LA Times Crossword Answers 17 Jun 2018, Sunday

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Constructed by: Mark McClain
Edited by: Rich Norris

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Today’s Theme: Audible Sighs

Themed answers each finish with a word that starts with an AUDIBLE SIGH, a “sigh” sound:

  • 23A. Therapeutic specialty : CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
  • 41A. Geology, for one : EARTH SCIENCE
  • 68A. Antique tool hung on some pub walls : ENGLISH SCYTHE
  • 94A. Clapboard : WOODEN SIDING
  • 118A. Result of too much speed, perhaps : TRAFFIC CITATION
  • 36D. Span before a spin : RINSE CYCLE
  • 46D. Musical based on “Madama Butterfly” : MISS SAIGON

Bill’s time: 17m 10s

Bill’s errors: 4

  • LOBO (Robo)
  • YGOR (Igor!)
  • ALP (Arp!)
  • RAY (Rai!!!)

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Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

5. Literary captain : AHAB

Captain Ahab is the obsessed and far from friendly captain of the Pequod in Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick”. The role of Captain Ahab was played by Gregory Peck in the 1956 John Huston film adaptation. Patrick Stewart played Ahab in a 1998 miniseries in which Peck made another appearance, as Father Mapple.

9. “Quo __”: 1951 film : VADIS

“Quo Vadis” is an epic drama made in 1951, an film adaptation of the 1896 novel of the same name written by Henryk Sienkiewicz. At the top of the bill are Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr, with Peter Ustinov playing the Emperor Nero. There was also an uncredited extra making her first appearance on the screen, a young lady by the name of Sophia Loren.

14. Dome opening? : ASTRO-

The Houston baseball team changed its name to the Astros (sometimes “’Stros”) from the Colt .45s in 1965 when they started playing in the Astrodome. The Astrodome was so called in recognition of the city’s long association with the US space program. The Astros moved from the National League to the American League starting in the 2013 season.

20. 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Rebecca __ : LOBO

Rebecca Lobo is a former WNBA basketball player who launched a second career as a sports reporter and analyst for ESPN. Lobo played with the New York Liberty, Houston Comets and Connecticut Sun.

21. Memoir featuring Ike : I, TINA

“I, Tina” is a 1986 autobiography by Tina Turner. The book was so successful it was adapted into a movie called “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” The film version was released in 1993 and starring Angela Bassett as Tina Turner.

Musician Ike Turner is perhaps best known for the work in the sixties and seventies with then-wife Tina Turner. Turner met his future wife on the local club circuit in St. Louis in the mid-fifties, and together they formed the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Despite all of his success, Ike’s life went downhill in the eighties and nineties, largely due to addiction to cocaine and crack. He served time in jail, and Tina later described episodes of domestic abuse in her autobiography “I, Tina”. Ike was diagnosed with emphysema in 2005, which left him very weak and in need of a constant supply of oxygen. He passed away in 2007 due to a cocaine overdose.

26. Ageless pitcher Satchel : PAIGE

Satchel Paige pitched baseball in the Negro leagues and then the majors, before retiring in 1966. When he moved to the Major League, Paige was 42 as he pitched his first game, making him the oldest ever “rookie” to play Major League Baseball. And when he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, Paige was the first person to be so honored from the Negro leagues.

28. Cadillac SUV : ESCALADE

The Escalade is a full-size SUV that Cadillac introduced in 1999. The word “escalade” describes the act of scaling defensive walls with ladders during a siege.

32. Moon goddess : SELENE

Selene was the Greek goddess of the moon, the equivalent of the Roman deity Luna. Selene gave her name to the word “selenology”, the study of the geology of the moon, and also gave her name to the chemical element “selenium”. According to mythology, Selene fell in love with the handsome hunter/shepherd Endymion, a mere mortal.

33. Spares for Venus : RACKETS

Venus Williams is the older of the two Williams sisters playing professional tennis. In 2002, Williams became the first African-American woman to earn the World No. 1 ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association in the Open Era.

34. Balcony barrier : PARAPET

A parapet originally was a defensive wall, or a fortifying elevation above a main wall. We use the term now to describe several different structures, often a guard rail on a staircase or a roof. “Parapet” comes from the Italian “parapetto”, which in turn comes from “parare” (to cover, defend) and “petto” (breast).

