The Crossword Puzzle Mug

Puzzle No. 20 (October 2015)

by John Child

ACROSS

1
Orange brew?
6
Close shave
11
Point a finger at
17
TV colonel with heroes
22
Blackfish
26
Spam container?
27
Popular wrapper
28
"Darn it!"
29
Stem
30
Adjust the spacing
31
Things exchanged at an altar
33
Plains Indians
34
Things exchanged at retirement parties
36
She played Emma in 1998
37
Tabloid pair
38
Intends
39
Part of a bar order
41
Humble mount
42
Mimic
43
Sneezing powder?
46
Cadillac and Chevy
49
Punta del ___
51
Orchestra members
53
"Look for the union ___"
55
Got up
57
More awesome, to a rapper
59
Campaign purchase
61
Start of Snoopy's magnum opus
63
Bush 43
66
Hillock
68
"Dude," to Randy Jackson
70
Historic Parisian theater
72
Stick on a spit
76
Troop troupe: Abbr.
77
"For example ..."
79
Operative whose cover was blown in 2003
81
Russian literary figure ___ Mandelstam
83
Fly nets?
85
Bro or sis
86
Things exchanged in a foreign country
89
Inuit garment
91
Things exchanged at a business meeting
95
Xanadu's resident
96
Silent movie actress Nita
97
Encircle
98
Meter writers?
99
"All that I am I ___ thee" (Psalms)
100
Rosebud to 95-Across
101
Nearly
102
Arctic water
103
After, in Arles
104
From Oslo, to an Oslovian

DOWN

1
Close
2
"Take ___"
3
Spanish Grand Slam winner
4
Josh
5
Boxer Laila
6
Army
7
Troglodytes
8
Sign of something in the oven
9
Unrefined
10
Print measures
11
Japanese golfing great
12
Genetic hodgepodge
13
With 69-down, things exchanged in an argument
14
Detroit labor org.
15
Gawked (at)
16
Exxon, once
17
M*A*S*H role
18
With a BMI > 30
19
Big milk purchase: Abbr.
20
Finally
21
What "The Onion" presents, sort of
22
Approves of
23
The Betty Ford Center offers it, in brief
24
Upscale pancake
25
Adams who founded Group f/65
32
Boy en Mexico
35
It has five pillars
38
Chat room request: Abbr.
40
Filth
44
Not ordained
45
Clear one's calendar?
47
Makes 'em laugh: Slang
48
Jazz scatter
50
Flea market event
52
Alcove near the kitchen
54
Nile menace
56
Helicopter shooter?
58
Utopian
60
Rockabilly dance style
62
Packers' place: Abbr.
63
Avoids
64
As expected
65
Carried along
67
George Will pieces
69
See 13-Down
71
Person with a title
73
Ed who voiced "Up"
74
Raises
75
Kindle content
78
Alexei Karenin's wife
80
O. Henry trio
82
Seller of flat-package furniture
84
Author of "Out of Sync"
87
(Product) ___
88
UN workers' org.
90
Audit conclusion?
91
Numbers guy
92
Alley end?
93
100 runs, in cricket slang
94
___ Jima

John Child grew up in Vermont and attended Williams College in Massachusetts. He has worked for the US Government, Boston College, General Electric, the now-defunct consulting firm Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, and Apple. In 1995 he moved to Kathmandu, Nepal where he is a partner at Friends in High Places, a trekking agency. John is a recent crossword addict and delighted to have his puzzle appear on this august and eclectic (OK, wacky) site.