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WHY NOT?

New York Times, Sunday, October 19, 2014

Author:
David Phillips
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Phillips

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 72 Missing: {JQXY} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Phillips. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Phillips notes:
Like my NYT debut, this puzzle also has an Oppositeland twin, Patrick Berry's 5/15/2005 "Words to the Y's" Sunday NYT crossword. After (eventually) solving Mr. Berry's puzzle, I figured ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
An unusual theme today that took me awhile to wrap my head around — puns involving homophones of words containing the letter Y. The Y's are all gone. Usually themes are based on what's in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Homonyms today, with an extra layer of theme complexity: each of the nine themers has a word including the letter Y, and that word gets replaced with a homonym not containing the letter Y. ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1019 ( 23,721 )
Across
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Headed for some serious pain? : BUTTED
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Gives the third degree : GRILLS
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Arab nobles : SHARIFS
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How some stir-fry dishes are served : ONRICE
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Site claiming to be "the front page of the Internet" : REDDIT
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Pygmalion's beloved : GALATEA
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Body of art : OEUVRE
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Elvis's heroes? : IDOLSOFTHEKING
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Settles through an angry confrontation : HASOUT
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Sigmoid curve : ESS
28
2011 purchaser of the Huffington Post : AOL
29
Somewhat, informally : KINDA
30
N.Y.C.'s first subway co. : IRT
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Park in N.Y.C., e.g. : AVE
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Beauty : GEM
34
Morales of "La Bamba" : ESAI
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Editor's "undo" : STET
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Embarrassed person's comment after getting off an electronic scale? : CLEARTHEWEIGH
42
Kind of soup in Southern cuisine : SHECRAB
44
Genre of My Chemical Romance : EMO
45
Real estate option : OWN
46
___-Magnon : CRO
49
#1 item at Dairy Queen? : SUNDAEBEST
52
Cool and then some : ULTRAHIP
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Single starter? : UNI
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"Where the Wild Things Are" author : SENDAK
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See 90-Across : PET
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Back up, as a backup : RESAVE
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Some football gear : PADS
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Shepherd : TEND
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Pre-K enrollee : TOT
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Author who wrote "Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards" : TOLKIEN
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Dance routine : STEPS
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Gujarat or Punjab, dresswise? : SARISTATE
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Dirección sailed by Columbus : OESTE
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Sample text? : TAKEONE
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Whiz : ACE
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Deliver, as a punch : LAND
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They're game : DEER
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Keys with the #1 hits "My Boo" and "Fallin'" : ALICIA
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Impersonate : APE
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Marks gotten in Spanish class? : TILDES
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Dietitian's stat : RDA
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Pull a classic Internet prank on : RICKROLL
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Wicked poker bet? : DEVILRAISE
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Sci-fi drug : TEK
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Group of atoms: Abbr. : MOL
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With 58-Across, miffed : INA
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Certain demon : INCUBUS
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Two concerns of a secretive voodoo practicer? : GUISEANDDOLLS
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First of a Latin trio : VENI
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"___ never work!" : ITLL
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See 107-Down : EGG
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Rescue party prompter : SOS
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___ Lemon of "30 Rock" : LIZ
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Lefty of the old Dodgers : ODOUL
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Many years : EON
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Court inits. : ABA
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George P. ___, 1980s secretary of state : SHULTZ
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Lack of logic and a frosty coating? : NORIMEORREASON
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Shot from above : AERIAL
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Tangle : ENSNARL
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Reach for the sky : ASPIRE
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Big name in environmental advocacy : ALGORE
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Condescended : DEIGNED
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Hair piece : STRAND
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Amalgamates : BLENDS
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Expression of disapproval : BOOHISS
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Dig up : UNEARTH
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Subordinate of a board chair? : TRUSTEESIDEKICK
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Not watch live, say : TIVO
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Beige relative : ECRU
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Active ingredient in Off! : DEET
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Sit shiva, say : GRIEVE
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View from Aqaba : REDSEA
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Important vows : IDOS
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Bad cholesterol, in brief : LDL
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"The Simpsons" second grader : LISA
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Moe, for one : STOOGE
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___ Pepper : SGT
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Cry of triumph : HAH
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Bass drum? : ALEKEG
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Debonair : RAKISH
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Turner memoir : ITINA
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Gucci competitor : FENDI
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"Game of Thrones," e.g. : SAGA
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Left by plane : FLEWOUT
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Soprano Licia, singer at the Met for 26 years : ALBANESE
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Cry like a baby : MEWL
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Big 12 sch. : TCU
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Student in a uniform : CADET
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Be offensive, in a way : REEK
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Pat. off. concerns : TMS
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Stew dish known in Thailand as "suki" : HOTPOT
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First class : INTRO
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Some temp takers : RNS
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"I've had enough of this patio furniture!," e.g.? : CHAISEREBELLION
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Engrossed : RIVETED
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Post-1968 tennis period : OPENERA
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Irish novelist O'Brien : EDNA
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Unfair condemnation : BADRAP
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Move, in agent lingo : RELO
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Set, as a price : ASKED
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Arriviste : UPSTART
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Wood in Hollywood : NATALIE
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Latin phrase of inclusion : ETALII
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Dot : SPECK
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J. Alfred Prufrock creator's inits. : TSE
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Climbing things? : TENDRILS
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Nuit lead-in : SOIR
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Like some trapped airport passengers : ICEDIN
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Kind of order : TALL
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Actress Watts : NAOMI
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___ list : DEANS
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Plaintiff, e.g. : ALLEGER
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Spot to watch : TVAD
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Set (on) : SIC
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Shake : LOSE
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Not go on : END
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Roomy ride : SUV
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Exercise piece : UNITARD
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Is hot, hot, hot : SIZZLES
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Model builder's activity : GLUING
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Funnywoman Tracey : ULLMAN
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Bazaars of yore : AGORAS
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Harry ___ (Peter Parker's college friend) : OSBORN
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Advanced : LOANED
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"What have ___ to deserve this?!" : IDONE
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Bodies of art? : TORSI
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Like the x-, y- or z-axis : ONED
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With 102-Across, future funds : NEST
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Where the World Cup has been held only once : ASIA
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9-5 maker : SAAB
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Epitome of hotness : HELL
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Compel : URGE
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Before, to Byron : ERE
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Discontinued : OLD
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Credit card no. : APR

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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