38. Hamilton’s prov. : ONT

The Ontario city of Hamilton sits at the western tip of Lake Ontario. The city was founded in the early 1800s by merchant and politician George Hamilton.

39. Clark of DC Comics : KENT

Superman’s comic book creators gave their title character’s alter-ego the name “Clark Kent” by melding the names of Clark Gable and Kent Taylor, two leading men of the cinema at the time Superman was created. However, they modeled Clark’s character more on the silent film actor Harold Lloyd.

52. First name in cosmetics : ESTEE

Estée Lauder was a very successful businesswoman, and someone with a great reputation as a salesperson. Lauder introduced her own line of fragrances in 1953, a bath oil called “Youth Dew”. “Youth Dew” was marketed as a perfume, but it was added to bathwater. All of a sudden women were pouring whole bottles of Ms. Lauder’s “perfume” into their baths while using only a drop or two of French perfumes behind their ears. That’s quite a difference in sales volume …

53. Actor in “Going in Style” (2017) : CAINE

There have been only two actors who have been nominated for an Academy Award in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. One is Jack Nicholson, and the other is Michael Caine. Caine is now known as Sir Michael Caine, as he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the year 2000.

“Going in Style” is a 2017 comedy film starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as three seniors who hold up a New York bank after their pensions are canceled. The 2017 film is a remake of a 1979 film of the same name starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg.

54. Balance sheet item : ASSET

The balance sheet of a company is a snapshot (single point in time) view of a company’s financial position. The balance sheet lists all the company’s liabilities, all of its assets, and all of its ownership equity. The assets of a company, less its liabilities equals the ownership equity. The term “balance” is used because assets always balance out with the sum of liabilities and shareholder equity.

60. “Born Free” lioness : ELSA

The life story of Elsa the lion was told by game warden Joy Adamson, who had a very close relationship with the lioness from when Elsa was orphaned as a young cub. Adamson wrote the book “Born Free” about Elsa, and then “Living Free” which tells the story of Elsa and her three lion cubs. In the 1966 film based on “Born Free”, Adamson is played by the talented actress Virginia McKenna.

68. Antique tool hung on some pub walls : ENGLISH SCYTHE

I guess there are several designs of scythe, e.g. English scythes and Austrian scythes. The two main components of any scythe are the blade and the handle known as a snaith.

75. Blue Grotto isle : CAPRI

The island of Capri off the coast of Southern Italy has been a tourist resort since the days of ancient Rome. Capri is home to the famous Blue Grotto, a sea cave that is illuminated with sunlight that’s colored blue as it passes through the seawater into the cave.

76. 1986 Starship chart-topper : SARA

The sixties folk group called Jefferson Airplane gave rise to two spin-off groups that were founded by former Jefferson Airplane band members. The first was Jefferson Starship, and the second was Starship. Confusing, huh?

81. Yuletide : NOEL

“Noël” is the French word for the Christmas season, ultimately coming from the Latin word for “birth” (natalis). “Noel” has come to be used as an alternative name for a Christmas carol.

83. With 40-Across, boxer with a 24-0 lifetime record : LAILA …
(40A. See 83-Across : … ALI)

Laila Ali is the daughter of the great Muhammad Ali and is a very capable boxer in her own right. Laila’s professional record is an impressive 24 wins, including 21 knockouts. Now retired, she never lost a fight, and nor did she ever draw. One of those victories was against Jackie Frazier-Lyde, daughter of her father’s nemesis Joe Frazier. Laila is not a bad dancer either, coming in third place in the fourth season of “Dancing with the Stars”.

86. Kate’s TV mate : ALLIE

The sitcom “Kate & Allie” ran from 1984 to 1989, starring Susan Saint James as Kate, and Jane Curtin as Allie. Jane Curtin won two Emmy awards for her work on the series, while Susan Saint James … did not.

87. ’60s Van Dyke co-star : MOORE

“The Dick Van Dyke Show” is a sitcom that ran from 1961 to 1966 starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as Rob and Laura Petrie. This classic show was created by the great Carl Reiner, who also had a supporting role on screen.

