1129-15 New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Nov 15, Sunday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Alex Vratsanos
THEME: Four-Letter Words … we have four four-letter words as across-answers in the corners of the grid (OVER, HEAD, LONG, SHOT). These “key words” are then combined to form the clues for the long answers in today’s puzzle:

1A. Key word #1 : OVER
15A. Key word #2 : HEAD
122A. Key word #3 : LONG
125A. Key word #4 : SHOT

24A. 1-Across + 15-Across : EXPENSE TYPE (OVER + HEAD)
43A. 1-Across + 122-Across : BEYOND THE TIME LIMIT (OVER + LONG)
65A. 1-Across + 125-Across : WENT TOO FAR (OVER + SHOT)
70A. 15-Across + 122-Across : RECKLESSLY (HEAD + LONG)
91A. 15-Across + 125-Across : YEARBOOK PHOTOGRAPH (HEAD + SHOT)
114A. 122-Across + 125-Across : NOT A GOOD BET (LONG + SHOT)

BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 22m 06s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Apologies for this very tardy and abbreviated post. Yesterday was our “Thanksgiving”, when we had the whole family together at the house. As a result, I could not get to the crossword, and am only posting the basics for today’s puzzle.

Everything will be back to normal tomorrow, I promise.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Bill

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Key word #1 : OVER
5. Plants with intoxicating leaves : COCAS
10. Mosque no-no : SHOES
15. Key word #2 : HEAD
19. Bon ___ : JOVI
20. Songwriter Carmichael : HOAGY
21. Minor snafu : MIX-UP
22. Capital known for 300 years as Christiania : OSLO
23. Ill-fated seducer in “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” : ALEC
24. 1-Across + 15-Across : EXPENSE TYPE (OVER + HEAD)
26. Erupt : SPEW
27. What a driverless car drives : ITSELF
29. Pageant V.I.P.s : EMCEES
30. Like some soldiers in the American Revolution : HESSIAN
32. Farmyard call : BAA!
33. You may leave when it’s up : LEASE
34. Endnotes? : CODA
35. Portland, Ore.-to-Boise dir. : ESE
36. Egg producer : OVARY
38. The “e” of i.e. : EST
39. ___ Olshansky, first Soviet-born N.F.L. player : IGOR
41. Villainous : NASTY
43. 1-Across + 122-Across : BEYOND THE TIME LIMIT (OVER + LONG)
48. Workers on the board : IRONERS
49. It covers everything quite clearly : SARAN
50. Decepticon’s foe in “Transformers” : AUTOBOT
54. Sewing case : ETUI
55. Clio nominees : ADS
57. S.U.V. alternative : WAGON
59. Moolah : DINERO
60. Benchwarmer : SCRUB
62. Final Four round : SEMIS
64. ___ cards (items used in ESP tests) : ZENER
65. 1-Across + 125-Across : WENT TOO FAR (OVER + SHOT)
70. 15-Across + 122-Across : RECKLESSLY (HEAD + LONG)
72. Acronym on the S&P 500 : ALCOA
73. Galileo, by birth : PISAN
75. Take off, as a heavy coat? : SHEAR
76. Venice tourist attraction : RIALTO
78. S.U.V. alternative : SEDAN
80. Golfer Ernie : ELS
81. Acted like : APED
85. Goldeneye or harlequin : SEA DUCK
87. Paul who won a Nobel in Physics : DIRAC
89. 1962 Paul Anka hit : ESO BESO
91. 15-Across + 125-Across : YEARBOOK PHOTOGRAPH (HEAD + SHOT)
94. Coat fur : STOAT
97. Ammonium and others : IONS
98. Subj. for Bloomberg News : IPO
99. Puts in stitches, say : DARNS
100. Food that’s an anagram of 98-Across : POI
101. Washing the dishes, e.g. : TASK
103. Plantation device : BALER
105. Subj. with many irregularities : ESL
106. Shabby : ILL-KEPT
108. Sound in “Eleanor Rigby” and “Yesterday” : VIOLIN
110. Disdainful sounds : SNIFFS
113. “Little” visitor to Slumberland, in old comics : NEMO
114. 122-Across + 125-Across : NOT A GOOD BET (LONG + SHOT)
117. Holder of small doses : VIAL
118. Former British crown colony in the Mideast : ADEN
119. TurboTax option : E-FILE
120. As old as the hills : HOARY
121. Petro-Canada competitor : ESSO
122. Key word #3 : LONG
123. Looking for : AFTER
124. Go well together : AGREE
125. Key word #4 : SHOT

