Theme: "Never Mind" - IT is removed from each theme entry.
23A. Mashed potatoes feature? : CENTER OF GRAVY. Center of gravity.
34A. Signature clothes-washing move? : CREATIVE WRING. Creative writing.
51A. Bear with backup musicians? : SMOKEY AND THE BAND. Smokey and the Bandit.
69A. Heads-up from your co-star about a former mate in the wings? : EX STAGE LEFT. Exit stage left.
87A. Home of robot jugglers and digital clowns? : ELECTRONIC CIRCUS. Electronic circuits.
104A. Stylist's jobs? : BUILDING PERMS. Building permits.
118A. "Never mind," and a hint to this puzzle's theme : FORGET ABOUT IT
69A is an odd man out in that it's the only them entry where the first word has IT dropped. Rich must like the answer a lot to allow for the inconsistency. Argyle sent me this clip to share with you.
I think this is Wren Schultz's debut puzzle. Congratulations! Sunday's grid is at least twice as hard to make as the weekday grids. Not sure if this is our Wren.
1. "100 Years...100 Movies" org. : AFI (American Film Institute)
4. Bill and Hillary, e.g. : ELIs. They met at Yale.
8. Gives a boost, say : AIDs
12. Direction from Columbus, Ohio, to Columbia, S.C. : SSE
15. Mister Rogers' network : PBS
18. Fall back on : RESORT TO
20. "True __": 2010 Best Picture nominee : GRIT. By the Cohen Brothers. Native Minnesotans.
21. Sound qualities : TIMBRES
25. Board at a station : ENTRAIN
26. Prefix with meter : ALTI
27. Nebraska native : OTOE
28. Martini garnish : OLIVE
30. Wheat whiskers : AWNS. Does Quinoa have AWNs also? Our local Star Tribune has a fantastic Quinoa Salad the other day.
31. Jefferson and others, religiously : DEISTS
37. Marine eagle : ERN
38. Rap sheet letters : AKA
40. BTWs, in letters : PSS
41. Casually considered, with "with" : TOYED
42. Walk unsteadily : LIMP
44. Takei role : SULU
47. "__ I know ..." : AS FAR
58. Simpson judge : ITO (Lance)
59. Cookie sellers : SCOUTS. Wish they would find some other creative outlets.
60. Night sky feline : LEO
61. Stoked : FUELED
62. 86-Across, overseas : LTD. And 86. 62-Across, in the States : INC
63. Shot : PHOTO
64. Poker variety : OMAHA. Ben Affleck was just caught counting cards at the Hard Rock Casino last Thursday.
66. Dismissal : OUSTER
68. Picturesque Japanese peak : FUJI
69. "A Jug of Wine ..." poet: OMAR
75. Granola cousin : MUESLI. Sweet Argyle sent me a bottle of New York maple syrup. I used a bit to marinate my salmon the other day. Delicious! Will make some granola next week.
77. Take in : ADOPT
78. Put up : ERECT
79. China's Chou En-__ : LAI. Loved him.
80. Tried it : HAD A GO (at)
84. Innovative musician Brian : ENO
85. Crime scene clues : PRINTS
90. Sweater type : V NECK
92. In : COOL
93. Decimal opening : HEXA. Six.
94. "Peg Woffington" author : READE (Charles). Never heard of the book or the author.
