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YOU'RE TELLING ME!

New York Times, Sunday, October 4, 2020

114-Across : It's against the rule

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 73 Missing: {VZ} This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Sam Ezersky, 25, is an associate puzzle editor of The New York Times. He sold his first crossword to the paper when he was 17, just before starting his senior year at South Lakes High ... read more
Sam Ezersky notes:
Welp, I hope the puns landed, because I found myself shaking my head with one goofy grin on my face during the brainstorming stages. These were a true delight to come up with! They ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What, no YOU'RE … PUSHING IT for a woman in labor? Okay, that might be pushing it. I appreciated how on point it was for a free throw shooter to be MISSING THE POINT. I used to scoff at ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times10/4/20 ( No. 25,898 )
Across
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Marvel at : ADMIRE
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L.G.B.T.-aligned advocacy group since 1987 : ACTUP
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Occasion to get all gussied up : HOTDATE
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Stroke of good fortune : GODSEND
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Newswoman Sawyer : DIANE
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"You ain't lyin'!" : TRUEDAT
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What the Old English called "Winterfylleth" : OCTOBER
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To a cosmetician: "You're ..." : MAKINGMEBLUSH
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Home to Antilia, the world's most valuable private residence (27 floors, $2.2 billion) : MUMBAI
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Is : EQUALS
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Kind of clef : ALTO
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To a produce vendor near closing time: "You're ..." : OUTOFYOURGOURD
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The "B" in GB : BYTES
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Fisherman's ___ (San Francisco attraction) : WHARF
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Utter nonsense : BLARNEY
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Eyes: Sp. : OJOS
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Feature of a batter that needs more whisking : LUMP
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Wong of stand-up comedy : ALI
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Drive (away) : SHOO
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Laughing matter? : GAS
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Palindromic rulers : SHAHS
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To a bad free throw shooter: "You're ..." : MISSINGTHEPOINT
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All ___ : THAT
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Ruin, as plans : DERAIL
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Crowd noise : ROAR
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Blubbers : BOOHOOS
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The dove's-foot crane's-bill, for instance : FLOWER
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Big seller of animal supplies : PETCO
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To a temp worker: "You're ..." : INFORITNOW
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To a rude driver: "You're ..." : DARNTOOTIN
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Architect Frank : GEHRY
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Sci-fi classic featuring the Three Laws : IROBOT
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Taylor Swift's first #1 country hit, 2007 : OURSONG
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Things stuck in clogs : TOES
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Itching to eat and irritable about it, in slang : HANGRY
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[Leave it] : STET
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With 98-Across, to an aspiring entrepreneur: "You're ..." : ONLYASGOODASTHE
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Friendship : AMITY
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Vim : PEP
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Parts of Twitter profiles : BIOS
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Clicking sound? : AHA
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All over hell's half ___ (everywhere) : ACRE
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Item on a president's lapel : FLAG
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Placing a call : DIALING
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Fishing basket : CREEL
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Apt anagram of MY CAR : CAMRY
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See 76-Across : COMPANYYOUKEEP
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Native speakers of Chiwere : OTOE
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Declined : SAIDNO
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Sips : NURSES
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To anyone who wasn't addressed above: "You're ..." : SOMETHINGELSE
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Vegan latte option : OATMILK
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Kings and queens, maybe : TWOPAIR
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Large chunk of one's final grade, often : EXAMS
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Aspen or Alta : SKIAREA
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It's against the rule : ANARCHY
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Move like a peacock : STRUT
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Big name in nonprofit journalism : APNEWS
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Adele's "Million Years ___" : AGO
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Medic : DOC
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Spring hrs. in Colorado Springs : MDT
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Organism that structurally resembles another organism : ISOMORPH
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Brush off : REBUFF
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"Never interrupt your ___ when he's making a mistake" (old aphorism) : ENEMY
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Four-star figures : ADMIRALS
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Valerie Plame's org. in 2003's Plame affair : CIA
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Go up against : TAKEON
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Sui generis : UNIQUE
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Destitution : PENURY
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Code edited by a webmaster : HTML
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Many end in "-ite" : ORES
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Ice cream purchase : TUB
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"Expect ___" (road sign) : DELAYS
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Warranting an "X," say : ADULT
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Something to do with your buds? : TASTE
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Social climate : ETHOS
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Physician who co-founded A.A., familiarly : DRBOB
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Traipse (about) : GAD
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How some like their café : AULAIT
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Creatures that can have asymmetrical ears, which aid in hunting : OWLS
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"Nah" : UHUH
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Author Janowitz of literature's "brat pack" : TAMA
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Pinot ___ : GRIS
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Cutesy sound accompanying a poke : BOOP
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Greeting when running into someone unexpectedly : OHHI
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Book before Amos : JOEL
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Texas county on the Mexican border : STARR
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Italian painter known for his frescoes : GIOTTO
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Pain relief brand : ANACIN
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How some like their coffee : STRONG
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Floor : STORY
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One of two on the Titanic : MAST
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"Who wants this?" response : IDO
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Makeover result, maybe : NEWDO
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Word stylized with extra R's on some cereal boxes : GREAT
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Some froyo bar toppings : OREOS
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___ polloi : HOI
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Circus venue : BIGTOP
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A ball and a strike, in a baseball count : ONEONE
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Useful : OFHELP
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Toy rocker, in tot-speak : HORSY
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Give up : FORGO
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What might be "love" or "lesbian" in a TV show title : LWORD
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Lead-in to potty : PORTA
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El ___ (weather phenomena) : NINOS
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It's not a lot to jot : NOTE
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Third of seven columns: Abbr. : TUE
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___ hair : BYA
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Earliest-known Chinese dynasty (dating back to 2000 B.C.) : HSIA
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Eagerly excited : AGOG
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Villain in 1998's "Mulan" : SHANYU
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With adroitness : ABLY
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División de la casa : SALA
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Like 0.5-millimeter lead, among popular mechanical pencil options : THINNEST
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Good-looking guy? : MARKSMAN
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Cold treat : ICEE
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Diagram of relationships : TREE
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App with a Reservations feature : YELP
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Newspaper articles and mentions on social media, in brief : FREEPR
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Ducks : DODGES
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"My turn" : IMNEXT
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Electrically balanced, in chemistry : APOLAR
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Sandwiches on pita bread : GYROS
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Pool chalk target : CUETIP
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___ Brava, Spain : COSTA
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Georgia's capital, informally : ATOWN
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Jason who played Khal Drogo on "Game of Thrones" : MOMOA
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The Reds, on scoreboards : CIN
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2020 U.S. Open tennis champ Naomi : OSAKA
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___ Tzu (dog breed) : SHIH
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Like sponge cakes : AIRY
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Middle of a certain three-in-a-row : TAC
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Lone Star State sch. : SMU
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Wrath : IRE
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Man's nickname that omits the "is" at the end : LEW
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___ in kangaroo : KAS

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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