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Found Nearby: A Plastic Sewer Rat Named Splinter When an animal control officer arrived to aid a reptilephobic woman at her house in Takoma Park, Md., last month, a surprise awaited. The “sick turtle” the woman had called about was made of plastic, The Washington Post reported. The officer believes the turtle may have been left as a prank. Joke’s on the taxpayers who paid for the animal control officer’s time. VENGEANCE

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Life’s Downhill From Here Two Internet-famous D.C. rappers fulfilled their dream of filming a music video in Pyongyang, North Korea. Called “Escape to North Korea,” the crowd-funded video shows Pacman and Peso (aka Anthony Bobb, 19, and Dontray Ennis, 20) amid cement-block architecture and banners of supreme leader Kim Jong Un. The only thing missing was Dennis Rodman. (EXPRESS)

METRO HAS LEGS: Mike Silva thought about participating in Jan. 12’s No Pants Metro Ride, sponsored by Capitol Improv, but he couldn’t find a friend to join him. “It’d feel too weird riding the Metro without pants by myself,” he said. So, instead, he grabbed his camera — and his pants — and documented the annual event.

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Get Politically Motivated Politics can drive people to drink. Which might explain why Washington loves a good ol’ fashioned State of the Union drinking game — you know, the kind where you take a sip when the president says “My fellow Americans” or down a shot when a heckler shouts “You lie!” But politics shouldn’t be all headaches and liver damage. Which is why we offer a healthier option for Tuesday’s big speech: the State of the Union workout — so you can save the rolls for your eyes, not your waistline. Do a jumping jack every time you hear the words “health care,” “jobs,” “middle class,” “immigration” or “Edward Snowden.” It could happen. Maybe. Hold a plank for 30 seconds after you hear the phrases: “My friends across the aisle” or “Let me be clear.” We never said this was going to be easy.

Do a lunge every time House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t clap while other people do. Feel free to make it a walking lunge. Maybe to the kitchen to get some water. Do 10 pushups each time the camera pans to Michelle Obama. Envision arms as toned as hers.

Hold a squat position for the length of each standing ovation. You can clap, too, if you want. Or look angry.

Do a high kick each time Vice President Joe Biden smiles and winks at someone in the audience.

Do situps or crunches for the duration of a story told about someone in the audience. Feel the burn.

Run a marathon if Biden also adds a high kick to his smile and wink. Start training. You never know …

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Jan. 31 marks the start of Chinese New Year celebrations, which traditionally last for 15 days until the Spring Lantern Festival. But if you can’t make it to Beijing to party, don’t worry. Gaithersburg, Md., Falls Church, Fairfax, D.C.’s very own Chinatown and more all have Chinese New Year events planned. Why not add a little something extra by seeking out these traditions? Nian gao, a special New Year’s rice cake dessert that’s as sticky as it is sweet. Fu, the Chinese character for “happiness” or “good fortune,” is often cut out of paper and displayed on windows and doors. Nian, a mythical monster that comes out to eat a human on New Year’s, but is scared of the color red and fireworks. Luckily, there will likely be plenty of both.

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Marla Beck’s business card should probably read “Fountain of Youth Builder.” The Bethesda resident and co-founder of the Bluemercury (bluemercury.com) apothecary/spa chain (now with nearly 50 outposts nationwide) spends her time researching anti-aging creams and dermisperfecting cosmetics. In 2012, she launched M-61, a skin-care line that draws on the company’s 13-year history. We grabbed some face time with Beck at Bluemercury’s Bethesda outpost.

There are a few: Don’t touch your face. It’s bad for your hygiene and skin care. Everybody looks better with their brows done. And don’t ever go to bed with makeup on.

Color is not as strong in makeup in D.C. as in Philadelphia and New York — women in this market don’t really wear a red lip unless they’re going out. But fragrance has always been leading-edge here. I think that’s because D.C. shoppers are avid travelers and we carry a lot of global scents. And we sell more candles at the Dupont location than any other store in the entire company.

