This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

GO UP IN SMOKE

New York Times, Sunday, September 5, 2021

Prima ballerina

Author:
Grant Thackray
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
93/19/20179/5/20210
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
3000321
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.56010
Grant Thackray

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 22 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Thackray.
Will Shortz notes:
Grant Thackray (rhymes with "daiquiri") recently moved from Oregon to Los Angeles, "hopefully to find a job in animation — either storyboarding or character design." He got started constructing ... read more
Grant Thackray notes:
This puzzle has had the longest gestation period of any I've published so far. I came up with the idea while (as Will's blurb mentions) preparing a campfire at the summer camp I worked at on ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
RISE FROM THE ASHES is such a great revealer phrase, ripe for all sorts of potential crossword themes. Jim Horne and I decided to highlight some grid squares below to make the execution more ... read more
1
A
2
C
3
T
4
A
5
S
6
G
N
8
A
9
R
10
L
11
S
12
T
13
R
14
I
15
P
16
A
D
18
E
19
S
20
H
A
I
T
I
21
M
O
N
E
Y
22
A
R
E
N
A
23
S
E
R
A
24
S
P
E
L
L
25
C
A
S
T
E
R
26
D
I
S
C
I
27
L
D
R
S
28
A
E
R
29
R
I
C
A
R
D
O
31
U
N
32
L
E
A
S
H
33
J
34
O
35
H
N
N
Y
36
C
A
S
H
37
E
L
D
38
E
R
L
A
W
39
C
L
A
T
T
E
R
40
O
41
S
T
E
E
N
42
E
T
O
43
I
44
L
45
E
46
R
I
V
A
L
R
I
47
E
48
S
49
A
N
D
50
R
51
I
S
E
F
R
O
M
52
E
V
E
53
E
X
H
54
A
L
E
55
N
O
M
S
G
56
A
N
E
57
W
E
N
58
T
59
A
R
E
A
R
60
C
61
H
I
N
A
62
R
63
E
I
G
N
64
W
E
S
66
S
G
S
67
B
U
C
68
G
69
U
E
S
S
E
D
70
A
71
S
72
S
I
S
T
73
S
74
R
E
75
H
A
S
H
76
E
R
A
S
E
R
S
77
L
A
W
S
U
I
T
78
U
N
E
79
H
O
80
N
81
G
T
I
82
L
I
E
T
O
83
A
84
U
G
E
R
85
E
L
I
86
S
E
87
E
T
89
S
90
Y
91
O
D
D
92
H
93
T
T
P
S
94
M
95
I
D
A
C
T
96
H
I
E
97
T
H
E
98
A
S
H
E
S
99
B
I
C
100
S
E
A
101
T
102
A
103
N
G
L
E
104
S
I
N
G
T
O
105
E
106
L
R
O
Y
107
S
108
R
E
C
O
I
L
S
109
E
R
U
110
P
T
I
O
N
111
T
112
A
113
L
K
S
T
R
A
S
H
114
H
115
O
116
G
W
A
S
H
117
S
C
E
118
N
E
R
Y
119
T
R
E
120
O
R
E
O
121
A
I
122
M
T
O
123
A
T
O
N
124
E
S
E
L
125
B
126
O
127
W
128
S
C
A
R
129
N
A
M
E
D
130
G
H
A
N
A
131
S
C
O
N
E
132
E
A
R
N
133
D
L
I
N
E
134
S
O
R
E
R
135
S
O
W
E
D
© 2021, The New York Times9/5/21 ( No. 26,234 )
Across
1
Impersonate : ACTAS
6
Bump on a log : GNARL
11
Get into one's birthday suit : STRIP
16
Fruit drinks : ADES
20
Home of the isle of Tortuga : HAITI
21
"___ often costs too much": Emerson : MONEY
22
Word before rock or football : ARENA
23
Song word repeated after "Que" : SERA
24
Charming sort? : SPELLCASTER
26
Olympics projectiles : DISCI
27
People in charge: Abbr. : LDRS
28
___ Lingus : AER
29
Lucy's last name on "I Love Lucy" : RICARDO
31
Like gasoline nowadays : UNLEADED
33
30-year host of late-night TV : JOHNNYCARSON
37
Legal field concerned with long-term care : ELDERLAW
39
Commotion : CLATTER
40
Televangelist Joel : OSTEEN
42
Prima ballerina : ETOILE
46
Some team competitions : RIVALRIES
49
The "e" in Genoa? : AND
50
With 97-Across, emerge reborn ... or what the ends of five Across answers in this puzzle do? : RISEFROM
52
"Gangsta Lovin'" rapper, 2002 : EVE
53
Yoga class instruction : EXHALE
55
Food packaging reassurance : NOMSG
56
Good "Wheel of Fortune" buy for REVERSE ENGINEER : ANE
57
Sold (for) : WENT
59
Toward the back : AREAR
60
Where dominoes were invented : CHINA
62
Rule : REIGN
64
Jazz guitarist Montgomery : WES
66
Some U.N. officers, for short : SGS
67
Super Bowl LV champ : BUC
68
Took a swing, say : GUESSED
70
Basketball box score column : ASSISTS
74
Addiction treatment locale : REHABCENTER
76
Lead-off selections? : ERASERS
77
Something to file : LAWSUIT
78
French article : UNE
