IT'S A MYSTERY

New York Times, Sunday, September 21, 2008

Author: Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor: Will Shortz
Brendan Emmett Quigley
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {X} This is puzzle # 127 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2008, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Drapery material : CHINTZ
7. Lumber supplier : WOODLOT
14. Item marked in pounds : CHEQUE
20. City and county of central California : MADERA
21. Rushing : ONATEAR
22. Hair color : AUBURN
23. School in Madison, N.J. : DREWUNIVERSITY
25. Cause of worry lines : STRESS
26. Poet whose last words were "Of course [God] will forgive me; that's his business" : HEINE
27. "Beau ___" : GESTE
29. Coup d'___ (quick glance) : OEIL
30. Bank postings : CDRATES
33. Don't believe it : FISHSTORY
37. Seward-to-Fairbanks dir. : NNE
38. ___ rancheros : HUEVOS
39. Levelheaded : SANE
40. Raw bar offering : STEAMER
42. Officer in "Alice's Restaurant" : OBIE
43. Launches : DEBUTS
45. Classic theater name : RIALTO
46. "The Divine Comedy," for Dante : MAGNUMOPUS
49. 1950s-'70s TV host : PAAR
51. Petrol purchase : LITRE
54. It's often punched on a keypad : PIN
55. Reader's goal : PART
56. Online reading : EZINE
58. Redeem : CASHIN
59. Wife, informally : MISSUS
61. Fraternity member : ELK
62. Difficult situation : HOTSEAT
63. Sitting with one's hand on one's chin, e.g. : POSE
66. Track-and-field event : HAMMERTHROW
69. Google results : URLS
70. Duds : APPAREL
72. Record producer who published the diary "A Year With Swollen Appendices" : ENO
73. Appetite whetter : SAMPLE
75. Favored one side or the other : LEANED
76. Kon-Tiki material : BALSA
78. Turned right : GEED
79. What eds. read : MSS
82. Get divorced : ENDIT
83. ___ avis : RARA
84. Dropped off : FELLASLEEP
87. More spooky : EERIER
89. Work site? : INTRAY
91. German river : EDER
92. Trig angle : ARCSINE
94. Salad morsel : BEAN
95. "On Language" columnist : SAFIRE
97. Mens ___ (guilty mind) : REA
98. Pantry array : MASONJARS
102. Enzyme in some yeasts : LACTASE
103. There's one for dance : MUSE
105. Prefix with centric : HELIO
106. Only U.S. vice president born in Maryland : AGNEW
107. San Luis ___ : OBISPO
109. Ones in charge of a case ... or a literal hint to the eight other longest answers in this puzzle : LEADDETECTIVES
116. Vacation arrangement : RENTAL
117. Big name in auto parts : ACDELCO
118. French subjects? : TENSES
119. Alarm clock button : SNOOZE
120. Psychiatric visit : SESSION
121. Major diamond exporter : ANGOLA
1. Mil. authority : CMD
2. Laugh start : HAR
3. Suffix with cyan- : IDE
4. City with the world's first telephone directory (1878) : NEWHAVEN
5. Loyally following : TRUETO
6. Nuts : ZANIES
7. Had work looming? : WOVE
8. Combined : ONE
9. Blade in sports : OAR
10. The shakes : DTS
11. "The Da Vinci Code" scholar Sir ___ Teabing : LEIGH
12. Novelist who wrote "The Gravedigger's Daughter" : OATES
13. No-tell motel visit : TRYST
14. Italy's Reggia di ___ (royal palace) : CASERTA
15. Pizza ___ : HUT
16. River that rises in Cantabria : EBRO
17. Beloved figure in England : QUEENMOTHER
18. Bearlike : URSINE
19. Eve ___, "The Vagina Monologues" monologist : ENSLER
24. Connections : INS
28. Quaint letter opener : TOSIR
30. Eating sound : CHOMP
31. Persian Gulf emirate : DUBAI
32. Cover many subjects? : REIGN
33. Extremely pleasing, in slang : FABU
34. Occupied : INUSE
35. Word with smart or mind : SET
36. Upbraid : YELLAT
39. Biological dividing wall : SEPTUM
41. Being debated : ATISSUE
43. Kind of fin : DORSAL
44. Dumped out : SPILT
45. Singer Corinne Bailey ___ : RAE
47. Longtime news inits. : UPI
48. Potato choice : MASHED
50. Egyptian crosses : ANKHS
52. Yemeni money : RIAL
53. Tolkien creatures : ENTS
57. Nobodies : ZEROS
58. Southern legume : COWPEA
59. Scoundrels : MEANIES
60. Window washer's boo-boo : SMEAR
62. Unlikely to be Miss America : HOMELY
63. Ghostlike : PALE
64. Big tournament : OPEN
65. Card game played to 61 : SPADECASINO
67. China's Zhou : ENLAI
68. Loose overcoat : RAGLAN
71. Condense again, as an article : RETRIM
74. The Mormons, initially : LDS
76. High jump need : BAR
77. Certain photo caption : AFTER
79. Broadcasters, e.g. : MEDIA
80. Predictors : SEERS
81. Brief indulgence : SPREE
83. "Malcolm in the Middle" boy : REESE
85. Cy Young candidates' stats : ERAS
86. Liberal : LEFTWING
88. Behind : INAHOLE
90. Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy org. : NBA
92. Safeguards : ARMORS
93. Deli order : REUBEN
95. Sacred places : SANCTA
96. Winning hand in blackjack : ACETEN
99. Stewpots : OLLAS
100. Certain flower girl : NIECE
101. "The Grapes of Wrath" family : JOADS
102. T-shirt size: Abbr. : LGE
104. "___ perpetua" (Idaho's motto) : ESTO
106. Lots : ATON
108. Opposite of guerra : PAZ
110. Paris's Parc ___ Princes : DES
111. Sixth-century year : DLI
112. Prefix with freak : ECO
113. Letters on a brandy bottle : VSO
114. Marine predator : EEL
115. Org. that has its benefits : SSA

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