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HOW SWEET IT IS!

New York Times, Sunday, October 27, 2019

Pattern once used for hospital volunteer uniforms, with a hint to this puzzle's theme

Author:
Michael Paleos
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Paleos. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Michael Paleos, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., is chief of staff at a major investment bank. He started solving crosswords at a young age, but only got hooked on them after discovering the archive ... read more
Michael Paleos notes:
Hi again, Crossworld! Excited to be back with a second puzzle, and especially psyched to publish my first Sunday. Very sweet, indeed. This puzzle started as a 15x15 weekday puzzle, where I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat visual, CANDY STRIPEs throughout the puzzle. I hope the NYT prints the background of the theme squares in red — the Sunday Magazine has such potential to employ color. I liked that ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times10/27/19 ( No. 25,555 )
Across
1
Iraq War concern, in brief : WMD
4
An earl outranks him : BARON
9
Billiards maneuver : MASSE
14
Exclaim "@#%!" : SWEAR
19
Tilling tool : HOE
20
QB defenders, collectively : OLINE
21
Relating to a certain arm bone : ULNAR
22
___ Kenyatta, president of Kenya starting in 2013 : UHURU
23
Something set by a stove : OVENTIMER
25
Year of the final flight of the Concordes : MMIII
26
French-speaking African nation : GABON
27
Eyedropper, essentially : PIPETTE
28
Submission to a record label, once : DEMOCD
30
Rodeo loop : LARIAT
31
Accessory with a bass drum : PEDAL
32
Major fuss : STINK
33
Wedding bands? : GARTERS
34
Way out there : ESOTERIC
38
Hand over : CEDE
39
Take a mulligan on : REDO
40
"<<" button: Abbr. : REW
41
Ricochet like a hockey puck : CAROM
43
To a certain extent, colloquially : SORTA
45
Ad phrase indicating higher pricing tiers : ANDUP
49
Amtrak stop: Abbr. : STN
50
Infomercial imperative : ACTNOW
52
Pill bug, biologically : ISOPOD
54
Intake suggestion, briefly : RDA
55
Unlock, to Shakespeare : OPE
56
Third-longest river in Europe, after the Volga and Danube : URAL
58
Tear to shreds : REND
59
Partner of 46-Down in the frozen food business : EDY
60
Brown seaweeds : KELPS
63
U.S. island owned almost entirely by billionaire Larry Ellison : LANAI
65
Manic-looking, in a way : CRAZYEYED
67
Neutral response from a therapist : ISEE
68
Pattern once used for hospital volunteer uniforms, with a hint to this puzzle's theme : CANDYSTRIPE
70
Loser of a beauty contest, in myth : HERA
71
Birds known to mimic car alarms and human speech : STARLINGS
73
Graduate's "honor" : LAUDE
74
Carousel mount, to a tot : HORSY
75
Mark of a scam artist : SAP
76
Hooked on : INTO
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Laura of "Big Little Lies" : DERN
78
Emulate Johnny Appleseed : SOW
79
H, to Hellenes : ETA
80
"Ya dig?," in more modern slang : FEELME
82
Get up in the face of : ACCOST
85
Emma Stone's role in "La La Land" : MIA
88
Protagonist in Toni Morrison's "Beloved" : SETHE
90
Skate park features : RAILS
92
Place for regulars : HAUNT
93
Handel's "___, Galatea e Polifemo" : ACI
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Glenn Frey's "The Heat ___" : ISON
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Bad thing to come up in a title search : LIEN
98
Total failure : DISASTER
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Important members of the community, so to speak : PILLARS
103
Where menisci are found : KNEES
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What socks usually do : MATCH
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Bitter green : ENDIVE
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Regards covetously : EYESUP
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Display piece for tchotchkes : ETAGERE
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Virtual sticky : ENOTE
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Battling it out : ATWAR
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Boondocks : RURALAREA
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One of 11 in a Christmas carol : PIPER
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Provide an address : ORATE
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French novelist Zola : EMILE
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Bit : TAD
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Company that once offered "the Thrift Book of a Nation" : SEARS
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Excited, with "up" : KEYED
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Foil alternatives : EPEES
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Meditative syllables : OMS
Down
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Big fat lies : WHOPPERS
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Where you might need to get a grip : MOVIESET
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In one's heart of hearts : DEEPDOWN
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Pop covers : BOTTLECAPS
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Stopped a flight : ALIT
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Frosty encrustation : RIME
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Its square equals its square root : ONE
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Types who think school is too cool : NERDS
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They're kept under wraps for a long time : MUMMIES
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Nut extract used in skin care : ALMONDOIL
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Derisive chuckles : SNICKERS
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Didn't just hint at : SAID
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Verdi's "___ tu" : ERI
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Gold digger's goldmine : SUGARDADDY
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Alma mater of Tesla's Elon Musk : WHARTON
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Jazzman Blake : EUBIE
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Like a crowd when the headliner takes the stage : AROAR
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Pipsqueaks : RUNTS
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Like some servings of Scotch : NEAT
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"You get the idea" : ETC
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New Guinea port that was Amelia Earhart's last known point of departure : LAE
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Large, purple Hanna-Barbera character : GRAPEAPE
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Campaign ... or a campaign topic : RACE
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Original N.Y.C. subway line : IRT
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Non-pro : CON
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Heaps : MOUNDS
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Steamy : TORRID
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Partner of 59-Across in the frozen food business : DREYER
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Dairy sources : UDDERS
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Biweekly occurrence, for many : PAYDAY
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Actress Fay of the original "King Kong" : WRAY
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Neuf + deux : ONZE
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Abbr. between * and # : OPER
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Separation at a wedding? : AISLE
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What x's sometimes represent : KISSES
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Executor's charge : ESTATE
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Pounce on, as an opportunity : LEAPAT
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The "two" in "two if by sea" : LANTERNS
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Portuguese-speaking African nation : ANGOLA
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What lettuce lends to a sandwich : CRUNCH
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Popular D.I.Y. site : EHOW
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Endeavor recognized by the César awards : CINE
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Reid of "The Big Lebowski" : TARA
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They come through when you need them most : LIFESAVERS
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Total stunners : HOTTAMALES
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Sketch out : DELINEATE
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W-2 IDs : SSNS
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Its closest neighbor is Andromeda : MILKYWAY
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Mr. Wrong : CAD
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All-vowel avowal : OUI
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Carry some relevance for : MATTERTO
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Mode, on a menu : ICECREAM
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Scatterbrains : AIRHEADS
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Neon marker : HILITER
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Is blinded by rage : SEESRED
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Cent : euro :: ___ : krona : ORE
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Modern, in Munich : NEU
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Epic narrative : SAGA
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Tiny objections : PEEPS
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What many a navel-gazer gazes at : INNIE
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Treatment for Parkinson's : LDOPA
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Jag : SPREE
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Word repeated in "___ ou ne pas ___" : ETRE
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Lake bordered by four states and a province : ERIE
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Yarn : TALE
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Just ducky : AOK
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Person who might call you out : UMP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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