GETTING AROUND

New York Times, Sunday, June 10, 2012

Author: Xan Vongsathorn
Editor: Will Shortz
Xan Vongsathorn
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Vongsathorn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: This tricky theme confused many solvers. Look closely at the circles in the grid. TUBE and FASTBALL are inside circles. GIFT is wrapped by them. SELF is contained by them. PLANETS are ringed by them. ORGANS are internal to them. UP is bubbled inside. The especially nice coincidence is that the Nine-banded ARMADILLO gets nine bands because Armadillo has nine letters.
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Across Down
1. Benedictine monk who founded Scholasticism : ANSELM
7. Fire : ZEAL
11. Initial request? : RSVP
15. One of three in Toyota's logo : OVAL
19. Lunchtime errand : NOONER
20. Have an ___ grind : AXTO
21. What a koala really isn't : BEAR
22. Horseplay? : POLO
23. *Ready for the present? : GIFTWRAPPED
25. *Makeshift swing : INNERTUBE
27. Pennsylvania city or county : ERIE
28. Blocks : OPPOSES
30. Hockey feint : DEKE
31. Call from a crow's nest : CAW
32. Sit on it : REAR
33. Chimera, e.g. : BEAST
34. They're seen but not recognized : UFOS
36. Bit of fallout : ASH
38. ___ populi : VOX
39. Grievances : BEEFS
40. Ring around the collar? : LASSO
43. Vessel commanded by J.F.K. : PTBOAT
47. *Brushback pitch : INSIDEFASTBALL
51. *All-in-one : SELFCONTAINED
53. Lot to take in : EYEFUL
54. Soulful Baker : ANITA
55. "Yeah, right" : ASIF
56. Bub : MAC
58. ___ Martin Cognac : REMY
59. Pickup capacity, maybe : ONETON
61. Bit to split : ATOM
64. Wife of Uranus : GAEA
66. *Animal that gives birth to identical quadruplets : NINEBANDEDARMADILLO
72. Don't fess up to : DENY
73. Kind of counter : DELI
74. "Excalibur" role : MERLIN
75. Protest singer Phil : OCHS
79. Comical Charlotte : RAE
80. South Pacific capital : APIA
82. Silent goodbyes : WAVES
84. Cry of delight popularized by Homer Simpson : WOOHOO
86. *Saturn and others : RINGEDPLANETS
90. *Contents of a chest? : INTERNALORGANS
93. Heated patch : IRONON
94. Broken off : ENDED
95. Maker of watches and calculators : CASIO
96. Signs off on : OKS
97. Unlock, poetically : OPE
98. "Jabberwocky" starter : TWAS
99. Slack-jawed : AGAPE
102. Title acquired the moment someone is born? : MAMA
106. 7x - 6 = 2x2 subj. : ALG
108. Five-spots : ABES
110. Salon supply : HAIRGEL
112. Curbside buys : ADES
113. *Surfaced, in a way : BUBBLEDUP
116. *Be repetitive ... or what parts of the answers to the starred clues do? : GOINCIRCLES
118. Lipstick print, maybe : CLUE
119. Co-worker of Clark : LOIS
120. Alternatively : ELSE
121. It's got chops : KARATE
122. Like some praises : SUNG
123. Start to matter? : ANTI
124. Keeps the nest warm : SITS
125. Narcissus, e.g. : EGOIST
1. Get riled up : ANGER
2. Afrique ___ : NOIRE
3. World capital that's also a girl's name : SOFIA
4. Embark (on) : ENTER
5. "Ben-Hur" novelist Wallace : LEW
6. Styx song with some Japanese lyrics : MRROBOTO
7. Frank with the album "Sheik Yerbouti" : ZAPPA
8. Nationals, before they were Nationals : EXPOS
9. Big blast, informally : ATEST
10. Rock band composition? : LODE
11. Diamond stat : RBI
12. Party for departing parties : SENDOFF
13. Redgrave of "Atonement" : VANESSA
14. Nursery school, briefly : PREK
15. Decide (to) : OPT
16. Deign : VOUCHSAFE
17. Duke of ___ (noble Spanish title since 1472) : ALBA
18. Big name in cinemas : LOEW
24. Tiptop : APEX
26. Lots and plots : REALTY
29. Hush Puppies material : SUEDE
35. Oats, e.g. : FEED
37. ___-toothed : SABER
38. Cleared out : VACATED
39. Recycling holder : BIN
41. Gentrification target, maybe : SLUM
42. Nonsense word repeated before "oxen free" : OLLY
43. Antidrug ad, e.g., briefly : PSA
44. Half a dovetail joint : TENON
45. Shrovetide pancakes : BLINI
46. Repeatedly : OFTEN
47. "___ open!" : ITS
48. Greek water nymph : NAIAD
49. Searched (through) : SIFTED
50. Be a union buster? : SECEDE
52. Repeating part of "Hey Jude" : NANANA
56. ___ Grand : MGM
57. TripTik, e.g. : AAAMAP
60. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" fairy king : OBERON
62. Uplifting piece : ODE
63. Spanish wine : MALAGA
65. High conflicts : AIRWARS
67. TV scientist Bill : NYE
68. Gain maturity : RIPEN
69. Grassy plain : LLANO
70. Add spring to, with "up" : LIVEN
71. "You're ___ talk!" : ONETO
75. Boo-boo : OWIE
76. Mass. neighbor : CONN
77. Cookout item : HOTDOGBUN
78. Ones you can count on? : SHEEP
81. Fingers : IDS
83. Job application fig. : SSN
85. No walk in the park : ORDEAL
86. Parks with no intention of moving : ROSA
87. Dander : IRISH
88. South Vietnam's first president ___ Dinh Diem : NGO
89. Have a crush on, in middle school lingo : LIKELIKE
91. Responded to, as a tip : ACTEDON
92. Something to try : LAWSUIT
96. Grp. that includes Ecuador and Venezuela : OPEC
99. Garlicky sauce : AIOLI
100. Meal : GRIST
101. "___ of God" (1985 drama) : AGNES
102. Certain lens : MACRO
103. First name in 1960s diplomacy : ADLAI
104. Shakes hands with, maybe : MEETS
105. Plus : ASSET
106. Kindergarten stuff : ABCS
107. Wower : LULU
109. Banjo master Fleck : BELA
111. Gains maturity : AGES
114. Command to a dog : BEG
115. 23rd in a series : PSI
117. Sponge alternative : RAG

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