TAKING HALF-STEPS

New York Times, Sunday, December 11, 2011

Author: Timothy Polin
Editor: Will Shortz
Timothy Polin
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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© 2011, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Knives, forks and spoons : FLATWARE
6. Jackson and Reno : JANETS
12. Where a plant or animal thrives : NATURALHABITAT
20. Shakespearean nobleman : TIMON
21. Wipes out : ERASES
22. Spanish conquistador who searched for the Seven Cities of Gold : CORONADO
23. Taking too much : ODING
24. Reassure that one's joking, in a way : WINKAT
25. Aesthete : ARTLOVER
26. Little shavers at school? : PENCILSHARPENERS
28. Northern sympathizer : UNIONIST
29. ___ moment's notice : ONA
30. Tucker out : TIRE
31. Bone: Prefix : OSSE
32. Just recently : OFLATE
35. Maternally related : ENATE
37. Knoll : RISE
39. Like trenchant wit : RAZORSHARP
45. Paper tray size: Abbr. : LTR
46. Mercedes sedan : ECLASS
48. Potpourri : HASH
50. Burrowing rodents : VOLES
51. Home in the woods : DEN
52. Kin: Abbr. : RELS
53. Radiohead frontman Yorke : THOM
55. Cockamamie : ASININE
57. Extraordinary and unexplainable : PRETERNATURAL
59. Play sentinel : KEEPASHARPLOOKOUT
61. Fix, as a fairway : RESOD
62. "The Clan of the Cave Bear" author : AUEL
63. Southern university whose campus is a botanical garden : ELON
64. Table scraps : ORTS
65. Economic woe : HYPERINFLATION
69. Burns, e.g. : SCOT
73. Ones pictured in corp. reports : CEOS
74. Newspaper units: Abbr. : COLS
75. Body of water in a volcanic crater, for one : NATURALLAKE
76. Group that doesn't believe in revolution? : FLATEARTHSOCIETY
82. #2 or #3 : ALSORAN
84. "Get it?" : CAPEESH
85. "Lohengrin" soprano : ELSA
86. Fixed price : FLATFEE
87. Quick inning enders, for short : DPS
88. Walled city of Spain : AVILA
89. Key : ISLE
91. Modernize the plant : RETOOL
93. Trademarked marker : SHARPIE
94. Spheres : REALMS
96. ___-Alt-Del : CTRL
98. Gusto : VERVE
99. Draft inits. : SSS
100. Goddess with a headdress depicting a throne : ISIS
102. Killed, as a test : ACED
104. Former transportation regulation agcy. : ICC
106. Dangers for children and klutzes : SHARPOBJECTS
111. Immigrant's opposite : NATURALBORNCITIZEN
116. 1994 Schwarzenegger film : TRUELIES
117. Judge in Judges : GIDEON
118. Neighbor of a Turkmen : IRANI
119. Cactuslike plant of the Southwest : OCOTILLO
120. Doorway jamb : ALETTE
121. Remark after an awkward silence : ORNOT
122. Vocal skeptic : NAYSAYER
123. Hockey team, say : SEXTET
124. Nobelist Bohr : NIELS
1. Aircraft carrier : FLATTOP
2. "Open ___" : WIDE
3. Cruel Ugandan : AMIN
4. Veg-O-Matic company : RONCO
5. Planned : ENGINEERED
6. Instrument played in the mouth : JEWSHARP
7. Short operatic solos : ARIETTAS
8. Kid minders : NANNIES
9. Glacial ridge : ESKER
10. Render : TEARER
11. Retired boomers : SSTS
12. There's no foul play when one passes by these : NATURALCAUSES
13. Brass : HORNS
14. More pretentious : ARTIER
15. Vaquero's neckwear : BOLO
16. ___ a secret : INON
17. Rikki-tikki-___ : TAVI
18. Some punches : ADES
19. Slander or libel : TORT
27. Cavalry member : LANCER
31. 2005 biography subtitled "The Making of a Terrorist" : OSAMA
32. Seasoned hand : OLDPRO
33. Sycophant : FLATTERER
34. Repeated film title role for Jim Varney : ERNEST
36. Organic food label : ALLNATURAL
38. Links chain : IHOP
40. Orly bird? : AVION
41. Pass (out) : ZONK
42. Potpourri : OLIO
43. Lens solution brand : RENU
44. Fixed at an acute angle : SHARPSET
47. Guide : STEER
49. Fox hunter's cry : HALLO
54. Shapes studied by Dr. Watson and his partner : HELICES
56. Frequent answer to "When?" : SOON
58. Set-___ : TOS
59. Letter after pee : KUE
60. Wrinkly-faced dogs : SHARPEIS
62. Lhasa ___ : APSO
65. Dastardly laughs : HEHS
66. Mario's dinosaur sidekick : YOSHI
67. Like some cigarettes : NOTAR
68. Way to refuse : FLATLY
69. Pavement caution : SLO
70. Bottom dealers, perhaps : CARDSHARPS
71. Cousins of giraffes : OKAPIS
72. Tightens (up) : TENSES
73. Backups for backups : CTEAM
75. "The Origin of Species" concept : NATURALSELECTION
76. Part of a freight train : FLATCAR
77. Something a dome lacks : EAVE
78. Samoan port : APIA
79. Former Connecticut governor Jodi : RELL
80. Welsh, e.g. : CELTS
81. Robert of "The Sopranos" : ILER
82. "___ Andromeda" (British sci-fi series) : AFOR
83. 10th-century pope : LEOVII
86. F major has just one : FLATTEDNOTE
90. Kind of kick : SCISSOR
92. Former surgeon general C. ___ Koop : EVERETT
95. It's found near the toe of a boot : SICILY
97. Apt to change : LABILE
101. Inscribed marker : STELE
103. Ancient volume : CODEX
105. Wispy clouds : CIRRI
106. Al who sought the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination : SHARPTON
107. Water hazard? : ORCA
108. Give a lift : BUOY
109. They leave trails : JETS
110. Director Kazan : ELIA
111. Piped fuel : NATURALGAS
112. Site for techies : CNET
113. Writer Grey : ZANE
114. Organic compound : ENOL
115. Tiny criticisms : NITS

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