NASCAR ROCKS!

New York Times, Sunday, September 21, 2014

Author: Michael Ashley
Editor: Will Shortz
Michael Ashley
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 136, Blocks: 78 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Ashley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Michael Ashley notes: First off, I have to confess that I know next to nothing about things with motors, not cars in general nor NASCAR specifically. In fact, I am so lame that once, when a guy at the next gas pump asked me if my ... more
Jeff Chen notes: NASCAR ROCKS is a clever title, pointing to the theme of 'rock songs punned upon to get NASCAR-related entries.' Extremely tough for this non-pop-savvy, non-NASCAR watching crossword solver. Of the five song ... more
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Across Down
1. Coping mechanisms? : SAWS
5. Dog for a "gentleman detective" : ASTA
9. White, informally : ANGLO
14. "Germinal" novelist : ZOLA
18. Ton : HEAP
19. Drama critic John of The New Yorker : LAHR
20. Teeing off : RILING
22. Popular children's "find it" book series : ISPY
23. Rescue film of 2012 : ARGO
24. It's normal for NASA : ONEG
25. Comedy classic of 1978 : ANIMALHOUSE
27. "Hey, what did you think when you missed that last pit stop?" [The Who, 1971] : WONTGETFUELEDAGAIN
30. ___ rating system (world chess standard) : ELO
31. Ken of "thirtysomething" : OLIN
32. Surgically remove : RESECT
33. "Who, me?" : MOI
36. Bogs down : MIRES
38. Hydroxyl compound : ENOL
40. Fanny : REAREND
42. "Did you do anything for luck before today's race?" [Katy Perry, 2008] : IKISSEDAGRILLE
48. Scrumptious : TASTY
49. "Like this" : DOASIDO
50. Seth of "Late Night" : MEYERS
52. Rock's Everly or Collins : PHIL
53. Stopover spot : INN
54. Summoned, in a way : PAGED
57. Perform some magic : CASTASPELL
60. Okla. City-to-Dallas direction : SSE
62. 4 letters : GHI
63. Gen ___ : XER
64. Exams for some coll. applicants : APTESTS
65. "How did that new car handle out there on the track?" [Maroon 5, 2011] : MOVESLIKEJAGUAR
70. Soft-shell clam : STEAMER
73. Steinful, maybe : ALE
74. Article in Aachen : EIN
75. Orly bird, once? : SST
78. Tend : MINISTERTO
80. Giant in heating and air-conditioning : TRANE
83. Hack : CAB
85. City SSW of Moscow : OREL
86. Toy company on track to success? : LIONEL
89. Unacceptable to polite society : NOTDONE
91. Late disc jockey Casey : KASEM
93. "What did you try to do after the caution flag came out?" [The Doors, 1967] : BRAKEONTHROUGH
96. Cover with a hard outer surface : ENCRUST
99. Dame ___ : EDNA
100. Cast part : ACTOR
101. Ming of the N.B.A. : YAO
102. Relatively up-to-date : NEWISH
106. Beauties : GEMS
108. Slow-witted : DIM
109. "Are you enjoying your time out on the Nascar circuit?" [Ricky Martin, 1999] : LIVINLAVEHICLELOCA
114. Movie with the line "Old age. It's the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don't look forward to being cured of" : CITIZENKANE
117. Lend a dirty hand to : ABET
118. "___ do" : ITLL
119. George Will piece : OPED
120. Someone a little short? : NEEDER
121. The Swedish Nightingale : LIND
122. Sporty option : TTOP
123. Love letter sign-off : XOXO
124. Outfit : DRESS
125. Antoine Domino Jr., familiarly : FATS
126. Ditz : YOYO
1. Only Literature Nobelist also to win an Oscar : SHAW
2. Dynamic start? : AERO
3. "Ring" lovers : WAGNERIANS
4. Impeccable : SPOTLESS
5. Succulent plant : ALOE
6. ___ Domingo : SANTO
7. Posthumous John Donne poem that includes "It suck'd me first, and now sucks thee" : THEFLEA
8. At it : ARGUING
9. ___-Caspian Depression : ARAL
10. Bay Area gridder : NINER
11. Skate : GLIDE
12. Green beans : LIMAS
13. Asian wild ass : ONAGER
14. Jerusalem : ZION
15. Big Ten sch. : OSU
16. Old track holders : LPS
17. Reply to a captain : AYE
21. Candied, as fruit : GLACE
26. Assail : HITAT
28. Yenta : GOSSIP
29. Huge, in poetry : ENORM
33. Semitransparent fabrics : MESHES
34. Suffering a losing streak, in poker : ONTILT
35. Rustic poems : IDYLLS
36. Noon, in Nantes : MIDI
37. Sacred images: Var. : IKONS
39. Not be straight : LIE
41. "___ Delight," pioneering song by the Sugarhill Gang : RAPPERS
43. Writer LeShan : EDA
44. Almost any poem that starts "Roses are red ..." : DOGGEREL
45. Élève's destination : LYCEE
46. High-speed ride : LEARJET
47. Sounds of equivocation : ERS
51. Still : STAGNANT
55. "So-so" responses : EHS
56. Eye opener? : DILATOR
58. Kwik-E-Mart guy : APU
59. Stop: Abbr. : STA
61. Spammer, e.g. : EMAILER
63. Classic sports car : XKE
66. Words of retreat? : OMS
67. Nov. honoree : VET
68. Actress Massey : ILONA
69. Travel option : AIR
70. Poster bear : SMOKEY
71. European capital : TIRANA
72. "Romanian Rhapsodies" composer : ENESCO
76. "Be prepared" : SCOUTMOTTO
77. Sierra follower, in code : TANGO
79. Needle : RIB
81. Drama with masks : NOH
82. Online investment option : ETRADE
84. Big name in house paint : BEHR
87. Squeeze (out) : EKE
88. Place to dangle one's legs : LEDGE
90. Tameness : DOCILITY
92. Frankie who starred on "Malcolm in the Middle" : MUNIZ
94. See 97-Down : ONEHALF
95. Home of some Bushmen : NAMIBIA
97. 94-Down x 14 : SEVEN
98. Coiled about : TWINED
103. Tattoo artist : INKER
104. Glam band with six #1 hits in Britain : SLADE
105. Brief name? : HANES
107. Trail : SCENT
109. "Death in Venice" locale : LIDO
110. ___ libre (poetry style) : VERS
111. Old Fords : LTDS
112. Get old : CLOY
113. Dog Chow alternative : ALPO
114. Crew member : COX
115. One means of corp. financing : IPO
116. Okla. neighbor : TEX

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