Theme: "HO HO HO!" — Clues that include the letter string HO result in answers that include two HOs. (Merl's note: "Two HOs have been placed in some answers with care, in HOpes that a third HO will lead you there. Merry solving!")
[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.]
- 18A: HOt car's destination (CHOP SHOP).
- 19A: Whitman's HOund (CHOCOHOLIC).
- 30A: Oxford HOnoree (RHODES SCHOLAR).
- 33A: Chute and sHOot, e.g. (HOMOPHONES).
- 47A: Audience sHOut (AUTHOR AUTHOR).
- 53A: Big sHOt (HEAD HONCHO).
- 59A: Like some cHOres (HOUSEHOLD).
- 67A: Plant with sHOwy flowers (HOLLYHOCK).
- 73A: It's luminous witHOut heat (PHOSPHORUS).
- 77A: A cHOice individual? (THOMAS HOBSON).
- 93A: Do (something) tHOroughly (GO WHOLE HOG).
- 95A: IdaHO's "Niagara of the West" (SHOSHONE FALLS).
- 108A/111A: A seasonal tHOught (HOME FOR THE / HOLIDAYS).
- 62A: Singer Jim (CROCE).
- 65A: "El Paso" singer Robbins (MARTY).
- 52D: Demond's 1970s co-star (REDD).
Everything Else — 1A: They may mature in one yr. (T-BILLS); 7A: Type of spray (MACE); 11A: Axolotl's cousin (EFT); 14A: What a big weather-map arrow might indicate (COOL AIR); 15A: Zenith (APEX); 16A: Paper name, briefly (TRIB); 22A: Patriotic soc. (DAR); 23A: Classic Hanks line in "Saving Private Ryan," "___ this" (EARN); 24A: Magnate's nickname (ARI); 25A: Egyptian goddess (ISIS); 26A: Feathery accessory (BOA); 28A: Terminal term (ANODE); 37A: Black or green stuff (TEA); 38A: Fade, as a snowman (MELT); 39A: Actor Carroll (LEO G.); 40A: Milky-white stone (OPAL); 41A: Team's win-loss status: abbr. (REC.); 43A: Greek letter (PHI); 45A: Exult annoyingly (GLOAT); 55A: Half a ring (DONG); 56A: Sweet finish (-OSE); 57A: Bit of December mail (CARD); 58A: Overthrow first, e.g. (ERR); 61A: Caught in ___ (A LIE); 66A: Roman poet (OVID); 69A: Got the pot (WON); 70A: British gun (STEN); 71A: QB's try: abbr. (ATT.); 72A: Marco Polo's heading (EAST); 80A: Confrontation (RUN IN); 81A: Bard's before (ERE); 82A: Pilot's announcement: abbr. (ETA); 83A: At sea (LOST); 84A: Extinct bird (DODO); 88A: Ambience (AURA); 91A: Wine factor (AGE); 100A: Vine-shaded area (ARBOR); 101A: Wassailing place (PUB); 102A: Mr. Rubik (ERNO); 103A: Brief personal history? (BIO); 104A: Easy win (ROMP); 107A: Gold container, perhaps (ORE); 113A: Uproar (TO-DO); 114A: Continue (GO ON); 115A: Prose pros (EDITORS); 116A: Compass pt. (ESE); 117A: Piercing sites (EARS); 118A: Go back (RENEGE); 1D: "___ much!" (TOO); 2D: Nursery rhyme girl (BOPEEP); 3D: Rick and Victor's love (ILSA); 4D: Garland co-star, 1939 (LAHR); 5D: Garland co-star's role, 1939 (LION); 6D: Mfr.'s recommended amt. (SRP); 7D: Large opening? (MACRO-); 8D: Plant pest (APHID); 9D: Bus. boss (CEO); 10D: ___ tax (EXCISE); 11D: Credo (ETHIC); 12D: First-year types (FROSH); 13D: As late as (TIL); 14D: Some intro? (CHROMO-); 17D: Where Ruth is (BIBLE); 18D: Lake rental (CANOE); 20D: Bones (OSSA); 21D: Stocking stuffer? (COAL); 22D: Wonka's creator (DAHL); 24D: Satisfied sounds (AHS); 27D: Blakey of jazz (ART); 29D: Worse verse? (DOGGEREL); 30D: Akin: abbr. (REL.); 31D: Impress deeply (ETCH); 32D: Forget (OMIT); 34D: Ornament's place? (HOOD); 35D: Colorful fish (OPAH); 36D: Western alliance (NATO); 41D: German industrial center (RUHR); 42D: WWII arena: abbr. (ETO); 43D: Type of violet (PANSY); 44D: Extremely popular (HUGE); 46D: Huck or Tom, e.g. (LAD); 47D: Parcel unit (ACRE); 48D: Emanation of a sort (ODOR); 49D: Trouncing (ROUT); 50D: Reindeer tootsies (HOOVES); 51D: Grammy-winning country star of the 1980s, K.T. ___ (OSLIN); 53D: "___ the Chief" (HAIL TO); 54D: Guitar part (NECK); 57D: Terry, e.g. (CLOTH); 59D: Franz's "pump you up" pal on "SNL" (HANS); 60D: ___ the collar (HOT UNDER); 61D: At the drop of ___ (A HAT); 62D: Action climax, often (CHASE); 63D: ___ Hashana (ROSH); 64D: Prefix for the square root of this clue (OCTO-); 65D: Unification Church head (MOON); 68D: Wine factor (YEAR); 69D: "Awesome!" ("WHOA!"); 70D: Hindu title (SRI); 73D: Walla Walla's winter hrs. (PST); 74D: Part of a ship (PROW); 75D: "Quiet now" ("HUSH"); 76D: Not fooled by (ONTO); 78D: Ft. or yd., e.g. (MEAS.); 79D: Bone to pick (BEEF); 83D: Part of UCLA (LOS); 85D: Stephen Foster tune, "___ Carry Me 'Long" (OH BOYS); 86D: Wreath sites, often (DOORS); 87D: Fairy-tale character (OGRE); 88D: Pharaoh's symbol (ASP); 89D: "Nope" ("UH-UH"); 90D: The iron giant in "The Iron Giant" (ROBOT); 91D: Part of A.D. (ANNO); 92D: "It's A Wonderful Life" lead character, ___ Bailey (GEORGE); 93D: Day-___ (GLO); 94D: Porta-pooch? (LAP DOG); 96D: Doesn't ignore (HEEDS); 97D: "Friend ___?" (OR FOE); 98D: Detest (ABHOR); 99D: Property claims (LIENS); 104D: Went by sleigh (RODE); 105D: Actress Lena (OLIN); 106D: Tick, for one (MITE); 109D: Bar owner on "The Simpsons" (MOE); 110D: ___ degree (TO A); 111D: That boat (HER); 112D: "... of Orient ___" (ARE).