CORE O' NATIONS

New York Times, Sunday, February 19, 2012

Author: James F. C. Burns
Editor: Will Shortz
James F. C. Burns
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 75 Missing: {J} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Burns. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: I have shaded in the Nations at the Core of each theme answer.
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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. How a bug might go on a windshield : SPLAT
6. Opposite of neither : BOTH
10. College town SW of Cleveland : OBERLIN
17. Hunt : FORAGE
18. Donnybrook : MELEE
19. Island group that includes Guam : MARIANAS
21. Show of affection : AHUGANDAKISS
23. Balletic : GRACEFUL
24. Misery causes : BANES
25. Ridiculous : IDIOTIC
27. The first letter of "tsar," in Cyrillic : TSE
28. Sweet ending? : OSE
29. Mobile camper, informally : RVER
30. Long-migration seabirds : TERNS
31. Deep Western lake : TAHOE
33. Tied : DREW
34. Back to front? : IER
35. Kind of rock : ACID
36. Eucharist plate : PATEN
37. Half of a 1960s pop group : MAMAS
38. O. Henry bad guy who became a Hollywood/TV hero : CISCOKID
41. Appropriate, in slang : PINCH
42. Part of the Confederacy: Abbr. : ALA
43. The gold in them thar hills, say : ORE
44. Like "vav" in the Hebrew alphabet : SIXTH
45. Aussie "girl" famous for 55-Downing : MATILDA
49. Frizzy dos : AFROS
51. Tax-free bond, briefly : MUNI
52. Like leprechauns : IRISH
54. Your, to Yves : TES
55. Summarize : WRAPUP
56. Pot builder : ANTE
57. Opposite of spring : NEAP
58. Ryder fleet : VANS
59. Record label for Cee Lo and Whitney Houston : ARISTA
60. Some payments: Abbr. : CKS
61. Roseanne's husband on "Roseanne" : DAN
62. And others : ETALIA
64. Former European money : LIRE
65. "Dies ___" : IRAE
67. Attack with snowballs : PELT
68. Lime ___ : RICKEY
69. Not yet decided: Abbr. : TBA
70. Public : KNOWN
71. Middle parts of Japan? : OBIS
72. Home of the N.C.A.A.'s Minutemen : UMASS
73. Maximally wacky : ZANIEST
75. "Fiddler on the Roof" matchmaker : YENTE
77. One of two deliveries? : SON
78. Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
79. Bonaventures, e.g. : MASTS
80. Double, maybe : STUNTMAN
85. Pesto ingredient : BASIL
87. The House of ___ : GUCCI
88. Baba ___ (Gilda Radner character) : WAWA
89. Writer Umberto : ECO
90. Titles for attys. : ESQS
91. Ottoman officer : PASHA
92. Noted tower locale : BABEL
93. Spring : LEAP
94. Pac-12 team, for short : ASU
95. Shelley's fairy queen : MAB
96. Crafter's pedal : TREADLE
98. Throng : HORDE
99. Start for someone seeking advice : DEARABBY
102. Place for produce stands : GARDENMARKET
104. It's pushed in a park : STROLLER
105. Some exams : ORALS
106. Sparkles : GLEAMS
107. Areas : SECTORS
108. N.J. and Pa. each have a famous one : TPKE
109. Hall of fame : MONTY
1. "Me too" : SOHAVEI
2. Tree trimmers : PRUNERS
3. Drink with foam on top : LAGER
4. "Jumpin' Jack Flash, it's ___" : AGAS
5. X : TEN
6. Show sympathy, say : BEKIND
7. Stews : OLIOS
8. Check, as brakes : TEST
9. Halting : HESITANT
10. Text-speak gasp : OMG
11. Red Cross founder Clara : BARTON
12. Remove : ERASE
13. Wedding staple : RICE
14. New Guinea port : LAE
15. Unofficial discussions : INFORMALTALKS
16. Something gotten at an amusement park, maybe : NAUSEA
17. Draper's supply : FABRIC
18. Real ___ : MADRID
20. Loads : SLEWS
22. X, in Roma : DIECI
26. Trip up, perhaps : CATCHINALIE
30. Makes an extra effort : TAKESPAINS
32. Little chuckle : HEH
33. "Swans Reflecting Elephants," e.g. : DALI
36. Mischievous one : PIXIE
37. SAT section : MATH
39. Whodunit staple : CORPSE
40. "Are you in ___?" : OROUT
41. Servings of 3-Down : PINTS
44. Sea salvager's quest, maybe : SUNKENYACHT
45. One-named rapper with the 2008 hit "Paper Planes" : MIA
46. Like always : ASPERUSUAL
47. Turns down : DENIES
48. Appraise : ASSAY
49. Mexican shout of elation : ARRIBA
50. On the level : FAIRANDSQUARE
51. Colorful bird : MACAW
53. Lets : RENTS
55. See 45-Across : WALTZ
58. For immediate lease, say : VACANT
61. Lord's Prayer word : DEBTS
63. The 82-Down in "The Lion King" : TIMON
66. Hogwash : ROT
67. Film producer Carlo : PONTI
70. Bottom of the ocean? : KEEL
74. Bearded flower : IRIS
76. Pricey hors d'oeuvre : ESCARGOT
79. Juilliard subj. : MUS
80. Pricey furs : SABLES
81. Many a Justin Bieber fan : TWEEN
82. African mongoose : MEERKAT
83. It's much thanked once a year : ACADEMY
84. Common co-op rule : NOPETS
85. They can help worriers : BEADS
86. Strengths : ASSETS
87. Gossip : GABBER
88. Ungainly gait : WADDLE
91. San ___, suburb of San Francisco : PABLO
92. Israel's Ehud : BARAK
93. Wife of 67-Down : LOREN
95. Barley product : MALT
97. O.K. Corral hero : EARP
98. Eclipse phenomenon : HALO
100. Mythical bird : ROC
101. Earth cycles: Abbr. : YRS
103. 1991 book subtitled "When the Lion Roars" : MGM

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