79
Sweet pea : HON
81
Volkswagen model inits. : GTI
82
Give wrong information : LIETO
83
Boring tool : AUGER
85
Emmy-winning journalist Finch : ELISE
87
Website with a Seller Handbook : ETSY
91
"How ___ ..." : ODD
92
Encrypted URL component : HTTPS
94
Red-handed, say : MIDACT
96
Make haste : HIE
97
See 50-Across : THEASHES
99
Brand that stylizes its name with a lowercase second letter : BIC
100
What a button on an armrest may control : SEATANGLE
104
Serenade : SINGTO
105
"___ Pal," early episode of "The Jetsons" : ELROYS
108
Shrinks : RECOILS
109
1980 event in Washington : ERUPTION
111
Be completely candid : TALKSTRAIGHT
114
Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw : HOGWARTSHOUSE
117
It may be taken in by a traveler : SCENERY
119
Half of sei : TRE
120
Treat thought to be stamped with symbols of the Knights Templar : OREO
121
"We ___ please" : AIMTO
123
Within arm's reach : ATONESELBOW
128
Something commonly left in an operating room : SCAR
129
Going by : NAMED
130
Where the Volta River flows : GHANA
131
Tea go-with : SCONE
132
Pull down : EARN
133
Those opposite the center and guards, in N.F.L. lingo : DLINE
134
More teed off : SORER
135
Scattered : SOWED
Down
1
Sounds at a sauna : AHS
2
Limit : CAP
3
20-20, e.g. : TIE
4
Hit TV show created by Donald Glover : ATLANTA
5
Something close to a colonel's heart? : SILENTL
6
"Today" competitor, for short : GMA
8
Those against : ANTIS
9
Come back again (again ... again ...) : REECHO
10
Harp-shaped constellation : LYRA
11
Got ready to ride, with "up" : SADDLED
12
Vacuum tube type : TRIODE
13
"Hi" follower : RES
14
Rack up, as charges : INCUR
15
No-hassle : PAINLESS
16
Countless : ASLEWOF
18
Slips : ERRS
19
Holder of merit badges on a scout uniform : SASH
25
Jon of "Two and a Half Men" : CRYER
32
Gone-but-not-forgotten : LATEGREAT
33
L.L. Bean competitor : JCREW
34
Plant family that jasmine and lilac are part of : OLIVE
35
Safe space : HAVEN
36
Announcement maker of yore : CRIER
38
In early 2001, one of its executives notoriously said "From an accounting standpoint, this will be our easiest year ever" : ENRON
41
___ Minella (Muppet) : SAL
43
Pot grower's remark? : IRAISE
44
What snakes grow as they age : LONGER
45
Corrects, as text : EMENDS
47
They used to be a "thing" : EXES
48
Floor coverings that feel good on the feet : SHAGRUGS
51
Politician's concern : IMAGE
54
Detective Lupin : ARSENE
55
Present-day saint? : NICHOLAS
58
Surprise ending : TWIST
59
Sparkling wine variety : ASTI
61
Scolded, as in a library : HUSHED
63
Big name in nail polish : ESSIE
69
Drive : URGE
70
Sets aside : ALLOTS
71
Popped in for just a moment, perhaps : SAIDHI
72
The Ikea logo shares the colors of its flag : SWEDEN
73
Lead-in to "of mind" or "of war" : STATE
75
Advocate for the better treatment of elves, in Harry Potter : HERMIONE
80
Determination from Santa : NICE
84
Big tournament news : UPSET
86
Bare : STARK
89
Spots for window boxes : SILLS
90
Verbal cringe : YEESH
93
The St. Lawrence River's misnamed ___ Islands : THOUSAND
95
Far from friendly : ICY
98
Fatigued over time : AGEWORN
99
Set of rules popularized by "How I Met Your Mother" : BROCODE
101
Doctor's orders, maybe : TESTS
102
Best ___ : ACTRESS
103
Shaving brand : NORELCO
106
"Let me get this out ..." : LISTEN
107
Lead-in to -scope : STETHO
110
Small lab bottle : PHIAL
112
Loud, as a stadium : AROAR
113
Former second lady Cheney : LYNNE
114
It often has its kinks : HOSE
115
Sight from a Seattle ferry : ORCA
116
Bike ride setting : GEAR
118
Rides : NAGS
122
Millennium start : MMI
124
See 126-Down : EAR
125
Take a ___ : BOW
126
With 124-Down, feature of van Gogh : ONE
127
Get hitched to : WED

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

Found bugs or have suggestions?

Like this puzzle? Please share this page on social media to help spread the word about XWord Info. Thanks!