1128-21 NY Times Crossword 28 Nov 21, Sunday

Constructed by: Jeff Kremer
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme Garage Sale Pitches

Themed answers are common phrases heard in SALES PITCHES, applied (humorously) to items one might find at a GARAGE SALE:

  • 23A TV, volume knob broken, only $10! : CAN’T TURN THAT DOWN!
  • 43A Baseball mitt, has a small hole, just $1! : DROP EVERYTHING!
  • 68A Guitar, never used, $15! : NO STRINGS ATTACHED!
  • 91A Textbook, a few pages torn out, $2! : LIMITED EDITION!
  • 114A Two fish tanks, accessories included, $5! : ROCK BOTTOM PRICES!
  • 16D Prop ax used in “The Shining,” a valuable collectors’ item, $200! : DOORBUSTER DEAL!
  • 51D Wallet, in good condition, plenty of card slots, $5! : BUY NOW, PAY LATER!

Bill’s time: 26m 27s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

15 Some words of Wordsworth : ODES

The great English poet William Wordsworth is intrinsically linked with the Lake District in the north of England, where he lived from much of his life. The Lake District is a beautiful part of the country, and I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Dove Cottage in Grasmere a couple of times, where Wordsworth lived with his sister Dorothy …

19 Mötley ___ : CRUE

Mötley Crüe is an American rock band from Los Angeles. They’ve been around since 1981, co-founded by the famous drummer Tommy Lee. Tommy Lee is also known for his two celebrated marriages, the first with Heather Locklear and the second with Pamela Anderson. The name “Mötley Crüe” was chosen as someone once described the band members as a “motley looking crew”. The spelling was made to look a little more exotic, with the umlauts added over the “o” and “u” one day, as the band were drinking bottles of “Löwenbräu” beer!

21 Instrument with a solo in Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” : OBOE

Seal is an English soul singer, of Nigerian and Brazilian descent. Seal was married for several years to the delightful former model Heidi Klum.

22 “There’s no place like ___” (Alaskan’s quip) : NOME

In 1899, the Alaska city of Nome was briefly known as Anvil City by locals to avoid confusion with the nearby city of Cape Nome. However, the US Post Office refused to approve the change, and so the name was immediately changed back to Nome.

28 Food Network host Brown : ALTON

Alton Brown is a celebrity chef who is behind the Food Network show “Good Eats”, and is the host of “Iron Chef America”.

35 Tried one’s hand : TOOK A STAB

To have a whack, take a stab, is to give it a try.

39 In large supply : GALORE

Our word “galore”, meaning “in great numbers”, comes from the Irish phrase “go leór” that translates as “sufficiently, enough”.

49 Model featured on many romance novel covers : FABIO

Fabio Lanzoni (usually called just “Fabio”) is an Italian fashion model and all-round celebrity. Fabio’s real claim to fame was his appearance on the cover of many, many romance novels in the eighties and nineties.

58 Much of Italy’s north : ALPS

There are eight Alpine countries:

  • Austria
  • Slovenia
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Germany
  • Monaco
  • Italy

62 Huey, Dewey and Louie, e.g. : RHYMES

Donald Duck’s nephews are identical triplets called Huey, Dewey and Louie, and they first appeared on the screen in 1938. Once in a while, due to errors in production, a fourth duck can be seen in the background. This little “mistake” is affectionately called “Phooey Duck” by folks in the industry.

63 ___ colada : PINA

“Piña colada” is a Spanish term that translates into “strained pineapple”. The piña colada cocktail was introduced in the Caribe Hilton San Juan in 1954, and since 1978 it has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico. Yum …

65 She can act as a D.J., nowadays : SIRI

Siri is a software application that works with Apple’s iOS operating system. “Siri” is an acronym standing for Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface. Voice-over artist Susan Bennett revealed herself as the female American voice of Siri a few years ago. The British version of Siri is called Daniel, and the Australian version is called Karen. Also, “Siri” is a Norwegian name meaning “beautiful woman who leads you to victory”, and was the name the developer had chosen for his first child.

68 Guitar, never used, $15! : NO STRINGS ATTACHED!

A kithara (also “cithara”) was a lyre-like instrument in ancient Greece. Our word “guitar” is ultimately derived from “kithara”. Indeed, “kithara” is the modern Greek word for “guitar”.

72 Baseball’s Matty or Felipe : ALOU

Matty Alou played major league baseball, as did his brothers Jesus and Felipe, and as did Felipe’s son Moises.

