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PROCESS OF ELIMINATION

New York Times, Sunday, September 9, 2007

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 102 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

Letters not used TWICE (see 127 Across) spell LEFTOVERS. Joel Fagliano had a similar puzzle in 2016 where the leftover letters spell REMAINDERS.

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Q
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© 2007, The New York TimesNo. 0909 ( 21,124 )
Across
1
Talk follower : QANDA
6
Twinge : SPASM
11
Bit of info : DATUM
16
Memory unit, for short : MEG
19
Horse genus : EQUUS
20
Dantean division : CANTO
21
About to explode, maybe : IRATE
22
Botheration : ADO
23
"Marie Antoinette" star, 2006 : DUNST
24
Put the touch on : HITUP
25
*One who gets beaten badly? : SORELOSER
27
*Sticks in the medicine cabinet? : ANTIPERSPIRANTS
30
Crow's-nest sighting : LAND
31
Dodge pickup : RAM
32
Some R.S.V.P.'s : YESES
33
Hub-to-rim lines : RADII
34
Hammett's canine creation : ASTA
38
Battle of Britain grp. : RAF
40
*Forbidding countenance : HATCHETFACE
44
Roe source : SHAD
45
Render difficult to find : STASH
48
High-quality : DELUXE
49
*Lacking compassion : HARDHEARTED
52
Recharge one's batteries : REST
53
Tire swing supporter : LIMB
57
Holmes who married Tom Cruise : KATIE
58
Typewriter brand : ROYAL
60
Song that Elvis's "It's Now or Never" was based on : OSOLEMIO
62
Man in a sombrero : SENOR
63
Baseball star Maglie : SAL
64
"Sketches by ___," 1836 : BOZ
66
Losing ground : ERODING
67
Lid : HAT
68
*"It's true, like it or not" : IFTHESHOEFITS
72
___ up (get dressed) : TOG
73
Former coeds, maybe : ALUMNAE
75
Blue expanse : SEA
76
Half of a cartoon duo : REN
77
Practices for a bout : SPARS
79
Inundating : DELUGING
81
Belgian painter James, known for bizarre fantasies with masks : ENSOR
83
Former N.F.L. QB Rodney : PEETE
84
"Holy moly!" : EGAD
85
Sonogram, e.g. : SCAN
87
*British motorist's right? : DRIVERSSIDE
90
Serve : WAITON
92
"The Princess Bride" character ___ Montoya : INIGO
93
Electromagnet component : COIL
94
*1999 romantic comedy based on "Pygmalion" : SHESALLTHAT
99
Doughnut shop qty. : DOZ
100
They have guests : INNS
101
Moderated, with "down" : TONED
102
The Big Aristotle, in the N.B.A. : ONEAL
105
Key above Caps Lock : TAB
107
Part of I.M.F.: Abbr. : INTL
108
*It's taken by doctors : HIPPOCRATICOATH
115
*Follow-up to a potential insult : NOOFFENSE
117
Works magic on : HEXES
118
Go further than : ONEUP
120
Tooth holder : GUM
121
Bug-repelling wood : CEDAR
122
Like noble gases : INERT
123
Near East hotel : SERAI
124
Eyeball : ORB
125
Stops flowing : CLOTS
126
Brings in : EARNS
127
The Process of Elimination: In the answer to each starred clue, cross out any letter that appears ___; then read the letters that remain : TWICE
Down
1
Proof closer : QED
2
Greenish-blue : AQUA
3
1970s-'90s senator Sam : NUNN
4
Indoor settler : DUST
5
In motion : ASTIR
6
Underlying patterns : SCHEMATA
7
Poker holding : PAIR
8
Unable to sit still : ANTSY
9
Blockhead : STUPE
10
Down in the dumps : MOPISH
11
Worst-case scenario : DISASTER
12
"East of Eden" twin : ARON
13
Like vinaigrette : TART
14
Mountain West Conference team : UTES
15
Ferrer of "Lili" : MEL
16
Site fortified by Herod the Great : MASADA
17
Paradisiacal : EDENIC
18
Howe who was known as Mr. Hockey : GORDIE
26
Minnesota's St. ___ College : OLAF
28
Minority member in India : PARSEE
29
Reference books? : READ
33
Way to go: Abbr. : RTE
34
Volcanic output : ASH
35
"Hurry up!" : SHAKEALEG
36
Fuzzy crawler : TARANTULA
37
Increase : ADDTO
39
Jill's portrayer in "Charlie's Angels" : FARRAH
41
Jazz singer Laine : CLEO
42
Late Jordanian king : HUSSEIN
43
Acquire by unsavory means : EXTORT
46
Items checked at an opera house checkroom : STOLES
47
Casual greeting : HEY
50
In need of help : HIRING
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Expert, in England : DABHAND
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Stayed in front : LED
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Made of paste : IMITATION
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Studied on the side : MINOREDIN
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Wade at Cooperstown : BOGGS
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Head of England : LOO
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Gamblers' setbacks : LOSSES
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You'll find it under a tree : SHADE
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Letter-writing aid : STENCIL
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Position the cross hairs (on) : ZEROIN
69
1960s-'70s Saudi king : FAISAL
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Go steady with : SEE
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Vehement : FERVID
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Disgraced one's name? : MUD
78
"Home Alone" actor Joe : PESCI
80
Intl. commercial agreement first signed in 1947 : GATT
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Overseas title : SRI
83
Mood lifter : PROZAC
86
People who haven't a chance, in Britspeak : NOHOPERS
88
Their priority is number one : EGOTISTS
89
Loop circlers : ELS
90
Bank roll : WAD
91
iPod variety : NANO
94
"Sophie's Choice" narrator : STINGO
95
Waugh's "Sword of ___" trilogy : HONOUR
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Enter into a plot? : ENTOMB
97
"Note to ___ ..." : SELF
98
Computer whiz : TECHIE
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Game site : ARENA
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Not as stringent : LAXER
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Leg up : BOOST
108
Crusty piece of bread : HEEL
109
___-European : INDO
110
High school jrs. take it : PSAT
111
Gull relative : TERN
112
All over again : ANEW
113
Hatcher of "Lois & Clark" : TERI
114
Red Scare grp. : HUAC
116
Org. overseeing decency standards : FCC
119
Pizza order : PIE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 6 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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