHT
38. Dummkopf ASS
39. Its chips aren't for eating INTEL
40. Device read with a laser CD-ROM
41. How some home videos are stored ON DVD
42. Food that gets tossed? SALAD
43. ___ Madness (Snapple flavor) MANGO
45. Principle TENET
46. Father-___ TO-BE
47. Exudes OOZES
50. Crumble under pressure WILT
53. Longtime host of 35-Across BOB BARKER
55. Sal of "Exodus" MINEO
56. "O, I am ___!" (Polonius's last words) SLAIN
57. ___ fly (R.B.I. producer) SAC
58. ___ Marbles (British Museum display) ELGIN
59. Unhealthily pale-skinned PASTY
60. Flamenco shout OLE!
61. "In my opinion ..." I'D SAY ...

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1. Zinger BARB
2. Winner of a popular TV talent show IDOL
3. Red marks of affection LOVE BITES
4. Fomented, as trouble BREWED UP
5. Anthem preposition O’ER
6. Append ADD ON
7. Doughnut shapes TORI
8. Leaves slack-jawed AWES
9. Jimmy Fallon's home NBC
10. Planet with 27 moons URANUS
11. One of 14 in a gold chain KARAT
12. 18 of 38 roulette numbers EVENS
13. ___ bean SOYA
19. Drives recklessly WEAVES
21. Rho preceders PIS
24. Blue circle on a range GAS RING
26. Fraternity party detritus BEER CAN
27. Mineralogist for whom a scale is named MOHS
28. Drive recklessly, maybe SPEED
29. Seed coat ARIL
30. Bake sale grp., perhaps PTA
31. Canadian comedy show of the 1970s-'80s SCTV
32. They may be given for rude humor PG RATINGS
33. Like many horses' feet SHOD
34. Banking convenience, for short ATM
36. Like many rainy-day activities INDOOR
37. Original name for J.F.K. Airport IDLEWILD
41. At all ONE BIT
42. Parisian possessive SES
43. Dinero MOOLA
44. Palestinian leader Mahmoud ___ ABBAS
45. Canonical hour before sext TERCE
46. Recipe amt. TBSP
48. "Your point being ...?" OK, SO ...
49. Enthusiasm ZEAL
51. Luke Skywalker's twin LEIA
52. Broadway honor TONY
54. "___ questions?" ANY
55. "Don't tell ___ can't!" ME I


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0929-14 New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Sep 14, Monday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Eric Sydney Phillips
THEME: Local Success Story … today’s themed answers all refer to a local success story:
18A. Words to a local success story I KNEW YOU WHEN ...
24A. What a local success story achieves CELEBRITY
39A. What a local success story comes from HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
49A. What a local success story does MAKES GOOD
60A. Local success story HOMETOWN HERO
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4. Shocked ... SHOCKED! AGHAST
Our word “aghast, meaning “shocked”, comes from a Middle English word for “frightened”. Ultimately, the term derives from “gaest” meaning “spirit, ghost”.

14. Sun. talk SER
Some people listen to a sermon (ser.) on a Sunday (Sun.).

16. Actor/stand-up comic Foxx JAMIE
Jamie Foxx is the professional name used by Eric Marlon Bishop, an actor from Terrell, Texas. Foxx is a very versatile entertainer. He is an Oscar-winning actor (for playing the title role in "Ray"), and a Grammy Award winning musician. He is also a stand-up comedian and a talk-radio host.

22. Org. on a toothpaste tube ADA
American Dental Association (ADA)

29. Salinger girl ESME
J. D. Salinger wrote a short story called "For Esme - with Love and Squalor", originally published in "The New Yorker" in 1950. It is a story about a young English girl called Esme and an American soldier, and is set in WWII.

34. Longtime Pittsburgh product STEEL
Pittsburgh was the world capital of steel production for many years, largely due to the surrounding geography. The area around the city had large deposits of iron, as well as ample forests that provided the charcoal used in smelting. As the supply of wood diminished, local supplies of coal fueled the blast furnaces. Entrepreneurs took full advantage of the local conditions. Henry Bessemer developed the Bessemer process that produced steel, and soon the area’s iron industry converted to steel production. And the demand for steel was high, as the nation started to build a huge railroad network.

42. Website with a "Buy It Now" button EBAY
eBay is an auction site with a twist. If you don't want to enter into an auction to purchase an item, there's a "Buy It Now" price. Agree to pay it, and the item is yours!

44. Cookies that can be twisted apart OREOS
How the Oreo cookie came to get its name seems to have been lost in the mists of time. One theory is that it comes from the French “or” meaning “gold”, a reference to the gold color of the original packing. Another suggestion is that the name is the Greek word “oreo” meaning “beautiful, nice, well-done”.

45. Zero-star review PAN
To pan something is to criticize it harshly.

47. Pacific island "where America's day begins" GUAM
Guam is a US territory in the western Pacific Ocean, the largest of the Mariana Islands. Guam is also the first territory in the United States to see the sun rise on any particular day. As such, the territory has adopted the motto, "Where America's day begins". During WWII, the US territory of Guam was occupied by the Japanese for 31 months until it was liberated in the Battle of Guam in July 1944. Of the 18,000 Japanese men holding the island, only 485 surrendered, so almost all perished in the invasion. One Japanese sergeant hid out on the island for an incredible 28 years, finally surrendering in 1972!

48. Sign of a sellout SRO
Standing room only (SRO)

59. Automaker Ferrari ENZO
Enzo Ferrari was an Italian race car driver, and founder of the Ferrari car manufacturing company. Ferrari died in 1988, and in 2003 the company named the Enzo Ferrari model after its founder.

