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Bright Ideas

New York Times, Sunday, February 11, 2024

Author:
Peter Koetters
Editor:
Will Shortz
Traditional Indonesian percussion orchestra
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {XZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Koetters. Sunday freshness: 52%
Will Shortz notes:
Peter Koetters is a pediatrician in Pasadena, Calif. This is his fifth crossword for The Times since 2012, and first Sunday. His interest in constructing was piqued by the 2006 ... read more
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© 2024, The New York Times2/11/24 ( No. 27,123 )
Across
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___ Pérignon : DOM
4
Result of a sand save, in golf : PAR
7
Letter-shaped groove used in framing : TSLOT
12
Subway stop: Abbr. : STA
15
Chicago Booth offering, in brief : MBA
18
Computer text standard : UNICODE
20
"If all goes well ..." : IHOPE
21
Shook a leg : HURRIED
23
Traditional Indonesian percussion orchestra : GAMELAN
24
Baseball manager who once instructed his team to "Pair up in threes" : BERRA
25
It may be a lot outside the city : ONEACRE
26
180s : UIES
27
It helps you get the picture : MOVIECAMERA
30
Sportscaster Hershiser : OREL
31
Annual Pebble Beach event : PROAM
33
"That is hilarious!" : WHATAHOOT
34
Cite : QUOTE
35
Food pyramid group : GRAINS
37
Orange juice specification : NOPULP
39
Place for poissons : MER
41
IV placers : RNS
42
Support staff: Abbr. : ASSTS
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Hostile party : FOE
48
Blue ___ (symbol of Delaware) : HEN
51
"The Terrible" czar : IVANIV
53
Mirror : IMITATE
55
Sad response to "How was the game?" : WELOST
57
Feel discontented : REPINE
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Having knobby bumps : NODULAR
59
Heretofore, poetically : ERENOW
60
Metal receptacle by a fireplace : ASHCAN
61
College student's earnings : CREDITS
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Student's do-over : RETEST
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Table scraps : ORTS
65
Absinthe flavoring : ANISE
66
1974 C.I.A. spoof : SPYS
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Brand name on a Go-Gurt box : YOPLAIT
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Hovers menacingly : LOOMS
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Like a tuxedo bib : PLEATED
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Athlete Arthur : ASHE
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Alley ___ : OOP
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Leaves on the shelf? : TEA
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Sportage automaker : KIA
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Language with 44 consonant symbols : THAI
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"___ knows?" : WHO
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Back in the day : ONCE
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Suffix with east or west : ERN
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Rubik with a cube : ERNO
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Fertility clinic donations : OVA
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Ohio home to Cedar Point, the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World" : SANDUSKY
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Airline to Oslo : SAS
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Guys in commercials : PITCHMEN
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Steering implement : OAR
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Burdensome amount : TON
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Giant Mel : OTT
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Shelley's "___ Skylark" : TOA
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Leave one's mark, in a way : SIGN
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Spot : SITE
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One with two years to go, informally : SOPH
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270° from sur : ESTE
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Hide ___ hair : NOR
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Prepare to skate : LACEUP
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Soldier's helmet, in old slang : TINHAT
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Place to find a crook : ARM
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Downhearted : INAFUNK
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After-school helper : TUTOR
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Blanket : OVERLIE
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Lab dropper : PIPETTE
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Character with character : EMOJI
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Welcome policy at a bar : NOCOVER
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Bagel topper : SCHMEAR
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Anthony of "In the Heights" and "Hamilton" : RAMOS
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Seventh heaven : ECSTASY
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Unearthed : DUGUP
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___ personality : ONAIR
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Duplicating machine : MIMEOGRAPH
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Primary person, informally : POL
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Primary person? : ADAM
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Acclaims : RENOWNS
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Bone attached to the patellar tendon : TIBIA
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Unit of stamps : SHEET
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Poet Federico García ___ : LORCA
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Talk show host nominated for an Academy Award : OPRAH
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Whisper from Don Juan : TEAMO
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Lacking : SHORTOF
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Sashimi choice : TUNA
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Verb in some tautologies : ARE
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The "thing" in "Is this thing on?" : MICROPHONE
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Che Guevara wore one : BERET
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"Easy on Me" singer : ADELE
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Activist Chavez : CESAR
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Director Walsh of old Hollywood : RAOUL
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Bygone tape type : VHS
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Seeming eternity : EON
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Italian dipping sauce : MARINARA
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Netflix series starring the Fab Five : QUEEREYE
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Legacy of 72-Down, seven of which appear among this puzzle's answers and one more suggested by the black squares in the middle of the grid : INVENTIONS
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Something that's big with the current generation? : POWERPLANT
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Actress Sorvino : MIRA
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Some nights of celebration : EVES
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Ethically indifferent : AMORAL
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Tangential remarks : SIDENOTES
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When the original Big Five ruled Hollywood : STUDIOERA
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Magical objects : TALISMANS
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Union members : STATES
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Those, in Spanish : ESOS
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Cereal box abbr. : NTWT
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Designer Miller : NICOLE
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Relative of Ltd. : INC
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Hosp. areas : ERS
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Unleashes upon : LETSAT
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Bygone tape dispenser : STOCKTICKER
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Failed device meant to communicate with the dead : SPIRITPHONE
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Swerves at sea : YAWS
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Org. that sets worker exposure limits : OSHA
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Object in the classic painting "His Master's Voice" : PHONOGRAPH
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With [circled letters reading clockwise], American icon born 2/11/1847 : THOMASALVA
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Common spot for a wasp nest : EAVE
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Primatologist Fossey : DIAN
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You can trip on it in the desert : PEYOTE
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Didn't stop : KEPTON
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Sharer's possessive : OUR
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Late harvest mo. : OCT
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Novelist Brown : DAN
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Tilling tool : HOE
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Without gender, in Latin : NEUTER
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Egyptian god of death and rebirth : OSIRIS
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Barbershop sounds : SNIPS
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Kind of bond : IONIC
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Seasonal inflatable : SANTA
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Chaos : HAVOC
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Tastes : TRIES
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Board of a cosmetics company? : EMERY
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Bard's instrument : LUTE
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Cougar : PUMA
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Hideki ___, W.W. II prime minister : TOJO
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P.I.s, e.g. : TECS
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Gender abbr. : FEM
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Cat's pa : TOM
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Turn bad : ROT

Answer summary:
7 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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