FLAG DAY

New York Times, Sunday, June 13, 2010

Author: Francis Heaney
Editor: Will Shortz
Francis Heaney
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Heaney. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: In this ingenious puzzle, we need to read the names of the colors for the Down answers as in a normal rebus, but the Across answers work differently. Consecutive color bars combine to form flags of six different countries. Substitute the associated country names for the blocks of colors, and it all makes sense. See Wordplay for the full story including an interview with the constructor.

In my year-end wrap up Notable Puzzles of 2010 on Wordplay, I named this crossword my Puzzle of the Year.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. What the majority of elements are : METALS
7. Before this moment : ERENOW
13. Show whose title was seen on a license plate : LALAW
18. One specializing in slugging : RBIMAN
19. Country with a blue, yellow and red flag : ROMANIA
21. Not fixed : MOBILE
22. Daughter of rocker Kurt and Courtney Love : FRANCESBEANCOBAIN
24. Brilliantly colored lizards : AGAMAS
25. Tennis's Monica : SELES
26. Reps' places? : GYMS
28. Rap's 50 ___ : CENT
29. Mixed-ancestry Latin Americans : MESTIZOS
33. Lead-in for cat : HEP
36. Buy real estate : ACQUIRELAND
38. Provokes : INCITES
39. Devastating : CALAMITOUS
42. Most old-hat : STALEST
43. Galloping : ATARUN
44. Connects with : TIESTO
48. Isl. near Corsica : SAR
49. Country with a green, white and orange flag : IRELAND
50. "It is to laugh!" : PSHAW
51. Composer Philip Glass and others : MINIMALISTS
56. Knit one's brow : SCOWL
59. Horror director Roth : ELI
60. Alloy of gold and silver : ELECTRUM
61. Cry from Homer : DOH
62. Within a lumberjack's ability to cut down : HEWABLE
65. Fair-hiring org. : EEOC
66. Country with a green, white and red flag : ITALY
68. "Our quest ___ an end!" : ISAT
69. Digestive enzyme : MALTASE
72. Penguins' org. : NHL
73. Half of an old Latin aphorism : ARSLONGA
77. One of 17 on a Monopoly board: Abbr. : AVE
78. Take off the board : ERASE
80. Not troubled by : SANGUINEABOUT
82. Singer Lisa and newspaper publisher William : LOEBS
85. Put back up : REBUILT
87. With 116-Down, club in "Cabaret" : KIT
88. One way to be repaid : INKIND
90. Country with a blue, white and red flag : FRANCE
91. ___ Chapel : SISTINE
95. Stage a walkout : GOONSTRIKE
97. Keeps from prying eyes, in a way : ENCODES
98. Lighting enthusiasts? : PYROMANIACS
101. British mil. award : DSO
102. Responds to angrily : SNARLSAT
103. Toward the dawn : EAST
104. British science fiction author Colin ___ : KAPP
107. Tooth: Prefix : DENTI
108. Amount of electrical resistance : OHMAGE
110. Modern school keepsakes : DIGITALYEARBOOKS
118. Sartre play : NOEXIT
119. Greedy race in the "Star Trek" universe : FERENGI
120. Like some Google Maps views : AERIAL
121. Actress Braga : SONIA
122. County on the English Channel : DORSET
123. Rapidly : PRESTO
1. 1959 #1 hit for the Fleetwoods : MRBLUE
2. "The Trumpet of the Swan" author : EBWHITE
3. Bushed : TIRED
4. They include the wee hrs. : AMS
5. Experiment place : LABSITE
6. They cause your eyes to close : SNEEZES
7. Maritime birds : ERNES
8. Mythical birds : ROCS
9. Alt-rock genre : EMO
10. Snag : NAB
11. Hot dog ___ stick : ONA
12. Actress Kristen of "S.N.L." : WIIG
13. Journal : LOG
14. You can count on them : ABACUSES
15. Shade lighter than emerald : LIMEGREEN
16. Longtime Yes drummer : ALANWHITE
17. New Jersey community next to Montclair : WESTORANGE
20. Whatever : ANY
21. Costumed animal, maybe : MASCOT
23. "It's ___ cause" : ALOST
27. Place for a hammerlock : MAT
29. Lover's question on a long-distance call : MISSME
30. Involve : ENTAIL
31. Card game expert John : SCARNE
32. Fox TV's "___ Death" : TIL
33. Can't abide : HATES
34. Mideast carrier : ELAL
35. Sunshade : PARASOL
37. Bon mot : QUIP
39. It rolls in the aisles : CART
40. Good for snacking : MUNCHY
41. ___-European : INDO
45. Wooley with the 1958 #1 hit "The Purple People Eater" : SHEB
46. Like a difficult order : TALL
47. Boo-boo : OWIE
49. Belief: Suffix : ISM
52. Rapper on "Law & Order: SVU" : ICET
53. Drink with dim sum : GREENTEA
54. Texas has one, in song : YELLOWROSE
55. One on a diet : REDUCER
57. Sounded like a fan : WHIRRED
58. Braver : LESSYELLOW
61. Lentil dish at an Indian restaurant : DAL
63. Drugstore eponym : WALGREEN
64. First volume of an encyclopedia, perhaps : ATOB
66. Magazine extra : INSERT
67. Shakespeare sobriquet : THEBARD
69. Country with a green, yellow and red flag : MALI
70. Company calling? : AVON
71. Garlic relative : LEEK
73. Fire ___ : ANT
74. Dating service specification : NOKIDS
75. Country with a red, yellow and green flag : GUINEA
76. Swear : ATTEST
79. Basset sounds : ARFS
80. Michael Moore documentary : SICKO
81. Not windward : ALEE
83. 1975 Joni Mitchell hit : BIGYELLOWTAXI
84. Had an unquiet sleep : SNORED
86. Les √Čtats-___ : UNIS
89. Courtroom schedule : DOCKET
91. Medicinal plant : SENNA
92. Snared : INATRAP
93. Wood-marking tool : SCRIBER
94. "My mama done ___ me ..." : TOL
96. Cryptologist's org. : NSA
98. Lowly workers : PEONS
99. "Gulliver's Travels" creature : YAHOO
100. Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon and others : BLUESMEN
102. "___ Now" (Murrow series) : SEEIT
105. Sharable PC file : PDF
106. Motley-colored : PIED
107. Bring (up) from the past : DREDGE
109. Actress ___ Scala : GIA
111. Miracle-___ : GRO
112. Not as experienced : GREENER
113. Bleaches : WHITENS
114. Mine find : ORE
115. Sue Grafton's "___ for Outlaw" : OIS
116. See 87-Across : KAT
117. ___-mo : SLO

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