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Constructed by: Brad Wiegmann
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Theme: It’s a Mouse!

Themed solutions are widespread phrases ending with an “EE” sound that’s modified to an “EEK” sound:

  • 22A One who’s a very massive fan of promos and trailers? : COMMERCIAL FREAK (from “commercial-free”)
  • 39A Go together with harsh criticism of an historical Athenian? : AGREE TO DIS A GREEK (from “agree to disagree”)
  • 46A Annual stint at a Buckingham Palace timeshare? : THE ROYAL WEEK (from “the royal ‘we’”)
  • 66A Story a couple of Disney lady who climbs Mount Everest? : THE PRINCESS AND THE PEAK (from “The Princess and the Pea”)
  • 86A Expensive block for a woodworking apprentice? : PRACTICE TEAK (from “practice tee”)
  • 93A Poultry dish served in a Punjabi restaurant? : CHICKEN OF THE SIKH (from “Chicken of the Sea”)
  • 117A Shop promoting gold earrings and bandanas? : PIRATES’ BOUTIQUE (from “pirates’ booty”)

Read on, or soar to …
… a whole checklist of solutions

Bill’s time: 19m 09s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

14 WWII sea risk : U-BOAT

The time period “U-boat” comes from the German phrase “Unterseeboot” (undersea boat). U-boats had been primarily utilized in WWII to implement a blockade towards enemy industrial transport, with a predominant goal being to chop off the provides being transported to Britain from the British colonies and the US. The epic battle for management of the provision routes turned often known as the Battle of the Atlantic.

20 NutraSweet developer : SEARLE

Searle is principally a pharmaceutical firm, and was based in Omaha, Nebraska in 1888. The firm is known for introducing the primary contraception tablet within the late Fifties, in addition to the bogus sweetener NutraSweet. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was Searle’s CEO after which President within the seventies and eighties.

NutraSweet is a model title for the bogus sweetener aspartame. Aspartame was found by a chemist working for Searle in 1965, however it took 15 years for the corporate to be granted approval for its sale. I’m wondering why …???

27 “Your guide to a better future” web site : C|NET

c|internet is a superb know-how web site. It began out in 1994 as a tv community specializing in know-how information. The host of “American Idol”, Ryan Seacrest, began off his profession as host of a c|internet present.

29 Best of the perfect, initially : GOAT

Greatest of all time (GOAT)

30 Balance sheet abbr. : YTD

Year-to-date (YTD)

The steadiness sheet of an organization is a snapshot (single-point-in-time) view of an organization’s monetary place. The steadiness sheet lists all the corporate’s liabilities, all of its property, and all of its possession fairness. The property of an organization, much less its liabilities equals the possession fairness. The time period “balance” is used as a result of property at all times steadiness out with the sum of liabilities and shareholder fairness.

32 Styling support : POMADE

Pomade is perfumed ointment, one primarily used for grooming the hair. The phrase “pomade” comes from the Latin “pomum” that means “apple”, as the unique ointment recipe used smashed apples.

36 Main squeeze : BAE

Back within the late 1800s, the “main squeeze” was the “most important person”. It wasn’t till nearly a century later that one’s predominant squeeze turned one’s sweetheart.

39 Go together with harsh criticism of an historical Athenian? : AGREE TO DIS A GREEK (from “agree to disagree”)

Athens is the capital metropolis of Greece and is likely one of the world’s oldest cities, with a historical past that goes again round 3,400 years. In its heyday, Classical Athens was a exceptional middle for the humanities and philosophical debate, and was house to Plato and Aristotle. Athens is usually known as “the cradle of Western civilization” and “the birthplace of democracy”. The metropolis was named for the Greek goddess Athena.

44 Plum kin : SLOE

The sloe is the fruit of the blackthorn bush, and the primary flavoring ingredient in sloe gin. A sloe seems like a small plum, however is normally way more tart in style.

46 Annual stint at a Buckingham Palace timeshare? : THE ROYAL WEEK (from “the royal ‘we’”)

Buckingham Palace is a stately house that has been the official residence of the British monarch for the reason that days of Queen Victoria. Buckingham Palace was initially a big townhouse constructed for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, therefore the title.

The “royal we” is extra accurately known as the “majestic plural”, and is the usage of a plural pronoun to explain a single individual in a excessive workplace. I suppose essentially the most typically quoted phrase that makes use of the majestic plural is “We are not amused”, which is usually attributed to Queen Victoria. The “editorial we” is an analogous idea, during which a newspaper editor or columnist refers to himself or herself as “we” when giving an opinion.

