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IT'S ALL AN ELISION

New York Times, Sunday, November 6, 2016

John Kennedy ___, author of "A Confederacy of Dunces"

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 62 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 126 for Mr. DiPietro.
Joe DiPietro notes:
this one came about when i heard HIP TO BE SQUARE on the radio. next entry i thought of was SIOUX YOU KNOW. that one channeled merl, i think. i worked more than 12 hours to remove a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I loved this concept, "IT'S ___" phrases elided for kooky results. It took the longest time for me to figure out what was going on, and the wait was worth it. I got a good laugh out of ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times11/6/16 ( No. 24,470 )
Across
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Point of greatest despair : NADIR
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Terms of service : TENURES
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Laid out for printing : TYPESET
20
Unchallenged : ALONE
21
Lift : RAISEUP
22
Sure things : ROLLONS
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"Do your taxidermy on the patio instead!"? : STUFFOUTTHERE
25
"You can't make me" : IREFUSE
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Of the highest quality : TOPLINE
27
Republican, on an election map : RED
28
"Da Coach" : DITKA
30
Place to get stuck : RUT
31
"Double" or "triple" feat : AXEL
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Discipline for paper tigers? : ORIGAMI
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Newcastle Brown and others : ALES
35
Thrown : CAST
38
Harley, in slang : HOG
40
A foot on the ground in Phoenix? : SNOWSURPRISE
43
It's just for openers : ANTE
44
"Venus in Fur" playwright David : IVES
46
"Today" rival, for short : GMA
47
Get on one's high horse? : MOUNT
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Kind of replication : RNA
49
Miasma : STENCH
51
"___, captain!" : AYE
53
Some Campbell's offerings : BROTHS
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Skinflints : PIKERS
58
It makes tracks : TREAD
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See 41-Down : ILER
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"___ it go" : LET
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Ones who have it coming to them? : HEIRS
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"Silence is the ___ that nourishes wisdom": Bacon : SLEEP
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Classical pianist Levit : IGOR
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Composer Bartók : BELA
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Reaction of dismay : OHNO
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Comfort food causing oral discomfort? : STEWDAMNHOT
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Selfish sort : USER
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Harpies : NAGS
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Where many connections are made : HUBS
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Huge quantities : RAFTS
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Surgical tube : STENT
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Common New England street name : ELM
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Lyft offering : RIDE
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Groove-making needles : STYLI
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With 96-Across, bit of Chinese cuisine : LITCHI
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Many, after "a" : SLEWOF
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"Not interested" : NAH
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Like some tales or details : SORDID
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Broadcast : RUN
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Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan : FOUTS
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Trendy jeans feature : RIP
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Extract used in brewing : WORT
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Foreign: Prefix : XENO
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Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and that's probably it? : SIOUXYOUKNOW
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See 78-Across : NUT
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Memo abbr. : ATTN
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Cab stopper? : CORK
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Up against it : INASPOT
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Genesis of an idea : GERM
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Amaze : AWE
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Deadly nerve gas : SARIN
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Artist who awards a biennial Grant for Peace : ONO
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Real sport : TROOPER
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Adjust, as a currency : REVALUE
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Slogan for wine geeks? : SIPTOBESQUARE
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Field of vision : EYECARE
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Nipple rings : AREOLAS
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Set free : UNTIE
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"Noble" thing : RAREGAS
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Mack of early slapstick : SENNETT
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___ Muggs, girl in "Archie" : ETHEL
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Harper's Weekly cartoonist Thomas : NAST
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Kind of clef : ALTO
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Prettify : DOUP
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Blow up : INFLATE
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Do more repairs on : REFIX
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"The Princess Bride" theme : TRUELOVE
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Put groceries away : EAT
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It blows things up, in brief : NITRO
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Some wedding figures : USHERS
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Small semicircular grooves on a column : REEDING
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Port. is part of it : EUR
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Left in a hurry : SPEDAWAY
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Radioactive form of hydrogen : TRITIUM
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Pennsylvania city : YORK
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"S O S," e.g. : PLEA
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Middle-earth inhabitant : ELF
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Mystery ingredient in SweeTarts? : SOURLITTLESECRET
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Comes later : ENSUES
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Insect that folds its wings : TSETSE
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Nearly throws a perfect game against, maybe : ONEHITS
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Uses WhatsApp, say : IMS
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Snap : GOMAD
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River to the Ligurian Sea : ARNO
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Communication devices for commuters, once : CARPHONES
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Best Picture between "Rocky" and "The Deer Hunter" : ANNIEHALL
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Always putting up my entry fees? : STAKINGMEFOREVER
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1960s TV show whose star weighed 650 pounds : GENTLEBEN
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With 60-Across, player of Tony Soprano's son : ROBERT
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Engine sound : PURR
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Pressure, so to speak : SCREWS
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Fraternity and sorority leaders, usually: Abbr. : SRS
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Follow closely : HEED
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Rough choice? : EIGHTIRON
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"Mad About You" co-star : HELENHUNT
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Begin to tongue-lash : STARTINON
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February 14th figure : EROS
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Divorced : APART
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London lavs : LOOS
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Bit of jewelry : STUD
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Opposite of outflux : INFLOW
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Ram : BUTT
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Hard to pin down : SHIFTY
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Giant among Giants : MAYS
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Punk rocker Vicious : SID
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Gravy thickener : ROUX
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They might need guards : SHINS
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Drops to the ground? : LITTERS
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Herman who wrote "This Is My God" : WOUK
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Home of Walmart : ARKANSAS
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New employee requirement, maybe : DRUGTEST
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Formal wingdings : SOIREES
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What an overstuffed suitcase might do : POPOPEN
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Unknown quantity : XAMOUNT
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Bogeyman : SCARER
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Informal words of thanks : IOWEYA
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Athlete's wear, informally : UNI
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Soup dumpling : WONTON
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John Kennedy ___, author of "A Confederacy of Dunces" : TOOLE
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Game with mallets played on a hard-surfaced court : ROQUE
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Criticize, in British slang : SLAG
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Vibe : AURA
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Maze solution : PATH
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Pennsylvania city : ERIE
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Walk while dizzy : REEL
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War hero : ACE
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High dudgeon : IRE
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Giant image over Gotham : BAT

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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