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BRIGHT IDEAS

New York Times, Sunday, March 23, 2014

Author:
Ian Livengood
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ian Livengood

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 79 Missing: {X} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Livengood. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: When this puzzle is done, the circled letters, reading counterclockwise from the top, will spell a phrase relating to the puzzle's theme.
Ian Livengood notes:
I saw a clue for AHA and — wait for it — the light went on in my head. The AHA MOMENT spelled out as a light bulb was the next logical step, followed by THOMAS EDISON and INCANDESCENT ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Beautiful puzzle today, everything I personally like to see in a Sunday-size grid: nice theme answers, strong, clean fill, and a visual element. Plus, an inspirational message! Often, I ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0323 ( 23,511 )
Across
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Expands, in a way : ADDSON
7
Sister of Helios : EOS
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___ room : REC
13
Elite unit : ATEAM
18
Gambling mecca : MONACO
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Saint's home, for short : NFCSOUTH
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Venomous African tree-dweller : MAMBA
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Start of a motivational comment attributed to 86-Across : IHAVENOTFAILEDIVEJUST
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Justin Timberlake's "Cry ___ River" : MEA
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[That makes me so uncomfortable] : CRINGE
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Lockup : CAN
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Middle of the comment : FOUNDTENTHOUSANDWAYS
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Toolbar feature : HELP
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Director Nicolas : ROEG
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Record : LOG
40
Facial moisturizing brand : OLAY
41
"Power" suffix : ADE
42
Sticks in the closet? : MOPS
43
End of the comment : THATWONTWORK
48
College major, briefly : SOC
49
Commercial lead-in to Pen : EPI
50
Rocket : SOAR
51
Cousin of "Ugh!" : BAH
52
Osaka-to-Sapporo dir. : NNE
53
Law firm department : TRUSTS
55
Fired on : SHOTAT
57
Good-for-nothing : USELESS
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Resort city in 1945 news : YALTA
60
Small scene : SPAT
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Restricted part of an urban area : BUSLANE
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Ball player? : SEAL
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Prominent feature of an Obama caricature : EAR
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Ray Charles hosted it in 1977: Abbr. : SNL
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Couple at the altar? : IDOS
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Start to show one's real potential : BLOSSOM
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So : THUS
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Birthplace of Buddha, now : NEPAL
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Pitcher Mike with 270 wins : MUSSINA
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Christmas cookie ingredient : NUTMEG
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Plagues : BESETS
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Eponymous German physicist : OHM
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Combined with : CUM
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Watering hole for Homer and Barney : MOES
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Coin collector : JAR
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Pelican's home, for short : NBA
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See 23-Across : THOMASEDISON
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The Durbeyfield girl, in literature : TESS
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Dr. Seuss animal : CAT
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It has paper denominations from 5 to 500 : EURO
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Ex-Fed head Bernanke : BEN
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Some body work, in slang : TATS
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Zippo alternatives : BICS
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Nickname for 86-Across : THEWIZARDOFMENLOPARK
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Barrel of fun? : KEG
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Saffron-flavored dish : PAELLA
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Brow line? : ARC
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Development of 86-Across ... as depicted in the middle of this grid : INCANDESCENTLIGHTBULB
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World capital on the slope of an active volcano : QUITO
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Dolph of "Rocky IV" : LUNDGREN
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More chilling : EERIER
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Throw around : STREW
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D.C. mover and shaker: Abbr. : SEN
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Scandinavian coin : ORE
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Actor Christian : SLATER
Down
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French kiss recipient, maybe : AMI
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"How silly of me!" : DOH
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Bit of a code : DNAMOLECULE
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Stockpile : SAVEUP
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View that may cost you extra : OCEAN
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Security Council veto : NON
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Ins : ENTREES
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Near future : OFFING
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Hardly enough : SCANT
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The French way? : RUE
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It may be delayed by a storm: Abbr. : ETD
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United Center team : CHICAGOBULLS
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Update, say : AMEND
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Garden State casino, informally, with "the" : TAJ
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Outback native : EMU
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Crunches crunch them : ABS
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Yoga base : MAT
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___ of relief : SIGH
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Nondairy item in the dairy aisle : OLEO
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Ones without a leg to stand on? : OCTOPI
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Part of a moving line : VAN
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Blues Brothers wear : FEDORAS
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Nosedives : DROPS
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Utmost: Abbr. : ULT
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Farm mother : SOW
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"My word!" : WOW
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Stag, maybe : ALONE
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"The fish that got away" and others : YARNS
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Comic Wanda : SYKES
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Hurried : HASTY
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"Death Magnetic" band : METALLICA
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Drinking binge : TOOT
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Accessory for the 91-Across : HAT
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Many an Al Jazeera viewer : ARAB
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Pioneer org. : NASA
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Five-time Super Bowl champions, informally : THENINERS
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Barak's successor : SHARON
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Sharp pains : STABS
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Travel agency listings : SPAS
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Cabooses : TUSHES
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Starts of news articles : LEDES
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Deli stock with seeds : SESAMEBAGELS
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Tight : SNUG
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What an electric current does not flow through : OPENCIRCUIT
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Relaxed, say : SATBACK
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Difficult weight : ONUS
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Appropriate flowers for Mother's Day? : MUMS
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Bootleggers' banes : TMEN
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Exams offered four times a yr. : LSATS
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Certain Bach composition : MOTET
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"For sure" : UHHUH
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Gooey campfire treat : SMORE
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"Not ___ shabby!" : TOO
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Cesare Angelotti in "Tosca," e.g. : BASSO
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It gets you off schedule : JETLAG
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Place to store hay : MOW
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German article : DER
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Third line on many a ballot: Abbr. : IND
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Sunbathing evidence : TANLINE
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One with bills piling up? : TELLER
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"My Name Is ___," gold album of 1965 : BARBRA
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"Tell me about it!" : IKNOW
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One of two parts of a British puzzle? : ZED
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___ page : OPED
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Canine : FANG
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D.C. mover : METRO
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Pi ___, "Life of Pi" protagonist : PATEL
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100s of ordinary people? : IQS
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Fanatic : NUT
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Geometry fig. : CIR
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Had something : ATE
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Bring into court : SUE
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"___ = Politics" (TV slogan) : CNN
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Guys : HES
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Food Network host Sandra : LEE
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"It's f-f-freezing!" : BRR

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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