56 Leaf below a petal : SEPAL

In a flower, the sepals are the inexperienced, leaf-like constructions which can be “interleaved” with the petals, offering help. Prior to appearing as help for the petals, the sepals shield the flower in bud.

57 Fat utilized in baking : LARD

Fat, when extracted from the carcass of an animal, is known as suet. Untreated suet decomposes at room temperature fairly simply so it needs to be rendered, purified to make it secure. Rendered fats from pigs is what we name lard. Rendered beef or mutton fats is named tallow.

58 Lyft various : CAB
59 Lyft supply : RIDE

Lyft is a ridesharing service that’s based mostly in San Francisco, as is Uber, Lyft’s largest competitor.

60 Apple machine that may have a Smart Cover : IPAD

Apple’s Smart Cover attaches to the aspect of an iPad with a magnetic strip, after which covers the display screen to guard it. The cowl has folds, which permit the consumer to put it in configurations that facilitate typing and watching movies (for instance).

62 Mauna __ : LOA

Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii is the biggest volcano on the planet (by way of quantity). The title “Mauna Loa” is Hawaiian for “Long Mountain”.

63 Minecraft sources : ORES

Minecraft is a online game that was launched in 2011. It has been cited as one of the influential video video games of all time.

65 Sea eagles : ERNS

The ern (generally “erne”) is often known as the white-tailed eagle or the ocean eagle.

66 Story a couple of Disney lady who climbs Mount Everest? : THE PRINCESS AND THE PEAK (from “The Princess and the Pea”)

Mount Everest was first summited in 1953 by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese-Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Hillary and Norgay had been a part of an expedition from which two pairs of climbers had been chosen to make a summit try. The first pair had been Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans, they usually got here inside 330 ft of their purpose however needed to flip again. The expedition despatched up the second pair two days later, and historical past was made on 29 May 1953.

“The Princess and the Pea” is a fairy story from the pen of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. The essence of the story is {that a} prince’s mom checks the royal blood of an obvious princess by putting a pea below a pile of mattresses on which the younger lady sleeps. The lady complains of a stressed night time, demonstrating a bodily sensitivity that may solely be attributed to a princess. And all of them lived fortunately ever after …

72 Brazos River metropolis : WACO

The Texas metropolis of Waco is known as for the Wichita individuals often known as the “Waco”, who occupied the realm for hundreds of years.

The Brazos River is the longest river within the state of Texas. It was initially known as “Rio de los Brazos de Dios” by the Spanish, which interprets as “the River of the Arms of God”. So, the Brazos is actually “the arms” in English.

75 Harbor, maybe : ABET

The phrase “abet” comes into English from the Old French “abeter” that means “to bait” or “to harass with dogs” (actually “to make bite”). This sense of encouraging one thing dangerous to occur morphed into our trendy utilization of “abet” that means to assist or encourage somebody in a criminal offense.

77 Lily of France garment : BRA

Lily of France is a model of girls’s underwear that was launched in 1915, not in a French metropolis however moderately in New York.

80 Seal sounds : BARKS

There are three households of seals. The first is the walrus household, the second the eared seals (like sea lions), and thirdly the earless seals (like elephant seals).

83 “1984” superstate : EASTASIA

The motion in George Orwell’s 1949 novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” takes place within the intercontinental superstate of Oceania. Orwell additionally created two different superstates, one known as Eurasia and the opposite Eastasia.

89 Gershwin traditional : SWANEE

“Swanee” was written in 1919 by George Gershwin. Gershwin was very younger on the time and got here up with the music in simply ten minutes whereas using on a Manhattan bus. Al Jolson was already a star, and he heard Gershwin taking part in the track at a celebration. Jolson made a deal to incorporate the track in his present “Sinbad”, after which “Swanee” simply took off.

91 “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst, familiarly : A-ROD

Baseball participant Alex Rodriguez, nicknamed “A-Rod”, hit his 600th house run on August 4th, 2010. He had hit his five hundredth house run precisely three years earlier, on August 4th, 2007, when he turned the youngest participant in Major League historical past to hitch the 500-home run membership.

