TRIPLE BONDS

New York Times, Sunday, April 3, 2011

Author: Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg
Editor: Will Shortz
Oliver Hill
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1610/2/20074/3/20112
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Eliza Bagg
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1.63000

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 82 Missing: {QX} Scrabble average: 1.70 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Hill. This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Bagg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

JimH notes: Puzzle solutions are intended to be unique (except in a few odd cases where they are intentionally ambiguous.) Unlike, say, sudoku, it's hard to prove that crossword solutions are singular. The puzzle here seems to be a case of an unintentionally non-unique grid. Dictionaries support two correct answers for 90A and 77D, as shown below.
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© 2011, The New York Times
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1. Henry II player in "Becket" : OTOOLE
7. Something that might get a rise out of people? : ANTHEM
13. Clinch : ICE
16. Clinch, with "up" : SEW
19. Arrange again : REPLAN
20. Suburb of San Diego : LAMESA
21. "Livin' on a Prayer" band : BONJOVI
23. Chinese restaurant offering / Wonderland affair / Group on the left? : GREENTEAPARTY
25. Indigenous : ENDEMIC
26. Neo, for one : ANAGRAM
27. Baltimore specialty / Effortless task / Move on all fours with the belly up : CRABCAKEWALK
29. Admit : LETON
31. Skins, e.g. : TEAM
32. Ancient city NW of Carthage : UTICA
36. Most red, maybe : RIPEST
39. Firmly fixed : FAST
43. Plunging / Play hooky / Vulgar : LOWCUTCLASS
47. Scrunchies : HAIRTIES
51. Tip reducer? : NAILFILE
52. Northern flier / Mixer maker / Put on the line : AIRCANADADRY
55. Buffoon : ASS
56. Lure : SIREN
58. Idiots : YOYOS
59. "Up to ___," 1952 game show : PAAR
60. ___ Hunt, Tom Cruise's character in "Mission: Impossible" : ETHAN
63. Sénat vote : NON
64. God of shepherds : PAN
65. Dials : CALLS
67. Yellowish brown / Bit of "dumb" humor / Many a forwarded e-mail : DIRTYBLONDEJOKE
72. Hot cider server : LADLE
74. Seat for toddlers : LAP
75. Time, in Torino : ORA
76. Indo-___ : ARYAN
80. Item for a mason : TILE
81. Previous : PRIOR
84. Idiotic : CRAZY
86. Wonderment : AWE
87. Cause of congestion / Detective's challenge / Loony : HEADCOLDCASE
90. Style of chicken : SZECHWAN
93. "Naturally!" : OFCOURSE
94. Winnie-the-Pooh possession / Baked entree / Sweetie : HONEYPOTPIE
96. Grow together : KNIT
97. Best to follow, as advice : SAGEST
100. Attention getters : PSSTS
101. It's no good when it's flat : COLA
102. Hero : HOAGY
106. Fancy Feast product / Cafeteria outburst / "Mean Girls" event : CATFOODFIGHT
114. Hooded jackets : ANORAKS
118. ___ sunglasses : AVIATOR
119. Democratic territory / Cardinal, e.g. / "Over the Rainbow" flier : BLUESTATEBIRD
122. Biracial Latin American : MESTIZO
123. "Ditto!" : IAGREE
124. 1966 best seller set in Hong Kong : TAIPAN
125. See 126-Across : SCH
126. Half a 125-Across year: Abbr. : SEM
127. They might be crossed : SWORDS
128. "The Battleship Potemkin" setting : ODESSA
1. Alternative to gov : ORG
2. Trillion: Prefix : TERA
3. Word with French or U.S. : OPEN
4. Olive genus : OLEA
5. Cross-country skiing : LANGLAUF
6. ___ deux âges (middle-aged: Fr.) : ENTRE
7. John Wayne western, with "The" : ALAMO
8. Toddler's need : NAP
9. Nickname for a seven-time N.B.A. All-Star : TMAC
10. Frau's partner : HERR
11. Billionaire's home, maybe : ESTATE
12. Halfhearted R.S.V.P.'s : MAYBES
13. Letter-shaped support : IBEAM
14. Bean : CONK
15. German finale : ENDE
16. "Brave New World" drug : SOMA
17. ___ eye : EVIL
18. Lit part : WICK
22. Ashkenazi, for one : JEW
24. Take in : EAT
28. Polo locale : CATHAY
30. New Deal inits. : NRA
32. They turn on hinges : ULNAE
33. A goner : TOAST
34. "If only!" : IWISH
35. Third-century year : CCL
37. "This ___ outrage!" : ISAN
38. Reciprocal Fibonacci constant : PSI
39. Bomb : FIASCO
40. Suffix with drunk : ARD
41. Desk item : STAPLER
42. Kind of wave : TIDAL
44. "___ the season ..." : TIS
45. Black in a cowboy hat : CLINT
46. "Sleigh Ride" composer Anderson : LEROY
48. Enero starts it : ANO
49. Times to remember : ERAS
50. Med. land : SYR
53. Cornelius who wrote "A Bridge Too Far" : RYAN
54. Creature worshiped by the Incas : CONDOR
57. As one : ENBLOC
61. Appended : ADDEDON
62. Zip : NIL
64. 101-Across, e.g. : POP
66. Alias initials : AKA
68. Bit of homework : REPORT
69. Actress ___ Flynn Boyle : LARA
70. Rub out : ERASE
71. Stimulating : JAZZY
72. Gladly : LIEF
73. Old cry of dismay : ALACK
77. Barks : YAWPS
78. Anticipate : AWAIT
79. Yucatán youth : NENES
80. Howe'er : THO
82. "Treasure Island" inits. : RLS
83. Words before any month's name : IDESOF
84. Fortune profilees, for short : CEOS
85. "Uh-huh" : YEP
88. ___ bono (for whose benefit?: Lat.) : CUI
89. "___ Bangs" (Ricky Martin hit) : SHE
91. Check, as text : COPYREAD
92. Bklyn. ___ : HTS
95. Kind of power, in math : NTH
98. Outs : ALIBIS
99. Speech blocker : GAGLAW
101. One going into a drive : CDROM
103. Hall's partner : OATES
104. Santa ___ : ANA
105. Bugged : GOTTO
106. They take vids : CAMS
107. ___ plaisir : AVEC
108. "Oh, pooh!" : TISH
109. Butcher's trimmings : FAT
110. Soulful Redding : OTIS
111. Slime : OOZE
112. Venezuela's Chávez : HUGO
113. Colonial land: Abbr. : TERR
115. Rose's beau : ABIE
116. ___ Bay (Manhattan area) : KIPS
117. Sp. titles : SRAS
120. But: Lat. : SED
121. Some evidence : DNA

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