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Winners' Circle

New York Times, Sunday, October 26, 2014

Product once pitched by Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey

Author:
Caleb Emmons
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 80 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Emmons.
Notepad: When this puzzle is completed, the eight circled letters, starting in the upper left and proceeding roughly clockwise, will spell an appropriate word... or a different appropriate word.
Caleb Emmons notes:
I had been knocking around the idea of having some theme answers "override" others for quite awhile before I came up with the idea of using famous matchups from history and popular ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's pretty rare that I see a new type of theme I don't remember seeing before, and today's concept gave me a great big smile. There have been a lot of Schrödingers now as well as pairs of ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times10/26/14 ( No. 23,728 )
Across
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Boors : SCHLUBS
8
Latin dances : SALSAS
14
Opponent of 14-Down, in sports : ALI
17
Park place : PLAYAREA
18
Woodworker's vise : CCLAMP
19
Flip ___ : ACOIN
21
Opponent of 3-Down, in Greek myth : HERCULES
22
Opponent of 9-Down, in classical literature : HECTOR
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Certain marked-down item: Abbr. : IRREG
24
Like court testimony : SWORN
25
Product once pitched by Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey : PEPSI
27
Where some "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" is done : INATREE
29
Least taut : SLACKEST
31
The "L" of "A = L x W" : LENGTH
33
Mexico City sight : SMOG
36
Any ship : HER
37
Banjoist Fleck : BELA
39
Steep slope : ESCARP
41
March birthstone, traditionally : JASPER
45
"Siegfried," e.g. : OPERA
47
Yellow diner packet : SPLENDA
48
Cue user, maybe : ACTOR
49
Google ___ : GLASS
51
Opponent of 28-Down, in comics : BATMAN
53
Martial artist Jackie : CHAN
54
Animal also known as a hog-nosed coon : COATI
55
"___ sûr" ("Of course": Fr.) : BIEN
56
Mouth, slangily : TRAP
60
Opponent of 49-Down, in film : KINGKONG
62
18 or 21 : LEGALAGE
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NPR's Shapiro : ARI
67
It may be taken from the neck of a superhero : PEZ
68
Red topper : FEZ
69
Snaps : FOTOS
70
Rough track condition : MUD
71
Baja aunt : TIA
72
Female gametes : OVA
73
A case might be made for one : CRIMINAL
75
Relative of neo-soul : ACIDJAZZ
77
Challenge : TEST
79
Hatfields or McCoys : CLAN
80
"What ___?" (Mark Twain essay) : ISMAN
82
The works : ATOZ
83
Unusual diacritic used in Portuguese : OTILDE
85
Jack on "24" : BAUER
86
Long-distance swimmer Nyad : DIANA
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Lila ___, Oscar winner for "Zorba the Greek" : KEDROVA
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Opponent of 64-Down, in the Bible : DAVID
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Brackish water locales : DELTAS
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Missouri tributary : PLATTE
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Chirpy greeting : HIHO
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Knot : TIE
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Opponent of 78-Down, in fable : HARE
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Cousin of ibid. : LOCCIT
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Opponent of 86-Down, in games : KASPAROV
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Ornamental pond feature : LILYPAD
108
Tickle : AMUSE
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Pasta seasoner : BASIL
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Rear : RAISE
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Where to emulate the locals, it's said : INROME
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English city where the Magna Carta originated : STALBANS
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Take over : ANNEX
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Ideal world : UTOPIA
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Soothed : ASSUAGED
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Part of a clown outfit : WIG
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Second : MOMENT
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X's : DELETES
Down
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A whole lot : SLEWS
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Wassail : CAROL
3
See 21-Across : HYDRA
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Part of many a silo : LAUNCHER
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Address letters : URL
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Obsolescent summoner : BEEPER
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Postpaid encls. : SASES
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The 12 of the Pac-12: Abbr. : SCHS
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See 22-Across : ACHILLES
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Inc.'s cousin : LLC
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Subbed (for) : SATIN
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___ friends : AMONG
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Sardinelike fish : SPRAT
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See 14-Across : FOREMAN
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Sleep (with) : LIE
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Dutch financial giant : ING
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Acidity measures, informally : PHS
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Diver's supply : AIR
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The ___ City (New Orleans) : CRESCENT
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W.W. II craft : PTBOAT
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See 51-Across : THEPENGUIN
30
Prefix with plunk : KER
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Wave catcher? : EAR
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Windy City terminal code : ORD
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Collection of marks, for short? : GPA
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Leader of ancient Ephesus? : EPSILON
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'70s radical grp. : SLA
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Good thing to hit : JACKPOT
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Attain : ACHIEVE
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What "America" has four of : STANZAS
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Beer ___ : PONG
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Arafat successor : ABBAS
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Stanley, for one : STEAMCAR
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See 60-Across : GODZILLA
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Be behind : LAG
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Not do well : AIL
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By force : COERCIVELY
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Knock : RATATAT
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Reservation holder? : ARIZONA
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Squares : PIAZZAS
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One of the brands of Yum! Brands : KFC
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What fog might delay, for short : ETA
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See 90-Across : GOLIATH
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Hall-of-Fame outfielder Roush : EDD
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Getting just a slap on the wrist, say : FINED
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Loony : MAD
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___ Zion Church : AME
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Lock up : JAIL
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See 96-Across : TORTOISE
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3 x 3 x 3 container? : SUDOKU
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Day-care attendee : TOT
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Riboflavin, e.g. : BVITAMIN
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See 101-Across : DEEPBLUE
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Autobahn speed meas. : KPH
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She, in Rio : ELA
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Sweetie pie : DARLING
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Tuna often served seared : AHI
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Start of a bear market : DIP
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___ fly : TSETSE
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Vice of Dorian Gray : OPIUM
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"The Divine Comedy" division : CANTO
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Download alternative : CDROM
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Civil war president : ASSAD
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North African capital : RABAT
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Missouri tributary : OSAGE
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Creepers : VINES
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Latin law : LEX
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Essential part : MEAT
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Drug sold in microdots : LSD
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Like some talent and emotions : RAW
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Singer DiFranco : ANI
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Reveal, poetically : OPE
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Form of digital communication?: Abbr. : ASL

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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