10.14.07 -- A River Runs Through It

Sunday, October 14, 2007
Puzzle by Elizabeth C. Gorski, edited by Will Shortz
ARIVERRUNSTHROUGHIT (65A Robert Redford film… and a hint to what occurs at 23-, 28-, 54-, 77-, 111- and 116-Across) is the featured entry and clue for six inter-related state/river combinations.
SNAKE (3D Gem State stream) crosses IDAHOPOTATO (23A Base for many French fries);
GILA (26D Grand Canyon State Stream) crosses RAISINGARIZONA (28A (1987 Nicolas Cage/ Holly Hunter film);
MISSISSIPPI (36D Volunteer State and Show Me State stream) crosses both TENNESSEEWALTZ (54A 1950 #1 hit for Patti Page) and IMFROMMISSOURI (77A Lead-in to “Show me!”);
MOBILE (97D Heart of Dixie stream) crosses ALABAMAJUBILEE (111A 1915 song that popularized the phrase “Hail! Hail! The gang’s all here”); and
YUKON (109A The Last Frontier stream) crosses BAKEDALASKA (116A Ice cream treat).
Across: 1. Film character who says “Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake” ; 5. Clear furniture material; 11. Doctrines; 15. Having no cost, in Cologne; 19. Arrive; 20. Choirs may sing in it; 21. On; 22. Make over; 25. “Are we finished?”; 27. C2H4, e.g.; 30. Caterpillar competitor; 31. One of two school colors (along with heliotrope) of New York’s Purchase College; 32. Beluga delicacy; 33. French pupil; 34. Ends of sandwiches?; 36. Light, maybe; 38. “Nearer the Moon” author Nin; 40. Was really agitated; 43. “The fix ISIN”’ 45. French way; 47. Letters of compassion; 48. Setting of Blackmore’s “Lorna Done”; 49. Titles at A.B.A. mtgs.; 50. Doesn’t keep from; 52. “Boola Boola” singer; 53. Big car racer sponsor; 58. Tenor in “The Flying Dutchman”; 60. Yuletide quaff; 61. Time INC; 62. Sounds of relief; 72. “Buona SERA”; 73. Pops; 74. 85-Across, e.g.: Abbr.; 75. Tiny fraction of a min.; 84. “Get it?”; 85. AOL alternative; 88. Tedious; 89. Excellent, slangily; 90. Ready for an emergency; 92. Ear: Prefix; 93. High fashion inits.; 94. Like cotton candy; 95. Works on, as a set of tires; 96. Toscanini’s birthplace; 99. Anwar’s successor; 101. Florida snapper; 102. She was wild about Harry; 104. Rock’s FOO Fighters; 105. Not showing one’s age, in a way; 107. Harding who made headlines in 1994; 114. Muscle relaxant; 115. Party people?; 118. Zodiac symbol; 119. “Bee Season” star, 2005; 120 Not unaware of the joke; 121. Pugilist Spinks; 122. Eye doctor’s concern; 123. “What are the ODDS?”; 124 Soaks in water; 125. Timeless Turner.
Down: 1. Poem that ends with the funeral of Hector; 2. Scooper; 4. Follow; 5. 1966 hit “Little Latin LUPE Lu”; 6. Card game with a draw pile; 7. Kumquat, for one; 8. Esau’s father; 9. Funny Fields; 10. Genesis son; 11. Retort to “You are a liar!”; 12. They get props for their work on Broadway; 13. 1998 French Open winner Carlos MOYA; 14. Church bell locale; 15. Like some assets and smiles; 16. Give a face-lift; 17. Al Bundy player; 18. A Siouan; 24. Having no sequel; 29. Modern home of ancient Media; 31. Walker, briefly; 35. Composed; 37. Dance accompanied by a gourd drum; 39. Astron., e.g.; 40. Zaire’s Mobutu SESE Seko; 41. Cast of thousands; 42. Variety of apple; 43. British verb ending; 44. Geometric figs.; 46. Pipe joint; 49. Many a NASA worker: Abbr.; 50. Georgia TECH; 51. Antler holder; 55. Lillehammer’s land: Abbr.; 56. Med. Specialty; 57. Newswoman Paula; 59. Soprano KIRI Te Kanawa; 63. Treat as a villain; 64. Political writer Shelby STEELE; 66. Improvise; 67. “Nothing UPMY sleeve”; 68. “Platoon” setting; 69. Laughfest; 70. Big Ten sch.; 71. Pull out; 76. Toon pics; 78. Stay too long at the beach; 79. ROSH Hashana; 80. Body of water seen in Munch’s “The Scream” ; 81. Moo SHU pork; 82. SAN Clemente; 83. Altogether; 85. Swab; 86. Abruptly stop; 87. “I’m serious!”; 91. Supermodel on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 1982 swimsuit issue; 94. Name-dropper, perhaps; 95. Unit of light; 98. Gray matter?” Abbr.; 100. Juicers; 101. Author of “The Third Man,” 1949; 103. Friend of Carlos; 105. Pitch; 106. Orange PEKOE; 108. Child of Asian parents; 110. Range maker; 111. Alerts, for short; 112. Opposite of blew; 113. Cousin of a stork; 114. Chocolate factory needs; 117. Salsa or guacamole.
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