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THIS N' THAT

New York Times, Sunday, February 1, 2015

Three-vowel word that sounds like a fourth vowel

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Steinberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 66 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Steinberg.
David Steinberg notes:
This puzzle idea came about when my mom, who was a Russian Literature major in college, suggested I construct a crossword with literary puns, such as WARREN PEACE. I thought WARREN PEACE ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Drag and drop -> DRAGON DROP, four and twenty -> FOREIGN TWENTY, hair and makeup -> HERON MAKEUP. Fun sound changes, excellent consistency in how David executed each one. Impressive theme ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times2/1/15 ( No. 23,826 )
Across
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Filling entrees? : MEATPIES
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Imperfect : FLAWED
15
Laugh track content : HAHAS
20
Former Diet Pepsi spokesmodel : CAROLALT
21
Nymph jilted by Paris : OENONE
22
"The Vampire Diaries" protagonist : ELENA
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Content of a demand to attend? : SUMMONSUBSTANCE
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Cry of frustration : AARGH
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___ flakes : OAT
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Hullabaloo : FUSS
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Square meal? : RAVIOLI
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Gas station adjunct : MART
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Freaky funeral noise? : COFFINWHEEZE
37
Tornado Alley state: Abbr. : NEB
38
Smirnoff Ice, e.g. : ALCOPOP
40
Red-faced : FLORID
41
View from Big Ben : THAMES
43
Patriots' and Seahawks' org. : NFL
44
"Castaway" director, 1986 : ROEG
46
Points of view : TAKES
48
W.W. II rationing agcy. : OPA
49
Dive from a fire-breathing creature? : DRAGONDROP
53
Al Qaeda stronghold : YEMEN
55
Vegetable that's often fried : OKRA
58
Place first, second or third, say : MEDAL
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Man of letters? : SAJAK
61
"The Bridge on the River Kwai" director : DAVIDLEAN
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Certain embedded Internet video : GIF
65
___ lupus (gray wolf) : CANIS
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Not there yet : ENROUTE
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Company that introduced Saran Wrap : DOW
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Venti, vingt or zwanzig? : FOREIGNTWENTY
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Missal storage site : PEW
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Coffee bean variety : ARABICA
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Went on a run? : SKIED
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43-Across ball carriers: Abbr. : HBS
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Lake ___, biggest lake in South America : MARACAIBO
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Holdups : SNAGS
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Perfumery measure : OUNCE
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Workers' rights org. : NLRB
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Wool source : LLAMA
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Woe for a sunburned sea monster? : KRAKENPEEL
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Northern California's ___ River : EEL
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Burn : SCALD
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Make hot : RILE
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___-Magnon : CRO
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Uses mouthwash, e.g. : RINSES
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Like a dutiful sentry : ONPOST
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Faux pas : MISSTEP
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Symbol on a sarcophagus : ASP
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Intel products used at a nuclear facility? : FISSIONCHIPS
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Hit with a charge : TASE
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Seiji Ozawa, e.g. : MAESTRO
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"Argo" setting : IRAN
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Roman guardian spirit : LAR
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Diminish in strength : ABATE
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Overseeing a work crew, e.g.? : FOREMANFUNCTION
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Cause of radioactivity : DECAY
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Beggar's receptacle : TINCUP
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Attorney's presentation : EVIDENCE
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Coeur d'___ : ALENE
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Part of a contract : CLAUSE
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Mess : RATSNEST
Down
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Game show V.I.P.'s : MCS
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Three-vowel word that sounds like a fourth vowel : EAU
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Like some knights and warships : ARMORCLAD
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Kind of paste : TOMATO
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What a spoiler might spoil : PLOT
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Golfer Woosnam : IAN
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Chi-town circlers : ELS
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Possessions : STUFF
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Old fogy : FOSSIL
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"We'd better skip it" : LETSNOT
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Santa ___ winds : ANA
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Got the gold : WON
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Envelope abbr. : ENC
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Handle of a plow? : DEERE
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Unceremonious removal : HEAVEHO
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Half a game name that rhymes : ALAI
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Feathers, pointy bill, long legs, etc.? : HERONMAKEUP
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"Life of Pi" director : ANGLEE
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Old colonial masters : SAHIBS
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Aficionado : BUFF
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AIDS-fighting drug : AZT
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One with a colorful coat? : MANDM
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Woodard of "Primal Fear" : ALFRE
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Garbage collector, informally? : COON
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Slanted columns : OPEDS
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Fay of "King Kong" : WRAY
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Upped : HIKED
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Plant swelling : EDEMA
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Like Isaac Asimov : PROLIFIC
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Speed skater Ohno : APOLO
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Words of thanksgiving : GRACE
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Common craps roll : SEVEN
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Dribble glass, e.g. : GAG
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California resort town : OJAI
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Feelings of guilt : PANGS
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What I will always be, alphabetically : NINTH
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Parking lot figure : RATE
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From square one : ANEW
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Problems with hoses : KINKS
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Skeletal enemy in Mario games : DRYBONES
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___ point : FOCAL
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Perform terribly : STINK
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"Lookin' good!" : DAMN
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Kind of contraception : ORAL
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Period when rabbits stop fighting? : WARRENPEACE
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Harangues, with "at" : RAILS
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Sport : WEAR
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Mystery prize : EDGAR
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Naïfs : BABES
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Slangy greeting : SUP
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Salad bar morsels : BACOS
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Like the world's largest sultanate : OMANI
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Economize to a fault : SKIMP
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Juicy fruit : NECTARINE
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Destination of NASA's Dawn probe : CERES
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What Othello and Desdemona do in "Othello" : ELOPE
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Prime Cuts brand : ALPO
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Site of ancient Greek Olympics : ELIS
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What the jack of spades lacks : LEFTEYE
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Howard Stern rival : DONIMUS
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Howard Johnson rival : RAMADA
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Chilean author Allende : ISABEL
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"My dear man" : SIR
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Difficult situation : SCRAPE
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Greater or lesser follower : THAN
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New York's ___ Island : STATEN
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Circular opening? : SOFTC
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Gather (from) : INFER
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"South Park" boy : STAN
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Some PC screens : LCDS
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Many an art museum piece : OIL
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Cellular messenger : RNA
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Bit of old French bread : ECU
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Charlottesville inst. : UVA
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Picayune quibble : NIT
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Brass producer, briefly : OCS
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Catchy thing? : NET

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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