NOSY NONSENSE

New York Times, Sunday, March 9, 2014

Author: Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor: Will Shortz
Brendan Emmett Quigley
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 160 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Jeff Chen notes: Beautiful puzzle today, one that straddles the line between very different two camps of solvers, the old guard who likes the good old traditions, and the new generation of rule-breakers and experimentalists. BEQ ... more
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Across Down
1. Top off, as someone's drink : FRESHEN
8. Isolated hill surrounded by lava : STEPTOE
15. Shine : GLEAM
20. Lubrication point : OILHOLE
21. Snapping things : CAMERAS
22. Avoiding the rush, say : EARLY
23. She "speaks things in doubt, / That carry but half sense" : OPHELIA
24. They're not accented in music : UPBEATS
25. Unimaginative : TRITE
26. One unsatisfied with a "She loves me, she loves me not" result? : DAISYTRADER
28. Picky little dog? : CHOOSYTOY
30. Faint trace : WISP
31. A lot : RAFTS
33. Neglect : NONUSE
34. Detests : ABHORS
38. Game equipment : PIECES
40. Haitian couple : DEUX
41. Bandleader's cry : PLAYIT
42. Called off : ENDED
43. Lay atop : RESTEDON
47. "L'Arlésienne" composer : BIZET
48. It's not much : TAD
49. Lake ___ (Australia's lowest point) : EYRE
50. Audition winner's part, maybe : SOLO
51. Peep : SPY
52. Business transactions free from government regulation? : EASYCOMMERCE
57. Spanish bear : OSO
58. Vanquish : SUBDUE
61. Narrow land projections into the sea : SPITS
62. Floors : DAZES
64. Billet-doux recipient : DEAREST
66. Hands, informally : MITTS
67. Orbit rival : DENTYNE
69. Coat style : ALINE
70. Bank run : PANIC
71. Change structurally : REVAMP
72. It's nothing at all : NIL
73. Carefree dairy product? : BREEZYCHEESE
77. "Really!" : OHO
80. Radiohead head Yorke : THOM
82. Modest response to a compliment : ITRY
83. French 101 pronoun : MOI
84. It covers Hector's death : ILIAD
86. Continental free trade group : EUROMART
88. Block, as a stream : DAMUP
91. Likes lots : ISINTO
92. F.S.U. player, for short : NOLE
93. Bright red : CERISE
94. One spinning one's wheels? : POTTER
95. Optimally : ATBEST
98. It's often heard at a ballpark : ORGAN
99. Reconstruction-era cartoonist : NAST
101. Optimistic theater audience? : ROSYHOUSE
103. Marvel from Idaho's largest city? : BOISEWONDER
109. Soot : GRIME
110. Kind of seat : CATBIRD
112. Straight-shooting : SINCERE
113. It's bigger than a family : ORDER
114. Slalom, for one : SKIRACE
115. Winston's home in "1984" : OCEANIA
116. Snapchat demographic : TEENS
117. Nuts : BANANAS
118. In words : PHRASED
1. Kind of pyramid : FOOD
2. TV's Kelly : RIPA
3. Educ. book category : ELHI
4. "___ Like the Wind" (song from "Dirty Dancing") : SHES
5. Sunday reading : HOLYWRIT
6. Supporter of the 1%, say : ELITIST
7. Advances on : NEARS
8. Missile name : SCUD
9. Got to the point? : TAPERED
10. Eagerly adopt : EMBRACE
11. Polish leader? : PEE
12. Developers' expanses : TRACTS
13. Profanities : OATHS
14. Canadian business often connected to a Tim Hortons : ESSO
15. Makes bail, e.g. : GETSOUT
16. Talking points? : LARYNXES
17. "Un Ballo in Maschera" aria : ERITU
18. Some chorus members : ALTOS
19. "Like hell!" : MYEYE
27. Mollify : APPEASE
29. "Hold your horses" : ONESEC
32. Boosted, as an ego : FED
34. Heat alerts, for short? : APBS
35. Tiny indicator : BLIP
36. Barely remembered seaman? : HAZYSAILOR
37. "Listen up, Lucia!" : OYE
39. Hoosier capital, informally : INDY
40. Detective writer Earl ___ Biggers : DERR
43. Some loaves : RYES
44. Sports score most likely to be on the highlight reel? : DOOZYPOINT
45. Actress Elizabeth with older twins : OLSEN
46. Fagin's end : NOOSE
48. Pulled tight : TAUT
49. Defib team : EMTS
52. Post office workers, for short? : EDS
53. CBS series that, oddly, was filmed in L.A. : CSINY
54. Lens : OPTIC
55. Sen. McConnell : MITCH
56. "Downton Abbey" maid : EDNA
59. Museum decoration : URN
60. "Sherlock" channel, affectionately, with "the" : BEEB
63. Bread box? : ATM
64. "De Monarchia" writer : DANTE
65. He discusses divine providence in Job : ELIHU
66. Labyrinthine : MAZY
67. An Arnaz : DESI
68. Busy travel day, maybe : EVE
70. Cheeky : PERT
71. Goes back into business : REOPENS
74. Venice's oldest bridge : RIALTO
75. "Fûmes" is a form of it : ETRE
76. Birds with inflatable neck sacs : EMUS
78. "I ___ Hamlet" (Paul Rudnick play) : HATE
79. Fumes may produce one : ODOR
81. Financiers : MONEYMEN
84. Brand of gloves and slippers : ISOTONER
85. Blitzed : LIT
87. Concertgoers who are into the hits? : MOSHERS
88. Rice paper?: Abbr. : DEG
89. Desert steed : ARABIAN
90. One of the Balearic Islands : MINORCA
91. County seat of Suffolk, England : IPSWICH
93. Stupid sort : CRETIN
95. Specialized talk : ARGOT
96. 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee : TORRE
97. The Beatles' "P.S. I Love You," e.g. : BSIDE
98. Honshu port : OSAKA
100. "The Two Pots" storyteller : AESOP
102. College up the coast from L.A. : UCSB
104. March time : IDES
105. Certain tourney overseer : NCAA
106. TV spots : DENS
107. City near Presque Isle State Park : ERIE
108. Like some tea leaves : READ
111. Sports ___ : BRA

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