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New York Times, Friday, October 21, 2016

Fictional title character who declares "How puzzling all these changes are!"

Author:
Martin Ashwood-Smith
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 69, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 10, (1 quad stack) This is puzzle # 83 for Mr. Ashwood-Smith. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Martin Ashwood-Smith notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2016, The New York Times10/21/16 ( No. 24,454 )
Across
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Ones making the rules? : MEASURINGSTICKS
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"Thanks" : IAPPRECIATETHAT
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Passage between Sicily and the toe of Italy : STRAITOFMESSINA
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Laughfests : HOOTS
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Take home, perhaps? : STEAL
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___ scripta (statutes) : LEX
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Blyth of "Mildred Pierce" : ANN
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Word before or after "what" : SAY
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Org. opposed to weaving? : MADD
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Scottish refusal : NAE
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Band from the East : OBI
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"1984" concern : TOTALITARIANISM
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Pre-buffet declaration : ICOULDEATAHORSE
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Take legal action, say : PURSUETHEMATTER
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Sheep-counting times : SLEEPLESSNIGHTS
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Gendered Spanish suffix : ITA
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Prize for Pizarro : ORO
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Gulf War ally : OMAN
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Occasion for dragon dances : TET
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Cousin of a zebra : ASS
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Something that might interrupt a flight, for short : APB
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"Little ___" : WOMEN
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Frequent flier : PILOT
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Didn't mince words : LAIDITONTHELINE
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It's of no concern to a usurer : INTERESTRATECAP
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Showed caution, in a way : TESTEDTHEWATERS
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Perfume named for Baryshnikov : MISHA
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Shirley of "Goldfinger" : EATON
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It comes with strings attached : APRON
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Cross words : SPAT
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"Mila 18" novelist : URIS
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Abbr. after many a military name : RET
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Twenty: Prefix : ICOSA
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Faboo : NIFTY
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Go, for one : GAME
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Whistle blower? : STEAM
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Model X maker : TESLA
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"___ complicated" : ITS
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Labor day highlight : CHILDBIRTH
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Batman co-creator Bob : KANE
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Memphis- based record label : STAX
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Large beer mug : SEIDEL
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"Stay" : DONOTGO
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Ad follower? : NAUSEAM
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Hopeless : ALLUP
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Doesn't need a thing : ISSET
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Server's bread and butter : TIPS
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Round openings in domes : OCULI
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Shredded : TORETOBITS
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French thinker? : TETE
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Sounds during a massage : AAHS
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Arteries: Abbr. : RTES
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Definitive disclaimer : IAMNOT
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Just slightly : AHAIR
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Seas overseas : MERS
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"Bird on ___" (Mel Gibson/Goldie Hawn comedy) : AWIRE
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Picked up on : NOTED
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Tin anniversary : TENTH
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___-deux : ENTRE
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Fictional title character who declares "How puzzling all these changes are!" : ALICE
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Sub standard? : SONAR
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Way up : STEPS
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Hit the ground : ALIT
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Transparent sheet : PANE
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More than more : MOST
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Org. with many banned Super Bowl ads : PETA
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"Before ___ you go ..." : ILET
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Clue follower: Abbr. : DET
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What's left on a farm? : HAW

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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