FITTING WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, April 12, 2009

Author: Eric Berlin
Editor: Will Shortz
Eric Berlin
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 73 Missing: {FJXZ} This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Berlin. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Rock salt : HALITE
7. [I'm shocked!] : GASP
11. Item in a belt-maker's tool belt : AWL
14. Grps. : ORGS
18. Distinguished : EMINENT
20. AARP part: Abbr. : AMER
21. Formerly : NEE
22. Wickfield's scheming partner in "David Copperfield" : HEEP
23. Felt suspicion : MISGAVE
24. Like early Beatles recordings : MONO
25. Becomes peeved : GETSSORE
27. Cartoon skunk : PEPE
28. 1987 champion skater Brian : ORSER
30. Frowning : DISPLEASED
32. Shell shape : SPIRAL
34. Give up, slangily : PUNT
35. Not offering traction, in a way : ICY
36. ___ del Sol : COSTA
39. Medicinal syrups : IPECACS
41. "Law & Order: ___" : SVU
42. Epitome of simplicity : ABC
45. Attorneys' org. : ABA
46. 1976 top 10 hit for Hall & Oates : SHESGONE
48. One who goes a-courting? : SUER
49. "___ bad" : TOO
50. Bright spot in the night sky : DOGSTAR
52. Politico Ross and family : PEROTS
54. Ages and ages : EPOCH
56. Came through the wall, maybe : SEEPED
57. Stairway part : RAIL
59. Punk rock club activity : SLAMDANCE
61. Catch : RUB
62. You are: Sp. : ERES
63. Marisa's role in "My Cousin Vinny" : MONA
64. Word repeated before "go away" : RAIN
65. Things that may not go in 69-Across : SQUAREPEGS
69. See 65-Across : ROUNDHOLES
71. Word with chair or street : EASY
72. Schools in Albany and Oneonta are part of it: Abbr. : SUNY
73. First name in '50s comedy : DESI
74. Suffix with adverb : IAL
75. Idling : INNEUTRAL
77. Fivers : ABES
78. Layered rock : GNEISS
82. Hard-nosed : STERN
83. Eyeball covering : SCLERA
85. Plumlike shade : MAGENTA
86. Gaping opening : MAW
87. Newsman Huntley : CHET
89. "Farewell, ___" (Dylan song popularized by Joan Baez) : ANGELINA
92. Tap site : KEG
93. Org. in the 1946 thriller "Cloak and Dagger" : OSS
94. Huck Finn, e.g. : LAD
95. Refrigerator part : CRISPER
96. Horseshoers' tools : RASPS
98. Some batteries : AAS
99. "Aye, aye!" hearer: Abbr. : CAPT
100. Bug : HARASS
102. Sounds familiar : RINGSABELL
106. "... but I could be wrong" : ORNOT
107. Places to graze : LEAS
111. Took : ACCEPTED
112. Org. for singles? : USTA
114. Rehnquist's successor : ROBERTS
116. Good time for suntanning : NOON
117. Native's suffix : ITE
118. Spice Girl Halliwell : GERI
119. Fizz ingredient : SLOEGIN
120. Tech. school : INST
121. Univ. aides : TAS
122. Many unread messages : SPAM
123. Small mistakes : LAPSES
1. Crop grown by George Washington : HEMP
2. Billet-doux recipient : AMIE
3. Orator's challenge : LISP
4. Swallow : INGEST
5. Caffeine source : TEA
6. End of a ballade : ENVOI
7. Cause of a limp : GAMELEG
8. Son of Venus : AMOR
9. Something D.C. does not have : SEN
10. Film V.I.P. : PRODUCER
11. Unsettled feeling : ANGST
12. Boo-hoo : WEEP
13. Spare : LETLIVE
14. Key opening? : OHSAY
15. Vintage cars : REOS
16. "Nights in Rodanthe" star, 2008 : GERE
17. Careered : SPED
19. Game pursuer : TERRIER
26. In the hold, say : SECURED
29. Suckers : SAPS
31. Entrances : INS
33. 1936 Oscar-winning title role for Paul Muni : PASTEUR
34. "What's My Line?" features : PANELS
36. Heartbreaker types : CADS
37. "O" in the old Army phonetic alphabet : OBOE
38. Mint relative : SAGE
40. Knockoffs : COPIES
41. Best-selling novelist about whom Gore Vidal said "She doesn't write, she types!" : SUSANN
42. Lacking a key : ATONAL
43. Game with balls : BOCCIE
44. Songwriter Leonard and others : COHENS
47. Really ought to : HADBEST
48. End of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 9/23/1806 : STLOUIS
51. Exterminator's tool : SPRAYER
53. Diffuse slowly : OSMOSE
55. Recent release? : PAROLEE
57. Simulate, as an event : REENACT
58. Historic Scottish county : ARGYLL
60. Amy of "Field of Dreams" : MADIGAN
65. Prefix with graph : SEISMO
66. Flying Kangaroo company : QANTAS
67. Longtime Time rival, informally : USNEWS
68. Puckered : PURSED
69. Packs again, as groceries : REBAGS
70. Buildings on some bases : HANGARS
73. "Phooey!" : DARNIT
76. Remove, as a necklace : UNCLASP
79. Closes, as a deal : INKS
80. Instructions part : STEP
81. Doesn't look at all youthful : SAGS
84. Silencers? : EARPLUGS
85. Duplicates exactly : MIRRORS
88. Attacks : HASATIT
90. Patriarch of a tribe of Israel : EPHRAIM
91. Show a preference : LEAN
95. Political columnist Thomas : CAL
97. Not up : ASLEEP
98. Representative : AGENT
99. Hands over : CEDES
101. Transpacific landing site : ATOLL
102. Eastern queen : RANI
103. Something to click : ICON
104. PX patrons : NCOS
105. Test stage : BETA
106. Other, in Oaxaca : OTRA
108. Physics 101 units : ERGS
109. In ___ (even) : ATIE
110. Some IDs: Abbr. : SSNS
113. Natl. Library Card Sign-Up Month : SEP
115. Diva's wrap : BOA

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