CONDENSATION

New York Times, Sunday, March 10, 2013

Author: Finn Vigeland
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Finn Vigeland notes: This one was a long time in the making, largely because each theme answer actually consisted of two interlocking grid entries. Fourteen across theme answers is one thing to deal with, but having half across and half down was another. And while the across answers are symmetrically placed, the WATER/H2O square is not, which led to tough corners like the NE, where you have ELEVENTH HOUR and MOUTHHOLE separated by just one entry. Discovering that the "Snow White" song was spelled "HEIGH HO" was a real boon — that answer kept moving around to wherever I needed it the most.

This puzzle was published on the last day of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and Will and co. were kind enough to have hard copies of it lying around, since so many solvers, quarantined in the ballroom at the Brooklyn Marriott, were without their laptops or a copy of the dead-tree paper. It was sort of always a fantasy I had when I started constructing crosswords that I'd be on the subway on a day I had a puzzle in the Times, I'd see someone solving it, and, unable to control my excitement, I'd lean over to provide a hint (trying not to sound like a complete tool, of course). Well, that dream more than came true as I witnessed dozens of people solving it during tournament down time. Many came over to pay their compliments in person. A real boost to my ego!

JimH notes: Rebus squares are read WATER across and HHO (i.e., H2O) down.
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© 2013, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Direct descendant of the Mayflower Pilgrims, e.g. : WASP
5. Way up a mountain : TBAR
9. Dutch flower : TULIP
14. Humorist Bombeck : ERMA
18. Sun Valley locale : IDAHO
20. Tony of the Dallas Cowboys : ROMO
21. Lancaster County folk : AMISH
22. Kings of ___ ("Use Somebody" band) : LEON
23. Claw : TALON
24. Puccini piece : ARIA
25. Prop in many an action film : MACHINEGUN
27. Subject of big 1970s headlines : WATERGATESCANDAL
30. Elliptical : OVATE
31. Adriatic resort : LIDO
32. Western nickname : TEX
33. Exchange : SWAP
35. The second African-American, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Oscar : ETHELWATERS
37. Completes at the request of : DOESFOR
39. Old TV's ___ Club : PTL
40. Hero of a Hindu epic : RAMA
42. Zip : NIL
43. Papal court : HOLYSEE
45. Ape : MIMIC
46. ___ Bo : TAE
47. Enjoy : SAVOR
50. Seltzer : CARBONATEDWATER
53. Many altar paintings of the Middle Ages : TRIPTYCHS
56. Long-distance letters : ATT
57. Onetime art glass manufacturer : STEUBEN
61. Rock subgenre : EMO
62. Not loco : SANO
63. Some college dorm rooms : STIES
65. Pickle juice : BRINE
66. Bud : PAL
67. Best Picture inspired by a Pulitzer-winning series of newspaper articles : ONTHEWATERFRONT
71. Sporty cars : GTS
72. In other words : IDEST
75. Book after II Timothy : TITUS
76. Sitcom diner : MELS
78. Quipster : WIT
79. Femme fatale of cartoons : NATASHA
82. Director Van Sant : GUS
83. Ignite : CATCHFIRE
85. Necklace decoration that's not from the sea : FRESHWATERPEARL
88. Pressed upon : URGED
89. 20-20, e.g. : TIE
91. Places to eat a late breakfast, maybe : IHOPS
92. Nitpick : QUIBBLE
95. Sound at a checkup : AHH
96. Means of inheritance : GENE
97. Unilever soap brand : LUX
98. Auto shop offerings : LOANERS
102. Coastal structures countering erosion : BREAKWATERS
104. Tale written in runes, perhaps : SAGA
106. Unconvincing reason, informally : CUZ
107. ___ Islands : COOK
108. Pong maker : ATARI
109. Historic event on June 18, 1815 : BATTLEOFWATERLOO
112. Like many Playboy Playmate photos : AIRBRUSHED
117. Certain nest eggs, for short : IRAS
118. Actress Eleniak : ERIKA
119. Greek war goddess : ENYO
120. SeaWorld resident : SHAMU
121. Irish county : CORK
122. Up to : UNTIL
123. Snookums : DEAR
124. Leaves used in Mediterranean cuisine : BASIL
125. Chop ___ : SUEY
126. Hens and vixens : SHES
1. Refuse to hand over : WITHHOLD
2. Slowly : ADAGIO
3. ___ niçoise : SALADE
4. Software for touch-up artists : PHOTOSHOP
5. Gothic window ornamentation : TRACERY
6. Cleansing agent : BORAX
7. Bygone Ugandan tyrant : AMIN
8. MG, e.g. : ROADSTER
9. Marvin Gaye's record label : TAMLA
10. Actress Thurman : UMA
11. D.M.V. issue : LIC
12. Relative of -esque : ISH
13. Symbol of the golden ratio : PHI
14. Last possible moment : ELEVENTHHOUR
15. Robes, scepters and such : REGALIA
16. Ski mask feature : MOUTHHOLE
17. Queen ___ lace : ANNES
19. 20/20 : ONE
26. Japanese drama : NOH
28. Adaptable aircraft, for short : STOL
29. Cobbler's tool : AWL
34. HP product : PRINTER
35. Gives off : EMITS
36. "Be quiet," on scores : TACET
38. Line of defense? : FORTS
39. Pasta primavera ingredients : PEAS
41. Doc grp. : AMA
44. Marge who owned the Cincinnati Reds : SCHOTT
45. Recurring ideas : MOTIFS
47. Intervene : STEPIN
48. Fleet : ARMADA
49. N.Y.U. athlete : VIOLET
51. Where people are always changing? : BATHHOUSE
52. One coming out : DEB
54. N.B.A. star Ming : YAO
55. "AC360" channel : CNN
58. Nabob : BIGWIG
59. Unabridged : ENTIRE
60. Like matryoshka dolls : NESTED
63. Frame jobs : SETUPS
64. Horn of Africa resident : SOMALI
68. What an optimist has : HIGHHOPES
69. Kind of income : NET
70. Antique restorer's "touch," in brief : TLC
73. Sanctuary : SAFEHARBOR
74. Old Dungeons & Dragons co. : TSR
77. Coach Don with two Super Bowl victories : SHULA
80. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" song : HEIGHHO
81. Word on either side of "to" : ASHES
83. Pivotal point : CRUX
84. Prominent features of the theme from "Star Wars" : FRENCHHORNS
86. Cupcake : HON
87. Swimming, diving, etc. : AQUATICS
89. Open-faced sandwich topped with a fancy spread : TARTINE
90. "Amen to that!" : IHEARYA
93. It's clear : BLUESKY
94. Dolt : BOZO
97. N.Y.C. airport : LGA
99. Early stone tool : EOLITH
100. First-year : ROOKIE
101. Toasts : SKOALS
102. Responded sheepishly? : BAAED
103. Wine aperitif : KIR
105. Former "American Idol" judge : ABDUL
106. Irish county : CLARE
110. Drop ___ : TROU
111. Coup de ___ (gunshot: Fr.) : FEU
113. Kind of connection from a mobile device to a PC : USB
114. Doo-wop syllable : SHA
115. Suffers from : HAS
116. U.K. record co. : EMI

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