An original copy of the King James Bible, from its first printing in 1611
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Gaining an A in nine common phrases resulting in new phrases constitutes the interrelated group of this solver-friendly Sunday crossword.
- KING JAMES AVERSION (22A. Dislike of the son of Mary, Queen of Scots?)
- RUNAWAY MODEL (31A. Catwalk no-show?)
- GENTLE AMEN (45A. Soft-spoken prayer ending?)
- AMASS MEDIA (48A. Building a publishing empire?)
- PEPPER ACORN (66A. Practical joke used on squirrels?)
- TONY AROMAS (87A. What sweaty dancers create at an annual awards show?)
- DART ABOARD (90A. Rush to get on the train?)
- AROUND ROBINS (103A. Where worms don’t last long?)
- ANABOLIC ASTEROIDS (116A. What black holes swallow to bulk up?)
Other — ARTISAN, CLIMATES, DEVOURS, DENTIST, ENAMELED, ESOTERICA (26A. It‘s hard to understand), MASSEUR (108A. Rubber man?), MR APRIL (28A. Springtime calendar hunk), NO PROBLEM, OVER-RATED, POTTERY, RED ROSES, ROARED AT, SPECTRUM (6D. A to Z, e.g.), TOYS R US (72D. Geoffrey the Giraffe‘s store), TRUCKED.
Six-letter — ABBOTS, ADORNS, ALCOTT (33A. March sisters‘ creator), BAT BOY (101A. “Lumber“ collector in a park), BROLLY (17A. Brit‘s bumbershoot), EASIER, ERASER, HAMPER, INJECT, Pablo NERUDA, PRETTY, ROSINS, ST JOES, THREAD, WEIRDO, ZANIES (41D. Marx Brothers, e.g.).
Five — AD REP, ASHEN, CURIE, DOPEY, DUNED, EDENS, HALVE, IDOLS, IVORY, “LET IT ride“, MAORI, NEALE, NEONS, NOMAR (122A. Former Red Sox star Garciaparra), OPINE, OPTIC, RAINY, RARER, RYDER, SAUTE, SCOUT, SHIVA, SIZES, STAMP, SYRIA, TACIT, TEN AM, UNITY, WE MET, ZUNIS (41A. Southwest natives).
Short stuff — AARP, AAS, AIDA, ALGA, AS IS, Trapped like A RAT, BARE, BIN, BLT, BOOT, CANT and CATT, CIA, D-DAY, DUDE, EAR and EARP, EDAM, EEN and EON, EMER, ERNE and ERNO, ESP, ETAS, Mein HERR, IDES, ISO, KALB, LEAP, LEER, LIMA, LSU, “Look MA NO hands!“, MAKE, MARC, MILL, MSN, MSRP, NAPE, NAZI, NORA, NUB, OH NO, OMIT, ONES, OPTS, ORE, OUR, OUST, PISA, PSI, PUMA, REGT, RIJN, ROAD, RRS, SPUD, SRI, TAIS, TORY, ULNA and UNA, UNTO, WAWA, WEB, YEAH (“I suppose so“).
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Natives of the land known as Aolearoa; 6. One with eyes for a cook?; 10. Implied; 15. Silken construction; 18. Pasty; 19. Share a view; 20. Split; 21. Plant’s grain-bearing part; 25. Prefix with bar; 27. Heavy metal rock?; 30. Suffragist Carrie Chapman ___; 37. Threatened ferociously; 39. Conservative; 40. Take the plunge; 42. “No introduction needed” phrase; 53. Mosaicist, e.g.; 54. First Arab country to have sanctions imposed on it by the Arab League; 56. Poet Pablo; 57. Radioactivity unit; 59. Mag space seller, e.g.; 62. Golf cup name; 63. Not juust my; 70. Things may be picked up with this; 71. Cohesion; 74. Brown, maybe; 75. Highlighter colors, often; 78. Catholic university in Philly; 80. County on one side of the Golden Gate Bridge; 83. Hauled, in a way; 92. Jewish mourning period; 93. Dwarf with a purple hat; 94. Arm part; 98. Like some cookware; 106. It’s found between the shoulders; 109. Lunch inits.; 110. “Consider it done!”; 115. Air pump setting: Abbr.; 119. “Horatio, thou art ___ as just a man…”; 121. 10E and 40 long, e.g.; 123. Lines with crossings: Abbr.; 124. Utopias; 125. Mai ___ (drinks); 126. Purchase that’s canceled. — DOWN: 1. Fashion; 2. “No guarantees”; 3. “Yikes!”; 4. Mil. Unit below a division; 5. Give a shot; 7. University of ___, where Andrea Biocelli earned a law degree; 8. Italian article; 9. Engulfs; 10. It may get stuck in an eye; 11 Small batteries; 12. Desert and rain forest; 13. Material in old mah-jongg sets; 14 Common break hour; 15. Kook; 16. Less stressful; 19. Neglect; 24. Shore bird; 29. Some terra cotta; 31. Precipitating; 32. Drink for a toddler; 33. Unwanted swimming pool bit; 34. What rakes may do; 35. Tilt; 36. Kind of disc; 38. Unidentified people; 43. Yahoo! Alternative; 44. FEMA part: Abbr.; 46. The Tigers of the N.C.A.A.; 47. Tombstone figure; 48. 2000 musical with the song “Every Story Is a Love Story”; 49. Singer Anthony; 50. Bro; 51. 13th, at times; 52. 40 million-member org. founded in 1958; 55. Not so prevalent; 58. Cleanup org.; 60. Gigayear; 61. Fairly; 63. Unseat; 64. “For ___ us a child …”; 65. Rembrandt van ___; 67. Shoe named for a cat; 68. LAX data; 69. Romance novelist Roberts; 76. Core; 77. Paid sports spectator; 79. Title of veneration; 81. Justin Bieber and others; 82. Ponytail locale; 84. Newsman Marvin or Bernard; 85. Cube creator Rubik; 86. When Juno and Gold Beach were assaulted; 88. Think too much of; 91. They’re often sold by the dozen; 93. One who works with canines; 95. Hold back; 96. It gets the lead out; 97. Prepares a bow, with “up”; 99. Monastery heads; 100. Casting locale; 101. Naked; 102. Festoons; 104. Writer Zora ___ Hurston; 105. Like much of Fire Island’s shore; 107. Decides; 110. Foe in the first Indiana Jones film; 111. Unseat; 112. Certain bean; 113. Dutch cheese town; 114. Car sticker letters; 117. Coal container; 118. “Three Days of the Condor” org.