LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!

New York Times, Sunday, May 1, 2011

Author: Xan Vongsathorn
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {Q} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Vongsathorn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: There's nowhere to go but UP in this grid where each bottom-dwelling theme answer curls up at the end to get the final letter.
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© 2011, The New York Times
Across Down
1. One keeping a watch on someone? : STRAP
6. Steal : BARGAIN
13. Swine swill : SLOP
17. One who may be removed : COUSIN
19. 21, at a casino, say : AGELIMIT
21. Home for clover lovers : EIRE
22. *Most awful thing you could imagine : WORSTNIGHTMARECOMETRUE
25. One with a deadly tongue : ANTEATER
26. Rapscallion : IMP
27. Founder of an eponymous berry farm : KNOTT
28. Some pipe joints : TEES
29. Dogie, e.g. : CALF
32. Declaration upon checking oneself into rehab : INEEDHELP
36. *Destination of 1911 : THESOUTHPOLE
40. "Does not compute" : ERROR
41. Where lavalava skirts are worn : SAMOA
44. Davy Jones's locker : SEABED
45. Graduates : ALUMNI
46. *First rung on a ladder : ENTRYLEVELJOB
49. Times in classifieds : AFTS
51. Wood shaper : ADZ
52. Hits and runs? : LOOTS
53. ___ Lingus : AER
54. Hits or runs : STAT
55. Stub ___ : ATOE
56. "2001: A Space Odyssey" studio : MGM
57. Dost possess : HAST
59. A laser might read it : DISC
62. Brain-racked state : WITSEND
64. *Dunce's place : BOTTOMOFTHECLASS
67. It may have a cross to bear : STEEPLE
70. Minute, informally : ITSY
71. Skin-and-bones : LEAN
72. Pluto, to Saturn : SON
75. ___ Stix (powdered candy brand) : PIXY
76. Big boats : ARKS
78. Doctor whose patients never pay the bills : VET
79. Holdup : DELAY
81. 52 semanas : ANO
82. She, in Rome : ESSA
83. *Destitution : ABJECTPOVERTY
87. Color again, as hair : RETINT
89. Director's cry : ACTION
91. Ones running shoulder to shoulder? : ROADS
92. Corrupt : TAINT
93. *Coldest point : ABSOLUTEZERO
96. Burger King vis-à-vis McDonald's, fittingly : ARCHRIVAL
98. Town House alternative : RITZ
99. Russian legislature : DUMA
103. "The Old Wives' Tale" playwright George : PEELE
104. Years on end : EON
107. Above all others : ATTHETOP
110. Optimist's phrase under adverse circumstances ... or a hint to completing the answers to the six starred clues : THERESNOWHERETOGOBUTUP
115. Introductory drawing class : ARTI
116. Like stars on a clear night : AGLIMMER
117. Luxury hotel along Manhattan's Central Park, with "the" : PIERRE
118. Unwelcome guest : PEST
119. Real softball : EASYONE
120. Baroque painter Hals : FRANS
1. Teatime biscuit : SCONE
2. Rich cake : TORTE
3. Surprise birthday parties often involve them : RUSES
4. Wirehair of the silver screen : ASTA
5. Pub order : PINT
6. "Ugh!" : BAH
7. Go-between: Abbr. : AGT
8. Do followers : REMI
9. 1970s rock genre : GLAM
10. Scuba mouthpiece attachment : AIRPIPE
11. "___ Mine" (George Harrison book) : IME
12. Over three-quarters of bunsenite : NICKEL
13. Sheer, informally : SEETHRU
14. Almost every puppy has one : LITTERMATE
15. Bobby on the ice : ORR
16. Little, in Lyon : PEU
18. Many a flower girl : NIECE
20. Pitch : TONE
22. Buddhist temple : WAT
23. Foie ___ : GRAS
24. Some miniatures : MODELS
30. #2 or #3, say : LOSER
31. Coal, e.g. : FUEL
33. Tacitly agree with : NODAT
34. 2012 Olympics site : LONDON
35. Close to one's heart : PRIZED
36. Place to get a yo-yo or choo-choo : TOYSHOP
37. Shakespearean prince : HAL
38. ___ Mahal : TAJ
39. Cable inits. : HBO
41. Kiss, in 34-Down : SNOG
42. One of three for H2O : ATOM
43. Mohawked muscleman : MRT
45. Fifth-century invader : ATTILA
46. Slippery ___ : ELM
47. Dates determined by the lunisolar calendar : EASTERS
48. Ixnay : VETO
50. Actress Farrah : FAWCETT
54. Principal's charge: Abbr. : SCH
55. Hinny's mother : ASS
58. "It's about time!" : ATLAST
59. Freckle : DOT
60. They're hypothetical : IFS
61. Quarters that haven't been picked up? : STY
63. Naan cooker : TANDOOR
64. Ottoman bigwig : BEY
65. Prefix with information : MIS
66. Monopoly util. : ELEC
67. Leonidas' kingdom : SPARTA
68. Noted weakness? : TINEAR
69. Tamed tigers, say : EXOTICPETS
72. Bob, e.g. : SLED
73. Things in locks : OARS
74. Big Apple media inits. : NYT
77. Most sacred building in Islam : KAABA
78. 20-ounce Starbucks order : VENTI
80. Mendes of "Hitch" : EVA
82. Something with one or more sides : ENTREE
83. From ___ Z : ATO
84. "The Family Circus" cartoonist Keane : BIL
85. Plat du ___ : JOUR
86. Start to fix? : PRE
88. Come into : INHERIT
90. Creator of Aslan and the White Witch : CSLEWIS
93. Settle a score : AVENGE
94. Pennsylvanie, e.g. : ETAT
95. "Legs" band, 1984 : ZZTOP
97. "Casablanca" role : ILSA
99. Messing of "Will & Grace" : DEBRA
100. Reversal : UTURN
101. Specks of dust : MOTES
102. Kwik-E-Mart operator : APU
105. "Goodness gracious!" : OHMY
106. Verne captain : NEMO
108. Late-week cry : TGIF
109. Gardener, at times : HOER
110. Pick : TAP
111. Charlemagne's realm: Abbr. : HRE
112. Pay ending : OLA
113. Nickelodeon dog : REN
114. Poet's "before" : ERE

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