03.02.08 -- Leap Year Forward Thinking

Street Alphabet -- Ben Terrett
Sunday, March 2, 2008

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Puzzle by Patrick Blindauer and Tony Orbach, edited by Will Shortz
Jumping ahead this Leap Year, today’s puzzle is titled “Forward Thinking” -- replacing one letter of the alphabet with the one following in each of the thirteen across entries, utilizing the entire alphabet in order, as follows:
A/B -- KOOLBID (1. Offer for an R.J. Reynolds brand?), Kool Aid;
C/D -- DADDYSHACK (29. Papa pad?), Caddy Shack;
E/F -- GOODFATS (38. Canola and sunflower oil?), good eats;
G/H --STARHAZER (41. Best fraternity pledge tormentor?), star gazer;
I/J -- JVDRIPS (52. Not the most exciting school athletes?), IV drips;
K/L --LEGPARTY (56. Social gathering with the Rockettes?), keg party;
M/N --NIXEDDRINKS (68. Got sober?), mixed drinks;
O/P -- SPYBEANS (83. C.I.A. noggins?), soy beans;
Q/R -- POPRUIZ (85. Hit boxer John with a haymaker?), pop quiz;
S/T -- SWISSMIST (93. Fog in Zurich?), Swiss Miss;
U/V -- MILKDVDS (96. How-to-films for a dairy farm?), Milk Duds;
W/X -- LOXPROFILE (104. Side view of salmon?), low profile; and
Y/Z -- COPYBOZ (128. Transcribe some Dickens?), copy boy.
The Other Acrosses: 8. Rules, for short; 12. 1970 Simon & Garfunkel hit; 19. Away from a teaching post; 20. Forster’s “AROOM With a View”; 22. Joining; 23. Cube holder; 24. IUD part; 25. Realm of Otto von Bismarck; 26. 1802 acquisition of 25-Across; 27. Settles on, in a way; 28. Top of a platter; 29. Papa pad?; 32. Composes; 34. Org. that oversees quadrennial games; 37. Sporty Mazda; 45. Jack who said “Just the facts, ma’am”; 47. Rugged coastline feature; 48. “My!”; 49. Casual attire; 59. “Like a Rock” singer Bob; 61. Cosmetician Lauder and others; 62. Get decked out; 63. Waste maker; 65. Puts up again, as bowling pins; 67. Squiggly letter; 70. Flutter; 73. Shows past the doorstep; 75. Student of Bartok; 76. The lion in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”; 78. Clap hands on; 81. Pan-fry; 87. “THOSE Calloways” (Disney film); 89. “Damien” subtitle; 90 Mount Rigi, e.g.; 91. Head set; 100. OPTIC nerve; 102. First song on “More of the Monkees”; 103. EENIE, meenie, miney, mo; 109. “Soon It’s GONNA Rain” (“The Fantasticks” song); 111. Reliquary; 112. Temple of Isis locale; 116. Facial growths; 118. Phrase of agreement; 119. Words heard after opening a gift, maybe; 121. Hazel, e.g.; 122. Ice Cube ne OSHEA Jackson; 123. It started around 1100 B.C.; 124. Do a mailroom task; 125. Professional org.
The Downs: 1. Colorful carp; 2. Enough, for some; 3. Plaudits, of a sort; 4. “Sure, I’m game”; 5. Exposed; 6. One of Donald’s exes; 7. Susan of “Looker” 8. Train storage area; 9. ERNEST Tubb, the Texas Troubadour; 10. Nabber’s cry; 11. Rather, informally; 12. Silver prizes; 13. Physicist Fermi; 14. CIUDAD Real, Spain; 15. The “se” in per se; 16. The King’s “princess”; 17. Common past suffix; 18. Eastern title; 21. Like some Sp. Nouns; 27. “The Sopranos” Emmy winner Falco; 30. No man’s land, in brief; 31. Vladimir Putin’s onetime org.; 33. Michael of R.E.M.; 34. Wagner heroine; 35. Extras; 36. Mooches; 39. It commonly follows a verb: Abbr.; 40. Disrespect; 42. Salespeople, informally; 43. Lukas of “Witness”; 44. Sheet music abbr.; 45. Locks on a dome; 46. Chef Lagasse; 50. Cornerstone abbr.; 51. Must; 53. Winners’ signs; 54. August hrs.; 55. Some football blockers: Abbr.; 57. “See THIS?”; 58. Plane part; 60. Signs a lease; 64. “Julius Caesar” setting; 66. Deejay’s bane; 68. Classic soft drink with orange, grape and peach flavors; 69. Shad delicacies; 70. “So-Called Chaos” singer Morissette; 71. Like Niels Bohr; 72. Kind of inspection; 73. Orch. Section; 74. Old French coin; 76. Means of defense: Abbr.; 77. Come across as; 78. Canned meat brand; 79. “And that’s NOLIE” (“Believe you me”); 80. Christina in the 2005 revival of “Sweet Charity”; 82. Speech stumbles; 84. Informal greetings; 86. Zoo feature, in England; 88. Finnic language; 92. Fashion inits.; 94. Ring bearer; 95. Here, on the Riviera; 97. Fife player; 98. Bread for tacos?; 99. Plywood layer; 100. OPHRAHS Book Club; 101. 7, 11 and 13; 105. Bologna bone; 106. Mandela’s native tongue; 107. Hijacked cruise ship Achille LAURO; 108. Bar at the bar; 110. “I’d hate to break up ASET”; 113. Having a taste of the grape; 114. Run up ATAB; 115. NASA cancellation; 116. Econ. Measure; 117. Your and my; 119. Snap; 120. Cyrano’s nose.
The Times published an electronic Leap Day puzzle by Fred Piscop, which I just noticed. It's full of LEAPs, and it's great fun!


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NYTAnonimo said...

Would've given up completely on yesterday's puzzle if it weren't for your blog Donald-thanks. I finished today's puzzle with a little help from my spouse and google. Understood there were substitutions but didn't notice how precise they were in hitting the whole alphabet in order until I read your blog-thanks again! Surprised you aren't at the convention-or maybe you are?

Your comment about your Dad the other day had me checking out web sites I had used a couple of years ago in writing a history on my Dad. He died at the age of 53 so I never got to learn a whole lot about his time in the service from him. Turns out he was with one of two divisions that served in both Europe and Japan during WWII. Had the atomic bomb not been dropped while he was home on a 30 day furlough he may very well have been killed during an invasion of Japan. Instead he went there as part of an occupation force. So I have very mixed feelings on what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

DONALD said...


I grew up near Ellsworth AFB where the major nuclear force was situated with the B-29s etc. -- there was a chill in the air from WWII and the Red Scare -- my father's remark, I am sure, was to lighten the worry! I am certain, however, that we all know what a monstrous thing the nuclear race has become -- may the Lord be with us!