65. Hit 2002 film with talking sloths ICE AGE
“Ice Age” is a 2002 animated film that has spawned a whole series of movies: “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006), “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009) and “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012).

66. Charlemagne's domain: Abbr. HRE
The Holy Roman Empire (HRE) existed from 962 to 1806 AD and was a territory of varying size over the centuries that centered on the Kingdom of Germany. The HRE was a successor to the western half of the Ancient Roman Empire.

Pepin the Short (aka Pepin the Younger, Pepin III) was Duke of the Franks from 751 to 768. Pepin expanded the Frankish Empire and then law dictated that he had to leave the Empire divided between his two sons, Carloman I and Charlemagne. Carloman I was given lands that were centered around Paris, and Charlemagne was given lands that completely surrounded his brothers territory. So it fell to Charlemagne to defend and extend the borders of the empire. It is because of this division of power that it's Charlemagne who we read about today, not Carloman I. It was Emperor Charlemagne who in effect founded the Holy Roman Empire.

67. 1/4 bushel PECK
A peck is a unit of dry volume, equivalent to two gallons. Four pecks then make up a bushel.

Down
1. Rachel Maddow's channel MSNBC
You used to be able to listen to "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Air America Radio before the radio station went bust. Now you can see Maddow on a TV show with the same name, every night on MSNBC. She is the first openly gay anchor to host a prime-time news program in the US.

2. Norman Vincent ___, author of "The Power of Positive Thinking" PEALE
Norman Vincent Peale was the author of the bestseller "The Power of Positive Thinking". Peale was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1922 and converted to the Reformed Church of America in 1932. He served as the pastor Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for 52 years.

3. Nixon White House chief of staff HR HALDEMAN
H. R. Haldeman served as White House Chief of Staff to President Richard Nixon. Haldeman became embroiled in the Watergate scandal, which led to him resigning from government. Haldeman was later found guilty of several charges related to the Watergate cover-up and served 18 months in prison.

4. Foreman opponent ALI
George Foreman is a former World Heavyweight Champion boxer and Olympic gold medalist. Famously, Foreman lost his title to Muhammad Ali in the 1974 title fight that was billed as “the Rumble in the Jungle”. Foreman is also known for promoting the George Foreman Grill, and for naming all five of his sons “George”.

6. Delhi language HINDI
The Union Government of the Republic of India has two official languages: Hindi and English.

New Delhi is the capital city of India. New Delhi resides within the National Capital Territory of Delhi (otherwise known as the metropolis of Delhi). New Delhi and Delhi, therefore, are two different things.

9. "___ Little Tenderness" (1960s hit) TRY A
The love song "Try a Little Tenderness" was first released in 1932 by the Ray Noble Orchestra, and has since been covered countless times. The most famous version is probably by Otis Redding from 1966. My personal favorite performance is in the Irish movie "The Commitments". That movie is a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary Irish culture, in my humble opinion that is ...

11. Start of a web address? IMHO
In my humble opinion (IMHO)

12. Actress Jessica BIEL
Jessica Biel is an actress who was known by television audiences Mary Camden on “7th Heaven”. Biel's first film role was playing Peter Fonda’s granddaughter in “Ulee’s Gold”. Biel’s husband is singer and actor Justin Timberlake.

16. Andrews of "Mary Poppins" JULIE
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.

The “Mary Poppins” series of children’s novels was written by Australian-born English writer and actress P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins is a magical children’s nanny with a best friend called Bert. In the famous musical film adaptation of the Mary Poppins stories, Poppins is played by Julie Andrews and Bert is played Dick Van Dyke.

19. Geezers OLD MEN
Geezer and codger are two not-so-nice terms for an old man.

25. Event attended by Cinderella BALL
The folk tale about “Cinderella” was first published by French author Charles Perrault in 1697. The storyline of the tale may date back as far as the days of Ancient Greece. A common alternative title to the story is “The Little Glass Slipper”.

26. Safecrackers YEGGS
“Yegg” is a slang word for a burglar and often for a safe-cracker. The origin of the term appears to be unknown.

32. 2012 Best Picture with Ben Affleck ARGO
“Argo” is a 2012 movie that is based on the true story of the rescue of six diplomats hiding out during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The film was directed by and stars Ben Affleck and is produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney, the same pair who produced the excellent “Good Night, and Good Luck”. I saw “Argo” recently and recommend it highly, although I found the scenes of religious fervor pretty frightening …

33. Mrs. Truman BESS
Harry and Bess Truman met when they were very young children, at Sunday school. They were friends right through high school and became engaged in 1918 just before Harry went off to France during WWI, marrying the next year. Bess Truman never really took to the Washington scene when she became First Lady and stayed out of the limelight as much as she could. Perhaps that contributed to her longevity. Mrs. Truman lived to the age of 97, making her the longest living First Lady in US history.

35. Big instrument in a marching band TUBA
The tuba is the lowest pitched of all the brass instruments, and one of the most recent additions to the modern symphony orchestra (usually there is just one tuba included in an orchestral line-up). "Tuba" is the Latin word for "trumpet, horn". Oom-pah-pah ...

36. Brother of Cain ABEL
According to the Bible, Adam and Eve had several children, although only the first three are mentioned by name: Cain, Abel and Seth.

38. Vision of a distant oasis, maybe MIRAGE
A mirage occurs when light rays are bent by passing say from cold air to warmer air. The most often cited mirage is a “lake” seen in a desert, which is actually the blue of the sky and not water at all. The word “mirage” comes to us via French from the Latin “mirare” meaning “to look at in wonder”. “Mirage” has the same root as our words “admire” and “mirror”.

