23A. Foppish fed?: MANICURED LAWMAN. Manicured lawn.
37A. Hotel housekeeper's concern?: BLANKET FORMAT. Blanket fort.
67A. Woman's surprise party for her kids' kids?: GRANDMA SCHEME. Grand scheme.
96A. "One man's trash ... "?: JUNKYARD DOGMA. Junkyard dog.
115A. Sniffle over some Austen?: READ EMMA AND WEEP. Read 'em and weep.
16D. Ask for a doggie bag?: TAKE THE REMAINS. Take the reins.
49D. Frequent February craft project?: MAKING OF HEARTS. King of hearts.
Reminds me of the "Main Events" I did for the club. Same gimmick. MA-in.
Great selection of original phrases. MANICURED LAWMAN probably should have been avoided due to the straying MA in MANICURED.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms on our blog!
1. Stops up: DAMS. Yep, D-Otto, Yangtze river is called Chang Jiang in China, as Jayce mentioned.
5. Some shells: AMMO.
9. Blokes: CHAPS.
14. Bee's landing place: PETAL.
19. Abbr. covering unlisted items: ET AL.
20. Part of the rural scenery: BARN. Very soon Santa's 23-acre farmland where he grew up with will be someone's.
21. Yoga term meaning "force": HATHA. Easy guess. HATHA yoga.
22. Elevate: EXALT.
26. National capital on Cape Verde: DAKAR.
27. Dr. __ Hahn on "Grey's Anatomy": ERICA.
28. Best possible: IDEAL.
29. They hang at parties: STREAMERS.
31. Word from the French for "little wing": AILERON. Learning moment for me.
33. Tech tutorials site: CNET. Unaware that they offer tutorials there.
35. Dadaism pioneer: ERNST (Max).
36. Federal hush-hush org.: NSA.
41. Easter entrée: HAM.
44. Rockies roamer: MOOSE.
45. Some HDTVs: SANYOS. Sanyo is now owned by Panasonic. Been dreaming of this. Someday.
46. Like San Francisco's Coit Tower: DECO.
47. It's everything, they say: TIMING.
50. 1910s conflict: WWI.
53. Spike with films: LEE. Just Spike Lee.
54. "Two mints in one" sloganeer: CERTS.
55. Brazen: BRASSY.
56. Muppets watchers: TOTS. Followed by 58. Muppets' address, briefly: SESAME ST.
61. Upscale retailer: SAKS.
62. Gave a leg up: BOOSTED.
65. Rattler's weapon: VENOM.
66. Air pump letters: PSI. Pounds per Square Inch.
70. Edwards, e.g.: Abbr.: AFB.
73. Net, but not Jet or Met: NBAER.
75. Like some massages: SENSUAL. The TAO has a prominent ad in Las Vegas. Steve will see it again next week. Big Easy probably did not see his TAO (way).
76. Bitter __: PILL.
77. Certain dietary abstinence: VEGANISM. Then you've got to eat more soy products for protein, including Natto rice. Do you guys eat raw eggs?
81. Part of a squirrel's stash: WALNUT.
83. __ for the ride: ALONG.
84. BOLO equivalent: APB. BOLO = Be On the LookOut.
87. Old atlas letters: SSR.
88. Burdens: ONUSES.
89. Plentiful: RIFE.
90. Potato often used for fries: RUSSET. Also 118. Hanukkah fare: LATKE.
93. Pub stickers: DARTS.
95. Slangy assent: YEH.
99. Toss in: ADD.
102. IRS convenience: E-FILE.
104. Like four-leaf clovers: RARE.
105. The one that got away: ESCAPEE.
107. "Do tell!": I'M ALL EARS. Sparkly fill.
