It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

SHIFTY BUSINESS

New York Times, Sunday, June 7, 2009

Author:
Jeremy Newton
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
176/15/20083/9/20172
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
13011200
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.81663
Jeremy Newton

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 66 Missing: none. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Newton. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

The circles outline a shift pattern for a five-speed standard transmission.

1
O
2
D
3
D
4
E
5
S
6
T
7
P
8
O
9
W
10
C
11
A
12
M
13
P
14
I
15
S
16
L
17
E
18
T
19
S
20
N
O
I
D
E
A
21
A
R
E
O
L
A
E
22
C
A
S
T
R
O
23
N
E
S
T
E
D
24
S
C
A
M
M
E
R
25
O
K
T
H
E
N
26
O
T
C
27
N
A
28
M
E
29
P
E
S
30
U
31
R
N
S
32
I
N
G
33
W
H
O
34
S
FIRST
35
G
O
36
T
O
THIRD
B
37
A
S
E
38
FIFTH
39
A
C
T
S
40
T
H
41
O
M
S
O
N
42
O
N
E
I
43
D
A
S
44
C
45
A
46
V
E
A
R
T
47
D
E
48
O
X
Y
49
N
O
V
I
50
C
51
E
52
S
53
A
N
O
I
N
T
54
B
A
D
D
55
F
A
C
E
M
A
S
K
56
R
A
I
N
D
E
57
L
A
Y
58
O
59
M
60
O
O
61
S
N
O
R
T
Y
62
S
T
D
S
63
G
A
R
64
C
R
I
S
C
65
O
66
U
V
R
A
Y
67
T
A
K
E
68
S
A
NEUTRAL
S
T
A
N
69
C
E
70
D
71
U
72
T
73
C
H
74
E
X
O
T
I
C
75
L
I
L
76
B
77
A
78
T
79
E
80
I
T
A
L
I
81
C
82
A
T
O
Z
83
A
L
T
E
84
R
E
G
O
S
85
G
A
M
E
R
O
86
O
M
87
E
88
A
S
Y
89
A
U
G
E
R
S
90
S
H
I
A
T
S
U
91
S
92
P
R
I
T
93
E
R
N
E
S
T
O
94
N
Y
T
I
95
M
E
S
96
R
A
97
I
L
S
A
T
98
T
99
H
100
I
S
SECOND
101
J
U
L
Y
102
FOURTH
B
B
Q
S
103
REVERSE
S
104
I
105
D
106
E
107
T
A
N
108
S
109
L
A
T
110
C
R
U
111
T
E
112
M
P
113
C
O
D
114
O
N
D
115
O
P
E
116
I
117
N
H
A
S
118
T
E
119
A
L
120
I
E
N
S
121
P
O
I
S
O
N
122
N
E
U
T
E
R
S
123
S
A
B
I
N
E
124
S
I
E
S
T
A
125
G
A
P
E
S
A
T
126
H
Y
M
N
A
L
© 2009, The New York TimesNo. 0607 ( 21,761 )
Across
1
As weird as they come : ODDEST
7
Where an M.I.A. might be : POWCAMP
14
Parts of Fiji : ISLETS
20
"Beats me" : NOIDEA
21
Biological rings : AREOLAE
22
1950 University of Havana grad : CASTRO
23
Tightly stacked, as ice trays : NESTED
24
Con artist : SCAMMER
25
"Alrighty" : OKTHEN
26
Like Tylenol PM: Abbr. : OTC
27
It might be dropped : NAME
29
Foot, to a zoologist : PES
30
Crypt alternatives : URNS
32
Suffix with floor or roof : ING
33
Teacher's question at the start of show-and-tell : WHOSFIRST
35
Anticipate heading home : GOTOTHIRDBASE
38
Endings for Shakespeare : FIFTHACTS
40
___ Reuters, media giant : THOMSON
42
New York tribe : ONEIDAS
44
Some early paintings : CAVEART
47
Prefix with ribonucleic : DEOXY
49
They're learning the ropes : NOVICES
53
Bless : ANOINT
54
Color Me ___, 1990s R&B group : BADD
55
"Friday the 13th" prop : FACEMASK
56
Inning stretcher, maybe : RAINDELAY
58
Sequel to "Typee" : OMOO
61
Audibly upset, as a bull : SNORTY
62
Norms: Abbr. : STDS
63
Long-snouted swimmer : GAR
64
Oil bigwig? : CRISCO
66
Thing absorbed by the ozone layer, for short : UVRAY
67
Doesn't care either way : TAKESANEUTRALSTANCE
70
Way to go on dates : DUTCH
74
Pet store category : EXOTIC
75
Not big, in a small way : LIL
76
Diminish : BATE
80
Leaning, in a way : ITALIC
82
All-inclusive : ATOZ
83
Bruce Wayne and Batman, e.g. : ALTEREGOS
85
Place for matches at home : GAMEROOM
87
"Calm down" : EASY
89
Drilling devices : AUGERS
90
Massage technique : SHIATSU
