AHEAD OF THE CURVE

New York Times, Sunday, October 18, 2009

Author: Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor: Will Shortz
Elizabeth C. Gorski
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 141, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 Grid is asymmetric This is puzzle # 171 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. *"Before the Mirror" : MANET
6. Turned off : ALIENATED
15. Bête ___ : NOIRE
20. Westernmost avenue in Santa Monica, Calif. : OCEAN
21. Rewards of a political machine : PATRONAGE
22. Schindler of "Schindler's List" : OSKAR
23. With 29-Across, holder of the works named in the nine starred clues, celebrating its 50th anniversary on 10/21/09 : THESOLOMONRGUGGENHEIM
26. One at risk of excommunication : HERETIC
27. California wind : SANTAANA
28. Ready-go go-between : SET
29. See 23-Across : MUSEUM
35. Philharmonic sect. : STR
36. 45 players : HIFIS
39. 2000s TV family : SOPRANOS
41. Many a school fund-raiser : RAFFLE
46. "What's going ___ there?" : ONIN
47. One who works on a grand scale? : PIANOTUNER
49. Game in which players subtract from a starting score of 501 : DARTS
50. "Big" number in college athletics : TEN
51. Station : POST
52. Year Columbus died : MDVI
53. Letter-shaped construction pieces : IBARS
54. New Deal inits. : TVA
55. "___ party time!" : ITS
56. Legal org. : ABA
59. Horse and buggy : RIG
60. Needing a massage, say : TENSE
61. Be hung over, e.g. : AIL
62. Small island : CAY
63. Enchant : BEGUILE
65. Miff : IRK
66. 1970s TV production co. : MTM
67. Symbols like @ : ATS
68. *"Green Violinist" : CHAGALL
69. Gazes at : OGLES
72. Like a bond you can buy with security? : AAA
73. Savor, in a way : SIP
74. "Frasier" role : DAPHNE
75. Short swim : ONELAP
76. V.P. during the Cuban missile crisis : LBJ
77. In order (to) : SOAS
79. Lo-___ : RES
80. "Today" rival, for short : GMA
81. Canadian-born hockey great : ORR
82. "Eldorado" grp. : ELO
83. Perfectly timed : ONCUE
85. Like some YouTube videos : VIRAL
87. House call? : YEA
88. Landlocked European : SERB
90. Vintage Tonka toy : SEMITRAILER
94. Water swirl : EDDY
95. In need of blusher, say : WAN
97. *"Composition 8" : KANDINSKY
98. Old credit-tracking corp. : TRW
99. Clytemnestra, to Agamemnon : SPOUSE
102. Light planes : CESSNAS
103. *"Peasant With Hoe" : SEURAT
106. Subject of the Joni Mitchell song "Amelia" : EARHART
108. Jazz standard whose title is repeatedly sung after "Honey ..." : DEEDIDO
109. "May I ___ question?" : ASKA
110. "Rebel Without a Cause" actress : NATALIEWOOD
118. Operatic prince : IGOR
119. Grand : THOU
120. Controversial form that 43-Down used for 23-/29-Across : SPIRALSHAPE
121. Like some traffic : THRU
122. Lummoxes : OAFS
123. One who gets a lot of return business? : TAXPREPARER
124. Verb with "vous" : ETES
1. Lepidopterist's study : MOTH
2. Pain in the neck : ACHE
3. Poetic contraction : NEER
4. Enters leisurely : EASESIN
5. Gov't investments : TNOTES
6. Part of some Bibles: Abbr. : APOC
7. Flight : LAM
8. Midori on ice : ITO
9. North end? : ERN
10. "... ___ should I" : NOR
11. Director Lee : ANG
12. Cross shape : TAU
13. Shell food? : EGGS
14. *"Seated Woman, Wiping Her Left Side" : DEGAS
15. Like 43-Down's design for 23-/29-Across : NONTRADITIONAL
16. Org. setting workplace rules : OSHA
17. Swedish company with a catalog : IKEA
18. Drops from the sky : RAIN
19. Gospel singer Franklin : ERMA
24. Flambé, say : LIT
25. ___'acte : ENTR
29. Castle security system : MOAT
30. Bygone channel : UPN
31. "No seats left" : SRO
32. Use (up), as time : EAT
33. One for the money? : UNUM
34. *"Tableau 2" : MONDRIAN
36. Good lookers : HOTTAMALES
37. Fated : INEVITABLE
38. With 43-Down, what 23-/29-Across was : FINALMAJORWORKOF
39. Player of one of the women in Robert Altman's "3 Women" : SISSYSPACEK
40. Site of Spain's Alamillo Bridge : SEVILLE
42. Jewelry firm since 1842 : FABERGE
43. See 38-Down : FRANKLLOYDWRIGHT
44. U.S.P.S. deliveries : LTRS
45. Latin 101 verb : ESSE
47. Drinks of liquor : POTATIONS
48. Sixth-brightest star in the sky : RIGEL
51. *"Mandolin and Guitar" : PICASSO
56. Start of a common run : ABCD
57. Joy of "The View" : BEHAR
58. Showing surprise : AGAPE
64. Words from Charlie Brown : UGHS
70. Dog-___ : EARED
71. Many a perfume : SPRAY
75. Epps of "House" : OMAR
78. Shrub that may cause a severe allergic reaction : SUMAC
80. Leaden, in London : GREY
84. Angela Merkel's one : EINE
85. Place for a stamp : VISA
86. Sorts : ILKS
89. School popular in the 1920s : BAUHAUS
91. Autumn ESPN highlights : TDS
92. Sue Grafton's "___ for Ricochet" : RIS
93. Common middle name for a girl : ANN
94. Scholarly : ERUDITE
96. Code-cracking grp. : NSA
98. "Time out!" signal : TEE
99. Old defense grp. : SEATO
100. Turkish bigwig : PASHA
101. *"The Antipope" : ERNST
103. Early spring feast : SEDER
104. Just love : ADORE
105. Life preserver, e.g. : TORUS
107. Spanish tidbit : TAPA
108. Skinny : DOPE
111. B.O. purchases : TIX
112. *"Head and Shell" : ARP
113. Roman household god : LAR
114. Paris's ___ Saint-Louis : ILE
115. Medium strength? : ESP
116. "Huh?" : WHA
117. Viking ship item : OAR

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