Patrick Merrell, of Vero Beach, Florida, is a freelance cartoonist, writer, graphic designer, photographer and puzzle maker — ‘‘all in about equal measure,’’ he says. For 40 years he has been drawing cartoons for books, periodicals (including Mad magazine) and other publications. Mice are a recurring theme. Below is the illustration he added to this puzzle just for fun. This is Pat’s 91st crossword for The Times. — W.S.

Across

1 Bird growing up Down Under

4 Russian novelist Maxim

9 Honey

13 Suddenly stand at attention

19 Apt move when dancing the salsa?

20 Home of the Huskies, informally

21 “He’s like ____ to me”

22 Undo, legislatively

23 Notwithstanding

25 It abuts water on only one of its four sides

27 Attach, as a ribbon

28 Possible result of late payments, informally

30 Verb on a candy heart

31 Tithing portion

32 It’s an ellipse

36 “Little House on the Prairie” girl

37 Italian “darling”

38 Like drumheads

39 Frankish finish

41 Inker’s artwork

42 Meeting expectations

45 Source of Andrew Carnegie’s fortune

47 Heir extension?

49 Lambaste

51 Competitor

54 Of all time

58 Impersonator’s skill

59 It was predominantly German

64 Sci-fi character depicted as a glowing red dot

65 Punjab’s capital

66 Things around a cloverleaf

67 Footprint maker

70 Give ____ on the wrist

72 Jennifer who wrote the Pulitzer-winning “A Visit From the Goon Squad”

73 Currently

77 Van Gogh masterwork

80 Move offshore, say

83 It’s an American name for a German game

85 Fuel mileage, for example

87 Gambling game akin to bingo

88 Drift ice pieces

89 Vouch for

91 Letters on an incomplete syllabus

93 Serious

97 Like par 2 holes among all holes in miniature golf

98 Rapper Tone ____

101 ____ the Orange (Syracuse mascot)

104 Pretentious

105 Defibrillator pros

106 Some rectangular tablets

108 They’re of Indian origin

113 Wind-up toys?

114 It’s often performed by 105-Across

115 Sounds of enlightenment

116 Like bicycle chains

118 It’s a woodwind from Central Europe

121 Onetime home of the Vikings and the Twins

124 Make litter-proof?

125 Wholehearted endorsement

126 Flanged structural support

127 Yang’s opposite

128 Cool red giants

129 U.S. viticulture region

130 Printing hues

131 It starts in Mar.

Down

1 Make amends?

2 They’re compacter than compacts

3 Miffed

4 It’s a rodent native to the Andes

5 Mo. when the N.F.L., N.B.A., N.H.L. and M.L.B. all have games

6 Unidentified person in a suit

7 Big name in the soup aisle

8 Overruns

9 Highly decorated

10 Eruption particulates

11 When doubled, a Yale football song

12 Survive

13 ____ Lanka

14 Spoons, e.g.

15 Cop ____

16 It’s a legume

17 Hindu tradition that’s two men’s names in reverse

18 Trite

24 Popular microwave snack

26 What avengers get

29 Exam for many sophs. and jrs.

33 Second-

most-popular Vietnamese surname (after Nguyen)

34 Kitt who played Catwoman on TV

35 In ____ development

40 Expunges

42 Home to the Sundance Film Festival

43 Salt’s hip-hop counterpart

44 Aerobatic maneuver

46 Tart dessert

48 Vintage-looking shade

50 La-la lead-in

52 Preventive medicine, slangily

53 “Star Wars” nickname

55 Short story

56 West end?

57 Pixelatedness, for short

60 Abhors

61 Slices of life: Abbr.

62 Historic discovery

63 Umami enhancer, for short

65 What diet products often contain

68 Alternative indication

69 First, last, male or female name

71 Gilded chest in the Bible

73 Cathy’s comics cry

74 Not just any

75 Fish that’s 69-Down reversed

76 High-grade U.S.M.C. enlistee

78 Lima lady: Abbr.

79 Regard

81 Atoms

82 A rancher might pull one over a calf

84 Cornerstone abbr.

85 They’re lousy places to sleep

86 “To repeat …”

90 Subdued

92 More overbearing

94 Huffington of journalism

95 Septennial symptom?

96 Charismatic

98 Compares (to)

99 Throws in one’s two cents

100 It usually comes from sheep

102 Dash dial

103 Unmatched sock, informally

107 Silty spot

109 Welcoming whiff

110 Phrase before a date

111 Eponym of a London insurer

112 Highway haulers

117 Parking-lot souvenir

119 AARPers

120 Part of a gym set

122 Bagged leaves?

123 Dashed

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