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New York Times, Thursday, October 5, 2017

Uplifting remake of a 1980 Donald Sutherland/Mary Tyler Moore film?

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 118 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Four "uplifting remakes," movies with "average" modifiers upgraded into "outstanding." "Ordinary People" to SPECIAL PEOPLE, "The Kids ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times10/5/17 ( No. 24,803 )
Across
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Blender button : WHIP
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"Madly for ___" (1952 campaign slogan) : ADLAI
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Think piece? : BEAN
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The Gaels of the N.C.A.A. : IONA
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Pretend : FEIGN
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Emmy winner Gunn of "Breaking Bad" : ANNA
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Having trouble deciding : TORN
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Noodle dish : RAMEN
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Bygone Fords : LTDS
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Uplifting remake of a 1980 Donald Sutherland/Mary Tyler Moore film? : SPECIALPEOPLE
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Foreman foe : ALI
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Bud rival : COORS
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Uplifting remake of a 2010 Annette Bening/Julianne Moore film? : THEKIDSARESUPER
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"Walk Away ___" (1966 top 10 hit) : RENEE
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Prohibition enforcer, informally : TMAN
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Have second thoughts about : RUE
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Birthplace of the tango: Abbr. : ARG
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Big name in dishes : DIRECTV
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Spleen : IRE
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Bucolic setting : LEA
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Mecca's holy Kaaba, e.g. : CUBE
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:-( : IMSAD
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Uplifting remake of a 1997 Jack Nicholson/Helen Hunt film? : ASGREATASITGETS
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Long : YEARN
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Subject of a 10-part 2017 Ken Burns documentary on PBS, for short : NAM
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Uplifting remake of a 1964 Audrey Hepburn/Rex Harrison film? : MYAWESOMELADY
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Wooley with the 1958 #1 hit "The Purple People Eater" : SHEB
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Bakery draw : AROMA
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Nastase of tennis fame : ILIE
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Big Island coffee : KONA
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Indigenous Canadian : INUIT
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Store sign : OPEN
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Envelope abbr. : ATTN
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Rich dessert : TORTE
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"Even Homer ___" (old saying) : NODS
Down
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Mental acuity : WITS
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Free throw target : HOOP
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About : INRE
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Flatten : PANCAKE
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Lily-livered : AFRAID
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"You're on!" : DEAL
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Like thoroughly cooked pasta : LIMP
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Jon who wrote and illustrated "Palindromania!" : AGEE
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Naïf : INNOCENT
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Cat played by Jane Fonda : BALLOU
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Fictional ship on a five-year mission : ENTERPRISE
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"What happened next?" : AND
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"Hip Hop Is Dead" rapper : NAS
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Lead-in to "So sue me" : ILIED
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> 0: Abbr. : POS
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Artist who went dotty? : SEURAT
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Carefree syllables : TRALA
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Inquisition infraction : HERESY
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Move like Jagger : STRUT
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Slide presentation? : AMEBA
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Beats quickly, in a way : RACES
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Oboes and such : REEDS
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"No rush" : ICANWAIT
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Curriculum ___ : VITAE
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Iconic movie studio symbol : MGMLION
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Popular shades brand : RAYBAN
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A good one is under 3.00, for short : ERA
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Con : INMATE
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Puzzlemaker Rubik : ERNO
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Whiskey drink : SOUR
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Drop : OMIT
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Purina One alternative : ALPO
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Stopped working : DIED
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Longings : YENS
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Reggae forerunner : SKA
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Flying off the shelves : HOT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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