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GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES

New York Times, Sunday, December 28, 2008

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry
Solar System

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 117 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

Shaded squares outline planetary orbits in the print version of this grid. Each of the eight rings hides a planet name in order of mean distance from the Sun. See Wordplay for details about a couple of hidden Easter eggs.

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R
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O
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N
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S
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A
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W
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O
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B
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I
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D
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O
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W
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L
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T
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P
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P
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P
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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 1228 ( 21,600 )
Across
1
Harry's pal at Hogwarts : RON
4
Hit 2004 film with many sequels : SAW
7
What this puzzle's eight concentric rings (uncircled and circled) represent : ORBITS
13
Wooden peg : DOWEL
18
Pressed for time : INARUSH
20
1968 N.B.A. All-Star Dick : BARNETT
22
___ Adler of Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia" : IRENE
23
Georgia's Fort ___, site of an 1862 surrender : PULASKI
24
Malevolent look : EVILEYE
25
Rubber gasket : ORING
26
Gratis : ASAGIFT
27
Lincoln Town Car, for one : SEDAN
28
Patriots' Day mo. : APR
30
Big ox : LUG
31
Prefix with political : GEO
32
___ dance : BELLY
33
Six-Day War combatants : ISRAELIS
35
Entrance : GATE
38
Actress ___ Dawn Chong : RAE
40
"Nascar Now" channel : ESPN
42
Medevac worker : EMT
43
Way to go : ROAD
44
Dog biscuits and such : TREATS
47
Formulator of the Three Principles of the People : SUNYATSEN
52
Gopher-wood construction : ARK
53
Submarine egress : HATCH
54
Ruination : BANE
55
Infra's opposite : SUPRA
56
King famous for frightening people : STEPHEN
59
Like some campaign ads : NEGATIVE
62
Pomeranian's bark : YIP
63
Sic ___ (bibliographical term) : PASSIM
64
Elementary particle : MESON
65
Actress/model Connie : SELLECCA
68
On land : ASHORE
70
Appropriate center for this puzzle : SUN
71
Frozen food company : OREIDA
72
Exterior decorator? : TATTOOER
74
Beautify : ADORN
76
Let one's anger show : VENTED
79
E-mail address ender : EDU
80
Treasure sought in "Titanic" : NECKLACE
82
Heavy metal band? : MANACLE
83
Stuck in the mud : MIRED
86
Storm : FURY
87
No longer working : KAPUT
89
Cuff feature : HEM
90
Satisfies, as baser instincts : PANDERSTO
92
Husband, in Hidalgo : ESPOSO
93
"___ 911!" (comedy series) : RENO
94
Fed. purchasing org. : GSA
95
Long-range weapon, briefly : ICBM
97
According to : PER
98
The Auld Sod : ERIN
99
Childhood skin affliction : IMPETIGO
103
Goes around : ROAMS
106
Where a pin may be made : MAT
108
Greenwich Village campus, for short : NYU
109
Poorly : ILL
110
Volkswagen model : JETTA
111
BBC panel show regular Phill : JUPITUS
115
Brand of basketball : ELTON
117
Something it's not always wise to share : OPINION
119
Generally : ASARULE
120
Grace ___ ("Jane Eyre" character) : POOLE
121
1960 Bobby Rydell hit : WILDONE
122
Electricians : WIREMEN
123
Ready to play, you might say : TUNED
124
One of these can be found reading counterclockwise somewhere in each concentric ring : PLANET
125
Behave : ACT
126
Go down : SET
Down
1
Philbin's "Live" co-host : RIPA
2
Responsibility : ONUS
3
Simba's mate in "The Lion King" : NALA
4
The Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little ___" : SUSIE
5
Make impossible demands : ASKFORTHEMOON
6
Little bit : WHIT
7
Scale-busting : OBESE
8
"Gaspard de la Nuit" composer : RAVEL
9
Tack room items : BRIDLES
10
Veneer patterns : INLAYS
11
First-time driver, often : TEEN
12
Porker's pen : STY
13
Museum displays : DIORAMAS
14
Yossarian's tentmate in "Catch-22" : ORR
15
"Mack the Knife" songwriter : WEILL
16
Lassitude : ENNUI
17
Pantyhose brand : LEGGS
19
Worn out : RAGGED
21
Bigelow beverages : TEAS
29
Rodent, to a raptor : PREY
32
Red food dye source : BEET
33
All together : INUNISON
34
Roman rebuke : ETTU
35
Comprehend : GRASP
36
Trunk in your trunk : AORTA
37
Plays : TAKESATURN
39
Ireland's ___ Islands : ARAN
41
Exam for H.S. jrs. : PSAT
45
Retin-A treats it : ACNE
46
Region near Mount Olympus : THESSALY
48
"In a pig's eye!" : NEVER
49
Controversial 1987 exposé by ex-MI5 agent Peter Wright : SPYCATCHER
50
Cartman's first name on "South Park" : ERIC
51
Bay Area county : NAPA
54
Oatcakes popular in Scotland : BANNOCKS
57
Discreet attention-getter : PSST
58
Exclamation in "The Farmer in the Dell" : HIHO
60
Semisoft cheese from Holland : GOUDA
61
Tunes that might make you want to get out on the floor? : ELEVATORMUSIC
64
Romeo's reckless friend : MERCUTIO
66
Legal claim on property : LIEN
67
Writer Ferber : EDNA
69
Hull scrapers : REEFS
72
Desk-borrowing worker : TEMP
73
Top 10 hit for Sarah McLachlan : ADIA
75
Harvest : REAP
77
Nicholas Gage memoir : ELENI
78
Possessor? : DEMON
81
Ray a k a the Hamburger King : KROC
82
Poet's inspiration : MUSE
84
Sharpness : EDGE
85
Preordained : DESTINED
88
Bursts open : POPS
91
Pedestrian safety feature : RAIL
92
What Mr. Spock suppressed : EMOTION
93
Leave one's post, possibly : RETIRE
96
Lee with the 1960 #1 hit "I'm Sorry" : BRENDA
99
Bungling : INEPT
100
"Skip to ___" : MYLOU
101
Hoax : PUTON
102
___ stick (trick-or-treater's accessory) : GLOW
104
Make up (for) : ATONE
105
Painter of a Zola portrait : MANET
107
In different places : APART
110
Jack's partner in rhyme : JILL
111
Cloak-wearing "Star Wars" race : JAWA
112
Rolaids rival : TUMS
113
Big-screen beekeeper : ULEE
114
Propelled : SENT
116
___ Miss : OLE
118
Domino dot : PIP

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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