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This puzzle appeared on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in syndication. The original New York Times publication date is shown below.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I SURRENDER!
by Joe DiPietro
Sun 2/24/2013I SURRENDER!
FIFERALCOTTUNTRUE
INURESMALARIALOWEST
RTERYTSAHATAEBUTIPAC
EELEATSMELDFLEX
ARSSNITAYEBIASPIP
TSPSCLEMEXTENTHOSE
IHEHTROFDAEHELAPSE
IGLOOPBAMEADOLLUP
PYLONSLIBSNEBULAE
OMSKEPAULETCATERS
RENSENOESOL
SHEAVESTONERSSLAP
PALTERSATTNALPINE
DHTIWSORTLOIARNAZ
RERATEUORGEMOSEVIG
ARESVINNIEBREAGEMS
WEDBINDFTDBIRDRAH
MANSALARONTOONO
CNUYRCLFETIHWEHTEVAW
LUSTREARRIVALYEMENI
ETCHESGOSPELDURAN
© 2013, The New York Times
JimH notes: "Back down" answers are read backwards to the beginning and then down from there.
1.Drummer's accompanier : FIFER
6.Best-selling author who served as a nurse in the Civil War : ALCOTT
12.Made up : UNTRUE
18.Hardens : INURES
20.Fever cause : MALARIA
21.Most bass : LOWEST
22.Back down : BEATAHASTYRETREAT
24.Back down : CAPITULATE
25.Sinuous swimmer : EEL
26.Grub : EATS
27.Card game declaration : MELD
28.Show off one's "guns" : FLEX
29.Some seen in mirrors? : ARS
30.Foul mood : SNIT
31.Floor vote : AYE
32.Leaning : BIAS
33.Humdinger : PIP
36.Bakers' measures: Abbr. : TSPS
38.Mrs. Miniver's husband in "Mrs. Miniver" : CLEM
40.Scope : EXTENT
42.Sprinkler conduit : HOSE
43.Back down : HEADFORTHEHILLS
46.Run out : ELAPSE
48.Quarters used in Greenland : IGLOO
50.Kegler's org. : PBA
51.Honeyed drink : MEAD
53.Back down : PULLOUT
54.Detour signalers : PYLONS
56.The left, informally : LIBS
58.Parts of galaxies : NEBULAE
60.Siberian city : OMSK
61.Jacket decoration : EPAULET
64.Handles receptions, say : CATERS
65.Back down : LOSEONESNERVE
68.Gather in bundles : SHEAVE
72.Joint committee? : STONERS
73.[How dare you?!] : SLAP
77.Talks without sincerity : PALTERS
79.Envelope abbr. : ATTN
80.Like some firs : ALPINE
82.Back down : WITHDRAW
83.Variety : SORT
86.Pascal's law : LOI
87.Ball partner : ARNAZ
88.Downgrade, perhaps : RERATE
90.Back down : GIVESOMEGROUND
94.Father of Phobos : ARES
95."Welcome Back, Kotter" guy : VINNIE
97.La ___ Tar Pits : BREA
98.Treasures : GEMS
101.Made one : WED
102.Tough situation : BIND
103.Company making arrangements, for short : FTD
105.PBS has a big one : BIRD
107.When repeated, eager : RAH
108.Staffs : MANS
109.Winged : ALAR
110."I'm ___ you!" : ONTO
111.Big name in '60s peace activism : ONO
112.Back down : CRYUNCLE
115.Back down : WAVETHEWHITEFLAG
118.Sheen, in Sheffield : LUSTRE
119.Advent : ARRIVAL
120.Like some oil refineries : YEMENI
121.Clearly marks : ETCHES
122.Mark, e.g. : GOSPEL
123.Boxer nicknamed "Hands of Stone" : DURAN
1.Try to shoot : FIREAT
2.Lays to rest : INTERS
3.Slick ones? : FUELSPILLS
4.Go wrong : ERR
5.Four-time baseball All-Star Jose : REYES
6.Itch scratcher's utterance : AAH
7."Is Your Mama a ___?" (children's book) : LLAMA
8.Capable of seeing in the dark : CATEYED
9.Certain grilling : ORALEXAM
10.One to one, for example : TIED
11.It's left on a keyboard : TAB
12.Loudly lament : ULULATE
13.Dos but not don'ts : NOTES
14.Mars candy : TWIX
15.Good name, informally : REP
16.Miss ___ : USA
17.Common abbr. after a comma : ETC
19.Cut off : STANCH
20.What's the big idea? : MASTERPLAN
23.Circus support : STILT
28.Vertical stabilizer : FIN
32."The Hostage" playwright, 1958 : BEHAN
33.Blooming tree : POPLAR
34.Publishes : ISSUES
35.Slightest complaint : PEEP
37.Lost, as a tail : SHOOK
39.___ strip : MOBIUS
41.Rounds begin on the first one : TEE
42.Berry of "Perfect Stranger" : HALLE
44.Ages : EON
45.Apologues : FABLES
47.Yahoo : LOUT
48.Yahoo! had one in 1996: Abbr. : IPO
49.Kind of rat : GYM
52.Inside look? : DECOR
55.Dish out : SERVE
57.Actress Berger : SENTA
59.Model material, often : BALSA
62.Pressure group? : PEERS
63.Play a flute : TOOTLE
66.Lay to rest : ENTOMB
67.Postseason football game played in Mobile, Ala. : SENIORBOWL
68.World : SPHERE
69.Extreme aversion : HATRED
70.Author Canetti : ELIAS
71.Silver's is 107.87: Abbr. : ATWT
73.Garnish, possibly : SPRIG
74.Keep at awhile : LINGEROVER
75.Got ___ on (nailed) : ANA
76.Candy since 1927 : PEZ
78.Healthy : SOUND
81.Where you gotta go? : LAV
82.Take a card : DRAW
84.Actor Silver : RON
85.Frivolous types : TRIFLERS
89.Demonstrates : EVINCES
91.Be rewarded for good service : GETATIP
92.Quai d'Orsay setting : SEINE
93.Coarse : EARTHY
96.Entrances : INS
99.Procrastinator's response : MANANA
100.Welcome through the door : SHOWIN
102.Ballet dancer's support : BARRE
104.A disk can be slipped in one : DRIVE
106.Was a little too fond : DOTED
108.Paul Bunyan, e.g. : MYTH
109.Do with a pick, maybe : AFRO
112.French key : CLE
113.Crackpot : NUT
114.N.C.A.A.'s Gamecocks : USC
115.Not keep up : LAG
116.Prince of Broadway : HAL
117.Native of Australia : EMU

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