How does Bluemercury’s M-61 line differ from other skin-care lines?

We married medical-grade ingredients with natural ones because it was important to our clients. We did over one million facials last year. We know skin from a spa perspective and from a makeup perspective.

What’s something every skin-care routine should include?

How do you decide which products to sell in the store?

Exfoliation. As you age, the cells don’t turn over as quickly, so the dryness on your skin comes from the dry skin sitting on it. If you exfoliate, you bring out the new skin. It’s counterintuitive, because you’re being abrasive to your skin. Is there one thing we can do today to improve the quality of our skin?

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Yes, their name is misleading: The vocal choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo, above, is all-male. The three-time Grammy winners, who specialize in rhythmic a capella and traditional Zulu music, gave Paul Simon’s 1986 album “Graceland” its signature South African sound. They’ll be at The Barns at Wolf Trap on Monday. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; Mon., 8 p.m., $40-$42; 703-255-1868, wolftrap.org.

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‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ This prequel to Peter Pan won five Tony Awards the year it hit Broadway, and hits D.C. next on its national tour. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this family-friendly production follows the young heroes of Neverland as they face pirates, crocodiles and growing up. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Tues. through Feb. 16, various times, $55$135; 202-467-4600, kennedy-center .org. (Foggy Bottom)

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Comedian Sara Schaefer, whom you may know as the cohost of MTV’s now-defunct late night talk show “Nikki and Sara Live,” is back on the stand-up circuit, joining D.C. comic Brian Parise for a free show at Kennedy Center’s Millenniun Stage. Her (occasionally) dirty jokes should pair nicely with the cocktails on offer. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Thu., 6 p.m., free; 202-467-4600, kennedy-center.org. (Foggy Bottom)

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In last year’s Comedy Central special “Far From Finished,” Bill Cosby, right, proved he’s just that. Granted, the famed comedian doesn’t really tell many straightforward jokes these days. Instead, he shares stories and imparts wisdom — all while keeping you laughing. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda; Thu. & Fri., 8 p.m., sold out; 301-581-5100, strathmore .org. (Grosvenor-Strathmore)

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‘That Awkward Moment’ Above from left, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron star in “That Awkward Moment,” a comedy about the time in every relationship when a couple has to decide where things are going. Based on previews, it’s either going to be super-corny or subversively hilarious. SATURDAY

Greensky Bluegrass This is not your grandfather’s bluegrass. While Michiganbased Greensky Bluegrass does sound unmistakably like that banjo-happy genre, the band likes to take its songs in farout directions, with improvisational jams that are closer to Phish than Bill Monroe. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Sat., 7 p.m., $18; 202-265-0930, 930.com. (U Street)

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Who would have thought you’d find some of the most authentic Lao food in the Washington area in a restaurant flanked by a tobacco shop and a nail salon? Or that one of the city’s best taquerias is a few doors down from a karate studio where little kids practice snap kicks?

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There’s no shortage of stellar Thai food in the area. But Lao food? Not as much. You can get both at Bangkok Golden, where you’ll find a separate menu for each cuisine. (Combined, the menus contain more than 80 dishes.) Though it shares its western border with Thailand, Laos has developed its own style of cooking. “We use the same kind of herbs [as Thailand], like lemon grass and ginger and fish sauce, but the matter of cooking it is different,” says Seng Luangrath, who opened the 50-seat restaurant in March 2010. Of note is the Nam Khao (crispy rice salad) served with shredded coconut, lime juice, onion and ham ($9) and the beef larb served in a spicy sauce with lime leaves, rice powder, shallots and sticky rice ($11). Bangkok Golden’s success has come mostly from word of mouth, and Toki Underground chef Erik Bruner-Yang (no stranger to standout Southeast Asian food) is a fan.

Taco Bamba’s small interior belies the big flavors of its authentic ingredients.

