HOPE FOR CLEAR SKIES

New York Times, Sunday, December 19, 2010

Author: Kevin G. Der
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 93 Missing: {Q} Grid has mirror symmetry This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Der. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: The graphic here is courtesy of Patrick Merrell who created it for his Wordplay post. Click it for a slightly larger view.
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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Not live : ONTAPE
7. Author Roald : DAHL
11. Shop dresser : ADZE
15. How something may be veiled : THINLY
21. "Ball Four" author : BOUTON
22. Big name in athletic footwear : AVIA
23. Rama's kingdom : SIAM
24. Whence the line "I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts" : AENEID
25. Feature of some pool balls : STRIPE
26. A long time past : MANYMOONSAGO
28. Enthrones : CROWNS
29. At night : AFTERDARK
31. Football's Sanders : DEION
32. Long-shot candidate : DARKHORSE
33. ___-to : HOW
34. ___ Kippur : YOM
35. What the focus of a 125-Across will do at its climax : TURNRED
37. "___ said ..." : ASI
38. Glossy black bird : DAW
40. One way to stop : ONADIME
42. Mil. address : APO
44. Driller?: Abbr. : SGT
45. Kisser : MUG
47. Clone of an optical medium's contents : CDIMAGE
49. Wang of fashion : VERA
50. Lulus : ONERS
52. Drinking and gambling : VICES
54. Basic solutions : LYES
55. Breach : GAP
57. Dummies : PEABRAINS
61. Six-time All-Star third baseman for the 1970s Dodgers : CEY
63. Remove drapes from, as a room : BRIGHTEN
66. Objects of interest in a 125-Across : CELESTIALBODIES
69. First female U.S. secretary of state : ALBRIGHT
72. Not yet delivered : INUTERO
74. How some things are made : TOORDER
75. Jackie's #2 : ONASSIS
77. Think probable : DARESAY
78. Pliny possessive : MEA
79. Beach seen from Diamond Head : WAIKIKI
80. Once, in the past : ERST
81. 1914 Edgar Rice Burroughs novel set in an underground land : ATTHEEARTHSCORE
88. Like many cakes : ICED
89. "Honor is ___ scutcheon": Shak. : AMERE
91. Bygone European capital : LIRA
92. Subterfuge : PLOY
93. Track star Owens : JESSE
94. Many an avid observer of a 125-Across : AMATEURASTRONOMER
100. Atlantic City locale, with "the" : TAJ
103. Loser to McKinley : BRYAN
104. Duff Beer vendor : MOE
105. Spaceship attire : GSUIT
106. Slump : SAG
109. Slugger Roberto : ALOMAR
111. Jackie's #1 : KENNEDY
114. Proust's "___ Way" : SWANNS
116. Book set? : LITERATI
119. Italian lover's coo : TIAMO
120. Indian royal : MAHARANI
122. Deep-dish dishes : LASAGNES
123. Heads outside together? : TOTEM
124. Novelty glasses : XRAYSPEX
125. Event on Dec. 21, 2010, viewable in North and South America, depicted visually in this puzzle : TOTALLUNARECLIPSE
128. Turkish pooh-bahs : AGAS
131. Flying Cloud, e.g. : REO
132. Student's stat. : AVG
133. Dub : NAME
137. With 146-Across, what the center of this puzzle is doing during a 125-Across : CASTING
140. Folds : GOESUNDER
146. See 137-Across : ASHADOW
149. To whom Hamlet says "Get thee to a nunnery" : OPHELIA
150. There from the start : INBUILT
151. It marks the target on a curling rink : TEELINE
152. Munchkins : PEEWEES
153. Pardner, say : COWPOKE
154. Commodore's insignia : ONESTAR
1. Delivery people, briefly : OBS
2. Zero : NOTAONE
3. Battle over domain : TURFWAR
4. Haggling : ATIT
5. Sailor who debuted in a 1929 comic : POPEYE
6. Juan's January : ENERO
7. Glen Canyon ___ : DAM
8. Actress Gardner : AVA
9. Dharma follower : HINDU
10. Tiramisu features : LAYERS
11. Catalog : ASSORT
12. Steak ___ : DIANE
13. Veer back : ZAG
14. Comic Philips : EMO
15. Aircraft gauges : TACHS
16. Kind of couplet for Chaucer : HEROIC
17. "___ out?" : INOR
18. Paper for which Murray Kempton and Jim Dwyer won Pulitzers : NEWSDAY
19. Trace of blood? : LINEAGE
20. Football meas. : YDS
27. Youthful prank in a car : MOONING
30. Superhero played by Liam Neeson in a 1990 film : DARKMAN
32. Era of ignorance : DARKAGE
33. Kind of lane : HOV
35. How things may be laid : TOREST
36. Key of Bach's "The Art of Fugue" : DMINOR
39. Director Anderson : WES
41. Yankee great Joe, colloquially : DIMAG
43. Amorous skunk in cartoons : PEPE
46. Golden State campus inits. : UCSD
48. How things may be lit or remembered : DIMLY
50. Lincoln Center production : OPERA
51. 1974 Japanese Nobelist : SATO
52. Feeling : VIBE
53. Extended solo : SCENA
56. Crackerjacks : ACES
58. Tundra or wetland : BIOME
59. Terbium or thulium : RAREEARTH
60. Father-and-son actors : ALDAS
62. Actor Morales : ESAI
63. Promising proposal : BRIGHTIDEA
64. Prepare to fight : ENARM
65. "Grey's Anatomy" extra : NURSE
67. One of the Islamic virtues : LOYALTY
68. Grateful response : IOWEYOU
69. Big name in athletic footwear : ASICS
70. Column in a dating questionnaire : LIKES
71. Optimist's focus : BRIGHTSIDE
73. Aquarium fish : TETRA
76. One getting a lift? : SKIER
82. "___ yellow ribbon ..." : TIEA
83. Place to put bags : TRUNK
84. Laugh part : HAR
85. E.M.T.'s training : CPR
86. Science : OLOGY
87. Reagan and others : RONS
90. Tactic used against Britain by Napoleon : EMBARGO
93. Boarding aids : JETWAYS
95. Out-and-out : ARRANT
96. Protective membrane : AMNION
97. Beethoven's "Appassionata," e.g. : SONATA
98. One that overflows : TEEMER
99. Fender bender, e.g. : MISHAP
100. Towering : TALL
101. Jordan's Queen ___ International Airport : ALIA
102. Smidgens : JOTS
106. [Just like that!] : SNAP
107. One of the Brontës : ANNE
108. E.U. group : GSIX
110. Pot-au-feu, e.g. : MEATSTEW
112. Classic rebuke : ETTU
113. Observatory feature : DOME
115. Powder rooms? : ARSENALS
117. It may be shot during a riot : TEARGAS
118. Castaway's locale : ISLE
120. The year 1045 : MXLV
121. Japanese "thanks" : ARIGATO
126. Need for KenKen : LOGIC
127. Bistro offering : CARTE
128. Rent-___ : ACOP
129. Hang open : GAPE
130. 1968 U.S. Open champ : ASHE
134. Mine entrance : ADIT
135. Bart Simpson's grandmother : MONA
136. Pitcher : EWER
138. Suffix with vir- : ILE
139. Never: Ger. : NIE
141. Lennon's lady : ONO
142. "Charlotte's Web" inits. : EBW
143. Dawn : SUNUP
144. Italian God : DIO
145. Forest game : ELK
147. Clinton or Obama, once: Abbr. : SEN
148. Laugh part : HEE

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