WINNERS' CIRCLE

New York Times, Sunday, October 26, 2014

Author: Caleb Emmons
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {Q} Scrabble average: 1.73 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Emmons. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Caleb Emmons notes: I had been knocking around the idea of having some theme answers 'override' others for quite awhile before I came up with the idea of using famous matchups from history and popular culture. At first, I just ... more
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Across Down
1. Boors : SCHLUBS
8. Latin dances : SALSAS
14. Opponent of 14-Down, in sports : ALI
17. Park place : PLAYAREA
18. Woodworker's vise : CCLAMP
19. Flip ___ : ACOIN
21. Opponent of 3-Down, in Greek myth : HERCULES
22. Opponent of 9-Down, in classical literature : HECTOR
23. Certain marked-down item: Abbr. : IRREG
24. Like court testimony : SWORN
25. Product once pitched by Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey : PEPSI
27. Where some "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" is done : INATREE
29. Least taut : SLACKEST
31. The "L" of "A = L x W" : LENGTH
33. Mexico City sight : SMOG
36. Any ship : HER
37. Banjoist Fleck : BELA
39. Steep slope : ESCARP
41. March birthstone, traditionally : JASPER
45. "Siegfried," e.g. : OPERA
47. Yellow diner packet : SPLENDA
48. Cue user, maybe : ACTOR
49. Google ___ : GLASS
51. Opponent of 28-Down, in comics : BATMAN
53. Martial artist Jackie : CHAN
54. Animal also known as a hog-nosed coon : COATI
55. "___ sûr" ("Of course": Fr.) : BIEN
56. Mouth, slangily : TRAP
60. Opponent of 49-Down, in film : KINGKONG
62. 18 or 21 : LEGALAGE
66. NPR's Shapiro : ARI
67. It may be taken from the neck of a superhero : PEZ
68. Red topper : FEZ
69. Snaps : FOTOS
70. Rough track condition : MUD
71. Baja aunt : TIA
72. Female gametes : OVA
73. A case might be made for one : CRIMINAL
75. Relative of neo-soul : ACIDJAZZ
77. Challenge : TEST
79. Hatfields or McCoys : CLAN
80. "What ___?" (Mark Twain essay) : ISMAN
82. The works : ATOZ
83. Unusual diacritic used in Portuguese : OTILDE
85. Jack on "24" : BAUER
86. Long-distance swimmer Nyad : DIANA
87. Lila ___, Oscar winner for "Zorba the Greek" : KEDROVA
90. Opponent of 64-Down, in the Bible : DAVID
92. Brackish water locales : DELTAS
93. Missouri tributary : PLATTE
94. Chirpy greeting : HIHO
95. Knot : TIE
96. Opponent of 78-Down, in fable : HARE
97. Cousin of ibid. : LOCCIT
101. Opponent of 86-Down, in games : KASPAROV
106. Ornamental pond feature : LILYPAD
108. Tickle : AMUSE
110. Pasta seasoner : BASIL
112. Rear : RAISE
114. Where to emulate the locals, it's said : INROME
116. English city where the Magna Carta originated : STALBANS
118. Take over : ANNEX
119. Ideal world : UTOPIA
120. Soothed : ASSUAGED
121. Part of a clown outfit : WIG
122. Second : MOMENT
123. X's : DELETES
1. A whole lot : SLEWS
2. Wassail : CAROL
3. See 21-Across : HYDRA
4. Part of many a silo : LAUNCHER
5. Address letters : URL
6. Obsolescent summoner : BEEPER
7. Postpaid encls. : SASES
8. The 12 of the Pac-12: Abbr. : SCHS
9. See 22-Across : ACHILLES
10. Inc.'s cousin : LLC
11. Subbed (for) : SATIN
12. ___ friends : AMONG
13. Sardinelike fish : SPRAT
14. See 14-Across : FOREMAN
15. Sleep (with) : LIE
16. Dutch financial giant : ING
17. Acidity measures, informally : PHS
19. Diver's supply : AIR
20. The ___ City (New Orleans) : CRESCENT
26. W.W. II craft : PTBOAT
28. See 51-Across : THEPENGUIN
30. Prefix with plunk : KER
32. Wave catcher? : EAR
34. Windy City terminal code : ORD
35. Collection of marks, for short? : GPA
38. Leader of ancient Ephesus? : EPSILON
40. '70s radical grp. : SLA
41. Good thing to hit : JACKPOT
42. Attain : ACHIEVE
43. What "America" has four of : STANZAS
44. Beer ___ : PONG
46. Arafat successor : ABBAS
47. Stanley, for one : STEAMCAR
49. See 60-Across : GODZILLA
50. Be behind : LAG
52. Not do well : AIL
54. By force : COERCIVELY
57. Knock : RATATAT
58. Reservation holder? : ARIZONA
59. Squares : PIAZZAS
61. One of the brands of Yum! Brands : KFC
63. What fog might delay, for short : ETA
64. See 90-Across : GOLIATH
65. Hall-of-Fame outfielder Roush : EDD
69. Getting just a slap on the wrist, say : FINED
74. Loony : MAD
75. ___ Zion Church : AME
76. Lock up : JAIL
78. See 96-Across : TORTOISE
81. 3 x 3 x 3 container? : SUDOKU
84. Day-care attendee : TOT
85. Riboflavin, e.g. : BVITAMIN
86. See 101-Across : DEEPBLUE
87. Autobahn speed meas. : KPH
88. She, in Rio : ELA
89. Sweetie pie : DARLING
91. Tuna often served seared : AHI
92. Start of a bear market : DIP
95. ___ fly : TSETSE
98. Vice of Dorian Gray : OPIUM
99. "The Divine Comedy" division : CANTO
100. Download alternative : CDROM
102. Civil war president : ASSAD
103. North African capital : RABAT
104. Missouri tributary : OSAGE
105. Creepers : VINES
107. Latin law : LEX
109. Essential part : MEAT
111. Drug sold in microdots : LSD
112. Like some talent and emotions : RAW
113. Singer DiFranco : ANI
115. Reveal, poetically : OPE
117. Form of digital communication?: Abbr. : ASL

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