92. “The Ghost of Frankenstein” role : YGOR

The lab assistant named Igor has turned up in many movies in recent decades, and usually appears as the aide to Dr. Frankenstein. Paradoxically, in Mary Shelley’s original novel, Frankenstein had no assistant at all. Further, the lab assistant introduced in 1931 in the first of the “Frankenstein” series of movies was named Fritz. Bela Lugosi played a character named Ygor in “Frankenstein” sequels in 1939 and 1946, but he was a blacksmith and didn’t work in the lab.

“The Ghost of Frankenstein” is a 1942 horror movie starring Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Monster and Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein’s assistant Ygor. It is in this “Frankenstein” film that the Monster first stumbles along with his arms outstretched in front of him. There’s no real reason for this behavior in subsequent portrayals, but in “The Ghost of Frankenstein” he does so because he is blind.

94. Clapboard : WOODEN SIDING

Wooden siding that comprises horizontal rows of overlapping boards is known as clapboard. The boards are beveled, with the top edge thicker than the bottom edge. The “clap” part of “clapboard” comes from the Middle Dutch “klappen” meaning “to fit”.

98. High hair style : POUF

The pouf is an updo hairstyle that was popularized in the 18th-century France by Marie Antoinette. The French queen first sported the pouf at the coronation of her husband, Louis XVI. Ladies of the day would often wear many ornaments and decorations in their hair set in a pouf, such as pearls, feathers and even ships.

99. Letters before F? : TGI-

“Thank God It’s Friday” (TGIF) is a relatively new expression that apparently originated in Akron, Ohio. It was a catchphrase used first by disk jockey Jerry Healy of WAKR in the early seventies. That said, one blog reader wrote me to say that he had been using the phrase in the fifties.

109. Wye follower, in Wye : ZED

In the British English alphabet, the letter Y (wye) is followed by the letter Z (zed).

The village of Wye in located a few miles from the city of Canterbury in the southeast of England. Wye was voted the third best place to live in the UK in 2013. I’d like to visit there someday …

111. Quarantines : ISOLATES

The original use of our word “quarantine” back in the 1500s was as a legal term. A quarantine was the 40 days in which a widow had the legal right to reside in her dead husband’s house.

123. One of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” : OLGA

Olga, Masha and Irina are the “Three Sisters” in the play by Anton Chekhov. The three title characters were inspired by the three Brontë sisters, the English authors.

125. Like items in potpourri: Abbr. : ASSTD

Assorted (asstd.)

The French term “pot pourri” literally translates to “rotten pot”, but in France it is used to mean “stew”. Over time, the term “potpourri” evolved in English usage to mean a “medley”, and eventually a mixture of dried flowers and spices.

126. Retired slugger, familiarly : A-ROD

Baseball player Alex Rodriguez, nicknamed “A-Rod”, broke a lot of records in his career, albeit under a shroud of controversy due to his use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. When he signed a 10-year contract with the Texas Rangers for $252 million in 2000, it was the most lucrative contract in sports history. In 2007, Rodriguez signed an even more lucrative 10-year contract with the New York Yankees, worth $275 million. Rodriguez retired in 2016.

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1. “Goldberg Variations” composer : BACH

Bach’s set of 30 variations (plus the original aria) are known as the “Goldberg Variations”. First published in 1741, the work is named for virtuoso harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been its first performer.

4. Capital near the Great Divide : HELENA

Helena is the capital of the state of Montana, and is known as the Queen City of the Rockies. Helena’s main street has a very colorful name, namely Last Chance Gulch.

By definition, a continental divide marks the line between a two drainage basins. In the case of the Continental Divide of the Americas (aka the Great Divide), one side of the line drains into the Pacific, and the other into the Atlantic. Generally speaking, the Continental Divide of the Americas runs along the Rocky Mountains in North America and along the Andes in South America.

5. The Zugspitze, e.g. : ALP

The Zugspitze is an Alpine peak, and the highest mountain in Germany.

7. Deep space : ABYSS

“Abyss”, meaning “deep chasm”, ultimately derives from the Greek “a-” (without) and “byssos” (bottom).

8. Italian ball game : BOCCE

The Italian bowling game of “bocce” (often anglicized as “bocci” or “boccie”) is based on a game played in Ancient Rome. “Bocce” is the plural of the Italian word “boccia” meaning “bowl”.

