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New York Times, Sunday, February 17, 2019

66-Across : What 1986 ___ romantic comedy got its title from a song by the Psychedelic Furs?

Author:
David Kwong
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Kwong

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 77 This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Kwong.
Will Shortz notes:
David Kwong is a professional magician and crossword constructor. He was the head magic consultant for the hit 2013 film Now You See Me (see the sly nod at 96-Down.) He is currently ... read more
David Kwong notes:
It's so nice to be back on glossy newsprint! Haven't had a Sunday puzzle for 9 years. Last one was Kevan Choset and my Mad Magazine Fold-In puzzle in 2010! This one has been cooking for a ... read more
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David riffing on the common complaint, that you have to know trivia to do crosswords. Today, you do! A lot of elegant elements, starting with the six Trivial Pursuit wedge colors, placed ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
The Will Shortz era at the NYT started with a memorable color rebus crossword. We have a list of the other color rebus puzzles here. Mr. Kwong gave a popular TED Talk in 2014 that had an ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times2/17/19 ( No. 25,303 )
Across
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Not rumpled, as a bed : MADE
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Slice, for example : SODA
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Veal topper, informally : PARM
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Cookie containers : JARS
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"Yeah, right!" : IBET
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Certain body of believers : CHRISTENDOM
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Part of a Latin 101 conjugation : AMAT
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What kind of tree ___? : ALWAYSHASFOLIAGE
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High-grade cotton : PIMA
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Capital that was home to the world's tallest building before the Burj Khalifa : TAIPEI
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Pears and apples : POMES
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Vladimir Lenin's real last name : ULYANOV
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Nahuatl speaker : AZTEC
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Answer to 22-Across [Science & Nature] : EVERGREEN
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Multipurpose : ALLINONE
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Fixed : SET
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Polite : CIVIL
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Moving vehicle : VAN
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"Carmen" and "Elektra" : OPERAS
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"Jeez!" : OHMAN
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Mimicking : APING
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Director Anderson : WES
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Simulated : MOCK
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Answer to 113-Across [Geography] : BLUEHENSTATE
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Answer to 13-Down [History] : YELLOWSEA
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First name on a famous plane : ENOLA
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Farm females : SOWS
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Host for a destructive beetle : ELM
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Abbr. on a label of brandy : VSOP
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Class skippers : TRUANTS
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Princess seduced by Zeus : LEDA
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Cartesian conclusion : IAM
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Word said before "do" : ITLL
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What 1986 ___ romantic comedy got its title from a song by the Psychedelic Furs? : HIGHSCHOOL
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Who wrote a 2003 best seller about a ___? : SECRETCODE
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Tres + cinco : OCHO
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"Little ol' me?" : MOI
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Fine fabric : LACE
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Asmara is its capital : ERITREA
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Regard : DEEM
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World Cup cry : OLE
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Newspaper units: Abbr. : COLS
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Clammy : MOIST
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Answer to 68-Across [Art & Literature] : DANBROWN
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Answer to 66-Across [Entertainment] : PRETTYINPINK
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"Phooey!" : RATS
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Have a bawl : SOB
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Amherst campus, for short : UMASS
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Cacophonous : NOISY
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Knight's wear, in England : ARMOUR
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Pad : MAT
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Find a new tenant for : RELET
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Calendar units: Abbr. : WKS
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Select, as sides for a game : CHOOSEUP
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Answer to 39-Down [Sports & Leisure] : ORANGEBOWL
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"To repeat ..." : AGAIN
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Lens covers : CORNEAS
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Meerkat in "The Lion King" : TIMON
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Living, to Livy : INESSE
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Nose out : EDGE
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What ___ comes from a farm bird? : DELAWARENICKNAME
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Blacken : SEAR
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Song heard at the start of "Saturday Night Fever" : STAYINALIVE
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Ride provider : UBER
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Some I.R.S. data, for short : SSNS
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Not hush-hush : OPEN
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Kind : TYPE
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What a judge does for much of the day : SITS
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Some roadsters : MIATAS
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Brightly lit : ABLAZE
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Clinton who once ran for president : DEWITT
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Tour de France stage : ETAPE
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"Pipe down!" : SHH
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60 minuti : ORA
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Get rid of : DISPEL
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"When it comes to ..." : ASFOR
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Scorer of 12 World Cup goals : PELE
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Spanish ouzo flavoring : ANIS
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Nutritional std. : RDA
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Bump on a slope : MOGUL
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Where were battleships sunk in an 1894 ___? : JAPANESEVICTORY
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Key of Beethoven's "Für Elise" : AMINOR
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Quimby of children's books : RAMONA
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Lines on sheet music : STAVES
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CBS debut of 2000 : CSI
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Comic actor known for his shock humor : TOMGREEN
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1966 Donovan hit with a rhyming title : MELLOWYELLOW
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"That tastes bleah!" : YECCH
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"Holy cow!" : YIPES
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Cole Porter's "Well, Did You ___?" : EVAH
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Jungle tangle : VINES
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Sweet and kind : ANGELIC
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1962 hit for the Ikettes : IMBLUE
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Part of an itinerary : VIA
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Cost to get a hand : ANTE
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What annual game have the ___ won more than any other team? : OKLAHOMASOONERS
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Too : ASWELL
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Condition once called "shell shock," for short : PTSD
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Process : METHOD
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How chicken teriyaki is usually served : ONRICE
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Gave reluctantly, with "up" : COUGHED
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Court plea, in brief : NOLO
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Oregon city that was the first permanent U.S. settlement west of the Rockies : ASTORIA
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A, B, C or D, in multiple choice: Abbr. : ANS
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Foal's mother : MARE
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Like Fenway among all major-league ballparks : OLDEST
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Folds : PLEATS
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Cinephile's channel : TCM
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"Buzz off!" : SHOO
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Natty neckwear : ASCOTS
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Locale for Jacques Cousteau : MER
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Crankcase device : OILPUMP
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Like a moray : EELY
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Director Burton : TIM
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Follower of the Gospels : ACTS
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Wry Bombeck : ERMA
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Resilience : SINEW
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"It's a waste of time" : NOUSE
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Loaves from whole-grain flour : BROWNBREADS
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Put away, in a way : EAT
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Longtime Steelers coach Chuck : NOLL
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Small digit : PINKIE
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Reeked : STANK
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Gain entry to : ACCESS
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Kind of scholar : RHODES
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Freeman of "Now You See Me" : MORGAN
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TV Tarzan player : RONELY
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Hot stuff : WASABI
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Fate : KISMET
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Unwelcome looks : SNEERS
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Be of ___ (aid) : USETO
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Syracuse player, once : ORANGEMAN
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Sacha Baron Cohen character : BORAT
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Original edition of this puzzle's theme : GENUS
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Actor Diggs : TAYE
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Words of triumph : IWIN
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Whack : ICE
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Length of a pool and back : LAP
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Partner of tuck : NIP
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Suffix with elect : IVE

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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