Chef Victor Albisu’s position in Idylwood Plaza Shopping Center is an advantageous one: His mother’s market and butcher shop, Plaza Latina, is just a few doors down. “We get a lot of our ingredients there,” says Albisu, who also owns Del Campo, a South American grill in Mount Vernon Square. Albisu’s Latin American roots influence Taco Bamba’s offerings, which include Mexican standards like barbacoa, al pastor and carne asada tacos ($3 each), as well as inventive options like grilled pork belly and sweetbread tacos ($4 each). “We try to make sure our food is on-culture,” Albisu says. “Taco Bamba will never be anything but good Mexican.”

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Strip malls are most commonly home to a hodgepodge of tanning salons, tax prep offices and discount-mattress outlets, which may be why you’re overlooking the acclaim-worthy restaurants next door to those places. Because rents are lower than they would be in a stand-alone restaurant location, strip-mall spaces often appeals to first-time restaurateurs. Many of the ones who made this list are first- or second-generation immigrants with a passion for recipes that reflect their culture. “People want to bring [their recipes] to their new home and share food from their country,” says Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University and author of “An Economist Gets Lunch.” Even better, Cowen says the savings from these no-frills spots can get passed on to diners. We shine a spotlight on a few of our favorite eateries, chosen for their selection of fine-tuned dishes steeped in authenticity.

Miso is the most popular broth at Ren’s Ramen.

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Founded by chef Eiji Nakamura and his wife, Yoko, in 2009, this ramen house has gained a loyal fan base for its wokprepared ramen. Of the four varieties offered (miso, tonshio, shoyu and vegetable shio), miso is the most popular, Yoko says. It’s characterized by a rich, heavy, pork-based broth mixed with soybean paste, roast pork, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, scallions, onion and ground pork. What really separates the Nakamuras’ ramen from the rest are the thick wavy noodles they use, which are imported from Hokkaido, Japan (all bowls are $10).

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with broccoli, the Rockville institution draws crowds for its 12 varieties of madeto-order dough balls. Of note are Mama’s special dumplings (12 for $7.95) filled with a perfectly proportioned mixture of pork, shrimp, chives and napa cabbage as well as the pork and ji cai (a sweet, leafy Chinese herb) dumplings (12 for $7.50). Opt for yours boiled: The pillowy dough better complements the supple filling.

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Your Secret Home Gym Put together a fitness routine with stairs, sofas and counters Fitness Can’t stand the thought of battling the bulge — and the New Year’s resolution crowd — at your gym? There’s another option: stay home. “I have a very demanding job, and it’s very difficult for me to get to a gym,” says Michael Shumsky, 35. “But having [a personal trainer] come to my house, where we have a gym set up, makes it a lot easier for me to work out regularly.” What he describes as a “gym” is actually a 6-by-8-foot nook in his Arlington home’s basement, which his wife has stocked with weights and a couple of resistance bands.

“It’s very difficult for me to get to a gym.” — MICH A EL SHUMSK Y, WHO HAS TRAINER DAFFNEY PARSONS ALLWEIN COME TO HIS ARLINGTON HOME

While that equipment is convenient, it isn’t necessary to build muscle and boost heart rates. All anyone really needs is at home already, says their trainer, Daffney Parsons Allwein. Chris Jones, another local personal trainer accustomed to making house calls, has devised entire routines around a single staircase. So go ahead. Try this at home:

Countertop-Ups A standard pushup will strengthen your chest — as well as your arms and back — but if you do it on an incline, your core muscles will get a workout too, Parsons Allwein says. So place your hands at the edge of your kitchen counter. As in a standard pushup, you want to make sure that when you bend your arms and lower down, your shoulders line up directly over your hands, “like you