Down
1. California resort town : OJAI
2. V, in physics : VOLT
3. 1997 Samuel L. Jackson film : EVE’S BAYOU
4. Pilaf-like product : RICE-A-RONI
5. Pot user? : CHEF
6. Tic-tac-toe failure : OOX
7. “Understand?” : CAPEESH?
8. Fellow students, generally : AGEMATES
9. Brings together : SYNCS
10. “Hook” role : SMEE
11. Successes in the game Battleship : HITS
12. Sister brand of Phisoderm : OXY
13. Elation : EUPHORIA
14. It helps you get ahead : SPEED
15. Pardner’s mount : HOSS
16. Glimpses : ESPIES
17. Orioles’ div. : AL EAST
18. He played Chaplin in “Chaplin” : DOWNEY
25. Date : SEE
28. QB Bobby who purportedly put a curse on the Detroit Lions : LAYNE
31. Germophobe’s need : SANITIZER
33. Doesn’t pursue : LETS DROP
34. Mustard, but not ketchup: Abbr. : COL
36. Stage prize : OBIE
37. Old TV adjustment: Abbr. : VERT
39. Radiologist, e.g. : IMAGER
40. Biological blueprints : GENOMES
42. Makes up (for) : ATONES
44. Lucius’s son, in Harry Potter : DRACO
45. Fancy marble : TAW
46. Fidelity offerings, for short : IRAS
47. Political insults, so to speak : MUD
51. Uncle ___ : BEN’S
52. Hershiser who was Sports Illustrated’s 1988 Sportsman of the Year : OREL
53. Major ally? : TORY
56. Islamic mystics : SUFIS
58. Place for a bust : NICHE
60. Figurine : STATUETTE
61. Stemming from : BASED ON
63. Archenemy of Mattel’s He-Man : SKELETOR
65. General interests? : WARS
66. Author Wiesel : ELIE
67. Tournament organizer since ’39 : NCAA
68. “Ha! I was right!” : TOLD YA!
69. Says “Read you loud and clear … over,” say : RADIOS
71. Rope in : LASSO
74. Informer, informally : NARK
77. South American tuber : OCA
79. Recharge midday : NAP
81. Sandpaper and such : ABRASIVES
82. Creatures that may live inside oysters – hence the name : PEARLFISH
83. Cable’s ___ Classic : ESPN
84. Springfield exclamations : D’OHS
86. Male lead in Disney’s “Frozen” : KRISTOFF
88. Messy food order at a carnival : CHILI DOG
90. Witty Nash : OGDEN
92. ___ choy : BOK
93. Common wedding reception feature : OPEN BAR
94. Kind of column : SPINAL
95. “Holy ___!” : TOLEDO
96. J. Paul Getty and others : OILMEN
102. Literally, “breathless” : APNEA
103. [You stink!] : BOO!
104. Ho hi : ALOHA
107. Beast on Skull Island, informally : KONG
108. Low-lying area : VALE
109. Robert who oversaw the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm : IGER
110. Ophthalmologist’s concern : STYE
111. Burkina ___ (African land) : FASO
112. Vending machine feature : SLOT
115. Small songbird : TIT
116. Burns’s “before” : ERE

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6 thoughts on “1129-15 New York Times Crossword Answers 29 Nov 15, Sunday”

  1. Didn't time myself today, watching football, but it was a long time. 2 errors. 12D OXY (OXO); 24A EXPENSE TYPE (TOPE!!) 😛 Filled in OXO, but didn't recheck 24A.

    Have not seen NARK with a K before; always seen it spelled NARC.

  2. 46:24, no errors. I spent the last three minutes puzzled by the same mistake BruceB reports and finally realized that OXO is a brand of ergonomic kitchen doodads, at which point EXPENSE TYPE and OXY leapt out at me. (It seems rather odd that EXPENSE TOPE didn't immediately suggest EXPENSE TYPE, but that's not what happened.)

  3. I forgot to mention that this puzzle, as published in the Denver Post, had an extra 1A clue (preceding the correct one): "Church leaders". I am tempted to launch into a rant about the sloppy writing and editing that seem to be the norm in local papers nowadays. In my day (he said, growing red in the face and brandishing his cane), you seldom, if ever, saw that kind of thing. The first paper I read as a child was the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette, whose editor was W. Earl Hall, and I learned much about the proper use of English from it.

  4. Couldn't get anywhere near this puzzle; too many key clues that were totally outside my ken. But, as to be expected, a few really poorly edited "clues". And one answer, NARK that's just plain **wrong**. The word is NARC, or short for narc(otics) agent.

    Poor.

  5. While I most always appreciate Bill's "Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies", it's all the more so when they're missing – especially for Thanksgiving. With my grateful thanks, Bill

  6. @Anonymous … Just for the record, NARK is a British term for "a police informer", which fits the clue. Even if the intended meaning had been "a narcotics agent", NARK would still have been an acceptable spelling, since both it and NARC are in the dictionaries with that meaning.

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