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A SIGN OF THE TIMES

New York Times, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Author:
Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
Coward who said "I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise"
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Patrick Blindauer

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 77, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQV} Spans: 2 Grid is asymmetric. This is puzzle # 57 for Mr. Blindauer. Wednesday freshness: 76%
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:
This is definitely more "grid play" than word play, but I hope people get a smile out of it, if nothing else. Not many theme entries ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Jeff Chen notes:
Contest week! Jim and I decided to keep everything quiet until the contest is over, including the grid solutions. I doubt we'd give ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times10/22/14 ( No. 23,724 )
Across
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Actor Gerard of "Buck Rogers" : GIL
4
Bit : TAD
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Target of trimming : FAT
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12-Down from meditators : OMS
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U.K. award : OBE
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Catherine de' Medici is said to have eaten it at every meal : SPINACH
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Losing line in tic-tac-toe : XOO
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Words to a baby : PEEKABOOISEEYOU
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One with a mister in Münster : FRAU
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Ballot marker : XER
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Another time, in "Li'l Abner" : AGIN
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Fjord explorers? : FINNS
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Robert of "The Sopranos" : ILER
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Summon, with "for" : SEND
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Emulated Pacino in a "Scent of a Woman" scene : TANGOED
30
Adages : SAYINGS
32
With 33-Across, meeting with someone in person : FACE
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See 32-Across : TIME
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Straighten out : UNCURL
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Reading for a king's herald : SCROLL
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Body in a bed : SEA
42
Strong punch : SANGRIA
46
Vote on Scottish independence : NAE
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Amiss : AWRY
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Shakespearean title character : TIMON
50
Copper : CENT
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Urban blight : SLUM
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Ballot topic for decriminalization : POT
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Subj. with Riemann sums : CALC
55
Factors in wine competitions : AROMAS
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Some carnival rides : PONIES
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007 film of 1981 : FORYOUREYESONLY
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Vegan-friendly protein source : TOFU
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"Impression, Sunrise" painter : MONET
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Czolgosz who shot McKinley : LEON
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Like some radios : AMFM
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Form of 10-Down : OZONE
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Uffizi display : ARTE
Down
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Die : GOPFFT
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Largest airline of Spain : IBERIA
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"I Hope You Dance" singer Womack : LEEANN
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Org. with the Precheck program : TSA
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"Dragnet" alert, briefly : APB
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Compound containing 10-Down : DIOXIDE
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Like Snow White, per the magic mirror : FAIREST
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Some LG appliances : ACS
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United States Constitution's first article : THE
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Element #8 : OXYGEN
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Cattle yard 12-Down : MOOING
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See 11-Down : SOUNDS
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Coward who said "I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise" : NOEL
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A master of this really knows his chops : KUNGFU
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Not so knotty : EASIER
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Shoots up : SOARS
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French for "grape" : RAISIN
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Lots of sparkle : ECLAT
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Facility often referred to by its first letter : YMCA
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Anytown, ___ : USA
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Anchor's place : NEWSROOM
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"Carmina Burana" composer : CARLORFF
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"I wonder what the word for 'dots' looks like in Braille," e.g. : ONELINER
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Model of chivalry : LANCELOT
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Rent : LET
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Winter chill : NIP
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Biotechnology output, for short : GMO
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Poppycock : ROT
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"The Mikado" maiden : YUMYUM
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___ oil : CANOLA
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Image in Tiananmen Square : MAO
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G.M. and G.E. : COS
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Aqua Velva alternative : AFTA
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Bare-chested sport : SUMO
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Basketball legend Maravich : PETE
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End of a Burns poem heard annually : SYNE
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Cartoonist Chast : ROZ
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Ambient music composer Brian : ENO
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Urge : YEN

Answer summary:
1 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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