CHOICE WORDS (Hard Clues)

New York Times, Sunday, June 6, 1999

Author: David J. Kahn
Editor: Will Shortz
David J. Kahn
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Rows: 25, Columns: 25, Words: 182, Blocks: 102 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: In 1999, the NYT published six special 25 x 25 "Millennium" puzzles. Each came with two sets of clues, easy and hard.
The clues here are the hard ones. Click here to see the set.
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© 1999, The New York Times
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1. Doesn't stop cold turkey : TAPERSOFF
10. Chooses : HAS
13. First call? : SAFE
17. Hesitant : TREPID
23. No longer painful : ALLBETTER
24. Like a chandelier : AGLITTER
26. Kind : HUMANE
27. It may pick up in the afternoon : SEABREEZE
28. Like most bottles : REUSABLE
29. Turn out : EMERGE
30. Hear : TRY
31. Fished in crevices : EELED
32. Performer of complicated operations : DIGITALCOMPUTER
34. Toulouse time : ETE
35. ___ Day : ALLSOULS
37. Pertaining to church taxes, old-style : TITHAL
38. See 83-Across : RADIO
40. Ground for a claim : TITLE
43. Unbalanced : NONLEVEL
47. Testify : DEPOSE
49. Tighten : TENSEUP
51. Cavern : GROT
52. Utter : EMIT
54. Descendant of Muhammad the Prophet : EMIR
55. Spread out : SPARSE
58. Like some traditions : ORAL
60. Mount Vernon, e.g. : ESTATE
62. Treasured instrument : AMATI
64. Dwight Eisenhower's mother's name : IDA
65. With judgment : SANELY
67. Flushed : ROSY
69. Windy City rail system, briefly : CTA
70. Noted Russian shrine : LENINSTOMB
73. Isn't cautious (with) : TAKESLIBERTIES
76. "Buy" or "sell," say : STOCKTIP
77. Word in Kansas' motto : ASTRA
79. Like : ASIF
80. Hopper : HARE
81. Mathematician Hein : PIET
82. Legalistic adjective : SAID
83. With 38-Across, popular entertainment : TALK
85. 5.5-point type sizes : AGATES
87. View : BEHOLD
90. "Description of the World" writer : MARCOPOLO
92. Connected : ALLIED
93. Mescaline source : PEYOTL
94. Kind of vaccine : SALK
95. Work on : DOTO
96. With the bow, in music : ARCO
97. Shade of green : LEEK
98. Year the Roman writer Persius died : LXII
100. Fictional lawyer : MASON
101. Tell-tale weapon? : CROSSBOW
106. Reason for coyness, maybe : ULTERIORMOTIVE
110. Exercise : GETINSHAPE
112. Liaison : TIE
113. Subject of Project Blue Book : UFOS
114. Put on the shelf : RETIRE
116. Kid : RIB
117. Blatherskite : YENTA
118. Early game score : ONEONE
120. Milking area : BARN
121. Nut : MANIAC
124. "Ah'm ___ it!" : AGIN
125. New Jersey ___ : NETS
126. Bridge comment : PASS
130. Childish doings? : RECIPES
132. Earthquake aftermaths : HAVOCS
134. Isolate : SHUTAWAY
136. Duplicate : DITTO
137. More subtle : FINER
138. Crayola shade : SIENNA
140. Verse style : SINGSONG
143. Debussy subject : MER
146. Shows level-headedness : LISTENSTOREASON
153. Feuding : ATWAR
154. Can : AXE
155. "An Old-Fashioned Girl" author, 1870 : ALCOTT
156. Entertaining thoughts : IDEATIVE
157. Cooks : FALSIFIES
159. Top : BLOUSE
160. Fertilizer ingredients : NITRATES
161. Like most paparazzi : FREELANCE
162. Volleyball player : SETTER
163. Wraps up, so to speak : ICES
164. TV drama settings : ERS
