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RIGHT ON, RIGHT ON!

New York Times, Sunday, November 22, 2015

It might follow a showstopping performance, in modern lingo

Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 73 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Donaldson. This is puzzle # 45 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
SAM: I like collaborating with Jeff because he thinks through every detail of a puzzle throughout the construction. It's as if his mantra is "How can we make this better?" JEFF: What can I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Sam Donaldson is the man. Excuse me — The Man. (Whichever is the good one.) We finalized the last revisions for this puzzle during the 2015 ACPT, where Sam provided no end of entertainment ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times11/22/15 ( No. 24,120 )
Across
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Big gasbag? : BLIMP
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Sex therapy subject : LIBIDO
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Rap : HIPHOP
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Cat and mouse : ANIMALS
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First name among celebrity chefs : EMERIL
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Achieve widespread recognition : ARRIVE
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Warrior who follows "the way of the warrior" : SAMURAI
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Charged (with) : TASKED
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Part of a mob : RIOTER
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Threshold of major change : TIPPINGPOINT
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Heroic deeds : GESTS
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Eritrea's capital : ASMARA
29
Small body of medical research : NANOBOT
31
Jack in the box, once? : PAAR
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Attempt to debug? : SWAT
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Soundly defeat, informally : SMOKE
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Arthur Conan Doyle title : SIR
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Catchphrase from "Jerry Maguire" : SHOWMETHEMONEY
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Actress Larter of "Heroes" : ALI
43
A little light : PALISH
45
Homer's neighbor on "The Simpsons" : NED
47
___ facto : IPSO
48
Winnie-the-Pooh greeting : HALLO
50
Jet black : ONYX
51
Like Nahuatl speakers : AZTECAN
54
Puffs : SWELLS
56
"31 Days of Oscar" channel : TCM
57
Hail or farewell : AVE
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Crocodile tail? : DUNDEE
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Latin lover's word : AMO
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Dance class : TAP
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They sit for six yrs. : SENS
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Was a victim of price gouging : PAIDTHROUGHTHENOSE
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___ Lilly and Company : ELI
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Struggles (through) : WADES
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Dweller along the Wasatch Range : UTAHN
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"That's lovely!" : OOH
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Rush to beat a deadline : RACEAGAINSTTIME
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Not aweather : ALEE
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Penultimate countdown word : ONE
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Messenger ___ : RNA
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One of the Golden Girls of 1980s-'90s TV : SOPHIA
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Nonexpert : LAY
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Cubs' home : DEN
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Surrounded by : AMIDST
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Danced to Xavier Cugat, say : RUMBAED
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"Supposing that's true ..." : IFSO
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Modern spelling? : WICCA
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Madame's "mine" : AMOI
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Sites for R.N.s and M.D.s : ERS
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Skedaddles : SCOOTS
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Prince's inits. : HRH
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Mark that's hard to hit : MOVINGTARGET
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Red Cross work : AID
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Where to find some ham : ONRYE
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"___ in Calico" (jazz classic) : AGAL
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It makes flakes : MICA
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Biceps exercise : ARMCURL
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Steamed dish that may be prepared in an olla : TAMALE
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Rapper né Andre Young : DRDRE
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British pool stick : SNOOKERCUE
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Fort ___ National Monument : SUMTER
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They'll make you blush : ROUGES
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Reindeer relative : CARIBOU
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"That makes sense now" : IGETIT
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Early Mexicans : OLMECS
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Up : ELEVATE
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Businesswoman/philanthropist ___ Heinz Kerry : TERESA
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Auto identifiers : PLATES
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Launch dates : DDAYS
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Sons of, in Hebrew : BNAI
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Drooping : LIMP
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Exasperated cry in the morning : IMUP
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"A Few Good Men" men : MARINES
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First option : PLANA
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Rented : LET
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Last stage of metamorphosis : IMAGO
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Dogs : BESETS
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Rankles : IRKS
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Coke Zero, for one : DIETPOP
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"Every dog has his day" and others : OLDSAWS
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Zimbabwe's capital : HARARE
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It's in the eye of the beholder : IRIS
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Formal occasions : PROMS
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Be unable to make further progress : HITAWALL
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Part of a Mario Brothers costume : OVERALLS
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Equity valuation stat : PERATIO
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Prince Edward Isl. setting : AST
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Talks with one's hands : SIGNS
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Exact : RIGHTONPOINT
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Newfoundland or Labrador : BREED
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Singer Tori : AMOS
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Weight room figure : SPOTTER
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Board game popular throughout Africa : MANCALA
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___ Games : OLYMPIC
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Puffed-grain cereal : KIX
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Language that gave us "bungalow" and "guru" : HINDI
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Really enjoy oneself : HAVEAGAS
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Intimate apparel size bigger than C : DCUP
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Jesus on a diamond : ALOU
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Site of King Rudolf's imprisonment, in fiction : ZENDA
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Santa ___ : ANA
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Sour candy brand : WARHEADS
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Nile River spanner : ASWANDAM
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Typical end of a professor's address? : EDU
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___ Place (Butch and Sundance companion) : ETTA
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Six, in Seville : SEIS
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Berry of "Monster's Ball" : HALLE
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Beneficial to : GOODFOR
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The best policy, supposedly : HONESTY
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Winter-related commercial prefix : SNO
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Hoffer or Holder : ERIC
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Green garnish : SPRIG
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Two past Tue. : THU
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Exact : RIGHTONTIME
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President Garfield's middle name : ABRAM
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Tire pressure indicator : AIRGAUGE
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"Let's Get It Started" rapper : MCHAMMER
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"Rikki-Tikki-___" : TAVI
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Reebok competitor : ASICS
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"Positively Entertaining" network : ION
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Thingamajig : WHATSIT
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It might follow a showstopping performance, in modern lingo : MICDROP
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Hot : ONAROLL
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Not black-and-white : COLORED
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Code of silence : OMERTA
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Conehead : DUNCE
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Caffè ___ : LATTE
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Sports star-turned-model Gabrielle : REECE
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Author Dahl : ROALD
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They go around heads around Diamond Head : LEIS
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Russian legislature : DUMA
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Big name in microloans : KIVA
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Subject of the 2002 book "The Perfect Store" : EBAY
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Turns bad : ROTS
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Exact : RIGHTONCUE
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Draft org. : SSS

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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