HEADLINES THAT MAKE YOU GO "HUH?"

New York Times, Sunday, December 28, 2003

Author: Seth A. Abel
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JX} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Abel. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2003, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Rooting sections? : SCALPS
7. Reserve : SHYNESS
14. Latin-American rattler : MARACA
20. Consort to Queen Victoria : ALBERT
21. Had figured out : WASONTO
22. Meteorologist's line : ISOBAR
23. Ambiguous headline about agriculture legislation : FARMERBILLDIESINHOUSE
26. Superfund org. : EPA
27. They might save your breath : CERTS
28. ___ Friday : SGT
29. Jiffy : SEC
30. Genteel affair : TEA
31. "Eso ___" (Paul Anka hit) : BESO
32. "Kapow!" : BAM
33. Many a perfume : SPRAY
35. Ambiguous headline about school cooking lessons : KIDSMAKETASTYSNACKS
42. It's all ears : MAIZE
44. Quick approval: Abbr. : INIT
45. ___-mo : SLO
46. Nursery rhyme diner : SPRAT
47. Like a shoppe : OLDE
48. Flummox : ADDLE
49. Release : EMIT
52. "___ luck?" : ANY
53. Ambiguous headline about construction delay : REDTAPEHOLDSUPBRIDGE
59. First mate? : EVE
60. Passable : SOSO
61. No longer fast : EAT
62. Adoring trio : MAGI
63. Some mattresses : SERTAS
65. Specters : WRAITHS
69. Washington and others : DINAHS
73. CPR administrators : EMTS
75. Abbr. after a comma : ETC
76. Capital on the Dnieper : KIEV
78. Place for hops : VAT
79. Ambiguous headline about the Bush cabinet : ONEILLISFEDSECRETARY
85. Actress Thurman : UMA
86. Once before? : ERST
87. Some partners: Abbr. : ATTYS
88. Cambodian currency : RIEL
89. Fleet : RAPID
92. Island chain? : LEI
94. Buds : MACS
95. Two-faced : FALSE
96. Ambiguous headline about Mideast dealings : IRAQIHEADSOUGHTARMS
101. Pressing need? : STEAM
102. Place to connect a mike : AMP
103. "Rush!" : ASAP
104. Swingers' grp. : PGA
107. Basketball position: Abbr. : CTR
108. Summer quaff : ADE
109. Free from government control, slangily : DEREG
111. Parrot : APE
114. Ambiguous headline about a police action : COPSHELPDOGBITEVICTIM
119. Person behind a pram : PUSHER
120. Faucet attachment : AERATOR
121. Lady of Arthurian romance : ELAINE
122. Athletic wear company founded in Australia : SPEEDO
123. Music bar : MEASURE
124. Flat person : RENTER
1. Sound's partner : SAFE
2. Express approval, in a way : CLAP
3. Magician's opening : ABRA
4. Apollo vehicle : LEM
5. Lead : PRECEDE
6. Underline : STRESS
7. "M*A*S*H" co-star : SWIT
8. Dutch painter Frans : HALS
9. Couture monogram : YSL
10. Acknowledges in passing : NODSAT
11. W.W. II code machines : ENIGMAS
12. "Undo" mark : STET
13. ___ pad : SOS
14. Vein specialists : MINERS
15. Trash receptacles : ASHCANS
16. Pooh pal : ROO
17. Border : ABUT
18. Wine unit : CASE
19. Bailiwick : AREA
24. Platitudes : BROMIDES
25. Classic kids' game : ISPY
31. "L'Arlésienne" composer : BIZET
32. ___ nut : BETEL
33. Defeat badly : STOMP
34. Big fat mouth : YAP
35. Leg-puller : KIDDER
36. "You betcha!" : ANDHOW
37. Drug unit : KILO
38. Drew in books? : SLEUTH
39. Cliff feature : CRAG
40. Classic Welles role : KANE
41. Inkless pen : STY
42. Customs : MORES
43. Popular painkiller : ALEVE
48. Jude, for one : APOSTLE
50. Company whose name is also its stock symbol : IBM
51. Wall Street workers : TRADERS
54. "Same here" : ASAMI
55. Clear in the winter : DEICE
56. Collected dust : SAT
57. "Uncle!" : IGIVE
58. Racket : DIN
64. Casual attire : TEE
66. Observed the Sabbath : RESTED
67. Justice dept. division : ATF
68. Crime solver's aid : SKETCH
70. Helps : AVAILS
71. Little sprinters : HARES
72. Do a do : STYLE
74. Certain camera, for short : SLR
77. Look that could kill, say : ICYSTARE
79. Poet Khayyám : OMAR
80. Store frequented by mechanics : NAPA
81. Its founder was born in Mecca : ISLAM
82. Obstruct : DAMUP
83. Like some parties : STAG
84. Disney canine : TRAMP
85. Mentalist Geller : URI
90. Faculty levels, for short : IQS
91. Deep-sixed : DITCHED
93. Dance pioneer Duncan : ISADORA
95. Crate label : FRAGILE
97. Straight man? : HETERO
98. Jazz pianist Hines : EARL
99. Alternatives to Movados : OMEGAS
100. Familiar complimentary close : ASEVER
104. Illicit drugs, briefly : PCPS
105. Rise : GOUP
106. Church alcove : APSE
108. Suffix with chick : ADEE
109. Christian name : DIOR
110. To be overseas : ETRE
111. Toiling away : ATIT
112. Fresh scent : PINE
113. Retired, as a prof. : EMER
115. "Ain't ___ Sweet" : SHE
116. Grier of "Foxy Brown" : PAM
117. Approx. 252 calories : BTU
118. Hoosegow : CAN

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