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A SIGN OF THE TIMES

New York Times, Monday, October 20, 2014

Author:
Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Blindauer

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQVZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 55 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: A Crossword Contest
All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Blindauer. Keep your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, send it to crossword@nytimes.com. Twenty correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, will win one-year online subscriptions to the New York Times crossword. Only one entry per person, please. The answer and winners' names will appear on Friday, Oct. 31, at www.nytimes.com/wordplay.
Patrick Blindauer notes:
When Will asked me if I'd be interested in writing a 6-part meta for the Times, of course I jumped at the chance. I'd be a fool not to ... read more
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1020 ( 23,722 )
Across
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Travel aimlessly, with "about" : GAD
4
Sis's sibling : BRO
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Studio with a lion mascot : MGM
10
Standard sugar measure: Abbr. : TSP
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King Kong, e.g. : APE
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Permit : LET
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Answer to "Paris est-il la capitale de la France?" : OUI
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Indian immigrant on "The Simpsons" : APU
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Instant : SPLITSECOND
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Gen ___ (member of the MTV Generation) : XER
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Nutritional supplement brand : ENSURE
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Lo-cal beers : LITES
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Attire for Caesar : TOGA
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Product that competes with Uncle Ben's : MINUTERICE
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John who won the 1964 Heisman Trophy : HUARTE
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High-ranking angels : SERAPHS
32
Apt anagram of CO-STAR - S : ACTOR
33
Bridge : SPAN
35
Midnight : THEWITCHINGHOUR
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Bald person's lack : HAIR
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Expire, as a subscription : LAPSE
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___ illusion : OPTICAL
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What a medical examiner examines : CORPSE
50
1965 Beatles hit that begins "Got a good reason for taking the easy way out" : DAYTRIPPER
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Almighty : LORD
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Judy's brother on "The Jetsons" : ELROY
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It's north of California : OREGON
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___ of Tranquillity : SEA
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Time leading up to Easter : PASSIONWEEK
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555-55-5555, e.g.: Abbr. : SSN
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Apex : TOP
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Gulager of "McQ" : CLU
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TV scientist Bill : NYE
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Courtroom figure: Abbr. : ATT
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Cloud's locale : SKY
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"For ___ a jolly good fellow" : HES
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Number of years in a decade : TEN
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Exxon product : GAS
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Smartphone purchase : APP
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Political conventiongoer : DELEGATE
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Nonkosher sandwiches : BLTS
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Sheet that might list one's college degree and work experience : RESUME
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Cheri of old "S.N.L." : OTERI
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Oink : pig :: ___ : cow : MOO
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Revolver, e.g. : GUN
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Bette of "Beaches" : MIDLER
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Piece of advice from H&R Block : TAXTIP
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Oration : SPEECH
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Pocketbooks : PURSES
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How pawns are arranged, at first : INAROW
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100 yrs. : CEN
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Lyricist Gershwin : IRA
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"___ is so you!" : THAT
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Response to an insult : OUCH
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Southwest alternative, for short : USAIR
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Home to Dollywood and Graceland: Abbr. : TENN
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Prefix with glyceride : TRI
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Resell, as concert tickets : SCALP
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Letter after upsilon : PHI
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From Bangkok : THAI
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Shine, in some brand names : GLO
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Jean of "Bombshell" : HARLOW
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Foe : OPPONENT
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Lenin's land, for short : USSR
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Critic Rex : REED
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Texas city named after a Ukrainian city : ODESSA
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Least tanned : PALEST
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Despot : TYRANT
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"Who am ___ argue?" : ITO
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Underground tombs : CRYPTS
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Louisiana style of cooking : CREOLE
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Opposite of neg. : POS
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Psychologist Fromm : ERICH
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Wildebeests : GNUS
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"All systems go" : AOK
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007, for one : SPY
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Cyclops or cyclone feature : EYE
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Range of knowledge : KEN

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

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