01.16.11 — A River Puns Through It



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Sunday, January 16, 2011

A RIVER PUNS THROUGH IT, Puzzle by Joon Pahk, edited by Will Shortz

Eight puns utilizing river names is the main feature of this Sunday crossword.

  • MISSOURI LOVES COMPANY (23A. With 24-Across, why a Midwest river has so many tributaries?)
  • YANGTZE DOODLE DANDY (35A. Fob who makes idle sketches of a Chinese river?)
  • TOMORROW NEVA DIES (48A. “If you don’t meet my demands within 24 hours, I’ll blow up a Russian river”?)
  • YALU JACKET (66A. Life vest worn on a Korean border river?)
  • ODER EATERS (71A. Piranhas in a Germany border river?)
  • YUKON GO HOME AGAIN (92A. Request to an Alaskan river to return to its headwaters?)
  • THAMES FIGHTIN WORDS (100A. Aggressive posturing’ on an English river?)
  • WE’RE ALL INDUS TOGETHER (120A. With 123-Across, what minor rivers of Pakistan say at their junctions?)

Other — ANTONIO, ASPIRANT, CHOU EN LAI (69D. With 47-Across, onetime Chinese premier), COMRADE (14D. Cold war term of address), DENIALS, HARRISON (20A. Popular Ford), HOGWARTS (86D. School whose motto is Latin for “Never tickle a sleeping dragon“), INTENT ON, KEYDETS (130A. V.M.I. athletes), NIGHT OWL, STELLAR, STUDIOUS, SUAVEST, WE MADE IT.

Mid-size — ACTED, AT SEA, CAROB, DAVIS, DEVILS, DIGS IN, DORIA, EDERLE (126A.Channel crosser Gertrude), EDITS, EXPAT, FOULED, “Buon GIORNO“, GOLGI apparatus (cell organelle), HERDS, INGOT, INSIDE, I RAIL, IRISES, ITALY, MACH I, MALTS, MILANO and MOLINE, NERTS, NOSHED and NOSHOW, OBLADI, OCHRE, ON CALL, OPIUM, OREGON, OSIER, REORG, RESIN, SCENT, SHEET, SIMMS, SKATED, SKOSH, SMALL, SNARF (30A. Devour, with “up” or “down”), more commonly SCARF, SO TOO, TOADY (34D. Lickspittle), UNION, VESTRY, YOWIE.

Short stuff — ACEY and ACHE, ADA, ADDS, AGE, ARAP and TRAP, ARCH, BEE, BRYN Mawr, CREW, DAAE, DASH, DRI, EDY, ENO, ETA, EWER, EXEC, FARR, GLOB, GOAD, GULL, HEN, IDS, IONE, IPSE dixit, IRON, JAR, KIRK, LEV and NEV, LILI, LOO (97A. Can of Cornwall?), META, MISS, MOET, NAME, NERO, NLRS, NOHO, NOOK, OENO, OGLE and ORLE, OMOO, REA, RELO, RIAS, SAM, SCAT, SEZ you!”, SIRE, SIT A spell, SODA, STOL, STUD, SWIM, TERA, TNT, TORI, URAL, WEAR, YIPE.

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Puzzle available on the internet at
THE NEW YORK TIMES — Crossword Puzzles and Games.
Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Most debonair; 8. Cookie with a geographical name; 14. Chocolate substitute; 19. More than just leaning toward; 21. The Ducks of the N.C.A.A.; 22. Basketmaking material; 26. Big name in bubbly; 27. Attacks dinner; 32. She’s prone to brooding; 33. Exemplary; 42. They’re checked at check-in; 45. Move, in Realtor-ese; 46. Literary title character from the Planet Antiterra; 55. Corner; 56. Not give ___; 57. Start of a Beatles refrain; 58. Pained expression?; 60. Aunt of 1960s TV; 61. “I Shot Andy Warhol” actress Taylor; 62. Fail to notice; 64. Old-timey oath; 76. Speed of sound; 79. One often going by limo; 80. “American Beauty” director Mendes; 83. Corporate shuffling, for short; 85. Stand-up guy?; 90. Workers; 95. Played one’s part; 98. Provoke; 99. Atlanta-based cable inits.; 107. The merchant of Venice; 108. Stephen of “The End of the Affair”; 109. Tad; 113. Bookish; 119. Dull discomfort; 125. Train track beam; 127. Connected, as circuit elements; 128. Fountain orders; 129. Team whose home ice is the Prudential Center. — DOWN: 1. N.F. L. commentator Phil; 2. Labor party?; 3. Adrift, say; 4. Priests’ changing room; 5. U2 collaborator on “Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1”; 6. Hold ’em alternative; 7. Tubes, e.g.; 8. Illinois home of Black Hawk College; 9. With 11-Down, prehistoric period; 10. “My Name is Asher ___”; 11. See 9-Down; 12. Snacked; 13. Reachable by pager; 15. Hopeful; 16. Narrow inlets; 17. Sommelier’s prefix; 20. One who doesn’t retire early; 25. Shield border, in heraldry; 31. Jamie of “M*A*S*H”; 33. Pop; 36. Last Julio-Claudian emperor; 37. Semiliquid lump; 38. California governor who was recalled in 2003; 39. Workers’ rights org.; 40. Christine ___, “The Phantom of the Opera” heroine; 41. “Wow!”; 42. 2006 World Cup champion; 43. Andrea ___, famous shipwreck; 44. Minute; 49. “Confessions of an English ___-Eater”; 50. Pinpoint, say; 51. Works on copy; 52. Actress Skye; 53. It has a big mouth; 54. Father, as a mudder; 59. H as in Hera; 63. “I thought ___!” (“My feeling exactly!”); 65. “Shrek!” author William; 67. Unsettle; 68. ___-deucy; 70. 2009 sci-fi fole for Chris Pine; 72. - ; 73. Hemingway, once; 74. Fly catcher; 75. Whiff; 78. Expensive bar; 80. Silly singing; 81. Main; 82. Prefix with carpal; 87. “Typee” sequel; 88. Rock, in modern lingo; 91. Cry of accomplishment; 93. Neighborhood west of the Bowery; 94. Kicks in; 96. Stonewallers’ statements; 101. Acronym for a small-runway aircraft; 102. Sent to the free-time throw line; 103. Like some jokes and jobs; 104. Van Gogh painting that sold for a record $53.9 million in 1987; 105. Prefix with con; 106. Cut a fine figure?; 110. Earth shade; 111. 0.2% of a ream; 112. Tends, as sheep; 113. 1960s dance, with “the”; 114. Trillion: Prefix; 115. Risk territory east of Ukraine; 116. Rook; 117. Cozy corner; 118. Look badly?; 121. The Silver State: Abbr.; 122. Soft & ___; 124. Ice cream mogul Joseph.

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