# GROUP FORMATION

### New York Times, Sunday, August 2, 2009

 Author: Patrick Berry Editor: Will Shortz
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 122 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: I have shown the Greek letters in the grid but to read the crossing answers, you must spell those letters out. So, for example, 39 Down is β θ π but the crossing answers are TI[BETA]NS, ON[THETA]KE, and AMERICAN[PI]E.
 1M 2O 3U 4T 5H 6S 7T 8R 9I 10P 11E 12A 13L 14G 15A 16A 17M 18Y 19S U S H I 20H A I K U S 21S O R T 22V I A 23G R E E K 24L E T T E R S 25K N E E 26S O C K 27F R E E B E E 28P E 29R S I A 30O N E S 31E 32L O I S E 33I O N I A 34TAU 35DELTA PHI 36M I R V 37T 38I 39BETA N S 40P R 41I N C E 42D 43O 44M 45M A C E 46D 47O N THETA K E 48P O R T O 49R U E 50A M E R I 51C A N PI E 52B L U E 53P I T T 54V A S E 55D 56R A I N S 57C E S A R 58R 59E 60G I S T R 61Y 62I C E D 63C O S T C O 64M O M O N E Y 65O 66I N K S 67T O M C A T S 68A M I N E S 69B U N S 70T 71R A D E I N S 72L U N G S 73W A R D E 74D 75O L E O 76A L E S 77H I H O 78R 79ALPHA B E R N 80A 81T 82H 83Y 84W A N 85P 86A O L O 87D U CHI E S 88S P R E E 89I N T 90H E M A I N 91A I RHO S E 92P E E N 93OMEGA PSI PHI 94W O 95R L D 96J 97U L E P S 98F 99O 100A M 101B 102E I R U T 103E 104M 105P A N E L 106A M N E 107S I A C 108F R 109A T E R N I T I 110E 111S 112C A D 113M A S K 114F E D O R A 115T O N T O 116T R Y 117U N E S 118S Y D N E Y 119S N E A D
© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 21,817
 Across Down 1. It's open for dinner : MOUTH6. High ball, in pool : STRIPE12. Pond organism : ALGA16. Sedaris of "Strangers With Candy" : AMY19. Dish that may be served on a boat : SUSHI20. Three-line poems : HAIKUS21. Put into piles : SORT22. Traversing : VIA23. Contents of four answers found in this puzzle : GREEKLETTERS25. It covers a lot of leg : KNEESOCK27. Good for nothing?: Var. : FREEBEE28. Alexander the Great conquered it : PERSIA30. Rarely counterfeited bills : ONES31. Fictional Plaza Hotel resident : ELOISE33. Alexander the Great conquered it : IONIA34. Group formed at C.C.N.Y. in 1910 : TAUDELTAPHI36. Weapon with many warheads : MIRV37. Roof of the World natives : TIBETANS40. Monaco is one : PRINCEDOM45. Given an eyeful, you might say : MACED47. Accepting bribes : ONTHETAKE48. Brazil's ___ Alegre : PORTO49. "And all too soon, I fear, the king shall ___": "Richard II" : RUE50. 1971 album dedicated to Buddy Holly : AMERICANPIE52. Picasso's ___ Period, 1901-04 : BLUE53. Surname of two British P.M.'s : PITT54. Waterford purchase : VASE55. Empties : DRAINS57. Labor leader Chávez : CESAR58. Bridal wish list : REGISTRY62. Like some twisted ankles : ICED63. Sam's Club rival : COSTCO64. 1992 Damon Wayans comedy : MOMONEY65. "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" sounds : OINKS67. Womanizers, slangily : TOMCATS68. Nitrogen compounds : AMINES69. Weenie roast needs : BUNS70. Cars that go toward other cars : TRADEINS72. Subjects of pneumography : LUNGS73. Fended (off) : WARDED75. Something that's been clarified : OLEO76. Tavern orders : ALES77. Old cracker brand : HIHO78. Co-organizer of the Montgomery bus boycott, 1955 : RALPHABERNATHY84. Ill-looking : WAN85. Renaissance painter Uccello : PAOLO87. Bavaria and others, once : DUCHIES88. Bout of revelry : SPREE89. By and large : INTHEMAIN91. Engine attachment : AIRHOSE92. Claw alternative : PEEN93. Group formed at Howard University in 1911 : OMEGAPSIPHI94. Sci-fi author's creation : WORLD96. Kentucky Derby drinks : JULEPS98. Fire extinguisher's output : FOAM101. Mideast hub : BEIRUT103. Fill a box, say : EMPANEL106. Jason Bourne, in the Bourne series : AMNESIAC108. Four groups found in this puzzle : FRATERNITIES112. Bounder : CAD113. Umpire's wear : MASK114. Retro headgear : FEDORA115. Jay Silverheels role : TONTO116. Have a bite of : TRY117. Quelques-___ (some: Fr.) : UNES118. 2000 Olympics locale : SYDNEY119. Golfer who said "Never concede a putt" : SNEAD 1. "No ___" : MSG2. First word in many church names : OUR3. Pursue violent options : USEFORCE4. 1980 double album by Springsteen : THERIVER5. Raises : HIKES6. C&W singer Wooley : SHEB7. British art museum : TATE8. Book of Hours entry : RITE9. ___ & Tina Turner Revue : IKE10. Determination : PURPOSE11. Ruhr industrial city : ESSEN12. Gets several views : ASKSAROUND13. Actress Anderson : LONI14. Social reformer Margaret Fuller, to Buckminster Fuller : GREATAUNT15. "I already ___" : ATE16. Skin So Soft seller : AVON17. Lab test subjects : MICE18. Asian bovines : YAKS24. Sheltered side : LEE26. Meryl Streep title role : SOPHIE29. Most corrugated : RIPPLIEST31. Novel on which "Clueless" is based : EMMA32. Writer O'Flaherty : LIAM33. Like final contracts : INKED35. Mexican-style fast-food chain : DELTACO37. Comfortably warm : TOASTY38. Personal, as thoughts : INNER39. Group formed at Miami University in 1839 : BETATHETAPI41. Furies : IRES42. Antihistamine brand : DRISTAN43. Steals the show from, say : OUTACTS44. Urban railways : METROS46. Figures out intuitively : DIVINES51. Legal precedents : CASES52. No longer on vacation : BACK53. Oscar winner for "GoodFellas" : PESCI56. Remove the suds : RINSE57. Inducements : COMEONS58. Pointy-eared "Star Trek" character : ROMULAN59. Highly respected : EMINENT60. Round percussion instruments : GONGS61. Term for a judge : YOURHONOR63. Enigma machine, e.g. : CODER64. Nyasaland, nowadays : MALAWI66. ___-European : INDO67. New Journalism pioneer Gay : TALESE69. Areas of expertise : BAILIWICKS71. Choir attire : ROBES73. Liveryman's command : WHOA74. Celtic priest of old : DRUID79. Group formed at Trinity College in 1895 : ALPHACHIRHO80. Wisconsin home of Lawrence University : APPLETON81. Timberland limit : TREELINE82. Villainous Uriah : HEEP83. Desires : YENS85. Product with a circular red, white and blue logo : PEPSI86. Semiterrestrial organism : AMPHIBIAN87. The Who's lead singer : DALTREY90. Match played at the local arena : HOMEGAME95. Elizabethan collars : RUFFS96. Dean's 1960s singing partner : JAN97. Apartments, e.g. : UNITS98. Undisputed point : FACT99. W.W. II general Bradley : OMAR100. Red's pal in "The Shawshank Redemption" : ANDY102. Slip (into) : EASE103. English collar : ETON104. French family member : MERE105. Speak up? : PRAY107. The Mustangs of the N.C.A.A. : SMU109. Get a total : ADD110. J.F.K. board info : ETA111. Ground cover : SOD

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 8 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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