THE FOOTBALL FAN

New York Times, Sunday, February 7, 2010

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 170, Blocks: 81 Missing: {XZ} This is puzzle # 127 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Despicable : LOW
4. World capital once called Philadelphia : AMMAN
9. Computer book inserts, often : CDS
12. Funny fellow : CARD
16. "Antiart" art : DADA
20. Gold, to Goya : ORO
21. 1980s-'90s New York governor : CUOMO
22. Actress Thompson : LEA
23. Observe : OBEY
24. Medical sch. topic : ANAT
25. "The football fan is fingering the buttons on the remote ... he pushes the ___ and the game is on!" : FIRSTDOWN
27. Halfway house : INN
28. "He's prepared a ___ of popcorn for himself ..." : SUPERBOWL
30. Crunch-time helper : TEMP
31. "... and he's got Budweiser and Michelob on tap - excellent ___!" : DRAFTPICKS
34. Form popular among the Romantics : ODE
35. No. on a food label : RDA
36. Bergen dummy : SNERD
38. Go off course : YAW
39. Thoroughly wets : STEEPS
41. Perfumery bottles : VIALS
43. Eastern exercise : TAICHI
46. Up to, in brief : TIL
48. "Now he remembers setting $10 aside for pizza - he searches his jacket and finds it ___" : INTHEPOCKET
50. "But he forgot to place the order - we may be looking at a ___ here, folks" : LATECALL
52. Like birds of prey : TALONED
54. N.F.L.'er Manning : ELI
55. Mountain West Conference team : UTES
56. Nastase of tennis : ILIE
58. Lost power : WANED
59. A number of : SEVERAL
63. Hiker? : CENTER
65. Pirate treasure : PLUNDER
67. "He phones the pizzeria and tells them he wants full cheese and mushroom ___" : COVERAGE
68. Castaway's call : SOS
70. Not up : INBED
71. Green man? : NADER
72. Male meower : TOM
73. "The pizzeria's out of mushrooms, though, so he'll need to make a ___" : SUBSTITUTION
78. Film producer Apatow : JUDD
79. Veep Agnew : SPIRO
81. Big holding in Risk : ASIA
82. Mildness : LENITY
83. Like cartoon "Melodies" : MERRIE
85. Essayist Didion : JOAN
86. Lacks, briefly : HASNT
88. Vaulted recess : APSE
89. "O.K., he's ordered the pizza - but now his wife is moving around in front of the TV, making ___!" : SCREENPASSES
91. IntelliStation maker : IBM
92. Pertinent, in Latin : ADREM
94. 1978 World Series M.V.P. Dent : BUCKY
95. Bronx cocktail ingredient : GIN
96. "He's looking for an opening, but she's doing a tremendous job of ___!" : BLOCKING
98. Impure : ALLOYED
100. Soft-soap : CAJOLE
105. "A Shot in the Dark" star, 1964 : SELLERS
106. Muddled situation : SNAFU
107. Fashion's Wang : VERA
109. Sufficient, once : ENOW
110. Battery size : AAA
111. Wheeled table : TEACART
113. "Now he's spotted the pizza delivery boy, who's through the gate and crossing the ___!" : YARDLINE
115. "The pizza is $9.75 ... he hands the $10 off to the boy and waits for the ___" : QUARTERBACK
119. Wee bit : TAD
121. Novel ending : EPILOG
122. Amphetamine, slangily : UPPER
123. Heroic poet of Gaelic legend : OSSIAN
125. Ceiling : LID
127. Masked warrior : NINJA
129. Org. that accredits law schools : ABA
130. Suffix with special : IST
132. "Now he's got the pizza - but the TV's showing nothing but snow! He quickly gives it an ___ ..." : ONSIDEKICK
136. Periods of time : ERAS
137. "... and it works - the ___ is good!" : RECEPTION
140. Corn site : TOE
141. "His posterior goes all the way back into the easy chair - ___!" : TOUCHDOWN
143. "It Had to Be You" lyricist : KAHN
144. Sister of Charles : ANNE
145. Actor Vigoda : ABE
146. '52 campaign name : ADLAI
147. Gettysburg general : LEE
148. Keep in : STET
149. Even : TIED
150. Bloodshot : RED
151. Unintentional poker table signals : TELLS
152. P.M. or pres. : LDR
1. Tosses high : LOFTS
2. Show the ropes : ORIENTATE
3. Ratty : WORMEATEN
4. Play a part : ACT
5. Newsman Roger : MUDD
6. Shrubby wasteland : MOOR
7. Direct-sales giant : AMWAY
8. Light, say : NONFAT
9. Movie snippet : CLIP
10. Leary of TV's "Rescue Me" : DENIS
11. Permissible : SANCTIONED
12. Spoiled : COSSETED
13. "Aladdin" monkey : ABU
14. Lie peacefully : REPOSE
15. Gone platinum? : DYED
16. Lotion amount : DAB
17. Inuit jacket : ANORAK
18. Waste time : DAWDLE
19. After much delay : ATLAST
26. Most agile : SPRIEST
29. They're drawn in western scenes : REVOLVERS
32. Nettlesome person : TWIT
33. Easy-Bake Oven introducer : KENNER
37. 700, once : DCC
40. High degree : PHD
42. Slicker, in a way : ICIER
44. Pomade : HAIROIL
45. Scarcely : ILL
47. Brand name acquired by Toro : LAWNBOY
49. Vexation : PEEVE
50. French director Besson : LUC
51. Crater's edge : LIP
53. Carrying a lot : LADEN
57. Snobbishness : ELITISM
59. Laying down the lawn : SODDING
60. Sine and cosine : RATIOS
61. Old public squares : AGORAE
62. They may be on the verge of a breakdown : LEMONS
64. Id follower : EST
66. Make one : UNITE
67. Core military group : CADRE
69. Bear's partner in investing : STEARNS
71. Frequent partner of Fonteyn : NUREYEV
73. Colonial "masters" : SAHIBS
74. Aidful : USABLE
75. "Pepto" go-with : BISMOL
76. Francisco, e.g. : SAN
77. Remove a fastener from : UNPEG
78. Spasmodic : JERKY
80. Some loungewear : PJS
83. "'Tis" memoirist : MCCOURT
84. Fruit peel : EPICARP
87. Vacation : TAKEATRIP
89. Kind of drug : SULFA
90. Ivanovic of tennis : ANA
93. Another name for the Furies : DIRAE
94. Jet : BLACKASTAR
97. Quilty of "Lolita" : CLARE
98. Motrin rival : ANACIN
99. Old Ottoman title : DEY
101. One way to serve eel : JELLIED
102. Bialy, e.g. : ONIONROLL
103. Having a big mouth? : LONGJAWED
104. She that is shorn : EWE
106. Battle-scarred : SEASONED
108. Arctic explorer John : RAE
111. Cable inits. : TBS
112. Fireside recitation : TALE
114. Ruckus : DIN
115. Up and down : QUARKS
116. Optimistic : UPBEAT
117. Iraq War helicopter : APACHE
118. Salad pasta : ROTINI
120. Harsh decree : DIKTAT
124. Daughter of Tantalus : NIOBE
126. Part of L.E.D. : DIODE
128. Actor Ed : ASNER
131. "Now!" : STAT
133. Exploit : DEED
134. Get the best of : CULL
135. Food energy unit: Abbr. : KCAL
138. Talking tree of Middle-earth : ENT
139. Letterless phone button : ONE
142. Greetings : HIS

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