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LAY OF THE LAND

New York Times, Sunday, December 17, 2006

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 94 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

Note that the abbreviated states along with Canada and Mexico are all correctly geographically distributed.

1
N
2
I
3
P
4
B
5
O
6
S
7
O
8
M
9
S
10
K
11
I
12
C
13
A
14
P
15
P
16
T
17
L
18
E
M
I
19
A
T
O
N
O
20
F
21
C
A
N
A
D
A
22
O
W
E
23
O
P
E
24
N
S
E
S
A
M
E
25
H
O
A
R
D
S
26
L
I
T
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N
A
P
E
S
28
T
E
ND
29
O
W
N
30
I
T
31
S
O
N
ME
32
G
C
L
E
F
33
G
E
N
E
R
A
34
P
35
R
E
36
O
A
S
T
37
A
T
A
38
ID
39
O
L
A
T
R
Y
40
Q
U
A
41
S
NY
D
E
R
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S
OR
T
43
D
R
A
M
A
S
44
P
U
M
I
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C
E
46
S
T
Y
47
S
E
48
A
L
I
N
49
T
R
E
A
S
O
N
50
S
51
B
E
E
C
52
H
53
L
A
O
S
54
IN
S
T
E
55
R
56
E
57
O
58
CA
59
R
60
N
E
61
L
E
O
62
T
O
L
S
T
63
O
Y
64
T
R
U
E
R
65
B
E
L
L
66
A
S
67
W
E
A
KS
P
O
T
68
L
O
VA
B
L
E
69
O
N
E
A
M
70
A
L
L
T
H
E
R
A
71
G
E
72
N
E
S
S
73
T
E
R
R
AZ
74
Z
O
75
S
H
O
R
76
Y
A
C
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H
T
78
D
O
O
R
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S
T
E
P
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G
H
O
S
81
T
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S
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G
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A
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Y
86
N
O
T
F
A
R
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P
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A
89
S
S
E
R
90
H
A
91
D
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O
M
I
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T
S
94
A
P
R
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D
I
LA
T
O
R
S
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R
O
Y
97
T
R
E
E
98
F
E
D
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F
I
N
N
A
N
100
E
101
L
O
P
E
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S
A
L
T
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I
I
104
D
U
V
A
L
L
105
FL
E
W
A
T
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O
D
D
107
B
L
108
E
109
W
I
T
110
T
A
K
111
E
112
S
I
S
S
U
E
113
F
I
T
114
M
E
X
I
C
O
115
A
D
E
L
I
E
116
I
L
S
117
T
O
O
118
S
T
O
L
E
N
119
D
R
I
P
S
120
N
O
T
© 2006, The New York TimesNo. 1217 ( 20,858 )
Across
1
Sharp cheese quality : NIP
4
Center of emotions : BOSOM
9
Mountain top? : SKICAP
15
___ Club of old TV : PTL
18
Big record co. : EMI
19
Many, many : ATONOF
21
This puzzle's northern border? : CANADA
22
Be in a hole : OWE
23
Access code? : OPENSESAME
25
Stockpiles : HOARDS
26
Fired up : LIT
27
Scruffs : NAPES
28
Its clue reads "Unstable subatomic particle" : TENDOWN
30
Treater's words : ITSONME
32
Key-signature preceder : GCLEF
33
Family subdivisions : GENERA
34
Opposite of post- : PRE
36
Drying chamber : OAST
37
With 33-Down, quickly : ATA
38
More than devotion : IDOLATRY
40
Sine ___ non : QUA
41
Gary ___, Pultizer-winning Beat poet : SNYDER
42
Kind : SORT
43
Plays : DRAMAS
44
Abrasive stuff : PUMICE
46
Spot for slop : STY
47
Prevent from escaping : SEALIN
49
Breaches of faith : TREASONS
51
With 97-Across, bearer of edible triangular nuts : BEECH
53
Land with monsoons : LAOS
54
Not monaurally : INSTEREO
58
Meat, in Madrid : CARNE
61