40. Six Flags coaster whose name is Spanish for "The Bull" EL TORO
The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is an operator of amusement parks that is headquartered in Grand Prairie, Texas. Six Flags owns more amusement parks than any other company in the world. The first of these properties to open was Six Flags Over Texas. The park’s name was chosen as a homage to the flags of the six nations that have governed Texas, namely Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America.

41. Entre ___ NOUS
"Entre nous" is French for "between us".

47. First name of three U.S. presidents GEORGE
There have been three US presidents named George:
- George Washington
- George H. W. Bush
- George W. Bush

52. Arkansas's ___ Mountains OZARK
The Ozark Mountains aren't really mountains geographically speaking, and the Ozarks are better described by the alternate name, the Ozark Plateau. It's not really certain how the Ozarks got their name, but my favorite theory is that "Ozarks" is the phonetic spelling of "aux Arks", short for "of Arkansas" in French.

54. Fellow CHAP
“Chap” is an informal term for “lad, fellow”, especially in England. The term derives from “chapman”, an obsolete word meaning “purchaser” or “trader”.

56. Computer whose second letter is capitalized IMAC
The iMac is a desktop computer platform from Apple introduced in 1998. One of the main features of the iMac is an "all-in-one" design, with the computer console and monitor integrated. The iMac also came in a range of colors, that Apple marketed as “flavors”, such strawberry, blueberry and lime.

57. Romulus or Remus TWIN
According to tradition, Rome was founded by the twin brothers Romulus and Remus. The pair had a heated argument about who should be allowed to name the city and Romulus hit Remus with a shovel, killing him. And so, "Rome" was born!

61. Sgt., for one NCO
An NCO is a non-commissioned officer in the armed forces. Usually such an officer is one who has earned his or her rank by promotion through the enlisted ranks. A good example would be a sergeant (sgt.).

62. Word ref. started in 1857 OED
Work started on what was to become the first “Oxford English Dictionary” (OED) in 1857. Several interim versions of the dictionary were published in the coming years with the first full version appearing, in ten bound volumes, in 1928. The second edition of the OED appeared in 1989 and is made up of twenty volumes. The OED was first published in electronic form in 1988 and went online in 2000. Given the modern use of computers, the publishing house responsible feels that there will never be a third print version of the famous dictionary.

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1. Hwy. speed MPH
4. Shocked ... SHOCKED! AGHAST
10. Brothers and sisters, for short SIBS
14. Sun. talk SER
15. Hang around a public place LOITER
16. Actor/stand-up comic Foxx JAMIE
17. Opposite of yeah NAH
18. Words to a local success story I KNEW YOU WHEN ...
20. Unexciting BLAH
22. Org. on a toothpaste tube ADA
23. After everything's been said and done ALL TOLD
24. What a local success story achieves CELEBRITY
27. Italian "god" DIO
28. "Darn it!" DRAT!
29. Salinger girl ESME
31. Catch in the act NAB
34. Longtime Pittsburgh product STEEL
36. Dispute ARGUE
38. Mud MIRE
39. What a local success story comes from HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
42. Website with a "Buy It Now" button EBAY
43. Not in the ___ LEAST
44. Cookies that can be twisted apart OREOS
45. Zero-star review PAN
46. "___ have to wait" IT’LL
47. Pacific island "where America's day begins" GUAM
48. Sign of a sellout SRO
49. What a local success story does MAKES GOOD
54. Copy-and-paste illustrations CLIPART
58. Year, in Mexico ANO
59. Automaker Ferrari ENZO
60. Local success story HOMETOWN HERO
63. Dance often done with top hat and cane TAP
64. With speed APACE
65. Hit 2002 film with talking sloths ICE AGE
66. Charlemagne's domain: Abbr. HRE
67. 1/4 bushel PECK
68. O.K.'d silently NODDED
69. Wild blue yonder SKY

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1. Rachel Maddow's channel MSNBC
2. Norman Vincent ___, author of "The Power of Positive Thinking" PEALE
3. Nixon White House chief of staff HR HALDEMAN
4. Foreman opponent ALI
5. Racing vehicle on a small track GO-KART
6. Delhi language HINDI
7. Greatly bothered ATE AT
8. Use needle and thread SEW
9. "___ Little Tenderness" (1960s hit) TRY A
10. Dealt with SAW TO
11. Start of a web address? IMHO
12. Actress Jessica BIEL
13. Bad thing to hit if one didn't mean to "reply all" SEND
16. Andrews of "Mary Poppins" JULIE
19. Geezers OLD MEN
21. As a result, in formal language HEREBY
25. Event attended by Cinderella BALL
26. Safecrackers YEGGS
30. Hearts or clubs SUIT
31. Pregnant pause? NINE MONTHS
32. 2012 Best Picture with Ben Affleck ARGO
33. Mrs. Truman BESS
34. Herding dog, informally SHEP
35. Big instrument in a marching band TUBA
36. Brother of Cain ABEL
37. Kingdom REALM
38. Vision of a distant oasis, maybe MIRAGE
40. Six Flags coaster whose name is Spanish for "The Bull" EL TORO
41. Entre ___ NOUS
46. Livid IRATE
47. First name of three U.S. presidents GEORGE
48. Bit of dust SPECK
50. Oohed and ___ AAHED
51. Work, as dough KNEAD
52. Arkansas's ___ Mountains OZARK
53. Idiotic DOPEY
54. Fellow CHAP
55. Horse's run LOPE
56. Computer whose second letter is capitalized IMAC
57. Romulus or Remus TWIN
61. Sgt., for one NCO
62. Word ref. started in 1857 OED


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0928-14 New York Times Crossword Answers 28 Sep 14, Sunday



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CROSSWORD SETTER: Todd Gross
THEME: Four by Four … each of today’s themed answers comprises FOUR words, each containing FOUR letters:
23A. 1975 Tony-nominated play about an extended affair SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR
46A. The Crossroads of the West SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
92A. Warm way to welcome someone WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN
119A. Common slogan for a music radio station LESS TALK, MORE ROCK
16D. "Don't be ashamed" HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH
36D. Reagan's challenge to Gorbachev TEAR DOWN THIS WALL
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 17m 16s
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1. Bygone potentate MAHARAJA
Maharaja is the Sanskrit word meaning "great king", and was the name given to a ruler in India. A maharani, or maharanee, was the wife of a maharaja.