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Don’t have time to get to the gym? No problem! There are tons of exercises you can do at home including pushups, says Lisa Reed, owner of in-home-personal-training company Lisa Reed Fitness (lisareedfitness.com). When done correctly, pushups can help improve your posture, get rid of back pain, allow you to walk longer and get you strong enough to lug all those heavy groceries home. What You’ll Need: Just you! Steps: 1. Start on the floor in a plank position — with your hands flat on the floor, slightly wider than shoulder width. Point your fingers forward and keep your arms straight. Your feet can be hip-width apart or closer together. Either way, stay on the balls of your feet with legs straight. Keep your head in a “neutral position” — not looking down or up. 2. Squeeze your glutes (a.k.a. “tush”) and engage your abdominal muscles (which Reed calls your “core”) by pulling your belly button up toward your spine. This will ensure that your back is protected from injury and your body is in line. 3. Slowly lower by bending your arms, with your elbows pointed slightly out. Focus on drawing your shoulder blades back and down. Descend until your chest grazes the floor. 4. Press back up to your starting position as you exhale, while continuing to squeeze your glutes and engage your core.

have T. rex arms,” she says. This angle requires less chest and arm strength than a standard pushup, which also makes it great for newbies. For more of a challenge, incline in the opposite direction by putting your hands on the floor and elevating your feet on a chair or a sofa.

Sofa Squats “A lot of people, as they get tired, want to cheat a little bit on their squats,” says Jones, who has found a solution to that problem. Position yourself in front of a

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When to Call in the Pros: If you feel any pain, you’re probably either not using the correct form or starting at too challenging a level. Abiding by the old “no-pain, no-gain” adage is likely to lead to problems. If something hurts, grab an ice pack and consult a personal trainer.

sofa or chair so that each time you squat, your bottom lightly touches the seat, ensuring that your legs and glutes get the full workout, he says.

Step-Ups It’s almost as if stairs were designed for working out — there’s even a rail for balance, Parsons Allwein says. Stand with your left foot on the landing and place your right foot on a step so that your right knee is bent at a 90-degree angle. Keep your chest lifted and press your weight into the heel of the right foot, so

More Info: If this is too tough, you can build up by using the same form but at different body angles. Start by doing 20 pushups against a wall. If 20 don’t tire you out, go for a lower surface: your countertop, then kitchen table, then coffee table. You can try “modified” pushups on your knees, shown above. Your goal is to be able to do 20 pushups on each level. Once you can do that, move to the next one. T.K.

your right leg straightens out and your left leg is in the air. Do a set for 30 seconds, catch your breath, and then switch legs. Then, she suggests, face sideways and do another set on each leg. You could also just run the stairs. That’s what Jones has client Jennifer Possenriede, 53, do for a “burnout” exercise to end her workouts. “You can absolutely get an amazing workout,” she says, between breaths, after a training session, “without having to go to a gym.” TR ACY KRULIK (FOR E XPRESS)

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Above: A vintage metal bottle-drying rack (similar to ones you’ll find at Foundry, 1129 Atlas Court NE, 571-277-5245) could also hold necklaces or scarves. Left: Iron tubing and brass details lend Pottery Barn Teen’s rolling clothing rack ($299, pbteen.com) an industrial vibe. Use it in a closetless bedroom or put it by the front door — instant coat rack!

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At Stylish Patina boutique in Falls Church, a vintage ladder holds scarves and a china cabinet gets new life as a shoe closet.

Clothing Storage, Out of the Closet Antique furniture and retro racks put your wardrobe on display Organization A chest of drawers or a two-doored closet is a fine way to store your coats and shoes. But nowadays, clotheshorses and dandies seem as likely to keep their shirts and pants on an industrial-cool metal garment rack or their scarves tied to a vintage wooden apple ladder. “People crave the experience of feeling like they’re in a dressing room at a store,” says Bethesda professional organizer Rachel Strisik (rachel-company.com). “They don’t want their clothes to be stashed in plastic bins anymore.” For some, this increasingly creative clothing storage means turn-

ing a spare bedroom into a fancy dressing room, like Alexandria personal shopper Kathryn Martin did. She combined Elfa shelving with quirkier elements like a frame filled with chicken wire she hangs her earrings on. “I think it’s about being able to see your clothes,” she says. “If things are on display, then you know what you have, and you’re more likely to wear it.” Credit this creeping out of the closet both to our envy of celeb dressing rooms (think Paris Hilton’s massive shoe room in “The Bling Ring”) and the lack of storage in many of the region’s teensy houses and apartments. “A lot of these older homes have the tiniest closets,” says Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, owner of vintage furniture shop Stylish Patina (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church,

