12.07.08 -- "HEY!"

Sunday, December 7, 2008
“HEY!“, Puzzle by Jim Page, edited by Will Shortz
“Psst” is described in Webster’s as an exclamation used to get someone’s attention, usually in an unobtrusive way -- however, it is an often rude interjection, especially on the internet where “unobtrusive” is impossible. “Please” doesn’t figure into the equation.
YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE (64A. Start of an announcement … or hint to what’s hidden in the answers to the six starred clues) assumes that it does, including same in the interrelated entries of KEEPSSTRAIGHT (23A. *Distinguishes); SWEEPSSTALLS (33A. *Does a hostler’s work); DUMPSSTOCKS (49A. *Participates in a bear market); SKIPSSTONES (84A. *Plays at a pond, in a way); SWAPSSTORIES (99A. *Engages in some mutual gossip); DROPSSTITCHES (112A. *Commits knitting boo-boos). Now that you’ve gotten the attention, what? ASAP (96D. Right away) or RSVP (108D. Answer shortly)?
Psst! The acrosses: 1. Nailed, ACED; 5. VENN diagram; 9. Is in the Vatican, EST; 12. Stubborn response, IREFUSE; 19. Contact sport with a purification ritual, SUMO; 20. Jobs offering of 1998, IMAC; 21. Start of the seventh century, DCI; 22. Paws; TEARSAT; 26. Languished, SATIDLE; 27. Little fingers, MINIMI; 28. Brightest star in Auriga, from the Latin for “little she-goat”, CAPELLA; 30. Plant with two seed leaves, DICOT; 31. Literary wrap-up, ENDNOTES; 36. GLOM onto; 37. Bar product, SOAP; 38. Make a choice, OPT; 39. Sharp rebuke, SLAP; 40. “Taking Heat” memoirist Fleischer, ARI; 43. Played out, TRITE; 45. San YSIDRO, locale just north of Tijuana, Mexico; 47. “The Story-Teller” storyteller, SAKI; 51. Word of dissent, NAY; 52. English actor Sir DEREK Jacobi; 53, Suffix with disk, ETTE; 54. Burn cause, LYE; 55. Card’s insignia, STL; 57. Like many root vegetables for the winter, STORABLE; 61. Home of the Wright Brothers Natl. Memorial, NCAR; 63. It may be illegal to hang one, UEY; 70. Empty (of), RID; 71. Landscaper’s locale, YARD; 72. Free of mistakes; INERRANT; 74. Dutch artist Theo, JANSEN; 78. TV pooch with a temper, REN; 79. Alley-OOP pass; 81. Ancestor of a banjo, LUTE; 82. President-ELECT; 83. Cross shape, TAU; 88. Speak carelessly, SLUR; 89. Ellen of “Grey’s Anatomy”, POMPEO; 91. “Dune” director David, LYNCH; 92. Emerson’s “Jealous mistress”, ART; 93. When said three times, a 1970 film, TORA; 94. “OUR Mutual Friend”; 95. Seasonal time, in store signs, XMAS; 97. Provokes; IRES; 102. Loser of a footrace with Hippomenes,
ATALANTA; 106. “Christopher Robin went down with ALICE”: Milne; 107. Queens neighborhood near La Guardia, DITMARS; 109. Subjects of many bets, PONIES; 110. Clique, INGROUP; 114. Actress Annabella of “The Sopranos”, SCIORRA; 115. Brit’s oath, GOR; 116. Conceited, VAIN; 117. Sticker?, TINE; 118. Most grinchlike, MEANEST; 119. Merino mother, EWE; 120. Worrisome engine sound, PING; 121. “ALAS, how love can trifle with itself!”: Shak.
Psst! The downs? Hey, I’m out of here!
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