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New York Times, Sunday, February 19, 2006

Author: Joe DiPietro
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe DiPietro
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {JWZ} This is puzzle # 85 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2006, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Small turnover : SAMOSA
7. Careless : SLAPDASH
15. Gut feeling? : AGITA
20. Preener's partner : PEAHEN
21. Color similar to turquoise : NILEBLUE
22. Shades : TONES
23. "Now!" : ANDMAKEITSNAPPY
25. Make into law : ENACT
26. Stephen of "Breakfast on Pluto" : REA
27. Thought some more about : SLEPTON
28. Gas company known for its toy trucks : HESS
30. Gas company known for its tiger slogan : ESSO
31. Tiny ___ : TIM
32. Ceremonial burner : CENSER
33. Gob : TAR
34. Crescent point : CUSP
36. "A Passage to India" woman : ADELA
38. Bawdy : RACY
40. One way to chop peppers : FINELY
42. For one : APOP
45. Certain turtle : SNAPPER
48. One with a thin skin? : ONION
50. "I'm not impressed" : BIGDEAL
53. Jacket style : NEHRU
54. "Make ___ away" : ITGO
55. Vice : EVIL
56. Cry of distress : SAVEME
60. What the connected may have : ANIN
62. The D.A. probably took it once : LSAT
63. Dear ones : LOVES
65. Graph component : YAXIS
66. Pension recipient : RETIREE
68. Afternoon hour in Italy : TRE
69. Puts on a coat : PAINTS
71. Bother : HASSLE
72. Cartoon collectible : CEL
75. Worked up : INASTIR
77. It may be met or filled : QUOTA
78. 2002 Olympics venue : PROVO
80. Musical opening : ACTI
82. Gran Canaria, for one : ISLA
83. Support : UPHOLD
85. Blood designation, for short : ONEG
86. Old sports org. featuring the Minnesota Kicks : NASL
87. Florida Rep. ___ Hastings : ALCEE
89. Theseus abandoned her : ARIADNE
91. Fugard's "A Lesson From ___" : ALOES
93. Not just lean : FATLESS
96. Shelters : DENS
97. "Yeah, right" : IMSURE
99. Angelo's instrument : ARPA
100. Trac II alternatives : ATRAS
104. Off-white : ECRU
105. It has nine figures: Abbr. : SSN
107. Markets of yore : AGORAS
111. Greeting of yore : AVE
112. Carl Sagan's subj. : ASTR
114. Popular insulator : MICA
116. Dyemaking material : ANILINE
117. Raiders' org. : DEA
118. Old war story : ILIAD
120. Debt cause : DEFICITSPENDING
123. Describes : LIMNS
124. "Just a little bite?" : ONETASTE
125. Crumbly Italian cheese : ASIAGO
126. Symbol of strength : STEEL
127. Certain math sign : LESSTHAN
128. Staggered : REELED
1. Ancient military hub : SPARTA
2. Work recounting Dido's suicide : AENEID
3. Butterfly, e.g. : MADAME
4. An omega stands for it : OHM
5. Specialty of Russian painter Aivazovsky : SEASCAPE
6. A joint that's hopping? : ANKLE
7. Short cuts : SNIPS
8. Leaves something behind : LITTERS
9. Loser : ALSORAN
10. ___ Station : PENN
11. Under the name of, as a co. : DBA
12. Part of many stars' names : ALPHA
13. A-one, or one living in 1-A, perhaps : SUPER
14. Attention getters : HEYS
15. Had a beef? : ATE
16. Declined : GONESENILE
17. Instantly : INASPLITSECOND
18. P.I.'s : TECS
19. Concerning : ASTO
24. Poetic time of day : EEN
29. Genetics, e.g.: Abbr. : SCI
33. Use keys : TYPE
35. Afternoon hour in Italy : UNO
37. Dish out the beans? : LADLE
39. Punishes, in a way : CANES
40. Healthful dessert : FRUITSALAD
41. Eastern discipline : YOGA
43. Alliance created in 1948: Abbr. : OAS
44. Not take risks : PLAYITSAFE
46. Ikhnaton, for one : PHARAOH
47. Automaker Maserati : ERNESTO
49. "Hardly" : NOT
50. Swig : BELT
51. Actor Novello : IVOR
52. "Be a little more patient" : GIVEITSOMETIME
57. With 58-Down, common cake ingredient : VANILLA
58. See 57-Down : EXTRACT
59. Fire starter? : MIS
61. Nothing that plays a prominent role in this puzzle : NIL
64. Resting place : SPA
67. Ad salesman, informally : REP
70. "___ was saying …" : ASI
71. March word : HUP
73. Knotted up : EVEN
74. Ticket choice : LOGE
76. Character on "Frasier" : NILESCRANE
77. Quite odd : QUEER
79. Not just poke fun at : ROAST
80. Santa in California : ANA
81. Cartel city : CALI
84. "___ Day" (1993 rap hit) : DRE
88. Dash : ELAN
90. Just partly : INASENSE
92. It's 94-Down for south : SUR
94. See 92-Down : SPANISH
95. The Arrow constellation : SAGITTA
98. Coke's partner : RUM
101. Michelin offering : RADIAL
102. Get payback for : AVENGE
103. Neptune, e.g. : SEAGOD
105. Display : SCENE
106. Vaults : SAFES
108. Football Hall-of-Famer Merlin : OLSEN
109. Splitting image? : RIP
110. Something lent or bent, in a phrase : ANEAR
112. Hurts : AILS
113. Opening : SLIT
115. Object of worship : IDOL
116. Room to swing ___ : ACAT
119. Cable alternative : DSL
121. Letters within the theme entries that are, literally, next to nothing : ITS
122. Quit working : DIE

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