9. Ottoman inns IMARETS
Imarets were inns or hostels used by pilgrims throughout the Ottoman Empire. The network of imarets was set up to provide food to anyone in need, so also served as “soup kitchens”.

16. Web starter HTTP
"http" are the first letters in most Internet link addresses. “http” stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol.

20. Kind of steroid ANABOLIC
Steroids are found commonly in nature, with familiar examples being cholesterol and testosterone. The controversial class of drugs called anabolic steroids (known informally as “roids” or simply "steroids") are artificially produced chemicals designed to mimic the effect of the male sex hormone, testosterone. They are termed "anabolic" as they build up cellular tissue (particularly muscle) in a process called anabolism.

23. 1975 Tony-nominated play about an extended affair SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR
“Same Time, Next Year” is a 1975 play written by Bernard Slade. It is romantic comedy about a man and woman who meet for a tryst once a year for over two decades. The play was adapted into a fabulous film of the same name that was released in 1978, starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time …

25. Spanish province LEON
León is a province in the autonomous community of Castile and León in the northwest of Spain. The province’s capital is the city of León, which was founded as Roman military encampment around 29 BC.

26. Rehnquist's successor on the high bench SCALIA
Antonin Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1986, and is now the longest serving member of the court. Justice Scalia’s minority opinions are known for the scathing language that he uses to criticize the Court’s majority.

William Rehnquist served as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court from 1972 when he was appointed by President Nixon. When Chief Justice Warren Burger retired in 1986, President Reagan nominated Rehnquist to fill the vacant position. Rehnquist died in office in 2005 and was replaced as Chief Justice by John Roberts, who was in the process of being confirmed as an Associate Justice at the time.

30. "Guardians of the Galaxy" title characters, informally ETS
“Guardians of the Galaxy" is a 2014 film based on a team of superheroes from the Marvel Comics universe. The movie’s cast is very impressive, including Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro. I don’t normally “do” superhero films, but I hear that this one is very entertaining.

31. Org. implementing the Protect America Act NSA
2007’s Protect America Act is designed to make it easier for the US government to surveille foreign intelligence targets. In particular, it removes the need for a warrant to be issued before such surveillance takes place.

35. Chief justice during the Civil War TANEY
Roger B. Taney was Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court from 1836 until 1864 (when he passed away). Taney’s most notable decision was in the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford, in which he delivered the majority opinion that African Americans could not be considered citizens of the US.

Famously, the slave Dred Scott was unsuccessful in suing for his freedom in St. Louis, Missouri in 1857.

37. Skateboard jump OLLIE
An “ollie” is a skateboarding trick invented in 1976 by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand. Apparently it’s a way of lifting the board off the ground, while standing on it, without touching the board with one’s hands. Yeah, I could do that ...

39. Private parts LOINS
The phrase "gird your loins" dates back to Ancient Rome. The expression describes the action of lifting "one's skirts" and tying them between the legs to allow more freedom of movement before going into battle. Nowadays, "gird your loins" is a metaphor for "prepare yourself for the worst".

46. The Crossroads of the West SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Salt Lake City (SLC) was founded by Brigham Young, in 1847. The city takes its name from the Great Salt Lake on which it sits, and indeed was known as "Great Salt Lake City" up until 1868.

55. Prop on "The Bachelor" ROSE
“The Bachelor” is a US reality television show that first aired in 2002 on ABC. I’ve avoided this one like the plague …

57. ___ Watts, English hymnist who wrote "Joy to the World" ISAAC
The English theologian Isaac Watts was also a celebrated composer of hymns, and is known as the "Father of English Hymnody". The example of his work that is probably most familiar is the Christmas classic "Joy to the World", for which he wrote the words. “Joy to the World” is the most-published Christmas Carol in North America.

64. Rockefeller Center statue ATLAS
The iconic bronze statue of Atlas that faces Fifth Avenue is the work of sculptor Lee Lawrie. It is not to be confused with the bronze gilded statue of a reclining Prometheus that looks over Rockefeller Plaza.

77. Writer painted by Velázquez AESOP
Aesop lived in Ancient Greece, probably around the sixth century BC. Supposedly he was born a slave, somehow became a free man, but then met with a sorry end. He was sent to the city of Delphi on a diplomatic mission but instead insulted the Delphians. He was tried on a trumped-up charge of stealing from a temple, sentenced to death and was thrown off a cliff.

Diego Velázquez was a Spanish painter during the Baroque period. He was a member of the court of King Philip IV in the first half of the 17th century, and as such was commissioned to paint many portraits and scenes of historical importance.

79. Pre-Bill Hillary RODHAM
HIllary Rodham was born in Chicago, Illinois to Hugh Rodham (a businessman in the textile industry) and Dorothy Howell (a homemaker). Hillary was raised in a conservative home, and she campaigned for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the 1964 US presidential election. The following year, she served as president of the Young Republicans at Wellesley College. Our former First Lady left the Republican Party expressing disappointment at what she witnessed at the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami, citing “veiled” racist messages prevalent at that time.

