OVERHEARD AT THE POKER GAME

New York Times, Sunday, February 8, 2004

Author: Randolph Ross
Editor: Will Shortz
Randolph Ross
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 73 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 79 for Mr. Ross. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2004, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Begin : STARTOFF
9. Drum set : TIMPANI
16. "Howdy" : HIYA
20. Carefully study : POREOVER
21. Firedog : ANDIRON
22. King Harald's father : OLAV
23. Chef's comment at the poker game : IHOPEIWINTHISPOT
25. Swiss miss, maybe: Abbr. : MLLE
26. Actor Arnold : TOM
27. ___ good example : SETA
28. Stuck during winter : SNOWEDIN
30. Talk show host Hannity and others : SEANS
33. Pardon : ABSOLVE
36. Announcement at Penn Sta. : ETA
37. Brief rule : REG
38. Laundry worker's comment at the poker game : IHAVETOFOLD
41. At first, say : ONBASE
43. Film director often seen at New York Knick games : SPIKELEE
46. 1970's Irish P.M. Cosgrave : LIAM
48. Noted index, with "the" : DOW
49. Medal winners : HEROES
50. Bridge site : GAP
53. "Oz" airer : HBO
54. Yardsticks: Abbr. : STDS
57. Broadway producer's comment at the poker game : IWANTAFULLHOUSE
61. Football Hall-of-Famer Long : HOWIE
62. "Lord, is ___?" : ITI
63. Au courant : TUNEDIN
64. Indian turnover : SAMOSA
65. French possessive : TES
66. Detective, essentially : FINDER
67. Dodges : FEINTS
71. IV amounts : CCS
72. Portion of the iris : AREOLA
74. So as : INORDER
76. Jackie's #2 : ARI
77. Reeves of "Speed" : KEANU
78. Lifer's comment at the poker game : IMINFORAHUNDRED
83. Character in Trollope's "Phineas Finn" : ERLE
84. Well-rehearsed : PAT
85. Number after a period: Abbr. : CTS
86. One of the Ramones : DEEDEE
87. Vegas opener : LAS
89. Strong team : OXEN
91. Life jackets : MAEWESTS
93. They take big steps : STILTS
96. Car seller's comment at the poker game : IMTHEDEALER
100. Old TV talk show host Kupcinet : IRV
101. Speech fillers : UHS
103. Ariel and others : SHARONS
104. Took off : LEAPT
108. Loses hearing : GOESDEAF
111. "I say!" sayer : BRIT
112. Spring time in Paris : MAI
113. Canceled : NOGO
114. Tennis pro's comment at the poker game : IDLIKEANOTHERACE
121. Each : APOP
122. Landlocked Asian : LAOTIAN
123. Logician : REASONER
124. Marine carriers in W.W. II : LSTS
125. On one extreme : ATWORST
126. Experienced dizziness : SAWSTARS
1. Sticks in the barbecue : SPITS
2. A hard row ___ : TOHOE
3. Kitchen magnet? : AROMA
4. Word on the street : REP
5. Nail site : TOE
6. Prefix with duct : OVI
7. Elite group, with "the" : FEW
8. Dog's catch, perhaps : FRISBEE
9. Body work : TATTOO
10. 50/50 : INHALF
11. Year in an Amerigo Vespucci voyage : MDI
12. Circle constants : PIS
13. Some Dadaist works : ARPS
14. Who lives forever : NOONE
15. Wholly : INTOTO
16. Kind of cooking : HOME
17. Artist's comment at the poker game : ILLDRAWTWOCARDS
18. Bush and Clinton, once : YALIES
19. Pay back : AVENGE
24. Den : NEST
29. Source of magic dust : WAND
31. Canon competitor : NIKON
32. Piece of music : SHEET
33. Michigan in Chicago: Abbr. : AVE
34. Tenn. footballer : VOL
35. Nobelist Root : ELIHU
39. Ancient land of France : ALSATIA
40. Soft touches : DABS
42. Beloved : BOSOM
43. Asian mushroom : SHIITAKE
44. Metal craftsman : PEWTERER
45. Farmer's comment at the poker game : IRAISEALLIVEGOT
47. Tommy ___, Olympic skiing gold medalist : MOE
50. Jubilation : GLEE
51. Buzz in space : ALDRIN
52. Key letter : PHI
55. Circumspect : DISCREET
56. Coasts : SEASIDES
58. Carnival's promise : FUN
59. Cologne conjunction : UND
60. Walking : ONFOOT
61. Suffers from : HAS
64. Baked dessert : STRUDEL
66. Certain strain : FLU
68. Blows it : ERRS
69. Sun Valley locale: Abbr. : IDA
70. O.T. book : NEH
73. Center of Los Angeles : ONEAL
75. Super Bowl side: Abbr. : NFC
78. Bus. page news : IPO
79. Start of something big : MAXI
80. Twos in the news : ITEMS
81. Post in a flight : NEWEL
82. Fortune 500 company based in Moline, Ill. : DEERE
88. Fastener : STUD
90. Vowelless number : NTH
91. Coaches : MENTORS
92. Walkman batteries : AAS
93. Wave, e.g. : SIGNAL
94. Some peacekeepers : TROOPS
95. Girl with blue eyes and a ponytail, in a 1962 #1 hit : SHEILA
97. Start of a writ : HABEAS
98. Off-course : ERRANT
99. Finish off : DOIN
102. Subject of the biography subtitled "Visionary Who Dared" : SADAT
105. Range name : AMANA
106. Conseco Fieldhouse player : PACER
107. Ranks : TIERS
109. Payoffs : SOPS
110. Lava ___ : FLOW
115. Simpson case judge : ITO
116. Wine aperitif : KIR
117. Green brew : TEA
118. It's not right to say on a farm : HAW
119. Pothook shape : ESS
120. Turn bad : ROT

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