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INNER WORKINGS

New York Times, Sunday, October 12, 2014

Author:
Pawel Fludzinski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Pawel Fludzinski

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {JXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Fludzinski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Pawel Fludzinski notes:
My first Sunday puzzle in the NY Times! The inspiration for this puzzle came from my daughter's first day in second grade. She came home that day with a variety of word puzzles, including ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
This puzzle has an interesting history. Pawel and I went back and forth on the theme many times, as he progressively refined the idea and got better examples. In the end I thought it ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice wordplay theme today, literal interpretations of "X in a Y" phrases, CANARY IN A COAL MINE transmogrifying into COAL CANARY MINE. This is a theme type that hasn't been done too many ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1012 ( 23,714 )
Across
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Short end of the stick : RAWDEAL
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1960s dance : WATUSI
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French port just up the coast from Boulogne : CALAIS
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Speedily : INHASTE
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Key of Grieg's only piano concerto : AMINOR
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Belabor, say : OVERDO
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Leading indicator? : COALCANARYMINE
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Spruce up : NEATEN
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Sinus specialist, succinctly : ENT
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Zest : RIND
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Bacalao and boquerones : TAPAS
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Ugly one : TOAD
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Misfit : ROUNDSQUAREPEGHOLE
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"American Pie" songwriter : MCLEAN
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Boosts : UPS
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"___ Grows in Brooklyn" : ATREE
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Shakespearean lament : ALACK
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Like a pilot that's working again : RELIT
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Locale that made Hillary famous : MTEVEREST
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One who's enthralled, metaphorically : CANDYKIDSTORE
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French possessive : SES
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Response to a 26-Across, perhaps : AAH
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Botanist Gray : ASA
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Dedicated : AVID
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Quod ___ demonstrandum : ERAT
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First steamship with a planned circumnavigation of the globe : ARGO
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Something on a hero, maybe : WHITEHAT
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Greeted and seated : SAWIN
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Pitbull or Snoop Dogg : RAPPER
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Never : MILLIONNOTYEARS
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1998 Winter Olympics host : NAGANO
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Studio behind "Amadeus" and "Platoon" : ORION
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Winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony, e.g. : TRIFECTA
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Activist Brockovich : ERIN
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Hypnotist's signal : SNAP
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One of a dozen popes : PIUS
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Suffix with ball : OON
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Game warden? : REF
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U.S.N. rank : CPO
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Much ado about nothing : TEATEMPESTPOT
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"I wouldn't bet on it!" : FATCHANCE
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Top of the Eiffel Tower? : BERET
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Honduras-to-Guatemala dirección : OESTE
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Hearing-related : AURAL
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Blues rocker Chris : REA
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Become fixated : OBSESS
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Deteriorate rapidly : HANDGOTOHELLBASKET
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Make ___ dash for : AMAD
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Went out with : DATED
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Actress Falco : EDIE
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Neutrinos, symbolically : NUS
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Broccoli-like vegetable : RAPINI
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It's hard to find : HAYNEEDLESTACK
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Directs, as a conversation : STEERS
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True : EVENUP
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Transgression : OFFENSE
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Show disdain for, in a way : HISSAT
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Dinners at which people read at the table : SEDERS
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Hide : SECLUDE
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Sake source : RICE
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Like most graffiti, for short : ANON
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"Come again?" : WHAT
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AT&T Stadium team, on scoreboards : DAL
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Corner key : ESC
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Speedily : ATARUN
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___ Peace Prize (award discontinued in 1990) : LENIN
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Charges : WARDS
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Girl's name that becomes a different girl's name if you switch the first two letters : AMY
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Goalie Howard of U.S.A.'s 2010 and '14 World Cup teams : TIM
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QB Johnny : UNITAS
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Ping maker : SONAR
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"To reiterate ..." : IREPEAT
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Opposite of waste : CONSERVE
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Michigan, in Chicago: Abbr. : AVE
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Hide stuff : LEATHER
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___-Detoo ("Star Wars" droid) : ARTOO
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World peace, e.g. : IDEAL
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Atmospheric probe : SONDE
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"But wait, there's more ..." : AND
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Best suited : APTEST
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Mailroom stamp : RECD
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Like some chardonnays : OAKY
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Relinquish : QUIT
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Plotting : UPTO
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Thousands, in slang : GEES
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Avian mimic : MACAW
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What stripes and polka dots do : CLASH
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Luau locale : LANAI
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Lakers, to Celtics, e.g. : RIVAL
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It may be limited or late : EDITION
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Subject of some '50s-'60s experiments : LSD
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Excellence : MERIT
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Tombstone figure : EARP
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Brush material : SAGE
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Two-time title role for Chris Hemsworth : THOR
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Artist Frida renowned for her self-portraits : KAHLO
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Took back, as lost territory : REWON
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24/7 : ANYTIME
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Sunday recess? : APSE
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Untouchable, e.g. : TMAN
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Viennese one : EIN
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Long-billed wading bird : SNIPE
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12 months, in Rio : ANO
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Hike : RAISE
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Chihuahua cry : ARF
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Preach, e.g. : ORATE
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Go off : ERUPT
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Gun brand not endorsed by the 111-Down : NERF
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Play ___ : AREA
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Photographic memory, e.g. : GIFT
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Thicket : COPSE
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Sweetie pie : TOOTS
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Gets in the game : ANTES
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Beethoven's "Hammerklavier," e.g. : SONATA
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___ curiam decision : PER
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When repeated, party cry : CHUG
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Weird Al Yankovic, e.g. : PARODIST
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Third person masculine? : ABEL
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Relative of turquoise : TEAL
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"___ it!" : SOBE
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International cricket match : TEST
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Ones left holding the bag? : CADDIES
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Gaps are filled with them : CLOTHES
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Fixed, as Easter eggs : REDYED
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Michael of "The Great Santini" : OKEEFE
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Like some truths : HARSH
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Andrea or Nicolò, in the music world : AMATI
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Scruffs : NAPES
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Ho preceder : HEAVE
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Gentle alarms : BEEPS
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Go on to say : ADD
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Some launch sites : SILOS
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Half of Mork's farewell : NANU
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La Jolla campus, briefly : UCSD
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___-Ball : SKEE
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See 69-Down : NRA
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Vane dir. : NNE
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It. is there : EUR
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Army E-7: Abbr. : SFC
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Contact info abbr. : TEL

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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