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New York Times, Sunday, February 4, 2007

Author: Paul Guttormsson
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Guttormsson. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2007, The New York Times
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1. *Sweater option : VNECK
6. *Choice cut : TBONESTEAK
16. *Primo : AONE
20. ___ Nast magazines : CONDE
21. "Hey, good lookin'!" : HUBBAHUBBA
22. Prior work : POEM
23. ___-totsy : HOTSY
24. Construction toy : ERECTORSET
25. Rock music's Better Than ___ : EZRA
26. Serpent suffix : INE
27. Mythical bird-woman : HARPY
29. Works on : HONES
30. Roman fountain name : TREVI
31. Executes : PERFORMS
33. Acknowledge : LETON
34. Cheat : CHISEL
35. Some Ivy Leaguers : ELIS
36. Philosopher Kierkegaard : SOREN
37. Perfectly : TOAT
38. Existing at birth : INBRED
41. Always : EVER
42. Terse response to an interruption : WHATISIT
46. Ties up : MOORS
47. Symbol of speed : HARE
49. Author Silverstein : SHEL
50. "___ not" : FEAR
51. Section : AREA
52. Zero : NONE
53. Infamous innkeeper : BATES
55. Info on an electric bill : USAGE
56. Rants : CARRIESON
58. One doing the twist, e.g. : GYRATOR
60. Deli order : LOX
61. What the answers to the 15 starred clues have : INITIALINITIALS
64. Summer hrs. in N.Y. : EDT
67. Lean : SLENDER
68. Biker's prop : KICKSTAND
72. Retired N.H.L. great Hull : BRETT
74. Palm, say : STEAL
75. Mock-scared cries : EEKS
76. Mil. school : ACAD
77. Years in old Rome : ANNI
78. Inured (to) : USED
79. Nonprofit? : LOSS
80. Central courts : ATRIA
81. Sang on high?: Var. : YODELLED
83. Paramount : MAIN
85. Unyielding : STEELY
86. In order (to) : SOAS
87. King or queen : TITLE
88. Comedian Mort : SAHL
89. "The Paper Chase" author John Jay ___ Jr. : OSBORN
92. Ill : BADLY
93. Treat for a dog : BELLYRUB
97. Golf outing : ROUND
98. Where St. Paul was shipwrecked, in Acts : MALTA
99. Ballot listing : SLATE
100. Quiz feature: Abbr. : ANS
101. Still : IDLE
102. Period of future bliss : MILLENNIUM
104. Motown singer Terrell : TAMMI
106. Scrubbed : NOGO
107. Diet soda feature : AFTERTASTE
108. Resting, say : INBED
109. *Backup for Dick Tracy : GMEN
110. *Gridiron lineup : IFORMATION
111. *Benjamin : CNOTE
1. *Show stopper? : VCHIP
2. To whom a dictator answers : NOONE
3. Word with an arrow : ENTER
4. Cautious investments, for short : CDS
5. Places for Peeping Toms : KEYHOLES
6. Units of heat : THERMS
7. Pats on the back? : BURPS
8. Mind : OBEY
9. Its slogan was once "Be there" : NBC
10. Diner sign : EATHERE
11. Trigger : SHOOTER
12. Activate : TURNON
13. Buddy of TV : EBSEN
14. Vigoda and Fortas : ABES
15. Kit ___ : KAT
16. Campari and Cinzano : APERITIFS
17. Goes slowly : OOZES
18. Temerity : NERVE
19. *In-box contents : EMAIL
28. Kalahari-like : ARID
30. Isley Brothers hit "___ Lady" : THAT
32. Its logo is a rearing horse : FERRARI
33. It's nothing : LOVE
34. Shade of black : COAL
36. Like sororities, at times : SERENADED
37. Nowheresville : THESTICKS
38. *Apple variety : IMAC
39. Best-selling author Roberts : NORA
40. ___ War of 1899 : BOER
42. Product in an orange box : WHEATIES
43. Caulk : SEAL
44. Villain who says "For I am nothing, if not critical" : IAGO
45. *Natural history museum attraction : TREX
47. Some restaurant employees : HOSTESSES
48. Chosen : ANOINTED
49. Umpire's call : STRIKEONE
52. ___ Kinnock, 1980's-90's British Labor Party leader : NEIL
53. *Saloon floozie : BGIRL
54. Author Rand : AYN
55. Modern addresses : URLS
57. Part of M.I.T.: Abbr. : INST
59. Battle of Fair ___, 1862 : OAKS
62. Open field : LEA
63. Majestic : STATELY
64. *Fortune 500 company based in San Jose, Calif. : EBAY
65. Villain who says "That's a Dom Perignon '55. It would be a pity to break it" : DRNO
66. Gravitate : TEND
69. Israeli port : ACRE
70. It's right at your fingertip : NAIL
71. *Critical time : DDAY
73. Gets blitzed : TIESONEON
78. ___ Bator : ULAN
79. ___-white : LILY
80. Fit : ATHLETIC
82. Follower of "O" : LORD
83. Important exam : MIDTERM
84. Home of Spelman College : ATLANTA
85. Put (away) : SALT
87. Higher up : TALLER
88. Gobs : SEAMEN
89. *Certain gasket : ORING
90. Corot painting "The Burning of ___" : SODOM
91. Dieter's problem : BULGE
92. Md.'s largest city : BALTO
93. Villain who says "So you don't like spinach?" : BLUTO
94. 1980's Stallone role : RAMBO
95. Not fulfilled : UNMET
96. *It's usually not played much : BSIDE
98. Upset : MIFF
99. Acapulco approval : SISI
102. French month : MAI
103. D.C. baseballer : NAT
105. Common female middle name : ANN

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