03.08.09 -- One More Thing

A young George Foreman celebrates his Olympic triumph.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Zack Kushner, edited by Will Shortz
Today, (groan) paronomasia… COOKING WITH GASPS (23A. Rachael Ray activity eliciting oohs and aahs?); BUILT RAMPS TOUGH (39A. Prepared for heavy on/off traffic?); USE THE FORCEPS LUKE (47A. Advise t actor Perry when delivering a baby?); ASPS FOR ME (67A. Cleopatra’s last request?); GOING TOPS THE POLLS (86. Travel is voted most popular?); LONG TIME NO SEEPS (92A. Result of a good basement waterproofing years ago?); BULLET PROOF CARPS (115A. Unassailable beefs?). The remainder of this concoction is no PS and for this solver, had a very static feel --
Across: 1. Former eBay chief Whitman, MEG; 4. Steal from, as in Grand Theft Auto, CARJACK; 11. Too big for one’s britches, say, SMUG; 15. Shutter piece, SLAT; 19. Auto financing abbr., APR; 20. Home of Easter Island, OCEANIA; 21. Bilge need, PUMP; 22. “EACH Dawn I Die (James Cagney flick); 26. ENTR ‘acte; 27. Freshwaer source, AQUIFER; 28. Habituate, ENURE; 29. Vedder of Pearl jam, EDDIE; 30. Pantywaist, WUSS; 31. Harebrained, DAFT; 34. “Three men in ATUB”; 36. Viaduct features, SPANS; 37. Appears, SEEMS; 40. Heat chart: Abbr., ECG; 46. Spacesuit worry, TEAR; 46. Schubert piece, LIED; 54. Extremely softly, in music, PPP; 57. French possessive, SES; 58. Wee, TEENSY; 59. Imitative, APISH; 60. LARA Croft, title role for Angelina Jolie; 61. It’s dangerous to be on this, HITLIST; 63. Org. involved with ESPN, NCAA; 64. Puffball contents, SPORES; 66 Pioneering 1940s computer, ENIAC; 72. Fashion photographer Herb, RITTS; 73. Void, REVOKE; 75. Brother’s attire, COWL; 76. Adulate, LIONIZE; 78. Bullpen stats, ERAS; 79. Sir, I Swahili, BWANA; 81. Rope fibers, SISALS; 84. AER Lingus; 85. High-speed inits., DSL; 89. Concert site, HALL; 90. Athlete who won the 1978 International Peace Award, PELE; 91. Brother or aunt: Abbr., REL; 99. “Yeah, RIGHT”; 103. Transfixed; INAWE; 104. Canned, AXED; 105. Bygone “birds”, SSTS; 107. Swerve, VEER; 108. Like a pig in a pen, STIED; 109. False front, ALIAS; 112. Literally, “little turnips”, RAVIOLI; 114. Cinderella’s destination, BALL; 119. Volkswagen competitor, OPEL; 120. Prefix with inflammatory, ANTI; 121. Upset, TIPOVER; 122. Fathom, GET; 123. Composer Rorem and others, NEDS; 124. Word before or after tea, ROSE; 125. Ones concealing their aims, SNIPERS; 126. Poetic preposition, ERE.
Down: 1. Talkative ones, MACAWS; 2. La Belle ÉPOQUE; 3. Bellyache, GROUSE; 4. Bangs, e.g., COIF; 5. Pimply, ACNED; 6. Get a better grip on, REGRAB; 7. Big part of a crocodile, JAW; 8. Singer DiFranco, ANI; 9. Refer to, CITE; 10. Gus who wrote the words to “Makin’ Whoopee”, KAHN; 11. What the 300 defended, SPARTA; 12. Field trip destination, MUSEUM; 13. Person at home, UMP; 14. Modern navig. Tool, GPS; 15. Bean container, SEEDPOD; 6. Coachman’s carriage; LANDAU; 17. Provisional, ACTING; 18. Separate wheat from chaff, THRESH; 24. It’s written in the stars, KISMET; 25. Gum-producing plant, GUAR; 29. First name in cosmetics, ESTEE; 32. Informal bed, FUTON; 33. Seating sections, TIERS; 35. Nearly excellent, BPLUS; 38. “I don’t get no respect,” to Rodney Dangerfield, SCHTICK; 40. Full of frills, LACY; 41. Number of flavors in Neapolitan ice cream?, TRE; 42. Some turban wearers, SIKHS; 44. Thousands, in slang, GEES; 47. Brought (in), USHERED; 48. Fishermen with nets, SEINERS; 49. Summery, ESTIVAL; 50. Greek salad ingredient, FETA; 51. Designer Rabanne, PACO; 52. Tangle (with), SPAR; 53. Irish folk musician O’Flynn, LIAM; 54. Missing something, PARTIAL; 55. Ballpark snack, PRETZEL; 56. QBs, at times, PASSES; 63. CBS’s “The NFL Today”; 65. Fare well, PROSPER; 68. Eyeball, SCAN; 69. Beer PONG; 70. Hit hard, SWAT; 71. “In the Valley of ELAH” (2007 film); 74. Where Christ stopped in a Carlo Levi novel, EBOLI; 77. Robert of “The Sopranos”, ILER; y80. Mother in Bedrock, WILMA; 81. Ill-fated German admiral, SPEE; 82. The Hebrides, e.g., ISLES; 83. Flight divisions, STEPS; 86. Like some communities, GATED; 87. Missions, in brief, OPS; 88. “Twelfth Night” woman, OLIVIA; 89. The Father of Science Fiction, HGWELLS; 92. Capital on the Atlantic, LISBON; 93. Canned, ONTAPE; 94. Caught red-handed, NAILED; 95. Sings hallelujah to, EXALTS; 96. Nervous one?, NELLIE; 97. Comics pooch, ODIE; 98. Endeavored, STROVE; 100. Any of boxer Foreman’s five sons, GEORGE; 101. Volunteer, perhaps, HELPER; 102. Melancholy, TRISTE; 106. Less wobbly, say, SAFER; 110. Brief makers: Abbr.: ATTS; 111. Turn in many a children’s board game, SPIN; 113. TV hookups; VCRS; 115. Kind of graph, BAR; 116. Card game from Mattel, UNO; 117. Sch. In Troy, N.Y., RPI; 118. Alley OOP.
Of course, the biggest PS today is 100-Down -- GEORGE. Foreman has 10 children, and each of his five sons are named George: George Jr., George III, George IV, George V, and George VI. They are also known by the nicknames "Monk," "Red," "Joe," "Big Wheel," and "Little George.”
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