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New York Times, Thursday, October 11, 2018

Author:
Johanna Fenimore and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Johanna Fenimore
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1.636212
Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {PXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Fenimore. This is puzzle # 90 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
It is such a pleasure working with Jeff. I am so happy that he wanted to help me bring this puzzle to life as it means a lot to me to ... read more

It is such a pleasure working with Jeff. I am so happy that he wanted to help me bring this puzzle to life as it means a lot to me to support this month's important cause – hopefully in an interesting and entertaining way. I thank Jeff. And I dedicate this puzzle to my mom, Margaret Allen Hawkins, who was not only a great woman but also a brave breast cancer survivor.

Jeff Chen notes:
The pleasure was all mine! Johanna is a delight to work with. It's too bad Johanna's original concept didn't work out: kooky ... read more

The pleasure was all mine! Johanna is a delight to work with.

It's too bad Johanna's original concept didn't work out: kooky phrases resulting from BRA removals. I mean, BRAHMS LULLABY to the HMS LULLABY = a ship of peace? That's awesome!

Unfortunately, there just weren't enough others. BRAIN SURGEON to IN SURGEON, BRAIDED ROPE to IDED ROPE … hmm. Flat to non-sensical. Johanna came up with ZEN HUSSY (from BRAZEN HUSSY) … I decided it was best not to say anything on that one.

The grid skeleton was a pain to figure out, what with all the themers taking up so much real estate. I didn't like leaving those big NE / SW corners, but I couldn't figure out a way around them. Props to Johanna for tackling them with gusto! I thought we'd have to add a cheater square, maybe at the C of CLEVER. Not so, for CLEVER Johanna – CREDIT where CREDIT is due!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1011 ( 25,174 )
Across
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Keeps in the loop, in a way : CCS
4
Ones making passing judgments, for short? : QBS
7
Witty : CLEVER
13
Genre at the Grammys : FOLK
14
Its capital is Abu Dhabi, for short : UAE
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___ Sea, body of water between Sicily and Greece : IONIAN
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Picking out of a lineup, e.g. : BRAIDING
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Sign at some beaches : NODOGS
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Doctrine : ISM
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Lamb in literature : ELIA
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Not pay taxes by mail : EFILE
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Upper body muscles, for short : LABRATS
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Extremely : BRAVERY
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Pulitzer Prize winner for "A Death in the Family" : AGEE
27
Animated Princess of Power : SHERA
29
James who sang "At last, my love has come along ..." : ETTA
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Headwear in a Prince hit : BERET
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Posting on an office bulletin board : MEMO
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___ sauce : SOY
35
Didn't delete : LEFTBRAIN
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Potus #36 : LBJ
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One choice in a party game : DARE
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Home pages? : LEASE
47
Car named after an automotive competition : IROC
49
"I'm Down" vis-à-vis "Help!" : SIDEB
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Climber's challenge : CRAG
53
First name in "The Godfather" : VIBRATO
55
Chess piece : BRAKING
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Mantelpiece, e.g. : SHELF
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Award from the American Theater Wing : OBIE
59
Mix in : ADD
60
Apartment type : STUDIO
61
Annual event to support breast cancer awareness ... or a hint to answering 16-, 22-, 24-, 35-, 53- and 55-Across : NOBRADAY
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Producer of rain : ELNINO
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Prompt : CUE
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About : INRE
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Dampened : WETTED
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Letters for college applicants : ETS
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Result of imperfect service : LET
Down
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Wrist attachment : CORSAGE
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Scale awkwardly, with "up" : CLAMBER
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Go downhill fast : SKI
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Collections of patches, say : QUILTS
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Exile : BANISH
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Company in the book "Console Wars" : SEGA
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Precursor to IMAX : CINERAMA
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Bathtub item : LOOFA
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Salad green : ENDIVE
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State flowers of Rhode Island, Illinois and New Jersey : VIOLETS
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Enthusiastically gonna : EAGERTO
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Co-workers of M.D.s : RNS
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Facility at Quantico : FBILAB
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Govt. agency that combats smuggling : DEA
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Stagger : REEL
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___ Fox : BRER
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"Woo-hoo!" : YAY
28
Journalist in a military unit : EMBED
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Colleague of Mary, Murray and Lou on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" : TED
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Application for the Mr. Universe contest? : OIL
36
Burgers and fries, typically : FASTFOOD
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Donald Duck's nephews, e.g. : TRIO
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Make out : NECK
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Tyler of "The Lord of the Rings" : LIV
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Visibly take offense : BRISTLE
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Activity for many a senior : JOBHUNT
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She helped Theseus navigate the Labyrinth : ARIADNE
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Seaside sculpture, say : SANDART
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Easter supply : EGGDYE
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Give recognition : CREDIT
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Flow away from the shore : EBBOUT
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Payments made with a wink, maybe : BRIBES
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Dress style : ALINE
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___ Lingus : AER
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Start of a reminiscence : ONCE
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Darn, e.g. : SEW
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Be in bad shape : AIL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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