THIS N' THAT

New York Times, Sunday, February 1, 2015

Author: David Steinberg
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 66 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

David Steinberg notes: This puzzle idea came about when my mom, who was a Russian Literature major in college, suggested I construct a crossword with literary puns, such as WARREN PEACE. I thought WARREN PEACE was a great find but ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Drag and drop -> DRAGON DROP, four and twenty -> FOREIGN TWENTY, hair and makeup -> HERON MAKEUP. Fun sound changes, excellent consistency in how David executed each one. Impressive theme density ... more
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© 2015, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Filling entrees? : MEATPIES
9. Imperfect : FLAWED
15. Laugh track content : HAHAS
20. Former Diet Pepsi spokesmodel : CAROLALT
21. Nymph jilted by Paris : OENONE
22. "The Vampire Diaries" protagonist : ELENA
23. Content of a demand to attend? : SUMMONSUBSTANCE
25. Cry of frustration : AARGH
26. ___ flakes : OAT
27. Hullabaloo : FUSS
28. Square meal? : RAVIOLI
30. Gas station adjunct : MART
32. Freaky funeral noise? : COFFINWHEEZE
37. Tornado Alley state: Abbr. : NEB
38. Smirnoff Ice, e.g. : ALCOPOP
40. Red-faced : FLORID
41. View from Big Ben : THAMES
43. Patriots' and Seahawks' org. : NFL
44. "Castaway" director, 1986 : ROEG
46. Points of view : TAKES
48. W.W. II rationing agcy. : OPA
49. Dive from a fire-breathing creature? : DRAGONDROP
53. Al Qaeda stronghold : YEMEN
55. Vegetable that's often fried : OKRA
58. Place first, second or third, say : MEDAL
59. Man of letters? : SAJAK
61. "The Bridge on the River Kwai" director : DAVIDLEAN
63. Certain embedded Internet video : GIF
65. ___ lupus (gray wolf) : CANIS
67. Not there yet : ENROUTE
68. Company that introduced Saran Wrap : DOW
71. Venti, vingt or zwanzig? : FOREIGNTWENTY
75. Missal storage site : PEW
76. Coffee bean variety : ARABICA
78. Went on a run? : SKIED
79. 43-Across ball carriers: Abbr. : HBS
81. Lake ___, biggest lake in South America : MARACAIBO
84. Holdups : SNAGS
86. Perfumery measure : OUNCE
90. Workers' rights org. : NLRB
91. Wool source : LLAMA
93. Woe for a sunburned sea monster? : KRAKENPEEL
95. Northern California's ___ River : EEL
97. Burn : SCALD
99. Make hot : RILE
100. ___-Magnon : CRO
101. Uses mouthwash, e.g. : RINSES
104. Like a dutiful sentry : ONPOST
107. Faux pas : MISSTEP
109. Symbol on a sarcophagus : ASP
110. Intel products used at a nuclear facility? : FISSIONCHIPS
113. Hit with a charge : TASE
114. Seiji Ozawa, e.g. : MAESTRO
116. "Argo" setting : IRAN
117. Roman guardian spirit : LAR
118. Diminish in strength : ABATE
119. Overseeing a work crew, e.g.? : FOREMANFUNCTION
127. Cause of radioactivity : DECAY
128. Beggar's receptacle : TINCUP
129. Attorney's presentation : EVIDENCE
130. Coeur d'___ : ALENE
131. Part of a contract : CLAUSE
132. Mess : RATSNEST
1. Game show V.I.P.'s : MCS
2. Three-vowel word that sounds like a fourth vowel : EAU
3. Like some knights and warships : ARMORCLAD
4. Kind of paste : TOMATO
5. What a spoiler might spoil : PLOT
6. Golfer Woosnam : IAN
7. Chi-town circlers : ELS
8. Possessions : STUFF
9. Old fogy : FOSSIL
10. "We'd better skip it" : LETSNOT
11. Santa ___ winds : ANA
12. Got the gold : WON
13. Envelope abbr. : ENC
14. Handle of a plow? : DEERE
15. Unceremonious removal : HEAVEHO
16. Half a game name that rhymes : ALAI
17. Feathers, pointy bill, long legs, etc.? : HERONMAKEUP
18. "Life of Pi" director : ANGLEE
19. Old colonial masters : SAHIBS
24. Aficionado : BUFF
29. AIDS-fighting drug : AZT
30. One with a colorful coat? : MANDM
31. Woodard of "Primal Fear" : ALFRE
32. Garbage collector, informally? : COON
33. Slanted columns : OPEDS
34. Fay of "King Kong" : WRAY
35. Upped : HIKED
36. Plant swelling : EDEMA
39. Like Isaac Asimov : PROLIFIC
42. Speed skater Ohno : APOLO
45. Words of thanksgiving : GRACE
47. Common craps roll : SEVEN
50. Dribble glass, e.g. : GAG
51. California resort town : OJAI
52. Feelings of guilt : PANGS
54. What I will always be, alphabetically : NINTH
56. Parking lot figure : RATE
57. From square one : ANEW
60. Problems with hoses : KINKS
62. Skeletal enemy in Mario games : DRYBONES
64. ___ point : FOCAL
66. Perform terribly : STINK
68. "Lookin' good!" : DAMN
69. Kind of contraception : ORAL
70. Period when rabbits stop fighting? : WARRENPEACE
72. Harangues, with "at" : RAILS
73. Sport : WEAR
74. Mystery prize : EDGAR
77. Naïfs : BABES
80. Slangy greeting : SUP
82. Salad bar morsels : BACOS
83. Like the world's largest sultanate : OMANI
85. Economize to a fault : SKIMP
87. Juicy fruit : NECTARINE
88. Destination of NASA's Dawn probe : CERES
89. What Othello and Desdemona do in "Othello" : ELOPE
92. Prime Cuts brand : ALPO
94. Site of ancient Greek Olympics : ELIS
96. What the jack of spades lacks : LEFTEYE
98. Howard Stern rival : DONIMUS
101. Howard Johnson rival : RAMADA
102. Chilean author Allende : ISABEL
103. "My dear man" : SIR
105. Difficult situation : SCRAPE
106. Greater or lesser follower : THAN
108. New York's ___ Island : STATEN
111. Circular opening? : SOFTC
112. Gather (from) : INFER
115. "South Park" boy : STAN
117. Some PC screens : LCDS
120. Many an art museum piece : OIL
121. Cellular messenger : RNA
122. Bit of old French bread : ECU
123. Charlottesville inst. : UVA
124. Picayune quibble : NIT
125. Brass producer, briefly : OCS
126. Catchy thing? : NET

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