92 Oscar winner Mahershala : ALI

Mahershala Ali is an actor and someday rapper. Among the extra memorable roles Ali has had are lobbyist Remy Danton in TV’s “House of Cards”, and Colonel Boggs in “The Hunger Games” collection of flicks. He additionally received Best Supporting Actor Oscars for taking part in Juan within the 2016 drama “Moonlight”, and Dr. Don Shirley in 2018’s “Green Book”.

93 Poultry dish served in a Punjabi restaurant? : CHICKEN OF THE SIKH (from “Chicken of the Sea”)

Sikhism is a faith that was based within the Punjab area, which straddles the India-Pakistan border. Even although Sikhism was established comparatively lately, it’s now the fifth-largest organized faith on the earth. Sikhism was based within the fifteenth century by Guru Nanak.

The Chicken of the Sea model of tuna is known as for a phrase as soon as utilized by fishermen for the “meat” from white albacore tuna.

106 Aloha Tower island : OAHU

Aloha Tower is a lighthouse that sits at Pier 9 in Honolulu Harbor. Aloha Tower was the tallest construction in Hawaii for a few years, standing at 10 tales with a 40 foot flag mast on high.

107 Dog who visits Oz : TOTO

Toto is Dorothy’s canine within the movie “The Wizard of Oz”, and within the unique e-book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. Toto was performed within the film by a canine known as Terry, however Terry’s title was quickly modified to Toto in actual life because of the success of the movie.

117 Shop promoting gold earrings and bandanas? : PIRATES’ BOUTIQUE (from “pirates’ booty”)

A bandana is a big, patterned, colourful handkerchief. The time period “bandana” comes from the Hindi “bandhu”, which is a technique of dyeing.

“Booty”, that means “plunder, profit”, is derived from the Old French phrase “butin” that has the identical that means.

122 Mozart’s “Così fan __” : TUTTE

Mozart’s comedian opera “Così fan tutte” can be identified in English as “The School for Lovers”. The literal translation of the opera’s Italian title is “Thus do all (women)”, or “Women are like that”.

123 Buck horn : ANTLER

The antlers on a deer come to factors. The larger the variety of factors, the extra prized the top of the deer as a trophy, so I’m instructed …

126 Surgical beam : LASER

The time period “laser” is an acronym standing for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. It has been identified {that a} extra exact title for laser know-how is “light oscillation by stimulated emission of radiation”, however the ensuing acronym isn’t fairly so interesting, specifically “loser”.

127 Jazz headliners? : NBA STARS

The Utah Jazz skilled basketball workforce moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. As one would possibly guess from the title, the workforce originated in New Orleans, however solely performed there for 5 seasons. New Orleans was a tricky place to be based mostly as a result of venues had been onerous to return by, and Mardi Gras compelled the workforce to play on the street for an entire month.

Down

1 Confidentially informs : BCCS

A blind carbon copy (bcc) is a replica of a doc or message that’s despatched to somebody with out different recipients of the message understanding about that additional copy.

4 Hagar of Van Halen : SAMMY

Rock vocalist and guitarist Sammy Hagar achieved fame within the seventies as a member of the group Montrose. He then carved out a profitable solo profession, and in 1985 took over from David Lee Roth because the lead vocalist of Van Halen.

6 Needlefish : GAR

“Gar” was initially the title given to a species of needlefish discovered within the North Atlantic. The time period “gar” is now used to explain a number of species of fish with elongated our bodies that inhabit North and Central America and the Caribbean. The gar is uncommon in that it’s typically present in very brackish water. What I discover fascinating is that the gar’s swim bladders are vascularized in order that they’ll truly operate as lungs. Many species of gar can truly be seen coming to the floor and taking a gulp of air. This adaptation makes it potential for them to stay in situations extremely unsuitable for different fish that depend on their gills to get oxygen out of the water. Indeed, fairly fascinating …

7 Actor Cage, informally : NIC

Actor Nicolas “Nic” Cage was born Nicolas Coppola. Cage is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire, each of whom are Nic Cage’s father’s siblings.

8 __ Lanka : SRI

The island nation of Sri Lanka lies off the southeast coast of India. The title “Sri Lanka” interprets from Sanskrit into English as “venerable island”. Before 1970, Sri Lanka was often known as Ceylon, a reputation given to the nation throughout British rule.

10 Lock insert : OAR

Oarlocks are swiveling braces on the edges of a rowing boat that maintain the oars because the boat is being propelled. Back in Ireland, we name them “rowlocks” (pronounced “rollox”).

