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New York Times, Sunday, January 5, 2014

Author: Alan DerKazarian
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 106 Missing: {JQ} Grid is asymmetric This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Derkazarian. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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1. The "who" of a Clue accusation, whose identity is hinted at by the three shaded answers in this quadrant : SUSPECT
8. "Most ___" ("For sure") : DEF
11. The "where" of a Clue accusation, whose identity is hinted at by the three shaded answers in this quadrant : ROOM
15. Not skilled in : POORAT
21. What you can bring up, in a phrase : THEREAR
22. Photo lab abbr. : ENL
23. "M*A*S*H" star : ALDA
24. Midwest capital : TOPEKA
25. George's mother on "Seinfeld" : ESTELLE
26. Luau dish : POI
27. Part of Caesar's boast : VIDI
28. Thrown out of the country : EXILED
29. Got logged off, in a way : TIMEDOUT
31. Textile tool : EVENER
33. "The Lion King" queen : NALA
34. Blows one's mind : AMAZES
37. Ain't right? : ISNT
38. Southern terminus of I-35 : LAREDOTEXAS
40. Pyrexia : FEVER
41. Unfrost : DEICE
42. Old Tokyo : EDO
43. Go pfft : FAIL
44. Varsity award : LETTER
45. Early Coleco hand-held game : ALIENATTACK
53. The Palins, e.g. : ALASKANS
55. Musical notation : REST
56. ___ bleu : CORDON
57. Tad : BIT
58. Motor coach : AUTOBUS
62. To boot : ATTHAT
64. Lay off : IDLE
65. MGM symbol : LEO
66. Orbit competitor : TRIDENT
67. Bloody Mary stirrer : CELERY
68. Others, to Ovid : ALIA
69. Make a boner : ERR
70. Colorful bird : TANAGER
71. "Bam!" man : EMERIL
72. Advance : LEND
73. The "what" of a Clue accusation, whose identity is hinted at by the three shaded answers in this quadrant : WEAPON
79. Saturnalia : ORGY
83. Thing in doubt? : SILENTB
90. Conned : HAD
93. Wrestling star Lou : ALBANO
94. Opening for a dermatologist? : PORE
95. Running wild : ONATEAR
96. Jungian complex : EGO
97. Bordeaux wine : CLARET
98. Some Ivy Leaguers : ELIS
99. Start of the accusation : MISSSCARLET
101. Untouched? : SANE
102. ___ girl : VALLEY
104. Firm group: Abbr. : ATTYS
105. Tennis's Petrova : NADIA
106. Like some football teams : DEFENSIVE
108. Fringe : EDGING
109. ___-Cat : SNO
111. Makeshift ballot box : URN
112. Classic gaming inits. : NES
113. Middle of the accusation : INTHELOUNGE
118. Expressing : CONVEYING
121. Feature of a baseball shutout : NORUNS
122. Sainted archbishop of Canterbury who founded Scholasticism : ANSELM
123. Phone abbr. : OPER
126. Friend of Franco : AMIGO
127. What Lou Gehrig played : FIRST
132. 1939 Garland co-star : LAHR
133. Home-body? : UMPIRE
135. End of the accusation : WITHTHEROPE
137. Author Kingsley or Martin : AMIS
138. Actor Richard : CRENNA
139. "So that's ___?" : ANO
140. 1990s-2000s Volkswagen vehicle : EUROVAN
141. 2010 film "___ Men" : REPO
142. Greeted the villain : HISSED
143. Want : YEN
144. Director Mack of early slapstick : SENNETT
1. Chateau ___ Michelle : STE
2. Hesitant sounds : UHS
3. Fixed : SET
4. Ballpark fare : PRETZELS
5. More elusive : EELIER
6. Appeases : CALMS
7. Coat rack : TREE
8. A.T.M. offering : DEPOSIT
9. Formally declare : ENOUNCE
10. Move like a butterfly : FLITTER
11. Become entwined : RAVEL
12. Tony the Twin : OLIVA
13. More anomalous : ODDER
14. Its seal has an anchor and a moose : MAINE
15. Prehistoric menace : PTERODACTYL
16. Noughts-and-crosses loser : OOX
17. Have a thought : OPINE
18. "Cool it!" : RELAX
19. Cub Scouts leader : AKELA
20. Cries of pride : TADAS
30. It may contain aspartame : DIETSODA
32. Starting point? : EDEN
34. Genial : AFFABLE
35. Not so smooth, maybe : MEALIER
36. An ace is a good one : AVIATOR
39. Completely, after "in" : TOTO
41. Major part of a tooth : DENTIN
44. Bush who wrote "Spoken From the Heart" : LAURA
45. ___ to the finish : ARACE
46. "I don't care what they do" : LETEM
47. Basket fiber : ISTLE
48. It's a knockout : ETHER
49. Ordeal : TRIAL
50. Confound : ADDLE
51. Farrell or Firth : COLIN
52. Work, as clay : KNEAD
54. Actor William : KATT
59. Entreat : BEG
60. French article : UNE
61. Bering ___: Abbr. : STR
63. Mr. Onassis : ARI
73. W.W. II group : WACS
74. "___ Enchanted" : ELLA
75. Captain's last order : ABANDONSHIP
76. "Gay" city : PAREE
77. Pepsi brand : ONE
78. Hardly at all : NOTVERYMUCH
79. Some German cars : OPELS
80. Cartoony clubs : ROLLINGPINS
81. React to a loss : GRIEVE
82. "Uh-huh, definitely" : YESYES
83. "Brave New World" drug : SOMA
84. Part of U.S.: Abbr. : INIT
85. Endure : LAST
86. E-commerce site : ETSY
87. Crime buster Eliot : NESS
88. Tic ___ (candy) : TAC
89. Antony's player in "Julius Caesar," 1953 : BRANDO
90. Repressed : HELDIN
91. Inevitability of life : AGEING
92. Result of 91-Down, maybe : DOTAGE
100. Sauce brand : RAGU
103. Years abroad : ANNI
107. Coke, for one : FUEL
108. High rails : ELS
109. Having no direction, in math : SCALAR
110. Generic : NONAME
113. Sort of : INAWAY
114. In ___ Patris (prayer words) : NOMINE
115. King in "The Little Mermaid" : TRITON
116. Grant for filmmaking? : HUGH
117. Cybermemos : ENOTES
119. Recto's flip side : VERSO
120. Slangy denials : NOPES
124. Coastal raptor : ERNE
125. Scanned : READ
127. Bit of office greenery : FERN
128. Unyielding : IRON
129. Go all over : ROVE
130. Tiff : SPAT
131. Backpack item : TENT
134. Dr.'s order : MRI
136. Cry's partner : HUE

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