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New York Times, Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cartoonist who wrote the caption "Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?"

Author:
Ellen Leuschner and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 81 Missing: {KZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Leuschner. This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
ELLEN: I enjoy working with Jeff Chen immensely. It is always fun to brainstorm ideas, and I appreciate Jeff's willingness to help other constructors. Sometimes it's hard to know what ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Ellen has such patience with me. I think it's important to brainstorm dozens, perhaps hundreds of ideas in order to come up with something I feel is really NYT-worthy. We went back and ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times2/15/15 ( No. 23,840 )
Across
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"Everyone who's anyone is attending!" : BETHERE
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Shoot for the moon : GOBIG
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Much-anthologized Frank R. Stockton short story : THELADY
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Herald, as a new year : USHERIN
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Mitchell heroine : OHARA
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One calling it quits : RETIREE
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Is a rat : SQUEALS
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Chimes, e.g. : TONES
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Short thing for a diva : ARIETTA
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Big ___ : SUR
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Rarely : SELDOM
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Long John Silver, for one : SEADOG
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Not standard: Abbr. : IRR
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Word with coffee or water : TABLE
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Bird that's also the name of an Irish river : ERNE
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Sped : TORE
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Canon competitor : EPSON
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Cookies with a "Golden" variety : OREOS
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Slowing, in music: Abbr. : RIT
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Audible pauses : UMS
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Knot again : RETIE
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Miranda warning receiver, informally : PERP
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Remote button with "+" and "-" : VOL
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Govt. construction overseer : GSA
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Founded, on city signs : ESTD
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Word before "I didn't know that!" : GEE
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Heavy metal band? : ORE
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Some fraternity men : NUS
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Proverbial matter of perspective : HALFFULL
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John who played Harold in the "Harold & Kumar" films : CHO
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Question asked in classic 1970s ads : ISITLIVE
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Jeopardized : INPERIL
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Ask : QUERY
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Greek goddess of vengeance : NEMESIS
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Like Lake Mead or Lake Powell : MANMADE
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Strunk and White topic : USAGE
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They're of no concern to cougars : AGEGAPS
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"M*A*S*H" role : PIERCE
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Cry from a damsel in distress : SAVEME
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Part of I.M.F.: Abbr. : INTL
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Stickup line : YOURMONEY
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Just : ONLY
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Laughed harshly : BRAYED
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Overstress : BELABOR
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Foe of Mr. Fantastic in the comics : DRDOOM
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Reception vessel : URN
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Some samples : SIPS
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Figure skater Midori : ITO
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"Now it makes sense!" : ISEE
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Mop & ___ : GLO
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Frontier sheriff's badge : TINSTAR
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In the style of : AFTER
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Whistleblower's target? : TAXICAB
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"Bye for now," in textspeak : TTYL
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Rummage (through) : RIFLE
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No longer hungry : SATED
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D.C. club : NATS
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Indian music : RAGA
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Langston Hughes poem : ITOO
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William ___, British general in the Revolutionary War : HOWE
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Assist, as an outlaw : ABET
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Colored like ink in "Love's Labour's Lost" : EBON
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Song by the Clash on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list : SHOULDISTAY
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Material for many a ski lodge : PINE
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Part of an Adirondack chair : SLAT
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___ Conference : TED
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Command to Fido : BEG
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Before : ERE
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Tech grad: Abbr. : ENGR
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Gets fixed : SETS
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Parisian possessive : SES
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"Maid in Manhattan" star, informally : JLO
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Rx signers : MDS
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General ___ chicken : TSOS
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Dot on a transit map : BUSSTOP
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Cartoonist who wrote the caption "Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?" : THURBER
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Titter sound : HEE
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Backspaces, say : ERASES
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Incense : RILE
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Eve who wrote "The Vagina Monologues" : ENSLER
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Mounted : GOTONTO
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- : GOHOME
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Test ___ : BAN
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Beginning of an attorney's ending : IREST
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Like four of the eight planets : GASEOUS
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Subjects of apprenticeships : TRADES
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Superman, e.g. : HERO
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Rough position? : LIE
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Ones in the oil field? : ARTISTS
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Historic filer for bankruptcy in 2013 : DETROIT
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Was lovesick, say : YEARNED
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Blather : DRIVEL
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___ Exchange : ARMANI
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Cut (off) : LOP
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April second? : PEE
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Center of activity : LOCUS
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Physicist Ohm : GEORG
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Virgil, for Dante : GUIDE
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Queen of mystery : ELLERY
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Flightless bird : RHEA
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Org. with the motto "Not for self but for country" : USNAVY
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Battle of the Alamo, e.g. : SIEGE
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"For ___" (store sign around Father's Day) : HIM
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California's Santa ___ River : ANA
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I.C.U. worker : LPN
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Most feeble : FRAILEST
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Map part : LEGEND
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"Life ___ Highway" : ISA
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One given the velvet rope treatment, for short : VIP
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Sigmoid shape : ESS
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Get in line : QUEUE
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Kind of question : YESNO
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Kernel keepers : COBS
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Prefix with -form : AERI
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Crabby : IRRITABLE
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Female with a beard : NANNYGOAT
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Stone who co-created "South Park" : MATT
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Cousins of clarinets : OBOES
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Little houses on the prairie : LOGCABINS
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Indie band whose name means, literally, "I have it" : YOLATENGO
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Brace : BUTTRESS
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Anaïs Nin and Franz Kafka, notably : DIARISTS
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Straight shooters? : DEADEYES
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Family members : MOBSTERS
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Please, to a Puritan : PRITHEE
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Sommelier : STEWARD
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Angles : SLANTS
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Baseball family name : ALOU
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Pompom wielder's cries : RAHS
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Sulking : INAPET
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Things found in a pyramid : FOODS
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Sacred symbol : TOTEM
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___ Library (Austin, Tex., attraction) : LBJ
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Atl. Coast state : DEL
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Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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