Count with many titles : LEOTOLSTOY
64
More faithful : TRUER
65
Congresswoman Abzug and others : BELLAS
67
Vulnerable point : WEAKSPOT
68
"Awww"-inspiring : LOVABLE
69
It may be indicated by a stroke : ONEAM
70
Hot : ALLTHERAGE
72
An Untouchable : NESS
73
Mosaic flooring : TERRAZZO
75
Restaurateur Toots : SHOR
76
Newport Beach sight : YACHT
78
Where a bell ringer may stand : DOORSTEP
80
Ibsen play : GHOSTS
83
Like some carol apparel : GAY
86
Within reach : NOTFAR
87
Receiver's counterpart : PASSER
90
Gave birth to : HAD
92
Drops : OMITS
94
Fourth of 12: Abbr. : APR
95
Eye openers? : DILATORS
96
Clark of country music : ROY
97
See 51-Across : TREE
98
Provided, as a line : FED
99
___ haddie (smoked fish) : FINNAN
100
Run for dear life? : ELOPE
102
Cold war draft : SALTII
104
Williams's "Popeye" co-star : DUVALL
105
Attacked in a rage : FLEWAT
106
Unpaired : ODD
107
Missed a golden opportunity : BLEWIT
110
Disagrees : TAKESISSUE
113
In shape : FIT
114
This puzzle's southern border? : MEXICO
115
Antarctica's ___ Coast : ADELIE
116
French pronoun : ILS
117
"___ bad!" : TOO
118
Hot : STOLEN
119
Water falls? : DRIPS
120
"___ a chance" : NOT
Down
1
It may glow in the dark : NEONGAS
2
Crater creators, e.g. : IMPACTORS
3
Makeshift Frisbee : PIEPLATE
4
One taking a big bow : BASSFIDDLE
5
Suffix with Capri : OTE
6
Message in a bottle, maybe : SOS
7
Already chosen for play, say : ONATEAM
8
Mass x velocity measurements : MOMENTA
9
Sound in the middle of Italy : SCHWA
10
Unstable subatomic particle : KAON
11
Minute opening? : INA
12
Beetle, e.g. : CAR
13
Hall-of-Fame pitcher Joss : ADDIE
14
Onetime : PAST
15
Spots for some shirts : POLOADS
16
Matching pair : TWINSET
17
"Here, maybe I can do it" : LETMETRY
20
They're often dinged : FENDERS
24
Once called : NEE
29
Suffix with direct : ORY
31
RCA competitor : SONY
33
See 37-Across : GLANCE
34
Big name in sneakers : PUMA
35
Like baba : RAISINY
39
Bay windows : ORIELS
40
Ancient Roman financial officer: Var. : QUESTOR
41
Targeted, as with a mailing : SENTTO
44
Boom : PROSPER
45
Firms: Abbr. : COS
48
"Sic et Non" author : ABELARD
49
Discuss business at a social occasion : TALKSHOP
50
Mansion staff : SERVANTS
52
Bay : HOWL
53
Hater : LOATHER
55
Rustic : RUBE
56
Often-smoked fish : EELS
57
Metallurgists' supplies : ORES
58
Explorer at Labrador in 1497 : CABOT
59
French conductor Leibowitz : RENE
60
Red or Card : NLER
62
Satellite of 1962 : TELSTAR
63
Approval on "The Little Rascals" : OTAY
66
Strong women : AMAZONS
68
Licentious man : LECHER
70
Blood carriers : AORTAE
71
Has trouble swallowing : GAGSON
74
Place of chaos : ZOO
77
Cow annoyers : HORSEFLIES
79
Org. in TV's "Nash Bridges" : SFPD
81
Adds as a bonus : THROWSIN
82
State capital on the Tietê River : SAOPAULO
83
Started to melt : GOTSOFT
84
Home of many talk shows : AMRADIO
85
Opposite of dominate : YIELDTO
87
Supplier of candy and toys for kids : PINATA
88
"Shane" actor : ALANLADD
89
Lion, at times : STALKER
91
It's used to check septic systems : DYETEST
93
Asian observance : TET
95
Shareholder's income: Abbr. : DIV
98
Steakhouse selection : FILET
99
Cot alternative : FUTON
101
Guitar great ___ Paul : LES
103
They were once cloned : IBMS
104
Chop up : DICE
108
Prefix with skeleton : EXO
109
Actor Wheaton : WIL
111
Yalie : ELI
112
Take in slowly : SIP

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 12 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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