97. Flips, e.g. : DOS. Flip is hairstyle?
100. Have some grub : EAT
101. Moon and Starr: Abbr. : QBs. Bart Starr. Warren Moon. Great clue.
109. Tennis rival of Roger : RAFAEL (Nadal)
111. Sticky situation : MESS
112. Helicopter part : ROTOR
113. Wide sizes : EEES
115. O'Neill's "__ Christie" : ANNA
116. Briefs : CLUES IN. Not underwear.
122. Nomeite, for one : ALASKAN
123. Salad dressing initialism, à la Rachael Ray : EVOO. Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
124. Cut off : ALIENATE
125. Business card abbr. : TEL
126. Game show purchase : AN "E"
127. Bring under control, with "in" : REIN
128. Watch over : TEND
129. Lawn roll : SOD
1. Skee-Ball locale : ARCADE
2. Antenna : FEELER
3. Left for the day, maybe : ISN'T IN
4. Poetic preposition : ERE
5. Copier size: Abbr. : LTR
6. Accord starter : I, TOO. I'd prefer this clued as a partial.
7. Start to celebrate? : SOFT C. The first letter in celebrate.
8. Goes along : AGREES
9. George's lyrical brother : IRA (Gershwin)
10. Torn-up turf piece : DIVOT
11. PDA pokers : STYLI. Parse it as "Poke-rs".
12. "Wildboyz" co-host : STEVE-O. No idea. They look ridiculous.
13. Muscular : SINEWY
14. CPR pro : EMT
15. Shrimp kin : PRAWN
16. "__ John Malkovich" : BEING
17. Govt. nos. : SSNs
19. Spunkmeyer of cookie fame : OTIS
22. Pippi's do : BRAIDS
24. Trail food : GORP. Read here. "Good Old Raisins and Peanuts" makes sense to me.
29. ICU sight : IV TUBE
32. Chat up : TALK TO
33. What's up? : SKIES. The clue is calling for singular SKY, isn't it?
35. Right hand: Abbr. : ASST
36. Checks in the accounting office : RE-ADDS
39. Actress Poehler : AMY
43. Where to get dates : PALMS. Date palms.
45. Old TV dial letters : UHF
46. Romanian coin : LEU. Learned from doing crosswords.
48. List on the left : FILE MENU
49. Acts like an opposite? : ATTRACTS. Nice clue.
50. Piece for a hood : ROD
51. "Kinderszenen" composer : SCHUMANN. Got via crosses. I know nothing about classical music. Anything western was forbidden when I grew up.
52. Milk for kids? : MOO JUICE
53. Unlikely lint-gatherer : OUTIE
54. "No ice, please" : NEAT
55. Qatar's capital : DOHA
56. Calling for a lookup? : ALOFT. Oh, like this. Are you going to get a new cat, Dave?
57. Not masc. or fem. : NEUT
59. Sunscreen letters : SPF
64. Rust, e.g. : OXIDE
65. Turkish bigwig : AGA. Or BEY.
67. Like an inner tube : TORIC
69. Mideast flier : EL AL
70. Legendary tree site : EDEN. Tree of Knowledge & Tree of Life.
71. Anderson of "WKRP in Cincinnati" : LONI
72. Distinctive time : EPOCH
74. Some NFL linemen : RTd (Right Tackles)
76. Mideast currency : SHEKEL. Israeli currency.
78. List in a subsequent printing, perhaps : ERRATA
79. Actress Tyler : LIV
81. Sound common to Boston and New York : ACCENT. I can't tell the distinctions between those two.
82. Pontiac muscle car : GTO
83. Goal for explorer Coronado : ORO. Gold is "Kim" in Korean, as in Kim Jong-Il or Kim Jong-un.
85. "Up" studio : PIXAR
88. Ye follower, often : OLDE
89. Average mark : CEE
91. War precipitators : CRISES
95. Name of six popes : ADRIAN
96. Singer Warwick : DIONNE
98. Old trail terminus : OREGON
99. Barrie baddie : SMEE
101. City of Botany Bay flier : QANTAS. Acronym for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services".
102. 1800s Mexican leader Juárez : BENITO. I forgot this guy. We had him before.
103. Scheduled : SLATED
104. Ball focus : BELLE
105. Standard : USUAL
106. Errand runner : GOFER
107. Erase all doubt about : PROVE. Have any of you seen "Doubt"? Is Father Flynn bad or innocent?
108. Attack : SET AT
110. Man-goat deity : FAUN. Satyr in Greek.
111. Doc-to-be's exam : MCAT
114. Clearance event : SALE
117. Reggae relative : SKA
119. "Vive le __!" : ROI
120. Rubbish receptacle : BIN
121. Heavy ref. : OED (Oxford English Dictionary)