WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT

New York Times, Sunday, July 13, 2014

Author: Tom McCoy
Editor: Will Shortz
Tom McCoy
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. McCoy. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Notepad: The circled letters, when read clockwise, will reveal a quote from Gertrude Stein.
Tom McCoy notes: I constructed this puzzle while staying at my sister's house, so a big thanks to her for the hospitality! Another shout-out goes to Doris Day, whose recording of 'Que Sera Sera' I played many times while filling ... more
Jeff Chen notes: What a perfect title for this clever idea. Self-evident, indeed! I'm impressed that Tom was able to come up wtih so many snappy phrases that fit the pattern. The Yogi Berra quote in the middle sings, and how could ... more
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© 2014, The New York Times
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1. Fighting group : CADRE
6. Understood : GOT
9. Scientific truth : LAW
12. Lives : ABIDES
18. Opposite of wind up : UNREEL
20. Bobby on the ice : ORR
21. Memphis-to-Nashville dir. : ENE
22. Like yesterday : RECENT
23. Classic excuse for some misdemeanors : BOYSWILLBEBOYS
26. Intimidating words : ORELSE
27. Prefix with -graphic : IDEO
28. Mercury, but not Earth : GOD
29. Workman's aid : VAN
30. Heavy work : TOME
32. Carrier to Tokyo : ANA
33. World's largest particle physics lab, in Switzerland : CERN
34. Many a drive-thru installation : ATM
35. Declaration from Popeye : IYAMWHATIYAM
38. ___ Anne's (popular pretzel purveyor) : AUNTIE
41. Smugglers' worries : RAIDS
42. ___ mortal : MERE
43. Doubt-dispelling words from Lady Macbeth : WHATSDONEISDONE
48. Follower of lop : SIDED
49. Follower of lop : EARED
50. Formerly, once : ERST
51. Spectrum : GAMUT
53. "Alea iacta ___" ("The die is cast") : EST
54. Mutt's mutter? : ARF
57. "When You're Good to ___" ("Chicago" song) : MAMA
60. Aside, e.g. : REMARK
63. Encyclopedic : VAST
65. Frequent features of John Constable landscapes : ELMS
68. Atypical : RARE
70. Bearing in mind : NOTING
72. Famous Yogiism : ITAINTOVERTILLITSOVER
76. Traditional Gaelic singer : LILTER
77. Falafel holder : PITA
78. Food often with pentagonal cross sections : OKRA
79. "All ___" : RISE
80. Holy ___ : TERROR
82. Makes loop-the-loops? : SEWS
84. Chicken ___ diable : ALA
86. Spanish "that" : ESA
87. One summing things up : ADDER
89. They may come with covenants : ARKS
92. Property areas : ACRES
94. Match game? : SLOTS
97. Words dismissive of detractors : HATERSGONNAHATE
102. Send, in a way : WIRE
103. Urge to attack : SETON
104. Top choice : BLOUSE
105. Expression of resignation : ITISWHATITIS
109. Baseball stat. : AVG
110. "Did gyre and gimble in the ___": "Jabberwocky" : WABE
114. Take it easy : VEG
115. Cast : HURL
116. Sushi topper, maybe : ROE
117. Hardly highbrow reading : RAG
118. Material blocked by parental controls : SMUT
119. Fantasy title character whose name is one letter different from the creature he rides : ERAGON
121. "We will tolerate this no more!" : ENOUGHISENOUGH
125. Least plausible : LAMEST
126. Certain wardrobe malfunction : RIP
127. Filler of la mer : EAU
128. Mess up : TOUSLE
129. Covers with goo : SLIMES
130. Austin Powers, e.g. : SPY
131. Record stat : RPM
132. Guide : STEER
1. Like some measures : CUBIC
2. Cell part : ANODE
3. Whirlpool product : DRYER
4. Strike a chord : RESONATE
5. "Gross!" : EEW
6. Source of great profit : GOLDMINE
7. Mercury or Earth : ORB
8. District in Rome : TREVI
9. Sheldon's apartment-mate on "The Big Bang Theory" : LEONARD
10. "___ questions?" : ANY
11. Emmy-winning drama four years in a row, with "The" : WESTWING
12. Some memory triggers : AROMAS
13. Stereotypical beatnik accessory : BERET
14. Hard water : ICE
15. Pushed back : DELAYED
16. Capture : ENSNARE
17. Fuming : STEAMED
19. Bonding molecule : LIGAND
24. Kind of ticket : LOTTO
25. Howl : BAY
31. "My, my!" : OHDEAR
36. Card game with a "Chairman" : MAO
37. Ape : IMITATOR
39. Letters of certification? : USDA
40. Ending for how or who, for Shakespeare : EER
43. One that's a bore? : WEEVIL
44. Fights : HASATIT
45. Where prints may be picked up : ARTSALE
46. Movement : ISM
47. Send in troops, say : STARTAWAR
48. Some wrestlers : SUMOS
52. Bonkers : MENTAL
55. Went back over : RETROD
56. Rapper ___ Rida : FLO
58. Juin preceder : MAI
59. 1968 live folk album : ARLO
61. "Tender Is the Night" locale, with "the" : RIVIERA
62. Mideast legislature : KNESSET
64. Determines the concentration of a dissolved substance : TITRATES
66. Team V.I.P. : MVP
67. Ocho - dos : SEIS
69. Certain ruminant : ELK
71. "Summer Nights" musical : GREASE
73. Colorful, pebble-like candies : NERDS
74. Bit of trip planning: Abbr. : RTE
75. Roth ___ : IRA
81. Take up again, as a case : REHEAR
83. Yearbook sect. : SRS
85. Small power sources : AAAS
88. Ones that warn before they attack : RATTLERS
90. Former employer for Vladimir Putin, for short : KGB
91. Sunny room : SOLARIUM
93. Reams : CHEWSOUT
94. Takes a turn : SWIVELS
95. Strict : LITERAL
96. Work for a folder : ORIGAMI
98. What you might be in France? : TOI
99. Degree of disorder in a system : ENTROPY
100. Pop stars? : NOVAS
101. Bit of wisdom : NUGGET
103. Pushes aside : SHUNTS
106. "___ Baby Are You?" (1920 show tune) : WHOSE
107. Debt note : IOU
108. Rocker Bob : SEGER
111. Beguile : AMUSE
112. Corn chip since 1966 : BUGLE
113. Clear sky : ETHER
120. Pip : GEM
122. Barely beat : NIP
123. Chance, poetically : HAP
124. Refusals : NOS

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