DROPPING THE BALL

New York Times, Sunday, December 30, 2001

Author: Elizabeth C. Gorski
Editor: Will Shortz
Elizabeth C. Gorski
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JVX} This is puzzle # 85 for Ms. Gorski. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2001, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Where the Ishmaelites dwelled : ARABIA
7. Fluffy scarf : BOA
10. With 61-Down, start of a 1956 song title : QUE
13. Guy with a cool job? : ICEMAN
19. Gomer's TV ladyfriend : LOUANN
20. Green lights : OKS
21. In-flight info, for short : ETA
22. House of prayer : SHRINE
23. "That's enough, I guess ..." : ITLLDO
24. London resident : WESTENDER
26. Shoot one under : BIRDIE
27. Like some new lawns : SODDED
28. Catty? : LEONINE
29. Kind of cannonball : HUMAN
30. Debussy's "Clair de ___" : LUNE
31. Boatload : FREIGHT
32. Food science : DIETETICS
36. On the ball : SMART
38. Pays back : GETSEVENWITH
40. Eleanor in a Beatles hit : RIGBY
41. Poetic dusk : EEN
42. Jazz singer James : ETTA
45. Philly team : SIXERS
46. German cathedral city : AACHEN
47. Silly Putty container : EGG
48. "Luck of the Draw" singer : RAITT
50. General assembly? : FIVESTARS
52. ___-80 (classic computer) : TRS
53. Postpaid enc. : SASE
55. It's a piece of cake : PETITFOUR
57. Crackers : BATTY
60. Chasms : ABYSSES
62. How some parents count as a warning : TOTHREE
63. Urban dwellings : ROWHOUSES
67. When stratocumulus clouds are most common : WINTER
68. "Everything's going to be OK!" : DONTWORRY
70. Devil dog : MARINE
71. Ships' quarters : STEERAGES
73. Some draft picks : ONEAS
74. Subdivision of a legion, in ancient Rome : MANIPLE
75. Back bones : SACRA
76. Whole : INTACT
78. "Out!" : SCAT
79. It may come with a key : MAP
82. Gymnastics legend : KORBUT
85. Expect : AWAIT
87. Letters at Buckingham Palace : HRH
88. Small types : AGATES
91. Ninnies : SAPS
92. Emulate Rembrandt : ETCH
93. Bio stat : AGE
94. Shocking : LURID
95. The industrialized nations : FIRSTWORLD
98. Packing : ARMED
100. They're not on the guest list : INTRUDERS
102. New pedometer reading : OOO
103. Organ knob : STOP
104. Hanker : YEARN
105. They can make waves : OARS
107. Certain drink orders : USUALS
110. On the beach : ASHORE
112. Some are famous : LASTWORDS
115. ___-taggle (motley) : RAGGLE
116. Super dupers? : FRAUDS
117. Declaration that leaves one in a bind? : IDO
118. Market close : EER
119. Oscar winner Jackson : GLENDA
120. Numbers games : LOTTOS
121. School of Buddhism : ZEN
122. Filling pro, for short : DDS
123. Child with responsibilities, traditionally : ELDEST
1. Noted boxing family : ALIS
2. ___-Rooter : ROTO
3. Celebratory air : AULDLANGSYNE
4. Son of Odin : BALDUR
5. One leaving space : INDENTER
6. Battery part : ANODE
7. Mixing site : BOWL
8. Danny who sang "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" : OKEEFE
9. Categorize : ASSORT
10. Math abbr. : QED
11. Colorado native : UTE
12. Corn serving : EAR
13. "Life ___ a dream" : ISBUT
14. Mythical monster : CHIMERA
15. Mercurial : ERRATIC
16. Time to celebrate : MIDNIGHT
17. Cuckoo : ANI
18. Born, on the society page : NEE
25. Cry heard shortly before 16-Down : TENNINEEIGHTSEVENSIXFIVEFOURTHREETWOONEITSTWOOOTWO
29. "They'll never suspect me!" : HEH
32. Gossip fodder : DIRT
33. Delivery notice? : ITSABOY
34. Good buddy : CBER
35. Thesaurus wds. : SYNS
36. Fulcrum locales : SEESAWS
37. Quantity of data : MEGABIT
38. Global commerce org. : GATT
39. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" crew member : WES
43. Audiophiles' purchases : TAPERACKS
44. Relationships : TIES
46. Inhaler user : ASTHMATIC
49. Puente and Jackson : TITOS
51. Before adjustments, as in statistics : RAW
54. ___ Park : ESTES
56. Heap : TON
58. Means ___ end : TOAN
59. Andropov and Gagarin : YURIS
61. See 10-Across : SERA
63. B. & O. stop: Abbr. : RRSTA
64. What a celebrant may do at 16-Down : SIPCHAMPAGNE
65. Supersize : ENLARGE
66. Boiled : SEETHED
68. Letter opener : DEARSIR
69. Scampered : RAN
72. Miracle-___ : GRO
74. Exam for a doc-to-be : MCAT
77. Blown away : AWED
79. Landlocked land : MALI
80. Son of ___ : AGUN
81. Celebration accessory : PARTYHAT
83. Buds may be produced in them : BARS
84. Bull markets : UPS
86. "No more!" : THATSALL
89. Exhaust : TIREOUT
90. ___ Frei, Chilean leader succeeded by Allende : EDUARDO
95. Marshy area : FEN
96. Thundered : ROARED
97. Domineered, with "it" : LORDED
99. Red-faced? : ROUGED
101. Kind of rehearsal : DRESS
103. Super power? : SURGE
106. Georgia et al., once: Abbr. : SSRS
108. Degrees for attys. : LLDS
109. Stock exchange buy : SEAT
110. Half of a 1955 merger: Abbr. : AFL
111. Sellout sign : SRO
112. Model Hurley, to friends : LIZ
113. Fruity drink : ADE
114. George W., to George : SON

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