74 After-tax investment account, informally : ROTH

Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (Roth IRAs) were introduced in 1997 under a bill sponsored by Senator William Roth of Delaware, hence the name.

75 Award achievement for Audrey Hepburn and Andrew Lloyd Webber : EGOT

The acronym “EGOT” stands for “Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony”, and is a reference to performers who have won all four awards. Also known as the “Showbiz Award Grand Slam”, there are relatively few individuals who have been so honored. The first five to do so were:

  1. Richard Rodgers in 1962
  2. Helen Hayes in 1977
  3. Rita Moreno in 1977
  4. John Gielgud in 1991
  5. Audrey Hepburn in 1994 (posthumously)

86 “Voilà!” : TA-DA!

The French word “voilà” means “there it is”, and “voici” means “here it is”. The terms come from “voi là” meaning “see there” and “voi ici” meaning “see here”.

89 Running figure : TALLY

Back in the mid-1600s, a tally was a stick marked with notches that tracked how much one owed or paid. The term “tally” came from the Latin “talea” meaning “stick, rod”. The act of “scoring” the stick with notches gave rise to our word “score” for the number in a tally.

90 Nautilus’s locale : SEA

The USS Nautilus is a submarine launched in 1954, and decommissioned 1980. When launched, the Nautilus was the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. She was named for a diesel-electric submarine that served with distinction in WWII that also bore the Nautilus name. All of the US Navy’s “Nautilus” vessels were named for the submarine in the Jules Verne novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”. After decommissioning in 1980, the Nautilus was preserved as a floating museum in Groton, Connecticut.

105 Super wrong identification? : IT’S A PLANE!

Here’s a famous line from the “Superman” television show from the fifties:

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. it’s Superman!

110 Goldfinger’s first name : AURIC

“Goldfinger” is Ian Fleming’s seventh James Bond novel, and was first published in 1959. Fleming was in the habit of naming his characters after people in the real world. The novel’s colorful antagonist Auric Goldfinger was named after Hungarian-born British architect Ernő Goldfinger.

112 Blood line : AORTA

The aorta originates in the heart and extends down into the abdomen. It is the largest artery in the body.

113 Final check? : MATE

In the game of chess, when the king is under immediate threat of capture it is said to be “in check”. If the king cannot escape from check, then the game ends in “checkmate” and the player in check loses. In the original Sanskrit game of chess, the king could actually be captured. Then a rule was introduced requiring that a warning be given if capture was imminent (today we announce “check!”) so that an accidental and early ending to the game doesn’t occur.

121 Like a tautology, by its nature : TRUE

“Tautology” is one of my favorite words. It describes needless repetition, the redundant use of words to convey the same message, perhaps in the same sentence.

Down

1 Andrew who became the acting F.B.I. director after James Comey was fired : MCCABE

James Comey was appointed Director of the FBI by President Barack Obama in 2013, and famously was dismissed by President Donald Trump in 2017.

2 It gets the lead out : ERASER

I grew up with the HB method of grading pencils, from “hardness” to “blackness”. Here in the US we sometimes use a numerical grading system, with #2 being the equivalent of HB. The numerical system was introduced in the US by one John Thoreau, father of famed author and hero of mine Henry David Thoreau.

3 A good dessert to split? : SUNDAE

There’s a lot of speculation about how the dessert called a sundae got its name, but there seems to be agreement that it is an alteration of the word “Sunday”.

5 Outback sight : EMU

The emu has had a tough time in Australia since man settled there. There was even an “Emu War” in Western Australia in 1932 when migrating emus competed with livestock for water and food. Soldiers were sent in and used machine guns in an unsuccessful attempt to drive off the “invading force”. The emus were clever, breaking their usual formations and adopting guerrilla tactics, operating as smaller units. After 50 days of “war”, the military withdrew. Subsequent requests for military help for the farmers were ignored. The emus had emerged victorious …

In Australia, the land outside of urban areas is referred to as the outback or the bush. That said, I think that the term “outback” is sometimes reserved for the more remote parts of the bush.

7 Taylor of fashion : ANN

There was no actual person named “Ann Taylor” associated with the Ann Taylor line of clothes. The name was chosen by the marketing professionals because “Ann” was considered to be “very New England” back in 1954 when the stores first opened, and “Taylor” suggested that clothes were carefully “tailored”.

