The Crossword Puzzle Mug

Puzzle No.2 (March 2014)

by Deb Amlen, edited by John Chaneski

ACROSS

1
It might produce a stir inside this mug
6
Like Kublai Khan
11
Radio crackling sound
17
Visibly stunned
22
Sports announcer's scream
26
"You Can Leave Your ___" (Joe Cocker song featured in "9 1/2 Weeks")
27
Instruction between "Shampoo" and "Repeat"
28
Roman philosopher who wrote "What fools these mortals be"
29
Waggish
30
___ Brasi, enforcer in "The Godfather"
31
FOX-TV's "Malcom ___"
33
Fail at dieting
34
Highlight
36
Compete (for)
37
River of Hesse
38
Long (for)
39
Standard of living?
41
"Gimme ___!"
42
Boeing 757, e.g.
43
Like this clue
46
Toyland characters
49
Crafts partner
51
Sandwiches for dessert
53
Letter from school?
55
Inventor Nikola
57
"The Divided Self" author R.D. ___
59
Of service
61
"When pigs fly!"
63
Joyful cry
66
Met expectations?
68
Aquatic zappers
70
Threshhold
72
Ford flops
76
Letters from a short person?
77
MGM motto starter
79
Run out of money, say
81
Catch sight of
83
Salinger girl
85
Govt. narcotics watchdog
86
It may be drawn
89
Dim sum dish
91
Nervousness, metaphorically
95
Ozone destroyers, briefly
96
Job site?
97
Begin a journey
98
Stein contents
99
Trespasses in cyberspace
100
Enzymes suffix
101
Teeny weeny
102
"Hotel ___" (2004 film)
103
Figure of speech
104
Not sitting well?

DOWN

1
Jewish mourning period
2
"I Write Sins, Not Tragedies" band ___! At The Disco
3
Playful aquatic critter
4
"That's impressive!"
5
Mississippi-to-Michigan dir.
6
Like the Gobi
7
Courtroom huddle
8
Chief Vedic god
9
Digital comm. method?
10
Bridal bio word
11
Anti-depressant classification (Abbr.)
12
"It's only ___ wasteland" (Lyric from The Who's "Baba O'Riley")
13
Red state?
14
It may be green or black
15
Least welcoming
16
"You ___ handle the truth!"
17
One who writes a fan letter
18
Kelly of "Rear Window"
19
Just peachy
20
"The magic word"
21
Pizazz
22
Mop & ___
23
Séance board
24
Having a spotty situation
25
Foamy coffee order
32
What a slob leaves
35
Called the doctor, maybe
38
Beatles' "___ Love You"
40
Mouse pad?
44
Ear: Prefix
45
Flower part
47
Irish flattery
48
"No sweat!"
50
Madame with fabulous figures
52
Quick ballroom dance
54
B&O and Short Line: Abbr.
56
Timmy's TV dog
58
Like Dewey to Donald Duck
60
Brown, Penn or Harvard
62
Zig or zag
63
Benevolent witchcraft
64
Goes by foot, with "it"
65
Measure of prevention or strength?
67
Fan clubs’ focus
69
Liz of "30 Rock"
71
Beginning, slangily
73
Order from on high
74
National symbols of Wales
75
Smart-alecky
78
Bumpkin
80
Red letters, once
82
Falafel holder
84
A ___ formality
87
Website developer's HTML tool
88
Arabic "son of"
90
Actress Hagen
91
Short lunch order?
92
Former Egypt-Syr. alliance
93
Shelter financing org.
94
PC linkup

Deb Amlen is a published crossword constructor whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Puzzlewright Press books, The Onion/A.V. Club, BUST Magazine, and many others. She also entertains crossword puzzle lovers in her daily "Wordplay" blog in The New York Times, is a senior columnist with Yahoo Tech magazine, and she was the creator of the Patch humor column "Next Exit." Her book, "It's Not PMS, It's You" can be found where all questionable literature is sold. Deb lives in a part of New Jersey where the bridges never close with her kids and her Extremely Spunky Border Terrier™, Jade.