FORWARD THINKING

New York Times, Sunday, March 2, 2008

Author: Patrick Blindauer and Tony Orbach
Editor: Will Shortz
Patrick Blindauer
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1.59251
Tony Orbach
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Blindauer. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Orbach. NYT links: Across Lite

JimH notes: I have added highlights to show the theme answers. The Forward Thinking letter substitutions go through the alphabet in order. In 1 Across, A becomes B. In 29 Across, C becomes D, through to 126 Across where Y becomes Z.
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K
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O
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O
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L
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B
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D
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R
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G
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C
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R
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M
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U
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C
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Y
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P
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C
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K
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G
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O
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R
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H
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W
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R
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L
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R
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W
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G
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O
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M
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T
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© 2008, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Offer for an R. J. Reynolds brand? : KOOLBID
8. Rules, for short : REGS
12. 1970 Simon & Garfunkel hit : CECILIA
19. Away from a teaching post : ONLEAVE
20. Forster's "___ With a View" : AROOM
22. Joining : UNITING
23. Cube holder : ICETRAY
24. IUD part : INTRA
25. Realm of Otto von Bismarck : PRUSSIA
26. 1802 acquisition of 25-Across : ESSEN
27. Settles on, in a way : ELECTS
28. Top of a platter : SIDEA
29. Papa pad? : DADDYSHACK
32. Composes : CALMS
34. Org. that oversees quadrennial games : IOC
37. Sporty Mazda : MIATA
38. Canola and sunflower oil? : GOODFATS
41. Best fraternity pledge tormentor? : STARHAZER
45. Jack who said "Just the facts, ma'am" : WEBB
47. Rugged coastline feature : RIA
48. "My!" : OHDEAR
49. Casual attire : DENIM
52. Not the most exciting school athletes? : JVDRIPS
56. Social gathering with the Rockettes? : LEGPARTY
59. "Like a Rock" singer Bob : SEGER
61. Cosmetician Lauder and others : ESTEES
62. Get decked out : DRESS
63. Waste maker : HASTE
65. Puts up again, as bowling pins : RESETS
67. Squiggly letter : ESS
68. Got sober? : NIXEDDRINKS
70. Flutter : ADO
73. Shows past the doorstep : SEESIN
75. Student of Bartók : SOLTI
76. The lion in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" : ASLAN
78. Clap hands on : SNATCH
81. Pan-fry : SAUTE
83. C.I.A. noggins? : SPYBEANS
85. Hit boxer John with a haymaker? : POPRUIZ
87. "___ Calloways" (Disney film) : THOSE
89. "Damien" subtitle : OMENII
90. Mount Rigi, e.g. : ALP
91. Head set : EYES
93. Fog in Zürich? : SWISSMIST
96. How-to films for a dairy farm? : MILKDVDS
100. ___ nerve : OPTIC
102. First song on "More of the Monkees" : SHE
103. ___, meenie, miney, mo : EENIE
104. Side view of salmon? : LOXPROFILE
109. "Soon It's ___ Rain" ("The Fantasticks" song) : GONNA
111. Reliquary : SHRINE
112. Temple of Isis locale : ASWAN
116. Facial growths : GOATEES
118. Phrase of agreement : SOAMI
119. Words heard after opening a gift, maybe : PUTITON
121. Hazel, e.g. : NUTTREE
122. Ice Cube né ___ Jackson : OSHEA
123. It started around 1100 B.C. : IRONAGE
124. Do a mailroom task : PRESORT
125. Professional org. : ASSN
126. Transcribe some Dickens? : COPYBOZ
1. Colorful carp : KOI
2. Enough, for some : ONCE
3. Plaudits, of a sort : OLES
4. "Sure, I'm game" : LETS
5. Exposed : BARED
6. One of Donald's exes : IVANA
7. Susan of "Looker" : DEY
8. Train storage area : RAILYARD
9. ___ Tubb, the Texas Troubadour : ERNEST
10. Nabber's cry : GOTCHA
11. Rather, informally : SORTA
12. Silver prizes : CUPS
13. Physicist Fermi : ENRICO
14. ___ Real, Spain : CIUDAD
15. The "se" in per se : ITSELF
16. The King's "princess" : LISAMARIE
17. Common pasta suffix : INI
18. Eastern title : AGA
21. Like some Sp. nouns : MASC
27. "The Sopranos" Emmy winner Falco : EDIE
30. No man's land, in brief : DMZ
31. Vladimir Putin's onetime org. : KGB
33. Michael of R.E.M. : STIPE
34. Wagner heroine : ISOLDE
35. Extras : OTHERS
36. Mooches : CADGES
39. It commonly follows a verb: Abbr. : OBJ
40. Disrespect : SASS
42. Salespeople, informally : REPS
43. Lukas of "Witness" : HAAS
44. Sheet music abbr. : ARR
45. Locks on a dome : WIG
46. Chef Lagasse : EMERIL
50. Cornerstone abbr. : ESTD
51. Must : NEEDSTO
53. Winners' signs : VEES
54. August hrs. : DST
55. Some football blockers: Abbr. : RTS
57. "See ___?" : THIS
58. Plane part : YAXIS
60. Signs a lease : RENTS
64. "Julius Caesar" setting : SENATE
66. Deejay's bane : SKIP
68. Classic soft drink with orange, grape and peach flavors : NEHI
69. Shad delicacies : ROES
70. "So-Called Chaos" singer Morissette : ALANIS
71. Like Niels Bohr : DANISH
72. Kind of inspection : ONSITE
73. Orch. section : STR
74. Old French coin : ECU
76. Means of defense: Abbr. : ABMS
77. Come across as : SEEM
78. Canned meat brand : SPAM
79. "And that's ___" ("Believe you me") : NOLIE
80. Christina in the 2005 revival of "Sweet Charity" : APPLEGATE
82. Speech stumbles : UHS
84. Informal greetings : YOS
86. Zoo feature, in England : ZED
88. Finnic language : ESTONIAN
92. Fashion inits. : YSL
94. Ring bearer : WIFE
95. Here, on the Riviera : ICI
97. Fife player : KNOTTS
98. Bread for tacos? : DINERO
99. Plywood layer : VENEER
100. ___ Book Club : OPRAHS
101. 7, 11 and 13 : PRIMES
105. Bologna bone : OSSO
106. Mandela's native tongue : XHOSA
107. Hijacked cruise ship Achille ___ : LAURO
108. Bar at the bar : ESTOP
110. "I'd hate to break up ___" : ASET
113. Having a taste of the grape : WINY
114. Run up ___ : ATAB
115. NASA cancellation : NOGO
116. Econ. measure : GNP
117. Your and my : OUR
119. Snap : PIC
120. Cyrano's nose : NEZ

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