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WHAT A ZOO!

New York Times, Sunday, December 9, 2018

With 68- and 74-Across, J. K. Rowling's first screenplay, with a hint to three pairs of answers in this puzzle

Author:
Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Trudeau.
Ross Trudeau notes:
The original version of this idea used the theme pairs GREAT EAGLES / MIDDLE EARTH, BASILISK / HOGWARTS, MOCK TURTLE / WONDERLAND, DIRE WOLF / WESTEROS, and EWOKS / ENDOR. The editorial ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm a tremendous Harry Potter fan, having read/listened to the series roughly eleventy-hundred times. (Sadly, I'm solidly a Hufflepuff.) I haven't gotten around to FANTASTIC BEASTS / AND / ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times12/9/18 ( No. 25,233 )
Across
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Cranky baby's need : NAP
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"Inspector Gadget" antagonist : DRCLAW
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Eschew : AVOID
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Starbuck's order giver : AHAB
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Brown ___ : ALE
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Best seller subtitled "The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English" : WOEISI
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Pomme de ___ (French for "potato") : TERRE
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Part (of) : SOME
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Part of U.C.S.F. : SAN
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Cryptid of the 91-Across : ABOMINABLESNOWMAN
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Cordial relations : AMITY
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Gave two big thumbs down : PANNED
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Pluck : TWEEZE
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Cryptid of the 115-Across : LOCHNESSMONSTER
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Kids' TV character who speaks in a falsetto : ELMO
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Adler in Sherlock Holmes stories : IRENE
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Freshly painted : WET
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Talk like one smitten : COO
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Singer Del Rey : LANA
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Cabinet selection? : FILE
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When crepuscular animals are active : DAWN
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Cryptid of 105-Across : THEKRAKEN
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Jersey and others : ISLES
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Asian territory in Risk : URAL
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Traitor : RAT
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Surgically remove : RESECT
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Inventor Otis : ELISHA
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"Am not!" rejoinder : ARETOO
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Smallish batteries : AAS
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P : RHO
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With 68- and 74-Across, J. K. Rowling's first screenplay, with a hint to three pairs of answers in this puzzle : FANTASTICBEASTS
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Indulges in to an unhealthy degree, briefly : ODSON
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Dispense : ALLOT
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See 62-Across : AND
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Of service : UTILE
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"___ bleu!" : SACRE
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See 62-Across : WHERETOFINDTHEM
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Northeast state sch. : UNH
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Meas. in a T.S.A. carry-on rule : OZS
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Failed the class : GOTANF
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Perfumery oil : NEROLI
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Barbie's strawberry blond sister : STACIE
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Kingston bro : MON
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Stagger : REEL
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Real Madrid vis-à-vis F.C. Barcelona : RIVAL
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Creation after the Indian and Eurasian plates collided : HIMALAYAS
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Total hunk : STUD
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Tape or patch : MEND
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"Happy Birthday" writer, maybe : ICER
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It's not your fault : LET
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___ rap (music subgenre) : EMO
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Word before and after "say" : NEVER
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Penne ___ vodka : ALLA
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It borders Iceland's eastern coast : THENORWEGIANSEA
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Event not intended to be repeated : ONEOFF
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Bricklayer's tool : TROWEL
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Weather-controlling "X-Men" character : STORM
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Gaelic's home : SCOTTISHHIGHLANDS
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One with a backstage pass : VIP
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Fast time : LENT
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Sort with a stiff upper lip : STOIC
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Capital of Kazakhstan : ASTANA
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Squeeze (out) : EKE
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"... ___ they say" : ORSO
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Cupboard with open shelves at the top : HUTCH
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What old army buddies might discuss : THEWAR
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"Far out!" : RAD
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Like Bob Dylan's voice : NASAL
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"Remember the ___!" : ALAMO
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Medical discovery of 1928 : PENICILLIN
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___ Johnson a.k.a. The Rock : DWAYNE
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Burgle : ROB
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Corp. mogul : CEO
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Hobbles : LIMPS
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2007 #1 Alicia Keys album : ASIAM
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Narrow down : WINNOW
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In a perfect world : ATBEST
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African grassland : VELDT
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Cent : U.S. :: ___ : Sweden : ORE
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Return letters? : IRS
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Blue Book value decreaser : DENT
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Also : ASWELLAS
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Housewives and househusbands : HOMEMAKERS
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Voice-activated device since 2014 : AMAZONECHO
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Nota ___ : BENE
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Mother of the Virgin Mary : ANNE
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Be beholden to : OWE
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Like a top-rated Michelin restaurant : THREESTAR
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Demise : END
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Junior in the Football Hall of Fame : SEAU
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Real: Ger. : ECHT
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Shad delicacy : ROE
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Gumbo ingredient : OKRA
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Playwright Chekhov : ANTON
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Feudal domain : FIEF
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Actress Fisher : ISLA
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Ghost : WRAITH
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Person who's happy to go bust? : NARC
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___ Ski Valley : TAOS
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Repair, as a metal joint : RESOLDER
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Certain product of pyrolysis : SHALEOIL
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Classic Chrysler : LEBARON
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Highway gunk : ROADTAR
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Silent communication, for short : ASL
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The golden rule, e.g. : TENET
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Italian wine town : ASTI
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Carries away : TOWS
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Nursery rhyme seat : TUFFET
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Harm : DETRIMENT
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Motor ___ : INN
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It can come in rolls : SUSHI
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Like chemotherapy drugs : ANTICANCER
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Adaptable sorts : CHAMELEONS
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Big things for megalomaniacs : EGOS
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Telephone buttons that lack letters : ONES
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Acts like a helicopter parent to : HOVERSOVER
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Panache : ELAN
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___-mannered : MILD
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Enthusiasm : ZEAL
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Massimo who wrote "The Goodbye Kiss" : CARLOTTO
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Adding and subtracting : MATH
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Breather : LUNG
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Until now : YET
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Opus ___ : DEI
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Make wealthy : ENRICH
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Robert who pioneered in electronic music : MOOG
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"And if I don't?" : ORWHAT
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Poughkeepsie campus : VASSAR
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Rearward : AFT
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Value system : ETHIC
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From Swansea, say : WELSH
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Tickle : ELATE
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Eleniak of "Baywatch" : ERIKA
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Psyched : AMPED
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Capital on the same parallel as Seward, Alaska : OSLO
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Angle : FISH
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Original Beatle Sutcliffe : STU
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Having many fans ... or needing a fan? : HOT
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"Fuhgeddaboudit!" : NAW
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Bit of forensic data : DNA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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