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ER, IN OTHER WORDS ...

- BY JOHN KUGELMAN / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ — W.S.

John Kugelman is a software engineer and musician from Gainesvill­e, Va. He has worked in cybersecur­ity for many years. ‘‘I like anything that’s complicate­d and puzzle-y,’’ John says. ‘‘Any engineerin­g problem is fascinatin­g to me.’’ (And what is crossword constructi­on, after all, but the engineerin­g of words?) This is John’s second crossword for The Times, both Sundays.

ACROSS

1 Hurricanes and tornadoes

9 One of

12, biblically

17 ‘‘Way to go, me!’’

19 Grape from France’s Côte-d’or

20 Great ape?

22 Erotic artist?

23 5-Down’s pet

24 Ooze

26 Authors

27 Yesterday, in Spanish

30 ____ Jam (record label)

31 ‘‘Let me be perfectly ____’’ (Pride slogan)

34 Guinness of ‘‘The Ladykiller­s’’

37 Street magician?

44 Made, as a putt

45 Stockpile

46 Linger

47 Rock’s ____ Fighters

48 Toast with a raised stein

50 Bad thing to drop in polite company

52 Anthony Hopkins won this with only

16 minutes of screen time

54 Reply of disgust

55 One hitting the space bar?

57 Muscat resident

59 Leaves slack-jawed

60 Farmers?

63 Took big steps

65 Unplanned preview, perhaps

66 See here!

67 ____ of Orleans, moniker for Joan of Arc

68 Supply, as elevator music

71 Switch hitter?

78 Zeno of ____, paradoxica­l thinker

79 Fastest train in the U.S.

80 Spot for a microphone

81 What might be drawn with a ‘‘C’’ in cartoons

82 Plans of study

85 Time’s 2023 Athlete

of the Year

87 Appropriat­e

89 Hail, to Caesar

90 Warm touch

92 Gunpowder ingredient

94 Top pair

95 Animal tranquiliz­er?

98 Trash

99 Pan handle?

100 Communicat­ion with one’s hands, for short

101 Target of Y.A. fiction

103 Word with straw or swing

105 Big Apple figure

109 ‘‘Boy Wonder’’ of comics

113 & 117 The Grim Reaper?

120 Live content creators

121 They might be flagged as ‘‘Potential Spam’’

122 Seasonal charity event

123 Cuts down to size

DOWN

1 V on the N.Y.S.E.

2 Albatross, metaphoric­ally

3 Hypnotized, say

4 Some closet organizers

5 ‘‘The Jetsons’’ boy

6 Crossed (out)

7 Online school closing?

8 Nurses

9 Dash’s partner

10 Ancient Romans made it from soot

11 Purchase for a golf course

12 Nexus: Abbr.

13 Peeved

14 Indigo Girls song with the chorus ‘‘Adding up the total of a love that’s true/multiply life by the . . .’’

15 Creditor’s security

16 Makes a misstep

18 Ready, with ‘‘up’’

19 Wrinkle-faced dog

21 Cash in

22 Disney villain who’s the grand vizier of Agrabah

25 /

28 Replies of disgust

29 Stoolie

31 Somewhat

32 Section of a syllabus

33 ____ Griffin, civil rights pioneer

34 Meat jelly

35 Butler on ‘‘The Addams Family’’

36 Japanese mushroom

38‘ ‘Pass,’’ in a casino

39 Quadcopter, e.g.

40 Concrete support

41 Straws in the wind

42 Sweet-talked

43 Origin of the words ‘‘cake’’ and ‘‘egg’’

49 Actor George who wrote the 1994 autobiogra­phy ‘‘To the Stars’’

51 Police accountabi­lity tool

53 Rapper ____ B

56 List

58 Demure

61 E. R. shout

62 Author Gaiman

63 What a crackerjac­k cracker jacks

64 Does some field work

67 Superlativ­ely sullen

68 Praline ingredient

69 Valentine candy message

70 Not open to appeal, as a court decision

71 Bass symbol

72 Tiniest bit

73 Actress Fisher of ‘‘Eighth Grade’’

74 Worshiper of Jah, informally

75 Insurance giant

76 Mental fogs

77 Lock

79 Law enforcer in the Harry Potter universe

83 Longtime actor on ‘‘Law & Order: SVU’’

84 Give a darn

86 All together

88 Emulate Jack Sprat

91 Old Seaworld mascot

93 Parkway or expressway: Abbr.

96 Complained

97 Keyboard corner key

102 Straight up

103 Like the open sea

104 Not fooled by

105 Some carry a spare one in a boot

106 Smartphone platform

107 Bit of decoration at a beach house

108 Not just think

110 Zodiac symbol

111 Sicily or Sardinia

112 Ending with late or great

114 ‘‘____ out!’’

115 ‘‘The Dark Side of the Moon’’ studio

116 Fire (up)

118 Texter’s ‘‘Truthfully ...’’

119 French chess piece

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