WHAT MAKES IT ITCH?

New York Times, Sunday, March 28, 2010

Author: Ed Sessa
Editor: Will Shortz
Edward Sessa
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 66 Missing: {QVX} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite

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© 2010, The New York Times
Across Down
1. "Coffee ___ my cup of tea": Samuel Goldwyn : ISNT
5. World capital at 12,000 feet : LAPAZ
10. Rugby gathering : SCRUM
15. Schoolyard comeback : AMSO
19. Phone abbr. : OPER
20. With 21-Across, native Oklahoma group : OSAGE
21. See 20-Across : TRIBE
22. Eponymous engineer : WATT
23. Problem for a crane operator? : NOWINCHSITUATION
26. Green-light : OKAY
27. Pillow fill : KAPOK
28. In a lather : SOAPY
29. Get ready to go : SADDLEUP
31. Noodge : NAG
32. ___ culpa : MEA
34. Average fellows : JOES
36. Haberdashery offering : TIE
37. "___ Lincoln in Illinois" (1940 biopic) : ABE
38. Exceptional soldier on his only tour? : ONEHITCHWONDER
43. Kvetch : CRAB
45. Showed over : RERAN
46. Lead and tin alloy : TERNE
47. Cuban's home? : CIGARCASE
51. Food giant based in Downers Grove, Ill. : SARALEE
53. Feigned : PUTON
54. Chief Norse deity : ODIN
55. Hot dog topping : CHILI
57. G.M. tracking system : ONSTAR
59. Like many a 36-Across : STRIPED
61. Plug along : PLOD
62. Motorist's no-no, for short : DUI
64. Helps in a heist : ABETS
66. Get used (to) : INURE
67. Rubbish : ROT
68. What kind, decent people wear? : MENSCHFASHION
72. Colt's fans, for short? : NRA
73. Grouchy Muppet : OSCAR
75. Head turner : BEAUT
76. 45 ___ : RPM
77. Leave a mark on : SCAR
78. Cuddly cat : BURMESE
80. "___ Mucho," #1 hit for Jimmy Dorsey : BESAME
83. ___ ark : NOAHS
85. Switch add-on : EROO
86. Machu Picchu people : INCAS
88. Wall Street landmark? : NEWHIGH
90. Arrive unexpectedly en masse : DESCENDON
92. Play center, often : ACTII
93. Dentist's directive : RINSE
97. iTunes selection : SONG
98. Hidden help for one who's trying to quit smoking? : PATCHONTHEBACK
101. Handicapper's hangout, for short : OTB
103. Spanish wave : OLA
105. Big Apple neighborhood : SOHO
106. Twice tre : SEI
107. Eggy quaff : NOG
108. Court figures : COUNSELS
111. Scrutinized, with "over" : PORED
114. Colorado resort : ASPEN
116. Years, in Rome : ANNI
117. Instruction #1 for roofers? : GETALOADOFTHATCH
121. Beat : LICK
122. Centers of early development : UTERI
123. Wish granter : GENIE
124. News tidbit : ITEM
125. Yearn : ACHE
126. Vocally bother : YAPAT
127. Cry from beyond a closed door : ENTER
128. Leader of the Untouchables : NESS
1. Electrical particle : ION
2. Expo '74 city : SPOKANE
3. Shirley MacLaine, notably : NEWAGER
4. Take a header : TRIP
5. Keepsake on a chain : LOCKET
6. Volcanic fallout : ASH
7. Court transfer? : PASS
8. Currency exchange premium : AGIO
9. Academy Award winner for "Chicago," 2002 : ZETAJONES
10. Hung around : STAYED
11. Computer screen, for short : CRT
12. Jacob who wrote "How the Other Half Lives" : RIIS
13. Maritime threat of the early 1940s : UBOAT
14. Beggar : MENDICANT
15. Off-base in a bad way : AWOL
16. Hit below the belt? : MAKEABADPUNCH
17. Six-time baseball All-Star Rusty : STAUB
18. Like universal blood donors : OTYPE
24. Hardly worth mentioning : NOMINAL
25. Ahead, but barely : UPONE
30. Charlie Chan creator Earl ___ Biggers : DERR
31. Postman's creed conjunction : NOR
33. Courthouse records : ACTA
35. Gets hold of : SECURES
39. Member of a strict Jewish sect : HASID
40. Hint offerer : HELOISE
41. Follower of Christopher or Carolina : WREN
42. Slowing down, in mus. : RIT
44. Flip ___ (decide by chance) : ACOIN
48. Tittle-tattle : GOSSIP
49. Rugged range : SIERRAS
50. Win over : ENDEAR
52. Razz : RIDE
53. Sunscreen additive : PABA
55. Conclusion : CLOSURE
56. Really angry group? : HOTCROSSBUNCH
58. Ohio political dynasty : TAFTS
60. Old Japanese coin : RIN
61. Investigated : PROBED
63. Straighten out : UNBEND
65. Included for free : THREWIN
68. Field ration, for short : MRE
69. Some quick-change places : CABANAS
70. Peach and orange : HUES
71. It means everything : OMNI
74. Bygone brand with a torch in its logo : AMOCO
77. Bygone title of respect : SAHIB
79. Bachelor : SINGLEGUY
81. Home of Elmendorf Air Force Base : ANCHORAGE
82. "Fly ___ the Moon" : METO
84. Beastly : OGREISH
87. Filch : COP
89. Google stat : HITS
91. Genesis son : ENOS
92. Sound while jerking the head : ACHOO
94. Tony and Emmy winner Fabray : NANETTE
95. Candleholders on a wall : SCONCES
96. Ticker tape letters? : EKG
99. Like atriums : TOPLIT
100. Punk's piece : HEATER
101. City in Florida's horse country : OCALA
102. Gin's partner : TONIC
104. Prince Valiant's love : ALETA
109. "Swoosh" brand : NIKE
110. One ___ at a time : STEP
112. Heavenly place : EDEN
113. Succinct warning : DONT
115. Pest : PAIN
118. Parseghian of Notre Dame : ARA
119. "For shame!" : FIE
120. Britannia letters : HMS

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