THE REFEREE OF ROMANCE

New York Times, Sunday, October 24, 2004

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 69 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2004, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Went down to second? : SLID
5. Did laps : SWAM
9. Place for table umbrellas : CAFE
13. Like oxfords : LACED
18. Common Web site link : HOME
19. ___ Minor : URSA
20. Famous mausoleum site : AGRA
21. Powdered soap brand : BORAXO
22. Locket shape : OVAL
23. Friend barges in while gent is making amorous overtures; ref declares ... : PASSINTERFERENCE
26. ___ Hold'em (poker variant) : TEXAS
28. R & B singer Bryson : PEABO
29. Two-time loser to Ike : ADLAI
30. Fact-check : VET
31. "You betcha!" : YEP
33. Hysteria curber : SLAP
34. Late philanthropist Joan : KROC
35. Widespread reaction : RASH
36. Fellow forgets to shave before kissing girlfriend; ref cites him for ... : UNNECESSARYROUGHNESS
42. Some bow ties : NOODLES
43. Compliment to the chef : YUM
44. "If only ___ listened!" : HED
45. Acquisitions person : PROCURER
47. Right away : STAT
49. Looks over : PERUSES
53. The Great White North : CANADA
54. Popular brand of stationery : EATON
56. Dance floor remains empty at debutante party; ref rules it a ... : DEADBALL
57. Tennis call : LET
58. Join hands? : CLAP
59. Smooth : SAND
60. Big inits. in movies : HBO
61. Freestyle jumps : AXELS
64. Handsome marriageable man enters room; ref signals ... : FAIRCATCH
66. A neighbor : BFLAT
68. One end of the spectrum : RED
69. Multitude : HOST
70. Duke of 63-Down : OMAR
71. Farm call : BAA
72. Gorgeous lady enters room; ref signals ... : KNOCKOUT
75. Tito Puente's specialty : MAMBO
76. Reading site : ALCOVE
80. Name used in indignant questions : SAMHILL
81. Lincoln or Ford : AUTO
82. Secured, as carpet tacks : NAILEDIN
84. Suffix with dual : ITY
85. Revenue sources : ADS
86. At a loss : STYMIED
87. Guy gets grabby on first date; ref penalizes him for ... : ILLEGALUSEOFTHEHANDS
94. Suffix with period : ICAL
95. Naval base? : HULL
96. Rock's Mötley ___ : CRUE
97. Salon options : DOS
98. Wallace who wrote "Ben-Hur" : LEW
99. Unseen character in a Beckett play : GODOT
100. First name in gossip : HEDDA
102. 1930's have-nots : OKIES
106. Lovers embrace passionately in public place; ref declares ... : OFFENSIVEHOLDING
110. Unmeaningful : IDLE
111. It's often found in a bar : NOUGAT
112. Railroad chartered in 1832 : ERIE
113. Balladeer's aid : LUTE
114. Iditarod race destination : NOME
115. Radiant : AGLOW
116. Russet-colored liquors : RYES
117. Release : EMIT
118. Icky stuff : GLOP
1. Ruined : SHOT
2. Score of zero : LOVE
3. Theater company that thinks big : IMAX
4. Guy acquires girl's phone number but waits too long to use it; ref signals ... : DELAYEDCALL
5. Eat late : SUP
6. It precedes a cast party : WRAP
7. Weigh : ASSESS
8. "Mississippi ___" (Denzel Washington film) : MASALA
9. Shade provider : CANOPY
10. Contract negotiator: Abbr. : AGT
11. Come unglued : FREAKOUT
12. Body part repaired by tympanoplasty : EARDRUM
13. Folk singer McKenna : LORI
14. Remain : ARE
15. 9-Down material : CANVAS
16. Leftover : EXCESS
17. "A merry heart ___ good like a medicine": Proverbs : DOETH
21. Normandy campaign objective : BEACHHEAD
24. Strong support : IBAR
25. Thrash : FLOG
27. Surrounds with trees, say : SECLUDES
32. Focus on : PEERAT
35. Edit for TV, maybe : REDUB
36. Potentially insulting : UNPC
37. Writer Ephron : NORA
38. Bright time : NOON
39. Birmingham-to-Montgomery dir. : SSE
40. Tom Clancy hero : RYAN
41. Typical Rick Moranis film role : NERD
46. Overhauled : RECAST
47. Magic wand tip : STAR
48. Last part of a paint job : TOPCOAT
49. Phnom ___ : PENH
50. Comedian Mort : SAHL
51. Island off the Tuscan coast : ELBA
52. Opening : SLOT
55. Got off : ALIT
56. Tennis ball fuzz material : DACRON
59. More than a twinge : STAB
61. Synagogue cabinets : ARKS
62. Fictional princess : XENA
63. Rugged biblical land : EDOM
64. Infraction : FOUL
65. Magazine contents : AMMO
66. Hype : BALLYHOO
67. Man refuses to supply photo on Internet dating service; ref cites him for ... : FACEMASKING
69. Pentecost figure : HOLYGHOST
71. Like some hooks : BAITED
73. Shiver's cause : CHILL
74. Sky box? : KITE
75. Tousle : MUSS
77. Gladsheim palace resident : ODIN
78. Traded blows : VIED
79. Front and back : ENDS
81. "Madame Bovary" subject : ADULTERY
83. Refuse : ASH
85. Everywhere : ALLOVER
87. Sparkly mist : ICEFOG
88. Prescribed : LAWFUL
89. A6 or A8 maker : AUDI
90. Talks back? : ECHOES
91. Hurler Hershiser : OREL
92. Throw for a loop : FUDDLE
93. Night guard's problem : TEDIUM
94. Actress Massey : ILONA
99. Eat indelicately : GNAW
101. Detractor : ANTI
103. Role model : IDOL
104. A Muppet : ELMO
105. Dribble : SEEP
107. Blowhard's trait : EGO
108. Speed : HIE
109. Avenge oneself on : GET

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