MUSICAL INTERPRETATION

New York Times, Sunday, March 30, 2014

Author: Peter A. Collins
Editor: Will Shortz
Peter A. Collins
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 78 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Peter A. Collins notes: I think the inspiration for this one was seeing some other puzzle where the juxtaposition of certain entries played into the theme. I just can't recall which puzzle that might've been. What I do recall is ... more
Jeff Chen notes: A literal-interpretation puzzle, Peter did a good job of choosing six songs well-known enough that even this completely music-ignorant crossword solver managed to figure out most of them. I liked that each of the ... more
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Across Down
1. Start of the United Negro College Fund slogan : AMIND
6. Old lab burners : ETNAS
11. Abbr. at the top of an email : BCC
14. Something passed between the legs? : BATON
19. ___ Domingo : SANTO
20. Now and again? : TWICE
21. Like an ode : LAUDATORY
23. Kind of farming : SUBSISTENCE
25. Like Neptune among the planets in the solar system : OUTERMOST
26. ___ pro nobis : ORA
27. Echelon : TIER
28. With the circled letters, 1955 Bill Haley and His Comets hit? : THECLOCK
30. Sound of sweet nothings : COO
31. Having a beat : CADENT
33. Hall-of-Famer Ralph : KINER
35. Purveyor of the Doublicious sandwich : KFC
36. ___ Webster, Twain's "celebrated jumping frog" : DANL
37. With 43-Across, 1973 Deep Purple hit? : SMOKE
39. Like Odin : NORSE
41. Sound engineer's knob : FADER
43. See 37-Across : THEWATER
45. Brings in : EARNS
47. Some dreams : OMENS
50. Reverse, e.g. : GEAR
51. Dismissed : AXED
53. "Eternally nameless" thing, in Eastern religion : TAO
54. Bath accessories : LOOFAS
55. Dr Pepper alternative : MRPIBB
58. Former Disney president Michael : OVITZ
60. Dreamy romantic quality : STARDUST
62. Olympic leap : TOELOOP
64. Ring Lardner's "Alibi ___" : IKE
65. It's put on before takeoff : SEATBELT
66. 1959 Dion and the Belmonts hit? : LOATEENAGERVE
69. Old mattress stuffing : BEDSTRAW
72. Pond denizen : EFT
73. Phil who played 65-Down : SILVERS
78. 1984 Cyndi Lauper hit? : TIMETIME
79. Memorable series in "Psycho" : STABS
81. Dawn-to-dusk : ALLDAY
82. The continents, e.g. : SEPTET
83. "Phooey!" : BAH
85. Kelly of morning TV : RIPA
87. Haughty affectation : AIRS
88. Rap sheet listing : PRIOR
89. Query at the start of a poker game : YOUIN
91. Verbally assault : LAMBASTE
94. Rene of "Thor" : RUSSO
96. Thumbing-the-nose gesture : SNOOK
98. Challenge for F.D.R. : POLIO
99. Mideast V.I.P. : AMIR
101. Meatless day in W.W. II: Abbr. : TUE
103. Some lawn mowers : TOROS
105. Pertaining to religious rites : SACRAL
108. Bugs Bunny addressee : DOC
109. Where to find screwdrivers and rusty nails : BARROOMS
111. Like peas in ___ : APOD
113. Suffix with salt : INE
114. Made bats : DRIVENMAD
116. Primer pair : DICKANDJANE
119. Info on a magazine cover : ISSUEDATE
120. Real dear : ANGEL
121. More cool, in slang : ILLER
122. French thinkers? : TETES
123. Wink's partner : NOD
124. ___ State (Mountain West Conference team) : BOISE
125. Runners in the cold? : NOSES
1. Org. : ASSOC
2. Actress Tierney : MAURA
3. Suffering : INBADSHAPE
4. Some versions of Windows : NTS
5. "Quit stalling!" : DOITNOW
6. Suffix with major : ETTE
7. Back it up, in a way : TWERK
8. "Seduction of the Minotaur" author : NIN
9. Bank ID : ACCTNO
10. "Listen, pal!" : SEEHERE
11. Tea Partiers, e.g. : BLOC
12. Crack filler : CAULK
13. Casual summer wear : CUTOFFS
14. Medium for love letters? : BARK
15. Card reader, for short : ATM
16. What fastidious people can't be : TOOCAREFUL
17. ___ Scott Card, "Ender's Game" writer : ORSON
18. Competitor of ZzzQuil : NYTOL
22. Label for 28-Across : DECCA
24. Alaskan city : SITKA
29. Fake : ERSATZ
32. Chef Lagasse : EMERIL
34. "To sum up ..." : INREVIEW
36. No longer in fashion : DEMODE
38. Info for an airport greeter, for short : ETA
40. Victorian ___ : ERA
42. Summons, of a sort : DOORBELL
43. The "T" of Mr. T : TERO
44. Prefix with thermal : EXO
46. "Long time ___" : NOSEE
48. Boss Tweed nemesis : NAST
49. New York arrival of '77 : SST
50. BBC std. : GMT
52. Bank in need of support? : DIKE
54. Where "hello" is "sveiks" : LATVIA
56. Reinforces : BOLSTERS
57. Muff a grounder : BOOTIT
59. Something you can believe : TENET
61. Hands on deck : TARS
63. Chicken ___ (Italian dish, informally) : PARM
65. NCO of 1950s TV : SGTBILKO
67. Former faddish exercise regimen : TAEBO
68. Way off : AFAR
69. Oktoberfest quaff : BIER
70. John Locke, philosophically : EMPIRICIST
71. Out-of-the-way way : DETOUR
74. Brand of pickles : VLASIC
75. Slanted writing : EDITORIALS
76. Description on many eBay listings : RARE
77. The "s" in Awacs: Abbr. : SYS
78. Dose meas. : TSP
79. Eastern religion : SHINTO
80. Place for a mani-pedi : SPA
84. Graz's land: Abbr. : AUS
86. Rev (up) : AMP
89. See 95-Down : YOURMAN
90. 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival hit? : NOOMDAB
92. Quantum physics particle : BOSON
93. Rubber from Arabia? : ALADDIN
95. With 89-Down, 1968 Tammy Wynette hit? : STAND
97. "Twelfth Night" duke : ORSINO
99. "___ to the list" : ADDIT
100. Inspector of crime fiction : MORSE
102. One inspiring love of poetry? : ERATO
104. "___ alive!" : SAKES
106. "Bonne ___!" : ANNEE
107. Longing looks : LEERS
109. Some queens : BEES
110. Didn't stop in time, say : ODED
112. ___ ale : PALE
115. French scene : VUE
117. Hollywood special FX : CGI
118. "Selena" star, to her fans : JLO

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