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New York Times, Monday, March 20, 2017

Author:
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutCollabs
13/20/20171
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Neil deGrasse Tyson
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
706/12/20008/17/202040
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1.63237
Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 44 Missing: {JQX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Tyson. This is puzzle # 56 for Ms. Michaels. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. See all the celebrity crosswords. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CELEBRITY PUZZLE
To mark the 75th anniversary of the New York Times crossword, which debuted in 1942, we are publishing a series of puzzles co-created by famous people who solve the Times crossword, working together with regular Times puzzle contributors.
This collaboration is by the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and his Harvard classmate Andrea Carla Michaels (with her 56th puzzle for The Times).
The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.
More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Constructor notes:
ACME: Neil and I met almost 40 years ago in a galaxy far far away and have been friends for a long long time. We had already discussed ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neil deGrasse Tyson! Fanboy SQUEEEE! (Sorry for breaking your eardrums.) Huge fan of Tyson's — Jill and I watched all of his "Cosmos" ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0320 ( 24,604 )
Across
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Fix, as a cat : SPAY
5
"Get cracking!" : ASAP
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"Jurassic Park" insect casing : AMBER
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Pack animal : MULE
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"___ girl!" : ITSA
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First lady after Hillary : LAURA
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"That's my cue!" : IMON
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Like Dorothy's slippers : RUBY
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Boston airport : LOGAN
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Toe testing the waters? : LITTLEDIPPER
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Potentially dangerous bacterium : ECOLI
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ExxonMobil? : GASGIANT
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"___ Comedy Jam" : DEF
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Command to Rover : BEG
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"Bald-faced" thing : LIE
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"Who goes there, friend or ___?" : FOE
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Bowling scoresheet unit : FRAME
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Square dance site : BARN
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Oscar nominees' gathering? : STARCLUSTER
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Vittles : FOOD
43
Manipulate, as bread dough : KNEAD
44
Bird that hoots : OWL
45
Mai ___ (cocktail) : TAI
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Admit, with "up to" : OWN
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'50s high school dance : HOP
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Bashful? : REDDWARF
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Inventory items : GOODS
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Total hottie? : HEAVENLYBODY
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Simple pond life : ALGAE
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"Me as well" : ITOO
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"Voulez-vous coucher ___ moi ce soir?" : AVEC
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It may be reasonable to a jury : DOUBT
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Catches forty winks : NAPS
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Intertwine : MESH
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New Mexican pueblo builders : ZUNIS
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Exuberance : GLEE
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Regarding, in a memo : ASTO
Down
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Wore an upside-down frown : SMILED
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Volcanic rock : PUMICE
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Many, many : ALOTOF
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1983 film in which Barbra Streisand dresses as a man : YENTL
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Suffix with million : AIRE
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___ poker : STUD
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Equally large : ASBIG
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E-commerce site formerly owned by eBay : PAYPAL
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Declare to be true : ALLEGE
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Native New Zealanders : MAORI
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Computer program glitch : BUG
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Paleozoic or Mesozoic : ERA
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Sought political office : RAN
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"The Scales" constellation : LIBRA
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Greek letter before omega : PSI
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Quite a distance off : AFAR
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Neither's partner : NOR
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Hamilton's bill : TEN
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Body part to lend or bend : EAR
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Big inits. in trucks : GMC
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1-800-FLOWERS alternative : FTD
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Certain fraternal order member : ELK
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Place to dream : BED
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Successful auctioneer's last word : SOLD
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Commercial game with wild cards : UNO
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Put in stitches : SEW
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Having an aftertaste, as some barbecue sauce : TANGY
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Debate position against "against" : FOR
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Have debts : OWE
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140-character messages : TWEETS
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Drivers' org. : AAA
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John who wrote "The World According to Garp" : IRVING
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Reindeer feet : HOOVES
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Most bizarre : ODDEST
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1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller : PSYCHO
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Abu ___ (Mideast land) : DHABI
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Prebirth : FETAL
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President who won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize : OBAMA
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"Ain't happening" : NOPE
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Finish second : LOSE
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Woodworking tool : ADZ
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Baseballer Gehrig : LOU
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Rifle or revolver : GUN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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