8 U.S. poet laureate with a 1987 Pulitzer : RITA DOVE

Poet Rita Dove received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1987, and was the second African American to be so honored (the first being Gwendolyn Brooks).

9 “The BFG” author : DAHL

“The BFG” is a 1982 children’s book by Welsh author Roald Dahl. The initialism in the title stands for “Big Friendly Giant”. Dahl dedicated “The BFG” to his daughter Olivia, who had passed away at the age of 7 in 1962. Steven Spielberg made a 2016 movie adaptation of the book under the same title.

12 Blood-typing letters : ABO

The most important grouping of blood types is the ABO system. Blood is classified as either A, B, AB or O, depending on the type of antigens on the surface of the red blood cells. A secondary designation of blood is the Rh factor, in which other antigens are labelled as either positive or negative. When a patient receives a blood transfusion, ideally the donor blood should be the same type as that of the recipient, as incompatible blood cells can be rejected. However, blood type O-neg can be accepted by recipients with all blood types, A, B, AB or O, and positive or negative. Hence someone with O-neg blood type is called a universal donor.

13 Word that can come before or after home : ROW

The home keys on a typewriter keyboard are in the “home row”. On a QWERTY keyboard, the home row keys are ASDFJKL;. They are known as the home keys because typists are trained to return their fingers to these keys after pressing other keys.

14 Lloyd ___, Dukakis’s veep pick in 1988 : BENTSEN

Michael Dukakis was the Democratic nominee for president in 1988, losing out to President George H. Bush. Dukakis was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the same town in which President John F. Kennedy came into the world.

15 Amenity in G.M. vehicles : ONSTAR

The OnStar system was developed as a joint venture between GM, EDS and Hughes. The product itself was launched in 1996. Today, OnStar is only available on GM cars, although it used to be offered on other makes of car through a licensing agreement. OnStar is a subscription service that packages vehicle security, telephone, satellite navigation and remote diagnostics.

16 Prop ax used in “The Shining,” a valuable collectors’ item, $200! : DOORBUSTER DEAL!

“Here’s Johnny!” is a famous line spoken by a crazed Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) as he chops through a bathroom door in “The Shining”. The film is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. I haven’t seen the whole movie because I can’t cope with Stephen King stories …

17 Actress and gender equality activist Watson : EMMA

Emma Watson is an English actress famous for playing Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” series of movies. Watson continued her education while pursuing her acting career and studied at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

24 “___ but a scratch”: Monty Python : ‘TIS

The zany comedy show called “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” first aired in 1969 on the BBC. The show ran for four seasons and finished up soon after John Cleese decided to leave the team and move onto other projects.

34 “A Clockwork Orange” narrator : ALEX

“A Clockwork Orange” is a novella by Anthony Burgess that was first published in 1962. The story is about a young teenager named Alex who leads a small gang on violent rampages each night. The story has been adapted for the big and small screens, most famously in a 1971 film by Stanley Kubrick. It’s way too violent for me …

36 Actress Madeline of “Blazing Saddles” : KAHN

Madeline Kahn was an actress best known for her comedic roles, especially those directed by Mel Brooks. Kahn also had her own TV sitcom, called “Oh Madeline”. But, it only lasted one season, in 1983.

“Blazing Saddles” is a 1974 Mel Brooks movie that has become a modern-day classic. I really only enjoy one Mel Brooks film, and “Blazing Saddles” isn’t it. Just in case you’re interested, I very much enjoy “Young Frankenstein” …

37 Horror director Aster : ARI

Ari Aster is a film director from New York City. He is into horror films, and I am not …

40 Started again, as “99 Bottles of Beer” : RESANG

“99 Bottles of Beer” is a North American, reverse-counting song that has been around since the mid-1900s. It starts out with:

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer.
Take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall…

If you have the energy to finish the song, it finishes up with:

No more bottles of beer on the wall, no more bottles of beer.
Go to the store and buy some more, 99 bottles of beer on the wall…

44 Libertines : ROUES

“Roue” is a lovely word, but one used to describe a less than lovely man, someone of loose morals. “Roue” comes from the French word “rouer” meaning “to break on a wheel”. This describes the ancient form of capital punishment where a poor soul was lashed to a wheel and then beaten to death with cudgels and bars. I guess the suggestion is that a roue, with his loose morals, deserves such a punishment.

Someone who is described as “libertine” is free of restraint, sexually immoral. Back in the 14th century a libertine was an emancipated slave, someone given his or her freedom. The term derives from the Latin “libertinus” describing a freed person who was once a slave.

