LAY OF THE LAND

New York Times, Sunday, December 17, 2006

Author: Joe DiPietro
Editor: Will Shortz
Joe DiPietro
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 94 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: Note that the abbreviated states along with Canada and Mexico are all correctly geographically distributed.
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N
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B
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O
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O
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M
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K
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C
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A
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P
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P
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T
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L
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C
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M
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ND
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ME
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ID
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Q
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NY
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OR
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R
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CA
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B
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B
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N
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© 2006, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Sharp cheese quality : NIP
4. Center of emotions : BOSOM
9. Mountain top? : SKICAP
15. ___ Club of old TV : PTL
18. Big record co. : EMI
19. Many, many : ATONOF
21. This puzzle's northern border? : CANADA
22. Be in a hole : OWE
23. Access code? : OPENSESAME
25. Stockpiles : HOARDS
26. Fired up : LIT
27. Scruffs : NAPES
28. Its clue reads "Unstable subatomic particle" : TENDOWN
30. Treater's words : ITSONME
32. Key-signature preceder : GCLEF
33. Family subdivisions : GENERA
34. Opposite of post- : PRE
36. Drying chamber : OAST
37. With 33-Down, quickly : ATA
38. More than devotion : IDOLATRY
40. Sine ___ non : QUA
41. Gary ___, Pultizer-winning Beat poet : SNYDER
42. Kind : SORT
43. Plays : DRAMAS
44. Abrasive stuff : PUMICE
46. Spot for slop : STY
47. Prevent from escaping : SEALIN
49. Breaches of faith : TREASONS
51. With 97-Across, bearer of edible triangular nuts : BEECH
53. Land with monsoons : LAOS
54. Not monaurally : INSTEREO
58. Meat, in Madrid : CARNE
61. Count with many titles : LEOTOLSTOY
64. More faithful : TRUER
65. Congresswoman Abzug and others : BELLAS
67. Vulnerable point : WEAKSPOT
68. "Awww"-inspiring : LOVABLE
69. It may be indicated by a stroke : ONEAM
70. Hot : ALLTHERAGE
72. An Untouchable : NESS
73. Mosaic flooring : TERRAZZO
75. Restaurateur Toots : SHOR
76. Newport Beach sight : YACHT
78. Where a bell ringer may stand : DOORSTEP
80. Ibsen play : GHOSTS
83. Like some carol apparel : GAY
86. Within reach : NOTFAR
87. Receiver's counterpart : PASSER
90. Gave birth to : HAD
92. Drops : OMITS
94. Fourth of 12: Abbr. : APR
95. Eye openers? : DILATORS
96. Clark of country music : ROY
97. See 51-Across : TREE
98. Provided, as a line : FED
99. ___ haddie (smoked fish) : FINNAN
100. Run for dear life? : ELOPE
102. Cold war draft : SALTII
104. Williams's "Popeye" co-star : DUVALL
105. Attacked in a rage : FLEWAT
106. Unpaired : ODD
107. Missed a golden opportunity : BLEWIT
110. Disagrees : TAKESISSUE
113. In shape : FIT
114. This puzzle's southern border? : MEXICO
115. Antarctica's ___ Coast : ADELIE
116. French pronoun : ILS
117. "___ bad!" : TOO
118. Hot : STOLEN
119. Water falls? : DRIPS
120. "___ a chance" : NOT
1. It may glow in the dark : NEONGAS
2. Crater creators, e.g. : IMPACTORS
3. Makeshift Frisbee : PIEPLATE
4. One taking a big bow : BASSFIDDLE
5. Suffix with Capri : OTE
6. Message in a bottle, maybe : SOS
7. Already chosen for play, say : ONATEAM
8. Mass x velocity measurements : MOMENTA
9. Sound in the middle of Italy : SCHWA
10. Unstable subatomic particle : KAON
11. Minute opening? : INA
12. Beetle, e.g. : CAR
13. Hall-of-Fame pitcher Joss : ADDIE
14. Onetime : PAST
15. Spots for some shirts : POLOADS
16. Matching pair : TWINSET
17. "Here, maybe I can do it" : LETMETRY
20. They're often dinged : FENDERS
24. Once called : NEE
29. Suffix with direct : ORY
31. RCA competitor : SONY
33. See 37-Across : GLANCE
34. Big name in sneakers : PUMA
35. Like baba : RAISINY
39. Bay windows : ORIELS
40. Ancient Roman financial officer: Var. : QUESTOR
41. Targeted, as with a mailing : SENTTO
44. Boom : PROSPER
45. Firms: Abbr. : COS
48. "Sic et Non" author : ABELARD
49. Discuss business at a social occasion : TALKSHOP
50. Mansion staff : SERVANTS
52. Bay : HOWL
53. Hater : LOATHER
55. Rustic : RUBE
56. Often-smoked fish : EELS
57. Metallurgists' supplies : ORES
58. Explorer at Labrador in 1497 : CABOT
59. French conductor Leibowitz : RENE
60. Red or Card : NLER
62. Satellite of 1962 : TELSTAR
63. Approval on "The Little Rascals" : OTAY
66. Strong women : AMAZONS
68. Licentious man : LECHER
70. Blood carriers : AORTAE
71. Has trouble swallowing : GAGSON
74. Place of chaos : ZOO
77. Cow annoyers : HORSEFLIES
79. Org. in TV's "Nash Bridges" : SFPD
81. Adds as a bonus : THROWSIN
82. State capital on the Tietê River : SAOPAULO
83. Started to melt : GOTSOFT
84. Home of many talk shows : AMRADIO
85. Opposite of dominate : YIELDTO
87. Supplier of candy and toys for kids : PINATA
88. "Shane" actor : ALANLADD
89. Lion, at times : STALKER
91. It's used to check septic systems : DYETEST
93. Asian observance : TET
95. Shareholder's income: Abbr. : DIV
98. Steakhouse selection : FILET
99. Cot alternative : FUTON
101. Guitar great ___ Paul : LES
103. They were once cloned : IBMS
104. Chop up : DICE
108. Prefix with skeleton : EXO
109. Actor Wheaton : WIL
111. Yalie : ELI
112. Take in slowly : SIP

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