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FRAME JOB

New York Times, Sunday, November 1, 2015

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 23 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
Will changed quite a bit of the 88A/93A area, which was also the part I fought the hardest in the filling process. Elsewhere, 26A & 70D have new answers also. I admire those ... read more

Will changed quite a bit of the 88A/93A area, which was also the part I fought the hardest in the filling process. Elsewhere, 26A & 70D have new answers also.

I admire those constructors who go low on Sunday puzzles. I still struggle with 144-word grids for Rich & Patti. I try my best not to waste long slots and avoid those wobbly fill, but sometimes the grid won't cooperate.

Jeff Chen notes:
Jobs 'framing' themers, split so they appear at the beginning and end of the phrase. Nice finds with ACTUARY framing ANIMAL SANCTUARY and BARBER framing BARBARA BOXER. It's cool to see ... read more

Jobs "framing" themers, split so they appear at the beginning and end of the phrase. Nice finds with ACTUARY framing ANIMAL SANCTUARY and BARBER framing BARBARA BOXER. It's cool to see these longish professions at the ends of these in-the-language phrases.

BARBARA BOXER, the boxer from CA. Er, barber. Er, senator!

I always admire C.C.'s inclusion of colorful long fill, and I'm impressed at how many modern entries she chooses. I'm not sure that AMAZON ECHO will last — will it go the way of the AMAZON FIRE phone? — but in Seattle, we hear a lot about what Amazon (and Microsoft and Google) are up to.

WTA TOUR (Women's Tennis Association) isn't as modern, but what a great entry that highlights women's tennis. Serena is such an incredible athlete. SILLY GOOSE isn't modern at all, but it's a fun entry that added to my solve.

At first I thought the shorter professions like MAID and COOK weren't as interesting because the MA___ID or CO___OK patterns are easy to fill. To my surprise, I couldn't find that many on first glance. So kudos for these finds.

Some of the themers felt forced though — PLATE NUMBER and PRIOR ARREST in particular. I see that these are real terms, but they don't feel nearly as zippy as CLEAN AND JERK or MAIL FRAUD. People more write down a "license plate" and talk about "priors," right? I can see a case for PRIOR ARREST, but "he has one prior" seems much more colorful than "he has one prior arrest."

Would have been nice to get a few modern professions, too. Maybe a CODER? A QUANT?

Pretty clean puzzle, although I would like to see C.C. continue to reduce her number of gluey bits like BAR OF, I LET, AS I. REMS and GEDS are pretty awkward plurals too. It's so tough create a super-smooth Sunday 140-word puzzle.

Jim Horne notes:

I love my Amazon Echo. (47 Down)

