Theme: "One More Letter to Write" — Theme answers are familiar phrases with one letter added creating new wacky phrases that are clued "?"-style.
[Note: This is the puzzle that appears in the Sunday L.A. Times newspaper. If you don't get the paper, you can find the puzzle here. Scroll down to see the write-up of today's syndicated puzzle.]
- 21A: What today's conifer class will be? (ON PINES AND NEEDLES).
- 33A: Sentiment toward doubters that's a bit extreme? (DIE AGNOSTICS).
- 48A: What the bankrupt organ grinder decided to do? (TAKE THE MONKEY AND RUN).
- 69A: Serenaded a famous tenor? (SANG TO DOMINGO).
- 87A: Sign in an updated version of "Three Billy Goats Gruff"? (BRIDGE AHEAD PAY TROLL).
- 105A: Mel reading his own bio? (BROOKS ON TAPE).
- 119A: Baby picture of a well-known actress? (REESE WITH HER SPOON).
- 17A: Fergie, formally (SARAH). Not that Fergie, the other Fergie. Hey look! There's both Fergies!
- 31A: Last word of Gilligan's theme (ISLE). If you've got the song stuck in your head, just hold on. There'll be something to clear it at the end of this write-up.
- 46A: "Entourage" character (ARI). I've been looking at Ari Gold clips for, like, half an hour now. Every single one is hilarious ... and yet completely inappropriate to share with you.
- 56A: Ambulance letters (EMS). I first entered EMT, which is just dumb.
- 97A: When "Comedy Tonight" is sung (ACT I). From "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
- 114A: "Was it a ___?" "Yeah, a great big one" (line from "L.A. Confidential") (RAT). If anyone finds a clip of this, please post a link in the comments. I don't remember this line, but it sounds funny.
- 130A: Exec's perk: abbr. (ASST.). And believe me, some assistants are perkier than others.
- 71D: Burt and Tony's "Trapeze" co-star (GINA). Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, and Gina Lollobrigida, back in 1956.
- 72D: Heckle or Jeckle (MAGPIE). I just thought they were crows. But then there's CROWED down at 98D: Boasted.
- 107D: Joy's partner (PRIDE). Oh, you know what's coming, don't you?
Everything Else — 1A: Boston player, briefly (CELT); 5A: Good (at) (ADEPT); 10A: "... flotsam? I've gotsam" poet (NASH); 14A: Newspapers need 'em (ADS); 18A: City served by Noi Bai airport (HANOI); 19A: Spread's other name (OLEO); 20A: Wintry chill (NIP); 24A: Pitcher's stat (ERA); 25A: Wrapped, as a quarterback (TAPED UP); 26A: States, in the comics (SEZ); 27A: The place to go in London (LOO); 28A: Not as wild (TAMER); 30A: Mid-afternoon, in Milan (TRE); 36A: Southwestern pots (OLLAS); 38A: Curving course (ARC); 40A: Less naive (WISER); 41A: It may involve a twist (FATE); 42A: The pizzeria in "Do the Right Thing" (SAL'S); 43A: Radio spot? (STATION); 55A: "It's possible" ("I MAY"); 57A: The Red or the White (SOX); 58A: Test one's metal (ASSAY); 60A: "Unlock this door!" ("OPEN UP!"); 63A: "Take ___ from me" (A TIP); 65A: India's smallest state (GOA); 67A: Unveiler's cry (TA-DA); 68A: Taken ___ (ILL); 74A: Spark space (GAP); 75A: ___ brand (NAME); 77A: "___ gather" (SO