12 Panache : ELAN

Someone exhibiting panache is exhibiting sprint and verve, and maybe has a swagger. “Panache” is a French phrase used for a plume of feathers, particularly one in a hat.

13 Feint on the ice : DEKE

A deke, often known as a dangle, is a method used to get previous an opponent in ice hockey. “Deke” is a colloquial shortening of the phrase “decoy”.

14 Mixed martial arts org. : UFC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the biggest promoter on the earth of blended martial arts competitions. I feel the concept is that rivals battle one another in numerous disciplines to see who’s the “best of the best” …

15 Tabbouleh wheat : BULGUR

Bulgur is a cereal made out of the groats (hulled kernels) of wheat, normally durum wheat.

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern dish made out of tomatoes, and chopped parsley, mint, bulgur and onion, together with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. The title “tabbouleh” comes from the Arabic “taabil” that means “seasoning”. I really like tabbouleh …

23 Lotion additive : ALOE

Aloe vera is a succulent plant that grows in comparatively dry climates. The plant’s leaves are stuffed with biologically-active compounds which were studied extensively. Aloe vera has been used for hundreds of years in natural drugs, primarily for topical therapy of wounds.

28 Scottish feudal lord : THANE

Thanes had been Scottish aristocrats. The most well-known thanes must be the Shakespearean characters Macbeth (Thane of Glamis, later “Thane of Cawdor”, and nonetheless later “King of Scotland”) and MacDuff (Thane of Fife). Other thanes in “Macbeth” are Ross, Lennox and Angus, in addition to Menteith and Caithness.

31 “The Voice” host Carson : DALY

Carson Daly is a radio and tv character who is maybe finest identified as we speak as host of the fact present “The Voice”. If you keep up late sufficient on New Year’s Eve, you may also know him from NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly”.

32 Green shampoo : PRELL

Prell shampoo was launched by Procter & Gamble in 1947. Back then it was a transparent inexperienced focus offered in a tube (like toothpaste).

33 Nerdy kind : DORK

I contemplate “dork” and “adorkable” to be fairly offensive slang. “Dork” originated within the sixties amongst American college students, and has its roots in one other slang time period, a time period for male genitalia.

35 Like a lot brandy : AGED

Brandy is a spirit distilled from wine. The time period “brandy” finally comes from the Dutch “gebrande wijn” that means “burnt wine”. The size of this ageing of the spirit defines the assorted grades of brandy:

  • VS: Very Special … at the very least 2 years storage
  • VSOP: Very Special (or Superior) Old Pale … at the very least 4 years storage
  • XO: Extra Old … at the very least 6 years
  • VSO: Very Superior Old … 12-17 years

37 Tylenol goal : ACHE

Tylenol is a pain-relieving drug with the energetic ingredient acetaminophen (which is named “paracetamol” outdoors of the US).

40 Smallest state in India : GOA

Goa is the smallest state in India, and is situated within the southwest of the nation. The Portuguese landed in Goa within the early 1500s, at first peacefully finishing up commerce, however then took the realm by drive creating Portuguese India. Portugal held onto Portuguese India even after the British pulled out of India in 1947, till the Indian Army marched into the realm in 1961.

42 Granita kin : SORBET

Granita is a semi-frozen dessert in Italian delicacies that resembles sorbet, with the distinction being that granita is normally much less easy and extra crystalline.

48 Polish Solidarity hero Lech : WALESA

Lech Walesa labored as an electrician within the Gdansk Shipyards in Poland. Walesa was energetic within the commerce union motion within the days when unions weren’t welcome behind the Iron Curtain. His efforts resulted within the founding of Solidarity, the primary unbiased commerce union in Soviet-controlled territory. For his work, Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and in 1990 he turned the primary democratically elected President of Poland. He has misplaced help in Poland in recent times, however he’s a very fashionable reserving on the worldwide talking circuit.

49 Mythical matchmaker : EROS

The title of Eros, the Greek god of affection, offers rise to our phrase “erotic” that means “arousing sexual desire”. Eros was referred to in Latin as each “Amor” (that means “love”) and “Cupid” (that means “desire”).

