SEASON'S GREETINGS

New York Times, Sunday, December 21, 2014

Author: Joel Fagliano
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Jeff Chen notes: Timely theme, HOs added to create wacky phrases. (So illicit sounding!) Some nice entries, including a favorite movie of mine, DESPICABLE ME, turned into DESPICABLE HOMIE, and the amusing NO MONEY HOEDOWN calling ... more
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Across Down
1. Something put on the spot? : ADRATE
7. Without a mixer : NEAT
11. Likely feature of a college town : BARSCENE
19. One may be removed : COUSIN
20. ___-American : AFRO
21. Red or white sticker? : WINELABEL
22. Homer that leaves people yawning? : HOHUMDINGER
24. "Shucks!" or "Pshaw!"? : HOKEYWORD
25. Go astray : ERR
26. Father-son activity : CATCH
27. They can be fertilized : OVA
29. Pale ___ : ALE
30. Majors in acting : LEE
31. Domineering : BOSSY
32. Give rise to : INSPIRE
34. "The less you wear, the more you need ___" (slogan) : NAIR
35. "Pick me, pick me!" : OOHOOH
38. Sauce with a name derived from the Italian for "pounded" : PESTO
40. Risky chess move, informally : SAC
41. Some briefs : BVDS
42. Southwest tribe after a fistfight? : BLACKEYEDHOPIS
45. Pad ___ (noodle dish) : THAI
47. Part of E.T.S.: Abbr. : EDUC
48. Piano sonatas, e.g. : SOLI
49. ___ generis : SUI
51. World of Warcraft creatures : OGRES
54. Navratilova rival : SELES
56. Starts recycling, say : GOESGREEN
60. First lady from Texas : LAURA
61. Nav. rank : ENS
62. War stat : MIAS
64. Bleacher feature : TIER
65. Where a director directs : FILMSET
67. Backstabbing pal? : DESPICABLEHOMIE
70. Soon gonna : ABOUTTO
73. "Dedicated to the ___ Love" : ONEI
74. Siouan speaker : OTOE
75. Filch : COP
78. Around : CIRCA
79. Zion National Park material : SANDSTONE
82. Coast along, with "by" : SKATE
84. Reader of the Deseret News : UTAHN
85. Break off : END
86. They're above abs : PECS
88. "It Came ___ a Midnight Clear" : UPON
89. ___ tide : NEAP
91. Barn dance that's free to attend? : NOMONEYHOEDOWN
96. Seeks change? : BEGS
98. Hematite, e.g. : ORE
100. Together : INALL
101. Actress Strahovski of 2000s TV : YVONNE
102. What vinegar has a lot of : USES
103. Proctor's charge : TESTEES
105. Gawks at : OGLES
107. Computer addresses: Abbr. : IPS
108. Believe it! : ISM
109. R.S.V.P., e.g.: Abbr. : ANS
110. Where the big buoys are? : OCEAN
111. Makeshift wig, maybe : MOP
114. Vagrant after getting kicked off a train, say? : CROSSHOBO
117. Stuff your dad finds ridiculous? : HOKUMTOPAPA
120. Gentle treatment, metaphorically : KIDGLOVES
121. Temple University's team : OWLS
122. Saharan nomad : TUAREG
123. "The Shawshank Redemption" setting : STATEPEN
124. Nursing need : TEAT
125. Charles Schwab competitor : ETRADE
1. Feel deep compassion : ACHE
2. Way out : DOOR
3. Germany's ___ Basin : RUHR
4. Pac-12 team, for short : ASU
5. Steve Jobs's successor at Apple : TIMCOOK
6. Minuses, basically : ENDASHES
7. House speaker after Dennis Hastert : NANCYPELOSI
8. I will follow it : EFGH
9. "___ we done?" : ARE
10. Hockey Hall of Fame locale : TORONTO
11. Playbill info : BIO
12. World capital once conquered by Augustus : ANKARA
13. Return to one's seat? : REELECT
14. Roy Rogers's real last name : SLYE
15. Raven's cry : CAW
16. Cause for a quarantine : EBOLAVIRUS
17. Moon of Neptune : NEREID
18. Church leaders : ELDERS
21. Sound of a fly swatter : WHAP
23. "___ no biggie" : ITS
28. Cognac bottle letters : VSOP
31. Lawn game : BOCCE
32. "Or so" : ISH
33. Bone to pick : ISSUE
34. Celtic battle, say : NBAGAME
35. Like President Taft : OBESE
36. Bygone : OLDEN
37. Trucks, maybe : HAULS
39. Sedgwick in Warhol films : EDIE
43. Warrior or downward dog : YOGAPOSE
44. Rhone tributary : ISERE
46. Some Christmas decorations : HOLLIES
50. Computerdom, informally : INFOTECH
52. 'Fore : ERE
53. Got the chair? : SAT
55. Composer whose name is an anagram of SANTA + ME : SMETANA
57. Bear : STAND
58. Put-downs : GIBES
59. Like used cigars, maybe : RELIT
63. Suffix with social : IST
66. "Personally, I think ...," in texts : IMO
67. Kate Middleton, e.g. : DUCHESS
68. Complex thing? : CONDO
69. Tree whose pods have sweet pulp : HONEYLOCUST
70. Lead-in to pressure : ACU
71. Was gullible : BIT
72. Crush, e.g. : ORANGESODA
75. Fattened fowl : CAPON
76. Nickname for Orlando : OTOWN
77. Pasta with a name derived from the Italian for "quills" : PENNE
80. Auntie ___ (pretzel chain) : ANNES
81. German auto : OPEL
83. "Good job by you!" : KUDOS
87. Trendy coffee order : SOYLATTE
90. Joint business venture? : POTSHOP
92. Look : MIEN
93. Special newsstand offering : ONESHOT
94. "Illmatic" rapper : NAS
95. Balance : EVENOUT
96. Regal and Encore : BUICKS
97. Lively intelligence : ESPRIT
99. Take off : REMOVE
104. Ski resort near Santa Fe : TAOS
106. Beauty : GEM
108. ___ of Man : ISLE
110. Stillwater's home: Abbr. : OKLA
111. ___ Liasson, NPR political correspondent : MARA
112. With 113-Down, it's full of opinions : OPED
113. See 112-Down : PAGE
115. Mil. rank : SGT
116. Son of, in Hebrew names : BEN
118. Get behind : OWE
119. It's hard to shoot : PAR

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