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ESCAPE ROOM

New York Times, Sunday, November 11, 2018

Author:
Eric Berlin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Eric Berlin

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 70 Missing: {FQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Berlin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CROSSWORD CONTEST
This crossword represents an escape room, with four articles you'll need hidden inside. After you complete the grid, follow the directions at 41-, 70- and 99-Across to find what to do next. Working correctly will lead you to a four-word phrase with a total of 12 letters. That is your answer.
When you have it, send it by email to: crosswordcontest@nytimes.com. Twenty-five correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Nov. 13, will receive copies of The New York Times Crossword Puzzles 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar, from Andrews McMeel. Only one entry per person. The answer and contest solution will appear next week. The winners' names will appear in the issue of Dec. 2.
Jeff Chen notes:
My first escape room experience involved a former MBA classmate standing over me and my brother, yelling 'SOLVE IT, SOLVE IT FASTER, SOLVE IT NOW OR WE AREN'T GOING TO ESCAPE!' My ... read more

My first escape room experience involved a former MBA classmate standing over me and my brother, yelling "SOLVE IT, SOLVE IT FASTER, SOLVE IT NOW OR WE AREN'T GOING TO ESCAPE!"

My escape room experiences since then have gotten remarkably better.

There's something so alluring about having a fixed amount of time to get out, just you and your teammates' collective wits as your only tools.

Good luck to all who enter today's contest! (We've hidden the solution grid, to be revealed after the contest ends.) I can't emphasize enough how pleased I am to see another NYT crossword contest. They're such fantastic tools in engaging existing solvers even further, as well as drawing in new solvers too. Who doesn't love winning things?

I worry that the NYT has lost out on huge untapped potential here, with the WSJ and especially Matt Gaffney doing an amazing job of building a rabidly dedicated base of meta solvers. Thankfully though, it's never too late. I'm hoping that we see many, many more contests from the NYT going forward. How about a regular monthly feature, Will?

Jim Horne notes:
Now that the contest is over, we can reveal the answer. The rebus squares have KEY in one direction, and a single letter in the other. Collecting those four single letters, we get A, T, W ... read more

