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PARLOR TRICKS

New York Times, Sunday, January 13, 2019

Author:
Andy Kravis
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andy Kravis

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 65 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Kravis. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andy Kravis notes:
I like crosswords that tell a story or describe a punny scene. Merl Reagle was the master of this kind of puzzle (as he was of so many things); I also really enjoyed Ross Trudeau's recent ... read more

I like crosswords that tell a story or describe a punny scene. Merl Reagle was the master of this kind of puzzle (as he was of so many things); I also really enjoyed Ross Trudeau's recent puzzle in this style that told the story of two people's quest, fraught with disagreement and indecision, to choose a board game to play. Today's puzzle doesn't reinvent the genre, but I hope it tickles the folks who enjoy such themes.

I was surprised that EID hadn't appeared in the Shortz era (and in previous appearances, it had never been clued as [Islamic festival] or similar), so I was pleased to be able to include it in this grid. I'm also glad I could debut the entry CISWOMEN. My original clue was [Ones whose gender identity corresponds to having been assigned female at birth]; the use of "females" as a noun has always skeeved me out a little, but I appreciate that the essence of the clue was unchanged. Thanks to the editors for accepting and running a puzzle with those entries.

Jeff Chen notes:
Andy takes us out to a Sunday date at the ice cream parlor! We're going to gorge on a (parade) FLOAT, a (single) MALT, a (traffic) CONE, and finish it off with a (whole) HOG! What, ... read more

Andy takes us out to a Sunday date at the ice cream parlor! We're going to gorge on a (parade) FLOAT, a (single) MALT, a (traffic) CONE, and finish it off with a (whole) HOG!

What, you've never had bacon ice cream before?

(You can skip it. Foul combination.)

Nice selection of objects whose second words are ice cream shop buys, but that wouldn't ever be found inside said shop.

I also appreciated the cluing angle. It could have easily been a dull listing of these parlor items, i.e., all clued as [Odd ice cream parlor buy?]. So I liked how each was clued related to someone who would use that item. Back when I was a bachelor, I had many a SINGLE MALT all on my own – both the whiskey variety as well as the creamy shake. Even a whiskey shake now and then!

My metabolism used to be so much faster.

Solid gridwork, too. Andy dropped down to 138 words, allowing him to work in a good amount of greatness: HARD ROCK HOTEL, DEA AGENTS, BOATLIFT, CIS WOMEN, WHOLE HOG (yes, I was just joking about it being part of the theme). A lot of color.

I did pause at a bit of DTS EID NTSB SSA – a concentration of odd shorties that felt a bit spicy in aggregate – but overall, it was less than we usually see in an NYT Sunday.

