STATE ANNEXATION

New York Times, Sunday, February 5, 2012

Author: Charles M. Deber
Editor: Will Shortz
Charles M. Deber
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Deber. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: This puzzle has a wonderfully creative angle I've never seen before. State abbreviations are added to certain answers to provide information for other clues.

So, for example, at 6-Across, "Posed (for)" is SAT. Then, at 33-Down, we see "6-Across near Indianapolis?" Add IN (the abbreviation for Indiana) to SAT to get SATIN, making the answer for 33-Down SMOOTH FABRIC.

Correction: Errors in NYT puzzles are extremely rare but this crossword has one. The clue for 30 Across reads "New Jersey town bordering Rahway" and the answer is ISELIN. It turns out they're very close together but they don't actually touch. You can see for yourself in these closeup maps of Iselin and Rahway.
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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Superfluous : EXTRA
6. Posed (for) : SAT
9. Follow persistently : DOG
12. Tiny blob : AMOEBA
18. Charms : WILES
19. The Beatles' "All ___ Got to Do" : IVE
20. Old White House nickname : IKE
21. Badly beaten up : MAULED
22. 45-Down near Baton Rouge? : EXCITEMENT
25. 124-Across near Dover? : GARDENTOOL
27. ___ contendere : NOLO
28. Flower girl? : DAISY
30. New Jersey town bordering Rahway : ISELIN
31. Photo ___ : OPS
34. Swindle : CON
35. Hindu title : SRI
36. ___ Brava : COSTA
37. CD-___ : ROM
38. 117-Down near Salem? : OPERASINGER
42. When sung three times, part of a Beatles refrain : YEAH
46. Bellyache : GROUSE
48. Seine summers : ETES
49. First name? : ADAM
51. Starch-yielding palm : SAGO
52. Old TV knob : CONTRAST
54. How Shakespeare's Rosalind dresses : ASAMAN
56. Sign by a theater ticket booth : SRO
57. Smithereens : BITS
58. 1-Across near Hartford? : CONCENTRATE
61. Blouse, e.g. : TOP
62. Still broken, say : UNHEALED
65. Confirms : AVERS
66. "Ancient Mariner" verse : RIME
68. Bad-mouthed : DEFAMED
69. Bitchin' : PRIMO
70. Sun spots : SOLARIA
73. Inter ___ : ALIA
74. Dante e Boccaccio : POETI
75. Rack for a rifle : GUNSTAND
76. Toss-up? : LOB
78. 114-Down near Boise? : SPLITSECOND
81. Santa ___ (desert winds) : ANAS
82. Get it wrong : ERR
83. Certain implants : STENTS
84. Role in "Nicholas and Alexandra" : RASPUTIN
87. TV police drama : NCIS
89. Comics canine : ODIE
90. 11 or 12, but not 13 : HOUR
92. Paint choice : ENAMEL
94. "___ teaches you when to be silent": Disraeli : TACT
95. 76-Down near Springfield? : PODDEDPLANT
98. Mugful, maybe : ALE
99. Actor Quinn : AIDAN
102. Before, in verse : ERE
103. Pioneer in quadraphonic music : RCA
104. Caustic soda : LYE
105. Against : VERSUS
107. Badge earner : SCOUT
109. This and that: Abbr. : MISC
111. 61-Across near Phoenix? : BIRTHSTONE
113. 9-Across near Boston? : MORALTENET
118. Critter whose name comes from Nahuatl : OCELOT
119. Cookout item : BUN
120. Roll of bills : WAD
121. Bring out : EDUCE
122. Assails : BESETS
123. Staff ___: Abbr. : SGT
124. Whirlpool : SPA
125. Exorcism target : DEMON
1. Farm mother : EWE
2. Women's suffrage Amendment : XIX
3. Pampering, for short : TLC
4. Pull (in) : REIN
5. Regarding the price : ASTOCOST
6. Jazzy Nina : SIMONE
7. Boston's Mass ___ : AVE
8. Lean : TEND
9. Doesn't budge : DIGSIN
10. "Sure!" : OKAY
11. E.U. member : GER
12. "What ___!" : AMESS
13. "Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe" artist : MANET
14. Expenditures : OUTLAYS
15. "The Time Machine" people : ELOI
16. "___ your toes!" : BEON
17. B'nai B'rith grp. : ADL
23. Romeo or Juliet : ELOPER
24. French cup : TASSE
26. Many a museum display : DIORAMA
29. It might be blue, green or brown : IRIS
31. Assn. : ORG
32. Like a sty denizen : PORCINE
33. 6-Across near Indianapolis? : SMOOTHFABRIC
36. Some conifers : CEDARS
39. Do over, as a lawn : RESOD
40. Abbr. before a colon : ATTN
41. Prefix with -pod : GASTRO
43. 119-Across near Albany? : EASTERANIMAL
44. Prefix with business : AGRO
45. Basketball rim : HOOP
47. Open : UNSEAL
50. Housemother, e.g. : MATRON
53. Passed easily : ACED
54. Weak : ANEMIC
55. Armstrong and Sedaka : NEILS
57. Pal : BUD
59. Light touch : CARESS
60. Certain online request : EVITE
63. Not quite right : AMISS
64. Arrive at too quickly, in a way : LEAPTO
67. "Hakuna ___" : MATATA
69. In one's cups : POTTED
70. Brewskis : SUDS
71. How a fool acts : INANELY
72. Spots : ADS
74. Bird wing : PINION
75. Knot : GNARL
76. Spring time : LENT
77. Large-toothed whale : ORCA
79. Paraded by : LEDPAST
80. "Is she not down so late, ___ so early?": "Romeo and Juliet" : ORUP
85. Number 2, e.g. : PENCIL
86. Still to be sampled : UNTASTED
88. Shock : STARTLE
90. Sub : HERO
91. Site of a Greek tragedy : ODEUM
93. Big name in jeans : LEE
96. Respectable : DECENT
97. Naval force : ARMADA
100. "___ the Sheriff" : ISHOT
101. Tidies up a bit : DUSTS
105. Number two : VICE
106. "Tu ___ mi amor" : ERES
107. Cozy : SNUG
108. Drags : TOWS
110. Give up : CEDE
111. Weave's partner : BOB
112. Maternity ward workers, for short : OBS
114. Hip-hop : RAP
115. Deut.'s preceder : NUM
116. Environmental prefix : ECO
117. Perfect rating : TEN

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