10. Legendary island : ATLANTIS

The legendary city of Atlantis was first referred to in writing by the Greek philosopher Plato. The story is that a navy from Atlantis attempted to invade Athens but failed, and as a result the city of Atlantis sank into the ocean.

11. Simple semiconductor : DIODE

A diode is component in a circuit, the most notable characteristic of which is that it will conduct electric current in only one direction. Some of those vacuum tubes we used to see in old radios and television were diodes, but nowadays almost all diodes are semiconductor devices.

12. “Bus Stop” playwright : INGE

Playwright William Inge had a run of success on Broadway in the early fifties. Inge’s most celebrated work of that time was the play “Picnic”, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. The original 1953 cast of “Picnic” included a young male actor making his debut on Broadway. His name was Paul Newman. Many of Inge’s works are set in the American heartland and so he became known as the “Playwright of the Midwest”.

“Bus Stop” is a marvelous play written by William Inge in 1955. The famous 1956 movie of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe is only very loosely based on the play.

17. Name synonymous with synonyms : ROGET

Peter Mark Roget was an English lexicographer. Roget was an avid maker of lists, apparently using the routine of list-making to combat depression, a condition he endured for most of his life. He published his famous thesaurus in 1852, with revisions and expansions being made years later by his son, and then in turn by his grandson.

18. Slanted columns : OP-EDS

“Op-ed” is an abbreviation for “opposite the editorial page”. Op-eds started in “The New York Evening World” in 1921 when the page opposite the editorials was used for articles written by a named guest writer, someone independent of the editorial board.

25. MLB’s Angels, in sportscasts : HALOS

The Anaheim Angels baseball team are today more correctly called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (LAA). The “Angels” name dates back to 1961 when the team was founded in the “City of Angels”, Los Angeles. When the franchise moved to Anaheim in 1965 they were known as the California Angels, then the Anaheim Angels, and most recently the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim. The Angels are also known as “the Halos”.

29. Lily’s “Grace and Frankie” co-star : JANE

Jane Fonda is the daughter of Henry Fonda, sister of Peter Fonda, and aunt of Bridget Fonda, making the Fondas quite the acting family. Jane Fonda had many memorable screen performances, but is equally memorable for her anti-war activism. Most famously she was outspoken against the Vietnam War, going so far as to visit North Vietnam during the height of the conflict in 1972, posing for photographs and making radio broadcasts denouncing American leaders as “war criminals”. For her stance, Fonda earned the nickname “Hanoi Jane”.

Lily Tomlin is a comedian and actress who got her big break as a regular member of the cast of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in the late sixties and early seventies. Tomlin created several great characters on the show. My personal favorite is Ernestine, the condescending telephone operator with the marvelous nasal voice and snorting laugh. Ernestine was fond of saying “One ringy dingy …” I really enjoy Tomlin’s performances as an actress, notably in the movies “9 to 5” and “All of Me”, and on the TV shows “The West Wing” and “Grace and Frankie”. I went to her stage show many years ago in San Francisco, and just did not enjoy it. I was devastated …

“Grace and Frankie” is a Netflix original comedy series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the title roles, alongside Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Grace & Frankie are two ex-wives who decide to live together after their longtime husbands announce that they are in love and intend to get married.

34. Storybook bear : PAPA

The story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” was first recorded in 1837 in England, although the narrative was around before it was actually written down. The original fairy tale was rather gruesome, but successive versions became more family-oriented. The character that eventually became Goldilocks was originally an elderly woman, and the three “nameless” bears became Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear.

39. Support for a proposal : KNEE

That would be a marriage proposal.

43. Matisse at an easel : HENRI

Henri Matisse was a French artist renowned for his contribution to modern art. In his early career, Matisse was classed as a “fauve”, one of the group of artists known as the “wild beasts” who emphasized strong color over realism in their works. He was a lifelong friend of Pablo Picasso, and the two were considered to be good-natured rivals so their works are often compared. One major difference between their individual portfolios is that Picasso tended to paint from his imagination, whereas Matisse tended to use nature as his inspiration.

The word “easel” comes from an old Dutch word meaning “donkey” would you believe? The idea is that an easel carries its load (an oil painting, say) just as a donkey would be made to carry a load.