Today's solve was like a scoop of vanilla (easy theme) filled with colorful sprinkles (nice bonuses), and just a tiny dash of pepper (oh, ETO) that easily blended in.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0113 ( 25,268 )
Across
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Locale for a bottom feeder : SEABED
7
Relinquish : CEDE
11
Total nerdburger : DWEEB
16
The Mormon Church, for short : LDS
19
Having come apart : UNDONE
20
Company with a Roman centurion logo, informally : AMEX
21
Name shouted at the end of the "Flintstones" closing theme song : WILMA
22
I.S.P. option : AOL
23
At the ice cream parlor, the grand marshal ordered a ... : PARADEFLOAT
25
R&B's ___ Brothers : ISLEY
26
Effort : TRY
27
Atoms : BITS
28
Weak-minded type : DOTARD
30
Something lost in old literature : PARADISE
32
Airline to Ben Gurion Airport : ELAL
33
Water : IRRIGATE
35
Sites with corporate names, often : ARENAS
36
Low-status, as work : MENIAL
38
Govt. org. under Homeland Security : ICE
39
The confirmed bachelor ordered a ... : SINGLEMALT
42
The crossing guard ordered a ... : TRAFFICCONE
45
See 46-Across : DEADAIM
46
With 45-Across, focus directly on hitting someone : TAKE
47
Accident investigation org. : NTSB
49
Navigational aid, for short : GPS
50
Actress Aniston, in the tabloids : JEN
52
God, in Rastafarianism : JAH
55
"Get ___!" : REAL
57
Winds, as videotape : SPOOLS
59
Frequent co-star of Mastroianni : LOREN
61
"Frozen" snowman : OLAF
63
Question of doubt : ISIT
65
How many verbs in Esperanto are irregular : NONE
66
Premium Cuban cigar brand : COHIBA
67
The amateur singer ordered a ... : KARAOKEBAR
70
The dental hygienist ordered a ... : SUCTIONCUP
72
Radicchio relative : ENDIVE
73
Smelly : RIPE
75
Amtrak stops: Abbr. : STNS
76
What an auctioneer's gavel indicates : SALE
77
In a way : SORTA
78
Home planet of TV's ALF : MELMAC
80
Planted : SOWN
82
Rapper who founded the record label Mass Appeal : NAS
83
Japanese drama : NOH
84
Slippery, say : WET
85
___-free : SCOT
87
Friendly greeting on the highway : TOOT
89
Wine from central Tuscany : CHIANTI
92
The Apollo Theater usher ordered a ... : HARLEMSHAKE
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The pastry chef ordered a ... : BAKINGSODA
100
Eastern philosophy : TAO
101
Ocular socket : EYEPIT
102
Simpson with the 2004 hit "Pieces of Me" : ASHLEE
103
Arthur who composed "The Yeomen of the Guard" : SULLIVAN
106
Approximately : ORSO
107
All out : WHOLEHOG
110
Won : GAINED
111
Without alteration : ASIS
112
Filming locale : LOT
113
Places for cheap drinks : DIVES
115
And the homebody ordered an ... : INSIDESCOOP
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"We'll teach you to drink deep ___ you depart": Hamlet : ERE
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Stores with Småland play areas : IKEAS
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Perspicacious : KEEN
121
Fishing sites : WHARFS
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Director Guillermo ___ Toro : DEL
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Earth : TERRA
124
Beaux-___ : ARTS
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Vaporize : AERIFY
Down
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Elided greeting : SUP
2
One who facilitates self-destructive behavior : ENABLER
3
Supermodel Lima : ADRIANA
4
Marina apparatus : BOATLIFT
5
Stops : ENDS
6
It can symbolize an open mouth in an 8-Down : DEE
7
Kind of intake, to a nutritionist : CALORIC
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See 6-Down : EMOTICON
9
Some narcs : DEAAGENTS
10
What "X" may stand for : EXTRA
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Bad thing on a motorist's record, for short : DWI
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Pufflet : WISP
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First name of the First Lady of Song : ELLA
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Some sights in Oz : EMERALDS
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Where many Golden State Warriors fans live : BAYAREA
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Like much of the Western Hemisphere : LATINAMERICAN
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Along the back : DORSAL
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Most foxy : SLYEST
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Pres. who signed the Glass-Steagall Act : FDR
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Rehab affliction, for short : DTS
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Bulbous, narrow-necked bottles : DEMIJOHNS
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Lifesaver, for short : EMT
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Successful presidential slogan of old : ILIKEIKE
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___ al-Fitr (holiday marking the close of Ramadan) : EID
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Miles away : AFAR
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Fails (to) : NEGLECTS
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Problems of amnesia : GAPS
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Stop : CEASE
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Channel with highlights : ESPN
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Angry chorus : BOOS
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Annual science fiction award : NEBULA
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Isn't serious : JOKES
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Family support group : ALANON
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Vegas establishment with a giant guitar sign : HARDROCKHOTEL
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Writing of W. S. Gilbert : LIBRETTO
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Weight : ONUS
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English facilities : LOO
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Scruffs : NAPES
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Country singer with the #1 albums "Breathe" and "Cry" : FAITHHILL
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Follow closely : TAIL
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Females whose gender identities match their gender assignments at birth : CISWOMEN
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Some gametes : OVA
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Tach readings : RPMS
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Savings vehicle, in brief : TNOTE
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A pop : EACH
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___ rea (intent to commit a crime) : MENS
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Winter garment insert : COATLINER
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Likely to butt in : NOSY
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Pay up? : WAGEHIKE
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Toy to keep track of? : TRAINSET
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What "goes to" a movie star : THEOSCAR
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"That's really important to me" : INEEDIT
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T.S.A. requirements : IDS
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Some counterculture gatherings : LOVEINS
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Theoretical : APRIORI
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Dismissal, slangily : KISSOFF
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W.W. II arena : ETO
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Had a good cry : BAWLED
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Like sailors on leave : ASHORE
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8: Abbr. : AUG
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Soviet space dog of 1957 : LAIKA
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Contribute : ADD
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No longer bothered by : OVER
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Manual selection : GEAR
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Eponym of the Courage Award given at the ESPYs : ASHE
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Fed. agcy. founded by 24-Down : SSA
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___ Beach, Hawaii : EWA
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"Gangnam Style" rapper : PSY

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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