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CLUE: THE MOVIE

New York Times, Sunday, October 10, 2021

Similar-sounding phrase, such as "I scream" for "ice cream"

Author:
Brandon Koppy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Koppy. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
Brandon Koppy works for a digital ad agency in Austin, Tex. He started solving crosswords about 20 years ago in college, doing the ones in The Onion and New York Times reprints in the ... read more
Brandon Koppy notes:
I'm thrilled to be back in the NYT with my first Sunday puzzle. My initial submission had "Mystery Date?" as one of the theme clues and LIFE ON MARS as the answer for "Space Jam?", but ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love being surprised by a theme. It didn't take long to uncover PSYCHOANALYSIS, which is a "field of dreams." I didn't have to work at all to make that connection, though, which made it ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times10/10/21 ( No. 26,269 )
Across
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Syllables when you forget the words : LAS
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The universe has an estimated 1082 of them : ATOMS
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"A mouse!" : EEK
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Beyoncé chart-topper "Single ___ (Put a Ring on It)" : LADIES
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Simile center : ASA
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___ Lawrence College : SARAH
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Magazine co-founded in 1945 by Hélène Gordon Lazareff : ELLE
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Similar-sounding phrase, such as "I scream" for "ice cream" : ORONYM
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Field of Dreams : PSYCHOANALYSIS
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Guys and Dolls : GIJOES
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Lucrative and undemanding : CUSHY
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Ingredient in a McDonald's McFlurry : OREO
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Seasonal winds : MONSOONS
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Fictional brand of rocket-powered roller skates : ACME
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"Cross my heart!" : ISWEARIT
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Fam girl : SIS
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Sounds of doubt : EHS
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Star Trek : THEREDCARPET
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Woodworker's tool : PANELSAW
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Some tourist spots in San Francisco : PIERS
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Tax pro, for short : CPA
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Ancient work that describes the sacred tree Yggdrasil : EDDA
46
Trendy home gym purchase : PELOTON
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Top Gun : TSHIRTCANNON
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Baseball family name much seen in crosswords : ALOU
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Jerkface : MEANIE
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Tightly affixed : GLUED
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Parrot's sound : AWK
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Insurance department : CLAIMS
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"___ for me, thanks" : NONE
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Big no-nos : TABOOS
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Letters From Iwo Jima : KANJI
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The Imitation Game : SIMONSAYS
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The Fifth Element : BORON
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Perfectly comfortable : ATHOME
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1930s migrant to California : OKIE
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Spirits : MORALE
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Sesh on Reddit : AMA
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Speed reader? : RADAR
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Gave, as gossip : TOLDTO
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Trimmed parts of green beans : ENDS
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A Man for All Seasons : BINGEWATCHER
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Matricidal figure of Greek myth : ORESTES
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Golden rule word : UNTO
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Spanish "Listen!" : OYE
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Dostoyevsky's Prince Myshkin, so the book title declares : IDIOT
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Cause for switching positions : JOBOFFER
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Scent of a Woman : CHANELNOFIVE
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"___ you decent?" : ARE
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___ Toy Barn ("Toy Story 2" locale) : ALS
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Small things that you pluck : UKULELES
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Breakout band for Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, familiarly : ONED
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Overlie : RESTUPON
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Mad magazine cartoonist Drucker : MORT
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Get the juices flowing? : BASTE
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Wayne's World : GOTHAM
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Space Jam : FLYMETOTHEMOON
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Gene variant : ALLELE
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Denominator in the velocity formula : TIME
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Beam for train tracks : IRAIL
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Fragrant ring : LEI
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Candy with the slogan "Not sorry" : REESES
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Skosh : TAD
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Main artery : AORTA
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Panic button, of a sort : ESC
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Pet that should come with a lint roller? : LAPCAT
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Given that : ASSUCH
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Exasperated parent's retort : SAYSME
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Flue-like : ASHY
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Confucian philosophy : TAO
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Singer Rita : ORA
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"Floating terror" of the sea : MANOWAR
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Many social media users : SHARERS
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Donkey with a pinned-on tail : EEYORE
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Two in a million? : ELS
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"The Kiss" painter : KLIMT
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Successfully uses a password : LOGSIN
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Melodious : ARIOSE
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Place to develop one's chops : DOJO
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Innate : INONESDNA
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Part of a makeup test? : EYESHADOW
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Texting tech, briefly : SMS
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"___ es!" ("That's right!": Sp.) : ESO
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"Clueless" protagonist : CHER
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Accept eagerly, with "at" : LEAP
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Org. with an annual Codebreaker Challenge : NSA
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Double-crossed and half-baked : IDIOMS
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Embarrassing public episode : SCENE
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Restless desire : ITCH
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Luxurious : SWANK
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Product for one who wonders "Am I expecting?" : EPT
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Increased into something much more valuable : PARLAYED
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Spy novelist Deighton : LEN
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Weave off the shoulder? : PIGTAIL
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Get ready for vacation : PACK
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Civil rights activist Baker : ELLA
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It may be forgiven : LOAN
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Mystic's board : OUIJA
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4x World Series winner Martinez : TINO
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[more info below] : SEENOTE
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Ice cream containers : TUBS
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___ compensation (subject of modern debate) : CEO
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Spanish marinade : ADOBO
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Drawer of shorts, e.g. : ANIMATOR
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Cutthroat mentality : NOMERCY
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Cardinal's hat, in Britain : MITRE
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Tender areas : SORES
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Pop in the fridge : SODA
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Hershey's chocolate-and-toffee bar : SKOR
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Diatribe : RANT
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Quaint sign word : OLDE
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Noun-making suffix : NESS
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Fumble for words : HAW
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Dodos : MORONS
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City that replaced Lagos as Nigeria's capital : ABUJA
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Cameo : MINORROLE
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Predatory insect living in woodpiles : ANTBEETLE
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French fabric : TOILE
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Caramel or hot fudge, basically : GOO
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Euphemistic exclamation : HECK
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Ike's domain in W.W. II : ETO
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Reason the physicist stayed in bed? : INERTIA
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"The Shape of Water" director : DELTORO
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Natasha ___, Boris's partner against Rocky and Bullwinkle : FATALE
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Some water park rides : FLUMES
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Olympics symbol for Madrid's country : ESP
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Sang along when you forgot the words : HUMMED
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Ingredient in healing gel : ALOE
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Latte art medium : FOAM
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Arch support : INSOLE
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Bill killers : VETOES
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Utopian : EDENIC
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Like a birthday cake, pre-party : UNLIT
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"___ All That" (1999 film) : SHES
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Frequently, quaintly : OFT
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Lugosi of horror films : BELA
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Fish with an elongated jaw : GAR
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Singer Sumac : YMA
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Describe in a negative way : TAR
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Toke : HIT

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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