Theme: "Subtly Seasoned"- Various seasonings are hidden in each theme entry.
23A. Poem title following "Gin a body meet a body" : COMIN THRO' THE RYE. Mint. Herb.
34A. Brahms and Clara Schumann, by most accounts : PLATONIC LOVES. Clove. Key ingredients in Chinese Five-Spice Powder.
51A. Paid informants : NEWS AGENCIES. Sage. Herb.
70A. Axioms : UNIVERSAL TRUTHS. Just salt.
94A. Dietitian's recommendations : HEALTHY MEALS. Thyme. CrossEyedDave just linked a clip of a chef using fresh thyme for egg rolls. The sauce does look amazing, Dave!
109A. Hospital emergency units : TRAUMA CENTERS. Mace. Nutmeg spice.
125A. In danger of being towed : PARKED ILLEGALLY. Dill.
Ah, a well-seasoned puzzle for all the foodies on our blog, esp Steve, who grinds his own spices.
Notice how the seasonings consistently span across each theme entry? Pancho's choices are very limited. Not many herbs/spices are hide-able. Seven entries with 95 theme squares are quite manageable. My very comfort zone: 94/95.
1. Bambinos : TOTS
5. Kaput : SHOT. Not DEAD.
9. Workout set : REPS
13. Emergency : PINCH. Seasoning amount as well.
18. Plugging away : AT IT
19. Show impatience : SIGH. We normally get PACE.
20. Go off : ERUPT
22. End of __ : AN ERA
26. Three-star mil. officer : LT. GEN
27. Nancy Drew series author : KEENE (Carolyn)
28. Hawk's home : AERIE
29. Read carefully (over) : PORE
31. Like many Ariz. residents : RET'D. Lucina grew up here. I remember a survey said that most Americans actually live within 50 miles of where they grew up. Are you one of them?
32. Retained : KEPT
37. Film noir hat : FEDORA
40. Underground systems : METROS
41. Indian author Santha Rama __ : RAU. Never read her book. RAU seems to be a popular Indian name. I just learned that it means "Beloved".
42. What may replace you? : ONE. Oh, you may not like this clue. ONE may not like this clue.
43. Gp. with arms : NRA
45. MS. enclosures : SAES. Self-Addressed Envelope. Sometimes we get SASEs.
47. Optimistic : UPBEAT
56. No longer used : OBSOLETE
58. Replaceable tire part : TREAD
59. Privy to : IN ON
60. Early U.S.'s Northwest __ : TERR
62. One with convictions : FELON. I was thinking of belief "convictions".
63. Oil source : SOYBEAN. High in Omega-6, which is bad. I was told. But I can't live without soy milk and soy sauce.
65. Chopper : AXE
67. Modernists, for short : NEOs
69. Pose : SIT
75. Yank's foe : REB
78. Sticky situation : MESS
79. Madre's hermana : TIA
80. House-warming buys : HEATERS. Literally "warming".
84. Film with a saloon : OATER. Got via crosses.
87. Brood : STEW
89. Actress Kunis : MILA
91. Fellow "I can't be torn apart from," in a 1964 #1 hit : MY GUY. Unfamiliar to me.
92. Mona Lisa, e.g. : BRUNETTE. Such an unexpected clue.
97. GM navigation system : ONSTAR
98. Give off : EMIT
100. Retired NBA big man Ming : YAO. Owner of Shanghai Sharks, where he first started.
101. Solstice mo. : DEC
102. Flamenco shout : OLE
103. 1987 Beatty/Hoffman flop : ISHTAR. I forgot. We had this before.
106. Demands it : SAYS SO
114. Gillette Mach3 predecessor : ATRA
115. One who'd like to forget, maybe : RUER
116. Takeout : TO GO
117. Lured (in) : ROPED
119. Earthy pigment : UMBER
123. Mideast ruling family name : ASSAD. Heartless.
128. Cheap cigar : STOGY. Or STOGIE.
129. Company name that aptly begins with a periodic table symbol : ALCOA. Great observation.
130. It meant nothing to Ravel : RIEN
131. Descriptive dance : HULA
132. Really pushes : HYPES. Got via crosses.
133. Lester's bluegrass partner : EARL. Earl Scruggs & Lester Flatt.
134. Head set? : EARS. Cute clue.
135. Memphis middle name : ARON. Elvis.
1. Epitome of sharpness : TACK
2. Platte River people : OTOE
3. What's up at the end of an exam? : TIME. Drew a blank. Nice clue.
4. Snockered : STINKO
5. Droop-nosed flier : SST
6. Cymbals with a foot pedal : HI-HAT
7. Brute : OGRE
8. 1912 Olympic legend : THORPE (Jim). Astonishing career.
