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BINARY CODE

New York Times, Sunday, December 27, 2015

Author:
Don Gagliardo and Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1211/13/20129/19/201712
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3151200
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.58131
Don Gagliardo
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7011/13/20127/21/202020
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622207582
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.56281
Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {KQX} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Gagliardo. This is puzzle # 24 for Ms. Burnikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
DON: What started me on this theme was ONION RINGS — I just happened to notice that the O's were described by RINGS. I thought if we simply write OO, one could literally say they are ONION ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Loved this puzzle. C.C. (Zhouqin) and Don's wide range of plays on double-letters is really cool. I vaguely remembered NN as MINNESOTA TWINS from somewhere, but most of the others felt ... read more
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1227 ( 24,155 )
Across
1
Savor, as a drink : SIPON
6
Takes down a peg : ABASES
12
Je t'aime : French :: ___ : Spanish : TEAMO
17
Sell at a discount, say : UNLOAD
19
Female toon with a "dollink" Boris : NATASHA
21
Grackles and grebes : AVIANS
23
PP : SHOPPINGCENTER
25
Attic : GARRET
26
Horror franchise beginning in 2004 : SAW
27
Lasting for years and years : AGELONG
28
Dirt road hazards : RUTS
30
Melee : FRAY
31
Street of film fame : ELM
32
You might take it out for a drive : IRON
33
Court, for short : RHYME
35
Pile of stones used to mark a trail : CAIRN
36
DD : DEADENDS
39
First antibacterial soap brand : DIAL
40
"Oh, please, that's enough" : SPAREME
42
Derisive sounds : SNORTS
43
Abbr. in many airport names : INTL
44
Jubilant : ELATED
45
Portrait on Chinese renminbi bills : MAO
46
AA : NCAAFINALS
48
Extra bed, maybe : COT
51
Bad thing on a record : BLOT
53
The Jedi and the Sith, e.g. : FOES
54
"Thursday Night Football" airer : CBS
55
Alaska tourist attraction : AURORA
57
Director of 2015's "Chi-Raq" : LEE
58
Capital with the Norsk Folkemuseum : OSLO
60
Travel info source, for short : AAA
61
London cathedral : STPAULS
62
Volunteer's response : ICAN
64
WW : WINDOWFRAME
68
Historic German admiral Maximilian von ___ : SPEE
69
Fizzy drink : SODAPOP
71
Michael of "Saturday Night Live" : CHE
72
Cry to a husky : MUSH
74
"When I was a ___ ..." : LAD
75
Riot opportunist : LOOTER
76
Locale for cranberries : BOG
77
Very much : ALOT
79
Uniform : EVEN
81
See 114-Across : ELF
82
OO : ONIONRINGS
85
Hodges who managed the Mets to a World Series title : GIL
86
Little Rascals boy : FARINA
88
Tolkien tree creatures : ENTS
89
Mars features, mistakenly : CANALS
92
Befuddling : ADDLING
94
Peeps heard by Bo Peep : BAAS
95
ZZ : JAZZDUET
97
When repeated, a Yale fight song : BOOLA
98
Playwright Clifford : ODETS
100
"How ___!" : RUDE
101
Modern TV feature, for short : DVR
102
Hazy memory : BLUR
103
Grps. with the motto "Every child. One voice" : PTAS
104
Conquest of 1953 : EVEREST
107
Susan of "The Partridge Family" : DEY
108
Silas in "The Da Vinci Code," notably : ALBINO
110
NN : MINNESOTATWINS
113
Dances at the Tropicana Club : SALSAS
114
Santa Claus portrayer in 81-Across : EDASNER
115
Greet from behind the wheel : TOOTAT
116
Witherspoon of "Legally Blonde" : REESE
117
Shot put and long jump : EVENTS
118
"Auld Lang Syne" and others : POEMS
Down
1
Figured (out) : SUSSED
2
Has an inspiration : INHALES
3
Agricultural figure in "The Canterbury Tales" : PLOWMAN
4
Alley ___ : OOP
5
Pep Boys competitor : NAPA
6
Whites, informally : ANGLOS
7
Strips shortly after getting up in the morning? : BACON
8
Rate ___ (be perfect) : ATEN
9
Spicy fruit beverage often used as a tequila chaser : SANGRITA
10
Cornerstone abbr. : EST
11
Singer Crow : SHERYL
12
Identifies in a Facebook photo : TAGS
13
A Perón : EVA
14
Soaring cost? : AIRFARE
15
RR : MARRIEDCOUPLE
16
Like macho push-ups : ONEARM
18
Explore deeply : DIGINTO
20
Calla lily family : ARUM
22
"Gypsy" composer : STYNE
24
Techies, stereotypically : NERDS
29
Gasless car : TESLA
34
Java order that packs less of a punch : HALFCAF
35
What Brits call "red sauce" : CATSUP
37
Major-___ : DOMO
38
Muse for D. H. Lawrence : ERATO
39
Some lab samples : DNAS
41
Assets for food critics : PALATES
43
Put away : ICE
44
Annapolis grad. : ENS
46
It comes before one : NOON
47
Building beam : IBAR
49
Susan who wrote "The Orchid Thief" : ORLEAN
50
Hit with a stun gun : TASED
51
"Chill out, will you" : BECOOL
52
FF : LEADOFFDOUBLE
53
Wig out : FLIP
56
Dorm V.I.P.s : RAS
57
Durable stocking fabric : LISLE
59
Like courtroom witnesses : SWORNIN
60
Floor : AWE
61
X-rated material : SMUT
63
D.C. athlete : NAT
65
Pest control brand : DCON
66
Sarcastic "Wonderful" : OHGREAT
67
Tori of pop/rock : AMOS
70
Symbol of Middle America : PEORIA
73
Big name in 35-Down : HEINZ
76
Gaudy wrap : BOA
77
Industrious workers : ANTS
78
Some TVs and smartphones : LGS
80
The Impaler : VLAD
83
Fort Knox valuable : INGOT
84
To some degree : INASENSE
85
Beholds : GAZESAT
87
It's heard at a hearing : ALLRISE
89
West Pointer : CADET
90
Opposite of an early adopter : LUDDITE
91
Morning run time, maybe : SEVENAM
92
Arafat's successor as Palestinian president : ABBAS
93
Budget alternative : DOLLAR
94
Next to : BESIDE
95
Peers in a box : JURORS
96
Meetings arranged through Ashley Madison : TRYSTS
99
Helen Mirren, e.g. : DAME
100
Like an alarm clock, night after night : RESET
103
It may be struck on a runway : POSE
105
___ diagram : VENN
106
'Vette choice : TTOP
109
"N.Y. State of Mind" rapper : NAS
111
___ system (luxury car option, briefly) : NAV
112
Romance : WOO

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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