The Crossword Puzzle Mug

Puzzle No.26

Puzzle by Howard Barkin, edited by John Chaneski

ACROSS

1
Southern peaks
6
Soprano's achievement
11
Unusually talented person, for short
17
Playful activity
22
Heckle
26
Start a match
27
Bitter-smelling
28
Cyrano's love
29
"I love you", en espaņol
30
". . . wing ___ prayer"
31
*Words often followed by a kiss
33
Apple app
34
*Place to grow sage
36
Nail-biting periods, abbr.
37
Concert blasters
38
___ nitrate
39
Destined
41
Seagoing org.
42
"I'm shocked!", in a 63-Across
43
One who shares the spotlight
46
Evaluate, as metals
49
Other, in Oaxaca
51
Pleasant paycheck surprise
53
"Ain't gonna happen."
55
CNN rival
57
They're between B and H
59
Glitch
61
Flier renamed in 1997
63
See 42-Across
66
Director Kurasawa
68
Deposited, as an egg
70
Mythical giant
72
Cancel the effect of
76
Joke
77
Some toys take them
79
Intend
81
___ All That
83
Alternative to 32-Down
85
It can follow the first word of each of the starred answers in this puzzle
86
*Growing ability?
89
Emma penner
91
*Tool that only scratches the surface
95
Porcine comment
96
Like a cliffhanger
97
Wind in the Willows amphibian
98
Poet whose initials stood for Thomas Stearns
99
Tilted
100
A, but not Z
101
Farewell word
102
Church councils
103
Vocal shrug
104
Reedy, squishy land

DOWN

1
Part of NBA
2
Unfamiliar with
3
Bride's selection
4
Night before a holiday
5
Film site
6
Do damage
7
*Cold comfort?
8
Easter basket fill
9
"She & ___" (Deschanel's band)
10
LP successors
11
Uncomfortably proper
12
*Stretches in a 100°F room
13
Rejoice (in)
14
Bread you might use to scoop up dal
15
"___ the money . . ."
16
Flat-topped hill
17
In essence
18
"___ say more?"
19
Pine product
20
Fills with, as a feeling
21
Rotating machine parts
22
Jelly holder
23
Give financial support
24
Plant swelling
25
Long and skinny
32
See 83-Across
35
Broadway orphan
38
Agreement to the cap'n
40
"Star Trek T.N.G" counselor
44
"I don't want to know", in short
45
Narnia hero
47
Ancient copiers
48
4-Down's counterpart
50
*Wendy in the Wendy's logo, e.g.
52
*Solarium
54
End of a nonprofit's address
56
Slammed (into)
58
Like a baker's hands
60
The A.C.L.U. protects them: Abbr.
62
Animated insect movie starring Woody Allen
63
Goad into action
64
Chef Batali
65
Athlete's or actor's representative
67
"You are not!" retort
69
"Are not!" retort
71
Ticket word
73
Rose petal essence
74
Coveted ratings age group
75
Third rock from the sun
78
"___ girl!"
80
Scottish tops
82
Boundaries
84
Chip in
87
Stretch out
88
Verse starter?
90
Penn. or Union
91
Race portion
92
2017 Rock HoF band
93
Tree with oval leaves
94
Source of some cool breezes

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.