165. Place for verbal expression : ESSAYTEST
1. Soupçon : TASTE
2. Whistle, maybe : ALERT
3. Old-time entertainer : PLAYERPIANO
4. "Chicago" lyricist Fred : EBB
5. Goes back over : REREADS
6. Shooter's supply : STEELIES
7. 1887 La Scala premiere : OTELLO
8. Hats with tassels: Var. : FEZES
9. "The Godfather, Part II" character : FREDO
10. Tough luck, in Britain : HARDLINES
11. Medicare cutback proponents? : AGEISTS
12. Hit hard : SLUG
13. "Immediately!" : STAT
14. Up : ATBAT
15. Bringing down : FELLING
16. Crane : ERECTOR
17. John Huston's film-directing debut : THEMALTESEFALCON
18. Opposite of smooth : RUMPLE
19. Big bird: Var. : EMEU
20. Chapter : PART
21. "A Loss of Roses" playwright : INGE
22. Fantail, for one : DEER
25. "It ___" ("Who's there?" response) : ISI
33. Cry before disaster : OHNO
36. Colorado natives : UTES
39. Kind of valve : AORTIC
41. Onetime military engineer for Cesare Borgia : LEONARDODAVINCI
42. Seat of Humboldt County, Calif. : EUREKA
44. Examine thoroughly : VET
45. Starve : EMACIATE
46. Gave birth to whelps : LITTERED
47. Buyouts, e.g. : DEALS
48. Actor M. ___ Walsh : EMMET
49. Log carrier : TRAM
50. Show fear : PALE
53. Kids : TEASES
56. Was moved by : PITIED
57. Take over : ADOPT
59. Lily, in Lille : LYS
61. The Euphrates crosses it: Abbr. : SYR
63. Site of a black hole : INKPOT
66. Web site? : ATTIC
67. Capitalist's concern : RISK
68. It's tied at the back : OBI
71. Manet, at times : STILLLIFEPAINTER
72. Fundamental : BASAL
74. "Symphonie espagnole" composer : LALO
75. Tangy ethnic food : THAI
78. One of the Channel Islands : SARK
83. Group with Grammy's 1982 Record of the Year : TOTO
84. Word with sing or string : ALONG
86. Mailing to a casting director : GLOSSY
87. They don't take turns : BEELINES
88. Some canines : EYETEETH
89. Nonsense : HOKE
90. Wing, say : MAIM
91. Model : POSER
92. Upstairs, in Uruguay : ARRIBA
93. Igneous rock far beneath the earth's surface : PLUTON
94. Dear people? : SIRS
96. Intermission ender, maybe : ACTII
99. Part of a football play diagram : XOO
100. Like some bedsheet corners, in Britain : MITRED
102. Bind, as grass stalks : SHEAVE
103. Setting of many Stephen King novels : BANGORMAINE
104. Instrument lens : OPTIC
105. Detaches, in a way : WEANS
107. Printing amount : RUN
108. Poet's eye : ORB
109. Rupture : TEAR
111. Fliers with wedge-shaped tails : ERNS
115. Sad feeling : EMPTINESS
119. Six-time Rose Bowl winner, for short : OSU
122. Billion years : AEON
123. Major fishing area in the Pacific Rim : CHINASEA
127. Blows away, so to speak : AWES
128. 1979 Duvall title role : SANTINI
129. ___ month (moon phase recurrence) : SYNODIC
131. Roy Orbison classic : ITSOVER
133. How complainers complain : ANGRILY
135. It can put you to sleep : TSETSE
137. "The French Lieutenant's Woman" author : FOWLES
139. Appalachian feature : ARETE
141. Apology preceder : GAFFE
142. Alpha, beta, gamma, etc. : STARS
144. Top dogs : EXECS
145. Order to a typographer : RESET
146. Family dogs : LABS
147. Latin pronoun : ILLE
148. Macintosh, e.g. : SCOT
149. Plug : TOUT
150. Anvil locations : EARS
151. ___ stroke : ATA
152. Spot : SITE
158. Rounder than round : FAT

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