REAR-END COLLISIONS

New York Times, Sunday, March 18, 2012

Author: Mike Nothnagel and Byron Walden
Editor: Will Shortz
Mike Nothnagel
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 87 Missing: none – this is a pangram This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Nothnagel. This is puzzle # 64 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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© 2012, The New York Times
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1. Spanish girls : CHICAS
7. Label for unmentionables? : ETCETERA
15. Burro, e.g. : PACKANIMAL
22. Lower : DEMOTE
23. Like some collisions : THREECAR
24. "For real!" : IMEANIT
25. Hero of an old Scottish ballad : TAMLIN
26. When the pressure's on : CRUNCHTIME
27. Avails oneself of : TURNSTO
28. Face-offs : DUELS
29. Bottom line? : HEM
30. Yoo follower : HOO
31. Heart : GIST
32. Godzilla, e.g. : MONSTER
34. Epitome of simplicity : ABC
36. One of the "Desperate Housewives" : BREE
37. Formal/informal reply to "Who's there?" : ITSI
41. Daredevil Knievel : EVEL
42. Lampoons : SENDSUP
45. Big media event : PRESSCONFERENCE
47. Hike the price of, perhaps : RETAG
49. Cultivate, in a way : HOE
50. Four front? : TETRA
52. Snoops (around) : POKES
53. Widely popular shows, say : CROWDPLEASERS
55. Bunting is part of it : SQUEEZEPLAY
59. Old French coin : ECU
60. Beknighted souls? : SIRS
61. Roy of country music : ACUFF
62. Draft pick? : ALE
63. An affront : SLAP
64. Sources of pollen grains : STAMENS
68. Letter-shaped opening in some pistons : TSLOT
69. Diaper wearer : INFANT
71. Some morning fund-raisers : PANCAKEBREAKFASTS
73. "The Closer" airer : TNT
74. "___ me!" : SEARCH
78. Last place you'll see a bachelor : ALTAR
79. Jumbo combatants : SUMOS
80. Meyerbeer output : ARIAS
82. Suffered a financial setback, slangily : ATEIT
83. Irk : NEEDLE
85. Gen ___ : XER
86. Late rallies : CLUTCHPERFORMANCES
88. It involves a trip to the underworld : AENEID
90. Stares slack-jawed : GAPES
91. Stuck : INASPOT
92. Al dente, say : FIRM
95. It's not liquid : GAS
96. It's not liquid : SOLID
97. Blue material : SMUT
98. Dander : IRE
99. Car safety feature : CRUMPLEZONE
101. Data storage device : COMPACTDISC
106. Was manic : RAVED
108. Pulls down : EARNS
109. Decalogue possessive : THY
110. Boxer Ali : LAILA
111. Mexican cooking ingredients called "flores de calabaza" in Spanish : SQUASHBLOSSOMS
115. Barely gets : EKESOUT
118. ___ rat : MALL
119. Echelon : TIER
120. Arles affirmatives : OUIS
121. Murder, ___ : INC
122. Special delivery : PREEMIE
124. Half brother of Athena : ARES
125. 1950 film in which Frank Bigelow investigates his own murder : DOA
128. Hawaiian souvenir? : TAN
130. Kofi of the U.N. : ANNAN
131. Driver's aid : ROADMAP
135. Diamond substitute : PINCHRUNNER
137. First estate : CLERGY
139. Put into motion : ACTUATE
140. Rah-rah : ENTHUSED
141. Crossed the tarmac : TAXIED
142. Occasions to try out riffs : JAMSESSIONS
143. Peeping Tom's home : COVENTRY
144. Raga instruments : SITARS
1. OK setting in the summer : CDT
2. Go (to) : HEADOVER
3. Protected against : IMMUNETO
4. Clambake dish : COLESLAW
5. Skewed : ATILT
6. Picks up : SENSES
7. Impress clearly : ETCH
8. Sewing machine parts : THREADERS
9. Orts : CRUMBS
10. Poetic period : EEN
11. High-___ : TECH
12. Letter after delta : ECHO
13. Tangent, e.g. : RATIO
14. French weapon : ARME
15. Feels for : PITIES
16. Entertains : AMUSES
17. Diploma, e.g.: Abbr. : CERT
18. Neighbor of Mo. : KAN
19. Manchester's St. ___ Church : ANNS
20. "Nobody else is coming" : IMIT
21. Choir voice : ALTO
31. E.T.S. offering : GRE
32. Former Ford offering, for short : MERC
33. Runs through : REHEARSES
35. Doesn't get taught a lesson? : CUTSCLASS
36. Aberdeen hillside : BRAE
37. Dirt : INFO
38. Storytelling Studs : TERKEL
39. New York lake : SENECA
40. Freezes over : ICESUP
43. They might be held at a sewage plant : NOSES
44. Members of a Connecticut tribe : PEQUOTS
45. Aisle or window, e.g.: Abbr. : PREF
46. Part of a medical bill : COPAY
48. Pharmaceutical company that developed Metamucil and Dramamine : GDSEARLE
51. Clump of grass : TUFT
54. Toy piano sound : PLINK
56. Remedy for acid reflux : ZANTAC
57. Seasonal helper : ELF
58. Petitions : PLEAS
61. Request : ASKFOR
63. Unmoving machine parts : STATORS
64. Cross : SPAN
65. 88-Across, for one : TALE
66. Part of a.m. : ANTE
67. Scottish inventor and road builder John Loudon ___ : MCADAM
68. Hooked (up) : TEAMED
69. J.F.K., e.g. : INITS
70. Very serious, as an accident : NEARFATAL
72. Habitual teeth grinding : BRUXISM
73. Aligned : TRUED
75. Change, as keyboard keys : REMAP
76. Dos + tres : CINCO
77. Newsworthy 1950s trial, informally : HTEST
80. Item of winter sports equipment : ALPINESKI
81. Climb, as a rope : SHIMMYUP
84. Road designer, e.g.: Abbr. : ENGR
86. Italian turnover : CALZONE
87. Confine : PENUP
89. Water in the Oise : EAU
90. Attendee : GOER
92. Primarily : FIRST
93. Syrian's neighbor : IRAQI
94. "Side by Side by Sondheim," e.g. : REVUE
96. Poetry contests : SLAMS
97. Area near Little Italy : SOHO
99. Bank offerings, in brief : CDS
100. Change in Mexico : PESOS
101. It can help you get inside someone's head : CTSCANNER
102. Followed : CAMENEXT
103. Jamaican coffee liqueur : TIAMARIA
104. Bonnie and Clyde contemporary : DILLINGER
105. Item at a bakery : SCALE
107. Corn unit : EAR
112. Hamlet confidant : HORATIO
113. Many Bics : BLUEPENS
114. Medical suffix : OSIS
116. Put in someone's care : ENTRUST
117. Political writings : TRACTS
123. Zhou ___ : ENLAI
124. Collect : AMASS
125. Cartoon character voiced by Mel Blanc : DINO
126. Airing : ONTV
127. Yearn (for) : ACHE
129. Unhip : NERDY
131. Rule that ended in 1947 : RAJ
132. South American tuber : OCA
133. Bills are in it: Abbr. : ATM
134. Italian actress Eleonora : DUSE
135. Bencher's target : PEC
136. Barbarian : HUN
138. Gridiron figs. : YDS

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