IT'S BETTER THIS WAY

New York Times, Sunday, March 16, 2014

Author: Jeremy Newton
Editor: Will Shortz
Jeremy Newton
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQZ} Scrabble average: 1.72 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Newton. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Jeremy Newton notes: A puzzle featuring RX as the theme has been a personal 'constructor vendetta' for me. Maybe it's the lure of that damned Scrabbly X, or the excitement of getting a theme out that no one's done, or some ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Today's author, Jeremy Newton, wrote one of my favorite puzzles in recent memory, one around Beethoven's Ode to Joy. This puzzles marks his tenth puzzle for the NYT, qualifying him for our 'Most Prolific Authors' ... more
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Across Down
1. So over : SICKOF
7. Touching words? : BRAILLE
14. Gently floats : WAFTS
19. "Seinfeld" cohort : ELAINE
20. 1965 R&B #1 song with the repeated lyric "Can't you see that I'm lonely?" : RESCUEME
22. "Too rich for me" : IMOUT
23. *He bested Leonidas at Thermopylae : XERXESIOFPERSIA
25. Nick of "Lorenzo's Oil" : NOLTE
26. Medicinal qty. : TSP
27. Dashed ID : SSN
28. Monitor setting, for short : RES
29. Balloon : SWELLUP
31. *Off-roader, often : FOURXFOUR
35. What an iPod plays in : STEREO
36. Stuff in sacks : BURLAP
39. Flying fisher : ERN
40. Roughhousing : ROWDY
41. Jokester : WAG
44. Glassfuls in restaurantes : AGUAS
45. Country buggy : SHAY
47. Places for studs : LOBES
48. Air : MIEN
49. *Annual draw for snocross fans : THEWINTERXGAMES
52. Union leader? : LONGU
53. Close up : SEAL
54. Like Advil or Aleve: Abbr. : OTC
55. "That may be true, but ..." : THINGIS
57. It's low for gas guzzlers: Abbr. : MPG
60. Home to King Harald V : OSLO
62. "___ good cheer!" : BEOF
64. Doesn't bring up : OMITS
65. *Iconic feature of comedy : GROUCHOMARXMUSTACHE
69. Line at the Louvre : METRO
70. Bomb shelter? : SILO
71. Sub side, maybe : SLAW
72. D.D.E. challenger : AES
73. "Revenge R Us" author : RLSTINE
75. Suffix with peace : NIK
76. Bent beam : LBAR
78. Biting remark? : SICEM
79. *Founder of Marvel's School for Gifted Youngsters : PROFESSORXAVIER
87. Of two minds : TORN
88. TALK LIKE THIS! : SHOUT
89. Teen headache : ACNE
90. Got back to, in a way : RSVPD
91. Prefix with cycle : UNI
92. Give one's O.K. : BLESS
93. Google datum : HIT
94. Robed performer : GEISHA
95. "Nothing seems to go my way" : POORME
97. *Frequent problem faced by algebra students : SOLVEFORX
100. Pump up : ENTHUSE
102. Chichi getaway : SPA
103. A street drug, briefly : XTC
104. Rural call : BAA
107. Stoop : DEIGN
108. *Horror flick starring Humphrey Bogart as a mad scientist, with "The" : RETURNOFDOCTORX
114. Something LOL-worthy : AHOOT
115. Water, wryly : ADAMSALE
116. Canadian coin named for a bird : LOONIE
117. "The ___ Project" (Fox comedy) : MINDY
118. In hot water? : STEEPED
119. Thrive : DOWELL
1. Something dirty kept in a cell? : SEXT
2. ___ de la Société : ILES
3. Complain, complain, complain : CARP
4. "Kid-tested" breakfast cereal : KIX
5. 50/50 : ONE
6. "Admit it!" : FESSUP
7. J.Lo's birthplace : BRONX
8. Shot caller : REF
9. Danger for Indiana Jones : ASP
10. Spring river breakup : ICERUN
11. Siren, say : LURER
12. Not so great : LESS
13. Member of the music industry's former Big Four : EMI
14. Part of a Napa Valley tour : WINERY
15. Whack-___ : AMOLE
16. With 58-Down, a patient process? ... or a hint to two consecutive letters in the answer to each of the seven starred clues : FOLLOWINGTHE
17. What one might go for a spin in? : TUTU
18. Any "cha" in the cha-cha-cha : STEP
21. How lines of latitude run : EASTWEST
24. Mount Zion's land: Abbr. : ISR
30. Couples : WEDS
31. Scratch, say : FLAW
32. Rest stop : OASIS
33. "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind," per H. P. Lovecraft : FEAR
34. Cousin of a gazelle : ORYX
35. Drink with two lizards in its logo : SOBE
36. Club : BAT
37. "Bleah!" : UGH
38. Have second thoughts about : RUE
40. "Clueless" and "Bridget Jones's Diary" : ROMCOMS
42. Sponsorships : AEGISES
43. Serengeti prey : GNUS
45. Put away for safekeeping : STASH
46. Hugs and kisses, at times : HELLOS
47. Paint variety : LATEX
48. Type-A friend from "Friends" : MONICA
50. One turning to the right : NEOCON
51. Lose everything : GOBROKE
52. Certain bean : LIMA
56. Hair-razing stuff? : HOTWAX
57. Loud beast heard in theaters : MGMLION
58. See 16-Down : PRESCRIPTION
59. Bamboozled : GOTTEN
61. Like gathering storm clouds : OMINOUS
63. No-holds-barred : FULLON
66. ___ and Thummim (sacred Judaic objects) : URIM
67. "Need ___?" (query to hitchhikers) : ALIFT
68. Baron's blade : SABRE
73. They're 18 to 21 : RSTU
74. Things for here and now : EPHEMERA
77. More pink, perhaps : RARER
80. It can be prickly : ROSE
81. Jib, e.g. : SAIL
82. John Candy's old comedy program : SCTV
83. Motor with some muscle : VSIX
84. You might get stuck with them : IVS
85. Book after Galatians: Abbr. : EPH
86. Nutritional info : RDA
88. Photogs' choices : SLRS
92. It may help catch a fugitive : BOUNTY
93. Like Brando's Don Corleone : HOARSE
94. Disappear, as a trail : GOCOLD
96. "Good heavens!" : OHGOD
97. Eject, as froth : SPUME
98. Retired govt. agent : EXFED
99. Co. making arrangements : FTD
100. Dutch wheels : EDAM
101. Member of the old Chero-Cola product line : NEHI
102. "Chop-chop!" : STAT
104. Radius, e.g. : BONE
105. Seed casing : ARIL
106. Jump on ice : AXEL
109. Jet crew, briefly : EDS
110. Quick time-out : NAP
111. Scream at a ring : OLE
112. Bit of love talk : COO
113. Drag : TOW

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