48 Concern for veterans, for short : PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

50 Incense residue : ASH

Incense is a material that produces a fragrant odor when burned. The term “incense” comes from the Latin verb “incendere” meaning “to set on fire”.

55 Person from Calgary or Edmonton : ALBERTAN

Calgary, the largest city in the Canadian province of Alberta, is named for Calgary on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. The Canadian Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.

Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. The city was founded as Fort Edmonton in 1795, with the name taken from the area in London called Edmonton. Edmonton, London was the home of pioneer John Peter Pruden who suggested the name. London’s Edmonton was also home for deputy governor Sir James Winter Lake of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

57 Brave’s opponent in the 2021 World Series : ASTRO

The Houston baseball team changed its name to the Astros (sometimes “’Stros”) from the Colt .45s in 1965 when they started playing in the Astrodome. The Astrodome was so called in recognition of the city’s long association with the US space program. The Astros moved from the National League to the American League starting in the 2013 season.

63 Fruit detritus : PIT

Detritus is loose material that results from the process of erosion. The usage of the term has evolved to describe any accumulated material or debris. “Detritus” is Latin for “a wearing away”.

64 Like a wailing cat : IN HEAT

The estrous cycle of mammals can be divided into four phases:

  1. Proestrus is the phase when the body prepares for a potential fertilized egg. In particular, the lining to the uterus starts to develop.
  2. Estrus is the phase when the female is said to be “in heat”, when she is sexullay receptive.
  3. Metestrus is the phase when levels of progesterone increase. The levels continue to increase if pregnancy has occured, but fall of if there has been no fertilization.
  4. Anestrus is the phase when the sexual cycle rests, before starting all over again.

66 TV’s Cousin ___ : ITT

In the television sitcom “The Addams Family”, the family had a frequent visitor called Cousin Itt. Itt is a short man with long hair that runs from his head to the floor. Cousin Itt was played by Italian actor Felix Silla.

69 Pam’s former partner on “The Office” : ROY

The excellent sitcom “The Office” is set in a branch of a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. If you haven’t seen the original UK version starring Ricky Gervais, I do recommend you check it out. Having said that, the US cast took the show to a whole new level. Great television …

72 Some beers : ALES

The many, many different styles of beer can generally be sorted into two groups: ales and lagers. Ales are fermented at relatively warm temperatures for relatively short periods of time, and use top-fermenting yeasts, i.e. yeasts that float on top of the beer as it ferments. Lagers ferment at relatively low temperatures and for relatively long periods of time. Lagers use bottom-fermenting yeasts, i.e. yeasts that fall to the bottom of the beer as it ferments.

73 This Hebrew letter: ל : LAMED

Lamed is the twelfth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and is equivalent to our Latin letter L.

78 Kind of blue akin to cerulean : SKY

Cerulean is a blue color, with the name probably coming from the Latin “caeruleus” meaning “blue”.

82 Bonobo, e.g. : APE

The bonobo used to be called the pygmy chimpanzee, and is a cousin of the common chimpanzee. The bonobo is an endangered species that is now found in the wild only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. Along with the common chimpanzee, the bonobo is the closest species to humans genetically.

83 Banh mi toppings : PATES

The French introduced the baguette into Vietnam in the days the country was a French colony. Today, a single-serving baguette is known in Vietnam as “bánh mì” (meaning “wheat bread”). The term has been extended, particularly here in the US, to describe a Vietnamese sandwich.

95 Wash. neighbor : IDA

Idaho has the nickname “Gem State”, mainly because almost every known type of gemstone has been found there. Idaho is also sometimes called the Potato State, as potatoes are such a popular crop in the state. I’d go for the potatoes over the gems, but that’s probably just me. Oh, and Idaho license plates have borne the slogan “Famous Potatoes” for decades …

99 Netflix crime drama starring Pedro Pascal : NARCOS

“Narcos” is a Netflix show that deals with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA’s) battles against drug cartels. The first two seasons focus on the rise and fall of drug lord Pablo Escobar of the Medellín Cartel, and is set and filmed in Colombia.

100 Take a pot shot? : ANTE UP

When firing a gun, a “potshot” is a “shot” taken purely to get the prey into the “pot” for cooking. The term “potshot” was coined in the 1830s, hence distinguishing between a shot taken for sport or marksmanship and a shot taken while hunting for game.

