Theme: "PG-13" - 13 entries all start with letters P & G.
23A. It's designed not to be noticeable : PLATE GLASS. Windows. Pretty little corner.
25A. Lawman who killed Billy the Kid : PAT GARRETT. The Sheriff.
30A. Ibsen play with music by Grieg : PEER GYNT. Hey, I even know his mother's name: ASE.
37A. Subject with no depth? : PLANE GEOMETRY. Fun clue.
50A. Former park near the Harlem River : POLO GROUNDS. NY Giants.
53A. Fun-loving female : PARTY GIRL. One of Boomer's favorite bowling centers was closed. They held a fun funeral yesterday.
68A. Where to see an inflation index? : PRESSURE GAUGE. Nothing economy related.
85A. Co-chair of John McCain's 2007-'08 presidential campaign : PHIL GRAMM. I missed him up with Bob Graham.
88A. View from Kuwait City : PERSIAN GULF. Hi there, Doha Doc!
96A. Hardly luxury boxes : PEANUT GALLERY. This always reminds me of Dan Naddor.
102A. Military monetary scale : PAY GRADE
115A. Court quarterback : POINT GUARD. Basketball.
119A. Fictionary, e.g. : PARLOR GAME. Never played Fictionary.
You grokked the theme immediately, right? The title is so self-explanatory.
Despite the fact that there are no tricky to place letters (Q, Z, X or K) in the theme set, 13 entries take up huge space in the grid. Once you construct puzzles yourself, you'll know that this grid is for no rookies & weak entries like IERE (91A. French suffix with jardin) are needed to make the grid work. Jardinière (Gardener). Love Jardin du Luxembourg. Nice picnic spot.
1. Within : AMID
5. Earthy tone : OCHRE. Or Ocher.
10. In the neighborhood : LOCAL
15. Riot control weapon : MACE
19. Grabber's cry : MINE
20. Kansas City athlete : ROYAL. For Husker Gary.
21. Cole Porter classic from "Can-Can" : I LOVE PARIS. I really do.
26. Single : UNWED
27. Significant ones? : OTHERS
29. Bad-mouthed : DISSED
32. Rulers in a line : DYNASTS
36. -y plus -y? : IES. Just Y pluralized.
43. Dewlapped critter : IGUANA
47. Grafton's "__ for Alibi" : A IS
48. Bistro : CAFE
49. Battery that's 8.3 millimeters in diameter : AAAA
56. Env. directive : ATTN
57. Wise : SAGE
58. "Angela's Ashes" sequel : 'TIS. I bet Irish Miss & Lucina read both.
60. Jewish campus organization : HILLEL. What does this word mean?
61. Begets : SIRES. This is the year for O* horses. Orb, Oxbow.
63. Swollen : TURGID
65. Dummy : STUPE
67. Union in D.C., e.g. : STA
71. Support : AID
74. Vex : HAUNT
75. Political theorist Hannah : ARENDT. Forgot. We had her before.
76. Have a feeling : SENSE
78. Actress Dahl : ARLENE
81. School in Big D : SMU
82. River isles : AITS
84. "Don't look at me!" : NOT I
92. Scottish turndowns : NAES
94. PC key : ALT
95. Dud : TURKEY
100. Ticked off : MAD
101. Toledo time-outs : SIESTAS
107. Petulance : SPLEEN
111. More cool, man : NEATER
114. Caught congers : EELED
121. "You had your chance" : IT'S TOO LATE. Great entry.
122. Leadoff hitter's asset : SPEED. So, who do you think is MLB's best leadoff hitter right now?
123. Egyptian deity : AMON
124. Winter Palace resident : TSAR
125. Bold type : DARER. No BOLD for this answer!
126. Mitigated : EASED
127. Insurance policy contingency : LOSS
1. Energize : AMP UP
2. Pooh penner : MILNE
3. Amazed : IN AWE. I'm in awe of this guy's humor & curiosity.
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4. Block : DETER
5. Web address ending : ORG
6. Ratio indicators : COLONS. I remember someone talked about Golden Ratio on the blog sometime ago. Forgot what it's about. Something to do with hourglass figures.
