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New York Times, Sunday, September 22, 2013

Author: Mike Selinker
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 142, Blocks: 82 Missing: {JZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Selinker. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

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Mike Selinker notes: I can't say anything. It's a contest. So I'm keeping my mouth shut. OK, so let me tell you about me. There are a lot of crossword fans out there who haven't seen my name in the Times much, so they may not ... more
Jeff Chen notes: JEFF: Hello from down the road (Mike and I both live in Seattle)! Brilliant meta with a great theme reveal, F-E-E-L T-H-E L-O-V-E formed in Braille rectangles, using O's as the Braille dots. How did you come up ... more
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Across Down
1. Crew's colleagues : CAST
5. Dojo needs : MATS
9. Classic sci-fi film billed as "a horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants" : THEM
13. "La-La" lead-in in a 1974 Al Green hit : SHA
16. Iberian wine city : OPORTO
18. "Vincent & ___" (film about the van Gogh brothers) : THEO
19. Rings of angels : HALOS
21. What X-O-X lacks? : TAC
22. "Macbeth" king : DUNCAN
23. Words on a fragile package : HANDLEWITHCARE
26. Irascible : ORNERY
27. "Mona Lisa," e.g. : OIL
28. Thumbs-up : AOK
29. Harridan : OLDBAT
30. Orchestra section : REEDS
31. Mouthpiece for the head? : PRESSSECRETARY
34. Jiffy : SEC
35. Not post- : PRE
37. Old piece : GAT
38. Little dog, for short : POM
39. ___ Aviv : TEL
40. Strawberry blond sister of Barbie : STACIE
43. Hindu "Mr." : SRI
44. "Swans Reflecting Elephants" and others : DALIS
46. 1960s-'70s series starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr. : THEFBI
49. Oscar winner Hathaway : ANNE
51. Material beyond the terrestrial plane, in medieval science : AETHER
55. Hello or goodbye, maybe : WAVE
57. PC key : ESC
59. First word in 104-Across : GAME
61. Cum ___ : LAUDE
62. ___ engr. : CIV
63. Like hit shows, often : SOLDOUT
67. Pitchfork-wielding groups : MOBS
69. Boo-boo : SLIP
70. How to get a message out of the boxes : READTHISGRIDINBRAILLE
74. Van Morrison song "___ the Mystic" : INTO
75. Numerical prefix : OCTO
76. "Only the Lonely" singer : ORBISON
77. Part of a wriggly field? : EEL
78. Foreordained : MEANT
80. Understands : KENS
82. Maker of the Sorento : KIA
83. Gallivants, with "about" : GADS
85. Boo-boos : ERRORS
87. Pale : ASHY
89. Like citrus fruits : ACIDIC
92. Like video games, nowadays : RATED
94. ___ Lingus : AER
96. Round Table assignments : QUESTS
99. Old PC monitor feature : CRT
102. Ernie's instrument on "Sesame Street," informally : SAX
103. Italy's main broadcasting co. : RAI
104. TV channel with lots of bells and whistles : GSN
105. Take up, as a skirt : HEM
107. Rotary alternative : TOUCHTONEPHONE
112. Covent Garden performance : OPERA
114. Newspaper columnist, humorously : SCRIBE
115. Grampa Simpson : ABE
116. Snockered : LIT
117. Anders Celsius and Greta Garbo, for two : SWEDES
118. DDT and others : CONTACTPOISONS
121. "Is Anybody Goin' to San ___" (#1 Charley Pride song) : ANTONE
122. Bullet, in poker : ACE
123. Cartoonist Wilson : GAHAN
124. Help illicitly : ABET
125. Alley flanker : GUTTER
126. Hide/hair link : NOR
127. Looking up : ROSY
128. Chant at a bullfight : TORO
129. Satirical 1974 espionage film : SPYS
1. With 97-Down, classic puzzle type : CONNECT
2. Like eyebrows : ARCED
3. Ones getting the red-carpet treatment, say : STARS
4. "The Spiderwick Chronicles" co-author DiTerlizzi : TONY
5. Antarctic summit between peaks named for faith and charity : MTHOPE
6. Words after "win by" or "hang by" : AHAIR
7. What lobsters and crabs have : TENLEGS
8. Nursery purchase : SOD
9. Baltimore club, for short : THEOS
10. Ethan of "Before Sunrise" : HAWKE
11. Giant Manning : ELI
12. Company that pioneered walkie-talkies : MOTOROLA
13. "___ Mater" (hymn) : STABAT
14. African capital : HARARE
15. Organic chemistry group : ACETYL
16. Lilac and lavender : ODORS
17. Turns into mush : PUREES
20. Oaf : SHLEMIEL
24. Not ephemeral : LASTING
25. All ChiSox home games are played on it : CDT
32. ___ Lee : SARA
33. Pro with books, for short : CPA
35. Slapstick prop : PIE
36. Play watcher : REF
41. Motocross entry, for short : ATV
42. Pirate's cargo : CHEST
44. Frenzied as if possessed : DEMONIAC
45. East German secret police : STASI
47. Where a mattress goes : BEDSTEAD
48. Shapes like squares : ISOGONS
50. Country that has two oryxes on its coat of arms : NAMIBIA
52. Like much processed wheat : HULLED
53. Roman magistrates : EDILES
54. Push off : REPEL
55. Food item named after an Austrian city : WIENER
56. Film set on Pandora : AVATAR
58. Snarly dog : CUR
60. Recedes : EBBS
62. Blackmail, e.g. : CRIME
64. "Well, now!" : OHO
65. Beat : LICK
66. Uncle Pedro, e.g. : TIO
68. Sign of a successful show : SRO
71. One with a name on a plaque, maybe : DONOR
72. Nickname for baseball's Dwight Gooden : DRK
73. Rolling Stones #1 hit with the lyric "You're beautiful, but ain't it time we said goodbye?" : ANGIE
79. Hefty thing : TRASHBAG
81. Wrinkly dog : SHARPEI
84. Ones providing cold comfort, briefly : ACS
86. Big wheel's wheels : STATECAR
88. "You betcha" : YEAH
90. Dim bulbs have low ones : IQS
91. Horse hue : DUN
93. Prefix with skeleton : EXO
95. 1970 John Wayne western : RIOLOBO
97. See 1-Down : THEDOTS
98. Placid : SERENE
99. Self-image? : CTSCAN
100. Like the Palace of Versailles : ROCOCO
101. English landscapist famous for "The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons" : TURNER
104. Irritates : GETSTO
106. Electromagnetic device : MASER
108. Op. ___ (footnote phrase) : CIT
109. Some West Coast wines : NAPAS
110. Magazine to which Obama gave his first postelection interview in 2008 : EBONY
111. N.F.C. West player : NINER
112. Admit : OWNUP
113. Trifling : PETTY
117. Wilts : SAGS
119. "___ my destiny be Fustian" (Dickinson poem) : THO
120. Was idle : SAT

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