101 Like the smell of rising dough : YEASTY

Yeasts are unicellular microorganisms in the kingdom Fungi. The species of yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been used for centuries in the making of wine and beer, and in breadmaking. Saccharomyces cerevisiae converts carbohydrates into carbon dioxide and alcohol in the process of fermentation. When making beer and wine, the carbon dioxide and alcohol may be captured by the liquid. When making bread, the carbon dioxide and alcohol is driven off by heat.

107 Tours can be found on it : LOIRE

Tours is the largest city in the Centre region of France. Sitting on the Loire river, it is said that the people of Tours speak the “purest” form of French in the whole country. The French spoken by a local is also said to be free of any accent.

108 Website with star ratings : IMDB

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) website was launched in 1990, and is now owned by Amazon.com. It’s a great site for answering questions one has about movies and actors.

109 ___ mia (Italian term of endearment) : CARA

“Cara mia” is Italian for “my beloved” or “my dear”.

115 Wash. neighbor : ORE

The Oregon Treaty of 1846 settled a dispute between the US and the UK over sovereignty of the Oregon Country. “The Oregon Country” was the name given by the Americans to a large swathe of land west of the Rocky Mountains. That same disputed land was known as the Columbia Department by the British. Oregon became a US state in 1859.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Evidence of disorderly conduct? : MESS
5 Animated greetings : E-CARDS
11 Threads : GARB
15 Some words of Wordsworth : ODES
19 Mötley ___ : CRUE
20 Fiend : MANIAC
21 Instrument with a solo in Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” : OBOE
22 “There’s no place like ___” (Alaskan’s quip) : NOME
23 TV, volume knob broken, only $10! : CAN’T TURN THAT DOWN!
26 A bit : SOME
27 “Me too” : AS DO I
28 Food Network host Brown : ALTON
29 Sandal variety : T-STRAP
31 Barbecue side dish : BEAN SALAD
35 Tried one’s hand : TOOK A STAB
38 Before, once : ERE
39 In large supply : GALORE
41 What may cover some ground : AREA RUG
43 Baseball mitt, has a small hole, just $1! : DROP EVERYTHING!
47 Casual greeting : ‘SUP
49 Model featured on many romance novel covers : FABIO
52 Split personalities? : EXES
53 Stretch of time : EON
54 Wipe out : EAT IT
56 “Predictably …” : AS USUAL …
58 Much of Italy’s north : ALPS
60 What the universe may or may not be : ENDLESS
62 Huey, Dewey and Louie, e.g. : RHYMES
63 ___ colada : PINA
65 She can act as a D.J., nowadays : SIRI
67 Raised : BRED
68 Guitar, never used, $15! : NO STRINGS ATTACHED!
72 Baseball’s Matty or Felipe : ALOU
74 After-tax investment account, informally : ROTH
75 Award achievement for Audrey Hepburn and Andrew Lloyd Webber : EGOT
76 Ones coming on board : HIREES
79 Classic mower brand : LAWN-BOY
81 Loosen : EASE
83 Raiser of team spirit : PEP TALK
84 Ready for a refill, say : EMPTY
85 Sucker : SAP
86 “Voilà!” : TA-DA!
89 Running figure : TALLY
90 Nautilus’s locale : SEA
91 Textbook, a few pages torn out, $2! : LIMITED EDITION!
96 Extremely energetic people : DYNAMOS
98 “Ain’t that the truth!” : INDEED!
99 Or rather : NAY
102 Least enjoyable parts : LOW POINTS
105 Super wrong identification? : IT’S A PLANE!
108 Words that might elicit the response “Prove it!” : I CAN SO!
110 Goldfinger’s first name : AURIC
112 Blood line : AORTA
113 Final check? : MATE
114 Two fish tanks, accessories included, $5! : ROCK BOTTOM PRICES!
120 Started a turn, perhaps : DREW
121 Like a tautology, by its nature : TRUE
122 Name for zinc sulfide that is one letter short of a kitchen appliance : BLENDE
123 Demolish : ROUT
124 Ingots : BARS
125 Source : SEED
126 Heir to the throne, as a rule : ELDEST
127 Catch a glimpse of : ESPY

