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# FLIP-FLOPS

## New York Times, Sunday, February 22, 2015

 Author: Patrick Berry Editor: Will Shortz
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## 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. Sigh. That probably still ... more
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.

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])

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.
 1A 2F 3F 4O 5R 6D 7S 8T 9A 10T 11E 12L 13M 14O 15S 16C 17P 18A 19D R U M O U T 20A G E 21R E C A T 22C H A S 23S A E N D R I 24P U R 25I N A S T A R E O W 26T L I E E R 27H E A R T E D 28T E S L A 29O R S O N 30A S S 31S E W S O N 32S 33N 34I 35P 36N A 37R C 38T 39W 40I T 41C A N A 42D 43A 44O D I E 45E L A 46C 47T 48P 49A 50D 51A R U N U S 52R E F 53S 54T A L B O W I T E 55B D I E E T 56T E 57T 58A P I N S 59L I B R A 60S O T S 61R E E 62L 63G A L 64S I N B A D 65G O E S U 66P A N D 67D 68O W N 69S 70C 71O 72W L S 73N A P 74A U R A 75D 76A 77T 78E 79O H A R A 80D 81O G I E 82S 83P R I 84M U S E G 85W A R I D 86E A P E R 87L 88I L 89N A P I N A 90S T S T E P N T 91P I N E 92S E E D E D 93E A S 94E 95I M A X 96S E T S 97E 98X 99H 100A 101L E 102V 103A T 104S E 105A 106M 107S 108S A U N A 109S E L F 110R E S T A N 111T 112E 113T 114S C R O P 115M 116O U N T A I N 117B R A I N R 118S 119A T O N E O L I S 120L P S 121A I R C O O L 122Y O N 123L E D T O 124L E E 125T A L K S T O
© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0222 ( 23,847 )
 Across Down 1. Furnishes : AFFORDS8. Bit of body art, for short : TAT11. "St. ___ Fire" (Brat Pack film) : ELMOS16. Book reviewer? : CPA19. Expel, as from a club : DRUMOUT20. Historical chapter : AGE21. Turnpike turnoffs [intimidate, in a way] : RESTAREAS23. Narrator of "Amadeus" [go to bed] : SALIERI24. Pet food brand [recover lost ground] : PURINACATCHOW26. Compassionate [finally become] : TENDERHEARTED28. City of Light creator at the 1893 World's Fair : TESLA29. Welles of "The Third Man" : ORSON30. Dunderhead : ASS31. Attaches, in a way : SEWSON32. Barbershop sound : SNIP36. Dealer's enemy : NARC38. Ridicule : TWIT41. Country with the longest coastline : CANADA44. Comic strip dog : ODIE45. Skateboarder's safety item [salaam] : ELBOWPAD51. Goodbyes [abate] : ADIEUS52. Flagman? : REF53. Point at the ceiling? [misbehave] : STALACTITE55. She's not light-headed [amass] : BRUNETTE57. Embarrassing putts to miss : TAPINS59. Cosmic balance? : LIBRA60. Lit group : SOTS61. Film library unit : REEL63. Guy's partner : GAL64. Storied voyager : SINBAD65. What each group of shaded words in this puzzle does : GOESUPANDDOWN69. Dark looks : SCOWLS73. Get some Z's : NAP74. Subtle emanation : AURA75. Concert poster info : DATE79. Comic actress Catherine : OHARA80. Four-legged orphans : DOGIES83. Activity done in front of a mirror [clearly define] : PRIMPING85. Office trash [resign] : WASTEPAPER87. Start of many rapper names : LIL89. Upset stomach [consume] : NAUSEA90. Loud and harsh [start crowding the crotch] : STRIDENT91. ___ Tree State (Maine) : PINE92. Like March Madness teams : SEEDED93. Contentment : EASE95. Theater giant? : IMAX96. Establishes : SETS97. Release tension, possibly : EXHALE102. Big tank : VAT104. What sarongs lack : SEAMS108. Finnish outbuilding : SAUNA109. Control of one's actions [fall in great quantities] : SELFRESTRAINT114. Granite dome in Georgia [moderate] : STONEMOUNTAIN117. Converses à la Tracy and Hepburn [pay in advance] : BANTERS119. Athens landmark [arise] : ACROPOLIS120. Retro music collection : LPS121. Do without a radiator : AIRCOOL122. Over there : YON123. Brought on : LEDTO124. Stan of Marvel Comics : LEE125. Lectures : TALKSTO 1. Super Bowl highlights, to some : ADS2. House on campus : FRAT3. Precamping purchase : FUEL4. Luxury hotel chain : OMNI5. Barrel racing venue : RODEO6. Printmaker Albrecht : DURER7. Mixes up : STIRS8. Appetizer with puréed olives : TAPENADE9. Fuego extinguisher : AGUA10. Balustrade location : TERRACE11. Physicist Rutherford after whom rutherfordium is named : ERNEST12. Radiation shield material : LEAD13. Hosts, for short : MCS14. Muesli tidbit : OAT15. Electoral map division : STATE16. Setting for a castle : CHESS17. Painter Uccello : PAOLO18. City on the Nile : ASWAN22. They're all in the same boat : CREW25. "___ Late" (Ricky Nelson hit) : ITS27. Banquet V.I.P.'s : HONOREES31. Wild guess : STAB32. Strikers' replacements : SCABS33. "Taxi" character Elaine : NARDO34. Greenlandic speaker : INUIT35. Glazier's supply : PANES37. Estrangement : RIFT39. Detach (from) : WEAN40. Misfortunes : ILLS42. Fitting : DUE43. Team with a mascot named Orbit : ASTROS46. Firth of "The King's Speech" : COLIN47. Mattress size : TWIN48. Mr. ___ (soft drink) : PIBB49. Gillette brand : ATRA50. Like a dull party : DEAD53. Go across : SPAN54. Actress Swinton : TILDA56. Hanes purchase, informally : TEE58. Slack-jawed : AGAPE62. Big leap forward : LUNGE64. Courters : SWAINS65. Woodsy picnic spot : GLADE66. Brace : PAIR67. Divided houses : DUPLEXES68. #4 for the Bruins : ORR69. Plants in a field : SOWS70. I.M.'ing session : CHAT71. Longship propellers : OARS72. Summons, e.g. : WRIT75. Bamboozles : DUPES76. Brief digression : ASIDE77. Fundamental principle : TENET78. Quaint oath : EGADS80. Writer Richard Henry ___ : DANA81. Goes (for) : OPTS82. Nickname for a lanky cowboy : SLIM84. ___ Jemison, first African-American woman in space : MAE86. Sport with double touches : EPEE88. To one way of thinking : INASENSE91. Unseen danger : PITFALL94. Nevertheless : EVENSO97. English assignment : ESSAY98. Knife brand : XACTO99. Iroquoian tribe : HURON100. Before long : ANON101. Boutonniere's place : LAPEL103. Keyboard abbr. : ALT105. Swinging occasion? : ATBAT106. "West Side Story" heroine : MARIA107. Unfriendly dog sound : SNARL109. One of a bridge foursome : SUIT110. Smelly : RIPE111. Check mark : TICK112. Book of Mormon prophet : ENOS113. Brisk pace : TROT115. Brother of Shemp : MOE116. Getting on : OLD118. ___-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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