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TOY STORY

New York Times, Sunday, December 20, 2020

39-Across : Toy that was originally called "L'Écran Magique" ("The Magic Screen")

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 116 for Mr. Ross.
Will Shortz notes:
Randolph Ross is a retired high school principal and math teacher who lives in Manhattan. He's been making crosswords for The Times since 1991. The theme of this one arose out of some ... read more
Randolph Ross notes:
This puzzle was inspired by a FaceTime conversation earlier this year with my son and grandsons, Henry and Oren, who I hardly have seen in person very much since this pandemic began. I had ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Toys in crosswordland! Some interesting trivia tidbits about an assortment of toys. Appropriate theme for the holiday season. I wasn't expecting much, sensing that this might be a trivia ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times12/20/20 ( No. 25,975 )
Across
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Currency of Thailand : BAHT
5
Kiss : BUSS
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U.S. city just south of Timpanogos Cave National Monument : OREM
13
Minus : SANS
17
Something to shoot for : IDEAL
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One who hasn't turned pro? : ANTI
20
Strong adhesive : EPOXY
21
Indiana governor Holcomb : ERIC
22
She debuted on March 9, 1959, in a black-and-white striped swimsuit : BARBIEDOLL
24
Virtual pet simulation game that won an Ig Nobel prize for its Japanese creators : TAMAGOTCHI
26
[Grrr!] : IMSOMAD
27
Glenn Miller classic : INTHEMOOD
29
Purchases on 14 de febrero : ROSAS
31
Major talent grp. representing athletes and entertainers : CAA
32
Outpourings : SPATES
36
Overplays, with "up" : HAMS
39
Toy that was originally called "L'Écran Magique" ("The Magic Screen") : ETCHASKETCH
44
"Lost ___ is never found again": Benjamin Franklin : TIME
45
Natl. Humor Month : APR
46
Mild, light-colored cigar : CLARO
47
Things found in wandering souls? : AEIOU
48
Rhodes of the Rhodes scholarship : CECIL
49
Photo finishes : SEPIAS
51
U.S./U.K. divider: Abbr. : ATL
53
Loyally following : TRUETO
55
Flag carrier with an alphabetically ordered name : KLM
56
Trim : ADORN
57
Game that got a big boost when Johnny Carson demonstrated it with Eva Gabor on "The Tonight Show" : TWISTER
59
Showy shrub : AZALEA
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Schlepped : TOTED
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City in north-central Florida : OCALA
63
Writer Arthur Conan ___ : DOYLE
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Umpteen : MANY
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Day to play with new toys : CHRISTMAS
69
Food ___ (Thanksgiving feeling) : COMA
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Like subway walls, often : TILED
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Final authority : SAYSO
74
William ___, founder of Investor's Business Daily : ONEIL
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___ area, part of the brain linked to speech production : BROCAS
78
Toy that was derived from a wallpaper cleaner : PLAYDOH
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"I'm here to help" : USEME
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Contented sigh : AAH
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Phillies div. : NLEAST
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___ treatment : SPA
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Harlem attraction, with "the" : APOLLO
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Golf great Sam : SNEAD
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Place for torn-off wrapping paper : TRASH
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Combined : INONE
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Most common day to call in sick: Abbr. : MON
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Right away : STAT
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Toy with 18 spoken phrases, including "I love you" and "May I have a cookie?" : CHATTYCATHY
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Investment firm T. ___ Price : ROWE
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A halogen-containing salt : IODATE
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___-Locka, Fla. : OPA
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"My luck has to change at some point" : IMDUE
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Politician parodied by Dana Carvey on 1990s "S.N.L." : ROSSPEROT
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Performed a Latin ballroom dance : SAMBAED
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Puzzle toy solved in a record 3.47 seconds in 2018 : RUBIKSCUBE
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Toy that astronauts brought to space to secure tools in zero gravity : SILLYPUTTY
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Goes off : ERRS
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Grannies : NANAS
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Not on solid ground, say : ASEA
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Piece in the game go : STONE
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Strong criticism : FLAK
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Chichi : ARTY
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Spring event : THAW
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Rigging pole : SPAR
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Longest-serving Israeli prime minister, familiarly : BIBI
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Driver around Hollywood : ADAM
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"And, touching ___, make blessed my rude hand": Romeo : HERS
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Small snare drums : TABORS
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Inaccurate information : BADDATA
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Game with red and yellow cards : UNO
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1904 World's Fair city: Abbr. : STL
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Flint is a form of it : SILICA
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Moonfish : OPAH
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Sacking site in A.D. 410 : ROME
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Physical, e.g. : EXAM
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"Holy cow!" : MYGOSH
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Appointment that may be hard to change : SETDATE
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Curve : ARC
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Dr. Fauci's agcy. : NIH
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Poli ___ : SCI
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Premiere arrival : LIMO
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Classic comics teen with good manners : ETTAKETT
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They can elevate art : EASELS
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Alley ___ : OOP
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Org. with boosters : NASA
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The beginning, in an idiom : SCRATCH
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By the end of 1996, one million of this toy was sold in a shopping frenzy : TICKLEMEELMO
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"South Pacific" hero : EMILE
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2014 film directed by Ava DuVernay : SELMA
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Goes after : HASAT
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Simian world : APEDOM
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First toy to be advertised on TV : MRPOTATOHEAD
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Open hostilities : HOTWAR
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St. Patrick's home : EIRE
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See the sights : TOUR
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Feed lines to : CUE
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Its box once read "A sweet little game for sweet little folks" : CANDYLAND
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Toy that sold more cars in America in 1991 than the Honda Accord or Ford Taurus : COZYCOUPE
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Promoting peace : IRENIC
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Actress Taylor of "Mystic Pizza" : LILI
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"That was Zen, this is ___" (philosophy pun) : TAO
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Smart : SASSY
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"The Tempest" king : ALONSO
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Cleanliness fixation, e.g., in brief : OCD
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Brit. military award : DSO
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Little bits : TADS
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Reason for glasses : MYOPIA
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Singer with a self-titled #1 album in 2002 : ASHANTI
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Be less than ambitious : AIMLOW
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Subj. for some aspiring bilinguals : ESL
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Sierra ___ : LEONE
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Operatic villains, often : BASSI
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Totaled : RANTO
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Legal assistant, briefly : PARA
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Future J.D.'s hurdle : LSAT
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Not just available online : ATSTORES
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Biblical ending : ETH
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Soon : ANYDAY
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With some downside : ATARISK
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Shot from a doc : HYPO
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Statement of resistance : OHMSLAW
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Big name in small planes : CESSNA
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Took care of a tabby, say : CATSAT
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Counters : REBUTS
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Tik___ (app) : TOK
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Ballpark figures : UMPS
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Lasting impression : SCAR
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Give up (on) : PUNT
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Shopping site with a "Toys" section : EBAY
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Straddling : ATOP
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Sight from the Sicilian town of Taormina : ETNA
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Textile worker : DYER
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One whistling while working in the Garden? : REF
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Address with dots : URL
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Swimsuit part : BRA
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Suffix suggested by the wiggling of one's hand : ISH
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Calf-eteria? : LEA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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