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New York Times, Sunday, October 30, 2016

Author:
Caleb Madison
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Caleb Madison

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Madison. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Listing of code names for MAC OPERATING SYSTEMS. Although Caleb only gives us a subset (Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra are the three most recent ones), it's nice that he grabbed the ... read more

Listing of code names for MAC OPERATING SYSTEMS. Although Caleb only gives us a subset (Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra are the three most recent ones), it's nice that he grabbed the subset that are types of big cat. Not quite the full subset, in that Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard aren't in there, but since there's plain old LION and LEOPARD, we'll call it good.

I liked some of the theme phrases more than others. LEOPARD PRINT is a great one, TIGER LILY disguises TIGER a little, and I enjoyed seeing the full JAGUAR XKE instead of the usual XKE used as crossword glue. That -RXKE ending is so awesomely weird looking.

PUMA SNEAKERS, on the other hand, felt like a phrase made up to fit the theme. And I'm sure there are diehard CHEETAH GIRL fans, but I wonder if they've achieved staying power, or if they've faded into obscurity?

For those not familiar with the GENIUS BAR, it's that place in the back of Apple stores where people under the age of 20 charge you hundreds of dollars to tell you your computer is broken. Zing! No seriously, they do a good job. (If an expensive one.) I didn't like having this as a piece of fill, as it muddied things up. It's not theme … but it sure smelled like it. Also, crossing I BAR felt iffy as a duplication.

Some nice bonuses, TEAM JACOB referring to the "Twilight" series. I kind of want to know if TEAM JACOB or Team Edward won … but not enough to slog through the mire of the books. (Don't kill me, Twihards!)

LARP (live action role-playing game) was fun, too. Jogging through a Seattle park past a guy hiding behind a tree dressed in full medieval armor wielding a wooden sword … I picked up my pace.

Not a fan of the HEMO, SOCIO, ESTE, OLEO, plural AMINOS, etc. kind of glue. Just shows how hard it is to put together a Sunday 140-word puzzle, given Caleb's high level of skill.

Caleb pushed the envelope as the editor of the now defunct Buzzfeed crossword, so I was hoping for something a little more when I saw his byline.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1030 ( 24,463 )
Across
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One talking on the phone, nowadays? : SIRI
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Numerical prefix : OCTA
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Glitz : GLAM
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Coronas, e.g. : CIGARS
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What sweet gestures may mean : ALOT
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Whitman sampler? : POEM
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Like sardines : OILY
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The princess in "The Princess Diaries" : AMELIA
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"Fine, see if I care!" : BETHATWAY
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Banned pollutants : PCBS
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With reason : SANELY
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Reading comics, doing crosswords, etc. : ESCAPISM
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*2000s group with three eponymous Disney Channel films, with "the" : CHEETAHGIRLS
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U.S.C.G. rank : CPO
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Woman of whom it's begged "Please don't take my man," in a 1973 hit : JOLENE
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Place : LIEU
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*Athletic footwear once promoted by Pelé : PUMASNEAKERS
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Bled : RAN
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Bo'sun for Captain Hook : SMEE
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Soon enough : ANON
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Prefix with -pathy : SOCIO
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School in Berkshire : ETON
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Shelf supports : LBARS
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Set (against) : PIT
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Result of Québec's vote to leave Canada : NON
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Event code-named Operation Neptune : DDAY
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Endure, in an expression : BEARIT
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B flat equivalent : ASHARP
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Lie on the beach : BAKE
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*Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made" : JAGUARXKE
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Make sense of : SORTOUT
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Lush : WINO
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Acronym for an outdoor fantasy game : LARP
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Things found at the starts of the answers to the six starred clues : MACOPERATINGSYSTEMS
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Get bored (of) : TIRE
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Prefix with -stat : HEMO
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Not go home by curfew : STAYOUT
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*Showy orange bloom : TIGERLILY
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Artist Magritte : RENE
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Chest bones : STERNA
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Some acids : AMINOS
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Fantasy creatures : ORCS
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Band with the 1991 #1 hit "Unbelievable" : EMF
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Like nonprescription meds : OTC
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Colt 45 brewer : PABST
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Home to Hernando : CASA
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American ___ : SAMOA
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Start of many congregation names : BNAI
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Suit : EXEC
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Woodrow Wilson was the only U.S. prez to have one : PHD
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*Something spotted on a runway? : LEOPARDPRINT
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Margarine : OLEO
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Axis foe : ALLIES
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When sung five times, a 1974 Rolling Stones hit : DOO
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*1968 Peter O'Toole drama, with "The" : LIONINWINTER
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1998 Faith Hill hit that describes "perpetual bliss" : THISKISS
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Cold-weather conveyance : SNOCAT
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Part of P.S.U.: Abbr. : UNIV
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Annual California music festival : COACHELLA
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Symbol of wisdom : ATHENA
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Small change : DIME
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"I'll take care of that" : ONIT
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Employments : USES
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Threw out : TOSSED
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In view : SEEN
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Comes together : GELS
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Football gear : PADS
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Kemo ___ : SABE
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Corsica et d'autres : ILES
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Recruiting org. : ROTC
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Odysseus, by birth : ITHACAN
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Possible paths : OPTIONS
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Faction in "Twilight" fandom : TEAMJACOB
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Funny Schumer : AMY
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Minnesota athlete : GOPHER
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Able to practice, say : LICENSED
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Pulitzer-winning Edward : ALBEE
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Best-selling PC game before The Sims : MYST
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Convert chips to money : CASHIN
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X-ray, e.g. : IMAGE
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Tech help station : GENIUSBAR
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Streamlet : RILL
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"Goes" : SAYS
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Tinder and others : APPS
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Miss ___ (late TV psychic) : CLEO
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Astronaut Shepard : ALAN
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U.S. base site in the Pacific : OKINAWA
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Half of a 1960s pop group : PAPAS
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Popular sleep aid : UNISOM
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Godzilla foe : MOTHRA
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Ages and ages : EON
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Prince and others : ROYALS
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Who said "Revolutions are the locomotives of history" : MARX
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Composer Satie : ERIK
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Dirección geográfica : ESTE
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___ Boston (luxury hotel) : TAJ
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Eagerly seized : LEAPTAT
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One side of the climate change debate : DENIERS
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Pops : BURSTS
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J.F.K. tower grp. : ATC
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Plant malady caused by overwatering : ROOTROT
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Teacher's head count : PUPILS
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Familiar folks : KITH
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Target audience of Out magazine : GAYS
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Actress Polo : TERI
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"Don't quit ___ now!" : ONME
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Browser button : RELOAD
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Assess : EYE
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Angel who visited Joseph Smith : MORONI
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Tailor's need : TAPE
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1000, 1500 and 2000: Abbr. : YRS
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Best Supporting Actress nominee for "Birdman" : EMMASTONE
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Pro : FOR
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Setting for a sunset on the Seine : SOIR
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Rehab attendees : ADDICTS
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Split : BROKEUP
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The fingers of a hand, e.g. : PENTAD
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One plus one? : ELEVEN
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Fancy-schmancy : POSH
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Actress Balaban : LIANE
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Hit musical with the song "N.Y.C." : ANNIE
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Exam with logic games, briefly : LSAT
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Digging : INTO
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Sounds after a magic trick : OOHS
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Some contraceptive devices : IUDS
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Loudly acclaim : HAIL
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"___, She Wolf of the SS" (1975 cult film) : ILSA
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Cold-weather conveyance : SLED
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Lip : SASS
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Part of a wheel : COG

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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