MOVING PARTS

New York Times, Sunday, July 20, 2014

Author: Eric Berlin
Editor: Will Shortz
Eric Berlin
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Rows: 23, Columns: 20, Words: 151, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Berlin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Notepad: The answer to each starred clue must have two consecutive letters removed before it is written into the grid. These letters will move to a pair of circles elsewhere in the puzzle. (In all cases, new words will be formed.) The nine letter pairs, when properly arranged, will spell an appropriate answer at 72-Across.
Jeff Chen notes: A big welcome back to Eric! After a three-year hiatus from constructing, he comes back with a brain bender of a Sunday. Eric is the author of the Winston Breen series, a neat trilogy ... more
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© 2014, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Swaddles, e.g. : ENWRAPS
8. *Turn, as a wheel : ROTE
12. Edible plant extract : PALMOIL
19. Be too fearful to : DARENOT
20. Former Nebraska senator James : EXON
21. Burger go-with : FRIENDS
22. Yolk surrounder : WHITTLE
23. Bit of sweat : BEAD
24. Most hip : COOLEST
25. Low numero : TRE
26. Cowboys' activity : ROUNDUP
29. Cologne conjunction : UND
30. Slushy drink : ICEE
32. Kitten sounds : MEWS
33. Detailed plans : SPECS
35. Use a straw : SUCK
39. Idea : NOTATION
41. Hides away : STASHES
43. *Words of praise : PAN
44. Thingamajig : DOODAD
45. Strangle : GAROTTE
47. Cartoon dog : ASTRO
49. Italian dish that needs much stirring : RISOTTO
51. Openly defy : FALLOUT
53. *Royal messenger : HERD
57. Tony-winning musical with the song "Find Your Grail" : SPAMALOT
60. Long March participant : MAOIST
61. Not ___ (none) : ALICK
63. Raised transports : ELS
64. Unchanged : SAME
66. Classic muscle cars : GTOS
67. Not just slow : GLACIAL
69. Theater supporters : PATRONS
72. See instructions : ALITTLEGIVEANDTAKE
78. Wise men : THEMAGI
79. Is on the brink : TEETERS
81. Get rid of : SHED
85. ___ menu : EDIT
86. Eagle's org. : BSA
88. *Piddling : TRIAL
89. Smear : MALIGN
91. Locks up again : RECHAINS
95. Painterish : ARTY
96. Plain to see : OVEREAT
98. Stir up : AGITATE
100. Trickster of American Indian mythology : RAVEN
101. Close overlap of fugue voices : STRETTO
104. Attack : ASSAIL
109. K.C.-to-Detroit dir. : ENE
110. She rules : EMPRESS
112. Indigenous : NEGATIVE
114. Caroled : SANG
116. "___ deal?" : ISITA
117. Prix ___ : FIXE
118. Sci-fi's Hubbard : LRON
119. Appeared in print : RAN
121. Beast of burden : BURRITO
123. Young seal : PUP
124. Many ski lodges : AFRAMES
128. Legitimate : REAL
129. Formed from a mold : DIECAST
133. Babble on : PRIVATE
134. Cathedral area : NAVE
135. Stay-at-home workers? : UMPIRES
136. Tot-watched : BABYSAT
137. Peevish state : SNIT
138. Asparagus unit : SPEAKER
1. One of eight Eng. kings : EDW
2. Informal turndown : NAH
3. Email, say : WRITETO
4. Used tire : RETREAD
5. Pay to play : ANTE
6. Glad-handing sort : POL
7. Two-channel : STEREO
8. *Upbraids : REBUS
9. Field team : OXEN
10. Mushroom : TOADSTOOL
11. Reach, eventually : ENDUPAT
12. Cpl.'s inferior : PFC
13. Stir up : AROUSE
14. *Great in number : LION
15. Card combinations : MELDS
16. Low number : ONE
17. Checks at the door, say : IDS
18. W.W. II craft : LST
27. Soccer blooper : OWNGOAL
28. Bother : PEST
30. Neither blue nor red?: Abbr. : IND
31. Say sweet words : COO
32. Some dresses : MIDIS
34. Saucier's boss : CHEF
36. In the mood : UPTOIT
37. Tenor from Naples : CARUSO
38. Don of "The Andy Griffith Show" : KNOTTS
40. Sticky stuff : TAR
41. Mex. miss : SRTA
42. 41-Down's room : SALA
46. Convenience store sights : ATMS
48. Slow, hard progress : SLOG
50. Stepped in for : SPELLED
52. French fine : AMENDE
53. Witch : HAG
54. "___ Enchanted" : ELLA
55. Mideast currency : RIAL
56. 701, once : DCCI
58. Bone: Prefix : OSTE
59. Fictional estate : TARA
62. Chanteuse Eartha : KITT
65. State with the motto "Oro y plata" : MONTANA
68. Half sister of Ares : ATHENA
69. Greedy sort : PIG
70. Bird: Prefix : AVI
71. "Undo" mark : STET
73. Overseas prince : EMIR
74. Box office : GATE
75. ___ Plus : ATRA
76. Actor Dullea : KEIR
77. Latin "was to be" : ERAT
80. Underhanded : SLY
81. Three-ingredient treats : SMORES
82. World capital where Monopoly is banned : HAVANA
83. Football team : ELEVEN
84. Terrible : DIRE
86. *Old West robber : BAIT
87. "Shaddup!" : SITONIT
90. *Not rough : GENE
92. Like the cry "Veni, vidi, vici" : CAESAREAN
93. Abbr. in some city names : HGTS
94. Old West transport : STAGE
97. Shortening in recipes? : TSPS
99. Spanish "that" : ESA
102. Windy City paper, with "the" : TRIB
103. Election night data : RETURNS
105. One of the Windward Islands : STLUCIA
106. Facility for small planes : AIRPARK
107. Nobel-winning writer Andric : IVO
108. N.F.L. Hall-of-Famer Dawson : LEN
111. Former transportation secretary Norman : MINETA
113. Large-scale evacuation : EXODUS
115. *Newton subject : GRAVY
117. Choice cut : FILET
120. Latin "you love" : AMAS
122. Sitarist Shankar : RAVI
123. Nickname for José : PEPE
124. P.D. alert : APB
125. Brother's title : FRA
126. Poke fun at : RIB
127. Collection : SET
130. Prankster : IMP
131. Bishop's domain : SEE
132. Classic fantasy game co. : TSR

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