PROCESS OF ELIMINATION

New York Times, Sunday, September 9, 2007

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 102 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2007, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Talk follower : QANDA
6. Twinge : SPASM
11. Bit of info : DATUM
16. Memory unit, for short : MEG
19. Horse genus : EQUUS
20. Dantean division : CANTO
21. About to explode, maybe : IRATE
22. Botheration : ADO
23. "Marie Antoinette" star, 2006 : DUNST
24. Put the touch on : HITUP
25. *One who gets beaten badly? : SORELOSER
27. *Sticks in the medicine cabinet? : ANTIPERSPIRANTS
30. Crow's-nest sighting : LAND
31. Dodge pickup : RAM
32. Some R.S.V.P.'s : YESES
33. Hub-to-rim lines : RADII
34. Hammett's canine creation : ASTA
38. Battle of Britain grp. : RAF
40. *Forbidding countenance : HATCHETFACE
44. Roe source : SHAD
45. Render difficult to find : STASH
48. High-quality : DELUXE
49. *Lacking compassion : HARDHEARTED
52. Recharge one's batteries : REST
53. Tire swing supporter : LIMB
57. Holmes who married Tom Cruise : KATIE
58. Typewriter brand : ROYAL
60. Song that Elvis's "It's Now or Never" was based on : OSOLEMIO
62. Man in a sombrero : SENOR
63. Baseball star Maglie : SAL
64. "Sketches by ___," 1836 : BOZ
66. Losing ground : ERODING
67. Lid : HAT
68. *"It's true, like it or not" : IFTHESHOEFITS
72. ___ up (get dressed) : TOG
73. Former coeds, maybe : ALUMNAE
75. Blue expanse : SEA
76. Half of a cartoon duo : REN
77. Practices for a bout : SPARS
79. Inundating : DELUGING
81. Belgian painter James, known for bizarre fantasies with masks : ENSOR
83. Former N.F.L. QB Rodney : PEETE
84. "Holy moly!" : EGAD
85. Sonogram, e.g. : SCAN
87. *British motorist's right? : DRIVERSSIDE
90. Serve : WAITON
92. "The Princess Bride" character ___ Montoya : INIGO
93. Electromagnet component : COIL
94. *1999 romantic comedy based on "Pygmalion" : SHESALLTHAT
99. Doughnut shop qty. : DOZ
100. They have guests : INNS
101. Moderated, with "down" : TONED
102. The Big Aristotle, in the N.B.A. : ONEAL
105. Key above Caps Lock : TAB
107. Part of I.M.F.: Abbr. : INTL
108. *It's taken by doctors : HIPPOCRATICOATH
115. *Follow-up to a potential insult : NOOFFENSE
117. Works magic on : HEXES
118. Go further than : ONEUP
120. Tooth holder : GUM
121. Bug-repelling wood : CEDAR
122. Like noble gases : INERT
123. Near East hotel : SERAI
124. Eyeball : ORB
125. Stops flowing : CLOTS
126. Brings in : EARNS
127. The Process of Elimination: In the answer to each starred clue, cross out any letter that appears ___; then read the letters that remain : TWICE
1. Proof closer : QED
2. Greenish-blue : AQUA
3. 1970s-'90s senator Sam : NUNN
4. Indoor settler : DUST
5. In motion : ASTIR
6. Underlying patterns : SCHEMATA
7. Poker holding : PAIR
8. Unable to sit still : ANTSY
9. Blockhead : STUPE
10. Down in the dumps : MOPISH
11. Worst-case scenario : DISASTER
12. "East of Eden" twin : ARON
13. Like vinaigrette : TART
14. Mountain West Conference team : UTES
15. Ferrer of "Lili" : MEL
16. Site fortified by Herod the Great : MASADA
17. Paradisiacal : EDENIC
18. Howe who was known as Mr. Hockey : GORDIE
26. Minnesota's St. ___ College : OLAF
28. Minority member in India : PARSEE
29. Reference books? : READ
33. Way to go: Abbr. : RTE
34. Volcanic output : ASH
35. "Hurry up!" : SHAKEALEG
36. Fuzzy crawler : TARANTULA
37. Increase : ADDTO
39. Jill's portrayer in "Charlie's Angels" : FARRAH
41. Jazz singer Laine : CLEO
42. Late Jordanian king : HUSSEIN
43. Acquire by unsavory means : EXTORT
46. Items checked at an opera house checkroom : STOLES
47. Casual greeting : HEY
50. In need of help : HIRING
51. Expert, in England : DABHAND
53. Stayed in front : LED
54. Made of paste : IMITATION
55. Studied on the side : MINOREDIN
56. Wade at Cooperstown : BOGGS
59. Head of England : LOO
61. Gamblers' setbacks : LOSSES
62. You'll find it under a tree : SHADE
63. Letter-writing aid : STENCIL
65. Position the cross hairs (on) : ZEROIN
69. 1960s-'70s Saudi king : FAISAL
70. Go steady with : SEE
71. Vehement : FERVID
74. Disgraced one's name? : MUD
78. "Home Alone" actor Joe : PESCI
80. Intl. commercial agreement first signed in 1947 : GATT
82. Overseas title : SRI
83. Mood lifter : PROZAC
86. People who haven't a chance, in Britspeak : NOHOPERS
88. Their priority is number one : EGOTISTS
89. Loop circlers : ELS
90. Bank roll : WAD
91. iPod variety : NANO
94. "Sophie's Choice" narrator : STINGO
95. Waugh's "Sword of ___" trilogy : HONOUR
96. Enter into a plot? : ENTOMB
97. "Note to ___ ..." : SELF
98. Computer whiz : TECHIE
103. Game site : ARENA
104. Not as stringent : LAXER
106. Leg up : BOOST
108. Crusty piece of bread : HEEL
109. ___-European : INDO
110. High school jrs. take it : PSAT
111. Gull relative : TERN
112. All over again : ANEW
113. Hatcher of "Lois & Clark" : TERI
114. Red Scare grp. : HUAC
116. Org. overseeing decency standards : FCC
119. Pizza order : PIE

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