Now that the contest is over, we can reveal the answer. The rebus squares have KEY in one direction, and a single letter in the other. Collecting those four single letters, we get A, T, W and Y. Placing them in the correct corners and reading the updated Down words gives us YOU ARE OUT NOW.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1111 ( 25,205 )
Across
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Shakespearean father of three : LEAR
5
"I agree!" : AMEN
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Enjoys the sun : BASKS
14
Pants material : CHINO
19
Approximately : ORSO
20
Sycophant : LACKEY
21
Earth tone : OCHRE
22
Movie with a shootout at high noon, maybe : OATER
23
___ Major : URSA
24
Band bookings : GIGS
25
Outside the city : RURAL
26
Any member of Abba : SWEDE
27
Automotive debut of 1957 : EDSEL
29
Some univ. hirees : TAS
31
Turkish inn : IMARET
33
Horror writer Peter : STRAUB
35
Stole, in slang : PINCHED
37
Cold treat : ICEPOP
41
What's needed in order to escape this crossword : LETTERSONTHEKEYS
44
Sandwich loaf : RYE
45
Pitcher Hershiser : OREL
46
Declares to be true : ATTESTS
47
Indie rocker with the 2009 #3 album "Middle Cyclone" : NEKOCASE
50
Not doing well : BADAT
52
A snap : EASY
53
___ jure (law phrase) : IPSO
55
Tobacconist ___ Sherman : NAT
56
Virtuous ones : SAINTS
58
N.Y.C. subway org. : MTA
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Words of denial : WASNTME
63
Round fig. : SPH
66
A little, musically : POCO
67
Charcuterie stock : MEATS
69
Lycées, e.g. : ECOLES
70
What to do with the items referenced in 41-Across : PLACETHEMINTHECORNERS
74
Natural light display : AURORA
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Move smoothly to the next thing : SEGUE
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Great ___ : DANE
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Billy ___ Williams : DEE
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Like Russia prior to 1917 : TSARIST
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One of a couple : MRS
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Neon and others : GASSES
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Apollo, to Zeus : SON
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Offshore : ASEA
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Possesses, to the Bard : HATH
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Kind of battery : NICAD
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Final desperate effort : LASTGASP
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Tickle the ___ : IVORIES
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Prefix on some first-aid products : MEDI
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"___ had it!" : IVE
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After following the instructions at 70-Across, how to escape this puzzle : READNEWDOWNWORDS
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Not as much : LESSSO
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Ratings pioneer : NIELSEN
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Edmonton athletes : OILERS
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"Fine with me" : OKEYDOKE
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German name component, often : VON
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Uncool one : DWEEB
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Unconventional : OUTRE
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James of the West : JESSE
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"Just foolin'" : IKID
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Algerian port : ORAN
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Get together : UNITE
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"Give it ___!" : AREST
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Verdi soprano : AIDA
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Grp. founded by 12 countries : NATO
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Luau, basically : ROAST
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Brothers' name in R&B : ISLEY
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Symbol of fire prevention : SMOKEY
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Vehicle that requires no fuel : SLED
Down
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Name one can "skip to" : LOU
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Goof : ERR
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Confidently said : ASSERTED
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Pre-GPS staple : ROADATLAS
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Subject with variables : ALGEBRA
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Daily ___ (British paper) : MAIL
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Part of some physicals: Abbr. : ECG
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Attribute of many political ads : NASTINESS
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Soup with a red color : BORSCHT
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Prefix with pressure : ACU
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React with fear or delight : SHRIEK
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Ralph and Alice, on old TV : KRAMDENS
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Actress Ward : SELA
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Trig function : COSEC
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Native Iowan : HAWKEYE
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Citizen of: Suffix : ITE
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Actor Beatty : NED
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It's mined, all mined! : ORE
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Common middle name for girls : SUE
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Constantly fidgeting, say : ANTSY
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Game with 42 territory cards : RISK
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Slovenly type : SLOB
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Prefix with byte : TERA
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"Famous ___" (slogan on Idaho license plates) : POTATOES
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Pause : HESITATE
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Went on and on : PRATTLED
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Yiddish cries : OYS
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Second of April? : PEE
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Wretched smell : STENCH
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"Hey! That hurts!" : YEOW
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Kind of Hollywood romance : ONSCREEN
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Literary scholars debate what's in it : CANON
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Getting to the point? : TAPERING
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Solution to a maze : PATH
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Specks : IOTAS
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They might drop down : MENUS
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Almost forever : AEONS
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Nothing more than : MERE
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Latin 101 word : ESSE
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Petty disagreement : SPAT
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Also : PLUS
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Beleaguers : HARASSES
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Horrible headache : MIGRAINE
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Anesthesiologist's concern : SEDATION
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"The Bridge at Narni" painter : COROT
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Internet sensation : MEME
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Nut whose name sounds like a sneeze : CASHEW
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Shock, in a way : TASE
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Flowering evergreen shrubs : GARDENIAS
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Bucks : SIMOLEONS
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Administrants of corporal punishment : SPANKERS
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"Can you explain that further?" : HOWSO
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Requiring intellect : CEREBRAL
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It might end in a ZIP code: Abbr. : ADDR
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Ph.D. requirement: Abbr. : DISS
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Tiny "tiny" : LIL
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Forum greeting : AVE
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Former Yankee nickname : AROD
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Soft and smooth : VELVETY
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Happy wintertime news for schoolkids : SNOWDAY
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Semi fuel : DIESEL
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Golfer Michelle : WIE
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Kinds : SORTS
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"Awesome!" : SWEET
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California city north of Ventura : OJAI
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Mythical queen of Carthage : DIDO
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Your and my : OUR
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It has a big deck : UNO
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Aunt: Sp. : TIA
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Toledo-to-Columbus dir. : SSE
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A Kardashian : KIM
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Dined : ATE
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Silent approval : NOD

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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