Theme: TREESs are “falling.” Seven Across answers take a dog-leg turn Down before resuming the answer Across with the Down part of the answer being the name of a tree.
10A. William Henry Harrison’s nickname = TipPECANoe
27A. Lucy Ricardo’s friend = EthELMertz
58A. Cavorted = PranCEDARound
60A. Like many a stain before washing = PresOAKed
68A. Sick bay = InFIRmary
103A. Old roadside advertiser = BurmASHave
106A. Accusing of misconduct = ImPEACHing
It took me a while to figure out exactly what was going on here. Even so, working out the correct answers proved fairly challenging. A very clever and entertaining puzzle!
A few interesting answers:
30-Across: Source of the word “mantra.” Answer: Sanskrit.
74-Across: Shortest Old Testament book. Answer: Obadiah.
77-Across: Queen Amidala’s home in “Star Wars.” Answer: Naboo
120-Across: “Middlemarch” author. Answer: Eliot (George = Pen name of English novelist Mary Ann Evans).
131-Across: L.P.G.A. star Ochoa. Answer: Lorena
2-Down: Source of the words “mamba” and “chimpanzee.” Answer: Bantu
70-Down: The New Yorker cartoonist Roz. Answer: Chast (Gotta love a clue that includes my first name!)