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SURPRISE ENDINGS

New York Times, Sunday, January 28, 2018

Author:
Priscilla Clark and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 88 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Clark. This is puzzle # 79 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
PRIS: This is my second puzzle in the NYT — both collaborations with Jeff. My first one was a bucket list goal which took almost ten years to achieve. I honestly thought I was done after ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
When I ask a collaborator to explore the solution space for a theme, I usually get a couple of ideas. Maybe a dozen. Rarely, a Word document. Pris created a spreadsheet. Awesome! The ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0128 ( 24,918 )
Across
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Small house in the Southwest : CASITA
7
Covert missions : BLACKOPS
15
Select : TAP
18
Wading birds : AVOCETS
20
Light, catchy tunes : EARCANDY
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"Je t'___" : AIME
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Cite : REFERTO
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Pimp launches career in rap ... BUT HAS AN EPIC FAIL! : HUSTLEANDFLOP
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Father of Paris, in myth : PRIAM
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Apple buy-product? : IPAD
28
Relax, with "out" : VEG
29
Assessed : EYEDUP
30
Cabby saves prostitute ... WITH HIS BLATHERING! : TAXIDRIVEL
33
Labatt, for one : BREWERY
34
Composer known for mood music : ENO
35
Relinquish : CEDE
36
Something coming off the shelf? : BERG
38
Tropicana products, for short : OJS
41
Floor : AWE
43
Guy makes a new best friend ... WHO TURNS OUT TO BE A COMMUNIST! : ILOVEYOUMAO
50
Beverage called a "tonic" in Boston : POP
51
Inclines : TENDS
54
Enya's land : ERIN
55
Appropriate : USURP
56
Retired pool shark returns ... TO WIN FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING! : THECOLOROFMONET
60
"___ Revere, Engineer" (best-selling 2013 children's book) : ROSIE
61
Facial expression often accompanied by "Heh, heh, heh" : SNEER
62
Big dipper : LADLE
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Pink-slip : CAN
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___ Equis (Mexican beer) : DOS
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Chap gets life lessons from kid ... WHO'S REALLY AN ANDROID! : ABOUTABOT
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One side in college football's "Big Game" : CAL
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Blue : SAD
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Bitcoin, e.g. : ECASH
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Utopias : EDENS
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Shoves (in) : CRAMS
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West Coast officers track wisecracking detective ... TO A BOVINE! : BEVERLYHILLSCOW
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One with a role to play : ACTOR
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Bullets, in cards : ACES
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First "America's Funniest Home Videos" host : SAGET
89
Glamorous Gardner : AVA
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Friends gather for a funeral ... AND COOK UP AN ENORMOUS STEW! : THEBIGCHILI
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"Bali ___" : HAI
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Lively tune : RAG
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Symbolic bird in "On Golden Pond" : LOON
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Recipe amts. : TSPS
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"Angel dust" : PCP
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Kind of knot : GORDIAN
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Bog monster emerges ... WITH A NEW LINE OF SNACK CRACKERS! : SWAMPTHINS
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Shakespearean king : OBERON
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Auto safety feature to prevent skidding, for short : ABS
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Man, for one : ISLE
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Greeting on Maui : ALOHA
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007 gets fired ... AND LANDS A JOB AS A SCOTTISH TAILOR! : LICENCETOKILT
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Out early : PAROLED
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Playing ___ : DEAD
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"Spamalot" writer : ERICIDLE
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Drained : EMPTIED
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Object of veneration by ancient Egyptians : ASP
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Casualty of a crash? : DATALOSS
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One side of a ledger : ASSETS
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Goldfish, e.g. : CARP
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Sidestep : AVERT
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Balkan capital : SOFIA
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Mountaineer's tool : ICEAXE
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Skynet's T-800's, e.g. : TERMINATORS
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One who's passed the bar: Abbr. : ATT
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Parent's scolding : BEHAVE
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Praised : LAUDED
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"___ Poetica" : ARS
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Letters on a video surveillance screen : CCTV
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Trendy smoothie ingredient : KALE
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Force on earth, in brief : ONEG
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Bussing on a bus, for short? : PDA
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Two plus two equaling five, e.g. : SYNERGY
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High mark in Spanish class? : TILDE
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"Mon ___" (words of endearment) : AMOUR
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Energetic : PEPPY
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"Bon" time : SOIR
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Some : AFEW
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Color changer : DYE
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Flick : PIC
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Carpentry rod : DOWEL
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Gift on a string : LEI
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Spiner of "Star Trek: T.N.G." : BRENT
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Destined (to be) : BORN
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Singer Sands : EVIE
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Goes (for) : OPTS
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In song, Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt's first name : JOHN
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Mix and match? : SPEEDDATE
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___ Gay (W.W. II plane) : ENOLA
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Fifth sign : LEO
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"___ Gang" : OUR
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Grp. with the motto "Until every one comes home" : USO
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Gran Torino, e.g. : MUSCLECAR
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Part of a score, maybe : ARIA
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Dentist's directive : OPEN
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Lacking pizazz : DRAB
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"___ I" ("Same here") : SODO
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Position sought by some M.B.A.s : CEO
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Kind of shot : FLU
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Olympics unit : METER
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Concern of an orthopedic M.D. : ACL
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Howls : BAYS
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Org. that's found by accident? : OSHA
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Piece of chicken : THIGH
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Symbols on Irish euro coins : CELTICHARPS
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Video intrusions : ADS
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Tracker's clue : SCAT
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Sole part : ARCH
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Astronomical event : NOVA
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Goodies in a goody bag : SWAG
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Swarm : MOB
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Hindu honorific : SRI
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Burger topper : BACON
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Backtalk? : ECHO
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Miner's find : VEIN
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Immigrant's class, in brief : ESL
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Bounded : LEAPT
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Sneaked a peek : GLANCED
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Part of T.G.I.F. : ITS
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Slops : SWILLS
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Wallops : PASTES
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T-shirt choices, briefly : SML
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What drones lack : PILOTS
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2008 Israeli political biography : GOLDA
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Relatives of Tonys : OBIES
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Sum up : RECAP
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___ Scott : DRED
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"Positively Entertaining" cable network : ION
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Le Pew of Looney Tunes : PEPE
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"That's the truth!" : NOLIE
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Makeshift ghost costume : SHEET
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Warring : ATIT
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Florida city, informally : BOCA
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Brand of tools : SKIL
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Says further : ADDS
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Great time : ERA
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Sworn statement : IDO
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G.P.'s grp. : AMA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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