PARDON ZE INTERRUPTION

New York Times, Sunday, September 2, 2012

Author: Joel Fagliano
Editor: Will Shortz
Joel Fagliano
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} Scrabble average: 1.73 This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Across Down
1. "Iliad" character : AJAX
5. Cracked a bit : AJAR
9. 1986 U.S.S.R. launch : MIR
12. Comedian who was the only man on Maxim's 2012 Hot 100 list of most beautiful women : COLBERT
19. 2004 Best Actor winner for "Ray" : FOXX
20. Sir Galahad, e.g. : HERO
21. Foofaraw : ADO
22. Rhododendron relatives : AZALEAS
23. Chihuahua that eats only the best dog food? : CHOOSYTOY
25. What Jennifer Grey does in "Dirty Dancing"? : HOLDSSWAYZE
27. Photo blowup: Abbr. : ENL
28. Position of authority : HELM
29. Book of legends : ATLAS
30. ___-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 : SMOOT
31. 2012, por ejemplo : ANO
32. Promiscuous woman of the Far East? : ASIANFLOOZIE
36. Lets a ground ball go through one's legs, say : ERRS
37. Opposite of rises : SITS
39. Multitude : SEA
40. Announcement early in an inning, maybe : ONEOUT
42. Suffix with legal : ESE
43. Sprint's business : TELECOM
47. Part of w.p.m.: Abbr. : WDS
49. Like some kisses : WET
51. Fey of "30 Rock" : TINA
52. Begin a game of "She loves me, she loves me not ..."? : SEIZETHEDAISY
60. Blissful : HEAVENLY
63. Prefix with sexual : METRO
64. Diploma word : SUMMA
65. "The Addams Family" matriarch : MORTICIA
66. Salad bar bowlful : SPROUTS
68. Mark : SPOT
69. Unveil, in poems : OPE
70. First-class piece of infant's wear? : CAPITALONESIE
73. Word often shortened to one letter in text messages : ARE
74. Anchor's place : DESK
76. Two-day trips, sometimes : REDEYES
77. Bargain hunters' destinations : TAGSALES
79. Form of Spanish "to be" : ESTAS
81. Verb for thou : DOEST
82. Northern force : MOUNTIES
83. Everest? : MOUNTAINDOOZY
86. Like many a forgetful actor : CUED
87. ___ Aviv : TEL
88. Nietzsche's "never" : NIE
89. Pentathlete, at times : EPEEIST
93. MI6 : Britain :: ___ : U.S. : CIA
96. Rhythm band instrument : MARACA
101. Scepter go-with : ORB
103. Start of a tournament ... or the end of a match? : DRAW
104. "Laugher" : ROUT
106. Where busybodies live? : NOSYMANSLAND
111. Poetic praise : ODE
112. Tank top? : ALGAE
114. Ambience factor : DECOR
115. Midwest native : OTOE
116. At birth : NEE
117. Group that regularly plays a classic dice game? : YAHTZEECLUB
119. Drop a hip-hop star from the festival lineup? : SCRUBJAYZ
121. Lake at one end of the Welland Canal : ONTARIO
122. "Small Craft on a Milk Sea" musician : ENO
123. Related : AKIN
124. Pulitzer-winning James : AGEE
125. Pathfinders, e.g. : NISSANS
126. Orch. section : STR
127. Ad Council output, for short : PSAS
128. Child's room, often : MESS
1. Patriots' group : AFCEAST
2. Cochran who defended O. J. : JOHNNIE
3. Mexican salamander : AXOLOTL
4. Losing tic-tac-toe line : XXO
5. "Now I see" : AHYES
6. "Kiss of the Dragon" star : JETLI
7. They might make your mouth water : AROMAS
8. Booker Prize winner Arundhati ___ : ROY
9. Taj ___ : MAHAL
10. "Likewise" : IDOTOO
11. Spray alternative : ROLLON
12. He said "My reputation, Iago, my reputation!" : CASSIO
13. Soda bottle meas. : OZS
14. House work? : LAWS
15. Scapegoat's onus : BLAME
16. "It's not much of a tail, but I'm sort of attached to it" speaker : EEYORE
17. Shower items, maybe : RAZORS
18. African danger : TSETSE
24. Doo-wop syllable : SHA
26. Flabbergast : DAZE
33. Informative : NEWSY
34. Scene-ending film technique : FADE
35. 1930s world chess champion Max : EUWE
38. Attack : SETAT
41. "Bill & ___ Excellent Adventure" : TEDS
44. Palindromic auto model : CIVIC
45. Like some garages : ONECAR
46. Salon treatment, informally : MANIPEDI
48. Fool : SIMPLETON
50. Torque symbols : TAUS
53. Losers : ZEROS
54. Ian Fleming's alma mater : ETON
55. Not cheating on : TRUETO
56. Burrito topper : HOTSAUCE
57. Spear : IMPALE
58. Gooey treats : SMORES
59. "Revolutionary Road" novelist Richard : YATES
60. "God willing" : HOPESO
61. 1974 hit with a Spanish title : ERESTU
62. Applied, as paint : LAIDON
65. It may have a blinking light : MODEM
66. Authority : SAYSO
67. Register : SIGNUP
71. Ticked (off) : TEED
72. First name in cosmetics : ESTEE
75. "The Metaphysics of Morals" author : KANT
78. Gave a leg up : AIDED
80. Musical note part : STEM
82. Powers player : MYERS
84. Moore who wrote "Watchmen" : ALAN
85. National park through which the Virgin River runs : ZION
90. It started around 1100 B.C. : IRONAGE
91. 1979 #1 hit for Robert John : SADEYES
92. Plucks : TWEEZES
93. Wax cylinder : CRAYON
94. Honolulu's ___ Palace : IOLANI
95. Period of George W. Bush's presidency : AUGHTS
97. Events for those who know the ropes? : RODEOS
98. "Hang on ___" : ASEC
99. Rinse and dry : CYCLES
100. Come (to) : AMOUNT
102. Town squares? : BLOCKS
105. Cheerios : TATAS
107. ___ Day : ARBOR
108. Fancy hotel features : ATRIA
109. Rock and roll, e.g. : NOUNS
110. Ball girl : DEB
113. Book before Nehemiah : EZRA
118. Essen article : EIN
119. Fool : SAP
120. Basketball highlight, slangily : JAM

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