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WAIT, WHAT?

New York Times, Sunday, November 8, 2020

Org. that sponsored the design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Author:
Evan Kalish and Caitlin Reid
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Kalish. This is puzzle # 8 for Ms. Reid. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Evan Kalish, 33, of Bayside, N.Y., is a writer and crossword constructor. His hobby is visiting and photographing post offices around the country — more than 10,000 to date. Many photos ... read more
Constructor notes:
EVAN: This puzzle started with the title. My first idea for a theme entry was "ALL ABOUT THAT BUS" — which would be quite the Meghan Trainor song — though for at least two years this idea ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
This isn't your father's sound change puzzle! Evan and Caitlin play on "Wait … what?", going from long A sounds to … short U? It's much harder to wrap one's brain around than a ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Rudders of the Lost Ark is especially brilliant because it flips the meaning of Ark between "boat" and "box."

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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 1108 ( 25,933 )
Across
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Aid for a small business : MICROLOAN
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Dev of "Slumdog Millionaire" : PATEL
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Part of a prairie skyline : SILO
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Strict commitment : ADHERENCE
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Sidestep : ELUDE
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"Way ahead of you" : IKNOW
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Compliment to a runway model? : YOUGOTTHATSTRUT
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Low card in Texas hold'em : DEUCE
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Some donations : ALMS
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Stable supply : HAY
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Starting piece on a1 or h8, say : ROOK
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___ Slam (tennis feat) : SERENA
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Drain : SAP
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Easily offended by foul language? : CUSSSENSITIVE
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Kind of high ground : MORAL
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Trial : WOE
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Breaks down : ROTS
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Spanish "sun" : SOL
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Axel ___, protagonist of "Beverly Hills Cop" : FOLEY
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X : CHI
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Japanese roadster since 1989 : MIATA
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Residence that might be named for a donor : DORM
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Question to a tantrum thrower? : WHYTHELONGFUSS
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Costly cuts : TBONES
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First two words of "Green Eggs and Ham" : IAM
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___ fixe : IDEE
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Malbec and syrah, e.g. : REDS
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Role model : HERO
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Wet-Nap, for one : WIPE
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Friend with a rhyming description : GALPAL
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Sighting aptly found in "Are you for real?" : UFO
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"Anything you'd like to ___?" : ADD
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Relics proving how Noah steered his boat? : RUDDERSOFTHELOSTARK
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Something to do for recovery? : SUE
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Pacific island ring : LEI
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Neil with the hit "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" : SEDAKA
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Carries out : DOES
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Actor Elwes of "The Princess Bride" : CARY
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Trade blows : SPAR
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Mild : TAME
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Driver's org., no matter how you slice it? : PGA
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Relent : ACCEDE
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Prepared for a field trip? : LOADEDTHEBUSES
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Interjections akin to "Yeah, su-u-ure!" : HAHS
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Bygone forensic spinoff : CSINY
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Android alternative : IOS
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Quits at the last minute : BAILS
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Org. that awards the Safer Choice label : EPA
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World capital established in 1535 : LIMA
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Jackanapes : IMP
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Rap producers' favorite vegetables? : BEETS
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Masters of slapstick? : MUCKUPARTISTS
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Retinal receptor : ROD
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Drink after drink? : CHASER
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"To live without ___ is to cease to live": Dostoyevsky : HOPE
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Sign of summer : LEO
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Stow cargo : LADE
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Get into gear : SHIFT
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Title for an oral surgeon's handbook? : THENUMBOFTHEGUM
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Certain sexual preferences : KINKS
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Italian automotive hub : TURIN
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Subject of many an off-season rumor : FREEAGENT
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"Young Frankenstein" character played by Teri Garr : INGA
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Tee type : VNECK
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4th order? : FIREWORKS
Down
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___ Rudolph, portrayer of Kamala Harris on "S.N.L." : MAYA
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Role model : IDOL
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Amigo : CHUM
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Rules' partner, for short : REGS
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El Dorado treasure : ORO
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Like apple seeds, if eaten in huge quantities : LETHAL
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Fresh from a keg : ONTAP
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Sore : ACHY
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Org. that sponsored the design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial : NEA
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MXN, on a currency chart : PESOS
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Adele and Cher, e.g. : ALTOS
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___ and Caicos : TURKS
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Part of a dean's address : EDU
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"I'd rather pass" : LETSNOT
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Shooting sport : SKEET
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All together now : INUNISON
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Farm-to-table consumer : LOCAVORE
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Word that sounds like its first letter : OWE
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Elba who played Macavity in 2019's "Cats" : IDRIS
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One end of the PolitiFact meter : TRUE
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Willing subject : ESTATE
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"Don't be rude ... greet our guests!" : SAYHI
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Loonie or toonie : COIN
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Some are named for kings and queens : ERAS
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Stately street liners : ELMS
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Coat from a goat : MOHAIR
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High point of Greek civilization? : OLYMPUS
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Emeritus: Abbr. : RET
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"It's me ... duh!" : WHOELSE
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"Just sayin'," in shorthand : FWIW
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Needless to say : CLEARLY
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Mississippi ___ pie : MUD
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Released : ISSUED
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Thingamabob : DOODAD
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Brink : EDGE
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World No. 1 tennis player between Navratilova and Seles : GRAF
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Lived in a blue state? : FELTSAD
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One might be hard to sit for : BRAT
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Pipes at some bars : HOOKAHS
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Brings out : EDUCES
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Downfall in many an Agatha Christie novel : POISON
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Buzzed hairstyle : FLATTOP
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Stops harping on something : DROPSIT
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Like a sparsely attended party : DEAD
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See 66-Down : HERE
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With 65-Down, "Ditto" : SAME
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Pelvic exercises : KEGELS
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Give attitude : SASS
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Instruction for a course? : RECIPE
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Earnings : PAY
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Drew back : EBBED
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"Sorry to intrude ..." : AHEM
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Certain monkey ... or monk : CAPUCHIN
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"Jackpot!" : CHACHING
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One needing new, unburned pants? : LIAR
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De-lights? : DIMS
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Oil-rich state, for short : UAE
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Appliance with apps : SMARTTV
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Yearns (for) : LUSTS
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Fashionable pair : ITEM
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Cover for "little piggies" : BOOTEE
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"Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk" is the last short story he wrote : KAFKA
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"Take that!" : THERE
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Kind of chemical bond in salts : IONIC
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Vivacious quality : SPUNK
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What a meta clue might do to itself : REFER
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Chicago mayor Lightfoot : LORI
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Brick made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene : LEGO
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New ___ : AGER
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Showy basket : DUNK
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Lifesavers, for short : EMTS
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Piece of equipment for gold medalist Lindsey Vonn : SKI
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Marauder of old : HUN
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Lifelong bud, slangily : BFF
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Partner of hem : HAW

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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