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New York Times, Thursday, February 8, 2018

Author:
Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
The HOLLYWOOD / SHUFFLE! (sneaking over to Wikipedia as I pretend to know what that is … my first guess was embarrassingly ... read more

The HOLLYWOOD / SHUFFLE! (sneaking over to Wikipedia as I pretend to know what that is … my first guess was embarrassingly related to the Icky Shuffle.) I'm a huge Keenen Ivory Wayans fan. I'll have to check out the flick.

Some nice anagram finds. MEG RYAN into GERMANY I had seen before, But TAYE DIGGS into STEADY GIG is great. ["It's-a me, Mario!"] seemed a bit ickily stereotypical, until I realized it's an actual quote from Nintendo's Mario. Whew!

The first one I uncovered was ANSEL ELGORT, which gets confusing when you don't know who that is. (Or who Ernest Gallo is, sadly.) But I think educated solvers should at least be able to recognize the name(s), as El Gort had a lead role in "The Fault in Our Stars."

Er, Elgort.

You have to admit; El Gort sounds pretty cool.

As always, Erik does well in executing his grid. Considering my pop culture idiocy, I especially appreciated some BOTSWANA, SILENT O, SIDE EYE (related to the stink eye?), which all helped keep up my interest.

The HANKS clue … [Hair pieces?]. Question mark indeed! Maybe it had to do with the musical "Hair"? Or a catty remark about the rumors that Tom Hanks is covering up top? No … it seems that one definition of HANKS is "coils of hair."

Huh.

There have been many anagramming themes over the years, and the best ones pull all the themers together in a great way. I liked how Erik used HOLLYWOOD / SHUFFLE to restrict to just big(gish?)-name actors, certainly tightening things up. It took me a while to realize that all the anagrams were also all real names or phrases, not just kooky ones (MATT DAMON = madman tot, for example), but that also helped make the execution stand out.

Madman tot, tee hee!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0208 ( 24,929 )
Across
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From Clwyd or Gwynedd counties : WELSH
6
Month before Shawwal : RAMADAN
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Favoring the fortunate few : ELITIST
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Cheyenne ally : ARAPAHO
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Feature in "People"? : SILENTO
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Germany : MEGRYAN
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Steady gig : TAYEDIGGS
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Actress Elisabeth who's been on the cover of Rolling Stone, ironically : MOSS
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Company behind the 2017 film "Coco" : PIXAR
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More than a moratorium : BAN
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Biblical king who sought the counsel of the Witch of Endor : SAUL
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U.R.I. URL ending : EDU
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Starship's second #1 hit, after "We Built This City" : SARA
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Ernest Gallo : ANSELELGORT
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With 66-Across, Bond specification : NOT
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Way, way back : AGESAGO
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Sprint competitor : TMOBILE
42
___-ray : BLU
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"It's-a me, Mario!" : MARISATOMEI
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Second-year student, for short : SOPH
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___ Jam records : DEF
48
"___ me" (modern parting words) : TEXT
49
Goddess often pictured in a chariot : EOS
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Cons : SCAMS
55
Young stray : WAIF
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With 61-Across, 1987 Robert Townsend satire ... or a hint to deciphering four clues in this puzzle : HOLLYWOOD
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See 57-Across : SHUFFLE
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Band not known for music? : AMRADIO
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Contemptuous countenance : SIDEEYE
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Triangular road sign's signification : WARNING
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See 38-Across : STIRRED
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Hair pieces? : HANKS
Down
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This side of the puzzle : WEST
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___ Martell, "Game of Thrones" princess : ELIA
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Good name for a florist? : LILY
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Bell locales : STEEPLES
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Language in Lucknow : HINDI
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Head-butts : RAMS
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Total arithmetically : ARE
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Molten rock : MAGMA
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Things to wipe your hands on : APRONS
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Standard work shifts : DAYS
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"Eureka"-esque exclamations : AHAS
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Prefix with denial : NON
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Pixy ___ (candy) : STIX
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When repeated, "Animal House" chant : TOGA
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Maddux who won four Cy Young Awards : GREG
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___-Shave : BURMA
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Onetime Volvo rivals : SAABS
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WASP part : ANGLO
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Exhaust : USEUP
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Ellipses, e.g. : DOTS
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Cartoon genre : ANIME
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Brand with a crown logo : ROLEX
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Face-planted : ATEIT
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Escape : LAM
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"Holy cow!" : EGADS
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Folk stories : LORE
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Young 'un : TOT
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Its capital is Gaborone : BOTSWANA
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"In that case ..." : IFSO
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Young cow : HEIFER
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Word that becomes its own synonym if you add "pr" to the front : OFFER
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Nail : CLAW
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___ mater : ALMA
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Gift of Balthazar to the baby Jesus : MYRRH
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Tiny amount : WHIT
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Mercedes competitor : AUDI
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Attention : HEED
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Chief figure in the Eddas : ODIN
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Sound on Old MacDonald's farm : OINK
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Barking lot? : DOGS
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Serpentine sound : SSS
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Burn cause : LYE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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