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LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!

New York Times, Sunday, May 1, 2011

Author:
Xan Vongsathorn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Xan Vongsathorn

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {Q} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Vongsathorn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

There's nowhere to go but UP in this grid where each bottom-dwelling theme answer curls up at the end to get the final letter.

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© 2011, The New York TimesNo. 0501 ( 22,454 )
Across
1
One keeping a watch on someone? : STRAP
6
Steal : BARGAIN
13
Swine swill : SLOP
17
One who may be removed : COUSIN
19
21, at a casino, say : AGELIMIT
21
Home for clover lovers : EIRE
22
*Most awful thing you could imagine : WORSTNIGHTMARECOMETRUE
25
One with a deadly tongue : ANTEATER
26
Rapscallion : IMP
27
Founder of an eponymous berry farm : KNOTT
28
Some pipe joints : TEES
29
Dogie, e.g. : CALF
32
Declaration upon checking oneself into rehab : INEEDHELP
36
*Destination of 1911 : THESOUTHPOLE
40
"Does not compute" : ERROR
41
Where lavalava skirts are worn : SAMOA
44
Davy Jones's locker : SEABED
45
Graduates : ALUMNI
46
*First rung on a ladder : ENTRYLEVELJOB
49
Times in classifieds : AFTS
51
Wood shaper : ADZ
52
Hits and runs? : LOOTS
53
___ Lingus : AER
54
Hits or runs : STAT
55
Stub ___ : ATOE
56
"2001: A Space Odyssey" studio : MGM
57
Dost possess : HAST
59
A laser might read it : DISC
62
Brain-racked state : WITSEND
64
*Dunce's place : BOTTOMOFTHECLASS
67
It may have a cross to bear : STEEPLE
70
Minute, informally : ITSY
71
Skin-and-bones : LEAN
72
Pluto, to Saturn : SON
75
___ Stix (powdered candy brand) : PIXY
76
Big boats : ARKS
78
Doctor whose patients never pay the bills : VET
79
Holdup : DELAY
81
52 semanas : ANO
82
She, in Rome : ESSA
83
*Destitution : ABJECTPOVERTY
87
Color again, as hair : RETINT
89
Director's cry : ACTION
91
Ones running shoulder to shoulder? : ROADS
92
Corrupt : TAINT
93
*Coldest point : ABSOLUTEZERO
96
Burger King vis-à-vis McDonald's, fittingly : ARCHRIVAL
98
Town House alternative : RITZ
99
Russian legislature : DUMA
103
"The Old Wives' Tale" playwright George : PEELE
104
Years on end : EON
107
Above all others : ATTHETOP
110
Optimist's phrase under adverse circumstances ... or a hint to completing the answers to the six starred clues : THERESNOWHERETOGOBUTUP
115
Introductory drawing class : ARTI
116
Like stars on a clear night : AGLIMMER
117
Luxury hotel along Manhattan's Central Park, with "the" : PIERRE
118
Unwelcome guest : PEST
119
Real softball : EASYONE
120
Baroque painter Hals : FRANS
Down
1
Teatime biscuit : SCONE
2
Rich cake : TORTE
3
Surprise birthday parties often involve them : RUSES
4
Wirehair of the silver screen : ASTA
5
Pub order : PINT
6
"Ugh!" : BAH
7
Go-between: Abbr. : AGT
8
Do followers : REMI
9
1970s rock genre : GLAM
10
Scuba mouthpiece attachment : AIRPIPE
11
"___ Mine" (George Harrison book) : IME
12
Over three-quarters of bunsenite : NICKEL
13
Sheer, informally : SEETHRU
14
Almost every puppy has one : LITTERMATE
15
Bobby on the ice : ORR
16
Little, in Lyon : PEU
18
Many a flower girl : NIECE
20
Pitch : TONE
22
Buddhist temple : WAT
23
Foie ___ : GRAS
24
Some miniatures : MODELS
30
#2 or #3, say : LOSER
31
Coal, e.g. : FUEL
33
Tacitly agree with : NODAT
34
2012 Olympics site : LONDON
35
Close to one's heart : PRIZED
36
Place to get a yo-yo or choo-choo : TOYSHOP
37
Shakespearean prince : HAL
38
___ Mahal : TAJ
39
Cable inits. : HBO
41
Kiss, in 34-Down : SNOG
42
One of three for H2O : ATOM
43
Mohawked muscleman : MRT
45
Fifth-century invader : ATTILA
46
Slippery ___ : ELM
47
Dates determined by the lunisolar calendar : EASTERS
48
Ixnay : VETO
50
Actress Farrah : FAWCETT
54
Principal's charge: Abbr. : SCH
55
Hinny's mother : ASS
58
"It's about time!" : ATLAST
59
Freckle : DOT
60
They're hypothetical : IFS
61
Quarters that haven't been picked up? : STY
63
Naan cooker : TANDOOR
64
Ottoman bigwig : BEY
65
Prefix with information : MIS
66
Monopoly util. : ELEC
67
Leonidas' kingdom : SPARTA
68
Noted weakness? : TINEAR
69
Tamed tigers, say : EXOTICPETS
72
Bob, e.g. : SLED
73
Things in locks : OARS
74
Big Apple media inits. : NYT
77
Most sacred building in Islam : KAABA
78
20-ounce Starbucks order : VENTI
80
Mendes of "Hitch" : EVA
82
Something with one or more sides : ENTREE
83
From ___ Z : ATO
84
"The Family Circus" cartoonist Keane : BIL
85
Plat du ___ : JOUR
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Start to fix? : PRE
88
Come into : INHERIT
90
Creator of Aslan and the White Witch : CSLEWIS
93
Settle a score : AVENGE
94
Pennsylvanie, e.g. : ETAT
95
"Legs" band, 1984 : ZZTOP
97
"Casablanca" role : ILSA
99
Messing of "Will & Grace" : DEBRA
100
Reversal : UTURN
101
Specks of dust : MOTES
102
Kwik-E-Mart operator : APU
105
"Goodness gracious!" : OHMY
106
Verne captain : NEMO
108
Late-week cry : TGIF
109
Gardener, at times : HOER
110
Pick : TAP
111
Charlemagne's realm: Abbr. : HRE
112
Pay ending : OLA
113
Nickelodeon dog : REN
114
Poet's "before" : ERE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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