44. Ordinal suffix : -ETH

Ordinal numbers express a position in a series, i.e. first, second, third etc.

46. Musical based on “Madama Butterfly” : MISS SAIGON

“Miss Saigon” is a musical that premiered in London in 1989, and one that is based on Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly”. “Miss Saigon” was written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, the duo responsible for “Les Misérables”. We saw both shows in London during their heyday, and I much preferred “Miss Saigon”. Back then the big thing was to have a big “special effect” in a stage musical, and for “Miss Saigon” this is the landing of a life-size helicopter on the stage. At the performance we attended there was an announcement that “the helicopter was broken”, so we had a fun time watching actors running around pretending there was a helicopter in that climactic scene …

Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is the most-performed opera in the US. The opera that we see today is actually the second version that Puccini produced. The original version was first staged in 1904 at La Scala in Milan where it received a very poor reception. Puccini reworked the piece, breaking the second act into two new acts and making some other significant changes. The opera was relaunched a few months later and it was a resounding success.

47. “__ the loneliest number” : ONE IS

The rock band Three Dog Night had its first and biggest success back in 1969 with the Harry Nilsson song “One”. The song is perhaps best known for its opening words, “One is the loneliest number …” Three Dog Night took their name from an Australian expression. Apparently indigenous Australians would sleep in a hole in the ground alongside their tame dingoes. On a cold night, they would huddle up to two dingos, and if it was really, really cold, it was a “three dog night”.

48. Pads in trees : NESTS

Back in the 16th century a pad was a bundle of straw to lie on. “Pad” came to mean “place for sleeping” in the early 1700s. The term was revitalized in the hippie era.

55. African threat : TSETSE

The tsetse fly is responsible for the transmission of sleeping sickness, and is also responsible for transmission of trypanosomiasis, a disease caused by a parasitic protozoan.

57. __ golf : DISC

Disc golf is also known as Frisbee golf, and sometimes even Frolf. Believe it or not, disc golf predates the introduction of the Frisbee. The first game was played at a school in Bladworth, Saskatchewan in 1926. The participating schoolkids threw tin lids into circles drawn on a course they created in the school grounds. They named the game “Tin Lid Golf”.

63. Doo-wop syllable : SHA

Doo-wop developed in the 1940s and can be described as a vocal-based R&B music. Even though the style has been around since the forties, the name doo-wop wasn’t introduced until the early sixties.

69. Women’s magazine since 1939 : GLAMOUR

The women’s monthly magazine “Glamour” was founded in 1939 as “Glamour of Hollywood”.

70. Spring bloomers : CROCI

The crocus (plural “croci”) is a plant genus in the iris family. The term “crocus” ultimately derives from the Sanskrit word for “saffron”. Saffron spice comes from Crocus sativus, the “saffron crocus”.

71. Investor’s concern : YIELD

In the world of finance and investing, the yield curve for a particular investment is the relation between the interest rate that can be locked in, and the length of time the loan will be in place. Typically, the longer you are willing to lend your money (say by buying a government security), then the higher interest rate the borrower is willing to pay. So, the yield tends to move upwards over time.

74. Factory platform : SKID

There is a difference between a wooden pallet and a wooden skid, both of which are used for shipping. A pallet has boards on top and bottom, whereas a skid only has boards on top.

77. Charles of R&B : RAY

Ray Charles came up with his stage name by dropping the family name from his real moniker, Ray Charles Robinson. His life was a wild ride, well represented in the excellent biopic called “Ray” released in 2004 and starring Jamie Foxx in the title role. Ray Charles was married twice and fathered 12 children with nine different women. As I said, a wild ride …

84. Golf club spec : LOFT

The loft of a golf club is what determines the ascending trajectory of the ball. The higher number clubs have higher lofts. For example, a 3-iron sends the ball quite far, and at a relatively low trajectory. A 9-iron lofts the wall quite high, and so sends the ball less of a distance. I don’t do golf …

89. Swamped : ENGULFED

“Swamped” is an adjective meaning “like Washington, D.C.”

91. Santa __ Valley: California wine region : YNEZ

The Santa Ynez Valley is a winegrowing region in Santa Barbara County in California. The Santa Ynez Valley was the setting and location for the wonderful 2004 film “Sideways”.

