BRIGHT IDEAS

New York Times, Sunday, March 23, 2014

Author: Ian Livengood
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 79 Missing: {X} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Livengood. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Notepad: When this puzzle is done, the circled letters, reading counterclockwise from the top, will spell a phrase relating to the puzzle's theme.
Ian Livengood notes: I saw a clue for AHA and — wait for it — the light went on in my head. The AHA MOMENT spelled out as a light bulb was the next logical step, followed by THOMAS EDISON and INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB (a ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Beautiful puzzle today, everything I personally like to see in a Sunday-size grid: nice theme answers, strong, clean fill, and a visual element. Plus, an inspirational message! Often, I get a little worn-out by a ... more
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Across Down
1. Expands, in a way : ADDSON
7. Sister of Helios : EOS
10. ___ room : REC
13. Elite unit : ATEAM
18. Gambling mecca : MONACO
19. Saint's home, for short : NFCSOUTH
22. Venomous African tree-dweller : MAMBA
23. Start of a motivational comment attributed to 86-Across : IHAVENOTFAILEDIVEJUST
26. Justin Timberlake's "Cry ___ River" : MEA
27. [That makes me so uncomfortable] : CRINGE
28. Lockup : CAN
29. Middle of the comment : FOUNDTENTHOUSANDWAYS
37. Toolbar feature : HELP
38. Director Nicolas : ROEG
39. Record : LOG
40. Facial moisturizing brand : OLAY
41. "Power" suffix : ADE
42. Sticks in the closet? : MOPS
43. End of the comment : THATWONTWORK
48. College major, briefly : SOC
49. Commercial lead-in to Pen : EPI
50. Rocket : SOAR
51. Cousin of "Ugh!" : BAH
52. Osaka-to-Sapporo dir. : NNE
53. Law firm department : TRUSTS
55. Fired on : SHOTAT
57. Good-for-nothing : USELESS
59. Resort city in 1945 news : YALTA
60. Small scene : SPAT
61. Restricted part of an urban area : BUSLANE
63. Ball player? : SEAL
64. Prominent feature of an Obama caricature : EAR
65. Ray Charles hosted it in 1977: Abbr. : SNL
66. Couple at the altar? : IDOS
69. Start to show one's real potential : BLOSSOM
72. So : THUS
73. Birthplace of Buddha, now : NEPAL
75. Pitcher Mike with 270 wins : MUSSINA
78. Christmas cookie ingredient : NUTMEG
80. Plagues : BESETS
81. Eponymous German physicist : OHM
82. Combined with : CUM
83. Watering hole for Homer and Barney : MOES
84. Coin collector : JAR
85. Pelican's home, for short : NBA
86. See 23-Across : THOMASEDISON
90. The Durbeyfield girl, in literature : TESS
91. Dr. Seuss animal : CAT
92. It has paper denominations from 5 to 500 : EURO
93. Ex-Fed head Bernanke : BEN
94. Some body work, in slang : TATS
95. Zippo alternatives : BICS
96. Nickname for 86-Across : THEWIZARDOFMENLOPARK
103. Barrel of fun? : KEG
104. Saffron-flavored dish : PAELLA
105. Brow line? : ARC
106. Development of 86-Across ... as depicted in the middle of this grid : INCANDESCENTLIGHTBULB
115. World capital on the slope of an active volcano : QUITO
116. Dolph of "Rocky IV" : LUNDGREN
117. More chilling : EERIER
118. Throw around : STREW
119. D.C. mover and shaker: Abbr. : SEN
120. Scandinavian coin : ORE
121. Actor Christian : SLATER
1. French kiss recipient, maybe : AMI
2. "How silly of me!" : DOH
3. Bit of a code : DNAMOLECULE
4. Stockpile : SAVEUP
5. View that may cost you extra : OCEAN
6. Security Council veto : NON
7. Ins : ENTREES
8. Near future : OFFING
9. Hardly enough : SCANT
10. The French way? : RUE
11. It may be delayed by a storm: Abbr. : ETD
12. United Center team : CHICAGOBULLS
13. Update, say : AMEND
14. Garden State casino, informally, with "the" : TAJ
15. Outback native : EMU
16. Crunches crunch them : ABS
17. Yoga base : MAT
20. ___ of relief : SIGH
21. Nondairy item in the dairy aisle : OLEO
24. Ones without a leg to stand on? : OCTOPI
25. Part of a moving line : VAN
29. Blues Brothers wear : FEDORAS
30. Nosedives : DROPS
31. Utmost: Abbr. : ULT
32. Farm mother : SOW
33. "My word!" : WOW
34. Stag, maybe : ALONE
35. "The fish that got away" and others : YARNS
36. Comic Wanda : SYKES
37. Hurried : HASTY
42. "Death Magnetic" band : METALLICA
43. Drinking binge : TOOT
44. Accessory for the 91-Across : HAT
45. Many an Al Jazeera viewer : ARAB
46. Pioneer org. : NASA
47. Five-time Super Bowl champions, informally : THENINERS
50. Barak's successor : SHARON
54. Sharp pains : STABS
55. Travel agency listings : SPAS
56. Cabooses : TUSHES
58. Starts of news articles : LEDES
60. Deli stock with seeds : SESAMEBAGELS
62. Tight : SNUG
67. What an electric current does not flow through : OPENCIRCUIT
68. Relaxed, say : SATBACK
70. Difficult weight : ONUS
71. Appropriate flowers for Mother's Day? : MUMS
72. Bootleggers' banes : TMEN
74. Exams offered four times a yr. : LSATS
75. Certain Bach composition : MOTET
76. "For sure" : UHHUH
77. Gooey campfire treat : SMORE
79. "Not ___ shabby!" : TOO
80. Cesare Angelotti in "Tosca," e.g. : BASSO
84. It gets you off schedule : JETLAG
87. Place to store hay : MOW
88. German article : DER
89. Third line on many a ballot: Abbr. : IND
90. Sunbathing evidence : TANLINE
94. One with bills piling up? : TELLER
95. "My Name Is ___," gold album of 1965 : BARBRA
97. "Tell me about it!" : IKNOW
98. One of two parts of a British puzzle? : ZED
99. ___ page : OPED
100. Canine : FANG
101. D.C. mover : METRO
102. Pi ___, "Life of Pi" protagonist : PATEL
106. 100s of ordinary people? : IQS
107. Fanatic : NUT
108. Geometry fig. : CIR
109. Had something : ATE
110. Bring into court : SUE
111. "___ = Politics" (TV slogan) : CNN
112. Guys : HES
113. Food Network host Sandra : LEE
114. "It's f-f-freezing!" : BRR

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