OOH, THAT BANANA PEEL!

New York Times, Sunday, September 22, 1991

Author:Lawrence M. Rheingold
Editor:Eugene T. Maleska
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 168, Blocks: 110, Avg Word Len: 4.99, Missing: { Q X }, Scrabble score: 642 (avg 1.53)
Open Squares: 110, Cheaters: 26, FITB: 8, XRef: 1
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JimH notes: The stepquote reads, "The step is short from the sublime to the ridiculous."
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© 1991, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Start of a Stepquote : THES
5. U.K. air arm : RAF
8. Agcy. dealing with nutrition, etc. : FDA
11. Clayey soil : MARL
15. Plant of the lily family : HOSTA
17. Styptic : ALUM
19. Alpine snowfield : FIRN
20. Anaglyph : CAMEO
21. The ___ Lewis Trio : RAMSEY
22. Composer Rota : NINO
23. Jejune : ARID
24. Members of an I.R.A. wing : PROVOS
26. A Woody work: 1973 : SLEEPER
28. Pother : ADO
29. TV sales pitch : CML
30. Tear, to Tacitus : LACRIMA
31. "Aïda" composer : VERDI
32. By its very nature : ESSENTIALLY
36. Singer Reddy : HELEN
37. Phone's dial letters at "7" : PRS
38. Blind cetacean : SUSU
40. Reverie : DREAM
41. Littoral flier : ERNE
43. Actor Byrnes : EDD
44. Stepquote: Part III : SHORT
46. Otiose : IDLE
47. Townsmen : CITS
48. Partly open : AJAR
52. Certain topsails : RAFFES
54. Grab : SNATCH
56. Hence : ERGO
60. "The Way We ___" : WERE
61. Bagpiper : SKIRLER
63. Due follower : TRE
64. Hen's pen : COOP
65. Whinny : NEIGH
67. Bruited : NOISED
69. Tails : DRESSCOAT
73. Shining examples : PARADIGMS
76. Nigerian native : ARO
78. Least messy : NEATEST
79. "___ go bragh" : ERIN
80. Stepquote: Part V : THESUBL
83. Nil, in Nîmes : RIEN
84. Stephen and Phil : FOSTERS
87. Latin trio starter : AMO
88. Another by 31 Across : RIGOLETTO
92. City-bus route : CROSSTOWN
94. Feral : UNTAME
96. Kind of seal : PRIVY
98. Smog or fog : HAZE
99. Objective : AIM
101. Morman missionary elder : SEVENTY
104. ___ fixe : IDEE
105. Witnessed : EYED
106. ___ fatales : FEMMES
109. Fastens anew : RETIES
110. Ten mills : CENT
111. Core of a canine : PULP
112. Regan's father : LEAR
114. Stepquote: Part VII : OTHER
116. He may be good or bad : EGG
119. "Dies ___" : IRAE
120. Fragrant rootstock : ORRIS
122. Air: Comb. form : AERI
123. Jazz session : GIG
126. Indo-European : ARYAN
128. Unlike the distant future : PREDICTABLE
131. Moon goddess : DIANA
133. Drags one's feet : TARRIES
135. Lingerie item : BRA
136. Corrida cry : OLE
137. Limited : STINTED
139. Penumbra : SHADOW
140. Gist : MEAT
141. Part : ROLE
143. Steels, in Savoie : ACIERS
144. Expiate : ATONE
145. Weapon, to Ney : ARME
146. It's surrounded by glair : YOLK
147. Bandleader from Barcelona : CUGAT
148. Seas, to Simone : MERS
149. Airport stat. : ETA
150. Society-page word : NEE
151. End of Stepquote : LOUS
1. Old German coin : THALER
2. Aaron's feats : HOMERS
3. Gaul's chariot : ESSED
4. Stepquote: Part II : STEPISS
5. Skedaddled : RAN
6. A k a : ALIAS
7. Provided capital : FUNDED
8. Heavens : FIRMAMENT
9. Exercise for a dentist? : DRILL
10. Additionally : AND
11. Sousa products : MARCHES
12. Juliet's emotion : AMORE
13. Assail verbally : REVILE
14. Appeared, as in a fog : LOOMED
16. Affirmative : AYE
18. Twilight times : MOONRISES
19. Salon offerings : FACIALS
20. Audit maker : CPA
21. Invitation letters : RSVP
25. Fortitude : SAND
27. Drench anew : RESOAK
30. Songlike : LYRIC
33. Shore sport : SURFING
34. Strew hay : TED
35. Sermonizer's desk : LECTERN
39. Ultra high resistances: Abbr. : UHRS
42. Extreme : NTH
45. Stepquote: Part IV : TFROMT
48. Barley beard : AWN
49. Army vehicle : JEEP
50. Oratorio part : ARIA
51. Backslid : REGRESSED
53. Hebrew prophet : ELISHA
55. Suffix with tank : ARD
56. Oddball : ECCENTRIC
57. Euros, for short : ROOS
58. Ibex or markhor : GOAT
59. Make a choice : OPT
62. Uses logic : REASONS
66. Stags : HARTS
68. Actress Joanne : DRU
70. Saarinen : EERO
71. Lateen, e.g. : SAIL
72. Macerate : STEEP
74. Regimen : DIET
75. Geisha's case : INRO
77. "___ new world": Shak. : OBRAVE
81. Cassowary's kin : EMU
82. Stepquote: Part VI : LIMETO
84. Contention : FRAY
85. Sludge : OOZE
86. Handyman : SWAMPER
89. Of reproduction : GENITAL
90. Flood or spring : TIDE
91. Chef's need : OVEN
92. Fidel's pal : CHE
93. Counters game : NIM
95. Guam, to U.S. : TERRITORY
97. However : YET
100. Extravagantly theatrical play : MELODRAMA
102. Snickers : TEHEES
103. Flanders river : YSER
106. Nutria or marten : FUR
107. Venomous-snake genus : ELAPS
108. Arranged in rows : SERIATE
111. Shackles : PINIONS
113. Hyperbola : ARC
115. Stepquote: Part VIII : RIDICUL
116. Ingests : EATS
117. Author of the Stepquote : GRAHAM
118. Turn : GYRATE
121. Carry Nation target : SALOON
123. Fancy cake : GATEAU
124. Noncombustible gases : INERTS
125. Traipses : GADS
127. Passion : ARDOR
129. German President: 1919-25 : EBERT
130. Prom queen : BELLE
132. Architect Jones : INIGO
134. Ram's dam : EWE
138. U.S.A.F. body : TAC
140. Ginnie or Fannie ___ : MAE
142. Skimp, with "out" : EKE

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