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YOU'RE GOING DOWN

New York Times, Sunday, October 21, 2018

Author:
Finn Vigeland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Finn Vigeland

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Finn Vigeland notes:
Given that my two favorite themers (BABY STEPS and JAZZ HANDS) were both nine letters, I imposed a cap of eight letters on the rest of the fill. That led to a lot more mid-length fill than ... read more

Given that my two favorite themers (BABY STEPS and JAZZ HANDS) were both nine letters, I imposed a cap of eight letters on the rest of the fill. That led to a lot more mid-length fill than usual, which was a nice challenge. I like the array of 5's and 6's in the center, which was the first section I filled (welcome to the Times crossword, CARDI B). I know the Z of the BRATZ/VADUZ crossing might be tough for some, but hopefully, the clue on 67A led you there! A fun feature of this puzzle—something I only noticed ex-post-facto — is the intersection of five words in the bottom-center that all end in an "oh" sound. Hope you got a few laughs out of this theme!

Jeff Chen notes:
Finn is one of the more avant-garde constructors out there. I especially like how he adds in color with mid-length or even short fill. Today, it was BRATZ, SNARKY, BIONICS, PANEM ... read more

Finn is one of the more avant-garde constructors out there. I especially like how he adds in color with mid-length or even short fill. Today, it was BRATZ, SNARKY, BIONICS, PANEM (fictional place in "The Hunger Games") – BADASS, indeed!

I'd feel sympathetic though, to those who got the PANEM / EGAN crossing wrong. As much as I admire Jennifer Egan as an author – she's earned her crossworthiness – I think she's still in a place where her crossings must be fair and gettable.

Just as Finn mentioned, I was also torn on VADUZ / CAR DIB, both new words to me. Er, CARDI B. Perhaps she's wildly famous, to the point where even this badass – er, bad ass – shouldn't even be bringing this up. World capitals are fair game, after all. (I sadly admit that I wasn't even sure that Liechtenstein was a country, much less had a capital city.)

(NOLITA? It derives from "North of Little Italy"? Huh. Probably much more familiar to New Yorkers.)

The theme felt too familiar at first, but it's kind of novel. Each one creates a kooky phrase by adding the word DOWN, with each base phrase appearing as is in the grid. Aye, THERE'S THE RUB (down). I like how Finn implied that final (down) by orienting all his themers in the vertical direction.

It gave Jim and me a dilemma. Do we fix up the answers so that they appear in our database as THERE'S THE RUBDOWN? And then mark them as bogus, never to be reused? We can't mark them bogus as is. But if we leave them as is, the clues won't match their entries. I enjoy it when constructors make us work!

PUPPET SHOW (down) was my favorite – so apt for Punch and Judy. It'd have been more fun with a clue about Bert and Ernie in an MMA cage match. I'd bet it all on Bert.

Most all the themers were pretty good, although I wish more of them had given me the same laugh as PUPPET SHOW (down). It's hard to make magic with just adding the word (down).

