PASSING GRADES

New York Times, Sunday, February 16, 2014

Author: Yaakov Bendavid
Editor: Will Shortz
Yaakov Bendavid
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 134, Blocks: 64 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Bendavid. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Yaakov Bendavid notes: Once again, I'm thrilled to be published in the NY Times, my 5th puzzle. In my previous puzzles — all Sundays — I never had as few as six theme answers, as in today's offering. Having only six ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Themers today are phrases with their F's changed to D's, thus giving 'passing grades.' At just 134 words and six themers, this is another one in Will's experiment of mashing up a Sunday-size puzzle with a ... more
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Across Down
1. Summer refreshers : ADES
5. Israel's Netanyahu, informally : BIBI
9. Bowler and sailor : HATS
13. Tracking systems : RADARS
19. Ports : LEFTSIDES
21. Memphis deity : ISIS
22. Actress Cuthbert of "24" : ELISHA
23. One who turned Cinderella's pumpkin into pumpkin cheesecake? : DAIRYGODMOTHER
25. Drive away : DISPEL
26. Reference : ALLUDETO
27. New York's Jacob ___ Park : RIIS
28. Crude coconut opener : MACHETE
29. Cherry part : STEM
30. Worth mentioning : OFNOTE
32. Iglu and yoghurt, e.g. : VARIANTS
33. Bad beginning? : MAL
36. ___ cycle : REM
37. Dustin Hoffman title role : RAINMAN
39. County or lake of Cooperstown, N.Y. : OTSEGO
42. Dunking cookie : OREO
44. Be too syrupy : CLOY
45. Liquor unit : DRAM
49. Snorkeling bargain? : TWODIVESFORATEN
52. Hip-hop artist with the 2013 #1 album "Born Sinner" : JCOLE
53. Up to, shortly : TIL
54. French noodles? : TETES
55. What makes blue jeans blue : ANIL
56. "She's got electric boots, a ___ suit" ("Bennie and the Jets" lyric) : MOHAIR
57. Rust-causing agents : OXIDANTS
59. Vex : ANNOY
60. Stomachs : ABIDES
61. Fit to ___ : ATEE
62. Tin can plinker, maybe : BBGUN
63. Challenge for a speech coach : LISP
64. Oscar winner Leachman : CLORIS
67. Setting of "The Crucible" : SALEM
68. Nappy fabric : MOLESKIN
72. Undeveloped : LATENT
73. Elizabeth Taylor role of '63 : CLEO
74. Roman ruler before Caesar : SULLA
75. Subj. of Snowden leaks : NSA
76. Dismantle on a ship : UNRIG
77. Transportation company that skimps on safety? : NODRILLSAIRLINE
80. Conk : BEAN
81. Wisecrack : JAPE
82. Of the flock : LAIC
83. Lawn care brand : SCOTTS
84. Mythological monster : CHIMERA
87. Addr. book datum : TEL
88. Even if, in brief : THO
89. Corkscrewed : SPIRALED
92. "___ no turning back" : THERES
95. Dress accessory : SASH
99. Knacks : TALENTS
100. Reason for an ophthalmologist's visit : STYE
101. It might be answered "Muy bien, gracias" : COMOESTA
104. Sergeant's order : ATEASE
105. Stephen Hawking's computer-generated voice? : SCIENCEDICTION
107. Church vessel : CENSER
108. Bring in : EARN
109. Duvel pub offering : BLONDEALE
110. Prepares to propose : KNEELS
111. Kind of rug : AREA
112. Buttonhole, for example : SLIT
113. NASA's ___ Research Center : AMES
1. Acting family : ALDAS
2. Did a Vegas job : DEALT
3. Return option : EFILE
4. Pulled strings, maybe? : STRUMMED
5. Former 6'9" N.B.A.'er Hayes, to fans : BIGE
6. "What did ___ deserve this?" : IDOTO
7. Comfortable state : BEDOFROSES
8. Suffix with age : ISM
9. Band's cue : HITIT
10. More wan : ASHIER
11. Draws : TIES
12. Old atlas initials : SSR
13. Force under Stalin : REDARMY
14. Keys on a piano : ALICIA
15. Two things seen beside James Bond at a casino? : DISHANDCHIPS
16. Popular ski spot : ASPEN
17. Butler of literature : RHETT
18. Register ring-ups : SALES
20. Screenwriting guru Field : SYD
24. Call from a balcony : OROMEO
28. Massenet opera : MANON
31. Indoor balls : NERFS
32. In a loathsome way : VILELY
34. Starting trouble : AGITATING
35. Tryst site : LOVENEST
38. Director's cry : ACTION
39. "The Simpsons" character with a habit of calling things "gnarly" : OTTO
40. Candy bar that comes two to a pack : TWIX
41. Most arias : SOLI
43. Insect repellent ingredient : ORANGEOIL
46. Artery : ROAD
47. "That's ___!" : ALIE
48. Bodies of eau : MERS
50. Little: Suffix : ETTE
51. Per ___ : ANNUM
52. Use for a résumé : JOBSEARCH
56. Spammer enabler : MAILLIST
58. "Oh yeah? Let's see you hold your breath for TWO minutes!," e.g.? : DAREINCREASE
59. Better qualified : ABLER
62. Like Bruce Willis, in his later movie roles : BALDER
63. She "drank champagne and danced all night," in song : LOLA
64. Crude weapon : CLUB
65. 46-Down division : LANE
66. Spanish alternative? : OTRA
67. Checked (out) : SCOPED
68. Myocyte : MUSCLECELL
69. Sweater, e.g. : KNIT
70. "___ it rich?" (Sondheim lyric) : ISNT
71. Highlands refusals : NAES
74. Better at conniving : SLIER
77. Handles : NAMES
78. Triangular sail : LATEEN
79. Infuser contents : LOOSETEA
81. Altar no-shows : JILTERS
85. Gingerbread house visitor : HANSEL
86. Enrobe : ATTIRE
89. Heap : STACK
90. Eucharist holder : PATEN
91. TV actress Graff : ILENE
93. Spotted scavenger : HYENA
94. "Ditto" : SODOI
96. "Take me ___" : ASIAM
97. Lifted : STOLE
98. Hosiery brand : HANES
100. Kind of tissue : SCAR
102. Coin grade : MINT
103. Repetitive behavior condition, for short : OCD
105. View from a boardwalk : SEA
106. Grammy Awards airer : CBS

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