TOIL AND TROUBLE

New York Times, Sunday, February 2, 2014

Author: Dick Shlakman and Jeff Chen
Editor: Will Shortz
Dick Shlakman
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Jeff Chen
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 83 Missing: {JQZ} Grid has mirror symmetry This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Shlakman. This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Constructor notes: DICK: If the byline for co-constructors was set in type reflecting the respective contributions of each, my name would be in eight point pica type and Jeff's in 20 point, BOLDED and italicized. I am, at age 74, ... more
Will Shortz notes: This puzzle has everything — a fresh, literary theme, beautifully executed, with a bonus visual element, and a handsome construction to boot. Besides the theme I like DURAN DURAN, POLO SHIRT, IN A KNOT, ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Thus continues the saga of JEFF VS. DAN, wherein I try my durndest to beat ACPT champ Dan Feyer on a puzzle I wrote. My solving time: 6:39. You'll find Dan's time (and that of the other speedsters) posted at Dan's ... more
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© 2014, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Turns left : HAWS
5. Ogles offensively : LEERSAT
12. One for the money? : UNUM
16. Actors Ken and Lena : OLINS
18. Gettable : INREACH
19. ___ Foods : WHOLE
20. Cash in : REDEEM
22. Tiny tunneler : TERMITE
23. Big gun : KAHUNA
24. Ones doing aerobics : EXERCISERS
26. Popular British band named after the villain in "Barbarella" : DURANDURAN
28. Sinister señor : BANDOLERO
29. Lacoste offering : POLOSHIRT
30. Soul maker : KIA
31. Channel showing old Hollywood hits : TCM
34. Disposables maker : BIC
35. Modus operandi : HOW
38. Kind of accounting : COST
39. Bistro glassful : EAU
40. Sturdy ones : OAKS
42. Org. using X-rays : TSA
45. Equally, say : INHALF
47. Tangled : INAKNOT
50. Legit : KOSHER
52. Words before and after "my lads" in the United States Merchant Marine anthem : HEAVEHO
54. ___ acid : OLEIC
55. Sides are often alongside them : ENTREES
56. Entry fee? : ANTE
57. "Don't look now ..." : UHOH
59. Bell or shell preceder : TACO
61. Regarding : ASTO
62. Super Bowl successes, for short : TDS
63. Key of Bach's most famous Mass : BMINOR
65. Furniture style of Louis XV : ROCOCO
67. Dupe : CON
68. ___ the Explorer : DORA
70. "That's all folks," for Mel Blanc : EPITAPH
72. Batman : Robin :: Green Hornet : ___ : KATO
74. Strand, somehow : SNOWIN
76. Girl's name meaning "happiness" : FELICIA
77. Squirm : WRITHE
80. John Cusack's co-star in "Say Anything ..." : IONESKYE
82. Dir. of the Missouri between S.D. and Neb. : ESE
83. Like leftovers, often : REHEATED
85. Born : NEE
86. Actor Richard who played Jaws in Bond films : KIEL
87. Some A.L. (but not N.L.) players : DHS
88. It may be indicated with a ring : MOOD
89. More than pique : IRE
90. Too smooth : GLIB
92. Dudley Do-Right's love : NELL
94. Second place? : TENS
95. Part of N.R.A.: Abbr. : ASSN
96. Email button : SEND
98. Erne or tern : SEABIRD
102. Baloney, in Bristol : TOSH
104. Entitle to wear vestments : ORDAIN
106. Headstrong : WILLFUL
107. East Asian stew : HOTPOT
110. "Ta-ta!" : TOODLEOO
112. It may be radical : ION
113. Places where polar bears fish : ICEHOLES
115. They may be sprayed on : TANS
116. HBO competitor : SHO
117. Bill's partner : COO
118. Pro : FOR
119. Major, for example : RANK
120. Poetic rhapsody : ODE
121. Soak (up) : SOP
122. Summer White House setting: Abbr. : EDT
123. "Lady" of the lea : EWE
124. Rocky shout-outs : YOS
1. Biblical peak : HOREB
2. Actress Vega of "Spy Kids" : ALEXA
3. Expand : WIDEN
4. Mortimer of old radio : SNERD
5. Contributors to The Paris Review, e.g. : LITERATI
6. First of 12 in South America : ENERO
7. Muffs : ERRS
8. Band with the 1994 album "Monster" : REM
9. "He" and "she" follower : SAID
10. Not perform as expected : ACTUP
11. Dance popularized by Michael Jackson : THEROBOT
12. "Yep" : UHHUH
13. Iraqi P.M. ___ al-Maliki : NOURI
14. Like one of the arm bones : ULNAR
15. Destined (for) : MEANT
17. Like vino de Rioja : SECO
19. Gobs : WADS
21. Compassion, figuratively : MILKOFHUMANKINDNESS
23. Start of many jokes : KNOCKKNOCKWHOSTHERE
25. Dos x tres : SEIS
27. Latin "others" : ALIA
31. Blue-green : TEAL
32. Part of many an anniversary celebration : CAKE
33. Tax-free bond, for short : MUNI
35. Pair of cymbals in a drum kit : HIHAT
36. Ceaselessly : ONEND
37. Tautological statement of finality : WHATSDONEISDONE
38. Cavs, on a scoreboard : CLE
41. Elbow-bender : SOT
42. Superstitious thespian's name for a work of Shakespeare ... from which 21-, 23-, 37-, 58- and 60-Down all come : THESCOTTISHPLAY
43. Take care of : SEETO
44. Cause of an insurance investigation : ARSON
46. One of 17 on a Monopoly board: Abbr. : AVE
48. What a goner has : NOHOPE
49. Army threats? : OCTOPI
51. Mendoza Mrs. : SRA
53. "___ get it!" : OHI
55. System prefix : ECO
58. A single stroke : ONEFELLSWOOP
60. What the lucky person leads : ACHARMEDLIFE
63. Lively : BRISK
64. Piqued : RILED
65. 500 events : RACES
66. Equipped to row : OARED
69. Have debts : OWE
71. "The Addams Family" nickname : TISH
73. ___ Maria : TIA
74. Rat : SING
75. Carol : NOEL
78. Towel designation : HERS
79. Elysium : EDEN
81. Cry before "haw" : YEE
84. Big stretch? : EON
91. Moccasin decorations : BEADS
93. You might bow your head to receive one : LEI
94. Play about Capote : TRU
95. Famous Titanic victim : ASTOR
97. Zilch : NIL
99. One of "The Honeymooners" : ALICE
100. Drippings appropriately positioned under the circled letters : BLOOD
101. Alternatively : IFNOT
103. "Lo-o-ovely!" : OOH
104. Director Preminger : OTTO
105. You may find a fork in it : ROAD
108. Prefix with -phile : OENO
109. Some reproaches : TSKS
111. Palindromic cry : OHO
114. Intimidate : COW

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