50 Lou Grant participant : ED ASNER

Ed Asner was most well-known for taking part in the irascible however lovable Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and on the spin-off drama “Lou Grant”. Off-screen Asner was famous for his political activism. He served two phrases as president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and was very concerned within the 1980 SAG strike. When “Lou Grant” was canceled in 1982, regardless of respectable rankings, there was plenty of discuss that the cancellation was a transfer by the community towards Asner personally. In reality, certainly one of Asner’s activist colleagues, Howard Hesseman (who performed Johnny Fever) discovered that his present “WKRP in Cincinnati” was additionally canceled … on the exact same day.

52 “To reiterate … ” : I REPEAT …

The verb “to iterate” means to repeat over once more. The verb “reiterate” means the identical factor. One would possibly suspect that “reiterate” is a kind of phrases that has crept into the language attributable to repeated (reiterated?!) misuse. Well, that’s not fairly the case, however shut. Back within the 1400s, “iterate” meant “repeat”, and “reiterate” meant “repeat again and again”. We’ve misplaced the excellence between these two definitions over time.

53 Goodyear floor : TIRE TREAD

The Goodyear tire firm was based in 1898. The firm was named for Charles Goodyear, the person who invented vulcanized rubber in 1839. Despite the Goodyear title, Charles Goodyear himself had no reference to the corporate. Sadly, he by no means actually reaped a monetary reward for his innovations.

54 Novelist O’Brien : EDNA

Edna O’Brien is an Irish novelist and playwright who is thought for her works that shine a light-weight on the issues of girls regarding males and society on the whole. O’Brien’s first novel, “The Country Girls”, was banned, burned and denounced by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. As a end result, O’Brien left the nation and now lives in London.

58 Claritin rival : CONTAC

Contac is a GlaxoSmithKline product used to deal with the signs of a chilly and influenza. The drugs’s energetic ingredient is pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is a drug with decongestant properties, though it’s also a stimulant. Personally, I’d go together with scorching tea and lemon …

Claritin is a Bayer model title for the drug loratadine, which is used to deal with allergy symptoms.

61 Archaeological web site : DIG

“Archaeology” is a phrase that appears prefer it’s British English, and one is perhaps forgiven for utilizing the spelling “archeology” in American English. Even although the latter spelling has been round for a few hundred years, the previous is the usual spelling on each side of the Atlantic.

64 __ cha beef: stir-fry dish : SHA

Sha cha beef is a dish from Chinese delicacies that’s native to the Chinese province of Gansu.

66 Oh-so-precious : TWEE

In the UK, one thing “twee” is cutesy or overly good. “Twee” got here from “tweet”, which is the cutesy, baby-talk means of claiming “sweet”.

67 “__ Nagila” : HAVA

“Hava Nagila” is a Hebrew folks track, with the title translating into “Let Us Rejoice”. The melody is from a Ukrainian folks track. The phrases to “Hava Nagila” had been composed in 1918 to rejoice the British victory in Palestine throughout WWI.

68 Africa’s __ Desert: jap area of the Sahara : NUBIAN

Nubia is a area shared by Egypt and Sudan that lies alongside the Nile river. The title “Nubia” comes from the Nuba individuals who settled within the space within the 4th century.

69 2021 title function for Peter Dinklage : CYRANO

“Cyrano” is a 2021 big-screen adaptation of a 2018 stage musical of the identical title by Erica Schmidt. In flip, the musical relies on the 1897 play “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand. The title function within the movie is performed by New Jersey actor Peter Dinklage, who is maybe finest identified for portraying Tyrion Lannister on the TV collection “Game of Thrones”.

Cyrano de Bergerac was a French dramatist who lived within the seventeenth century. Paintings and drawings present that Bergerac had a big nostril, though the scale was exaggerated by those that wrote about his life. Reputedly, Cyrano fought in over 1000 duels, principally instigated by somebody insulting his nostril. In the play written about his life, Cyrano had a well-known lover named Roxane. It is believed that the Roxane character was modeled on Cyrano’s cousin who lived along with his sister in a convent.

79 Unflappable : STAID

Something described as staid is unwavering, mounted. This utilization expanded to imply “sober, sedate”. The time period dates again to the sixteenth century, and comes from the verb “to stay”. “Staid” is a rewriting of the previous participle “stayed”.

86 Fur-protesting gp. : PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is known for advert campaigns that includes implied nudity, typically with celebrities showing entrance and middle. Networks exhibiting the Super Bowl have been identified to ban such advertisements.

88 Sportscaster Linda : COHN

Linda Cohn is a sportscaster who began anchoring ESPN’s “SportsCenter” in 1992. When Cohn was in highschool, she performed hockey on the boys workforce.