80. Historic figure with a reputation at stake? JOAN OF ARC
Joan of Arc (also “Jeanne d’Arc”, her birth name in French) led the French Army successfully into battle a number of times during the Hundred Years War with England. When she was eventually captured, Joan was tried in Rouen, the seat of the occupying English government in France at that time. There she was burned at the stake having been found guilty of heresy. Joan of Arc was canonized some 600 years later, in 1920, and is now one of the patron saints of France.

84. Shelfmate of Bartlett's, maybe ROGET
Peter Mark Roget was an English lexicographer. Roget was an avid maker of lists, apparently using the routine of list-making to combat depression, a condition he endured for most of his life. He published his famous thesaurus in 1852, with revisions and expansions being made years later by his son, and then in turn by his grandson.

"Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" is a popular reference work containing tons of quotations. Bartlett's was first issued in 1855, and as such is the longest-lived collection of quotations that we have available to us. The book started as a private list of quotes gathered by John Bartlett who ran the University Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He kept the list as he was always being asked "who said?" by customers.

86. Onion relative CHIVE
Chives are the smallest species of edible onion, and a favorite of mine.

88. Lingo ARGOT
"Argot" is a French term, the name given in the 17th century to "the jargon of the Paris underworld". Nowadays argot is the set of idioms used by any particular group, the "lingo" of that group.

91. Exxon Valdez, e.g. OILER
An “oiler” is an oil tanker, an ocean-going vessel used to transport crude oil.

The Exxon Valdez was an oil tanker that famously went aground in Prince William Sound in Alaska in 1989, spilling hundreds of thousands of crude oil. The ship was repaired after the incident and went back into service under a new name: Exxon Mediterranean.

97. Millennials, informally GEN-Y
“Generation Y” (Gen-Y) is alternative term for the Millennial Generation. Millennials were born after the “Gen-Xers”, from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

98. Unflinching STOIC
Someone who is “stoic” is indifferent to pleasure or pain, is relatively impassive.

Zeno of Citium was a Greek philosopher famous for teaching at the Stoa Poikile, the "Painted Porch", located on the north side of the Ancient Agora of Athens. Because of the location of his classes, his philosophy became known as stoicism (from "stoa", the word for "porch"). And yes, we get our adjective "stoic" from the same root.

99. Be profligate, say SPEND
Someone described as “profligate” is recklessly extravagant. The term derives from the Latin “profligare” meaning “to ruin, cast down”. The idea is that a profligate person has been “ruined” by vice.

100. Radio host John TESH
John Tesh is a pianist and composer, as well as a radio and television presenter. For many years Tesh presented the show "Entertainment Tonight". For "ET" he once covered the filming of an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". As part of the piece, he volunteered to act as a Klingon warrior and so if you see the "Star Trek: TNG" episode called "The Icarus Factor" in reruns, watch out for John Tesh engaging in ritual torture with Mr. Worf as his victim.

102. Throat problem STREP
Streptococcus bacteria multiply and divide along a single axis so that they form linked chains. That behavior gives the genus of bacteria its name, as “streptos” is Greek for “easily twisted, like a chain”. I had battles with streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) on two separate occasions in the recent past, and neither was at all pleasant. Another species of streptococcus is responsible for that terrible “flesh-eating” infection that makes the news from time to time.

106. Team of oxen SPAN
A “span” is a pair of animals, such as oxen, that has been matched by size and strength as used as a team to pull a load.

108. Brother FRA
The title "Fra" (brother) is used by Italian monks.

114. Stats for Aaron and Gehrig RBIS
Runs batted in (RBIs)

The great Hank Aaron (Hammerin' Hank) has many claims to fame. One notable fact is that he is the last major league baseball player to have also played in the Negro League.

Baseball legend Lou Gehrig was known as a powerhouse. He was a big hitter and just kept on playing. Gehrig broke the record for the most consecutive number of games played, and he stills holds the record for the most career grand slams. His durability earned him the nickname "The Iron Horse". Sadly, he died in 1941 at 37-years-old suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an illness we now call "Lou Gehrig's Disease".

118. Goddess of marriage HERA
In Greek mythology, Hera was the wife of Zeus and was noted for her jealous and vengeful nature, particularly against those who vied for the affections of her husband. The equivalent character to Hera in Roman mythology was Juno. Hera was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea.

124. Vatican City vis-à-vis Rome ENCLAVE
Vatican City is a sovereign city-state that is walled off within the city of Rome. Vatican City is about 110 acres in area, and so is the smallest independent state in the world. With about 800 residents, it is also the smallest state in terms of population. Although the Holy See dates back to early Christianity, Vatican City only came into being in 1929. At that time, Prime Minister Benito Mussolini signed a treaty with the Holy See on behalf of the Kingdom of Italy that established the city-state.

125. "CSI: Miami" actress EVA LARUE
Eva LaRue is a an actress from Long Beach, California. LaRue’s most famous roles were Dr. Maria Santos on the soap “All My Children” and Detective Natalia Boa Vista on “CSI: Miami”. LaRue has a famous third cousin: the actress Jane Fonda.

Down
1. Pool stroke MASSE
In billiards, a massé shot is one in which the cue ball makes an extreme curve due to the player imparting heavy spin on the ball with his or her cue.

3. Gaza group HAMAS
Hamas is the Islamist political party that governs the Gaza Strip. “Hamas” translates into English as “enthusiasm”, and is also an acronym in Arabic for “Islamic Resistance Movement”. Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by many nations in the world, including the US.

4. Biblical brother ABEL
In the story of Cain and Abel in the Book of Genesis, Cain murders his brother Abel. Subsequently, God asks Cain, “Where is Abel thy brother?” Cain replies, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

5. Corkscrew-shaped pasta ROTINI
Rotini is the corkscrew-shaped pasta that is often used in pasta salads. Even though “rotini” sounds like it comes from a word meaning “twist, rotate”, the word “rotini” doesn’t exist in Italian, other than as the name for the pasta.

