A SHINING MOMENT

New York Times, Sunday, November 28, 2010

Author: Jeremy Newton
Editor: Will Shortz
Jeremy Newton
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 171, Blocks: 93 Missing: {QX} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Newton. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: Who says crossword construction isn't a risky business? Despite 3 Down and 5 Down and many years of a Wednesday tradition, the Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2010 was held on a Tuesday.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Passes with flying colors : GETSANA
8. Home of Hells Gate State Park : IDAHO
13. A lot of an orchestra : STRINGS
20. Really, really want : ACHEFOR
21. Break off : SEVER
22. "Are we not joking about that yet?" : TOOSOON
23. Sounded sheepish? : BLEATED
24. Roulette bet : ALLONRED
26. How pets may fly : INCARGO
27. Came to realize : SAW
28. Avant-garde composer Brian : ENO
29. Quick flight : LAM
30. Something groundbreaking? : HOE
31. N.B.A.'er Smits, a k a the Dunkin' Dutchman : RIK
32. Amaze : WOW
33. Shed thing : TEARDROP
36. Source of some rings : ONION
38. Felt in the gut : VISCERAL
41. Richard Gere title role of 2000 : DRT
42. Peach, e.g. : SOFTCOLOR
45. Onetime "S.N.L." regular Tina : FEY
46. Snack food with a Harvest Cheddar flavor : SUNCHIPS
50. "Butter knife" of golf : ONEIRON
51. Deem : ASSESSAS
56. Austin-to-Waco dir. : NNE
57. Frozen, perhaps : AFRAID
59. Escapee from a witch in a Grimm tale : GRETEL
61. Swingers' grp. : PGA
62. It may be put down on a roll : ABSENCE
64. Up for bidding : ONAUCTION
68. Strong aversion, colloquially : ALLERGY
70. Kind of moment : KODAK
71. 10 Downing St. figures : PMS
73. R.V. refuge org. : KOA
74. Reflux : EBB
76. Places for needles : ETUIS
77. Go by : ELAPSE
79. Exactly right : ONTHEBUTTON
82. Mythological triad : GRACES
83. Porker's place : STY
84. Creatures known to lick their own eyeballs : GECKOS
86. Itty-bitty : ATOMIC
88. "Cómo es ___?" (Spanish "Why?") : ESO
89. Nuts about : BIGON
90. It guards the heart : RIBCAGE
94. Kind of romance between actors : ONSET
96. One of the Gandhis : RAJIV
99. ___ Grand : MGM
101. Vegas opening? : LAS
102. ___ Na Na : SHA
104. What might go for a dip? : NACHO
108. Worked up : EMOTIONAL
110. Big name in late-night : CONAN
112. "Don't try any more tricks!" : IMONTOYOU
114. Brooks or Blanc : MEL
115. When repeated, an old sitcom farewell : NANU
116. Cry of self-pride : YAYME
117. Beginning : RISE
118. Preceders of xis : NUS
119. Stretched figures : OBLONGS
121. R&B funk trio with the 1990 hit "Feels Good" : TONYTONITONE
124. One using twisted humor : IRONIST
126. Is worth doing : PAYS
127. Trattoria topper : PESTO
129. Letter-shaped support : IBEAM
131. Provides service that can't be beat? : ACES
132. Stave (off) : WARD
134. Part of a sunbow : HUE
136. Shih ___ (dog) : TZU
137. Blue stuff : SMUT
139. Bitter quarrels : STRIFES
142. Input : ENTERED
144. Beatles' last studio album : LETITBE
148. Annual Manhattan event (represented symbolically in this puzzle) : THETREELIGHTINGCEREMONY
151. Transmission repair franchise : AAMCO
152. Footnote abbr. : LOC
153. Zero : NONE
154. Christmas ___ : EVE
155. Leader of the Silver Bullet Band : SEGER
156. Lillian of silents : GISH
157. Seek damages : SUE
158. Org. that infiltrated Nazi Germany : OSS
159. Rx amount: Abbr. : TSP
160. In thing : RAGE
1. Doesn't shut up : GABS
2. Razzle-dazzle : ECLAT
3. With 5-Down, when 148-Across traditionally takes place : THEWEDNESDAY
4. Pirate's realm : SEA
5. See 3-Down : AFTERTHANKSGIVING
6. Ceaselessly : NOEND
7. Intense heat : ARDOR
8. La Palma, e.g. : ISLA
9. Canned foods giant : DELMONTE
10. Cosmetics giant : AVON
11. Title for Judge Judy : HERHONOR
12. Cookie with creme : OREO
13. Wakens : STIRS
14. Picker-upper : TONIC
15. Where 148-Across takes place : ROCKEFELLERCENTER
16. "Yes, Virginia, there ___ Santa Claus" : ISA
17. Traditional centerpiece of 148-Across : NORWAYSPRUCE
18. "Diary of a Madman" author : GOGOL
19. December fall : SNOW
24. Dinner in a can : ALPO
25. "Whip It" band : DEVO
34. Discus path : ARC
35. Mount in myth : OSSA
37. Here, in Dijon : ICI
39. "Deus ___" (1976 sci-fi novel) : IRAE
40. Low-___ : RES
43. Hardly a plain Jane : FONDA
44. Capital of Iceland? : LONGI
46. Winds : SNAKES
47. Detach, in a way : UNBOLT
48. Movie co. behind "Wordplay" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" : IFC
49. Ready : PREP
52. Blind guess : STAB
53. French seasoning : SEL
54. Texas A&M athletes : AGGIES
55. Asserts something : SAYSSO
58. Magnetic disruption in space : IONSTORM
60. 1960s girl group, with "the" : RONETTES
63. Literary inits. : EAP
65. It's picked in Maui : UKE
66. Part of an ear : COB
67. Torque's symbol : TAU
69. Gate projection, for short : ETA
72. Man in the hood? : MONK
75. One-named rock star : BONO
78. Stream of consciousness, for short? : EEG
80. Chu ___ (legendary Confucian sage) : HSI
81. What it must do : TAG
82. PX patrons : GIS
85. Fraudster : CONMAN
87. Frenchman's term of address : MONAMI
89. Shtick : BIT
91. Swell : BLOAT
92. Echo producer : CANYON
93. "Right there with you" : ASAMI
95. Chinese "way" : TAO
96. Clean again, as a floor : REMOP
97. Tiny creature : AMEBA
98. Like St. Nick : JOLLY
100. Overfills : GLUTS
103. Firm newbie : HIREE
105. Sarcastic sort : CYNIC
106. Take in, as guests : HOUSE
107. Sends packing : OUSTS
109. Bingeing : ONASPREE
110. Award named for a Hall-of-Fame pitcher : CYYOUNG
111. Blogger, e.g. : NETIZEN
113. Just below the boiling point : ONSIMMER
120. Start for 148-Across? : ONSWITCH
122. Not benched, as in hockey : ONTHEICE
123. Not overspending : ONBUDGET
125. Set to go off, say : ONATIMER
128. Flops in lots : EDSELS
130. Out : ASLEEP
133. Extra-large top? : AFRO
135. Start for -centric : ETHNO
136. Essays : TRIES
138. Western tribe : UTES
139. Kind of party : STAG
140. Cuisine with pad see ew noodles : THAI
141. Signs of dreaming : REMS
143. Wide-lapel jackets : ETONS
145. It was wrapped around the Forum : TOGA
146. Rare blood type, for short : BNEG
147. Jane at Thornfield : EYRE
149. Funny Costello : LOU
150. Walgreens rival : CVS

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