95. Asian peninsula : SINAI

The Sinai Peninsula is in the eastern part of Egypt, and is a triangular peninsula bounded by the Mediterranean to the north and the Red Sea to the south. It is the only part of Egypt that lies in Asia as opposed to Africa. The eastern land border of the peninsula is shared with Israel, and Israel occupied the Sinai during the 1956 Suez Crisis and the Six Day War of 1967.

96. Scacchi of cinema : GRETA

Greta Scacchi is an actress from Italy who now lives in Australia. Scacchi is popular on the European movie circuit as she is fluent in English, German , French and Italian.

101. Daily bigwig : EDITOR

A bigwig is someone important. The use of the term harks back to the days when men of authority and rank wore … big wigs.

103. Stand out in a field : EXCEL

Like a really good farmer …

104. Central courtyards : ATRIA

In modern architecture an atrium (plural “atria” or “atriums”) is a large open space usually in the center of a building and extending upwards to the roof. The original atrium was an open court in the center of an Ancient Roman house. One could access most of the enclosed rooms of the house from the atrium.

105. Reznor of Nine Inch Nails : TRENT

Nine Inch Nails is the name of a rock band that was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988 by singer-songwriter Trent Reznor. Reznor chose the name “Nine Inch Nails” mainly because it abbreviated easily and succinctly, to “NIN”.

106. H.S. exams : PSATS

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

107. __ Sketch : ETCH A

Etch A Sketch was introduced in 1960. The toy was developed in France by inventor André Cassagnes.

112. Corn Belt sight : SILO

The Corn Belt (sometimes “Grain Belt”) is a region in the Midwest where, since the mid-1800s, corn has been the major crop. Geographically, the Corn Belt covers Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and parts of Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri. About 40% of the world’s corn production comes from the region, and most of that production is used for the feeding of livestock.

114. Nike competitor : FILA

Fila was originally an Italian company, founded in 1911 and now based in South Korea. Fila was started in Piedmont by the Fila brothers, primarily to make underwear that they sold to people living in the Italian Alps. The company started to focus on sportswear in the seventies, using tennis-great Bjorn Borg as their major endorser.

115. Obfuscates : FOGS

To obfuscate is to make something unclear. The verb is derived from the Latin “obfuscare” meaning “to darken”.

119. Generic Guy in “Dilbert” : TED

“Dilbert” is a comic strip drawn by Scott Adams, a “neighbor” of mine here in the Bay Area. Adams used to be co-owner of a restaurant at the end of my street that had a menu replete with “Dilbertesque” comments.

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Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1. Criticize harshly : BASH
5. Literary captain : AHAB
9. “Quo __”: 1951 film : VADIS
14. Dome opening? : ASTRO-
19. High school outbreak : ACNE
20. 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Rebecca __ : LOBO
21. Memoir featuring Ike : I, TINA
22. Sharpening tool : STROP
23. Therapeutic specialty : CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
26. Ageless pitcher Satchel : PAIGE
27. Keyed up : HYPER
28. Cadillac SUV : ESCALADE
29. Pulled without warning : JERKED
30. Energy restoration source : NAP
32. Moon goddess : SELENE
33. Spares for Venus : RACKETS
34. Balcony barrier : PARAPET
38. Hamilton’s prov. : ONT
39. Clark of DC Comics : KENT
40. See 83-Across : … ALI
41. Geology, for one : EARTH SCIENCE
45. “Let’s get crackin’!” : C’MON!
49. Feeling that may remind you of food : PANG
51. Seldom seen : RARE
52. First name in cosmetics : ESTEE
53. Actor in “Going in Style” (2017) : CAINE
54. Balance sheet item : ASSET
56. Have an objection : MIND
58. Will beneficiaries : HEIRESSES
60. “Born Free” lioness : ELSA
62. Come to the surface : ARISE
65. Plops down : PARKS IT
66. __ fly: RBI producer : SAC
68. Antique tool hung on some pub walls : ENGLISH SCYTHE
72. Leaky tire sound : SSS
73. Watch cover : CRYSTAL
75. Blue Grotto isle : CAPRI
76. 1986 Starship chart-topper : SARA
78. Entertainment icons : ROCK STARS
81. Yuletide : NOEL
83. With 40-Across, boxer with a 24-0 lifetime record : LAILA …
86. Kate’s TV mate : ALLIE
87. ’60s Van Dyke co-star : MOORE
90. Potter’s supply : CLAY
92. “The Ghost of Frankenstein” role : YGOR
93. Argued, as a case : PLED
94. Clapboard : WOODEN SIDING
97. O’er and o’er : OFT
98. High hair style : POUF
99. Letters before F? : TGI-
100. Signs a new lease for : RERENTS
102. Rain and snow : WEATHER
106. Lopped : PRUNED
109. Wye follower, in Wye : ZED
110. Frills : EXTRAS
111. Quarantines : ISOLATES
113. Little rows : TIFFS
117. Farm units : ACRES
118. Result of too much speed, perhaps : TRAFFIC CITATION
120. Queen of France : REINE
121. Fix, as laces : RETIE
122. Dig it : HOLE
123. One of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” : OLGA
124. Blind parts : SLATS
125. Like items in potpourri: Abbr. : ASSTD
126. Retired slugger, familiarly : A-ROD
127. Sore throat sign : RASP

