LEAP DAY

New York Times, Sunday, February 29, 2004

Author: Patrick Merrell
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Merrell
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 89 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2004, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Darkness : NIGHT
6. Pack carrier : LLAMA
11. Application datum: Abbr. : SSN
14. Background of Vladimir Putin, for short : KGB
17. Route indicator : ARROW
18. Traveler's woe : JETLAG
19. Island strings : UKE
20. Anti-inflammatory agent : ALOE
21. Striped animal : OKAPI
22. "The Witches of Eastwick" author : UPDIKE
23. A full course? : EIGHTEEN
25. Queens contest : METSGAME
27. Daughter of Hyperion : EOS
29. Strike, essentially : PROTEST
30. Thesis basis : IDEA
31. Big inits. in news and culture : NPR
32. Four fluid ounces : GILL
33. Food company with a sun in its logo : DOLE
34. Cigarette pkgs. : CTNS
36. Empire State Building decor : ARTDECO
38. Put in : EMBED
42. Shack topper : TINROOF
45. Sinatra scat syllable : DOO
46. Black bird : DAW
47. Express views : OPINE
48. Pry : SNOOP
49. Take off : REMOVE
52. Open, in a way : UNBUTTON
54. Writing : PROSE
55. 1968 Oscar-winning musical : OLIVER
56. Has trouble with words : STUTTERS
57. Smell, e.g. : SENSE
58. Cuts using a box : MITERS
59. Long period : EON
60. "It's you ___" : ORME
61. Upright at sea : MAST
65. Ed.'s in-box filler : MSS
68. It's hard, to swallow : CAPLET
74. Just above average : CPLUS
79. "Enough already!" : IVEHADIT
81. Red-faced : ABLUSH
82. Hangout : HAUNT
83. Spot for Roosevelt : FIRESIDE
84. Apt : LIABLE
85. Parenthetical passage : ASIDE
86. Blows : FLUBS
87. Nus to us : ENS
89. Co. in a 2000 telecommunications merger : GTE
90. Ripen : BLOSSOM
92. South Seas monarchy : SAMOA
93. "Frankenstein" props : TORCHES
95. Kiln : OAST
96. 1991 Gerardo hit "___ Suave" : RICO
98. Fall's end : THUD
99. VJ's employer : MTV
100. "Dang!" : HECK
104. Chicken go-with : NOODLES
107. Term. info : ARR
108. Minor minder : STAGEMOM
110. Sights : TAKESAIM
112. 1966 Mary Martin musical : IDOIDO
115. Deadly virus : EBOLA
116. Blender sound : WHIR
117. Reagan military inits. : SDI
118. Run with gates : SLALOM
119. Less seen : RARER
120. Calendar col. : TUE
121. Sinuous sea dweller : EEL
122. Administers, with "out" : METES
123. It's a secret : TRYST
1. Biblical woman from Bethlehem : NAOMI
2. Troubled (by) : IRKED
3. Worry for a wearer of high heels : GRATE
4. Takes a quickie vacation, say : HOPSACROSS
5. Bud holder : TWIG
6. Molokai resident : LEPER
7. Co. name end : LTD
8. 2001 biopic : ALI
9. Achieve significant progress : MAKEITOVER
10. Long-known : AGEOLD
11. Challenge, legally : SUE
12. Not read something completely : SKIPDOWNTO
13. Rio ___, part of the Venezuela/ Colombia boundary : NEGRO
14. Swiss abstract painting : KLEE
15. Takes a turn : GOES
16. Like a shepherd's staff : BENT
18. Has ever-changing loyalties : JUMPSFROM
20. Seek a lawyer's license : ATTEMPTTO
24. Sink a putt : HOLEOUT
26. Monumental year? : ANNO
28. Source of spills on hills : SLED
32. Channel : GROOVE
35. Lightweight helmet, in India : TOPEE
36. Come out of denial : ADMIT
37. Civil rights, e.g. : CAUSE
39. Snake, for one : BITER
40. Vast, in verse : ENORM
41. Like osmium, more than any other known element : DENSE
42. 48 in a cup: Abbr. : TSPS
43. As to : INRE
44. Twelve : NOON
50. "The Whiffenpoof Song" singer : ELI
51. Drs.' workplaces : ERS
53. Cafeteria worker's hairdo : BUN
61. Annoys : MIFFS
62. St. Teresa's birthplace : AVILA
63. Medical supply : SERUM
64. Answer continued : THEBORDER
65. 16th-century start : MDI
66. Answer continued : SIDETOSIDE
67. Gregg method user : STENO
68. Old White House nickname : CAL
69. Answer continued : ABIGHURDLE
70. Like chrome hubcaps : PLATED
71. Garage jobs : LUBES
72. Precitizenship course: Abbr. : ESL
73. Answer continued : THEBOTTOM
74. Utter breakdown : CHAOS
75. Answer continued : PASSTHEBAR
76. Physics Nobelist Alvarez : LUIS
77. Reverse : UNDO
78. Kind of cell : STEM
80. Has at : ASSAILS
88. Fem. in una casa : SRTA
91. Hot rock : LAVA
94. Oil used in church rites : CHRISM
97. Quit : CEASE
99. PC software : MSDOS
101. The Eagles of college sports : EMORY
102. Nat and Natalie : COLES
103. Target competitor : KMART
104. Pkg. no. : NTWT
105. Aiea locale : OAHU
106. Dust Bowl victim : OKIE
109. Frobe who played Goldfinger : GERT
111. "Thanks a ___!" : MIL
113. Husk site : OAT
114. Suffix with infant : ILE

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