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A SIGN OF THE TIMES

New York Times, Saturday, October 25, 2014

17-Across : Coming or going

Author:
Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Blindauer

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FGQWZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 60 for Mr. Blindauer.
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 the last part of my six-part series of interconnected crossword puzzles, each of which contains a piece of a larger mystery ... 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
Jim Horne notes:
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© 2014, The New York Times10/25/14 ( No. 23,727 )
Across
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Sting, e.g. : TRAP
5
100th anniversary of Disney's "Fantasia" : MMXL
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Singer Aguilera's nickname : XTINA
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Not well, say : RARE
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Second : AIDE
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Conventions : MORES
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Coming or going : INTRANSIT
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Shows of appreciation for services provided? : AMENS
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Characters from Sophocles : XIS
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Prideful? : LIONS
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"Born again" woman : RENEE
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Figureheads? : CPAS
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Most laggardly : POKIEST
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Pabst product : STROHS
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Some Arabian food : OATS
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___ Lumpur : KUALA
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Needles : IRRITATES
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"Huh?!" : IDIDNTCATCHTHAT
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How Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy : SENSUALLY
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Blank : ERASE
40
City near Arches National Park : MOAB
41
Queen's "We Will Rock You" and others : BSIDES
42
Requiem Mass part : PIEJESU
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Musical partner of DJ Spinderella and Salt : PEPA
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Bit of writing that's slashed? : ANDOR
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Household brand that's an anagram of 47-Across : DRANO
50
Homophone of 55-Down : OER
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Minute hands, in a way : RADII
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Sci-fi disturbances : IONSTORMS
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Early Trinity College affiliation: Abbr. : EPISC
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It's hair-raising : UPDO
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When Hamlet says "The rest is silence" : ACTV
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Leaves in : STETS
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Actor Bean of "Troy" : SEAN
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Grate : RASP
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Colorful breakfast option : TRIX
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Mysore Palace resident : RANI
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Focus of some philanthropy : ARTS
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So says : PER
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They come and go : MANIAS
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Sushi bar servings : MISOS
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Double-crossed? : XDIN
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Fraternity house cry : LETSPARTY
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Map phrase ... and a hint to finding this week's final answer : XMARKSTHESPOT
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Rourke's co-star in "The Wrestler" : TOMEI
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Greek goddess of peace : IRENE
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Leche drinkers : NENES
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What you will? : ASSET
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Certain character set ... and a hint to translating this week's final answer : ALPHANUMERICS
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They're easily caught : COLDS
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Ear-related : OTIC
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Lift things? : SKIS
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Sassiness, slangily : TUDE
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Spring fall : RAIN
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Bathroom brand : ORALB
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1977 PBS sensation : ICLAUDIUS
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Pair of hearts? : ATRIA
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Trumpeter Jones : THAD
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What a soldier may be at? : EASE
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Heads of some towns in Quebec?: Abbr. : STES
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___ Pueblo (Unesco World Heritage site) : TAOS
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Half of a cigarette? : BENSON
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Cuts down : PARES
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A little off : INAPT
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Fast ___ : EDDIE
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Ceiling support : JOIST
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Black-and-white creature : PANDA
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Skip it : ROPE
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Black-and-white creature : ORCA
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Some N.F.L. workers : EMTS
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Do something polite : RSVP
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Thrust provider : OAR

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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