BRANCHING OUT

New York Times, Sunday, December 14, 2003

Author: Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 143, Blocks: 80 Missing: none – this is a pangram Grid has mirror symmetry This is puzzle # 119 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: I believe this is the first puzzle where solvers draw an image by connecting the dots in alphabetical order.
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© 2003, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Creepy sort, for short : LECH
5. View from a lighthouse : SEA
8. Lobster ___ diavolo : FRA
11. Pit stop can : STP
14. Fountain treat : MALT
18. Native Nebraskan : OTOE
19. Antiapartheid org. : ANC
20. Scale notes : RES
21. Onassis, in tabloids : ARI
22. Skating star Kulik : ILIA
23. "___ it the truth!" : AINT
24. Oxford, for one: Abbr. : HMO
25. Phone no. add-on : EXT
26. Magazine article : GUN
27. Healthful retreats : SPAS
28. Sandy tract, in Britain : DENE
29. Movie cowboy Lash ___ : LARUE
31. "Halt!" to a salt : AVAST
33. What that isn't : THIS
34. Mortimer, a real dummy : SNERD
36. Maximally chi-chi : SNAZZIEST
38. Clear the slate : ERASE
39. No longer stops? : UNCORKS
41. Tuckered out : WEARY
42. Airport city near Montreal : MIRABEL
44. Rover and Tabby, e.g. : PETNAMES
46. Tiny Tim played it : UKE
47. Scrooge overcame this : MEANNESS
48. Get-up : TOGS
49. Software program, briefly : APP
51. Sermon subject : SIN
53. Cozy retreat : NEST
54. Noodlehead : SCHMO
56. N.F.C. gridder : BUC
57. Lush : SOT
59. Diets : SLIMS
62. Attach with laces : TIEON
63. Gift exchange requirement: Abbr. : RCPT
65. Not an orig. : REPR
66. Undeclared : TACIT
67. It's heard in Islamabad : URDU
68. Kind of date : DUE
69. ___-Mère-Église, France : STE
71. Abu ___ Bay, site of Horatio Nelson's naval victory, 1798 : QIR
73. "The Gift of the Magi," e.g. : TALE
74. Sgt. and sgt. maj. : NCOS
75. Done, to Donne : OER
76. Rainbow : ARC
77. Itinerary abbr. : RTE
78. Allure competitor : ELLE
79. King in a 1978 pop hit : TUT
80. Pudding ingredient : FIG
81. Antique auto : REO
82. Directly across from: Abbr. : OPP
84. Spearheaded : LED
85. Sound from a wok : SSS
86. Hurrah for El Farruco : OLE
87. Leg bone : TIBIA
89. Hide-hair link : NOR
90. Timeline info: Abbr. : YRS
91. Salute : HAIL
92. Starting Harvard law students : ONELS
93. Without exception, after "to" : AMAN
95. Choir practice : SCALES
97. Croupiers' tools : RAKES
98. "Leave me alone!" : LAYOFF
101. Colors in cave paintings : OCHRES
102. Bourbon and others: Abbr. : STS
103. "Law & Order" type: Abbr. : DET
105. "Nobody's Fool" star Paul : NEWMAN
107. Window item : BLIND
108. Skater Midori : ITO
109. Satisfied : MET
111. One with a thick skin : RHINO
112. Ballet leap : JETE
113. Seasonal air that celebrates this puzzle's theme : OTANNENBAUM
118. Carbon compound : ENOL
119. Love symbol : EROS
120. Not give a definite answer : STRINGALONG
121. Huge win : ROUT
122. Beach shades : TANS
123. Western-themed films : HORSEOPERAS
124. Art Deco designer : ERTE
1. Fills : LOADSUP
2. Stephen, in France : ETIENNE
3. With 15-Down, what to do to reveal this puzzle's theme : CONNECTTHEDOTS
4. Subject to external controls : HETERONOMOUS
5. Satirist Mort : SAHL
6. How lemmings move : ENMASSE
7. It's often squirreled away : ACORN
8. Succumb to stage fright : FREEZEUP
9. Name fit for a king? : REX
10. Dancing siblings : ASTAIRES
11. Big stories : SAGAS
12. "Would I lie?!" : TRUSTME
13. Amount of eggnog : PINT
14. Botch the subtitles, maybe : MISTRANSLATE
15. See 3-Down : ALPHABETICALLY
16. Is a go-between : LIAISES
17. Fringe material : TASSELS
30. Motor City org. : UAW
32. "Oy ___!" : VEY
35. Chinese zodiac sign : DRAGON
37. Drummer Starkey, Ringo's son : ZAK
38. English poet Dowson : ERNEST
40. Tour de France units: Abbr. : KMS
43. "At Seventeen" singer Janis : IAN
45. It holds one cup : SAUCER
47. Alphabet sextet : MNOPQR
50. Narc's find, for short : PCP
52. British verb ending : ISE
54. Evel doings? : STUNTS
55. Ring setting : CIRCUS
56. Noted family of Flemish painters : BRUEGELS
58. Like some chords : TRITONAL
60. One whose job is a grind? : MILLER
61. War horses : STEEDS
64. Winter Palace residents : TSARINAS
65. Sprang back : RECOILED
68. Linen closet stack : DOILIES
70. Game show host who was once a CBC newsman : TREBEK
72. Car tower : REPOMAN
80. Gave birth, as on a ranch : FOALED
83. "God bless us every one," e.g. : PRAYER
87. Trattoria desserts : TORTONIS
88. Rally : ASSEMBLE
91. It will hold your horses : HARNESS
94. The boonies : NOWHERE
95. White of the eye : SCLERA
96. Ancient Greek tunic : CHITON
99. Key of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 : FMINOR
100. Disperse : FANOUT
101. Antiquaire's item : OBJET
102. Brenda of the comics : STARR
104. "Coffee, ___ Me?" : TEAOR
106. Nick of "Lorenzo's Oil" : NOLTE
108. Stick ___ : ITTO
110. ___ sandwich : TUNA
113. Kyrgyz city : OSH
114. Phoenix-to-Flagstaff dir. : NNE
115. Mania subject? : EGO
116. Brief time out? : NAP
117. Some old roadsters : MGS

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