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New York Times, Sunday, December 29, 2013

Author: Joel Fagliano
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 25, Columns: 17, Words: 138, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JX} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry Scrabble average: 1.71 This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Joel Fagliano notes: I've always liked Sunday puzzles that have multiple layers to them. With such a big grid, if you crack the theme early (or even worse, off the title) ... more
Will Shortz notes: When Joel showed me this puzzle last summer, my heart sank a bit, because I remembered Mike Shteyman's take on the same theme in 2006 — right ... more
Jeff Chen notes: Beautiful work from Joel, as usual. Not only does the puzzle take the shape of a pool table, and contain a pyramid of POOL BALLS, but it also has theme ... more
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© 2013, The New York Times
Across Down
1. One at a woman's side? : POCKETBOOK
6. Fixes keys : TUNES
11. Person who might bump into you on a subway : PICKPOCKET
16. Starbucks size : VENTI
17. Model/actress Keibler : STACY
18. Brother of Prometheus : ATLAS
19. Choice : ELITE
20. Road runners : AUTOS
21. Animal with a flexible snout : COATI
22. Unduly : TOO
23. Spoken instruction in animal training : VERBALCUE
26. Best Musical of 1975, with "The" : WIZ
27. Completely dominates : OWNS
29. He said the most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible : TSELIOT
30. "Oh, hmm ..." : ISEE
31. Elevator ___ : CAR
33. New York Titans' org. : AFL
35. Bit of hopscotch equipment : SIDEWALKCHALK
42. Shady spot : BOWER
44. In a state of conflict : AFOUL
45. Bee product : QUILT
48. Iowa's ___ Colonies : AMANA
49. Name that's Hebrew for "pleasant" : NAOMI
50. "Something ought to finally go my way" : IMDUE
51. Philadelphia/New Jersey connector : WALTWHITMANBRIDGE
54. Half of sechs : DREI
55. "Il était ___ fois" (French fairy tale start) : UNE
56. Brand name that's an anagram of 31-Across : RCA
57. Rejections : NOES
58. Acted like a rat : SANG
60. "Howdy" : HIYA
62. Item on a chain : POCKETWATCH
65. Center of activity : HUB
68. Like some expenses : OUTOFPOCKET
72. Pop icon? : PEPSI
73. Wash against, as the shore : LAPAT
75. Like some duties : CIVIC
76. Finsteraarhorn, e.g. : ALP
77. It's often divided into sections 0, 2, 4, 6, etc. : DRESSRACK
80. Country where the Blue Nile originates: Abbr. : ETH
81. Part of the healing process : SCAB
83. ___ distance : ATA
84. A balconette is a low-cut style of one : BRA
85. Mlle., in Madrid : SRTA
86. Like a Monday morning quarterback? : SORE
87. Symbols of dirtiness : PIGPENS
89. "___ the Air" (2009 Clooney movie) : UPIN
90. Part of FEMA: Abbr. : EMER
91. Rat : STOOLIE
92. "Shoot!" : DANG
93. Pass again on the track : RELAP
95. Big dos : BALLS
96. Fake : FORGE
97. Precept : TENET
99. Dangerous person to play against for money : SHARK
101. Old Olds : CIERA
103. No-goodnik : LOUSE
106. Sounds from Santa : HOS
107. Sincere : HEARTFELT
113. Ad Council output, briefly : PSA
115. First president with a Twitter account : OBAMA
117. Decoration under a dish : DOILY
118. 2010 earthquake site : HAITI
120. Walk heavily : TRAMP
121. Universal ___ : DONOR
122. Blown out? : ERROR
123. Best hand in Texas hold 'em : POCKETACES
124. Talk face-to-face? : SKYPE
125. Having a ton of money to draw on : DEEPPOCKET
1. Presidential power first used by James Madison : POCKETVETO
2. Not on deck, say : BELOW
3. Sometimes-caramelized item : ONION
4. First National Leaguer with eight consecutive 100-R.B.I. seasons : OTT
5. Chicken ___ : KIEV
6. Michael and Peter : TSARS
7. Lab item that sounds like a popular website : UTUBE
8. Birth-related : NATAL
9. Reason for a food recall : ECOLI
10. Big name in food service : SYSCO
11. Show anxiety, in a way : PACE
12. 1989 world champion figure skater : ITO
13. Bear necessities? : CLAWS
14. Talk show starting in 2012 : KATIE
15. Miniature : POCKETSIZE
24. To be, to Béatrice : ETRE
25. Jazz quintet's home : UTAH
28. Half of the Nobel Prize winners, typically : SCIENTISTS
30. Secret society in Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons" : ILLUMINATI
32. "Let's call it ___" : ADRAW
34. Muslim ascetic : FAQIR
35. Low, moist area : SWALE
36. On the way out : WANING
37. ___ worse than death : AFATE
38. Hang (over) : LOOM
39. Harold's partner in comedies : KUMAR
40. Ice : CLINCH
41. Friendly term of address : KIDDO
42. Madam : BAWD
43. "The Wire" antihero : OMAR
46. Downhill sport : LUGE
47. Tight ends? : TEES
52. "Come again?" : HUNH
53. Scott of "Happy Days" : BAIO
59. You'll trip if you drop it : ACID
61. "Gross!" : YUCK
62. Well-protected, nonrunning quarterback : POCKETPASSER
63. Sign word often translated into multiple languages : WELCOME
64. Duds : APPAREL
65. Tries : HASAGOAT
66. Emotional peaks : UPS
67. Pressing needs? : BARBELLS
69. Unlike eagles : OVERPAR
70. Appropriate : FITTING
71. Silver, say : POCKETCHANGE
73. Next-to-last #1 Beatles hit : LETITBE
74. Sully : TARNISH
78. Spits rhymes : RAPS
79. Beer buy : CASE
82. Tongue-lash : BERATE
85. Subject of a 2009 national tournament cheating scandal : SUDOKU
88. "Meet the Press" guest, for short : POL
94. Possibly : PERHAPS
96. Formed rising bubbles : FROTHED
98. It's "not" in Scotland : NAE
100. Apiece, at Wimbledon : ALL
101. Army attack helicopter : COBRA
102. ___ Pitman, developer of shorthand : ISAAC
104. Freedom Tower feature : SPIRE
105. Bar at the bar : ESTOP
106. Microwaveable snack item : HOTPOCKET
108. States further : ADDS
109. Corner piece : ROOK
110. Miniature : TINY
111. Dud : FLOP
112. Jane who becomes Mrs. Rochester : EYRE
114. Cause of a sudden drop in altitude : AIRPOCKET
116. Marie Curie, e.g.: Abbr. : MME
119. Word often shortened to one letter in text messages : ARE

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