"OH, REALLY?"

New York Times, Sunday, August 19, 2012

Author: Freddie Cheng
Editor: Will Shortz
Freddie Cheng
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Cheng. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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© 2012, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Polo need : MALLET
7. Some ballroom dances : CHACHAS
14. Go by again : REPASS
20. Figures in TV's "V" : ALIENS
21. Acid, e.g. : ETCHANT
22. One-two wager : EXACTA
23. Ultranationalism? : JINGOALLTHEWAY
25. Sunday best : FINERY
26. Keep on hand : STOCK
27. View from une chalet, maybe : ALPES
28. Reforms? : MUTATES
29. Scream, so to speak : RIOT
31. Gray shades : TAUPES
35. Mil. stat : MIAS
36. Dame ___ Everage : EDNA
39. "Thriller" Grammy sweep? : THEDAYOFTHEJACKO
44. Appear that way : SEEMTO
46. Zero : NIL
47. More than dislike : LOATHE
48. Speed at which the apocalypse is coming? : TEMPOOFDOOM
51. Having allegorical meanings : AESOPIC
56. 43-Down follower : APOSTLE
57. Brought in : REAPED
61. Gold-compound salt : AURATE
62. Balkan native : SERB
64. Obsessive-compulsive soap purger? : RINSEPSYCHO
66. Source of indigo : ANIL
70. Kate who married a prince : MIDDLETON
73. Classic Jags : XKES
74. Big gambling loss in the Biggest Little City in the World? : RENOFAILURE
77. Venetian strip : SLAT
80. Louis Armstrong played one : CORNET
81. More gung-ho : KEENER
84. Excitement : AROUSAL
89. Former Treasury secretary Paul and former Yankee Paul : ONEILLS
91. Bad precept for U.S. foreign policy? : AMERICANEGO
93. Spa item : LOOFAH
97. L-P center : MNO
98. Non compos mentis : ADDLED
99. Not a happy ending on the yellow brick road? : TOTOANNIHILATION
105. Choice word : ELSE
106. "Are you ___ out?" : INOR
107. Do a hula, e.g. : GYRATE
108. Swerve : VEER
110. Goes (for) : RETAILS
112. Nastily slander : SLIME
116. Wrong : AMISS
120. What a chair may hold : AGENDA
121. TV detective with his unbalanced suspect? : HAMMERANDSICKO
125. Solemn pieces : DIRGES
126. Like the Boston Tea Partiers : ANTITAX
127. Whence the phrase "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" : AENEID
128. Opposite of dethrone : ENSEAT
129. Big name in pasta : RONZONI
130. Curses out? : BLEEPS
1. Some mil. brass : MAJS
2. Settled down : ALIT
3. Lead-in to type : LINO
4. Bikers' woes : LEGCRAMPS
5. Japanese mushroom : ENOKI
6. J.F.K. search party? : TSA
7. Clandestine group : CELL
8. Link letters : HTTP
9. Joint concern : ACHE
10. Opposite of flat : CHESTY
11. Part of a bray : HAW
12. Santa ___ : ANA
13. Dump : STY
14. Dump : REFUSEHEAP
15. Red-letter word : EXIT
16. Article of apparel that's not made where you might think : PANAMA
17. Like CH3CO2H : ACETIC
18. Run : STREAK
19. Asserts something : SAYSSO
24. Plaster support : LATH
28. 1980s New York Philharmonic maestro : MEHTA
30. Peter of "The Last Emperor" : OTOOLE
32. Part of some e-mail addresses : AOL
33. Radar anomaly : UFO
34. Class action grp.? : PTA
36. Spanish 101 word : ESTA
37. Many-layered : DEEP
38. "Little" comics boy : NEMO
40. Rear : END
41. J'adore perfumer : DIOR
42. Perennial succulent : ALOE
43. Religious figure : JESUS
45. Sandbox frequenters : TOTS
49. Manhattan Project physicist : FERMI
50. Jazz vocalist Shaw : MARLENA
52. Antelope related to the gemsbok : ORYX
53. Cram : PACK
54. "Am ___ only one?" : ITHE
55. Mitt Romney and others, once : CEOS
58. Pizzeria order : PIE
59. "The Lord of the Rings" tree creature : ENT
60. U.K. mil. decorations : DSOS
63. Con : BILK
65. China's Zhou ___ : ENLAI
66. With the bow, in music : ARCO
67. Really bright : NEON
68. Memo intro : INRE
69. Blonde Anderson : LONI
71. Appropriate : DUE
72. Death Row Records co-founder, familiarly : DRE
75. Chap : FELLA
76. "Finally!" : ATLONGLAST
78. Like election laws, typically : ARCANE
79. Ugly one : TOAD
82. Watson of the Harry Potter films : EMMA
83. Musical with the song "Seasons of Love" : RENT
85. Sabotage : UNDERMINE
86. Dump, say : SELL
87. A long time : AGES
88. Big vein : LODE
90. Some Blu-ray players : SONYS
92. Louis XIV, for one : ROI
94. Wreath source : FIR
95. Solution reaction : AHA
96. Miss's partner : HIT
99. It might result in a meltdown : TIRADE
100. Tchaikovsky's "Eugene ___" : ONEGIN
101. Bag handlers : TOTERS
102. House of ___ : ORANGE
103. Broadway smash starting in '87 : LESMIZ
104. Pizzeria need : OVEN
109. Chart holder : EASEL
111. Spark, so to speak : IDEA
113. Consort of Zeus : LETO
114. Big oil exporter : IRAN
115. Mini's counterpart : MAXI
117. Summer cooler : ICEE
118. Record problem : SKIP
119. Lays the groundwork for? : SODS
121. Half a laugh : HAR
122. New element in each of this puzzle's theme answers : ANO
123. Geog. abbreviation : MTN
124. Tiny application : DAB

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