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out products such as rustic metal clothing racks ($299 at pbteen .com) and bag/shoe/clothes storage towers like Ballard Designs’ beachy gray “Sarah” line ($359$799, ballarddesigns.com). “It’s a feeling of having a retreat, and these closet-like pieces are a component of that,” says Pallavi Naidu, vice-president of merchandising for Ballard Designs. Such shelving and hanging systems can either turn a corner of your bedroom into a primping zone or star in a dressing room. Still, there are considerations when you bring your clothes out of the closet and into the boudoir, hallway or spare room. Don’t store textiles in bright sunlight, or they’ll fade. (Aka, if you convert your kiddo’s former nursery into a dressing room, keep the blackout shades.) And, if you store handbags in a glass-front china cabinet, keep things neat or risk your pad looking like a thrift-shop. “There’s maintenance if you store things in an exposed way,” Strisik says. “It’s more upkeep, and something you’ll have to commit to.” Still, if organizing your wardrobe in a showier, snazzier way means you enjoy getting dressed in the morning, it’s worth it. “You’re making a relaxing, pleasing space to start your day,” says Naidu. “Who wouldn’t want that?”

Below: Ballard Designs’ “Sarah “ storage line includes a wooden tower for shoes and jewelry ($700).

Va.; 703-663-8428). “We sell many armoires to people who live in older places. They work not only for clothes, but also for shoes or bedding.” Other antique pieces that make sense in modern abodes: Old-timey coat racks (“great if you don’t have a hall closet,” says Thompson) and oversized candelabras, which make stellar necklace hangers. For those not inclined to repurpose furniture — or rich enough to call a custom outfitter like California Closets — retailers are turning

“I think it’s about being able to see your clothes. If things are on display, then you know what you have, and you’re more likely to wear it.”

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PRIMP BEAUTY BAR

Squeeze of the Subcontinent

On U Street, the Best-Laid Strands Ayanna Dennis — the owner of U Street’s new hair-product heaven, Primp Beauty Bar (1515 U St. NW, 202387-1000) — got her degree in electrical engineering before following her heart to the Aveda Institute. Her mixture of problem-solving skills and beauty know-how means if you’ve got an issue with your mane, she knows how to fix it. The spacious shop features salon-quality brands (Paul Mitchell, Moroccan Oil, DevaCurl) and styling tools (Babyliss hair dryers and straighteners) for both fine and textured hair types. You’ll also find other beauty loot, such as nail polish and false eyelashes.

SRIRACHA ROOSTER, watch your

back. Bandar sauce, a monkeybedecked line of spicy, salty chutneys ($4 each, bandarfoods.com), adds a cross-cultural kick to soups, burgers or curries. Based on traditional Indian recipes, they’re sold in easy-tosqueeze bottles, the better to appeal to ketchup-loving Americans.

Case Studies

SUITCASE SELLER TUMI rolled into

downtown’s new CityCenter at the end of last month, becoming the first retailer at the swanky mixed-use development (1051 H St. NW, 202289-5208). In a high-ceilinged space (think lots of glass and chrome), you’ll find travel-ready pieces like the light, bright Voyageur women’s collection (shown, $45-$445).

A Long Yarn

WEST ELM

For the Cat, A Clubhouse

WANT TO MAKE MISTER WHISKERS lounge happily but

A Stripe Force

STEVEN ALAN, best known for his cool-kid, preppy

UNCOMMON GOODS

look, well, ridiculous? The Cat Crib, $29, uncommongoods .com), a sort of feline hammock, straps to the base of tables or chairs, giving your pet a napping perch/hiding spot to get away from a pesky child or new puppy. Whether you bring kitty a catnip drink with an umbrella in it is totally up to you.

clothing is dabbling into the home-decor biz, thanks to a new collaboration with West Elm (sold in stores and at westelm.com). Using his trademark stripes and color blocking, plus the help of Indian, Haitian and Nicaraguan fair-trade arists, Alan created a collection of crisp pieces. Options include earth-tone ceramic vases in a variety of sizes (shown, $24-$59), paper-mache tables ($299) and stripe duvet covers ($149-$169) with stripes in coral blues and yellows.

