The Crossword Puzzle Mug

Puzzle No.1 (February 2014)

by Patrick Blindauer, edited by John Chaneski

ACROSS

1
Academy Award of ___ (Oscar's real name)
6
Game for small swingers
11
Polish port
17
Has a yen
22
Closing word
26
Convention locale
27
Enlisted person?
28
Sophisticated
29
Stop prematurely
30
Cup handle?
31
Athlete mentioned in "Mrs. Robinson"
33
Three miles, roughly
34
Small program with a browser interface
36
Freaky
37
Fully aware of
38
Roaster's rod
39
Doom's counterpart
41
Color changer
42
Part of a "dead man's hand"
43
Regain one's strength
46
Opening bars
49
British musician with a degree in architecture
51
Nonchalantly unconcerned
53
Does a prelaundry chore
55
When lunch hour ends, often
57
Joint type
59
Spray under the sink, perhaps
61
Sorkin who created "The West Wing"
63
Floral emission
66
Sappy stuff
68
Pieces of 8?
70
Verklempt
72
Event at Ashe
76
Bugged by a bug
77
"___ changed, honest!"
79
How a film may be rented
81
Like some mackerel?
83
Yard sale disclaimer
85
Cousin of a lemur
86
Classic "SNL" sketch ... and a hint to the first part of 31-, 34-, and 91-Across
89
Look away
91
Person who fights dirty?
95
Sinister
96
Spot to spot a pot
97
Piece of playground equipment
98
State capital before Lincoln
99
Pointed a blunderbuss
100
It may pop up or drop down
101
Aerosmith frontman
102
Be present
103
Member of the peerage
104
Like some tree trunks

DOWN

1
Academic focus
2
Deteriorate, in a way
3
Accordion parts
4
Unaffiliated in D.C.
5
___ Shan (giant panda born in 2005)
6
Word used in many comparisons
7
Peter Gabriel hit on the album "So"
8
Most common of the noble gases
9
Gift with a string attached?
10
Sign of summer
11
Chug-a-lug
12
"An American Tragedy" author Theodore
13
Trail off
14
Old gray mare, e.g.
15
In a warm, comfortable way
16
Backbone of a ship
17
City near San Diego
18
Time's 2008 Person of the Year
19
11, at times: Abbr.
20
Egg carton rating
21
Not split
22
Deadly hisser
23
Cavity site, often
24
Choose by popular vote
25
Study aids
32
Be in low spirits
35
Mexican currency
38
Family member
40
It has a three-octave range
44
907.19 kilos
45
Pull some strings, say
47
Sculpture shown at the 1904 World's Fair, with "The"
48
Fruit's coat
50
Concession speech giver
52
"You and what army?"
54
Lennon's lady
56
Quite
58
Doohickey
60
Place fit for pigs
62
Deception
63
"Attack!"
64
Dried flower bud in a spice rack
65
Fairylike
67
Complete, as a crossword
69
Was selective
71
Gun for pitching coaches
73
Trees of Southern California
74
"Shakespeare in Love" weapons
75
Like a poindexter
78
Trunk warmer
80
Entrance requirement, perhaps
82
Beyond risque
84
Modern home of ancient Susa
87
Kin of la grippe
88
Major ISP
90
Pull in
91
Married to the "___" (1988 film)
92
Thurman of film
93
Cavity ___ (patient in the game Operation)
94
Madre's brother

PATRICK BLINDAUER is a freelance puzzlemaker and professional puzzle book editor who has written over 20 puzzle books and had hundreds of crosswords published in places like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Patrick lives in St. Louis with his wife, Rebecca, and his dog-ter, Penny. His website is www.patrickblindauer.com.