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New York Times, Sunday, January 27, 2013

Author: Jeff Chen
Editor: Will Shortz
Jeff Chen
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 131, Blocks: 77 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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© 2013, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Break in poetry : CAESURA
8. Costumed animal, perhaps : MASCOT
14. Something media executives keep an eye on? : CBSTV
19. The hare, notably : ALSORAN
20. One on the verge of croaking? : TADPOLE
21. Prompt again : RECUE
22. Allowed aboard : LETONTO
23. Molecules in natural gas : ETHANES
24. Acrobat developer : ADOBE
25. Chains : IRONS
26. "Take that!" : SOTHERE
28. Egg-sorting device : SIZER
30. Offense that's provoked by lurid news : COPYCATCRIME
32. "Fine, have it your way!" : VERYWELL
35. Davis of "I'm Not Rappaport" : OSSIE
37. Mom-and-pop orgs. : PTAS
38. Salty stream : TEARS
40. Aforementioned : SAID
41. New England seafood staple : SCROD
43. Author who wrote about frontier life : WILLACATHER
45. Vehicle that's out of this world? : STARSHIP
49. Person on tap? : BARKEEP
51. Cold war fighters : MIGS
52. Shred : IOTA
53. Villain in many a fairy tale : EVILQUEEN
55. Winged : ALATE
57. Salon request : BLOWDRY
59. 27-Down predators : EELS
60. Diamond unit : CARAT
62. Water park feature : SLIDE
63. Sowed one's wild oats : TOMCATTED
66. ___-dozen : DIMEA
70. Metals giant in the Dow Jones industrial average : ALCOA
72. Monterrey cheddar? : PESO
75. Sanitariums : ASYLUMS
77. Chaise scene? : PATIO
79. Villain in many an action movie : TERRORIST
82. Darkens : DIMS
83. ___ mater : ALMA
84. Paparazzi payer : TABLOID
86. Biblical resting spot : MTARARAT
88. Base of Asti wine : MUSCATGRAPE
90. Sandwich spec : ONRYE
91. First responders, for short : EMTS
93. Pop's pop : GRAMP
94. Where the Mets once met : SHEA
95. Back-to-back competitions? : DUELS
100. ETs : SPACEMEN
102. Dominatrix's wear : LATEXCATSUIT
105. Sampling : TASTE
106. ___ Sea, body of water north of Norway : BARENTS
108. In itself : PERSE
109. Really hurts : MAIMS
111. More poker-faced : STONIER
113. Show time : AIRDATE
115. Act impulsively, as young lovers : ELOPE
116. Without any oomph : TIREDLY
117. More dirty, as Santa's boots : SOOTIER
118. He wrote "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" : LENIN
119. Dramatist Sean : OCASEY
120. Swaddles : ENFOLDS
1. It may be spotted in a pet store : CALICO
2. Last Oldsmobiles : ALEROS
3. Hinders : ESTOPS
4. Wife of Woody : SOONYI
5. Fancy flower holders : URNS
6. The Pied Piper of Hamelin, e.g. : RATCATCHER
7. Years abroad : ANOS
8. "Misty" crooner : MATHIS
9. Leigh Hunt poem "Abou Ben ___" : ADHEM
10. Middle weights? : SPARETIRES
11. Traffic director : CONE
12. Cry with an accent : OLE
13. Mosaic tiles : TESSERAE
14. Screwball character on "The Simpsons" : CRAZYCATLADY
15. Moistens, in a way : BEDEWS
16. Make the Billboard charts, say : SCOREAHIT
17. Unwieldy boat : TUB
18. Victorian leader? : VEE
20. Foursome : TETRAD
27. Ink holders : OCTOPI
29. Return address letters? : IRS
32. Bonding measurement : VALENCE
33. Feudal vassal : LIEGE
34. P.M.'s and such: Abbr. : LDRS
36. Sigmoid curve : ESS
37. In on : PRIVYTO
39. Actress Sommer : ELKE
43. Cry like a feline : WAUL
45. Participants in some rivalries, briefly : SIBS
46. Going rate? : TOLL
47. Yours, in Ypres : ATOI
48. Number-cruncher's numbers : RAWDATA
49. Hwy. that ends near La Guardia : BQE
50. Word often seen before 3, 4 or 5, but never 1 : PAR
51. Precocious Roald Dahl heroine : MATILDA
54. Apollo 10's Snoopy, e.g., for short : LEM
58. Hero's spot : DELICATESSEN
61. Magazine of the National Space Society : ADASTRA
64. High-fiber cereal : OATBRAN
65. Raptors' home: Abbr. : TOR
67. Pioneering conservationist : MUIR
68. Watson of the Harry Potter films : EMMA
69. Part of T.A.: Abbr. : ASST
71. Retirement spot : COT
72. Old barnstorming needs : PROPPLANES
73. Lake connected to Sandusky Bay : ERIE
74. Roll around in the yard? : SOD
76. Modern R&R option : STAYCATION
77. Well-rounded : PLUMP
78. Source of talk, often : AMSTATION
80. Jack of old westerns : ELAM
81. "My turn" : IMNEXT
83. Double agent Aldrich : AMES
85. Shakes on : AGREESTO
87. Cherry, e.g. : RED
90. Master of literary twists : OHENRY
92. Sautéed seafood dish : SCAMPI
93. Intl. standard : GMT
94. Intense, as a gaze : STEELY
96. Not fazed by : USEDTO
97. Kind of pass for an overseas passenger : EURAIL
98. On the stock exchange : LISTED
99. Stock units? : STEERS
103. Hitch ___ : ARIDE
106. When doubled, island near Tahiti : BORA
107. Author's encl. : SASE
108. Univ. figure : PROF
109. "The Producers" producer Brooks : MEL
110. It may be represented by "XXX" in the funnies : ALE
112. One of the X's in XXX : TIC

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