CHRISTMAS PLAY

New York Times, Sunday, December 24, 2000

Author: Bill Zais
Editor: Will Shortz
Bill Zais
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 146, Blocks: 76 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Zais. NYT links: Across Lite

Notepad: The tree shape when read counterclockwise gives the name of a Holiday tune.
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© 2000, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Stock market figures : HIGHS
6. 1994 Jodie Foster title role : NELL
10. Cribbage equipment : PEGS
14. Macbeth or Macduff : THANE
19. Dunderpate : IDIOT
20. Lip balm ingredient : ALOE
21. Part of a spread : ACRE
22. Hornswoggles, with "in" : ROPES
23. Community with its Christmas decorations up? : TINSELTOWN
25. Gift-giver's comment after tying the bow? : THATSAWRAP
27. Small group of carolers : TRIO
28. Product made by Armor All : STP
30. In stock : ONHAND
31. Out : ABSENT
34. Putt-putter : MOPED
36. Native Missourians : OSAGES
40. Ends, as class : LETSOUT
42. Noted pilgrimage site : LOURDES
44. Call : PHONE
45. J.F.K. times : ETAS
46. Kind of cheese : PIMENTO
48. Way of life : TAO
50. 1990 film autobiography "___: My Story" : AVA
51. Go (over) : PORE
52. Word with hand or home : MADE
53. Rote learning method : DRILLS
56. Hip-hop's ___ Kim : LIL
57. Played (around) : HORSED
60. Hellish : STYGIAN
62. Musical retrospective, maybe : MEDLEY
64. Kind of jump : SKI
65. Island singer : DONHO
67. Meeting reading : AGENDA
69. Relieves (of) : RIDS
70. Who is stronger than Superman? : NOONE
72. Tire reinforcement : PLY
73. Not seriously : INFUN
75. Shows of joy : JIGS
77. Gum arabic tree : ACACIA
80. Westernmost African city : DAKAR
82. To whom reporters report: Abbr. : EDS
85. Torrent : ONRUSH
87. Nightclub : HOTSPOT
89. Curve enhancer : CORSET
91. HBO competitor : SHO
92. Noncompromiser : PURIST
94. Architect Saarinen : EERO
96. French 101 verb : ETRE
97. P.G.A. champ Sutton : HAL
98. Combative sort, they say : LEO
99. Sicilian wine : MARSALA
102. Not work out : FAIL
103. Spanish princess : ELENA
105. 1950's game fad : CANASTA
108. Extra pages, say : ADDENDA
110. Certain buttons : RESETS
112. Congo native : BANTU
113. Taskmaster's cry : HARDER
114. Stoppage : STASIS
116. Eur. land : IRE
118. Slammin' Sammy : SOSA
119. Christmas? : PRESENTDAY
123. Money envelopes on a Christmas tree? : BRANCHBANK
128. Carol singers : CHOIR
129. Take out : DELE
130. Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea : ELBA
131. Milk symbol : ELSIE
132. Pastels : TONES
133. Sound of a leak : SSSS
134. Difficult to fathom : DEEP
135. Give back : REPAY
1. Sellout : HIT
2. A mean Amin : IDI
3. Ingredient in a Blue Pacific : GIN
4. Hors d'oeuvre servers, maybe : HOSTESSES
5. Caterer's supply : STERNO
6. Expanding org. : NATO
7. "Do Ya" rock grp. : ELO
8. Stock market figures : LOWS
9. Helped out, in a way : LENTMONEY
10. Irishman, informally : PAT
11. Seconded : ECHOED
12. Starbucks order : GRANDE
13. "___ Speaks" (Jane Roberts book) : SETH
14. Switch : TRANSPOSE
15. Elephant seat : HOWDAH
16. Financial fig. : APR
17. P.T.A.-aligned org. : NEA
18. Clairvoyance, e.g. : ESP
24. Like most Christmas trees : LITUP
26. ___ Paulo : SAO
29. Show pique : POUT
31. Israeli leaders? : ALEPHS
32. Caused to go : BETOOK
33. Attempts at decorating a treetop? : STARRINGROLES
35. One with a gift : PRODIGY
37. Tree holder, in an indoor football game? : GOALLINESTAND
38. Like the rich and beautiful : ENVIED
39. Some mattresses : SEALYS
41. Tiny ___ : TIM
42. Caused : LEDTO
43. N.L. Central team: Abbr. : STL
47. Potato dish, in British slang : MASH
49. Researcher's staple : ALMANAC
54. Actress Charlotte : RAE
55. Place to stay : INN
58. Tokyo, once : EDO
59. Popular 80's daytime show : DONAHUE
61. Bashes : GALAS
63. Actress Joanne : DRU
66. Japanese competitor of IBM : NEC
68. Cartoonist Browne : DIK
71. Big Ten sch. : OSU
72. "The Autobiography of Miss Jane ___" : PITTMAN
74. To's partner : FRO
75. Kidder : JOSHER
76. Scarf down : INHALE
78. Yellowfin tuna : AHI
79. Trigonometry abbr. : COS
80. ___ good turn (helps out) : DOESA
81. Gillette product : ATRA
83. Treat with contempt : DERIDE
84. Like some ancient markers : STELAR
86. Is messy : SPLATTERS
88. Not pleased : PERTURBED
90. Like a doctor's patients : REFERABLE
93. Miami's Eden ___ Resort : ROC
95. Suffix with pay : OLA
100. Piedmont province : ASTI
101. Kind of committee : ADHOC
104. Monster's nickname : NESSIE
106. Tolerates : ABIDES
107. Some French sounds : NASALS
109. Part of Santa's team : DASHER
111. Marino or Gabriel : SAN
115. Guides: Abbr. : STDS
117. First name in detective fiction : ERLE
118. Parka closer : SNAP
119. Agt.'s reward : PCT
120. Density symbol : RHO
121. Long time to wait : EON
122. "You bet!" : YES
124. White House nickname : ABE
125. Viper : ASP
126. Actress Peeples : NIA
127. Important : KEY

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