6. George Orwell and George Eliot ALIASES
George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, the famous British author of the classics "Nineteen Eighty-Four" and "Animal Farm".

George Eliot was the pen name of English novelist Mary Anne Evans. As one might think, Evans chose a male pen name in order that her work might be best appreciated in the Victorian era. Eliot wrote seven novels including “Adam Bede” (1859), “The Mill on the Floss” (1860), “Silas Marner” (1861) and “Middlemarch” (1871-72).

7. Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" JIM
Jim Parsons is an actor from Houston, Texas who is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the television sitcom “The BIg Bang Theory”. As of 2014, Parsons and his costars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are earning one million dollars per episode of the show.

8. Taiwanese computer giant ACER
I owned several Acer laptops, which are for my money the most reliable machine at the best price. Acer is a Taiwanese company that I used to visit a lot when I was in the electronics business. I was very impressed with the company's dedication to quality, and haven't been let down since.

9. Flowing glacial feature ICEFALL
An icefall is a feature in a glacier, named for the related waterfall in a river. Glacier ice moves relatively quickly in an ice fall, much more quickly than in the rest of the glacier. This is because icefalls occur where the glacier’s bed steeps or narrows, forcing a lot of ice through a smaller opening.

10. Mandible's counterpart MAXILLA
The bones of the jaw are the maxilla (the upper jawbone) and the mandible (the lower jawbone).

12. The natural in "The Natural" ROY
Bernard Malamud wrote the novel "The Natural", published in 1952. It tells the story of a baseball player called Roy Hobbs, who gets shot early in his career and makes a remarkable comeback many years later. Although Roy Hobbs is a fictional character, the story is apparently based on the real-life Phillies player Eddie Waitkus, who was indeed shot in his hotel room by an obsessed fan in 1949. The film adaptation released in 1984 is an excellent movie starring Robert Redford as "The Natural".

15. Relative of a canary SERIN
Serins form a whole group of small finches, a group that includes canaries.

17. Vincent van Gogh's brother THEO
Theo van Gogh was the younger brother of painter Vincent van Gogh, and a successful art dealer. Theo provided financial support for his brother throughout his life, allowing Vincent to pursue his passion for creating art. Vincent and Theo died about six months apart. The former committed suicide and the later died from the effects of syphilis.

18. G THOU
“G” and “thou” are slang terms used for a “thousand”.

32. "Ditto" AS AM I
"Ditto" was originally used in Italian (from Tuscan dialect) to avoid repetition of the names of months in a series of dates. So "ditto" is just another wonderful import from that lovely land ...

34. Valley girl's filler LIKE
The original "valley girls" were the young, middle-class females living in San Fernando Valley in Southern California.

36. Reagan's challenge to Gorbachev TEAR DOWN THIS WALL
I once worked for a man who, when serving with the US Army, had the job of filming the construction of the Berlin Wall in the early sixties. Starting in 1952, the border between East And West Germany was strictly controlled, with the help of fences and walls running over 850 miles from the Baltic Sea to Czechoslovakia. There was a big “gap” in the restrictive barrier, in the divided city of Berlin. Restriction of movement in between East and West in the city was very lax for most of the fifties (you could take a subway train "under" the border, for example), and so Berlin became a gateway for emigration, almost exclusively from East to West. In August 1961, under orders from Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow, East Germany closed the border in Berlin, and construction started on the fortified wall.

38. Architect Saarinen EERO
Eero Saarinen was a Finnish American architect, renowned in this country for his unique designs for public buildings such as Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Dulles International Airport Terminal, and the TWA building at JFK.

40. Langston Hughes poem with the lines "They send me to eat in the kitchen / When company comes" I TOO
Langston Hughes was a poet active in the Harlem Renaissance, and someone who helped develop the literary form known as "jazz poetry". His poem "I, Too, Sing America" was published in 1925.
I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

41. Earliest-born member of the Cartoon Hall of Fame NAST
Thomas Nast was an American caricaturist and cartoonist. Nast was the creator of the Republican Party elephant, the Democratic Party's donkey, Uncle Sam and the image of the plump and jocular Santa Claus that we use today. Thomas Nast drew some famous cartoons in which he depicted the Tammany Society as a vicious tiger that was killing democracy. Nast’s use of the tiger symbology caught on and was used by other cartoonists to harp at the society.

42. "___ Mine, All Mine" (1920s tune) SHE’S
“She’s Mine All Mine” is a song from the twenties that was written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Kalmar and Ruby were a songwriting team who wrote for some of the Marx Brothers’ films, among others.

43. Goldman's banking partner SACHS
Goldman Sachs made out like bandits during the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007-08, as the company actually short-sold subprime mortgage bonds, so as the price of the bonds nose-dived, Goldman Sachs made huge profits.

44. "___ of One's Own" (Woolf essay) A ROOM
Virginia Woolf was an English author active in the period between the two World Wars. Woolf’s most famous novels were “Mrs. Dalloway”, “To the Lighthouse” and “Orlando”. She also wrote a long essay entitled “A Room of One’s Own” in which she states “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

47. ___ Leslie, three-time W.N.B.A. M.V.P. LISA
Lisa Leslie is a former professional basketball player who played in the WNBA with the Los Angeles Sparks. Leslie is rather tall, and was the first player to dunk the ball in a WNBA game.

52. Prefix with -scope STETHO-
The word "stethoscope" comes from the Greek word for "chest examination". The stethoscope was invented back in 1816 in France by René Laennec, although back then it looked just like an ear trumpet, a wooden tube with flared ends.

58. Bit of seaweed ALGA
Algae are similar to terrestrial plants in that they use photosynthesis to create sugars from light and carbon dioxide, but they differ in that they have simpler anatomies, and for example lack roots.

