AMBIGUOUS JOB RECOMMENDATIONS

New York Times, Sunday, July 18, 2004

Author: Seth A. Abel
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 6 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Abel. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2004, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Gambit : TACTIC
7. Kind of day : BADHAIR
14. Fix permanently : CEMENT
20. Emphatic yes : IDOIDO
21. Heir, in legal terminology : ALIENEE
22. The way things stand now : ASITIS
23. Recommendation for a chronically absent employee? : FINDINGHIMWASPURELUCK
26. Sham : FAKE
27. Volkswagen model : JETTA
28. Photo lab abbr. : ENL
29. Goes out : DIES
30. MSN competitor : AOL
31. Solo : GOITALONE
36. Recommendation for a dishonest employee? : HESUNBELIEVABLEATWORK
45. Spiral-horned antelope : ELAND
46. Fair-hiring letters : EEO
47. Actor Tognazzi of 1978's "La Cage aux Folles" : UGO
48. Passing concerns?: Abbr. : TDS
49. Early sixth-century date : DII
50. Keys who won five Grammys for her debut album : ALICIA
52. Showy flower : ANEMONE
55. Records : LOGS
56. Like some ears : TIN
57. Polite denial : NOSIR
59. Adroit : DEFT
62. Tram loads : ORES
63. Recommendation for an employee who stole petty cash? : HETOOKCHANGESERIOUSLY
69. Wallop : BELT
70. White or Red follower : SOX
71. Stately stand : ELMS
72. Recommendation for an employee guilty of sexual harassment? : WEWEREALLTOUCHEDBYHIM
82. Son of Seth : ENOS
83. Gin flavoring : SLOE
84. Extinguish : DOUSE
85. Family-friendly card game : UNO
86. Memo opener : INRE
87. Dirty : UNCLEAN
90. Buffet warmer : STERNO
93. Orbit, for example : GUM
94. ___ mind : OFA
97. Chinese "way" : TAO
98. Computer key : TAB
100. Dairy pitcher? : ELSIE
101. Recommendation for an employee who was chronically drunk? : HISSKILLISBEINGWASTED
106. Set upon : ASSAULTED
107. Tee off : IRK
108. Incentivize : SPUR
111. Letters at sea : HMS
112. Dark area : UMBRA
115. N.Y.C. cultural attraction : MOMA
119. All-purpose ambiguous job recommendation : WASTENOTIMECALLINGHIM
125. Not inclined : AVERSE
126. Mercury, for one : ELEMENT
127. Power in old movies : TYRONE
128. Least : MEREST
129. Lives : RESIDES
130. Silences : HUSHES
1. Short row : TIFF
2. Top 5 song by Sarah McLachlan : ADIA
3. Bop : CONK
4. "The washday miracle" sloganeer, once : TIDE
5. Notorious Amin : IDI
6. Flimflam : CONJOB
7. Thai currency : BAHT
8. Settled : ALIT
9. Minolta digital camera : DIMAGE
10. Fell : HEW
11. Santa ___ winds : ANA
12. Plural suffix : IES
13. Abrogate : REPEAL
14. Family of five, say : CARLOAD
15. Saskatoon-to-Winnipeg dir. : ESE
16. Storage problem : MILDEW
17. Decorative needle case : ETUI
18. "Good one!" : NICE
19. Expresses disapproval : TSKS
24. Moisturizing lotion : GELEE
25. Empty, as an apartment : UNLET
30. "___ quote ..." : ANDI
32. Egg : OVUM
33. "We cannot all be masters, nor all masters / Cannot be truly 'd" speaker : IAGO
34. Some low-risk investments, briefly : TBONDS
35. Some Windows systems : NTS
36. Moor : HEATH
37. "Dallas" matriarch : ELLIE
38. Good-hearted soul : SAINT
39. Dad's bro : UNC
40. Collar attachment : LEASH
41. Ancient region bordering the Aegean : IONIA
42. Targets of baking soda : ODORS
43. Double star in Orion : RIGEL
44. Affectionate, slangily : KISSY
51. Robes may touch them : ANKLES
53. Surrealist Max : ERNST
54. Specialty shoe width : EEE
55. Miserable : LOUSY
58. Having eight pins, as an electrical connection : OCTAL
60. Lets go : FREES
61. Marks in Spanish class : TILDES
64. Really big : OBESE
65. Key preposition : OER
66. Muck : GOO
67. Radiate : EXUDE
68. Fed. money overseer : OMB
72. Ponder : WEIGH
73. Opposite of get-up-and-go : ENNUI
74. Computer network menaces : WORMS
75. CNN's Dobbs : LOU
76. Soup choice : LENTIL
77. Raccoon relative : COATI
78. Spicy cuisine : HUNAN
79. Novelist Fannie : HURST
80. Certain navel : INNIE
81. Responded to a cattle call : MOOED
88. Start fishing : CAST
89. Leaf feature : LOBE
91. Like some patio furniture : TEAK
92. Two-time U.S. Open champ : ELS
94. Gives the nod : OKS
95. Trawling gear : FISHNET
96. The Cradle of Texas Liberty : ALAMO
99. Saloon floozie, slangily : BGIRL
102. He declined the 1964 Literature Nobel : SARTRE
103. Brilliance : LUSTER
104. Brought out : EDUCED
105. Spirit : WRAITH
108. Went from bank to bank? : SWAM
109. Smooth over : PAVE
110. Not-so-straight shooter? : USER
113. Barn locks? : MANE
114. Some lunch orders : BLTS
115. Nonunion employees: Abbr. : MGRS
116. "Oops!" : OHOH
117. Greedy cry : MINE
118. Treasonous Aldrich : AMES
120. Curve shape : ESS
121. It's surrounded by eau : ILE
122. Mayo, por ejemplo : MES
123. Record label inits. : EMI
124. Manhattan sch. : NYU

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