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New York Times, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QVX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 81 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
It's kind of ironic that I made this puzzle, given that my idea of cooking MARINARA is: Buy jar of Ragu Open said jar Find spoon ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I so badly wanted the mixed-up ingredients to go vertically, each one intersecting MARINARA SAUCE (which would run horizontally across ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0314 ( 24,963 )

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Across
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Early maker of color TVs : RCA
4
Stereotypically "blind" official, for short : UMP
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Like a cigar bar's atmosphere : SMOKY
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"___ we there yet?" : ARE
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Pioneering text adventure game : ZORK
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Impervious to hackers : SECURE
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Take dead aim at : ZEROINON
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Kutcher who played Steve Jobs in "Jobs" : ASHTON
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Locker room emanation : ODOR
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CBS series that starred Gary Sinise : CSINY
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Colloquial contraction : AINT
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"Friends" character ___ Geller : ROSS
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Breakfast order often containing cinnamon : HOTOATMEAL
26
Made a cattle call : MOOED
28
"Kapow!" : WHAM
29
Result of a successful squeeze bunt, for short : RBI
31
Jenner of reality TV : KRIS
33
Storytelling uncle of fiction : REMUS
37
Indoor stadium surface : ARTIFICIALGRASS
41
First in a line of 23 popes : JOHNI
42
Ancestry.com diagram : TREE
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Jennings who wrote "Brainiac" : KEN
44
Garden hose annoyance : KNOT
47
"Hell if I know" : GOTME
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A cappella genre : BARBERSHOP
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Hieroglyphics snakes : ASPS
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Fanzine favorite : IDOL
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Spa amenity that originated in Finland : SAUNA
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"Su-u-u-ure it is" : IBET
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"Mr. ___" (1983 Styx hit) : ROBOTO
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Sauce made from ingredients mixed up in 16-, 24-, 37- and 49-Across : MARINARA
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Simpleton, disparagingly : CRETIN
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Brewski : SUDS
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Pres. advisory group : NSC
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German state with Wiesbaden : HESSE
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Recipe meas. : TSP
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C major, for one : KEY
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Whisker whacker : RAZOR
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Words to live by : CREDO
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Rock band fronted by Steven Tyler : AEROSMITH
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Submachine gun designer ___ Gal : UZI
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"My darling," in France : MONCHERI
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Pertaining to the rhythm of speech : PROSODIC
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French possessive : SES
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"U Can't Touch This" rapper : MCHAMMER
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Less common of two belly buttons : OUTIE
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Icelandic money : KRONA
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Cross-dressing role for Streisand : YENTL
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Like a cardigan : KNIT
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Request by someone with a tongue depressor : SAYAH
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Words akin to "-ish" : ORSO
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E.R.A.-backing grp. : NOW
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Chain whose mascot is named Bullseye : TARGET
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"All right, you win" : OKFINE
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Indian-born character on "The Big Bang Theory" : RAJ
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Dude : BRO
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Plop down : SIT
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Rakes in the dough : MAKESBANK
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Put into play : USE
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123-45-6789, on a sample doc. : SSN
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Symmetrical images in psychological tests : INKBLOTS
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One of Jason's crew : ARGONAUT
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Preyers on antelopes : LEOPARDS
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Game show regular ___ Bean : ORSON
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Org. with millimeter wave scanners : TSA
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Major water line : MAIN
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Source of bark for canoes : BIRCH
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Be all googly-eyed over : ADORE
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Choir attire : ROBES
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Plays a kazoo : HUMS
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In itself : PERSE
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Keach of TV's "Man With a Plan" : STACY
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Impossible Super Bowl outcome : TIE
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AOL or MSN : ISP

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

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