LET­TER DIC­TA­TION

Times Standard (Eureka) - - EDUCATION - BY SAM TRA­BUCCO / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ

Sam Tra­bucco, 27, is a cryp­tocur­rency trader who di­vides his time be­tween San Fran­cisco and Hong Kong. He got into cross­words as a child by play­ing com­pet­i­tive Scrab­ble. He says, “My first at­tempt at mak­ing one was fu­eled by the (very wrong) as­sump­tion that mak­ing a crossword would be es­sen­tially the same as play­ing Scrab­ble.” This is Sam’s 24th puz­zle for The Times since his de­but in 2015. — W.S.

ACROSS

1 Mag­i­cal healer 7 Main­tain 11 Over­seas land­mark lo­cated in El­iz­a­beth Tower 17 “Fa-a-ancy!” 18 Classic Mell Lazarus comic strip 19 Soar­ing per­former 20 GAZA­CHO 22 Young an­tag­o­nist in Su­per Mario games 23 Coun­ter­part of the Ro­man Aurora 24 Jar­gon 25 John, to Len­non 26 Myth­i­cal archer 27 Suf­fix with Jumbo 29 SMEILL 34 Poet who wrote “For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love” 35 Choco­laty Post ce­real 36 Org. for which Pelé once played 37 Some­thing many an A-list celebrity has 38 Area with a half-dome 42 Noted Chi­ne­seAmer­i­can fash­ion de­signer 44 Mys­ti­cal ball 47 ENTURIES 51 Pay­ment to a free­lancer for un­pub­lished work 53 ____ fixe 54 In­for­mal “Ugh!” 55 Lit­tle thing to pick 56 Some p.m. times 57 China flaw 59 Fa­mil­iar inits. in math 60 Orig­i­nal airer of “The Of­fice” 61 Lapis lazuli shade 62 TECHNIQUEO 66 DEFINITEL 68 Romeo and Juliet, e.g. 69 Adam’s ____ 70 Air-traf­fic watch­dog, for short 71 Lit­er­ary pro­tag­o­nist named af­ter a king of Is­rael 72 Vi­o­lin­ist Leopold 73 “That’s show ____!” 74 Film char­ac­ter in­tro­duced in 1977 who died in a 2015 se­quel 76 ____ Ma­jor 80 French com­pli­ment 82 INSTBANT 84 Abil­ity that’s hard to ex­plain 85 Hand-sewn toy 87 De­rive (from) 88 Woman in Pro­gres­sive ads 89 Book re­view­ers, for short 91 1910s fly­ing star 94 James Garfield’s mid­dle name 96 ENVIRONMEN­AL 101 Yule­tide 102 Part of binoc­u­lars 103 Fire­side-chat prez 104 “The United States is not, and never will be, at war with ____”: Obama 106 Home of the Sun Devils, fa­mil­iarly 107 Subj. of Ar­ti­cle I, Section 3 of the Con­sti­tu­tion 110 RUMYSELF 114 Dig­i­tally IDs by lo­ca­tion 115 Rock stan­dard? 116 Big name in skin care 117 Fea­tures of some dresses and shoes 118 Sub­tract­ing 119 Sti­fled

DOWN

1 Help line? 2 “With any luck!” 3 Un­com­pro­mis­ing 4 House of Bur­gundy? 5 Key­board key 6 Caber­net county 7 Land be­tween Al­ba­nia and Ser­bia 8 Histri­onic sort 9 Bird Down Un­der 10 ____ smear 11 Play’s fi­nal act? 12 Com­puter ad­dresses, for short 13 Fra­ter­nity and soror­ity mem­bers 14 Car­ni­val or cir­cus, so to speak 15 De­light in 16 Lan­guage from which “rein­deer” comes 18 Christ­mas-gift bear­ers 19 An­noy­ance for Santa 21 Row­ing ma­chine, in fit­ness lingo 22 ____ nova 25 Sierra ____ 28 Peachy-keen 30 Like some hair and em­bar­rassed friends 31 Swee­t­ums 32 First Na­tions peo­ple 33 Get per­fect 34 ____ counter 39 Tiny amount 40 Some­thing that’s not easy to blow 41 ____ sauce (sushi bar condi­ment) 43 Alpine lodg­ing 45 Hap­pen­ing again? 46 Bur­dened 48 Mil­len­ni­als 49 Veil over a Mus­lim woman’s face 50 ____-doke 52 No go-get­ter 55 Org. to which Jordan once be­longed 58 “____ com­pli­cated” 60 Gren­del, e.g. 61 “I knew it was you!” 62 Take to the soap­box 63 Store-sign info 64 Curse re­mover 65 Diana Ross mu­si­cal, with “The” 66 “Life of Pi” au­thor Martel 67 Re­ply of faux in­no­cence 70 Have no suc­cess with 73 Speak with swag­ger 74 Spi­ral 75 Words of won­der 77 Like some web pages and mem­o­ries 78 Will Fer­rell and Tina Fey 79 Chemist’s study 81 Muf­fin choice 82 Leafy shel­ter 83 U.S. ally in the Gulf War 86 Nick­name of the Mi­ami Heat’s all­time leader in points, games, as­sists and steals 90 Old Span­ish bread 92 “Hear ye! Hear ye!” an­nounc­ers 93 Ob­sta­cle-free cour­ses 95 Water­side lodg­ing with a port­man­teau name 96 Drink­ing sounds 97 Put back to Level 1, say 98 Young sala­man­ders 99 Congeal 100 Cross shape 105 *big kiss* 108 Quick time out 109 Chief le­gal of­fi­cers: Abbr. 110 Tar­get of an ath­lete’s M.R.I. 111 Char­lotte of “The Facts of Life” 112 “____ changed” 113 Stretch of his­tory

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