59. Cav or Mav CAGER
In the early days of basketball, when a ball went out of bounds possession was awarded to the player who first retrieved the ball. This led to mad scuffles off the court, often involving spectators. As the game became more organized courts were routinely "caged", largely because of this out of bounds rule, to limit interaction with the crowd. It's because of these cages that basketball players are sometimes referred to today as "cagers".

61. Brand with a red arrow through its logo SUNOCO
Back in the late 1800s, Sunoco was known as the Sun Oil Company.

63. Synagogue instrument SHOFAR
A shofar is a musical instrument used in Jewish rituals. It is a relatively simple instrument, made from an animal’s (usually a ram) horn.

68. Some smug comments SMARM
The term “smarm”, meaning insincere flattery, comes from a colloquial word “smalm” meaning to smear the hair with some sort of styling product.

72. It has almost 4,000 miles of coastline CHILE
The land of Chile has a very distinctive shape. It is a narrow strip that runs up the west coast of South America. The average width of the country is only a little over 100 miles, and yet its length is about 2,700 miles. Chile is touted as the longest country in the world, although I am not so sure what that means exactly. I mean, Russian extends about 4,800 miles from east-to west ...

74. It might be at your fingertips EMERY
Emery is a very hard type of rock that is crushed for use as an abrasive. Emery paper is made by gluing small particles of emery to paper. Emery boards are just emery paper with a cardboard backing. And emery boards are primarily used for filing nails.

76. Work units ERGS
An erg is a unit of energy or mechanical work. "Erg" comes from the Greek word "ergon" meaning "work". A dyne is a unit of force. The name "dyne" comes from the Greek "dynamis" meaning "power, force". Ergs and dynes are related to each other in that one erg is the amount of energy needed to move a force of one dyne over a distance of one centimeter.

78. One picked out of a lineup, informally PERP
Perpetrator (perp.)

80. Classic movie shot on Martha's Vineyard JAWS
“Jaws” is a thrilling 1975 movie directed by Steven Spielberg that is based on a novel of the same name by Peter Benchley. The film has a powerful cast, led by Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw. “Jaws” was perhaps the first “summer blockbuster” with the highest box office take in history, a record that stood until “Star Wars” was released two years later.

Martha’s Vineyard is a relatively large island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. “Martha’s Vineyard” was originally the name of a smaller island to the south, named by English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602. The name was eventually transferred to the main island, and is now the eighth-oldest English place-name still used in the US. It is likely that the Gosnold named the island for his daughter Martha.

81. Dead reckoning? OBIT
"Obituary" comes from the Latin "obituaris", originally the record of the death of a person, although the literal meaning is "pertaining to death".

93. Pituitary gland output, briefly ACTH
Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is produced by the anterior pituitary gland.

The pituitary gland is found at the base of the brain and is about the size of pea. The pituitary secretes nine hormones in all, and so affects many aspects of bodily function.

104. Justice Kagan ELENA
Elena Kagan was the Solicitor General of the United States who replaced Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court. That made Justice Kagan the fourth female US Supreme Court justice (there have been 108 men!). I hear she is a fan of Jane Austen, and used to reread "Pride and Prejudice" once a year. Not a bad thing to do, I'd say ...

105. Oscar-winning actor whose name is Italian for "fishes" PESCI
Joe Pesci got his big break in movies with a supporting role in "Raging Bull" starring Robert De Niro, earning Pesci an Oscar nomination early in his career. There followed a string of gangster roles played alongside De Niro, namely "Once Upon a Time in America", "Goodfellas" and "Casino". But I like Pesci's comedic acting best of all. He was marvelous in the "Home Alone" films, the "Lethal Weapon" series, and my personal favorite, "My Cousin Vinny". Pesci gets a mention in the stage musical "Jersey Boys", which isn't too surprising as he is one of the show's producers.

111. 2007 purchaser of Applebee's IHOP
The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) was founded back in 1958. IHOP was originally intended to be called IHOE, the International House of Eggs, but that name didn't do too well in marketing tests ...

The Applebee’s chain of “Neighborhood Bar & Grill” restaurants was founded in 1980, with the first Applebee's eatery opening in Decatur, Georgia.

112. Nephew of Caligula NERO
The Roman emperor Nero had quite the family life. When Nero was just 16-years-old he married his stepsister, Claudia Octavia. He also had his mother and step-brother executed.

Caligula was emperor of Rome after Tiberius, and before Claudius. “Caligula” was actually a nickname for Gaius Germanicus. Gaius’s father was a successful general in the Roman army and his soldiers called young Gaius "Caligula", meaning “little soldier’s boot”.

113. Asia's ___ Sea ARAL
The Aral Sea is a great example of how man can have a devastating effect on his environment. In the early sixties the Aral Sea covered 68,000 square miles of Central Asia. Soviet Union irrigation projects drained the lake to such an extent that today the total area is less than 7,000 square miles, with 90% of the lake now completely dry. Sad ...

115. Duck that nests in tree hollows SMEW
The smew is a beautiful-looking species of duck found right across northern Europe and Asia. The smew requires trees to complete its breeding cycle as it nests in tree holes, such as old woodpecker nests.

117. Gillette brand name TRAC
Gillette introduced the Trac II in 1971, the world's first twin-blade razor.

120. Olympus OM-2, e.g. SLR
SLR stands for "single lens reflex". Usually cameras with interchangeable lenses are the SLR type. The main feature of an SLR is that a mirror reflects the image seen through the lens out through the viewfinder, so that the photographer sees exactly what the lens sees. The mirror moves out of the way as the picture is taken, and the image that comes through the lens falls onto unexposed film, or nowadays onto a digital sensor.