91
Pole in sailing : SPRIT
93
Che Guevara's real first name : ERNESTO
94
Big Apple daily, in brief : NYTIMES
96
Verbally assaults : RAILSAT
98
At once : THISSECOND
101
Some summer feasts in the U.S. : JULYFOURTHBBQS
103
Where to sign a credit card, e.g. : REVERSESIDE
107
A bather may want one : TAN
108
Blind part : SLAT
110
Grand ___ (wine designation) : CRU
111
Per diem worker : TEMP
113
UPS option, briefly : COD
114
Hopped up, in a way : ONDOPE
116
Rashly : INHASTE
119
"Men in Black" figures : ALIENS
121
Negative influence : POISON
122
Gets fixed : NEUTERS
123
Texas/Louisiana border river : SABINE
124
You take it lying down : SIESTA
125
Views wide-eyed : GAPESAT
126
It's bound to be used in a service : HYMNAL
Down
1
Available for viewing : ONNOW
2
"A merry heart ___ good like a medicine": Proverbs : DOETH
3
Boogie, Bee Gees-style : DISCO
4
D.C. summer clock setting : EDT
5
Witnessed : SEENFIRSTHAND
6
"Brilliant, ain't I?!" : TADA
7
Bygone Toyotas : PASEOS
8
Frodo foe : ORC
9
Gave missiles to : WEAPONED
10
Finish last on "Jeopardy!" : COMETHIRD
11
Donation receptacle : ALMSBOX
12
Oda ___ Brown (Oscar-winning role) : MAE
13
Look over : PERUSE
14
Clicked pic : ICON
15
It opened in Manhattan in 1924 : SAKSFIFTHAVENUE
16
W.W. II craft for getting troops ashore : LST
17
Set of moral rules : ETHIC
18
Rock singer Reznor : TRENT
19
Billboard listings : SONGS
28
Corp. leadership : MGMT
31
Isabella II, por ejemplo : REINA
34
Oktoberfest souvenirs : STEINS
36
Currently : TODAY
37
___ minute : ANY
39
"Foundation" trilogy writer : ASIMOV
41
Old El Paso competitor : ORTEGA
43
E.R. folk : DOCS
44
They get tired : CARS
45
Biol. subject : ANAT
46
Empty : VOID
48
It freshens the air : ODORNEUTRALIZER
50
Baker v. ___, landmark 1962 Supreme Court case : CARR
51
Spanish for "are" : ESTA
52
Big name in vodka : SKYY
54
Practice requirement? : BAREXAM
55
As the center of attention : FOCALLY
57
Summer camp locale : LAKE
59
Other: Abbr. : MISC
60
Direction from Hannover to Berlin : OST
64
Roman who declared "Carthage must be destroyed" : CATO
65
Taking care of business : ONIT
67
TV advertising staple : THIRTYSECONDSPOT
68
Lush : SOT
69
Unclogs : CLEARS
70
Quarters, informally : DIGS
71
Home of Rainbow Bridge National Monument : UTAH
72
Suspense novelist ___ Hoag : TAMI
73
Empties, with "out" : CLEANS
76
Fathers : BEGETS
77
A long time : AGES
78
Suit basis : TORT
79
Canadian station name : ESSO
81
Sell for : COST
83
Take ___ at (attempt) : ASTAB
84
Trick the defensive line, maybe : RUNAREVERSEPLAY
86
Kind of board : OUIJA
88
Double-deckers in the sky, maybe : AIRBUSES
91
Overseas seasoning : SEL
92
Energize : PSYCHUP
93
"Anything ___?" : ELSE
95
Silencing : MUTING
97
Brightness detector : IQTEST
98
Features of some 'Vettes : TTOPS
99
Former enemy capital : HANOI
100
Sundance entry, often : INDIE
102
Hardly commendable : FOURTHRATE
104
Trap during winter, maybe : ICEIN
105
Title girl in a Ritchie Valens hit : DONNA
106
Flop in a lot : EDSEL
109
Actress Olin : LENA
112
Reduce to a pulp : MASH
115
Org. in the 1946 film "Cloak and Dagger" : OSS
117
Class-based society?: Abbr. : NEA
118
La-la lead-in : TRA
120
Creator of the chess champion Deep Blue : IBM

Answer summary: 18 unique to this puzzle, 8 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

Found bugs or have suggestions?