BUMPER CARS

New York Times, Sunday, September 8, 2013

Author: Pete Muller and Sue Keefer
Editor: Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21, Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {J} Spans: 5 Scrabble average: 1.72 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Muller. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Keefer. NYT links: Across Lite PDF

Constructor notes: Pete: Sue Keefer is my sister and a longtime NY Times solver. This is her first published puzzle. The first version of it included BLAZER LEGEND ESCORT [Companion for Clyde Drexler?] and GREMLIN WRANGLER FIESTA ... more
Will Shortz notes: Judging by the test-solvers' comments, the clue for 99-Down, "Pussy ___ (Russian girl group)," will raise some eyebrows. But the group's name has been much in the news for several years, including in several New York Times headlines, so I think it's fair game.
Jeff Chen notes: Fantastic to see a brother and sister team up! I'm trying to get my nephew (age nine) to co-construct with me, but he stubbornly and heinously insists that LEGOs are more fun than crosswords. I will break him ... more
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© 2013, The New York Times
Across Down
1. Fix : SPAY
5. Some powder : TALC
9. Hurdles for future E.N.T.'s and G.P.'s : MCATS
14. Antiqued photograph color : SEPIA
19. "Idomeneo" heroine : ILIA
20. River into which the Great Miami flows : OHIO
21. Japanese copier company : RICOH
22. Some title holders : EARLS
23. Search for a cradle-robbing woman in New York City? : PARKAVENUECOUGARQUEST
27. Candy bar featured in a "Seinfeld" episode : TWIX
28. Bittern's habitat : MARSH
29. Country composed of 200+ islands : PALAU
30. Start of many Brazilian place names : SAO
31. Salts : SEAMEN
33. "___ any wonder?" : ISIT
35. Sticky handle? : ELMERS
37. High-handed ambassador stationed off the Italian coast? : CAVALIERCAPRIDIPLOMAT
43. Cast : HUE
44. TV show broadcast from Times Square, for short : GMA
45. French/Belgian river : YSER
46. Turbaned type : SWAMI
47. Musician with the gold-selling album "Sugar Lips" : ALHIRT
50. Billet-doux recipient : AMOUR
54. Four-time Best New Age Album Grammy winner : ENYA
55. Peace treaty between a predator and its prey? : BOBCATRABBITACCORD
61. Frequently faked luxury brand : ROLEX
62. Palindromic constellation : ARA
63. Relation? : TALE
64. Contents of some six-packs : ABS
67. Tom Brady, in the 2002 Super Bowl? : INTREPIDRAMCHALLENGER
74. More, in Madrid : MAS
75. ___ cube (popular 1960s puzzle) : SOMA
76. ___ Canals : SOO
77. Charred : BURNT
78. Musical piece for a "Star Wars" battle scene? : STORMTROOPERSONATA
84. Here, in Honduras : AQUI
87. As a result : HENCE
88. Mistakes made by some bad drivers : SHANKS
89. Writer H. H. ___ : MUNRO
91. ___-Honey : BITO
94. Magazine user? : UZI
95. Smuggler-chasing org. : ATF
98. Advocate for pro-am tournaments? : CELEBRITYGOLFDEFENDER
105. Kind of kick : ONSIDE
106. Pixar title character : NEMO
107. Like some excuses : FLIMSY
108. Pseudonym preceder : AKA
110. Change : COINS
112. Short-winded : TERSE
115. Turning point : AXIS
116. Diminutive Aborigine? : MIDGETOUTBACKEXPLORER
121. Engage in excessive self-reflection? : PREEN
122. Marathoner's woe : CRAMP
123. Sections of a natural history museum, maybe : ERAS
124. Super Soaker brand : NERF
125. Not approach directly : SIDLE
126. Himalayans of legend : YETIS
127. Prefix with god : DEMI
128. Home of Wind Cave Natl. Park : SDAK
1. Nurse : SIP
2. Stop getting better : PLATEAU
3. Broadcast medium : AIRWAVE
4. City near Mount Rainier : YAKIMA
5. "Mazel ___!" : TOV
6. [Pardon] : AHEM
7. Director Wertmüller : LINA
8. "CBS Evening News" anchor before Pelley : COURIC
9. 1969 Peter O'Toole title role : MRCHIPS
10. Union letters : CIO
11. Small 58-Down size : ACUP
12. Ready for a frat party, say : TOGAED
13. "Would you like me to?" : SHALLI
14. "The Dark Knight" and "The Bourne Supremacy," e.g. : SEQUELS
15. Mer contents : EAU
16. Newspaper worker : PRESSMAN
17. "Casablanca" heroine : ILSA
18. Concerning : ASTO
24. Skater's jump : AXEL
25. Time piece : ESSAY
26. X Games fixture : RAMP
31. Acad., e.g. : SCH
32. Brief remark upon retiring : NIGHT
34. Milk-Bone, e.g. : TREAT
36. Stroked, in a way : ROWED
38. Arabic for "commander" : EMIR
39. ___ avis : RARA
40. "___ la Douce" : IRMA
41. Singer Winehouse : AMY
42. Actress Carrere : TIA
47. Lenovo competitor : ACER
48. Having the fewest rules : LAXEST
49. It'll grab you by the seat of your pants : TBAR
51. Twice tetra- : OCTA
52. Berkeley campus, for short : UCAL
53. Sushi bar offering : ROLL
55. Lip : BRIM
56. Actress Chaplin of "Game of Thrones" : OONA
57. Nonkosher lunch orders, for short : BLTS
58. See 11-Down : BRA
59. Playground retort : IAMSO
60. Shoe brand named after an animal : REEBOK
64. Taj Mahal city : AGRA
65. Inclination : BENT
66. Mex. miss : SRTA
68. ___ Bear : POOH
69. Hungarian man's name that's an anagram of 38-Down : IMRE
70. "Nuts!" : DAMN
71. Speak pigeon? : COO
72. Short trips : HOPS
73. Ones with good habits? : NUNS
78. Seductive singer : SIREN
79. Frozen dessert brand owned by Mrs. Fields : TCBY
80. Rule : REIGN
81. Book of Judges judge : EHUD
82. Bring down the house? : RAZE
83. Disdainful response : SNIFF
84. "Mad Men" channel : AMC
85. Neighbor of Vt. : QUE
86. Dumped (on) : UNLOADED
90. Very blue : OBSCENE
92. Accessories for hoofers : TOETAPS
93. Ancient Mexican : OLMEC
95. Like role models : ADMIRED
96. Small mosaic tile : TESSERA
97. Small ___ : FRY
99. Pussy ___ (Russian girl group) : RIOT
100. Opposite of brilliance : IDIOCY
101. Job security, for some : TENURE
102. Split : FORKED
103. Carrier to Ben Gurion : ELAL
104. Onetime White House family : NIXONS
108. Some concert gear : AMPS
109. Diva ___ Te Kanawa : KIRI
111. H.R.'s, e.g. : STAT
113. Withered : SERE
114. Checkup, e.g. : EXAM
117. Shampoo, maybe : GEL
118. Ascap rival : BMI
119. Inflation indicator: Abbr. : PSI
120. D.C.'s ___ Stadium : RFK

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