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FORWARD THINKING

New York Times, Sunday, March 2, 2008

Author:
Patrick Blindauer and Tony Orbach
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.59262
Patrick Blindauer
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1.67021
Tony Orbach

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Blindauer. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Orbach. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

I have added highlights to show the theme answers. The Forward Thinking letter substitutions go through the alphabet in order. In 1 Across, A becomes B. In 29 Across, C becomes D, through to 126 Across where Y becomes Z.

1
K
2
O
3
O
4
L
5
B
6
I
7
D
8
R
9
E
10
G
11
S
12
C
13
E
14
C
15
I
16
L
17
I
18
A
19
O
N
L
E
A
V
E
20
A
R
O
O
21
M
22
U
N
I
T
I
N
G
23
I
C
E
T
R
A
Y
24
I
N
T
R
A
25
P
R
U
S
S
I
A
26
E
S
S
E
N
27
E
L
E
C
T
S
28
S
I
D
E
A
29
D
A
30
D
D
Y
S
H
A
C
31
K
32
C
A
L
M
33
S
34
I
35
O
36
C
37
M
I
A
T
A
38
G
39
O
O
D
F
A
T
40
S
41
S
T
A
42
R
43
H
44
A
Z
E
R
45
W
46
E
B
B
47
R
I
A
48
O
H
D
E
A
R
49
D
50
E
51
N
I
M
52
J
53
V
54
D
55
R
I
P
S
56
L
E
G
P
A
R
57
T
58
Y
59
S
E
G
E
60
R
61
E
S
T
E
E
S
62
D
R
E
S
S
63
H
A
64
S
T
E
65
R
E
66
S
E
T
S
67
E
S
S
68
N
I
X
E
D
D
69
R
I
N
K
S
70
A
71
D
72
O
73
S
74
E
E
S
I
N
75
S
O
L
T
I
76
A
77
S
L
A
N
78
S
79
N
80
A
T
C
H
81
S
A
82
U
T
E
83
S
P
84
Y
B
E
A
N
S
85
P
O
P
R
U
I
86
Z
87
T
H
O
S
88
E
89
O
M
E
N
I
I
90
A
L
P
91
E
92
Y
E
S
93
S
94
W
95
I
S
S
M
I
S
T
96
M
I
L
97
K
98
D
99
V
D
S
100
O
101
P
T
I
C
102
S
H
E
103
E
E
N
I
E
104
L
105
O
106
X
P
R
O
F
I
107
L
108
E
109
G
O
N
N
110
A
111
S
H
R
I
N
E
112
A
S
113
W
114
A
115
N
116
G
117
O
A
T
E
E
S
118
S
O
A
M
I
119
P
U
T
I
T
O
120
N
121
N
U
T
T
R
E
E
122
O
S
H
E
A
123
I
R
O
N
A
G
E
124
P
R
E
S
O
R
T
125
A
S
S
N
126
C
O
P
Y
B
O
Z
© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 0302 ( 21,299 )
Across
1
Offer for an R. J. Reynolds brand? : KOOLBID
8
Rules, for short : REGS
12
1970 Simon & Garfunkel hit : CECILIA
19
Away from a teaching post : ONLEAVE
20
Forster's "___ With a View" : AROOM
22
Joining : UNITING
23
Cube holder : ICETRAY
24
IUD part : INTRA
25
Realm of Otto von Bismarck : PRUSSIA
26
1802 acquisition of 25-Across : ESSEN
27
Settles on, in a way : ELECTS
28
Top of a platter : SIDEA
29
Papa pad? : DADDYSHACK
32
Composes : CALMS
34
Org. that oversees quadrennial games : IOC
37
Sporty Mazda : MIATA
38
Canola and sunflower oil? : GOODFATS
41
Best fraternity pledge tormentor? : STARHAZER
45
Jack who said "Just the facts, ma'am" : WEBB
47
Rugged coastline feature : RIA
48
"My!" : OHDEAR
49
Casual attire : DENIM
52
Not the most exciting school athletes? : JVDRIPS
56
Social gathering with the Rockettes? : LEGPARTY
59
"Like a Rock" singer Bob : SEGER
61
Cosmetician Lauder and others : ESTEES
62
Get decked out : DRESS
63
Waste maker : HASTE
65
Puts up again, as bowling pins : RESETS
67
Squiggly letter : ESS
68
Got sober? : NIXEDDRINKS
70
Flutter : ADO
73
Shows past the doorstep : SEESIN
75
Student of Bartók : SOLTI
76
The lion in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" : ASLAN
78
Clap hands on : SNATCH
81
Pan-fry : SAUTE
83
C.I.A. noggins? : SPYBEANS
85
Hit boxer John with a haymaker? : POPRUIZ