I); 78A: Sight between Tucson and Phoenix (MESA); 79A: Dealership duds of 1959 (EDSELS); 81A: Got down, in a way (KNELT); 83A: U-turn from 93 Across (NNW); 85A: With cal, a supplement combo (MAG); 86A: Pre-Q quartet (MNOP); 93A: U-turn from 83 Across (SSE); 94A: Tough ___ (AS NAILS); 95A: Sax object (REED); 100A: Word that aptly finishes "ni___" (TWITS); 103A: W Texas city, to Amtrak (ELP); 104A: Broadly done, on Broadway (STAGY); 109A: "Old song" preceder (SAME); 111A: Buddy (PAL); 112A: Guy on the Ponderosa set (LORNE); 113A: Rooting word (RAH); 116A: Rummy relative (CANASTA); 118A: ___-inspiring (AWE); 123A: Buddhism branch (ZEN); 124A: Sheet of ice (FLOE); 125A: Parting word (ADIEU); 126A: "___ pray" (LET US); 127A: D.C. summer hrs. (EDT); 128A: In ___ (on the same page) (SYNC); 129A: Enfant terrible Jean (GENET); 1D: A ___ (CAPPELLA); 2D: Shallowest of the Great ones (ERIE); 3D: "Trading Places" director (LANDIS); 4D: It precedes "of A" (THE U.S.); 5D: An ___ moment (AHA); 6D: Blocker and Brown (DANS); 7D: Came to a conclusion (ENDED); 8D: He had a scheme (PONZI); 9D: It's knotworthy? (TIE); 10D: Pet restriction (NO DOGS); 11D: "It's ___ and the same" (ALL ONE); 12D: Last word in gangster lines, in old movies (SEE); 13D: Party throwers (HOSTS); 14D: Geritol target (ANEMIA); 15D: Tell others how to act (DIRECT); 16D: Few and far between (SPARSE); 17D: Threaten, dog-style (SNARL AT); 21D: Preminger et al. (OTTOS); 22D: Ostentatious (SPLASHY); 23D: Tony New York eatery (ELAINE'S); 29D: Initially (AT FIRST); 32D: Big name in Art Deco (ERTÉ); 34D: Furry "Star Wars" being (EWOK); 35D: City mentioned in "Casablanca" (ORAN); 37D: Welcome warmly (ASK IN); 39D: Attacked (CAME AT); 44D: Powwow percussion (TOM-TOM); 45D: Spy of a sort (INSIDE MAN); 47D: Food label letters (RDA); 49D: Outback nesters (EMUS); 50D: Cantina appetizers (TAPAS); 51D: Oft-quoted catcher (YOGI); 52D: Impulse carrier (AXON); 53D: Gas bill info (USAGE); 54D: Tennis star Rafael (NADAL); 59D: Flaps one's gums (YAPS); 60D: Boarish comment (OINK); 61D: Backup strategy (PLAN B); 62D: Hapless hare hunter (ELMER); 64D: Spanish inn (POSADA); 66D: IRS type (AGENT); 70D: Bar ___ (NONE); 73D: Nose wrinkler (ODOR); 76D: Feature of op'nin' and hap'nin' (ELISION); 80D: Football, e.g. (SPORT); 82D: QB sneak results, sometimes (TDS); 84D: "Huh!?" ("WHAT THE!?"); 86D: Big name in networking (MYSPACE); 88D: Is sentenced to (GETS); 89D: She, in Salerno (ESSA); 90D: Word with cover or over (ALLS); 91D: Lunges from a hiding place (LEAPS OUT); 92D: Smooth music sections (LEGATOS); 96D: "Under Milk Wood" poet's first name (DYLAN); 97D: Like Chicago in 1871 (ABLAZE); 99D: Bike shop sign (TO RENT); 101D: Continued without letup (WORE ON); 102D: Shortly (IN A SEC); 104D: "Come to your ___!" (SENSES); 106D: Cuts made by a saw (KERFS); 108D: "Take out" alternative (EAT IN); 110D: Gibbs or Maples (MARLA); 115D: You, to the Amish (THEE); 117D: Complex units?: abbr. (APTS.); 120D: Country singer Joe (ELY); 121D: Really move your tail (WAG); 122D: Rough housing? (HUT).