The Crossword Puzzle Mug

Puzzle No.15 (May 2015)

by Joe DiPietro

ACROSS

1
Persnickety
6
Liver, for one
11
Mugged, once
17
More secure
22
Game animal
26
Set free
27
Attention to detail
28
Climbing tool
29
Junkie's "jones"
30
Itty-bitty pasta
31
Deep-sea explorers
33
Say hey, say
34
Nursery rhyme intro
36
Mischief maker
37
Candid
38
Like '80s colors
39
Blood group
41
Verdi's "___ Carlo"
42
Before of yore
43
Give bad marks
46
Shoemaker Madden
49
They might squeak by
51
Military break
53
Made out
55
Adolph Marx, to most
57
TNT ingredient
59
Classic theater
61
Moving around
63
Type of metal
66
"Big Hero 6" style
68
Apple option
70
Brand of germ killer
72
Needs some scratch?
76
"Well, well, well!"
77
Bear the cost
79
"Miss Jackson, if you're ___"
81
Falls behind
83
Game featuring Irkutsk and Yakutsk
85
"Is" for "they"
86.
Bookmarked link, say
89
"50 First Dates" locale
91
Award-winning cooking show? (and what happens inside of 31-, 34-, and 86-Across)
95
Like many fable antagonists
96
Peaceable ones
97
Bedazzles, for example
98
Wacky
99
Bring together
100
Unit of force
101
Comic actress Jenny
102
41-Across presenter in NY
103
Easily annoyed
104
Help with homework

DOWN

1
Melted together
2
Solo's TV org.
3
Prepare a bird
4
Bro, to sis
5
Informal affirmative
6
Hand strength
7
Endures, in memory
8
He acts for actors
9
Common conjunction
10
Hosp. workers
11
Get on up
12
Suleman the magnificently fertile
13
Tea at the movies
14
Drink like a pup
15
Used the egress
16
Just say "no"
17
Checks out early?
18
Island near Venezuela
19
Tide rival
20
Gives the slip
21
Mulligan, e.g.
22
Short cut
23
Law partner?
24
Sky blue
25
Like Alito on the job
32
He doesn't just watch
35
Not qualified
38
Brooklyn 'baller
4X
Artful dodge
44
"Take On Me" band
45
Like Superman, but not Green Lantern
47
Not singly
48
Competes
50
Casey Jones' vice
52
Prince of the comics page
54
Circle part
56
Security guard's action
58
Saudi capital
60
High trains
62
Disney's Enchanted ___ Room
63
Planted
64
Funny Chase
65
Spring sign
67
Map detail
69
Elevator button
71
Two-toned cookies
73
Nun's duds
74
Muse of lyric poetry
75
Questionable meal?
78
Puts two and two together
80
Yonder item
82
Basic idea
84
Blue bottled vodka
87
Porter
88
Actress Mendes
90
Misery
91
Diner order, for short
92
Fishy delicacy
93
Bolt match
94
Serengeti grazer

Joe DiPietro is perennial favorite among crossword solvers. His constructions appear regularly in the New York Times. He owns and operates the popular One Star bar in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.