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FLIP-FLOPS

New York Times, Sunday, February 22, 2015

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 195 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Complex concept today, so bear with me as I try to summarize it: pairs of answers flip-flopped; words that can precede 'up' moving up, and words that can precede 'down' moving down. ... read more

Complex concept today, so bear with me as I try to summarize it: pairs of answers flip-flopped; words that can precede "up" moving up, and words that can precede "down" moving down.

Sigh. That probably still isn't clear, so an example:

  • END in TENDERHEARTED moves up ("END up" given an additional clue: [finally become])
  • LIE in SALIERI moves down (LIE down given an additional clue: [go to bed])

Standard microchip package

Neat concept, taking advantage of all the little words that can precede "up" or "down." A bit strange to see gobbledygook within the themers, but it overall is a tricky and innovative idea. It would have been incredibly cool if the answers, after flipping, actually formed real words. Given that there are SO many words that can precede "up" or "down," I wonder if it'd actually be possible.

The flip-flop is a basic unit of electronic logic, a simple circuit to keep track of one of two states. So I thought it was cool how the shaded rectangles sort of looked like microchips. (Boy oh boy would I LOVE a crossword employing a fully-functional circuit diagram. Yes, I realize I'm the only one.)


Some clue highlights, along with a few I had to look up to understand:

  • Elaine NARDO! I watched every episode of "Taxi" as a kid, so I loved seeing her in the grid.
  • CHESS is the setting for a castle … like when a player moves his/her king and rook in the move known as "castling."
  • CPA reviews books, all right — company books! Beautiful clue.
  • TWIT apparently can be used as a verb. Huh.
  • Fantastic clue, [Lit group] making me think about a book club — no, it's a group of boozehounds getting lit.
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0222 ( 23,847 )
Across
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Furnishes : AFFORDS
8
Bit of body art, for short : TAT
11
"St. ___ Fire" (Brat Pack film) : ELMOS
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Book reviewer? : CPA
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Expel, as from a club : DRUMOUT
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Historical chapter : AGE
21
Turnpike turnoffs [intimidate, in a way] : RESTAREAS
23
Narrator of "Amadeus" [go to bed] : SALIERI
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Pet food brand [recover lost ground] : PURINACATCHOW
26
Compassionate [finally become] : TENDERHEARTED
28
City of Light creator at the 1893 World's Fair : TESLA
29
Welles of "The Third Man" : ORSON
30
Dunderhead : ASS
31
Attaches, in a way : SEWSON
32
Barbershop sound : SNIP
36
Dealer's enemy : NARC
38
Ridicule : TWIT
41
Country with the longest coastline : CANADA
44
Comic strip dog : ODIE
45
Skateboarder's safety item [salaam] : ELBOWPAD
51
Goodbyes [abate] : ADIEUS
52
Flagman? : REF
53
Point at the ceiling? [misbehave] : STALACTITE
55
She's not light-headed [amass] : BRUNETTE
57
Embarrassing putts to miss : TAPINS
59
Cosmic balance? : LIBRA
60
Lit group : SOTS
61
Film library unit : REEL
63
Guy's partner : GAL
64
Storied voyager : SINBAD
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What each group of shaded words in this puzzle does : GOESUPANDDOWN
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Dark looks : SCOWLS
73
Get some Z's : NAP
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Subtle emanation : AURA
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Concert poster info : DATE
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Comic actress Catherine : OHARA
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Four-legged orphans : DOGIES
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Activity done in front of a mirror [clearly define] : PRIMPING
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Office trash [resign] : WASTEPAPER
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Start of many rapper names : LIL
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Upset stomach [consume] : NAUSEA
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Loud and harsh [start crowding the crotch] : STRIDENT
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___ Tree State (Maine) : PINE
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Like March Madness teams : SEEDED
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Contentment : EASE
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Theater giant? : IMAX
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Establishes : SETS
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Release tension, possibly : EXHALE
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Big tank : VAT
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What sarongs lack : SEAMS
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Finnish outbuilding : SAUNA
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Control of one's actions [fall in great quantities] : SELFRESTRAINT
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Granite dome in Georgia [moderate] : STONEMOUNTAIN
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Converses à la Tracy and Hepburn [pay in advance] : BANTERS
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Athens landmark [arise] : ACROPOLIS
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Retro music collection : LPS
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Do without a radiator : AIRCOOL
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Over there : YON
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Brought on : LEDTO
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Stan of Marvel Comics : LEE
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Lectures : TALKSTO
Down
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Super Bowl highlights, to some : ADS
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House on campus : FRAT
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Precamping purchase : FUEL
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Luxury hotel chain : OMNI
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Barrel racing venue : RODEO
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Printmaker Albrecht : DURER
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Mixes up : STIRS
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Appetizer with puréed olives : TAPENADE
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Fuego extinguisher : AGUA
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Balustrade location : TERRACE
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Physicist Rutherford after whom rutherfordium is named : ERNEST
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Radiation shield material : LEAD
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Hosts, for short : MCS
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Muesli tidbit : OAT
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Electoral map division : STATE
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Setting for a castle : CHESS
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Painter Uccello : PAOLO
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City on the Nile : ASWAN
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They're all in the same boat : CREW
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"___ Late" (Ricky Nelson hit) : ITS
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Banquet V.I.P.'s : HONOREES
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Wild guess : STAB
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Strikers' replacements : SCABS
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"Taxi" character Elaine : NARDO
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Greenlandic speaker : INUIT
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Glazier's supply : PANES
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Estrangement : RIFT
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Detach (from) : WEAN
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Misfortunes : ILLS
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Fitting : DUE
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Team with a mascot named Orbit : ASTROS
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Firth of "The King's Speech" : COLIN
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Mattress size : TWIN
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Mr. ___ (soft drink) : PIBB
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Gillette brand : ATRA
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Like a dull party : DEAD
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Go across : SPAN
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Actress Swinton : TILDA
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Hanes purchase, informally : TEE
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Slack-jawed : AGAPE
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Big leap forward : LUNGE
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Courters : SWAINS
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Woodsy picnic spot : GLADE
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Brace : PAIR
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Divided houses : DUPLEXES
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#4 for the Bruins : ORR
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Plants in a field : SOWS
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I.M.'ing session : CHAT
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Longship propellers : OARS
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Summons, e.g. : WRIT
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Bamboozles : DUPES
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Brief digression : ASIDE
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Fundamental principle : TENET
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Quaint oath : EGADS
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Writer Richard Henry ___ : DANA
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Goes (for) : OPTS
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Nickname for a lanky cowboy : SLIM
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___ Jemison, first African-American woman in space : MAE
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Sport with double touches : EPEE
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To one way of thinking : INASENSE
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Unseen danger : PITFALL
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Nevertheless : EVENSO
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English assignment : ESSAY
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Knife brand : XACTO
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Iroquoian tribe : HURON
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Before long : ANON
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Boutonniere's place : LAPEL
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Keyboard abbr. : ALT
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Swinging occasion? : ATBAT
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"West Side Story" heroine : MARIA
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Unfriendly dog sound : SNARL
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One of a bridge foursome : SUIT
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Smelly : RIPE
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Check mark : TICK
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Book of Mormon prophet : ENOS
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Brisk pace : TROT
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Brother of Shemp : MOE
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Getting on : OLD
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___-pitch : SLO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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