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1021 ( 25,184 )
Across
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Pinocchio, e.g. : FIBBER
7
Aphrodisiacs boost it : LIBIDO
13
Backpack feature : STRAP
18
Where cuneiform was discovered : AMARNA
19
Superhero outfits, typically : UNITARDS
22
Irritate : CHAFE
23
Give unsolicited advice : KIBITZ
24
Weapon for William Tell : CROSSBOW
25
Coming back in : RETRO
26
Popular singer born in County Donegal : ENYA
27
Like many wine casks : OAKEN
29
Lie low : HIDE
30
What starts with a spark of an idea? : ARSON
31
Snide and sassy : SNARKY
33
Portrayer of TV's Det. Fin Tutuola : ICET
35
Jefferson Memorial topper : DOME
37
Non-fish aquarium attraction : OTTER
39
Precalculator calculator : ABACUS
41
Where one might be well-suited : MENSSHOP
45
Clue weapon : WRENCH
47
"Give it a ___" : REST
48
Street crossing Hollywood in Hollywood : VINE
49
Conservative : TORY
50
Job for a plastic surgeon, for short : LIPO
51
Modern name in transportation : UBER
53
"Heavens!" : EGAD
55
Squared building stone : ASHLAR
57
Three short, three long, three short : SOS
58
Gnocchi ___ Romana : ALLA
59
Rapper with the 2017 #1 hit "Bodak Yellow" : CARDIB
61
Brought about : LEDTO
62
Kindle download : EBOOK
63
Chant at a political rally : USAUSA
64
First sign : ARIES
65
Manhattan neighborhood next to the Lower East Side : NOLITA
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Popular line of dolls with "Kidz" and "Babyz" spinoffs : BRATZ
68
Hole foods? : DONUTS
70
Bundled, as hay : BALED
71
1960s-'70s police drama : THEFBI
73
Medicare provision for nonhospital expenses : PARTB
74
Perch for pigeons : LEDGE
75
Plea to a superhero, maybe : SAVEUS
76
Employs : USES
77
Peter Pan rival : JIF
80
Trespass upon : INVADE
82
Seventh-year exam in Harry Potter : NEWT
83
Lhasa ___ : APSO
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"Toodles!" : TATA
85
Positive market move : GAIN
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Son of Adam : ABEL
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Trigger, as an alarm : TRIP
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Repossessed : SEIZED
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Farm measures : HECTARES
94
Kind of humor : TOILET
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"Cuz I told you to!" : SEZME
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Like rain forests : LUSH
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Fourth-down play : PUNT
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Spasm : TWITCH
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Fast-food chain with a hat in its logo : ARBYS
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Jennifer who wrote "Manhattan Beach" : EGAN
106
Printer brand : EPSON
108
Spelunker's helmet attachment : LAMP
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Springs : LEAPS
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Five-time Emmy nominee for "Grey's Anatomy" : SANDRAOH
114
Key of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony : EMINOR
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World-weariness : ENNUI
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"Silly me, rambling again!" : THEREIGO
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The Chainsmokers or Eurythmics : POPDUO
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Declare : STATE
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TV colleague of Hayes and O'Donnell : MADDOW
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Didn't sleep well : TOSSED
Down
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Embarrassment for an art curator : FAKE
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"Sign me up!" : IMIN
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Headline after a toddler C.E.O. resigns, literally? : BABYSTEPS
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Coiner of the term "generative music" : BRIANENO
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Certain med. specialist : ENT
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It may be cutting things close : RAZOR
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Car failure only a block from the mechanic, literally? : LUCKYBREAK
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About, on memos : INRE
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Mixture of nature and technology : BIONICS
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"___ official" : ITS
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Takes off in a hurry : DASHES
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Eye socket : ORBIT
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Takes off in a hurry : SCRAMS
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"For a massage, go that way!," literally? : THERESTHERUB
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"Darn it all!" : RATS
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Do for Jon Batiste : AFRO
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Drudge : PEON
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Its HQ is the Pentagon : DOD
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First country to legalize changing one's gender identity (1972) : SWEDEN
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First African-American sorority : AKA
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Part of a circle : ARC
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Like the dress shirt that's just adorable, literally? : CUTEASABUTTON
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Draftable : ONEA
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"Wise" ones : OWLS
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Chamber music group, often : TRIO
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___ Lingus : AER
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Calf-length dresses : MIDIS
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"Not so fast!" : HOLDIT
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Addresses a crowd : ORATES
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Firebugs : PYROS
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Signature Jacques Tati role : HULOT
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Capital of Liechtenstein : VADUZ
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Puffs up : BLOATS
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For nothing : GRATIS
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Perspectives : SLANTS
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Bore : ABIDED
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Midnight, maybe : CURFEW
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Total baller : BADASS
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Dissed with flowery language, literally? : ELEGANTLYPUT
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Hip-hop dance move : NAENAE
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Classic London theater : OLDVIC
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Angled edge : BEVEL
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Snacks often paired with milk : OREOS
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"Mutiny on the Bounty" captain : BLIGH
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Underwear brand : HANES
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Punch vs. Judy, literally? : PUPPETSHOW
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One answer to the question "What's your favorite music genre," literally? : JAZZHANDS
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Agenda entry : ITEM
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Music outro effect : FADE
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Prominent parts of goblins : EARS
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Not do so well : AIL
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Haberdashery buys : TIECLIPS
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Directive : BEHEST
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CVS rival : RITEAID
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"Alea iacta ___": Caesar : EST
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Barbie attendee : AUSSIE
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About 10% of Russia : TUNDRA
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Afternoon hour : TWO
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Land in "The Hunger Games" : PANEM
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Bumbling : INEPT
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Orders at the Rose & Crown : ALES
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Quote from a letter : RENT
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Actor Eric : BANA
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Frustrated cry : GAH
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___ stick : POGO
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Pouty face : MOUE
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Urge on : PROD
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Bloody, say : RED
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Barn greeting : MOO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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