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OVER/UNDER

New York Times, Sunday, October 23, 2016

74-Down : Villainous

Author:
Ellen Leuschner and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 79 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Ms. Leuschner. This is puzzle # 59 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
ELLEN: Ohhh this puzzle was a bear! It started off last July with the phrase JUMP THE GUN. I wondered if we could somehow make an entry "jump" over another entry. We tried several ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
As we always do, Ellen and I brainstormed for weeks for this one, eventually landing at a spot very different than where we started. The concept of OVER and UNDER phrases, sitting ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times10/23/16 ( No. 24,456 )
Across
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Take on : ADOPT
6
Some subjects in Scheherazade's stories : ARABS
11
Humbled : ABASED
17
Playful leap : CAPER
18
Mother-of-pearl source : ABALONE
20
Words preceding "We stand on guard for thee" : OCANADA
21
"Skyfall" singer : ADELE
22
Over the 27-Across : NOSPRINGCHICKEN
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In low spirits : BROKENUP
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Guarantee that one will : VOWTO
27
Rise : HILL
28
Sighed line : ALAS
29
Rev : GUN
30
Obsessed with fantasy role-playing games, say : GEEKY
32
"What have we here?!" : OHO
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Under the 29-Across : FACINGADEADLINE
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Certain swinger, informally : ORANG
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Spanish bear : OSO
43
Castor ___ ("Popeye" guy) : OYL
44
Balance sheet abbr. : YTD
45
Friday, on old TV: Abbr. : SGT
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Olympics venue between London and Tokyo : RIO
48
Many a Jazz fan : UTAHN
50
Preserver of bugs : RESIN
52
Caffè ___ : ITALIANO
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"Thinking ..." : LETMESEE
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Over the 62-Across : BEYONDBELIEF
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Prestigious mil. award : DSM
60
International observance in 20-Down, informally : UNDAY
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Dreidel, e.g. : TOP
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Cataract : FALLS
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Parisian sibling : FRERE
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Exerted : PLIED
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Put on the back burner : TABLE
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Verizon subsidiary : AOL
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Old line in Russia : TSARS
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___ Victory (tourist attraction in Portsmouth, England) : HMS
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Under the 67-Across : ONTHEDOWNLOW
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Single-masted pleasure craft : CATBOATS
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Keeps up : SUSTAINS
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Neck and neck : CLOSE
85
Luminous : AGLOW
86
Abbr. in many Québec city names : STE
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Potus #34 : DDE
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Conditionals : IFS
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Melodramatic response : SOB
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Reagan has one named for him : ERA
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Competitor of Sapporo and Kirin : ASAHI
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Over the 104-Across : INSEVENTHHEAVEN
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Commercial prefix with Pen : EPI
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With 109-Down, cochlea's place : INNER
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[snort] : HAH
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Sky light : MOON
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Sculpture medium for Calder : WIRE
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Print tint : SEPIA
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University of Washington logo : CAPITALW
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Under the 105-Across : ATTHELASTMINUTE
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John Paul's successor : ELENA
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Increasing in pitch : STEEPER
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"Me Talk Pretty One Day" humorist : SEDARIS
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One who can pick his work? : MINER
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Impersonate : POSEAS
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Places for studs : LOBES
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___ dish : PETRI
Down
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Signature Obama legislation, for short : ACA
2
Gosh-darn : DADBLASTED
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Floor-length formalwear : OPERACOATS
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House member from the Bay Area beginning in 1987 : PELOSI
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Quite the hike : TREK
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Be plentiful : ABOUND
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Louis Armstrong vocal feature : RASP
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High point of a European vacation? : ALP
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N.Y.C. div. : BOR
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Cry annoyingly : SNIVEL
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Cause for a blessing : ACHOO
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Political columnist Matt : BAI
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Debate moderator's day job, typically : ANCHOR
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H. H. Munro's pen name : SAKI
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Leon ___, Henry James biographer : EDEL
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Twain's "celebrated jumping frog" : DANL
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Crabgrass, e.g. : ANNUAL
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Mushroom variety : ENOKI
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Start of the fourth qtr. : OCT
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Early British actress Nell : GWYN
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Like quiche : EGGY
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In conflict : AFOUL
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Title fictional character who "sprang from his Platonic conception of himself" : GATSBY
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Clothier Bauer : EDDIE
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Fired bullets, informally : HOTLEAD
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___ too happy : NONE
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Blinker : EYE
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Abbr. on a company's sign : ESTD
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Thin as ___ : ARAIL
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Front and back, at a golf course : NINES
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Silly billy : GOOF
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Bull session : GABFEST
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"Thinking ..." : HMM
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Gerrymanders, say : REDRAWS
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Big Apple paper, for short : NYT
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Situated : INPLACE
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Badly : ILL
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Informal acknowledgment of responsibility : SUREDID
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Portland-to-Spokane dir. : ENE
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"That was dumb of me" : OOPS
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"___ Flux" (Charlize Theron film) : AEON
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Debugger : FLEADIP
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Man's name that's the reverse of 117-Down : IRA
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Woodworking fasteners : TNUTS
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Clueless : ATSEA
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Food preservative abbr. : BHT
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Letters ending a business name : LLC
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Buy-one-get-one-free deal : TWOFER
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Selfish sort : HOG
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Villainous : MALEVOLENT
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Target customer of Yelp : STOREOWNER
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Mount of Greek myth : OSSA
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R.E.M.'s "The ___ Love" : ONEI
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Kind of branch : OLIVE
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Sweets : BABE
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Lynn in the Pro Football Hall of Fame : SWANN
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Application datum: Abbr. : SSN
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Fashions : SHAPES
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"Um ... fancy meeting you here" : OHHI
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[Look what I got away with!] : HEEHEE
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Small swigs : NIPS
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Huffs : SNITS
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Coat for a dentist : ENAMEL
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What "i.e." means : THATIS
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Charlotte ___, V.I. : AMALIE
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British ___ : ISLES
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Female W.W. II enlistee : WASP
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Stick ___ : ITTO
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Some P.O. plans : RTES
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See 102-Across : EAR
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Antidote : CURE
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Bank clock info : TEMP
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Clean energy grp. : EPA
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Ringing words? : IDO
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Catch : NAB
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Man's name that's the reverse of 66-Down : ARI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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