FAULT-FINDING

New York Times, Sunday, October 5, 2008

Author: Byron Walden
Editor: Will Shortz
Byron Walden
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 154, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2008, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Seafood dishes : PAELLAS
8. ___ the board : ACROSS
14. Certified : ATTESTED
22. Socrates or Pythagoras, e.g. : ANCIENT
23. Mangle by mastication : CHEWUP
24. Perfunctory : PROFORMA
25. Lower part of a duet : SECONDO
26. Showing concern? : CINEMA
27. Hanging over many a mantel : PORTRAIT
28. *Common Guernsey bull : TWENTYPOUNDNOTE
31. Flower parts : PISTILS
32. West Flanders site of three W.W. I battles : YPRES
33. Lid attachment : LASH
35. "Ally McBeal" co-star Lucy : LIU
36. Composer Charles : IVES
40. Ones being tested : BETAS
41. *1968 firm featuring a murderous cheerleader : PRETTYPOISON
46. *Urban farce : CITYPOLICE
48. Studio supporter : EASEL
49. Destination for Mary and Joseph : INN
50. Stainless steel, for one : IRONALLOY
51. ___ ear : INNER
52. Whopper topper : KETCHUP
56. See 47-Down : EINSTEIN
57. Hiccup : SNAG
58. Life : VITALITY
59. Hwys. : RDS
60. Shore birds : ERNS
61. *Where stars can be seen fluffing and folding : CELEBRITYPOKER
64. Kensington kiss : SNOG
65. Hair line? : PART
66. Verdant stretches : LEAS
67. ___ Beach, Fla. : VERO
68. Gallic toppers : BERETS
71. *What theaters play : DIRTYPOOL
73. One of Luther's 95 : THESIS
75. Look lasciviously : LEER
76. Skye of "Say Anything ..." : IONE
77. What "matar" means on an Indian menu : PEAS
78. Great Trek trekker : BOER
79. *Bean, e.g. : UNIVERSITYPOST
83. Russian diet? : DUMA
84. Badge awarder: Abbr. : BSA
87. Region including Texarkana : RICEBELT
88. Mexican waterways : RIOS
89. G.I.'s : USTROOPS
91. Serve well : BEHOOVE
92. Goes on "Wheel of Fortune"? : SPINS
94. Snail variety whose name means "small gray" : PETITGRIS
95. Bygone P.M. with a palindromic name : UNU
96. "Ville d'Avray" painter : COROT
97. *Onetime regal status of Shanghai or Canton : TREATYPORT
98. *Get blankets : PARTYPOOPERS
102. Presides over as a judge : HEARS
103. Pizzeria chain, familiarly : UNOS
104. "Is that ___?" : ANO
105. Apple cores?: Abbr. : CPUS
106. Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour : HERSH
107. "Swept Away" director Guy : RITCHIE
111. *Novice in an ad campaign : PUBLICITYPOSTER
120. Home of the Cadillac Ranch : AMARILLO
122. Word with aunt or voyage : MAIDEN
123. "Heavens to Betsy!" : MERCYME
124. Computer information path : DATAFLOW
125. "Rama Lama Ding Dong" singers, with "the" : EDSELS
126. Broke out : ESCAPED
127. Thomas Gray and others : ELEGISTS
128. Drug company once headed by Donald Rumsfeld : SEARLE
129. Fixed motor parts : STATORS
1. Events gone by : PAST
2. From square one : ANEW
3. "___ homo" : ECCE
4. Columbia athlete : LION
5. Mardi Gras follower : LENT
6. Roy Rogers sidekick Devine : ANDY
7. "Pipe down!" : STOPYELLING
8. Precision : ACCURACY
9. Takeout option : CHINESE
10. Tears : RENDS
11. Wilson of "The Darjeeling Limited" : OWEN
12. Sport for rikishi : SUMO
13. German wine made from the late harvest : SPATLESE
14. "Killer" program : APP
15. Showcase item : TROPHY
16. Some shapes in topology : TORI
17. New newts : EFTS
18. Ilk : SORT
19. Ski runs, e.g. : TRAILS
20. Designer Pucci : EMILIO
21. Old car with the slogan "We are driven" : DATSUN
29. Sunroof and spoilers, e.g. : OPTIONS
30. Gourmand : EATER
34. N.L. Central team: Abbr. : STL
36. Less welcoming : ICIER
37. Strongly green : VIRID
38. Short jackets for boys : ETONS
39. Roget offerings: Abbr. : SYNS
40. Short jackets for women : BOLEROS
41. *Bad drivers back them up : PENALTYPOINTS
42. 1 to 10, say : RANGE
43. Godliness : PIETY
44. Available : ONTAP
45. On easy street : INCLOVER
47. Kind of examiner 56-Across was : PATENT
51. Like xenon : INERT
52. Little foxes : KITS
53. Snaps back? : HIKES
54. Places to develop : UTERI
55. Ones who are always starting something? : PYROS
57. Chilling: Var. : SCAREY
58. Apothecary container : VIAL
62. Swells up : BLOATS
63. Vintage autos : REOS
64. Complete, as a Senate term : SERVEOUT
65. Pub order : PINT
68. Jacket material? : BLURB
69. Start of a counting rhyme : EENIE
70. Clinton's first labor secretary : REICH
71. Terse order : DOIT
72. Chihuahua change : PESOS
73. Small birds, in British lingo : TOMTITS
74. Robust : HEARTY
76. Getaway locale : ISLE
78. "Pass the Courvoisier" rapper : BUSTARHYMES
80. Key shade : EBONY
81. Juice : REVUP
82. Rap sheet listing : PRIOR
83. How the Great Sphinx looks : DUEEAST
84. The fifth element : BORON
85. Gerald's predecessor : SPIRO
86. Staff members: Abbr. : ASSTS
90. Forerunner of the K.G.B. : OGPU
92. Absorb, in a way : SOPUP
93. Takes for granted : PRESUMES
94. Make ready for the dishwasher : PRERINSE
96. Filch : COP
97. 2000 Jennifer Lopez thriller : THECELL
98. Weekly with 30+ million circulation : PARADE
99. ___ instincts : ANIMAL
100. Shift, in volleyball : ROTATE
101. Monkey predator : OCELOT
106. Playground quarry : HIDER
108. Escarpment : CRAG
109. Spinner for the Spinners : HIFI
110. They're no good : ILLS
112. Invited : BADE
113. Alaska senator Murkowski : LISA
114. Mole, e.g. : PEST
115. 1977 flick with the tagline "Terror just beneath the surface" : ORCA
116. "Git!" : SCAT
117. What each starred clue — and its answer — contains : TYPO
118. Part of FEMA: Abbr. : EMER
119. Cabernets, e.g. : REDS
121. Little yelps : OWS

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