93 Dalmatians, e.g. : CROATS

Dalmatia is a historic area on the jap coast of the Adriatic Sea, with most of its space falling in modern-day Croatia.

95 Old Apple app for pics : IPHOTO

iPhoto is a digital photograph manipulation software that Apple now not helps, having changed it with the Photos app.

97 Player who doesn’t thoughts making bloopers? : HITTER

In baseball, a bloop single is extra normally known as a blooper. It’s a fly ball that drops for a single between an infielder and an outfielder.

104 Singers under mezzo-sopranos : ALTOS

A mezzo-soprano is a feminine singing voice under a soprano however above a contralto. “Mezzo” is Italian for “half”.

105 “Money __”: Spanish TV drama : HEIST

“Money Heist” (“La casa de papel” in Spanish) is a really profitable crime drama collection from Spain that transferred to Netflix, after which the present’s run was prolonged. The present was so profitable that Netflix made a documentary known as “Money Herist: The Phenomenon”.

108 Fall birthstone : OPAL

Here is the “official” checklist of birthstones, by month, that we have a tendency to make use of as we speak:

  • January: Garnet
  • February: Amethyst
  • March: Bloodstone or Aquamarine
  • April: Diamond
  • May: Emerald
  • June: Pearl or Moonstone
  • July: Ruby
  • August: Sardonyx or Peridot
  • September: Sapphire or Lapis Lazuli
  • October: Opal or Pink Tourmaline
  • November: Topaz or Citrine
  • December: Turquoise or Zircon (additionally now, Tanzanite)

109 Fey of “Mean Girls” : TINA

Comedian and actress Tina Fey was born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Fey is maybe finest identified to tv viewers as a solid member on “Saturday Night Live” (1997-2006), and because the creator and star of the sitcom “30 Rock” (2006-2013).

“Mean Girls” is a teen comedy film launched in 2004 starring Lindsay Lohan. Tina Fey additionally places in an look, which actually isn’t stunning as Fey wrote the screenplay.

118 Blonde __ : ALE

Blonde ales are a loosely-related group of beers that share a really pale coloration. I’d guess that essentially the most well-known of the style in North America are Belgian blondes.

120 Govt. fiscal monitor : OMB

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the successor to the Bureau of the Budget that was fashioned in 1970 through the Nixon administration. The predominant job of the OMB is to organize the funds for the federal authorities. The Director of the OMB is a member of the Cabinet.

121 Mex. neighbor : USA

The Mexico-US border stretches nearly 2,000 miles, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. It is essentially the most regularly crossed worldwide border in the entire world, with about 350 million authorized crossings yearly.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Unwelcome omens : BAD SIGNS
9 Sussed (out) : DOPED
14 WWII sea risk : U-BOAT
19 Pollution laws purpose : CLEAN AIR
20 NutraSweet developer : SEARLE
21 Bankrolls : FUNDS
22 One who’s a very massive fan of promos and trailers? : COMMERCIAL FREAK (from “commercial-free”)
24 Store worker : CLERK
25 Walk closely : STOMP
26 Untruth : LIE
27 “Your guide to a better future” web site : C|NET
29 Best of the perfect, initially : GOAT
30 Balance sheet abbr. : YTD
32 Styling support : POMADE
34 Weighs on : HAUNTS
36 Main squeeze : BAE
39 Go together with harsh criticism of an historical Athenian? : AGREE TO DIS A GREEK (from “agree to disagree”)
43 Like granita and 42-Down : ICY
44 Plum kin : SLOE
45 Completely overhauled : REDONE
46 Annual stint at a Buckingham Palace timeshare? : THE ROYAL WEEK (from “the royal ‘we’”)
51 Attributed : CREDITED
56 Leaf below a petal : SEPAL
57 Fat utilized in baking : LARD
58 Lyft various : CAB
59 Lyft supply : RIDE
60 Apple machine that may have a Smart Cover : IPAD
62 Mauna __ : LOA
63 Minecraft sources : ORES
65 Sea eagles : ERNS
66 Story a couple of Disney lady who climbs Mount Everest? : THE PRINCESS AND THE PEAK (from “The Princess and the Pea”)
72 Brazos River metropolis : WACO
73 Fellows : GUYS
74 Trail combine morsel : NUT
75 Harbor, maybe : ABET
76 Hardly __: not often : EVER
77 Lily of France garment : BRA
78 Periods typically named for leaders : ERAS
80 Seal sounds : BARKS
83 “1984” superstate : EASTASIA
86 Expensive block for a woodworking apprentice? : PRACTICE TEAK (from “practice tee”)
89 Gershwin traditional : SWANEE
91 “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst, familiarly : A-ROD
92 Oscar winner Mahershala : ALI
93 Poultry dish served in a Punjabi restaurant? : CHICKEN OF THE SIKH (from “Chicken of the Sea”)
100 Study : DEN
101 State of relaxation : REPOSE
102 Didn’t work out : FAILED
103 “Not buying it” : NAH
106 Aloha Tower island : OAHU
107 Dog who visits Oz : TOTO
110 NFL scores : TDS
111 Springs : LEAPS
115 Embellish : ADORN
117 Shop promoting gold earrings and bandanas? : PIRATES’ BOUTIQUE (from “pirates’ booty”)
122 Mozart’s “Così fan __” : TUTTE
123 Buck horn : ANTLER
124 Words mentioned with an eyeroll : I’M SO SURE
125 Informal “What if … ” : S’POSE …
126 Surgical beam : LASER
127 Jazz headliners? : NBA STARS

