N.Y. Times Crossword – Sunday, September 24, 2017

By: Alan Arbesfeld
Theme: U.S.  State Abbreviations
Difficulty (0-10):  1
Time: 42:40

1Tennis world since 19681Footnote abbr.
8St. Louis Arch, e.g.2Take stock?
15Gasoline may make it go3Fragrant compound
20Impersonated4Pitted fruit
21Performing, perhaps5Icelandic letter
22Change of locks?6Powerful engine
23“Try not to miss Bangor and Lewiston”?7Cruising
25“___ de Lune”8Be successful
26Player of TV’s Det. Tutuola9The slightest amount of
27Publication read by drs.10Oscar-winning foreign film of 2005 set in South Africa
28Kind of torch on “Survivor”11Tiny-scissors holder
29Private eye, slangily12Nutsy
30Where Spartacus was from13Competing with
32Rite for a newborn Jewish boy14Thirst
342:00 in New York vis-à-vis St. Louis?15Firmly in place
36Chopper topper16Have a connection
38“___ ’em, boy!”17Turbaned teacher
40Fifth wheel18Loathing
41Part of a full house19Like some myths
43Haunted house sound24“You’ll have to pay for me”
47Be sociable, say31Unit of firewood
50Whistler from two Eastern states?33“Freedom ___ free”
53Financial institution whose parent company is Canadian35Commercial lead-in to Pen
55Name in a Salinger title37Walter ___, Dodgers owner who moved the team from Brooklyn to L.A.
56Cheers after a go-o-o-oal!39Submits, as a phone report
57Quaint store descriptor41Previous incarnations
59Just beat42Part of a recovery effort
60Put away44Writer of “The Gnat and the Bull”
61___-equipped46___ Conference
62“I’m such a klutz!”47Added up
64Sportscaster Al48City just east of LAX
68“We shouldn’t sell our Fort Wayne home”?49Vintage Jaguars
72How a B.L.T. might come50Apology start
73Rice-A-___51Oktoberfest music
74Public image, briefly52First-rate, in British slang
75Farm female54Buyer of a dozen roses, maybe
77Reebok rival58Former parent co. of Gramophone and Parlophone records
78Navy commando61Ideology
80It means “farmer” in Afrikaans63Again, in Mexico
82Hydroxyl compound65Getting help getting clean
83Airbnb offering66Dijon darling
86“Sooner this, Sooner that … can’t you talk about any other subject?”?67Avoid puddles, say
89Imparter of umami taste, in brief69Pointer’s pronoun
90Exact look-alike70Sister of Helios
93Resort near Snowbird71Ancient fortuneteller
94Middle-___72In the 70s, say
95Big 2016 film set in Polynesia76Yellowstone grazer
96Cab alternative79Unadon fish
98Follows81Armchair accompanier
100Deal another blackjack card to a young Salem woman?82Things painted in the spring
104Take from the top84So darn cute
106“Consider it done”85Like some fertile soil
111Architect Saarinen88They may block passage
113Some young ‘uns91Start to form?
115Grammy-winning singer of “Shepherd Moons”92Single, for one
116A-lister95Art ___, longtime Cleveland Browns owner
117Midwest state secedes and will join the United Kingdom?97Pressure indicator on a map
120Whale food99Iger’s predecessor at Disney
121Place100Hardly sophisticates
122Direct route101Sluggish
123Overused102Actress Shire
124Directed103Quattro + tre
125Having braids105Fabulist’s confession
107Diarist Nin
108Jeff ___, leader of the Electric Light Orchestra
109Got on board
112Licentious sort
114Word with ceiling or financing
117C.I.A. forerunner
118Tour de France time
119“Who’da thunk it?!”


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