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BANDS TOGETHER

New York Times, Sunday, December 13, 2015

Author:
Tracy Gray and Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.61451
Tracy Gray
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1.63237
Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 70 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 16 for Ms. Gray. This is puzzle # 52 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
TRACY: Two years ago, Mike Black and I collaborated on this concept but received a rejection due to inconsistencies with the theme. Mike's career was really taking off so he encouraged me ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I imagine BANDS TOGETHER inspired the puzzle theme, two pop bands glommed together to make either a real or a wacky phrase. My knowledge of pop music is woeful at best (huge jazz and ... read more
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1213 ( 24,141 )
Across
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Plentiful : AMPLE
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Pomeranian, e.g. : LAPDOG
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Slow musical movements : ADAGIOS
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"God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," e.g. : CAROL
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Available, as a London limo : ONHIRE
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A touch of class : ELEGANCE
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Elevated sight in the Windy City : CHICAGOTRAIN
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"Why didn't I think of that?!" : NEATIDEA
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Forward, as a letter : REMAIL
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Quest for the unknown? : ALGEBRA
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Aid for a flood-prone house : STILT
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Itinerary abbr. : ARR
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Some are 13-/14-Down : NARCS
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It's for the birds : ROOST
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Key state geographically or electorally?: Abbr. : FLA
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All the cars going the same way : ONEDIRECTIONTRAFFIC
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Nominative or accusative : CASE
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"Grand" name in the frozen food aisle : EDY
45
"Eww, gross!" : YUCK
46
Arch type : OGEE
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Fatty liquid : OLEIN
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Brewery kiln : OAST
51
Twaddle : UTTERROT
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"Absolutely!" : YESNODOUBT
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"The King of Queens" co-star Remini : LEAH
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Job-related move, for short : RELO
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Certain sorority member, informally : DELTA
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They're seen spread on the back of a quarter : EAGLESWINGS
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Title ship in a 1997 Spielberg movie : AMISTAD
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Former baseball boss Bud : SELIG
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Times when shops close : SIESTAS
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Kind of pie or doughnut : BOSTONCREAM
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Public spat : SCENE
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Medium for cuneiform writing : CLAY
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Victoria's home: Abbr. : AUST
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Like child-safe cleaning products : POISONFREE
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Strong and unwavering : STALWART
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Cold War capital : BONN
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Investor's concern : YIELD
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Recipe amounts : CUPS
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Skyrocket : ZOOM
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___ Claire, Wis. : EAU
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Org. in "The Martian" : NASA
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Lark for a Halloween hooligan : FUNSMASHINGPUMPKINS
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Chemical suffix : ASE
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___ Mellark, Katniss Everdeen's partner in "The Hunger Games" : PEETA
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Bar snacks : TAPAS
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"Now the truth comes out!" : OHO
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Home Depot competitor : LOWES
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Land on the Red Sea : ERITREA
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A wink or a nod, maybe : SIGNAL
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Gift : APTITUDE
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What many Black Friday shoppers do at midnight : RUSHTHEDOORS
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Newborns : NEONATES
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"We've been approved!" : ITSAGO
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Deliverer's assignment : ROUTE
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Like Crimea, now : ANNEXED
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Sound-related : PHONIC
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Time and time again : OFTEN
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Capital of Ghana : ACCRA
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Bill for cable TV : MAHER
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Early spring blooms : PRIMROSES
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"Livin' La Vida ___" : LOCA
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Lover of Sir Lancelot : ELAINE
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John : LOO
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Symbol of industry : ANT
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"Wheel of Fortune" category : PHRASE
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Ratchet (up) : DIAL
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Nee: Abbr. : ORIG
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No-name : GENERIC
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Bosox division : ALEAST
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With 14-Down, figs. in the war on drugs : DEA
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See 13-Down : AGTS
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It may be jaunty : GAIT
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Not taking sides : INDIFFERENT
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Peacock's "eyes" : OCELLI
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Northwest airport named for two cities : SEATAC
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Big bankruptcy of 2001 : ENRON
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Open spot in a woods : GLADE
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Something bound to sell? : BOOK
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Relieve (of) : RID
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Yelp : CRYOUT
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Show, with "out" : TROT
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No de Cologne? : NEIN
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Dermatological sac : CYST
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Sound of disapproval : TUT
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Dating datum : AGE
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Kind of wheel : FERRIS
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Like the comment "Maybe, maybe not" : COY
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Order at McSorley's : ALE
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Silently acknowledge : NODTO
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Humiliates : ABASES
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Carrier inits. : UAL
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Professors' reading : THESES
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Actress Kurylenko of "Quantum of Solace" : OLGA
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Fling : TOSS
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Travelmate in "On the Road" : DEAN
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Clunker : OLDCAR
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China's Chou En-___ : LAI
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Goads : EGGSON
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American ___ : ELM
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Chinese: Prefix : SINO
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Pipsqueak : WEENY
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They may be taught with a song : ABCS
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Undergo ecdysis : MOLT
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Who said "Aristotle is my friend - but my greatest friend is truth" : ISAACNEWTON
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Apple Pencil, for one : STYLUS
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Put away : EAT
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Place to get stuck : RUT
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Films : CINEMA
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Spectacle : POMP
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Lead role in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" : FINN
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Solve by logic : REASONOUT
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Golfer Ernie : ELS
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LeShan who wrote "It's Better to Be Over the Hill Than Under It" : EDA
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Typing test fig. : WPM
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Pronto : ASAP
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Weigh (down) : BOG
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Baked ___ : ZITI
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Traveling : ONATRIP
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Candy Crush Saga, for one : APP
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Czar's decree : UKASE
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Singer/actress Lola : FALANA
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One of the majors : USOPEN
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Favored at the 96-Down, say : SEEDED
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"___ to you!" : HERES
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Area code 801 resident : UTAHAN
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San ___, Argentina : ISIDRO
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Writer Bret : HARTE
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TV's ___ twins : OLSEN
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Start of a Mozart title : EINE
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Classic record label for R&B and soul : STAX
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Book that begins "In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land" : RUTH
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He, in Italian : ESSO
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Slip : GOOF
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Sport-___ : UTE
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___ Fridays (restaurant chain) : TGI
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Ad follower : HOC

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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