DID THERE USE TO BE ...?

New York Times, Sunday, October 26, 2003

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 86 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2003, The New York Times
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1. Fort Worth sch. : TCU
4. Plain folk : AMISH
9. Player : ATHLETE
16. Late bloomer : ASTER
21. Millennium Falcon pilot ___ Solo : HAN
22. "Il convivio" writer : DANTE
23. Revolutionary's cry : FREEDOM
24. Iffy response : MAYBE
25. Where there's a whole lot of shaking going on : EPICENTER
27. Salad ingredient : ROMAINE
28. Proofers' catches : TYPOS
29. Before TV, were there ...? : FROZENRADIODINNERS
32. Copper : CENT
33. ___ Fey of "S.N.L." : TINA
34. God with raven messengers : ODIN
35. Seed cover : ARIL
36. Rtes. : HWYS
37. Word about someone : REP
40. Crying : INTEARS
45. Ritardando, musically : SLOWER
47. Stock market abbr. : OTC
50. Before phones, was there ...? : TELEGRAMTAG
53. Basic faith : THEISM
56. Brought on : PROVOKED
58. More palatable : TASTIER
61. Port of ancient Rome : OSTIA
62. Ditches : RAVINES
63. ___ Dhabi : ABU
65. Globule : DROP
67. Poetic gloamings : EENS
68. Guinness et al. : ALECS
69. Before watches, were there ...? : STOPSUNDIALS
74. Snitch : RAT
75. ___ Senate Office Building : HART
76. Subject in Revelation : SATAN
78. Fay famous for a scream : WRAY
79. Home of FedEx : MEMPHIS
81. Fast clip on the road : EIGHTY
83. W.W. II guns : STENS
85. Observatory sighting : NEBULA
86. Food for many zoo animals : REDMEAT
88. Curse : BANE
89. Turns : SOURS
91. Recorded proceedings : ACTA
94. Negotiator with G.M. : UAW
95. Before movies, were there ...? : DRIVEINPLAYS
98. Like invitees : ASKED
99. Plunge in : STAB
101. Something that's hatched : PLAN
102. First name in 1950's Broadway : YUL
103. Hot breakfast : OATMEAL
105. Colosseum wear : TOGAS
107. Like "enow" or "erst" : ARCHAIC
111. Run through : REHEARSE
112. Big bores, slangily : SNORES
114. Before cars, were there ...? : HORSEALARMS
117. Father's talk: Abbr. : SER
118. Most pleasant : NICEST
121. Rank : ECHELON
122. D.D.E.'s purview : ETO
124. Sound from an exam cheater : PSST
126. Old Chinese money : TAEL
128. Flip : TOSS
130. Mantel sight : VASE
134. Prefix with -pod : OCTO
135. Before jets, was there ...? : STEAMLOCOMOTIVELAG
142. LP player : PHONO
144. Home to some 4-Across : INDIANA
145. Fancied : IMAGINARY
146. Called strikes, say : UMPED
147. Kind of rating : NIELSEN
148. Israel's southern triangle : NEGEV
149. It's scaled : MAP
150. Chasers : POSSE
151. Grammatical classifications : GENDERS
152. Actress Scacchi : GRETA
153. It spans Minn. to N.Y. : ONT
1. Lifting : THEFT
2. View from the Bay of Naples : CAPRI
3. North side : UNION
4. "Zip-___-Doo-Dah" : ADEE
5. Pop singer Manfred ___ : MANN
6. Opening : INTRO
7. Stabilized : STEADIED
8. Sheepdog activity : HERDING
9. Natural do : AFRO
10. Stepped : TROD
11. Powerful car engine, informally : HEMI
12. Depend (on) : LEAN
13. City between Richfield and Minnetonka : EDINA
14. Ab machines, e.g. : TONERS
15. Cooking personality : EMERIL
16. A.T.M. selection: Abbr. : AMT
17. Snapper's line? : SAYCHEESE
18. Before computers, were there ...? : TYPEWRITERHACKERS
19. Chicago-based monthly since 1945 : EBONY
20. Pauses : RESTS
26. Old-time ruler : CZAR
30. Like some verbs: Abbr. : INTR
31. Schedule : SLOT
38. Wide collars : ETONS
39. Lap dog, for short : PEKE
41. Really love : EATUP
42. Battler of Big Tobacco: Abbr. : AMA
43. Some linemen: Abbr. : RTS
44. Was inactive : SAT
46. Sci-fi's Doctor ___ : WHO
47. Daytime TV staple : OPRAH
48. Start of a refrain : TRALA
49. Before trucks, were there ...? : COVEREDWAGONSTOPS
51. "___ Girls" (1957 musical) : LES
52. Delirious : GIDDY
54. 1967 war locale : SINAI
55. Boom sites : MASTS
57. Prey : VICTIM
59. Verdi's "___ tu" : ERI
60. Vagabond : ROAMER
63. ___ disadvantage : ATA
64. One with short limbs : BONSAI
66. Common folk : PLEBS
69. Pen with oink? : STY
70. Grand slam, e.g. : SWEEP
71. It can hold many cups : URN
72. Long Island county : NASSAU
73. The Mustangs of the N.C.A.A. : SMU
76. With it : SHARP
77. Invader of Gaul : ATTILA
80. Highly ionized gas : PLASMA
82. Document used in coll. admissions : GED
84. Country music network, once : TNN
85. Some fraternity men : NUS
86. Corrodes : RUSTS
87. Stationery name : EATON
88. Take out of the game : BENCH
90. Comics family name : OYL
92. Kid : TEASE
93. Alfred who coined the phrase "inferiority complex" : ADLER
96. Not a std. listing : VAR
97. Certain école : LYCEE
98. Onetime Marshall Isl. event : ATEST
100. Figaro and others : BARITONES
103. Apostrophized preposition : OER
104. "Alas!" : AHME
106. Instant : SEC
108. It gets ground up : HOE
109. Swing's path : ARC
110. Relative of -esque : ISH
111. One kidnapping negotiator : RANSOMER
113. Some volleyball shots : SETS
115. Midrange voice : ALTO
116. Imminent : LOOMING
119. Hitting the spot : SATING
120. Wee, in one spelling : TEENIE
123. Kind of mitt : OVEN
124. Bloop : POPUP
125. Chump : SCHMO
127. Weighed down : LADEN
129. Pioneer carrier : STAGE
131. John Wayne film, with "The" : ALAMO
132. S.C. Johnson brand : SARAN
133. Land that's mostly sand : EGYPT
136. Late spring forecast : MILD
137. Use a surgical beam : LASE
138. Not just a rarity : ONER
139. Gives the boot : CANS
140. "Now ___ it!" : IGET
141. Hurray, in Hidalgo : VIVA
143. Laudatory lines : ODE

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