The Crossword Puzzle Mug

Puzzle No.12 (January 2015)

by Roderick Kimball, edited by John Chaneski

ACROSS

1
Walker or Cooper
6
Flume
11
Grant
17
Haying machine
22
Small talk
26
A kind of opposite
27
Author of 3-Down
28
Current unit
29
Wear away
30
Way to go
31
37 or 73
33
Tap or cord starter
34
Unity
36
Grassland
37
A prince in some places
38
Sideshow entertainer
39
Call dibs
41
Foot finger
42
Kipling novel
43
Helps a museum, say
46
Foul
49
Honest
51
Taunt
53
Mole, for one
55
A dish of culture
57
Adagio or allegro
59
Confuse
61
Data device
63
Raccoon's cousin
66
Booth in the theater
68
Gas station chain
70
Possible 55-Across dweller
72
" the ____ of the masses."
76
Lend a hand
77
Decompose
79
Transform
81
Math man Turing
83
Ruin
85
However
86
Sudden deluge
89
Not basic
91
The best publicity
95
Letters on a towel
96
Grandstand
97
Assess again
98
Related to 80-Down
99
Marley was one
100
Australian Dame
101
Wrapped up
102
Sluggish tree dwellers
103
Silly
104
Yarn unit

DOWN

1
Original vice
2
Sophia of the silver screen
3
A work of 27-Across
4
Word with web or shaft
5
Before
6
Oily bait
7
Neanderthal, for one
8
Darkest part of a shadow
9
Ball bearer
10
Flub
11
A kind of camp
12
Absolute ruler
13
Lee or Jonze
14
Bo Derek flick
15
Medium
16
It holds water
17
Attack
18
Fragrance
19
Text talk titter
20
Blue-penciled
21
Make over
22
A life saver
23
17-syllable work
24
Space under 62-Down
25
Chicken seasoning
32
Settle in
35
Famed fabler
38
Gold's is one
40
Smallest possible amount of an element
44
Pick, with "for"
45
____ Al
47
Wooden
48
Rudimentary residence
50
Do away with
52
News fodder
54
French friend
56
Yield
58
Portion
60
You can do this with cards or flames
62
It tops 24-Down
63
Hiding place
64
Well-___ machine
65
Decorate
67
Word with land or basket
69
Officer-in-training
71
Beast of burden
73
Mistreat
74
Opposite of solo
75
Allen or Hawke
78
Prokofiev's duck
80
What 98-Across refers to
82
Behaves
84
Barbie or Cabbage Patch
87
"Anytown, ____"
88
Tubular
90
Simpson Judge
91
Bankroll
92
Yours and mine
93
Bride's new start?
94
___ Ridge Boys

Roderick Kimball was born in BC, making him either ridiculously old, or simply Canadian. He loves making puzzles and recently published a book titled Path Puzzles (www.pathpuzzles.com). In his youth, Roderick was sometimes spotted on the slow end of a soccer pitch but more often on the fast end of a chess board. (Surely you've heard of the notorious Kimball maneuver, in which one opens a chess match by flipping the king's pawn into the air such that it lands, butter side up, on the king's fourth rank.) A curious child, Rod once temporarily blinded himself by connecting his top and bottom braces with a 9-volt battery. These days, Rod tours the world juggling with the Flying Karamazov Brothers and works at the National Museum of Mathematics. He is proud to say that his ancestry includes two very great grandmothers who were executed as witches and he once made bottled water come out Rosie O'Donnel's nose.