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FOUR-LETTER WORDS

New York Times, Sunday, November 29, 2015

Author:
Alex Vratsanos
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alex Vratsanos

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 69 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Vratsanos. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Vratsanos notes:
Of all my puzzles to date, this is probably the one on which I spent the most time. The original concept goes back to May 2012, inspired by a Mike Nothnagel Thursday that had appeared two ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice idea, taking four words and combining them in different pairs to form longer words. All the cross-referenced clues got tiring for me during the solve, but I did like how rigorous Alex ... read more
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1129 ( 24,127 )
Across
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Key word #1 : OVER
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Plants with intoxicating leaves : COCAS
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Mosque no-no : SHOES
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Key word #2 : HEAD
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Bon ___ : JOVI
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Songwriter Carmichael : HOAGY
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Minor snafu : MIXUP
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Capital known for 300 years as Christiania : OSLO
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Ill-fated seducer in "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" : ALEC
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1-Across + 15-Across : EXPENSETYPE
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Erupt : SPEW
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What a driverless car drives : ITSELF
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Pageant V.I.P.s : EMCEES
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Like some soldiers in the American Revolution : HESSIAN
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Farmyard call : BAA
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You may leave when it's up : LEASE
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Endnotes? : CODA
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Portland, Ore.-to-Boise dir. : ESE
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Egg producer : OVARY
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The "e" of i.e. : EST
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___ Olshansky, first Soviet-born N.F.L. player : IGOR
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Villainous : NASTY
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1-Across + 122-Across : BEYONDTHETIMELIMIT
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Workers on the board : IRONERS
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It covers everything quite clearly : SARAN
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Decepticon's foe in "Transformers" : AUTOBOT
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Sewing case : ETUI
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Clio nominees : ADS
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S.U.V. alternative : WAGON
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Moolah : DINERO
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Benchwarmer : SCRUB
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Final Four round : SEMIS
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___ cards (items used in ESP tests) : ZENER
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1-Across + 125-Across : WENTTOOFAR
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15-Across + 122-Across : RECKLESSLY
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Acronym on the S&P 500 : ALCOA
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Galileo, by birth : PISAN
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Take off, as a heavy coat? : SHEAR
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Venice tourist attraction : RIALTO
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S.U.V. alternative : SEDAN
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Golfer Ernie : ELS
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Acted like : APED
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Goldeneye or harlequin : SEADUCK
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Paul who won a Nobel in Physics : DIRAC
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1962 Paul Anka hit : ESOBESO
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15-Across + 125-Across : YEARBOOKPHOTOGRAPH
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Coat fur : STOAT
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Ammonium and others : IONS
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Subj. for Bloomberg News : IPO
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Puts in stitches, say : DARNS
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Food that's an anagram of 98-Across : POI
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Washing the dishes, e.g. : TASK
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Plantation device : BALER
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Subj. with many irregularities : ESL
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Shabby : ILLKEPT
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Sound in "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday" : VIOLIN
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Disdainful sounds : SNIFFS
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"Little" visitor to Slumberland, in old comics : NEMO
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122-Across + 125-Across : NOTAGOODBET
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Holder of small doses : VIAL
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Former British crown colony in the Mideast : ADEN
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TurboTax option : EFILE
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As old as the hills : HOARY
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Petro-Canada competitor : ESSO
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Key word #3 : LONG
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Looking for : AFTER
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Go well together : AGREE
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Key word #4 : SHOT
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California resort town : OJAI
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V, in physics : VOLT
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1997 Samuel L. Jackson film : EVESBAYOU
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Pilaf-like product : RICEARONI
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Pot user? : CHEF
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Tic-tac-toe failure : OOX
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"Understand?" : CAPEESH
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Fellow students, generally : AGEMATES
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Brings together : SYNCS
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"Hook" role : SMEE
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Successes in the game Battleship : HITS
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Sister brand of Phisoderm : OXY
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Elation : EUPHORIA
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It helps you get ahead : SPEED
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Pardner's mount : HOSS
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Glimpses : ESPIES
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Orioles' div. : ALEAST
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He played Chaplin in "Chaplin" : DOWNEY
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Date : SEE
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QB Bobby who purportedly put a curse on the Detroit Lions : LAYNE
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Germophobe's need : SANITIZER
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Doesn't pursue : LETSDROP
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Mustard, but not ketchup: Abbr. : COL
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Stage prize : OBIE
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Old TV adjustment: Abbr. : VERT
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Radiologist, e.g. : IMAGER
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Biological blueprints : GENOMES
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Makes up (for) : ATONES
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Lucius's son, in Harry Potter : DRACO
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Fancy marble : TAW
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Fidelity offerings, for short : IRAS
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Political insults, so to speak : MUD
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Uncle ___ : BENS
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Hershiser who was Sports Illustrated's 1988 Sportsman of the Year : OREL
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Major ally? : TORY
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Islamic mystics : SUFIS
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Place for a bust : NICHE
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Figurine : STATUETTE
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Stemming from : BASEDON
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Archenemy of Mattel's He-Man : SKELETOR
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General interests? : WARS
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Author Wiesel : ELIE
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Tournament organizer since '39 : NCAA
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"Ha! I was right!" : TOLDYA
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Says "Read you loud and clear ... over," say : RADIOS
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Rope in : LASSO
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Informer, informally : NARK
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South American tuber : OCA
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Recharge midday : NAP
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Sandpaper and such : ABRASIVES
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Creatures that may live inside oysters - hence the name : PEARLFISH
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Cable's ___ Classic : ESPN
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Springfield exclamations : DOHS
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Male lead in Disney's "Frozen" : KRISTOFF
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Messy food order at a carnival : CHILIDOG
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Witty Nash : OGDEN
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___ choy : BOK
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Common wedding reception feature : OPENBAR
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Kind of column : SPINAL
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"Holy ___!" : TOLEDO
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J. Paul Getty and others : OILMEN
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Literally, "breathless" : APNEA
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[You stink!] : BOO
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Ho hi : ALOHA
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Beast on Skull Island, informally : KONG
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Low-lying area : VALE
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Robert who oversaw the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm : IGER
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Ophthalmologist's concern : STYE
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Burkina ___ (African land) : FASO
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Vending machine feature : SLOT
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Small songbird : TIT
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Burns's "before" : ERE

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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