121. ___ chi TAI
More properly called tai chi chuan, tai chi is a martial art mostly practiced to improve overall health and increase longevity.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Bygone potentate MAHARAJA
9. Ottoman inns IMARETS
16. Web starter HTTP
20. Kind of steroid ANABOLIC
21. Small thing to burn CALORIE
22. "Fancy meeting you here!" OH HI!
23. 1975 Tony-nominated play about an extended affair SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR
25. Spanish province LEON
26. Rehnquist's successor on the high bench SCALIA
27. New home loan deal, in short REFI
28. Exclaimed CRIED OUT
30. "Guardians of the Galaxy" title characters, informally ETS
31. Org. implementing the Protect America Act NSA
33. Audacity GALL
35. Chief justice during the Civil War TANEY
36. Relationships TIES
37. Skateboard jump OLLIE
39. Private parts LOINS
43. Clear-minded SANE
46. The Crossroads of the West SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
51. Fields AREAS
53. Early-millennium year MII
54. Undermine ERODE
55. Prop on "The Bachelor" ROSE
56. What a bachelor might do COURT
57. ___ Watts, English hymnist who wrote "Joy to the World" ISAAC
60. Uncontested basketball attempts OPEN SHOTS
62. Swarms HORDES
64. Rockefeller Center statue ATLAS
66. Go after ENSUE
67. Irons, say SMOOTHS
69. Encourage EGG ON
71. Like a good-sized estate, maybe TEN-ACRE
75. "Wait, you can't possibly think ...?" WHO ME?
77. Writer painted by Velázquez AESOP
79. Pre-Bill Hillary RODHAM
80. Historic figure with a reputation at stake? JOAN OF ARC
84. Shelfmate of Bartlett's, maybe ROGET
86. Onion relative CHIVE
87. Go cheek-to-cheek with ABUT
88. Lingo ARGOT
90. Good source of iron? ORE
91. Exxon Valdez, e.g. OILER
92. Warm way to welcome someone WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN
97. Millennials, informally GEN-Y
98. Unflinching STOIC
99. Be profligate, say SPEND
100. Radio host John TESH
102. Throat problem STREP
106. Team of oxen SPAN
107. "Say what?" HUH?
108. Brother FRA
111. Not now IN A WHILE
114. Stats for Aaron and Gehrig RBIS
116. Deeds TITLES
118. Goddess of marriage HERA
119. Common slogan for a music radio station LESS TALK, MORE ROCK
123. Kind of cavity ORAL
124. Vatican City vis-à-vis Rome ENCLAVE
125. "CSI: Miami" actress EVA LARUE
126. Take in some views? POLL
127. Some farms DAIRIES
128. Unpredictable one WILD CARD

Down
1. Pool stroke MASSE
2. Put on ___ AN ACT
3. Gaza group HAMAS
4. Biblical brother ABEL
5. Corkscrew-shaped pasta ROTINI
6. George Orwell and George Eliot ALIASES
7. Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" JIM
8. Taiwanese computer giant ACER
9. Flowing glacial feature ICEFALL
10. Mandible's counterpart MAXILLA
11. Not the main rte. ALT
12. The natural in "The Natural" ROY
13. Build ERECT
14. Sparkly topper TIARA
15. Relative of a canary SERIN
16. "Don't be ashamed" HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH
17. Vincent van Gogh's brother THEO
18. G THOU
19. Pub order PINT
24. Haggle NEGOTIATE
29. Hard to grasp EELY
32. "Ditto" AS AM I
34. Valley girl's filler LIKE
36. Reagan's challenge to Gorbachev TEAR DOWN THIS WALL
38. Architect Saarinen EERO
40. Langston Hughes poem with the lines "They send me to eat in the kitchen / When company comes" I TOO
41. Earliest-born member of the Cartoon Hall of Fame NAST
42. "___ Mine, All Mine" (1920s tune) SHE’S
43. Goldman's banking partner SACHS
44. "___ of One's Own" (Woolf essay) A ROOM
45. Intro to science? NEURO-
47. ___ Leslie, three-time W.N.B.A. M.V.P. LISA
48. Get by COPE
49. Driver's lic., e.g. IDENT
50. Like overtime periods vis-à-vis regulation play TENSER
52. Prefix with -scope STETHO-
58. Bit of seaweed ALGA
59. Cav or Mav CAGER
61. Brand with a red arrow through its logo SUNOCO
63. Synagogue instrument SHOFAR
65. Middlin' SO-SO
68. Some smug comments SMARM
70. Bum NO-GOODNIK
72. It has almost 4,000 miles of coastline CHILE
73. Lustrous black RAVEN
74. It might be at your fingertips EMERY
76. Work units ERGS
78. One picked out of a lineup, informally PERP
80. Classic movie shot on Martha's Vineyard JAWS
81. Dead reckoning? OBIT
82. Prefix with correct AUTO-
83. Sights at 127-Across COWS
85. Baby ___ TEETH
89. Bar jarful TIPS
93. Pituitary gland output, briefly ACTH
94. Corrupt DEPRAVE
95. Activates, in computer lingo ENABLES
96. No one can drive in this NEUTRAL
101. Protect SHIELD
103. All worked up RILED
104. Justice Kagan ELENA
105. Oscar-winning actor whose name is Italian for "fishes" PESCI
108. Trees and shrubs FLORA
109. Come back RECUR
110. Posed ASKED
111. 2007 purchaser of Applebee's IHOP
112. Nephew of Caligula NERO
113. Asia's ___ Sea ARAL
115. Duck that nests in tree hollows SMEW
117. Gillette brand name TRAC
120. Olympus OM-2, e.g. SLR
121. ___ chi TAI
122. Egg: Prefix OVI-


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