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WEATHER REPORT

New York Times, Sunday, January 15, 2012

Author:
Finn Vigeland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Finn Vigeland

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Finn Vigeland notes:

I dreamed this foul-weather puzzle up on a beautiful sunny day. The goal was to think of 21-letter phrases that hadn't before appeared in the Times, and the revealer at 66-Across came to mind pretty quickly. While it was always the idea to have the theme answers go down (and with circles representing raindrops), for some reason, it never crossed my mind to make that revealer go vertically down as well — I was always beholden to the idea that the theme answers should intersect 66-Across.

So, contrary to what Rex Parker wrote in his review, it actually proved very difficult to find theme entries containing cats and dogs, of equal length, and which intersected the central answer at the right moment. As it often is, the weakest of the theme answers (CABLE SITCOMS ... it's not really a real phrase, though I think my clue redeems it) was the first one I came up with, and my favorite themer (BREAKING THE RULES) was the last one in place. Rejected entries include TRAIN ROBBERY (tabby), PROOF OF DELIVERY (poodle), and OBTUSE TRIANGLE (beagle). At one point in time, I also had ANIMAL CRACKER going down the center of the puzzle, clued as something like [Kid's snack ... or what you are when you solve this puzzle?] before I realized that was just a liiiittle too over the top.

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0115 ( 22,713 )
Across
1
DNA testing might reopen one : COLDCASE
9
Uses a 13-Across on : ZAPS
13
"Star Trek" weapon : PHASER
19
Person who's a zero? : OPERATOR
20
What will the French think of next? : IDEE
21
Troop group : PHALANX
22
Dream setting : CASTLEINSPAIN
24
After-dinner choices : SORBETS
25
PC key : ALT
26
Some online communications, for short : IMS
27
QB Tebow : TIM
28
Thérèse de Lisieux, for one : SAINTE
30
:D, e.g. : EMOTICON
33
Battle-ax : OLDBAG
37
Grp. that coordinates E.T.A. and E.T.D. : ATC
40
Letter-shaped girder : HBEAM
42
Basis of a lawsuit : TORT
43
"By ___!" : GEORGE
44
Slip-on : LOAFER
46
Places for rings, maybe : SAFES
48
Humble response to praise : ITRY
50
Organ repair sites, briefly : ORS
51
Polished : URBANE
52
___ B. Driftwood ("A Night at the Opera" role) : OTIS
53
Org. that may assess violence levels : MPAA
54
PBS flagship station : WNET
55
Part of a pinochle round : MELD
56
Former U.N. secretary general Kofi ___ : ANNAN
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Get ready to drive : TEEUP
59
x, y and z : AXES
60
Scot's "not" : NAE
61
Ousted from the ring, for short : TKOD
62
TV station, e.g. : AIRER
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Cicely or tarragon : HERB
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Weather comment represented visually by this puzzle's circled letters : ITSRAININGCATSANDDOGS
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Major artery through San Antonio : ITEN
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Plant tissue : XYLEM
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Hunted : PREY
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TV tavern keeper : MOE
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Bud : MATE
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Feel (for) : GROPE
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The Mediterranean has a warm one : CLIME
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Shade of a swan's bill in a Keats poem : EBON
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Kindergarten stuff : ABCS
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Gravitate : TEND
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Not cheating : FAIR
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Many wonks : DWEEBS
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Scat syllable : DOO
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One of the Everly Brothers : PHIL
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Fate : KARMA
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Fictional Simon : LEGREE
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Esteem : ADMIRE
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Rolling ___ (rich) : INIT
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Kaput : ENDED
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Overseas Mr. : SRI
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Austrian physician who lent his name to an English word ending in "-ize" : MESMER
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Propose : NOMINATE
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"True Colors" singer, 1986 : LAUPER
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Roam : GAD
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Letters on some N.Y.C. luggage : LGA
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Actress Tyler : LIV
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Subject of a Vatican investigation : MIRACLE
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Artificial plot device : DEUSEXMACHINA
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"The Conqueror," e.g. : EPITHET
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"___ it" ("Understood") : IGET
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Some bills have them : EARMARKS
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Dolls : HONEYS
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Brit's teapot cover : COSY
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Like some boards : DRYERASE
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Chewed stimulant : COCA
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Precious girl's name? : OPAL
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In the event that : LEST
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2000 title role for Richard Gere : DRT
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LL Cool J's "Going Back to ___" : CALI
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"Lemme ___!" : ATEM
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"That is quite clear" : SOISEE
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Directional suffix : ERN
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"Shut your trap!" : ZIPIT
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Nudists : ADAMITES
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Nascar Hall of Fame architect : PEI
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Part of a security system : SENSOR
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It's lowered to hear music : PHONOGRAPHNEEDLE
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Taft's partner in a 1947 act : HARTLEY
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Light reflection ratio : ALBEDO
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R.S.V.P. facilitator: Abbr. : SAE
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Tolkien creature : ENT
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Pharmacies fill them, in brief : RXS
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Fourth letter after 49-Down : PSI
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Leaf pores : STOMATA
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You probably raise your arm for this : ANTIPERSPIRANT
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It's north of the South : MASONDIXONLINE
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Stock page listings: Abbr. : COS
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Big Apple team : BRONXBOMBERS
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Side (with) : AGREE
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Heroic deeds : GESTS
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___ Hall (site on many a campus) : ALUMNI
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Attacked : TOREAT
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Shows that can be racier than their network counterparts : CABLESITCOMS
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Nest maker : HEN
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Cheating : BREAKINGTHERULES
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Angry Birds, e.g. : FAD
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Manipulate to one's advantage : FINAGLE
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Fourth letter before 21-Down : TAU
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Track ___ : MEET
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Prison unit : WARD
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Security Council veto : NON
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Mine transport : TRAMCAR
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___ kwon do : TAE
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Put away : ICE
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Big name in frozen desserts : EDY
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72-Across and others: Abbr. : RTES
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"Cagney & Lacey" org. : NYPD
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Bazooka, e.g. : ARM
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Yokel : GOOBER
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Martial arts master : SENSEI
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Lady : MADAM
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Villa, e.g. : ABODE
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Portuguese king : REI
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Tart drink : LIMEADE
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Doc's reading : EEG
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Battle wear : FATIGUES
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Bond : WED
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Tediously didactic : PREACHY
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North Korean leader or his father : KIM
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White Rabbit's cry : IMLATE
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Certain skiing competition : NORDIC
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California beach town with a racetrack : DELMAR
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Vicious : NASTY
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Doll : PET
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Player of golf : GARY
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Climax : ACME
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The euro replaced it : LIRA
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Signs : INKS
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One with a neck and a lip : VASE
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"I can't get excited about it" : MEH
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Bit of investors' news, for short : IPO
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___ Tin Tin : RIN
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I, to Tiberius : EGO
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Struck : XED
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Laugh syllable : HAR

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle.

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