7. __ Regency : HYATT
8. Not at all patient : RASH
9. Ultimatum ending : ELSE
10. Fake it, in a way : LIP SYNC
11. Motor add-on? : OLA. Motorola.
12. Crash site? : COT
13. Part of DJIA: Abbr. : AVG
14. Result in : LEAD TO
15. Romans' 16-Down : MARS. And 16. Greeks' 15-Down : ARES. Skillful placement.
17. Ticket : CITE
18. Founded, on signs : ESTD (Established)
22. Rainbow maker : PRISM
24. Trim : EDGING
28. Nutrition letters : RDA. Old. Now it's RDI.
31. Quite a spell : YEARS
33. They follow springs by about seven days : NEAPS. Happy to learn it.
34. Former Belgian camera brand : AGFA
35. One looking ahead : SEER
37. Yearning ones : PINERS. 69. One wishing for a real-life "undo" button? : RUER. And 90. Poker? : NUDGER. Two ER is enough.
38. Cause of some '60s trips : LSD. So glad I did not get into drugs.
39. Giant rival : EAGLE. Man, football!
40. Follow : TAIL
41. Outback order : RARE. This is the only beefsteak I like.
42. Dixie group? : Y'ALL
43. "No thanks" : I PASS
44. "I follow" : GOT IT
45. Extreme : ULTRA
46. Exceptional : A-ONE
47. What "8" may stand for : AUGUST. So simple. 8 is a lucky number in China/Japan.
51. Like granola : OATEN
52. Mounting aid : STIRRUP
54. Hood with a rod : THUG
55. "Egad!" : YIPES
59. Auteur's starting point : IDEE. But "Auteur" is an English word, despite its French root.
62. Smack-dab : SPANG. Wow, never heard of this word before.
64. Largest of the Mariana Islands : GUAM
65. Cruel type : SADIST
66. All, in scores : TUTTI. Gimme for Pas de chat & Jazzbumpa.
70. Really cool : GNARLY
71. Actress Aimée : ANOUK
72. Agave fiber : ISTLE. Learned from doing Xword.
73. Respect and then some : DEIFY
74. Oscar winner Mirren : HELEN. Truly beautiful. Witty too.
77. Ga. Tech grad : ENGR
78. "Edith, you're __": Archie Bunker : A PIP
79. South Korea's first president : RHEE. Same character as Chinese Lee/Li, as in Ang Lee/Jet Li.
80. Former capital of Italy : LIRA. I bet this clue would stump the Pope (Call me, maybe?). Capital refers to "money" here. Euro now.
81. Process, as ore : SMELT
83. Skewered Thai dish : SATAY. Do you like peanut sauce?
86. Auréole wearer : ANGE. Angel. Auréole is French for "halo" I suppose. What's their AURA then?
87. "The Valachi Papers" author Peter : MAAS. Vaguely familiar. He also wrote the biography Frank Serpico.
89. Hammer home? : EAR. Hammer bone.
93. Bad-mouth : SLANDER
97. Be of __: help : USE TO
98. Self-important authority figure : TIN GOD
99. Computer terminal? : ESE. Computerese.
100. 1986 Best Actress Matlin : MARLEE. No idea. For Children of a Lesser God. She's deaf.
102. One of three 1994 Peace Nobelists : PERES (Shimon). The other two are Rabin and Arafat.
103. Fit for a king : REGAL
104. It shares its airport shuttle with National : ALAMO. Oh, car rental.
105. Distributions to DJs : DEMOs
106. Idyllic places : EDENS
107. Jutting shoreline formation : SPIT
108. Kitchenware : POTS
109. Alaska senator Murkowski : LISA. Won via write-in votes.
110. __'acte : ENTR
112. Recess near an altar : APSE
113. Spanish snack : TAPA
116. Form follower : ULA
117. Rhine tributary : AAR
118. Way to get there: Abbr. : RTE
120. Perplexing : ODD
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