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REPRESENT!

New York Times, Sunday, December 2, 2018

Author:
Paul Coulter
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paul Coulter

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 82 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Coulter. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Paul Coulter notes:
After checking the databases, I was surprised to see no one had done this theme before. There are countless possibilities for brain teasers. Some other favorites I didn't use: ser 12' ... read more

After checking the databases, I was surprised to see no one had done this theme before. There are countless possibilities for brain teasers. Some other favorites I didn't use:

ser 12" ious
ONEFOOTINTHEGRAVE
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ser 12" ious
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fre4nch
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And my favorite, though it's too long, the classic:

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A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING
BETWEEN FRIENDS

Then there was the title I originally submitted:

Bleachers Maine
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This translates to NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME, which I thought was appropriate.

Jeff Chen notes:
Reminds me so much of rebus puzzles in GAMES Magazine, visual gags that I loved as a kid. PUB next to PUB = PARALLEL BARS? That's groan-worthily fantastic! PER SPIRE reminded me of an ... read more

Reminds me so much of rebus puzzles in GAMES Magazine, visual gags that I loved as a kid. PUB next to PUB = PARALLEL BARS? That's groan-worthily fantastic!

PER SPIRE reminded me of an element within a friend's clever word puzzle — he mused that a steeplejack (a chimney cleaner) gets paid "per spire."

Groan!

Double groan (in a good way), that PER SPIRE is literally BREAKING A SWEAT.

To Paul's point, there have been hundreds (maybe thousands) of these visual interpretation puzzles in various publications, so today's theme felt too loose for my taste. There were the standard ones, like LONG (OVER) DUE and BREAKING A SWEAT.

Then there was won – er, one – using homophones, (two) BIG (two) IGNORE.

Another involving parsing, FRANKS IN ATRA?

(ODDS AND ENDS is so apt!)

FRANKS IN ATRA was my favorite of the bunch, having never seen that spacing change before. I would have loved a full set of six or seven themers that worked in this way.

Pretty good gridwork, only the bottom with ESTA / SRTA and SWARD / SLUE making me hitch. I could have used more colorful long bonus fill though, in the vein of ADAM AND EVE and ONE DAY SALE. I'd be interested to see if Paul could have removed the black square between TED and TILL and gotten something great out of that 8-letter slot. Or worked the NE a couple more times, to get something stronger out of one of the BEANERIES / SALT MARSH slots.

