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New York Times, Sunday, January 23, 2011

Author: Chris A. McGlothlin
Editor: Will Shortz
Chris A. McGlothlin
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 148, Blocks: 89 Missing: none – this is a pangram Scrabble average: 1.72 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. McGlothlin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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© 2011, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Yo, she was Adrian : TALIA
6. *Insulation measure : RVALUE
12. *Weapon first tested in '52 : HBOMB
17. *Gasket type : ORING
18. Bedridden, say : AILING
19. Debilitates : IMPAIRS
22. They're found in año after año : TILDES
24. Oscar snubber of 1972 : BRANDO
25. Frequently pierced place : NOSTRIL
26. *The Boss's backers : ESTREETBAND
28. It may go off the road, briefly : ATV
29. *Setting for "Saving Private Ryan" : DDAY
30. Taxco table : MESA
31. Winds : COILS
32. Nanki-___ of "The Mikado" : POO
34. *Touch, e.g. : IPOD
36. *Ace ___ Stories (old detective pulp magazine) : GMAN
38. Swindle, slangily : BURN
39. One of the Blues Brothers : ELWOOD
42. N N N : NUS
45. N N N : ENS
46. Stocks up : AMASSES
49. Slant : ANGLE
50. Shelled : SHOTAT
52. *Typography symbol : MDASH
53. Pilot's milieu : SKY
55. Darn : SEW
56. Workplace for a cabin boy : YACHT
57. Payment type : LUMPSUM
59. Hot times on the Riviera : ETES
61. 12-Across and the like : NUKES
62. Tag sale tag : ASIS
63. Opposite of guerra : PAZ
65. ___ Mode, female character in "The Incredibles" : EDNA
67. ___ Kadiddlehopper, Red Skelton character : CLEM
68. *It may be under a hood : VSIX
69. The third one is a shocker : RAIL
71. Barks : ARFS
74. Numerical prefix : DECA
76. One carrying a toon? : CEL
78. The year 640 : DCXL
79. "Give it ___!" : AREST
80. Honoree's place : DAIS
82. Toyota S.U.V. : SEQUOIA
84. Small : PETTY
85. .___ : COM
88. *4x platinum album of 2001 : JLO
89. Maurice of Nixon's cabinet : STANS
90. King protector : BISHOP
91. Bottle in the kitchen or bath : DRANO
93. Whence the word "safari" : SWAHILI
96. Coach Parseghian : ARA
97. Going ___ : APE
98. Numbers by a door? : CAROLS
100. *'Vette option : TTOP
101. Actress Sofer : RENA
103. Light bulb over one's tête? : IDEE
104. "Awesome!" : WOW
105. Shelter org. : ASPCA
108. Skewer : SPIT
112. *Beam with a bend : LBAR
114. Skeletal opening? : EXO
116. *Women just don't get it : YCHROMOSOME
118. Former Pakistani P.M. Bhutto : BENAZIR
120. Spanish pastry : CHURRO
122. Last-second bidder on eBay : SNIPER
123. Marathoner's need : STAMINA
124. Mountain homes : AERIES
125. *House coverer : CSPAN
126. Like a turkey's wattle : SAGGY
127. *One of Sean Combs's aliases : PDIDDY
128. Steak ___ : DIANE
1. Tribal heads? : TOTEM
2. "___, fair sun, and kill the envious moon": Romeo : ARISE
3. Melodious speaking tones : LILTS
4. Cross-dressing : INDRAG
5. Author who won a posthumous Pulitzer in 1958 : AGEE
6. Bar mitzvah party : RABBI
7. Spreading fast on YouTube : VIRAL
8. Country singer Jackson and others : ALANS
9. Jenny ___ a k a the Swedish Nightingale : LIND
10. Grand Forks sch. : UND
11. ___ trip : EGO
12. Pointer : HINT
13. *"Plan 9 From Outer Space," e.g. : BMOVIE
14. Saturn's spouse : OPS
15. Flatten, in a way : MATDOWN
16. Pointers : BIRDDOGS
20. Inlet : RIA
21. Like some winks : SLY
23. Trig ratio : SECANT
27. Bunches : TONS
28. *Tops : AONE
32. Exercise one is prone to do : PUSHUP
33. Places where some R.N.'s work : ORS
35. Took the part of : PLAYED
37. Deli array : MEATS
38. Sting's instrument : BASS
40. Repeated cry in Buster Poindexter's "Hot Hot Hot" : OLE
41. ___ point : DEW
42. *Group with the 2000 #1 hit "It's Gonna Be Me" : NSYNC
43. *Thing that won't go off without a hitch? : UHAUL
44. Hit : SOCKED
46. Mingles (with) : ADMIXES
47. They may have keys : MAPS
48. Scranton-to-Philadelphia dir. : SSE
51. Like some amusement parks : THEMED
52. Shakespeare's "food of love" : MUSIC
54. *"As Seen on TV" company : KTEL
57. Vegas opening? : LAS
58. 1909 Physics Nobelist for work in wireless telegraphy : MARCONI
60. Some drum parts : SNARES
64. *3-D graph line : ZAXIS
66. The Queen of Soul, familiarly : ARETHA
68. Colorado ski area : VAIL
70. Dockworker's org. : ILA
72. *It helps one get the picture : FSTOP
73. *Midsize Jaguar : STYPE
75. Coax : CAJOLE
77. Harry Shearer's program on public radio : LESHOW
78. Kind of income : DUAL
79. Beelike : APIAN
81. Call letters? : SOS
83. *Little swab : QTIP
85. Govt. flu-fighting org. : CDC
86. Mouths : ORA
87. ___ Trench (earth's deepest depression) : MARIANAS
90. Bluegills : BREAMS
92. Obama nickname : NODRAMA
94. *I.R.S. form : WTWO
95. From ___ Z (how this puzzle goes?) : ATO
96. Oil company acronym : ARCO
99. Grasping : SEEING
102. Town in Umbria : ASSISI
105. Nose-burning : ACRID
106. Bit : SHRED
107. Lackluster : PROSY
109. Old man : POPPA
110. "Um ... er ..." : IMEAN
111. Lead/tin alloy : TERNE
112. Dumbbell abbr. : LBS
113. Call, e.g. : BET
115. *Revealing photo : XRAY
116. Doctor Zhivago : YURI
117. How many oldies get rereleased : ONCD
119. Not go straight : ZIG
120. Limit : CAP
121. "If only ___ listened ..." : HED

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