Down

1 Confidentially informs : BCCS
2 Often : A LOT
3 Trial model : DEMO
4 Hagar of Van Halen : SAMMY
5 Bumbling : INEPT
6 Needlefish : GAR
7 Actor Cage, informally : NIC
8 __ Lanka : SRI
9 Take down : DEFEAT
10 Lock insert : OAR
11 Pave the way in which for : PRECEDE
12 Panache : ELAN
13 Feint on the ice : DEKE
14 Mixed martial arts org. : UFC
15 Tabbouleh wheat : BULGUR
16 Low tie : ONE-ONE
17 Cost for a web based pop-up, e.g. : AD RATE
18 “Shame on you!” : TSK TSK!
20 Goo made at house with glue, meals coloring, and saline resolution : SLIME
23 Lotion additive : ALOE
28 Scottish feudal lord : THANE
31 “The Voice” host Carson : DALY
32 Green shampoo : PRELL
33 Nerdy kind : DORK
35 Like a lot brandy : AGED
36 Routine components : BITS
37 Tylenol goal : ACHE
38 See-through gadgets? : EYEPIECES
40 Smallest state in India : GOA
41 Security checkpoint request : ID CARD
42 Granita kin : SORBET
44 Pool-heating choice : SOLAR
47 Bond that promotes simple communication : RAPPORT
48 Polish Solidarity hero Lech : WALESA
49 Mythical matchmaker : EROS
50 Lou Grant participant : ED ASNER
52 “To reiterate … ” : I REPEAT …
53 Goodyear floor : TIRE TREAD
54 Novelist O’Brien : EDNA
55 Workstation : DESK
58 Claritin rival : CONTAC
61 Archaeological web site : DIG
64 __ cha beef: stir-fry dish : SHA
66 Oh-so-precious : TWEE
67 “__ Nagila” : HAVA
68 Africa’s __ Desert: jap area of the Sahara : NUBIAN
69 2021 title function for Peter Dinklage : CYRANO
70 Vibe : AURA
71 Died down : EBBED
79 Unflappable : STAID
81 Leaves in smoothies : KALE
82 Hide : SKIN
84 Makes a request : ASKS
85 Like dessert wines : SWEET
86 Fur-protesting gp. : PETA
87 Irritate : IRK
88 Sportscaster Linda : COHN
90 Sincere makes an attempt : EFFORTS
93 Dalmatians, e.g. : CROATS
94 Be in command of : HEAD UP
95 Old Apple app for pics : IPHOTO
96 Woos : COURTS
97 Player who doesn’t thoughts making bloopers? : HITTER
98 Church chief : ELDER
99 Brief assembly? : SESS
104 Singers under mezzo-sopranos : ALTOS
105 “Money __”: Spanish TV drama : HEIST
108 Fall birthstone : OPAL
109 Fey of “Mean Girls” : TINA
112 Bluish hue : AQUA
113 Copy cats? : PURR
114 Spots : SEES
116 Once named : NEE
118 Blonde __ : ALE
119 Recycling __ : BIN
120 Govt. fiscal monitor : OMB
121 Mex. neighbor : USA

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