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TWO HALVES IN ONE

New York Times, Sunday, December 1, 2013

1980 hard rock album that went 22x platinum ... or a hint to how to cross this puzzle's 27-Across

Author:
Alan DerKazarian
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan DerKazarian

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 77 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. DerKazarian. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alan DerKazarian notes:
I knew I wanted to make a rebus puzzle using "Back in Black" so I started by experimenting with some 15x15 grids. None of these really worked, however, as there just wasn't enough room to ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
This is Alan's second crossword for the Times — his last one being the memorable [ONE-ARMED] BANDITS, [TWO-BIT] CROOKS, [THREE-CARD] MONTE, and [FOUR-WAY] STOP puzzle on Nov. 7. Clearly he ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What an impressive concept and execution for Alan's debut Sunday NYT. A visually stunning puzzle; seeing that giant dividing line down the center of the puzzle gave me a smile. I knew ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times12/1/13 ( No. 23,399 )
Across
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Shot from a gun : BBS
4
Hummus, e.g. : DIP
7
One-named rapper with a hyphen in his name : TPAIN
12
C2H5OH : ETHANOL
19
"Yuck!" : EEW
20
Disney deer : ENA
21
Company named for a volcano : AETNA
22
Ones with bouquets, maybe : SUITORS
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Actress ___ Dawn Chong : RAE
24
Aught : NIL
25
Subject for the philosopher Heidegger : BEING
26
Dressed with elaborate care : PREENED
27
Passage from life to death : GREATDIVIDE
30
Scorecard column : WINS
31
Unwritten reminder : MENTALNOTE
32
Wedges, e.g. : SHOES
34
Sources of feta and ricotta cheese : EWES
38
Biological ring : AREOLE
39
Round trip ... or the subtitle of "The Hobbit" : THEREANDBACKAGAIN
42
"This I Promise You" band : NSYNC
43
Neptune's home : SEA
44
Brewer's oven : OAST
45
"Really?" : THATSO
46
Fins : ABES
48
Aquatic singer : HUMPBACKWHALE
50
Camp treats : SMORES
53
Astronomical datum : MASS
54
20-Across, e.g. : DOE
55
Nutritional std. : RDA
58
Eponym of Warsaw's airport : CHOPIN
59
Numismatic classification : FINE
60
Private gatherings : CONCLAVES
63
Having macadamias or pecans, say : NUTTED
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Part of E.S.L.: Abbr. : ENG
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Word with holy or sacred : COW
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Sweats : LABORS
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Met one's potential : BLOSSOMED
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Old capital of Europe : BONN
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Cat also known as the dwarf leopard : OCELOT
71
51-Down unit : CAR
72
YouTube posting, for short : VID
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Firm (up) : TONE
74
Basketball play : SCREEN
75
Inexpensive reprint, maybe : PAPERBACKBOOK
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Ocean menace : MAKO
80
Less prudish : LOOSER
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Deuteronomy contents : LAWS
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German Expressionist Otto : DIX
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Sin city : SODOM
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2005 nominee for Best Picture : BROKEBACKMOUNTAIN
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Name on some European stamps : ESPANA
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"Do the Right Thing" pizzeria : SALS
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Where the wild things are? : WOODS
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Steeply discounted product, maybe : LOSSLEADER
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Distort : WARP
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1980 hard rock album that went 22x platinum ... or a hint to how to cross this puzzle's 27-Across : BACKINBLACK
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University in Lewiston, N.Y. : NIAGARA
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Speculate, say : OPINE
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Cadenza or Forte maker : KIA
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Terre in the mer : ILE
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Some badges : IDCARDS
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Trademarks : LOGOS
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Not a reduction: Abbr. : ENL
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South of Spain? : SUR
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Anne Bradstreet, for one : POETESS
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Lane in Hollywood : DIANE
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Fa-la connector : SOL
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Conan's network : TBS
Down
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Director with three Best Foreign Film Oscars : BERGMAN
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Messengers, e.g. : BEARERS
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Todd of Broadway : SWEENEY
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Tooth decay, to professionals : DENTALCARIES
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Not going anywhere? : INIDLE
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Michael or Sarah : PALIN
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Daughter on "Bewitched" : TABITHA
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The Carolinas' ___ River : PEEDEE
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End in ___ : ATIE
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Comfort or country follower : INN
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Badger : NAG
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Seen : ESPIED
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Revisits an earlier time : TURNSBACKTHECLOCK
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Speeds : HIES
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Tucked away : ATE
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Prefix with smoker : NON
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What a picker may pick : ORE
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"Purple haze" : LSD
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Lots : ATON
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Plebiscites : VOTES
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Stands one's ground : WONTBACKDOWN
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Clothing lines : SEAMS
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Metal fastener : HASP
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Yves's "even" : EGAL
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Amphibious rodent : WATERVOLE
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Autobahn hazard : EIS
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With 60-Down, carnival treat : SNO
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Stir : ROUSE
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It might be heard when a light bulb goes on : AHA
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Parisian possessive : SES
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Try very hard : BENDOVERBACKWARDS
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Remain undecided : HANG
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Korean money : WON
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Coach with two Super Bowl championships : SHULA
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Collection of vehicles available to personnel : MOTORPOOL
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Makes a choice : OPTS
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Look after : MIND
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Three-time N.B.A. All-Star Williams : DERON
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Part of P.D.A.: Abbr. : ASST
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Jim Cramer's network : CNBC
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Cause of an audio squeal : FEEDBACKLOOP
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See 37-Down : CONE
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It's caught by a stick on a field : LACROSSEBALL
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Busy as ___ : ABEE
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Go pfft, with "out" : CONK
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Yuri's "peace" : MIR
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Publicize : BOOST
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Atlas index listings : TOWNS
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One was blown in Ellington's band : SAX
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Quizzes : ASKS
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Presentation opening? : PEE
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Dial-up unit : BAUD
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European capital on the Svisloch River : MINSK
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Scale abbr. : LBS
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___ pro nobis : ORA
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Bishop's place : DIOCESE
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Libran stone : OPAL
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Arp or Duchamp : DADAIST
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Lowest bid in bridge : ONECLUB
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Buoys, e.g. : MARKERS
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Mire : MORASS
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Support group since 1951 : ALANON
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Cause of weather weirdness : ELNINO
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Dickens villain : SIKES
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Goods : WARE
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Nickname for Georgia's capital : BIGA
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Small amount of drink : NIP
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Oath-taking phrase : IDO
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___-high : ACE
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"Little Caesar" weapon : GAT
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Superseded : OLD
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Dish made from a root : POI

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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