9. Practice lines : REHEARSE
10. Before, poetically : ERE
11. Goal : PURPOSE
12. Watch using bugs : SPY ON. Another great clue.
13. Good buddy : PAL
14. Needing assistance, maybe : IN TROUBLE. Boomer got hit by a guy at the stop light on Thursday. The back bumper assembly of our car needs to be replaced. Boomer said the guy was not drunk. Probably just distracted. Hope the insurance claim goes smoothly.
15. More than half of Israel : NEGEV
16. Whence Icarus fled : CRETE
17. Poker holdings : HANDS
21. Garr of "Young Frankenstein" : TERI
24. __-do-well : NE'ER
25. Pinball problem : TILT
30. Tan shades : ECRUS. Spell check does not like the plural form.
33. Stabbing feeling : PANG
35. Wedding reception highlight : TOAST. So happy for Melissa!
36. __ luxury : LAP OF
37. Typeface choices : FONTS
38. Diciembre follower : ENERO
39. 1944 loser to FDR : DEWEY. I knew Dewey Defeats Truman headline. Unaware that he also ran for president four years earlier.
40. "Death in Venice" author : MANN
44. Put back into the company, as profits : RE-INVEST
46. More painful : SORER
48. Congers : EELS
49. French possessive : A TOI
50. Clearing house? : TENT. I don't get it. Does it mean TENT for clearance sale?
52. "A Tiger Walks" star : SABU. Only associated him with "Elephant Boy".
53. Yemeni seaport : ADEN
54. Sandpaper descriptor : COARSE
55. "What You Need" rockers : INXS
57. Hullabaloo : BROUHAHA. Same letter count as FOOFARAW
61. Involve : ENTAIL
64. Draw a bead on, with "at" : AIM
66. Chow down : EAT
68. Fr. holy woman : STE
71. First name in skin care : ESTEE. Forbidding price. This serum.
72. Andean capital : LIMA
73. Founding member of pro soccer's Washington Freedom : HAMM. Guessable.
74. Eye sore : STYE
75. "__Cop" : ROBO
76. Bring in : EARN
77. A/C units : BTUs
81. "Zounds!" : EGADS
82. Makes a judicial decision : RULES
83. Food service giant : SYSCO. I think this is the company Jeannie used to work for. Still remember her? She's a fantastic cook.
85. Retinue : ENTOURAGE. And 95. Otherworldly : ETHEREAL. Sparkly one-word fill.
86. Kingdom : REALM
88. Bridge ancestor : WHIST
90. Space travel meas. : LT-YR
93. Spring for lunch, say : TREAT
96. Royals manager Ned : YOST
99. One of the Balearic Islands : MINORCA. Or MENORCA. Same letter count as MAJORCA.
104. Stepped (on) : TROD
105. Seek ambitiously : ASPIRE
107. Cut __: dance, in old slang : A RUG
108. Steinway competitor : YAMAHA
109. Pan, in filmdom : TRASH. Many other places too.
110. Impaired from disuse : RUSTY
111. Legendary fabulist : AESOP
112. Nightclub of song : COPA
113. The same, in Paris : EGALE
114. Holmes adversary Irene : ADLER
118. Director Kazan : ELIA. I bought this book at the flea market. Plenty mention of Elia Kazan. Best Hepburn book I've read. A. Scott Berg's "Kate Remembered" is great too.
120. Run together : BLUR. Got via crosses.
121. Eliza's greeting : 'ELLO
122. House Speaker after Boehner : RYAN (Paul)
124. Prefix with functional : DYS
126. Yellow Sea peninsula: Abbr. : KOR (Korean). Here is a great map. There is also a Yellow River, mother river of China. It's actually the 6th longest in the world. 3,395 miles.
127. Nav. rank : ENS