PRIORESSES

New York Times, Sunday, March 15, 2009

Author: Patrick Berry
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Berry
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 138, Blocks: 73 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 118 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2009, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Sporty Mazdas : MIATAS
7. Name shared by two apostles : JAMES
12. Org. founded by Samuel Gompers : AFL
15. Dartboard site : PUB
18. Eastern Catholic who recognizes the pope's authority : UNIATE
19. Habitual practices : USAGES
21. Geological epoch when mastodons appeared : MIOCENE
23. Ridiculed someone as loudly as possible? : SCREAMEDSCORN
25. Colombian carrier : AVIANCA
26. Scratch left on a table? : TIP
27. Oscar winner Kedrova : LILA
28. Piece of hay? : STABLESTALK
30. Comedic bits by guys sitting at a bar? : STOOLSKITS
34. Stoked, perhaps : AGOG
35. Originally : NEE
36. Architect Saarinen : EERO
37. Does some improvisations : SCATS
39. Astronaut's old wound? : SPACESCAR
43. Book recited during Purim : ESTHER
46. Tarot suit : CUPS
48. Modest knowledge : SMATTER
49. "Tarzan" star Ron : ELY
50. Holders of jacks : MODEMS
52. Co. that makes bar code scanners : NCR
53. Worked at an herb shop, maybe? : SOLDSAGE
57. Change devices that divert trains to different tracks? : SWITCHSHUNTS
63. Gilbert and Sullivan princess : IDA
64. "Rapture" singer Baker : ANITA
66. Nautical passage : STRAIT
67. The Pacific's "Valley Isle" : MAUI
68. It may be checked : KING
70. Actor Rhames of the "Mission: Impossible" films : VING
72. Icon on Guinness bottles : HARP
73. Cracker coating : SALT
74. Literary award shaped like a rocket : HUGO
75. Blockbuster movie, e.g. : RENTAL
77. World Heritage Site in Jordan : PETRA
80. CBS show with two spinoffs : CSI
81. Ore refinery? : SMELTINGSPOT
84. Large field of dirt? : SOILSPAN
86. Director Jean-___ Godard : LUC
87. "Holy moly!" : YEGODS
89. Opposite of paleo- : NEO
90. Kickback for good publicity : PLUGOLA
94. "Let's Make a Deal" choice : DOOR
95. Pythian Games site : DELPHI
99. Reaction upon being hit with a chair in WrestleMania? : SHAMSHOCK
101. Removes lumps from batter : STIRS
104. Schönberg's "Moses und ___" : ARON
105. German "rocks" : EIS
106. Desideratum : NEED
108. What an angry robot might do? : SPITSCREWS
111. What Buffy might be doing at the end of a long, hard night? : SLAYINGSLOW
116. See 121-Down : LEIA
117. Hierarchy chart's top box : CEO
118. Atlas Mountains locale : ALGERIA
119. Increase in perfect basketball shots? : SWISHINGSWELL
123. Making, as money : MINTING
124. Out, in library lingo : ONLOAN
125. Be a busybody : MEDDLE
126. It's considerably bigger than D : EEE
127. ___ Miguel (largest of the Azores) : SAO
128. Tossed : SLUNG
129. Judge : ASSESS
1. Too good to miss, as a TV show : MUSTSEE
2. Urges on : INCITES
3. 1970 disaster flick : AIRPORT
4. Inventor's inits. : TAE
5. In any way : ATALL
6. Penultimate round : SEMIS
7. Like bar mitzvahs : JUDAIC
8. Dummkopf : ASS
9. Buddy : MAC
10. Yes-men feed them : EGOS
11. Tempur-Pedic competitor : SERTA
12. Combination : AMALGAM
13. V, to Valerian : FIVE
14. "Family Guy" mom : LOIS
15. Hair shirt wearer's activity : PENANCE
16. Not properly explained : UNCLEAR
17. It might hold the solution : BEAKER
20. Hiccups, so to speak : SNAGS
22. Cool ___ : CAT
24. Group with an Exalted Ruler : ELKS
29. Hits with one's fist : BOPS
31. ___ and aahed : OOHED
32. Folded fast food : TACO
33. Snow tire features : STUDS
38. Ejects : SPEWS
40. "Bold Lover, never, never ___ thou kiss": Keats : CANST
41. Make aquatints : ETCH
42. Moves fingers across strings : STRUMS
44. "Born Free" lioness : ELSA
45. Illinois governor before Blagojevich : RYAN
47. See 115-Down : SMITH
50. Dispensing, with "out" : METING
51. Standing subway passenger's aid : STRAP
53. Worshipers at Amritsar's Golden Temple : SIKHS
54. Disgrace : ODIUM
55. Depression-era photojournalist Dorothea : LANGE
56. Accepted fact : GIVEN
58. Nice touch : CARESS
59. Aware of : HIPTO
60. Org. co-founded by W. E. B. Du Bois : NAACP
61. City in Tornado Alley : TULSA
62. Audit, with "on" : SITIN
65. Apprehensive : ANTSY
69. "The Lord of the Rings" ring bearer : GOLLUM
71. Opened wide : GAPED
75. Maker of Caplio cameras : RICOH
76. Brand recognition aids : LOGOS
78. Drink garnish, often : RIND
79. Away from the wind : ALEE
82. Actions on shirtsleeves : TUGS
83. Honey pie : TOOTS
85. Alternative energy type : SOLAR
88. IV : DRIP
90. 2008 World Series winner : PHILLIE
91. Trattoria dish : LASAGNE
92. In ancient times : LONGAGO
93. Strong hold'em holding : ACES
96. Go before : PRECEDE
97. Writer William Dean ___ : HOWELLS
98. Foot pads? : INSOLES
99. Bun topper : SESAME
100. Only five-time U.S. Horse of the Year : KELSO
102. Irritating : RILING
103. W.W. II submachine gun : STEN
107. Certain crossword entries : DOWNS
109. Arithmetic series symbol : SIGMA
110. Docket listings : CASES
112. On the other hand : YET
113. Rainbow goddess : IRIS
114. Ingénue in Chekhov's "The Seagull" : NINA
115. With 47-Down, Oscar nominee for "Ali" : WILL
120. Old bronze coin : SOU
121. ___ Solo, love interest of 116-Across : HAN
122. Dict. entries : WDS

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