PLAYING THE GAME

New York Times, Sunday, March 3, 2002

Author: Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor: Will Shortz
Elizabeth C. Gorski
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {BJQXZ} This is puzzle # 87 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2002, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Noble : ARISTOCRATIC
11. Losing : MISPLACING
21. Florida destination for some snowbirds : WINTERPARK
22. Common carriers : ATTACHECASES
23. Shortcut, perhaps : SIDESTREET
24. Its borders are French and Swiss : LAKEGENEVA
25. Smudge : SOIL
26. Earthlink competitor : AOL
28. React to Ricky Martin, say : SWOON
29. W. E. B. Du Bois was one of its founders : NAACP
33. What 7-Up isn't : COLA
36. Fine jacket materials : SUEDES
40. Lao-___ : TSE
43. See 55-Across : STAR
44. Olympian Yamaguchi : KRISTI
47. Lott of Washington : TRENT
48. Fall shade : RUST
50. On : ATOP
52. Albéniz's "Cantos de ___" : ESPANA
54. Pres. appointee : SECY
55. Bloom shaped like a 43-Across : ASTER
57. Tax prep. expert : CPA
58. "On the Town" characters : SAILORS
60. D.C. insider : POL
61. Emulated E.T. : PHONEDHOME
64. Leggy one : CENTIPEDE
66. They're nuts : PISTACHIOS
67. Backwater, with "the" : STICKS
70. Foolish : INANE
71. Sierra ___ : LEONE
72. Soul's Lattisaw who sang "Let Me Be Your Angel" : STACY
73. Affirm : SWEAR
75. Impale : SPEAR
77. U.S. president, at times : VETOER
78. Some Christmas decorations : MISTLETOES
82. Booms : GOODTIMES
85. Cat-o'-nine-tails feature : APOSTROPHE
87. Final: Abbr. : ULT
88. Under a microscope : STUDIED
91. Tina's ex : IKE
92. Fire work : ARSON
93. Ancient greetings : AVES
95. New citizen, perhaps : EMIGRE
96. Zaire's Mobutu ___ Seko : SESE
98. Cry of a person with a hammer : SOLD
99. Botticelli's "The Birth of ___" : VENUS
101. Just knew : SENSED
103. This is the end : RUMP
105. Hosp. figures : MDS
106. Kind of plane : ASTRAL
108. Desertlike : SERE
109. San Antonio team : SPURS
111. Threshing tool : FLAIL
114. Oriole's home : ELM
116. Prefix with -derm : ECTO
119. The Met's "Hunt of the Unicorn" and others : TAPESTRIES
124. Pithy : TOTHEPOINT
129. Passes to Verdi : OPERATICKETS
130. It may rise and fall during a speech : ADAMSAPPLE
131. Gets a whole new view of : REASSESSES
132. Agrees (with) : SEESEYETOEYE
1. Cries heard around baby pictures : AWS
2. New York's Jacob ___ Park : RIIS
3. ___-European : INDO
4. Bar decoration : STEIN
5. Magnetic induction units : TESLAS
6. Morsel : ORT
7. E.R. skill : CPR
8. Arctic explorer John : RAE
9. Bailiwick : AREA
10. Clock sound : TICKTOCK
11. Opposite of bien : MAL
12. "I've said ___ thousand times ..." : ITA
13. Library section : STACKS
14. "That was close!" : PHEW
15. Building composition, maybe : LEGOS
16. Beat, as the competition : ACEOUT
17. Packing crew : CANNERS
18. Expert ending? : ISE
19. State since 1864: Abbr. : NEV
20. Govt. construction overseer : GSA
27. Traditional bodies of knowledge : LORES
30. ___ crossroads : ATA
31. Get the picture : CATCHON
32. Suggest : PROPOSE
34. A Simpson sister : LISA
35. Chilled garnishes : ASPICS
37. Intensify : DEEPEN
38. Make secret : ENCODE
39. Fashion : STYLE
40. "The Sound of Music" family name : TRAPP
41. Sake go-with : SUSHI
42. These, to Juan : ESTOS
45. Romance, perhaps : TALE
46. Look ___ : INON
49. Octopuslike : TENTACLED
51. Dawber of "Mork & Mindy" : PAM
53. Most bohemian : ARTIEST
56. Cooks, as leftovers : REHEATS
59. "On the Town" performer : SINATRA
62. Igneous rock : DIORITE
63. Latin I word : ESSE
65. Places with rocking chairs : PARLORS
68. Game-winning cry : TICTACTOE
69. Actress Sedgwick : KYRA
73. Fastballs : SMOKERS
74. Gets smart : WISESUP
75. Works : SOLVES
76. Packing a punch : POTENT
77. Optimistic gestures : VSIGNS
79. ___ salts : EPSOM
80. Initial bit of progress : TOEHOLD
81. Channels : SENDS
82. Pastry paste base : GUAVA
83. Bouquet parts : MUMS
84. Emmy winner Falco : EDIE
86. TV's Magnum and others : PIS
89. Skye writing : ERSE
90. Groundbreaking manufacturer? : DEERE
94. Beach sights : SURFERS
97. This may never get off the ground : EMU
100. Dances energetically : SALSAS
102. Some sorority women : DELTAS
104. Modern gas pump notice : PREPAY
107. Trellis : LATTICE
110. Range : SCOPE
112. Vexes : IRKS
113. "Hogwash!" : LIES
115. Fashion : MODE
117. Not go boldly : TIPTOE
118. Just : ONLY
119. Height : TOR
120. Chest thumper : APE
121. ___ green : PEA
122. "Les Nuits d'___" : ETE
123. Sound at a fish fry : SSS
125. ___ Bo (exercise system) : TAE
126. Letters at sea : HMS
127. London-to-Dover dir. : ESE
128. Swing site : TEE

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