THE MEANING OF IT

New York Times, Sunday, August 12, 2012

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 166 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Tsp. or tbsp. : AMT
4. Tax expert, briefly : CPA
7. Slow-cooked dish : STEW
11. "Star Trek: T.N.G." character Geordi ___ : LAFORGE
18. Coin of little value : SOU
19. Mine layer : ORE
20. Iditarod endpoint : NOME
21. Short, light musical piece : SONATINA
22. "Talking isn't going to reseal that wine bottle!" : PUTACORKINIT
25. "Quit trying to make a paper doll by ripping the paper!" : CUTITOUT
26. "I can see why shoppers avoid this off-brand white bread!" : ITSNOWONDER
27. One of England's Cinque Ports : DOVER
28. Dinette set : CHINA
29. Cry for : NEED
30. Zookeeper's injuries, maybe : BITES
31. Beverage that's graded : MILK
35. "Do the Right Thing" pizzeria : SALS
36. "I already know my homemade cold cream is useless!" : DONTRUBITIN
38. "So you finally got the gist of that Stephen Hawking book!" : ITSABOUTTIME
44. Response to feeble excuses : SPAREME
45. Scrammed : GOTLOST
46. Semitransparent curtain : SCRIM
49. Carnival dance : SAMBA
50. Faulkner's "A Rose for ___" : EMILY
51. Seat seeker : POL
53. Hard workers : SERFS
56. Lawn starter : SOD
57. Actress Russo : RENE
58. Furry feller? : BEAVER
61. Spree stops : STORES
63. "Of course this car isn't voice-controlled!" : ITGOESWITHOUTSAYING
68. Go by : ELAPSE
69. IHOP order : OMELET
70. Hold up one's end? : MOON
72. Field authority : UMP
75. Wood nymph : DRYAD
76. Drink name suffix : ADE
77. Saintly quality : PIETY
78. Peabody Essex Museum city : SALEM
80. Old Testament section : TORAH
83. Slow and steady : ANDANTE
85. Lucky charms : AMULETS
88. "This tippy Christmas tree is driving me crazy!" : ICANTSTANDIT
91. "Stop dillydallying and use your boarding pass!" : GETONWITHIT
94. Apiece : EACH
95. Old school : ETON
96. Mechanical engineer Howe : ELIAS
97. Grotesque giant : OGRE
98. Practices wearing gloves : SPARS
103. Underside of a ship : BELLY
104. "How dare you climb a barbed-wire fence wearing my sweater!" : THATTEARSIT
106. "I'm in a hurry to see that bug squashed!" : STEPONIT
110. "Yeah, I'm asking for people's impression of this inkblot -- so?!" : WHATSITTOYOU
111. Annual Academy list : NOMINEES
112. "Catch!" : HERE
113. U-Haul driver's place : CAB
114. Abbr. for an unlimited number? : ETC
115. They take stock during an emergency : LOOTERS
116. Senatorial agreements : YEAS
117. Rooting area : STY
118. [How shameful!] : TSK
1. Gelatin made from consommé : ASPIC
2. Conversation opener? : MOUTH
3. Rwandan people : TUTSI
4. Truffle coating : COCOA
5. Boat tip : PROW
6. Pilot who makes vertical takeoffs : AERONAUT
7. Most snarky : SNIDEST
8. In good shape : TONED
9. Kuwaiti ruler : EMIR
10. Ready to go through the wringer : WET
11. Slatted windows : LOUVERS
12. Kicks in one's share : ANTESUP
13. Barometer reading : FAIR
14. 1951 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee : OTT
15. Kia subcompact : RIO
16. Bearded beast : GNU
17. Partake of : EAT
21. "Great" guy : SCOTT
23. "Maisie" star Sothern : ANN
24. Honored a king, perhaps : KNELT
27. Peace disrupter : DIN
30. It means "farmer" in Afrikaans : BOER
31. Binary star in Cetus : MIRA
32. Bullet points : ITEMS
33. First circle of hell in Dante's "Inferno" : LIMBO
34. Work in a bakery : KNEAD
35. Castaway's message : SOS
36. Hip-hop's Run-___ : DMC
37. Shirley who sang "Goldfinger" : BASSEY
38. Eisner's successor as Disney chief : IGER
39. Marisa of "The Wrestler" : TOMEI
40. Really economize : STINT
41. Claim : ALLEGE
42. Approximately one out of every two deliveries : BOY
43. Sea gull nesting site, maybe : ISLET
47. Gave out : ISSUED
48. Fighting spirit : METTLE
51. Handles badly? : PAWSAT
52. Besieged city during the Spanish Civil War : OVIEDO
54. Pinkish red : ROSE
55. Single-sex house, usually : FRAT
58. Symbol on California's flag : BEAR
59. Spot : ESPY
60. 55-Down letter : RHO
62. Like Tarzan's mannerisms : SIMIAN
64. Whitebeards : OLDMEN
65. D-Day code name : OMAHA
66. Incessantly : NOEND
67. The Teflon Don : GOTTI
71. Opposite of "da" : NYET
72. Employment : USAGE
73. "Speed-the-Plow" playwright : MAMET
74. Demotion victim of 2006 : PLUTO
77. Palmtop, e.g., in brief : PDA
79. North Carolina college town : ELON
81. Muckraker Jacob : RIIS
82. Vegas attraction : ACT
83. Hedonists' opposites : ASCETICS
84. ___ degree : NTH
86. Kid aged 10-12 : TWEENER
87. Goofballs : SILLIES
89. Renders invalid : NEGATES
90. Dainty desserts : TARTS
92. Inclines : TILTS
93. Stable supply : HAY
97. John who wrote "Appointment in Samarra" : OHARA
98. Didn't get involved : SATBY
99. Skilled hand : PRO
100. Up until now : ASYET
101. Joins the mob : RIOTS
102. Unable to leave : STUCK
103. Paleontological find : BONE
104. Quaker pronoun : THEE
105. Coup d'___ : ETAT
106. NBC offering, briefly : SNL
107. Besides : TOO
108. Alt-rock genre : EMO
109. Animal trap : PIT
110. It's asked for a reason : WHY

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