111. Shot in the dark: GUESS.
113. Openings for Tolkien and Rowling?: Abbr.: INITS. J. R. R. & J.K.
114. Nursery rhyme dieter: SPRAT.
119. Sporty old Ford: T-BIRD.
120. So: ERGO.
121. Beginning to bat?: ACRO. Acrobat.
122. Lessened: EASED.
123. Jack of "The Wizard of Oz": HALEY. OK, the Tin Man.
124. Celine of pop: DION.
125. Staff notation: REST.
1. Hardly dignify: DEMEAN.
2. Pioneering game consoles: ATARIS.
3. Heavy envelope makeup: MANILA.
4. Pizza purchase: SLICE. Pizza Hut is very popular in China.
5. Monkey in "Aladdin": ABU.
6. Places to tie up: MARINAS.
7. "A horse, of course, of course": MR ED. Mister Ed is the preferred entry. DR WHO is also frowned upon by editors. DOCTOR WHO is the entry.
8. In a circle near a diamond: ON DECK.
9. Skiers' retreats: CHALETS.
10. Hesitate while speaking: HAW.
11. 24-hr. banking spots: ATMS.
12. Old-style "Wicked!": PHAT.
13. Riviera resort: SAN REMO. Alfred Nobel died here.
14. Know-it-all: PEDANT.
15. High school hurdles: EXAMS.
17. Banned orchard spray: ALAR.
18. P.O. box fillers: LTRS.
24. Copies made on onionskin, probably: CARBONS.
25. Word with fast or passing: LANE.
30. Baseball stats: ERAS.
32. Informal science: OLOGY.
34. Big name in nonstick cookware: T-FAL. Red in the center.
38. Unit of force: NEWTON.
39. Scrabble vowel value: ONE.
40. Bartender's array: RYES.
42. Fifth book of the New Testament: ACTS.
43. More than half: MOST. This is my good friend Lesley and her son Eric. Many kids in Guangzhou wear the jade-on-a-red-string (good luck talisman) as Eric does.
46. Test-drive car, e.g.: DEMO.
47. Recipe meas.: TBSP.
48. Some S&L plans: IRAS.
51. "The __ are lovely, dark and deep": Frost: WOODS.
52. "Who's there?" reply: IT'S ME.
54. House prop: CANE. Dr. House.
57. Really bombed: STANK.
59. First name in ramp-to-ramp jumping: EVEL.
60. Univ. term: SEM. Semester.
62. You may hum a few: BARS.
63. Trio of asses?: ESSES. Just the three letters in asses.
64. Bikini specs: D CUPS.
67. Funk band Kool & the __: GANG.
68. Outdoorsy sort's retailer: REI.
69. Dresser's concern?: HAIRDO. Dress-er.
71. Harmful gas outlet: FLUE.
72. Crunchy lunches: BLTS. We finally planted our Big Girl/Boy tomato plants.
74. Nemesis: BANE.
76. Favorable aspect: PLUS.
77. What prices may do: VARY. I bought these amazing Carolina Herrera for Target set for $10. Been storing all my precious stuff in. It was that much and more A PIECE (99. For each one) in the start.
78. Wiesel with a Nobel: ELIE.
79. Halloween staple: MASK.
81. Bait, often: WORMS.
82. Hot wings chaser, perhaps: ANTACID. Thank God I don't have a stomach problem.
85. Aspiring therapist's maj.: PSY.
86. Black or brown critter: BEAR.
90. "No cellphone at dinner," say: RULE. Everyone lives on WeChat now.
91. Dig up: UNEARTH.
92. Shakespearean genre: TRAGEDY.
94. Back in the day: AGES AGO.
96. Unexpectedly and unhappily single: JILTED.
97. Starr-struck one?: DRUM. Nice clue. Ringo Starr.
98. Held: DEEMED.
100. Tries to prevent: DETERS.
101. Pharaoh, for one: DESPOT. And 106. Egypt's Sadat: ANWAR.
103. Space cadet: FLAKE.
107. Cartographer's speck: ISLE.
108. Hollywood rating gp.: MPAA. Motion Picture Association of America.
109. Sitcom that starred a singer: REBA.
110. Windsurfing need: SAIL.
112. Wrapped wear: SARI.
116. "Compton" album maker: DRE.
117. Rouen rejection: NON. Alliteration.