HIGH FIVE

New York Times, Sunday, January 18, 2009

Author: Randolph Ross
Editor: Will Shortz
Randolph Ross
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 93 for Mr. Ross. NYT links: Across Lite

Notepad: The answers to the 9 starred clues all contain 5 letters in common, reading left to right, not necessarily consecutively.
JimH notes: This puzzle appeared the weekend before the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. OBAMA appears in each theme answer.
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Across Down
1. HBO sports sitcom : ARLISS
7. Not be definite : HEDGE
12. Was rarin' : ITCHED
18. Pile : REACTOR
20. Affectionate refusal : NODEAR
21. Canoeing challenge : RAPIDS
22. Land in the Barbary Wars : ALGERIA
23. *"That" something in an Arlen/Mercer tune : OLDBLACKMAGIC
25. *Kyoto Treaty topic : GLOBALCLIMATE
27. Red ___ beet : ASA
28. Fathers and sons : HES
29. Discombobulated : ATSEA
30. He played a gas station attendant on "The Andy Griffith Show" : NABORS
33. Radar statistic : RANGE
36. *Links accessory : GOLFBALLMARKER
44. Two-syllable shout : OLE
45. A.L. and N.L. traders : GMS
48. Chute opening? : PARA
49. Requirement of license procurement : FEE
50. Long prong : TINE
51. *Stetson, for one : COWBOYHATMAKER
55. Barbecue item : PATTY
56. Baby bouncer : KNEE
57. Doctor loved by children : SEUSS
58. Versatile vehicles, for short : UTES
60. First name in skin care : ESTEE
61. What one shouldn't do in a crowded theater : YELLFIRE
63. Layer : PLY
64. Ruler units: Abbr. : CMS
66. '08 and '12 : YRS
67. *Berlin production : GODBLESSAMERICA
72. Gambler's inits. : OTB
75. Bruce or Brenda : LEE
76. "___ pal" : BEA
77. Doctor with long hours : RESIDENT
81. What cats and rats do : RHYME
83. Nonmember of a union: Abbr. : TERR
85. Village Voice awards : OBIES
87. Not in the wind : ALEE
88. Police sting participant : DECOY
89. *1976 Connery/Hepburn film : ROBINANDMARIAN
92. "Glorioski!" : EGAD
93. ___-disant : SOI
95. Nodder's comment : ISEE
96. Prescribed : SET
97. "___ Poetica" : ARS
98. *Kennedy/Johnson cabinet member : ROBERTMCNAMARA
102. Cannes cup : TASSE
104. To a greater extent : MORESO
105. Kind of position : FETAL
108. Prefix with warrior : ECO
111. Piece of chicken : LEG
112. *She played the Bond girl in "Goldfinger" : HONORBLACKMAN
120. *Hank Aaron's hometown : MOBILEALABAMA
123. Without much planning : INHASTE
124. Exultant cry : IDIDIT
125. Industrialist who encourages strikes? : OILMAN
126. Holes in shoes : EYELETS
127. "Grand" range : TETONS
128. Big name in razors : BRAUN
129. Converse competitor : ADIDAS
1. Limp as ___ : ARAG
2. Connecticut governor Jodi : RELL
3. Italy's ___ di Como : LAGO
4. Traditional hangover remedy : ICEBAG
5. War game : STRATEGO
6. Makes a mess of : SOILS
7. Baggins portrayer in "The Lord of the Rings" : HOLM
8. Old Norse work : EDDA
9. What shoppers may go into : DEBT
10. Lead provider : GALENA
11. Long stretch : ERA
12. Annoying : IRKSOME
13. Ballerina Karsavina : TAMARA
14. Apr. adviser : CPA
15. Intoxicating feeling : HIGH
16. Actress Falco : EDIE
17. Mil. medals : DSCS
19. What dragsters and some hearts do : RACE
20. "___ insist!" : NOI
24. Monthly bill : CABLE
26. Slowness : LAG
31. Actress Woodard : ALFRE
32. Eur. young ladies : SRTAS
33. Not smooth : ROCKY
34. Uniquely : ALONE
35. Flight support? : NEWEL
37. Takes, with "for" : OPTS
38. Flights : LAMS
39. Italian brother : FRA
40. "Quantum Leap" star Scott : BAKULA
41. It's fed at a table : KITTY
42. Stage direction : ENTER
43. Felipe and Alfonso : REYES
46. What "time is on" in a 1964 Rolling Stones hit : MYSIDE
47. Cold dessert : SHERBET
52. Lux. neighbor : BELG
53. Author Jean : AUEL
54. Part of a dict. entry : ETYM
55. Joe of several "Lethal Weapon" movies : PESCI
59. Angry orations : SCREEDS
62. Det. Axel ___ of "Beverly Hills Cop" : FOLEY
63. Free TV ad, for short : PSA
65. Question after a separation : MISSME
68. The Aragón River flows into it : EBRO
69. 1999 war site : SERBIA
70. Port ___, seaside resort on the Isle of Man : ERIN
71. Purim time : ADAR
72. Hamburger medium-rare, e.g. : ORDER
73. What busy folks are on : THEGO
74. One way to get to the airport : BYCAB
78. Walt Disney's middle name : ELIAS
79. Converges on : NEARS
80. Wound up : TENSE
82. PC peripheral : MODEM
84. Psychiatrist Berne and others : ERICS
85. Ready for service : ONEA
86. 1930s ring champ : BAER
90. Belief : ISM
91. Like many files nowadays : ATTACHED
93. Fair places : STREETS
94. Last of a series : OMEGA
99. Arrive on wheels : ROLLIN
100. Bald condition : NOHAIR
101. Andrews in Md. : AFB
103. Basic stuff : ALKALI
106. Designer Saab : ELIE
107. Tucker of country music : TANYA
108. Radiate : EMIT
109. Programmer's output : CODE
110. Passing notice : OBIT
113. Di or da preceder in a Beatles song : OBLA
114. Movie whale : NAMU
115. Gulf war ally : OMAN
116. Bled : RAN
117. Teacher's advanced deg. : MSED
118. Lead-in to girl or boy : ATTA
119. Stack role : NESS
121. Words of commitment : IDO
122. Easy question : LOB

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