WHAT A NICE PICNIC!

New York Times, Sunday, March 8, 1998

Author: Richard Silvestri
Editor: Will Shortz
Richard Silvestri
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 68 for Mr. Silvestri. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: The theme answers all have common phrases with the word ANT omitted making for "a nice picnic."
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© 1998, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Backside : DUFF
5. Chaff : DROSS
10. Fluff up : TEASE
15. Alum, for one : SALT
19. First name in daredeviltry : EVEL
20. Fixed the pilot : RELIT
21. Mix, in a way : ALLOY
22. Mixed bag : OLIO
23. Part of a girl's magazine dealing with makeup? : BEAUTYPAGE
25. Attempt to irritate? : GALLEFFORT
27. Kind of sauce: Var. : TARTARE
28. Treasure State capital : HELENA
30. Straight : HETERO
31. Sing in a full, happy voice : TROLL
33. Await judgment : PEND
34. Fowl place : COTE
35. Tops in quality : FINEST
38. On the horizon : AHEAD
40. Goldbrick : MALINGER
44. Maker of the game Pong : ATARI
45. Cinematographer Nykvist : SVEN
46. Got up : SCALED
48. 1969 Peace Prize grp. : ILO
49. "___ Bell" (Stephen Foster song) : KATY
50. Go parasailing : SOAR
51. Has a bug : AILS
52. E.T.S. offering : PSAT
53. Connecticut Bulldog : ELI
54. Sleeves of a sports jacket? : SERGEATARMS
58. Milk, in combinations : LACTO
59. Dorm companion : ROOMMATE
61. Former West African capital : LAGOS
62. Infer : GATHER
63. Epitome of hardness : NAILS
64. Garfield's middle name : ABRAM
65. Grow past the hour : LATEN
66. Shampooing aftermath : SNARLS
68. Utter impulsively : BLURT
69. Kitchen cloths : DISHRAGS
72. Beautiful Berry : HALLE
73. Little one bypasses the altar? : PYGMYELOPES
75. Script ending : URE
76. Audio effect : ECHO
77. Appealing : CUTE
78. Sale caveat : ASIS
79. Winter Palace resident : CZAR
80. Afore : ERE
81. Kitchen gadgets : CORERS
83. Slide in sleet : SKID
84. Swell top : CREST
85. Religious knights : TEMPLARS
87. Eucharistic plate : PATEN
89. Help for a mountaineer : SHERPA
90. "Phooey!" : RATS
91. Jam session feature : SOLO
92. Used stickum : GLUED
94. Put forward : ASSERT
97. Emulate Isamu Noguchi : SCULPT
99. Side by side : ABREAST
103. Grange lacrosse team? : TENFARMERS
105. Philly champion? : PENNWINNER
107. Member of the Winnebago nation : OTOE
108. Like "The X-Files" : EERIE
109. Stowe character : ELIZA
110. Court defense : ZONE
111. Bryn ___ College : MAWR
112. 52-Across and the like : EXAMS
113. Electrical setup : RELAY
114. Cap'n Hawks of "Show Boat" : ANDY
1. Cause for Chapter 11 : DEBT
2. Eye layer : UVEA
3. Bugaboo : FEAR
4. In a flap? : FLUTTERY
5. Timber problem : DRYROT
6. Force back : REPEL
7. Pay stretcher : OLA
8. Something to heave : SIGH
9. Increase the slope of : STEEPEN
10. Random bits : TAGENDS
11. Veldt sight : ELAND
12. ___ breve : ALLA
13. Helios, to the Romans : SOL
14. Mask features : EYEHOLES
15. Tone down : SOFTEN
16. Succulent plant : ALOE
17. Penn Station initials : LIRR
18. "Hold the Line" rock group : TOTO
24. Ankles : TARSI
26. Rank : FETID
29. Gamboling spot : LEA
32. Washing : LAVAGE
34. Directs a hoedown : CALLS
35. Phony : FAKER
36. Author Calvino : ITALO
37. Country's border? : NATIONALHEM
39. At this point : HERE
40. Hurts badly : MAIMS
41. Army dog? : GISCHNAUZER
42. Overjoy : ELATE
43. Chopper part : ROTOR
45. Out of ___ (grouchy) : SORTS
47. Pool shot : CAROM
50. Protection against tampering : SEALS
52. Devonshire dad : PATER
54. "Get ready for the camera!" : SMILE
55. Collector's book : ALBUM
56. Sojourn : TARRY
57. Small type : AGATE
58. Backing for plasterwork : LATHS
60. One of the Thomases : MARLO
62. Krypton and xenon : GASES
64. Tattered Tom's creator : ALGER
65. Fat or wax : LIPID
66. Night cover : SHEET
67. Button material : NACRE
68. Bunches of bits : BYTES
69. Plying with pills : DOSING
70. Understand : GRASP
71. Mattress brand : SERTA
73. Sounds of contentment : PURRS
74. Winnebago, e.g. : LAKE
77. Vestibule item : COATTREE
79. Sideboard : CREDENZA
81. Bow on the screen : CLARA
82. Married people : SPOUSES
83. Cork : STOPPER
84. 1920 Colette novel : CHERI
86. Go for : PREFER
88. The lot : ALL
89. Tube, over here : SUBWAY
91. Theater backdrop : SCRIM
93. Caruso portrayer : LANZA
94. Bit of physics : ATOM
95. ___ precedent : SETA
96. Cold powder : SNOW
97. Antitoxins : SERA
98. Prefix with com : TELE
100. Before long : ANON
101. Fax : SEND
102. Yarborough component, perhaps : TREY
104. O.A.S. member: Abbr. : MEX
106. Nada : NIL

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