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1. “Goldberg Variations” composer : BACH
2. In some pain : ACHY
3. Little cut : SNIP
4. Capital near the Great Divide : HELENA
5. The Zugspitze, e.g. : ALP
6. Swindle, in slang : HOSE
7. Deep space : ABYSS
8. Italian ball game : BOCCE
9. Reason for an R rating : VIOLENCE
10. Legendary island : ATLANTIS
11. Simple semiconductor : DIODE
12. “Bus Stop” playwright : INGE
13. For example : SAY
14. Point of view : ASPECT
15. Desolate : STARK
16. Tot’s transport : TRIKE
17. Name synonymous with synonyms : ROGET
18. Slanted columns : OP-EDS
24. Hang loosely : DRAPE
25. MLB’s Angels, in sportscasts : HALOS
29. Lily’s “Grace and Frankie” co-star : JANE
31. Fruit cocktail fruit : PEAR
33. Requirement for many returns : RECEIPT
34. Storybook bear : PAPA
35. Start of a sad tale : ALAS …
36. Span before a spin : RINSE CYCLE
37. Mine car : TRAM
39. Support for a proposal : KNEE
42. Court event : TRIAL
43. Matisse at an easel : HENRI
44. Ordinal suffix : -ETH
45. Ale vessel : CASK
46. Musical based on “Madama Butterfly” : MISS SAIGON
47. “__ the loneliest number” : ONE IS
48. Pads in trees : NESTS
50. Gooey stuff : GEL
53. Breakfast in a box : CEREAL
55. African threat : TSETSE
57. __ golf : DISC
59. Pep squad syllables : RAHS
61. Med. school class : ANAT
63. Doo-wop syllable : SHA
64. “Baseball Tonight” network : ESPN
66. Abandon, as a plan : SCRAP
67. On __: hot : A ROLL
69. Women’s magazine since 1939 : GLAMOUR
70. Spring bloomers : CROCI
71. Investor’s concern : YIELD
74. Factory platform : SKID
77. Charles of R&B : RAY
79. Overhead expense? : ROOF
80. Landscaper’s supply : SOD
82. Home in the woods : LAIR
84. Golf club spec : LOFT
85. Theater and dance : ARTS
88. Update equipment, in a way : RETROFIT
89. Swamped : ENGULFED
91. Santa __ Valley: California wine region : YNEZ
94. Things to worry about : WOES
95. Asian peninsula : SINAI
96. Scacchi of cinema : GRETA
98. Full moon and terrible twos : PHASES
101. Daily bigwig : EDITOR
102. Sports : WEARS
103. Stand out in a field : EXCEL
104. Central courtyards : ATRIA
105. Reznor of Nine Inch Nails : TRENT
106. H.S. exams : PSATS
107. __ Sketch : ETCH A
108. Indoor design : DECOR
111. Ticks off : IRES
112. Corn Belt sight : SILO
114. Nike competitor : FILA
115. Obfuscates : FOGS
116. Button alternative : SNAP
118. Refrain syllable : TRA
119. Generic Guy in “Dilbert” : TED

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