WOLF VS GOAT has been in the local menswear game since Mauro Farinelli launched the private label out of his Silver Spring house in 2009 (wolfvsgoat.com). His latest collection of made-in-America knits features whole-garment sweaters (above, $300) and beanies ($72, available at Redeem, 1810 14th St. NW) made from extra long, extra fine merino wool from Italy. Elaborate construction means pieces are seamfree and extra sleek. Grab Bag is written by Jennifer Barger and Holley Simmons.

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74 Ukraine’s largest city 75 Relative of -ita 76 Acting part 77 “___ Maria” 80 Rascal or cad 83 Sharp chops to the back of the neck 87 Kinds of eagles 88 Bribe 90 Hither and ___ 91 Ziggurat features 92 Take ___ in the right direction 94 Order on an octagon 97 Call to Bo Peep 99 Outward appearance 100 Zoo favorites, to some 102 Form of “lie”

104 ___ Plaines, Ill. 105 Tear violently 106 Health club 108 Sister of Moses 110 Deep gulches 114 Place to change trunks 116 “Clumsy me!” 120 Causes for tows 121 Thing in a stable 124 Homeless feline, perhaps 125 Camera or eye part 126 Haughtily 127 Former “20/20” reporter John 128 Commend officially 129 Lover of the finer things DOWN 1 Old sideshow attraction 2 Indian flatbread 3 Jason’s mythical ship 4 Zillions 5 90 degrees from vert. 6 Recede to the sea 7 Came through the wall, maybe 8 Backs up, on a computer 9 Bitter brews 10 Air Force Two passengers, once 11 Groups of six

12 Bruce Wayne and Batman, e.g. 13 Almond treat, maybe 14 Therapists may help you deal with them 15 “CHiPs” actor Estrada 16 Evening hour 17 Require 18 Use a plus sign 21 At considerable distance 23 “You ___ Beautiful” (Cocker hit) 29 Did away with 30 Homes on wheels, for short 32 Was victorious 34 Hilton rival 35 Canton capital west of Zurich 36 During the time that 39 Carry wearily 40 Some electric cars 41 Curved moldings 42 Ladder piece 43 Tennis units 45 Acorn product 47 Sick-day cause 48 Christmas tree, often 53 Pass on Rollerblades 55 “I Love Lucy” production company 58 Butterflies, so to speak 59 “Gosh!”

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Ovechkin trades his Caps jersey for a Team Russia uniform in a bid to win Olympic gold back home.

60 Apple source 61 D.C. summer initials 62 Brynner of “The King and I” 64 Where “Evita” was filmed 68 Ernie’s roomie 70 Christmas tree trimming 71 8 1/2” x 11” size (Abbr.) 72 “I like ___ lot!” 73 How the weasel goes?

74 Kinte from “Roots” 77 Out in front 78 Brink 79 A lot of assessments? 80 Bird’s-eye view? 81 “... ___ I’m told” 82 “She loves me not” item 84 Weave’s go-with 85 “___ pig’s eye!”

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86 USSR successor 89 Bake sale org. 93 Bets the works 95 Assn. relative 96 Like a mind reader 98 Funnel-shaped, as a dress 99 Seven on a sundial 101 American satirist Ambrose 103 Fit for cultivation

107 New Zealand native 108 Billiards stroke for sharks 109 Rental period, sometimes 110 Young horse 111 Christiana, today 112 Salt Lake City students 113 Fast way to the U.K., once 115 “Blimey!” blurter

117 “Grapes of Wrath” character 118 Animal’s hide 119 Eyelid inflammation 120 “Emerald Point ___” of ‘80s TV 122 ___ Alamos, N.M. 123 To the rear, on a boat

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