SUNDAY, July 25, 2010
Sylvia Bursztyn (calendar)

Theme: "Be There" — The letters BE are inserted into familiar phrases.

[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 today's syndicated puzzle.]

Theme answers:
  • 21A: Eyeball Knox? (BEHOLD THE FORT).
  • 27A: Have Alex in the lead? (STAR TREBEK).
  • 41A: Moral makeup of Kirk's clan? (DOUGLAS FIBER).
  • 71A: Player who spelled Ruth? (BABE'S RELIEF).
  • 92A: Like a freezer free of Häagen-Dazs? (OUT OF SORBETS).
  • 114A: Defame baseball's Doubleday? (LIBEL ABNER).
  • 120A: Legit "Lakmé composer? (KOSHER DELIBES).
  • 2D: Where it's all Humphrey all the time? (A WORLD OF HUBERT).
  • 52D: Asian plateau projectile? (TIBETAN MISSILE).
Everything Else — 1A: Corday stabbed him in the bath (MARAT); 6A: Panoramas (VIEWS); 11A: Highchair neckwear (BIB); 14A: Smart or Smiley (SPY); 17A: Ivanhoe's love (ROWENA); 18A: Succeed (ENSUE); 19A: Outback bird (EMU); 20A: Scoundrel (CUR); 23A: Plane figure? (AIRFARE); 25A: Pong maker (ATARI); 26A: Bollywood wrap (SARI); 29A: Sounded off (RAILED); 31A: Holed up (HID); 32A: Puccini classic (TOSCA); 33A: "... against --- of troubles" (A SEA); 34A: Everly Brothers hit (BIRD DOG); 36A: Just out (NEW); 38A: Coach (TUTOR); 40A: --- many words (IN SO); 45A: Two in Peru (DOS); 48A: Flabbergast (FLOOR); 50A: "Wow!" ("GEE!"); 51A: Juvenal's genre (SATIRE); 53A: Russian villa (DACHA); 56A: Russ. neighbor (NOR.); 59A: Lompoc lockup (CELL); 62A: Pep up (LIVEN); 63A: Monstrous (INHUMAN); 66A: Weak brew (NEAR BEER); 69A: Mamie's predecessor (BESS); 70A: Wild guess (STAB); 73A: Idaho motto word (ESTO); 74A: Stockings (HOSE); 75A: Licorice-flavored liqueur (ANISETTE); 76A: Run like a scared rabbit (SKITTER); 78A: Still (INERT); 80A: Port of Yemen (ADEN); 81A: B'way sellout sign (SRO); 83A: Audacious (SASSY); 84A: Musical intervals (NINTHS); 86A: Mil. ranks (LTS.); 88A: Pitching great Warren (SPAHN); 91A: Bluster (GAS); 97A: Big mouths (MAWS); 101A: Hecuba's husband (PRIAM); 102A: Teensy (WEE); 103A: Innovative (SEMINAL); 105A: Scottish hill (BRAE); 108A: Vagabond (TRAMP); 111A: Big deal (ADO); 113A: "Comunista" who ousted Batista (CASTRO); 116A: Rock's Mötley --- (CRUE); 118A: "Of Thee ---" (I SING); 119A: Place for piercings (EARLOBE); 123A: Hellenic H (ETA); 124A: Cheer competitor (ALL); 125A: Well-heeled ones (HAVES); 126A: Got just right (NAILED); 127A: Hoover, for one (DAM); 128A: "Runaway" rocker Shannon (DEL); 129A: "--- be dreaming!" (I MUST); 130A: Two of Henry VIII's six (ANNES); 1D: Some pricy sweaters (MOHAIRS); 3D: Depended (RELIED); 4D: "Then what?" ("AND?"); 5D: Body images? (TATS); 6D: Shifting sharply (VEERING); 7D: Unbeliever (INFIDEL); 8D: "--- Beso" (ESO); 9D: Knock or brat ender (-WURST); 10D: Tiff (SET-TO); 11D: Smokey, early on (BEAR CUB); 12D: Parrots (IMITATES); 13D: Jefferson veep (BURR); 14D: Picket line crossers (SCABS); 15D: Blender button (PUREE); 16D: Siskiyou County seat (YREKA); 17D: Hire, as an attorney (RETAIN); 21D: Benton of "Playboy" fame (BARBI); 22D: It's a laugh (HAH); 24D: North Carolina cape (FEAR); 28D: "Vino" venue (ASTI); 30D: Extinction exemplar (DODO); 35D: Sludge (GOO); 37D: Shake a tail (WAG); 39D: Spoken (ORAL); 42D: Large vase (URN); 43D: Concealed stuff (SECRETS); 44D: Less robust (FEEBLER); 45D: Sells off (DIVESTS); 46D: Electra's brother (ORESTES); 47D: ESP center (SENSORY); 49D: Skedaddle (LAM); 53D: Sharing gossip (DISHING); 54D: Willa Cather heroine (ÁNTONIA); 55D: Bygone celeb-sighting eatery (CHASEN'S); 57D: Personal identity (ONESELF); 58D: Minds (RESENTS); 60D: Grass skirt go-with (LEI); 61D: Barrel dregs (LEES); 64D: Litigators' org. (ABA); 65D: "Get a Job" syllables (NA NA); 67D: Works at the Getty (ART); 68D: "Bobby" subject, briefly (RFK); 72D: eBay action (BID); 77D: "Sorta" suffix (-ISH); 79D: Son of Odin (THOR); 82D: Verb ending (-OSE); 85D: Fit (SUITABLE); 87D: Plant (SOW); 89D: Qt. halves (PTS.); 90D: "Just ---!" (A SEC); 93D: Journalism legend Ida (TARBELL); 94D: Mideast sultanate (OMAN); 95D: Gets through to (REACHES); 96D: Recuperation requirement (BED REST); 98D: Alpes-Maritimes resort (ANTIBES); 99D: Put on guard (WARNED); 100D: Trudges (SLOGS); 101D: Rigg role (PEEL); 104D: Vote by absentee ballot (MAIL IN); 105D: Extort (BLEED); 106D: Ranchero's rope (RIATA); 107D: Norm of "This Old House" (ABRAM); 109D: Phifer of "ER" (MEKHI); 110D: Tourney type (PRO-AM); 112D: --- "Mutual Friend" (OUR); 115D: Burden (LOAD); 117D: Mystery writer Buchanan (EDNA); 121D: A "Law & Order" (SVU); 122D: Ending for Euclid (-EAN).