87
"___ Calloways" (Disney film) : THOSE
89
"Damien" subtitle : OMENII
90
Mount Rigi, e.g. : ALP
91
Head set : EYES
93
Fog in Zürich? : SWISSMIST
96
How-to films for a dairy farm? : MILKDVDS
100
___ nerve : OPTIC
102
First song on "More of the Monkees" : SHE
103
___, meenie, miney, mo : EENIE
104
Side view of salmon? : LOXPROFILE
109
"Soon It's ___ Rain" ("The Fantasticks" song) : GONNA
111
Reliquary : SHRINE
112
Temple of Isis locale : ASWAN
116
Facial growths : GOATEES
118
Phrase of agreement : SOAMI
119
Words heard after opening a gift, maybe : PUTITON
121
Hazel, e.g. : NUTTREE
122
Ice Cube né ___ Jackson : OSHEA
123
It started around 1100 B.C. : IRONAGE
124
Do a mailroom task : PRESORT
125
Professional org. : ASSN
126
Transcribe some Dickens? : COPYBOZ
Down
1
Colorful carp : KOI
2
Enough, for some : ONCE
3
Plaudits, of a sort : OLES
4
"Sure, I'm game" : LETS
5
Exposed : BARED
6
One of Donald's exes : IVANA
7
Susan of "Looker" : DEY
8
Train storage area : RAILYARD
9
___ Tubb, the Texas Troubadour : ERNEST
10
Nabber's cry : GOTCHA
11
Rather, informally : SORTA
12
Silver prizes : CUPS
13
Physicist Fermi : ENRICO
14
___ Real, Spain : CIUDAD
15
The "se" in per se : ITSELF
16
The King's "princess" : LISAMARIE
17
Common pasta suffix : INI
18
Eastern title : AGA
21
Like some Sp. nouns : MASC
27
"The Sopranos" Emmy winner Falco : EDIE
30
No man's land, in brief : DMZ
31
Vladimir Putin's onetime org. : KGB
33
Michael of R.E.M. : STIPE
34
Wagner heroine : ISOLDE
35
Extras : OTHERS
36
Mooches : CADGES
39
It commonly follows a verb: Abbr. : OBJ
40
Disrespect : SASS
42
Salespeople, informally : REPS
43
Lukas of "Witness" : HAAS
44
Sheet music abbr. : ARR
45
Locks on a dome : WIG
46
Chef Lagasse : EMERIL
50
Cornerstone abbr. : ESTD
51
Must : NEEDSTO
53
Winners' signs : VEES
54
August hrs. : DST
55
Some football blockers: Abbr. : RTS
57
"See ___?" : THIS
58
Plane part : YAXIS
60
Signs a lease : RENTS
64
"Julius Caesar" setting : SENATE
66
Deejay's bane : SKIP
68
Classic soft drink with orange, grape and peach flavors : NEHI
69
Shad delicacies : ROES
70
"So-Called Chaos" singer Morissette : ALANIS
71
Like Niels Bohr : DANISH
72
Kind of inspection : ONSITE
73
Orch. section : STR
74
Old French coin : ECU
76
Means of defense: Abbr. : ABMS
77
Come across as : SEEM
78
Canned meat brand : SPAM
79
"And that's ___" ("Believe you me") : NOLIE
80
Christina in the 2005 revival of "Sweet Charity" : APPLEGATE
82
Speech stumbles : UHS
84
Informal greetings : YOS
86
Zoo feature, in England : ZED
88
Finnic language : ESTONIAN
92
Fashion inits. : YSL
94
Ring bearer : WIFE
95
Here, on the Riviera : ICI
97
Fife player : KNOTTS
98
Bread for tacos? : DINERO
99
Plywood layer : VENEER
100
___ Book Club : OPRAHS
101
7, 11 and 13 : PRIMES
105
Bologna bone : OSSO
106
Mandela's native tongue : XHOSA
107
Hijacked cruise ship Achille ___ : LAURO
108
Bar at the bar : ESTOP
110
"I'd hate to break up ___" : ASET
113
Having a taste of the grape : WINY
114
Run up ___ : ATAB
115
NASA cancellation : NOGO
116
Econ. measure : GNP
117
Your and my : OUR
119
Snap : PIC
120
Cyrano's nose : NEZ

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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