NUMBER-ONE FRIENDS

New York Times, Sunday, August 10, 2014

Author: Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 139, Blocks: 81 Missing: {JQ} Grid has mirror symmetry This is puzzle # 213 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Elizabeth C. Gorski notes: Josh Billings said: 'A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.' These dog days of summer call for a Sunday puzzle whose bark is bigger than its bite. A not-so-hard ... more
Will Shortz notes: An earlier version of this puzzle had the answer CHECKERS MATCH at 24A, clued as ''Jumping' competition [the Nixons]'. One of the puzzle testers, though, Frank Longo, pointed out that the Nixons' dog Checkers ... more
Jeff Chen notes: More grid art! Liz usually employs circled letters to form visual elements (check out how many on that page are hers!), but today she uses those black squares as her paintbrush. I generally prefer this approach, ... more
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© 2014, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Count back? : ESS
4. Not the final version : BETA
8. Lab report? : ARF
11. "Coffee Cantata" composer : BACH
15. Role on "Frasier" : ROZ
18. Clear the deck? : MOP
19. Acknowledge : AVOW
20. Provo sch. : BYU
21. Singer with the triple-platinum album "The Memory of Trees" : ENYA
22. Shepherded she? : EWE
23. Book jacket bit : BIO
24. *What to call a female ambassador [the Johnsons] : HEREXCELLENCY
27. Gen ___ : XER
28. Table scraps : ORTS
30. Hillock : RISE
31. Off-white shade : OPAL
32. Very : OHSO
33. Mexican wrap : SERAPE
35. It's all uphill from here : NADIR
39. Very busy : ORNATE
41. Consider necessary : SEEFIT
42. Upright : ONEND
43. Baseball's Alvarez and others : PEDROS
44. Damon and Dillon : MATTS
46. ___ prosequi ("proceed no further" court entry) : NOLLE
47. Program carrier : USHER
48. Crude crowd : BOORS
50. Motorcycle demos, e.g. : TESTRIDES
53. One side of the pH scale : ACIDS
56. Makes unnecessary : OBVIATES
58. French "Inc." : CIE
59. Experiences with great enjoyment : DRINKSIN
61. Expensive spoonful, maybe : ROE
62. What the answer to each of the six starred clues starts with : WHITEHOUSEDOG
65. Old antipoverty agcy. : OEO
66. Purell target : GERM
68. Max Peel, for example: Abbr. : ANAG
69. Partner of scratch : CLAW
70. Slight : SNUB
71. Days ___ : INN
73. With 75-Across, bark : BOW
75. See 73-Across : WOW
76. Prefix with pressure : ACU
78. ___ Cup (candy with a gooey center) : MALLO
81. Utah ski resort : ALTA
82. Director Nicolas : ROEG
84. On-track Bobby : UNSER
88. Common deli meat order: Abbr. : ONELB
89. Modern know-it-all? : SIRI
90. Mayberry kid : OPIE
91. Between: Fr. : ENTRE
92. Dickinson of TV's "Police Woman" : ANGIE
93. "Not likely!" : ASIF
94. Hardy heroine : TESS
95. How school kids are grouped : BYAGE
96. Mike who directed "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" : NEWELL
98. Some computers, familiarly : HPS
99. Hectic hosp. areas : ERS
100. What a packing person may pack : PISTOL
101. General public : MASSES
103. Part of lye : SODIUM
104. It can make waves : PERM
105. Lasagna ingredient : TOMATOPASTE
113. Think : DEEM
115. Any of nine kings of Thailand : RAMA
116. *Pairing up for safety [the Clintons] : BUDDYSYSTEM
117. Accusatory words : ETTU
118. Pitcher Hershiser : OREL
119. Freedom trail? : ESCAPEROUTE
120. Huntsman Center team : UTES
121. Earthy deposit : MARL
122. Climax : ACME
123. Whacks : OFFS
124. Brighten (up) : PERK
1. Give some relief : EMBOSS
2. Many a ball : SOIREE
3. *Cleaning supply [the Bushes 43] : SPOTREMOVER
4. "Phooey!" : BAH
5. City north of Seattle : EVERETT
6. Doughnuts : TORI
7. Wows : AWES
8. Epitome of simplicity : ABC
9. Alternative to pumpernickel : RYE
10. Suffix with art : FUL
11. Smartphone sound : BEEP
12. "The King and I" heroine : ANNA
13. One with an eye for a storyteller? : CYCLOPS
14. Cow chow : HAY
15. *"My Fair Lady" co-star [the Reagans] : REXHARRISON
16. Must pay, as a debt : OWESTO
17. Two out of 100? : ZEROES
25. Some gas atoms, informally : XENONS
26. Domineered, with "over" : LORDED
29. Adventure with a guide : SAFARI
32. Next : ONDECK
34. Two-person tool : PITSAW
36. Amount to "kick it up" : ANOTCH
37. Texas border city : DELRIO
38. Taking the place (of) : INLIEU
40. Move, as a painting : REHANG
45. Pub vessel : STEIN
47. Old food label std. : USRDA
48. "Star Trek" enemy, with "the" : BORG
49. Letter before Peter in a phonetic alphabet : OBOE
51. Found : ESTABLISH
52. Last song Rodgers and Hammerstein did together (1959) : EDELWEISS
54. French prayer addressee : DIEU
55. One never stooping : SNOB
57. Larger ___ life : THAN
60. Place to caucus : IOWA
63. A big head may be on one : EGOTRIP
64. Pooper ___ : SCOOPER
67. *Singer with the 1964 #2 hit "My Boy Lollipop" [the Bushes 41] : MILLIESMALL
70. *Egg order [the Obamas] : SUNNYSIDEUP
72. Some gold medals : NOBELS
74. Slight people : WAIFS
75. Composed : WROTE
77. Contract bridge tactic : CUEBID
78. Zombie's sound : MOAN
79. Actress nominated for a Golden Globe for "Rhoda" : ANNEMEARA
80. Dancer's wear : LEGWARMER
81. Pretty picture connector? : ASA
83. Some fridges : GES
85. Oscar, e.g. : STATUETTE
86. Rowing machine, for one : ERGOMETER
87. Stagger : REEL
97. Not interfere with : LETBE
100. Item in Baudelaire's oeuvre : POEME
102. March great : SOUSA
103. Editorial instructions : STETS
104. Dance with a king : PROM
106. Year John Dryden died : MDCC
107. West of the screen : ADAM
108. Information gleaned from a dating site : TYPE
109. Sugar suffix : OSE
110. Firebug : PYRO
111. Starting : ASOF
112. Double ___ Oreo : STUF
114. Perfume ingredient : MUSK

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