JIMMIE said...

Enjoyable puzzle. Harder than most. Being Californian, I had an advantage in knowing YREKA and CHASENS, but didn't know ANTONIA, MEKHI, or MARAT.

Thanks, Sylvia and PG.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it sad, though, that we have abrogated our solving techniques to our computers? It used to be a sense of Literary History, a thorough knowledge of our dynamic language, a layman's reading of the Bible, an in depth study of world history - all these cognitive skills and a bit linguistic cleverness was all you needed to solve the Sunday Crossword. Now the compilers of these puzzlers have sold out to pop culture (i.e. roles in movies, awards, titles), expediency (made up abbrevs.)and silliness in inserting letters to try to form a pun. I'm weary of using GOOGLE to solve these disasters of superfluous and arcane information. Anyone agree???

PuzzleGirl said...

Anon: Your weekly rants are becoming tiresome.

Anonymous said...

@ anon: Nope

ddbmc said...

Anon 4:32 PM-
Me thinks, perhaps, you should abrogate your association with this puzzle and blog, as arcane and superfluous information is also derived from all the sources you cited.

I have found, through solving puzzles and reading this blog- among others- that I am often led back to the source material that the puzzle answers come from, discovering what I may have missed during my initial pass through the education process. A delightful pursuit, in my humble opinion!

Your rather erudite assessment of this puzzle bothers me in it's tone of arrogance,pomposity and conceit. One shouldn't need an Oxford education to complete a puzzle, either.

Your own use of the English language is rather impressive--but you already know that....