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1101 ( 24,099 )
Across
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"I've heard enough" : SPAREME
8
Consequences of downsizing : JOBCUTS
15
2014 Emmy-winning miniseries based on a 1996 film : FARGO
20
Relative of a bug : WIRETAP
21
Amu Darya outlet, once : ARALSEA
22
Pop-up, sometimes : ALERT
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No-hunting zone : ANIMALSANCTUARY
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Mete out : ALLOT
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Certifications in some college apps : GEDS
27
Singular : LONE
28
Part of the neck? : FRET
30
Look shocked : GAPE
31
What might result from a minor hit : DENT
32
Longtime California senator : BARBARABOXER
36
Computer data acronym : ASCII
40
Part of the biosphere : FAUNA
42
Flowed : RAN
43
Mt. Olive offerings : DILLS
44
Get tough : HARDEN
45
Cursed : SWOREAT
49
"Helm's ___!" (nautical cry) : ALEE
50
Marsh birds : SORAS
51
World Series of Poker's Vegas home : THERIO
53
Order from a sports doc : MRI
55
Info on a parking ticket : PLATENUMBER
58
Something that doesn't follow the letter of the law? : MAILFRAUD
60
Mars : Roman :: ___ : Norse : TYR
61
Father figures : PAS
62
Expelled politely : LEDOUT
64
L. Frank Baum princess : OZMA
65
Kind of rock : GARAGE
67
Bar mitzvahs, e.g. : RITES
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City from which Vasco da Gama sailed, to locals : LISBOA
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Flower girl? : ROSE
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It might be full of baloney : HOAGIE
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"Try ___ might ..." : ASI
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Taipei-to-Seoul dir. : NNE
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It contains a lot of balloons : COMICBOOK
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Rap sheet entry : PRIORARREST
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Sun Devils' sch. : ASU
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Cooperated with, e.g. : HELPED
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Indie rock band Yo La ___ : TENGO
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The black ball in el juego de billar : OCHO
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Kerry's 2004 running mate : EDWARDS
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"Aha!" : OHISEE
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Capital of Minorca : MAHON
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One-to-one, e.g. : TIE
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Homes for Gila woodpeckers : CACTI
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Boasts : CROWS
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Weightlifting technique : CLEANANDJERK
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Does in : OFFS
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What a pitching wedge provides : LOFT
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Tip of Italy, once? : LIRA
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Catchall abbr. : ETAL
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Google SafeSearch target : SMUT
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Where Rigel is : ORION
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Brazilian tourist destination : COPACABANABEACH
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Algebraic input : VALUE
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Honored academic retiree : EMERITA
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First name in Disney villains : CRUELLA
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Apply : EXERT
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Force under Stalin : REDARMY
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Spousal agreement : YESDEAR
Down
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Goodie bag filler : SWAG
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Long : PINE
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Xeric : ARID
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Sleep stages : REMS
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Delta calculation, briefly : ETA
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"Damage" director Louis : MALLE
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Big name in printers : EPSON
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Primatologist Goodall : JANE
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Tolkien beast : ORC
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Giant image in the sky over Gotham : BAT
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Actor Gulager : CLU
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Andrews or Dover: Abbr. : USAFB
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Tertius planeta from the sun : TERRA
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Leo with the 1977 #1 hit "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" : SAYER
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Evaluator of flight risks, for short : FAA
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Used up : ALLGONE
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"Chill!" : RELAX
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Search blindly : GROPE
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Furry frolicker : OTTER
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Elementary school science class item : ANTFARM
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Distilled coal product : TAROIL
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Put-down : DIS
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Fay Vincent's successor as baseball commissioner : BUDSELIG
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Suffix with hex- : ANE
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Hothead's response : RANT
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___ soap : BAROF
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Follow the advice "When in Rome ..." : ADAPT
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Foolish sort : SILLYGOOSE
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Opaque : CLEARASMUD
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"Before ___ you go ..." : ILET
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Like many OPEC nations : ARAB
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Survey unit : HOUSEHOLD
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Junior in the Football Hall of Fame : SEAU
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Plain to see : WRITLARGE
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Voice-controlled device from the world's largest online retailer : AMAZONECHO
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1998 Jim Carrey comedy/drama, with "The" : TRUMANSHOW
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Minor setback : SNAG
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Managed care grps. : HMOS
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Mrs. McKinley : IDA
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Dump site monitor, for short : EPA
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Fix, as a pool cue : RETIP
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Stick up : ROB
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Lyme disease transmitter : DEERTICK
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Outdoor sports store : REI
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Libertine : RAKE
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Golfer Aoki : ISAO
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What Marcie calls Peppermint Patty in "Peanuts" : SIR
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Home theater option : RCA
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"My mistake!" : OOPS
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Some collars : ETONS
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Macy's, e.g. : CHAIN
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"Stop kidding yourself" : BEREAL
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Hair extension? : IEST
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The tiniest bit : ONEIOTA
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Crowd sound : ROAR
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88-Across + cuatro : DOCE
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Circuit for Serena and Venus Williams, in brief : WTATOUR
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Derisive laugh sound : HAR
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Ones putting on acts : MCS
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Piece of garlic : CLOVE
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Dr. Seuss environmentalist : LORAX
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Paperless I.R.S. option : EFILE
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More charming : NICER
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Suffix with hippo- : DROME
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Teased : JAPED
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Like black-tie affairs : FANCY
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Visible S O S : FLARE
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"Buy it. Sell it. Love it" company : EBAY
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Nut, basically : SEED
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Like father, like son? : MALE
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Home of the David Geffen School of Medicine, for short : UCLA
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"___ she blows!" : THAR
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After deductions : NET
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Parseghian of Notre Dame : ARA
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Street sign abbr. : CIR
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Casino convenience : ATM
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Staple of a rock band tour : BUS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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