NEW YORK TIMES SUN­DAY CROSS­WORD

HOW SWEET IT IS!

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Puzzles - By Michael Paleos / Edited by Will Shortz

ACROSS

1 Iraq War con­cern, in brief 4 An earl out­ranks him 9 Bil­liards ma­neu­ver 14 Ex­claim “@#%!” 19 Tilling tool 20 QB de­fend­ers, col­lec­tively 21 Re­lat­ing to a cer­tain arm bone 22 ____ Keny­atta, pres­i­dent of Kenya start­ing in 2013 23 Some­thing set by a stove 25 Year of the fi­nal flight of the Con­cordes 26 French-speak­ing African na­tion 27 Eye­drop­per, es­sen­tially 28 Sub­mis­sion to a record la­bel, once 30 Rodeo loop 31 Ac­ces­sory with a bass drum 32 Ma­jor fuss 33 Wed­ding bands? 34 Way out there 38 Hand over 39 Take a mul­li­gan on 40 “<<” but­ton: Abbr. 41 Ric­o­chet like a hockey puck 43 To a cer­tain ex­tent, col­lo­qui­ally 45 Ad phrase in­di­cat­ing higher pric­ing tiers 49 Am­trak stop: Abbr. 50 In­fomer­cial im­per­a­tive 52 Pill bug, bi­o­log­i­cally 54 In­take sugges­tion, briefly 55 Un­lock, to Shake­speare 56 Third-long­est river in Europe, after the Volga and Danube 58 Tear to shreds 59 Part­ner of 46-Down in the frozen-food busi­ness 60 Brown sea­weeds 63 U.S. is­land owned al­most en­tirely by the bil­lion­aire Larry El­li­son 65 Manic-look­ing, in a way 67 Neu­tral re­sponse from a ther­a­pist 68 Pat­tern once used for hospi­tal vol­un­teer uni­forms, with a hint to this puz­zle’s theme 70 Loser of a beauty con­test, in myth 71 Birds known to mimic car alarms and hu­man speech 73 Grad­u­ate’s “honor” 74 Carousel mount, to a tot 75 Mark of a scam artist 76 Hooked on 77 Laura of “Big Lit­tle Lies” 78 Emu­late Johnny Ap­ple­seed 79 H, to Hel­lenes 80 “Ya dig?” in more mod­ern slang 82 Get up in the face of 85 Emma Stone’s role in “La La Land” 88 Pro­tag­o­nist in Toni Mor­ri­son’s “Beloved” 90 Skate-park fea­tures 92 Place for reg­u­lars 93 Han­del’s “____, Galatea e Po­lifemo” 94 Glenn Frey’s “The Heat ____” 96 Bad thing to come up in a ti­tle search 98 To­tal fail­ure 100 Im­por­tant mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, so to speak 103 Where menisci are found 105 What socks usu­ally do 106 Bit­ter green 107 Re­gards cov­etously 108 Dis­play piece for tchotchkes 110 Vir­tual sticky 111 Bat­tling it out 112 Boon­docks 114 One of 11 in a Christ­mas carol 115 Pro­vide an ad­dress 116 French nov­el­ist Zola 117 Bit 118 Com­pany that once of­fered “the Thrift Book of a Na­tion” 119 Ex­cited, with “up” 120 Foil al­ter­na­tives 121 Med­i­ta­tive syl­la­bles

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1 Big fat lies 2 Where you might need to get a grip 3 In one’s heart of hearts 4 Pop cov­ers 5 Stopped a flight 6 Frosty en­crus­ta­tion 7 Its square equals its square root 8 Types who think school is too cool 9 They’re kept un­der wraps for a long time 10 Nut ex­tract used in skin care 11 Deri­sive chuck­les 12 Didn’t just hint at 13 Verdi’s “____ tu” 14 Gold dig­ger’s gold­mine 15 Alma mater of Tesla’s Elon Musk 16 Jazzman Blake 17 Like a crowd when the head­liner takes the stage 18 Pip­squeaks 24 Like some serv­ings of Scotch 29 “You get the idea” 30 New Guinea port that was Amelia Earhart’s last known point of de­par­ture 33 Large, pur­ple Hanna-Bar­bera char­ac­ter 35 Cam­paign ... or a cam­paign topic 36 Orig­i­nal NYC sub­way line 37 Non­pro 42 Heaps 44 Steamy 46 Part­ner of 59-Across in the frozen-food busi­ness 47 Dairy sources 48 Bi­weekly oc­cur­rence, for many 51 Ac­tress Fay of the orig­i­nal “King Kong” 53 Neuf + deux 55 Abbr. be­tween * and # 57 Sep­a­ra­tion at a wed­ding? 60 What x’s some­times rep­re­sent 61 Ex­ecu­tor’s charge 62 Pounce on, as an op­por­tu­nity 63 The “two” in “two if by sea” 64 Por­tuguese-speak­ing African na­tion 65 What let­tuce lends to a sand­wich 66 Pop­u­lar DIY site 68 En­deavor rec­og­nized by the César awards 69 Reid of “The Big Le­bowski” 72 They come through when you need them most 74 To­tal stun­ners 77 Sketch out 78 W-2 IDs 81 Its clos­est neigh­bor is An­dromeda 83 Mr. Wrong 84 All-vowel avowal 85 Carry some rel­e­vance for 86 Mode, on a menu 87 Scat­ter­brains 89 Neon marker 91 Is blinded by rage 95 Cent : euro :: ____ : krona 97 Mod­ern, in Mu­nich 99 Epic nar­ra­tive 100 Tiny ob­jec­tions 101 What many a navel­gazer gazes at 102 Treat­ment for Parkin­son’s 104 Jag 107 Word re­peated in “____ ou ne pas ____” 108 Lake bor­dered by four states and a prov­ince 109 Yarn 111 Just ducky 113 Per­son who might call you out

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