The Crossword Puzzle Mug

Puzzle No.16 (June 2015)

by Howard Barkin

ACROSS

1
Tennessee gridder
6
Portray, in film
11
Last place team's residence
17
First of el aņo
22
Like most yard sale wares
26
Talk at length
27
Cleverness
28
Pique one's interest
29
Trio of trios
30
"___ Was a Rolling Stone"
31
Start of an early reading book
33
"Plan 9 From Outer Space", for one
34
Unusual key in 35-Down
36
Retired speedster
37
Played with a bow
38
Dishes served at luaus
39
Love to pieces
41
Short notice?
42
Big name in big bandages
43
Uris novel about Palestine
46
Curled coifs
49
Glowy sign
51
How some can play a tune
53
Followers of Guru Nanak
55
Baseballer from AZ
57
Quick way to send to the IRS
59
Common camera measure
61
NASA outfit
63
"Alas..."
66
Xerox, for short
68
Words before risk or hand
70
'80s sports car
72
Geek Squad member, for short
76
Vacation rental
77
U-turn from NNW
79
Tears down
81
Citi Field team
83
Left a 41-Across
85
#1 in the company, often
86
1990s political independent
89
Jobs creation?
91
Place to buy certain designer remnants
95
Arguable, or not worth arguing over
96
Make ___ (hit the jackpot)
97
Got warmer, in a way
98
Wedding path
99
Author Zora ___ Hurston
100
Sans siblings
101
Keyed up?
102
Lawn beautifying tools
103
Shearing products
104
Praise highly

DOWN

1
Honor by drinking
2
Kind of stew
3
Sample
4
Agcy. that added "Explosives" in 2002
5
"The Matrix" hero
6
Science lab gel
7
Dessert in some Food Network battles
8
___ the iceberg
9
Everyone or everything
10
Meet the bet
11
___ San Lucas
12
Luxurious wraps
13
Ready to come out
14
Candy heart word
15
Nepalese, et al.
16
Lou of the Velvet Underground
17
Use a cipher
18
Like some checking accounts
19
Pic request
20
Shows again and again and...
21
Palindromic Simpsons character
22
___ creek (in trouble)
23
Man behind the "Wheel"?
24
Notable time period
25
Takes a risk (or urges someone else)
32
Rani's mate
35
Pandora offering
38
Ψ
40
Member of the woodwinds
44
Cholesterol that's OK
45
Unknown depths
47
Updated one's Yelp entry
48
End of a Baum title
50
More frequently than (yes, this is a word)
52
Look much younger than expected
54
Hairy cousin
56
Like 54-Down's family
58
Had more trouble with "speaking" than "thinking"?
60
Image creators?
62
Prom coif
63
Apt rhyme for "Joe Blow"
64
Sorkin or Rodgers
65
Act like Pavlov's dogs
67
Working-class person
69
Dante's love
71
Body of art?
73
Brilliant display
74
___ Green, former judge on "The Voice"
75
Home away from home
78
Tiff
80
One, in Wiesbaden
82
Turner and others
84
Rams' fans?
87
Symbol of a messy room
88
"Let 'er ___!"
90
Cauldron stirrer, in tales
91
Vulnerable spot for a boxer
92
AFL partner
93
Parisian pronoun
94
Stereotypical cowboy moniker

Howard Barkin is a frequent attender of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, where he often plays the part of "Bystander #1" as a four-time finalist. He has learned many new, puzzle-worthy words at this event.
As an avid ball hockey league player, he has learned many other not-so-puzzle-worthy words.
As a happily married father of two daughters, he has attended dinosaur tea parties and learned to properly wear a plastic tiara.