Wrapping up with a standout clue: [All you can eat] baffled me. Great a-ha, realizing that it was a factual description of EDIBLES. Almost qualifies as another themer!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1202 ( 25,226 )
Across
1
Tennis judge's cry : FAULT
6
Locks in a barn? : MANE
10
Icon leading to checkout : CART
14
Traveled in trunks? : SWAM
18
Large green moths : LUNAS
19
Dateless, say : ALONE
21
It's frequently in Italian : ARIA
22
Greek ally in the "Iliad" : HERA
23
13579 AZ : ODDSANDENDS
25
Hash houses : BEANERIES
27
Country on the Red Sea : ERITREA
28
Home sick? : OUT
29
Brackish coastal habitat : SALTMARSH
30
Citrus drink : ADE
31
Egyptian god of the universe : AMENRA
33
It often comes before the fall : TRIP
34
Summer clock setting: Abbr. : DST
36
Large large skip skip : TOOBIGTOIGNORE
43
Victoria's Secret item : BRA
46
Sandra Denton, in hip-hop's "Whatta Man" trio : PEPA
48
A miner concern? : ORE
49
Opening in a battlement : CRENEL
50
Some transitional movie shots : FADEINS
52
Sporting a feathery crest : TUFTED
55
First name on the Supreme Court : ELENA
56
AT hot dog hot dog RA : FRANKSINATRA
58
Tags : IDS
60
The Lions or Tigers, on scoreboards : DET
61
Many a fête d'anniversaire attendee : AMIE
62
Writer Wiesel : ELIE
63
Invincibility power-up in Mario games : STAR
65
Blow away : AWE
66
Wound + dis : ADDINSULTTOINJURY
72
"___ Vickers," Sinclair Lewis novel : ANN
74
Doesn't keep : ROTS
75
Perch for a pie : SILL
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Comment on a blog : POST
78
Dad ___ : BOD
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After all deductions : NET
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P P
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: PARALLELBARS
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Big name in watches : OMEGA
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Creator of a draft : BREWER
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All you can eat : EDIBLES
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Masters : MAVENS
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Six-foot runner? : ANT
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Cut, as a log : SAWN
93
Scratch (out) : EKE
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Per spire : BREAKINGASWEAT
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Farrokh Bulsara ___ Freddie Mercury : AKA
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___ Caovilla, Italian shoe designer : RENE
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Part of a buck : ANTLER
104
End of the British alphabet : ZED
107
Something studied in toponymy : PLACENAME
112
Altar avowal : IDO
113
Creator of the detective Adam Dalgliesh : PDJAMES
116
Fiery peppers : HABANEROS
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Yearn
do
: LONGOVERDUE
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Currier's partner : IVES
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Something to take lying down : REST
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Grassy expanse : SWARD
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Certain reunion attendee : NIECE
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It's better than never, they say : LATE
124
Spanish title: Abbr. : SRTA
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Pivot around an axis : SLUE
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Less crazy : SANER
Down
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White sheet : FLOE
2
Broadway's McDonald : AUDRA
3
Reversed : UNDID
4
Kept on going : LASTED
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Evictor of the Jews in "Fiddler on the Roof" : TSAR
6
Palindromic title : MADAM
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Pint glass fill : ALE
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"That's all wrong!" : NONONO
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Off-road motorcycle race : ENDURO
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Street fleet : CABS
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What a Mercator projection map notably distorts : AREA
12
___ Bridge (Venice landmark) : RIALTO
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Like some yoga : TANTRIC
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Explosion fragments : SHRAPNEL
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Small dam : WEIR
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Trojan ally in the "Iliad" : ARES
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Moonshine maker's need : MASH
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Cornerstone abbr. : ESTAB
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Puts in order : NEATENS
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Political refugees : EMIGRES
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Announcement over a plane's P.A. : ETA
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Like cleats : SPIKED
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Minute amount : IOTA
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Test for a college sr. : GRE
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"Father ___" (bygone British sitcom) : TED
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Store event that people may stand in line for : ONEDAYSALE
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Freshen : RENEW
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Give a major lift : ELATE
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Soul sister, say : BFF
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___ avis : RARA
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Garden parties? : ADAMANDEVE
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Telepathy term : PSI
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Children's author Blyton : ENID
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Anklebone : TALUS
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Abbr. that rhymes with "bill," appropriately : UTIL
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Woodworking tool : FRETSAW
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Catbird seat? : NEST
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"At Seventeen" singer Janis ___ : IAN
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He wore #6 for the Sixers : DRJ
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Like some clean energy : SOLAR
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Ones place : TILL
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Boiling blood : IRE
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"Ask ___ ..." : NOT
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Flag : TIRE
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Satellite connection : UPLINK
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Eldest Stark son on "Game of Thrones" : ROBB
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Manhattan Project creation : ABOMB
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Baseball's Garciaparra : NOMAR
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Long haul : TREK
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Durable yellow cotton cloth : NANKEEN
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Darlings : PETS
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Grassy expanse : LEA
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Boy king in Shakespeare's "Richard III" : EDWARDV
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Atlanta-to-Miami dir. : SSE
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Transmission part : GEARCASE
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Groceries holder : BAG
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Genetic info carrier : RNA
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What all people are, per the Bible : SINNERS
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Cardinal letters : STL
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"___, My God, to Thee" (hymn) : NEARER
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Sings the blues : WAILS
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Funds : ENDOWS
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Discordant : ATONAL
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Hank who voices Moe and Chief Wiggum : AZARIA
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Lyric poem : EPODE
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German port in Lower Saxony : EMDEN
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Two in the hand : DEUCE
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Knight who co-founded Nike : PHIL
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What obsidian forms from : LAVA
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Partner of aid : ABET
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Lion's share : MOST
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"Cómo ___ usted?" : ESTA
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Norwegian P.M. Stoltenberg : JENS
115
Sibyl : SEER
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"Despicable Me" supervillain : GRU

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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