Down

1 Andrew who became the acting F.B.I. director after James Comey was fired : MCCABE
2 It gets the lead out : ERASER
3 A good dessert to split? : SUNDAE
4 Having made up one’s mind about : SET ON
5 Outback sight : EMU
6 Stingray or Barracuda, e.g. : CAR
7 Taylor of fashion : ANN
8 U.S. poet laureate with a 1987 Pulitzer : RITA DOVE
9 “The BFG” author : DAHL
10 Disperse : SCATTER
11 “Heaven forbid!” : GOD NO!
12 Blood-typing letters : ABO
13 Word that can come before or after home : ROW
14 Lloyd ___, Dukakis’s veep pick in 1988 : BENTSEN
15 Amenity in G.M. vehicles : ONSTAR
16 Prop ax used in “The Shining,” a valuable collectors’ item, $200! : DOORBUSTER DEAL!
17 Actress and gender equality activist Watson : EMMA
18 Trickle : SEEP
24 “___ but a scratch”: Monty Python : ‘TIS
25 As well : TOO
30 Set up : STAGED
32 Back : AGO
33 Pin point? : LAPEL
34 “A Clockwork Orange” narrator : ALEX
36 Actress Madeline of “Blazing Saddles” : KAHN
37 Horror director Aster : ARI
40 Started again, as “99 Bottles of Beer” : RESANG
42 False front : GUISE
43 Get off one’s high horse? : DISMOUNT
44 Libertines : ROUES
45 “Sure is” : YEP
46 Target with a pass : TOSS TO
48 Concern for veterans, for short : PTSD
49 Not even close : FAR
50 Incense residue : ASH
51 Wallet, in good condition, plenty of card slots, $5! : BUY NOW, PAY LATER!
55 Person from Calgary or Edmonton : ALBERTAN
57 Brave’s opponent in the 2021 World Series : ASTRO
59 Removes, as a tattoo : LASES
60 Stretch of time : ERA
61 Special-interest, e.g. : NICHE
63 Fruit detritus : PIT
64 Like a wailing cat : IN HEAT
66 TV’s Cousin ___ : ITT
69 Pam’s former partner on “The Office” : ROY
70 When you’re about as smart as a fifth grader : AGE TEN
71 Aware of : HIP TO
72 Some beers : ALES
73 This Hebrew letter: ל : LAMED
77 90° bend : ELL
78 Kind of blue akin to cerulean : SKY
80 Concerns for a homeowners’ association : BYLAWS
82 Bonobo, e.g. : APE
83 Banh mi toppings : PATES
85 Not a “no no” : SI SI
87 Hooked : ADDICTED
88 Regular intake : DIET
92 Some beers : IMPORTS
93 Cattle call : MOO
94 Strip : DISROBE
95 Wash. neighbor : IDA
97 It’s good, in a saying : NO NEWS
99 Netflix crime drama starring Pedro Pascal : NARCOS
100 Take a pot shot? : ANTE UP
101 Like the smell of rising dough : YEASTY
103 Bare : NAKED
104 Ice cream container : TUB
106 Course standard : PAR
107 Tours can be found on it : LOIRE
108 Website with star ratings : IMDB
109 ___ mia (Italian term of endearment) : CARA
111 “___ all be fine” : IT’LL
115 Wash. neighbor : ORE
116 Stick on a table? : CUE
117 Only’s partner : ONE
118 Ward workers, for short : MDS
119 Term of endearment : PET

6 thoughts on “1128-21 NY Times Crossword 28 Nov 21, Sunday”

  1. 27:01, no errors. Very clever. At the end, I paused over “NAY” for “Or rather”, even though the crosses were solid; I guess that is, in fact, what is meant by a construction like, “It was a lovely phrase, nay, it was the loveliest of phrases!” And, I shuddered a bit earlier, when I encountered “RESANG”, an especially unlovely example of a construction seldom seen outside of the cruciverbalist’s domain (but I have seen it and reseen it in the past and I suppose I shall continue to resee it in the future 😜).

    Another note: I appreciated “LIMITED EDITION” and put it in apace, but then went off on a tangent trying to remember the word “unabridged”, which seemed to have vanished from my brain. Such episodes stir frightening memories of a movie that I have seen only once, but that still haunts me, starring Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent: “Iris”. (Ironically, I usually can’t remember the name of the thing … 😳.)

  2. 25:18. I leaned heavily on the theme and it helped me throughout the puzzle. Had “spa” before SEA for Nautilus’s locale. Was thinking of the exercise apparatus, a nautilus machine…

    Glad to see Bill back and caught up. Can’t imagine doing Sunday write ups with relatives in town.

    Best –

  3. Quite a long run…. got tired on the very last entry at 97D and 120A. I had NONEDS and DIED… Should have been NONEWS and DREW…
    I got plain tired …

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