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New York Times, Monday, March 23, 2020

Author:
Ed Sessa
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Edward Sessa

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 42 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I know that 'shelter in home' is the right thing to do; that we all need to do it to slow the spread of coronavirus. It sure isn't ... read more

I know that "shelter in home" is the right thing to do; that we all need to do it to slow the spread of coronavirus. It sure isn't easy though, especially when a five-year-old is hovering annoyingly at your shoulder, staring at each key you press, asking "Daddy why are you typing ‘a five-year-old is hovering annoyingly at your shoulder'," and a three year old is busy chanting every keystroke like a cheerleader, gimme an EFF YOU SEE KAY! Hey Daddy, what does that spell?

Two of my coping mechanisms are to count my blessings and to reach out to friends. Chatting with Jim Horne over Skype hits both of these simultaneously! This week, I'm going to recap our conversations about each puzzle. Hopefully, it'll provide some much-needed diversion, or at least something a little different.

Jim and I had similar experiences solving today's puzzle. Both of us loved the snazzy theme phrases, and we were both disappointed upon hitting the revealer. A HOUSE DIVIDED is a beautiful, evocative phrase, but the theme type — splitting a word at the beginning/end of a phrase — has been done enough that it's not going to excite either of us.

Usually, Jim is the one reminding me that neither of us is a typical NYT solver, but today, I was the one who not-at-all-high-and-mightily said don't you think we should consider the average Joe's perception, that since this theme type isn't seen much anymore, it might appear fresh?

Of course, our secret society of selective solvers deserves more, but shouldn't we deign to throw people a sirloin T-bone every once in a while?

Ha ha ha, we don't talk like that! At least ... do you know the secret handshake? No? Never mind then.

We appreciated Ed's gridwork, so smooth — except for one sticking point. "Even UHURU," Jim said. "It is difficult, but it's a nice way to remember the ‘Star Trek' character."

I thusly revoked Jim's nerd card. Oh, Jim. It's lieutenant Uhura, not Uhuru. I'm afraid I had to set phasers to stun.

All jokes aside, I'm hoping that we can all find ways of staying sane for what might be a long stretch. Hey … go find a newb friend and get them to try out crosswords! This one would be a solid starter puzzle.

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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0323 ( 25,703 )
Across
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Run ___ (go wild) : AMOK
5
Channel for renovators and remodelers : HGTV
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Flat-bottomed boat : SKIFF
14
Sleep-inducing pill? : BORE
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Smallest Great Lake by volume : ERIE
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Japanese watch brand : CASIO
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Website for craftspeople : ETSY
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"___ No Mountain High Enough" : AINT
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African animal that charges : RHINO
20
What a last true believer might believe in : HOPELESSCAUSE
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Pantry pests : ANTS
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"To thine ___ self be true" : OWN
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"Don't clap yet" : HOLDTHEAPPLAUSE
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Get rid of, as pencil marks : ERASE
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Took a chair : SAT
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Bogus : SHAM
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Georgia's capital: Abbr. : ATL
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Founder of the McDonald's empire : RAYKROC
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Tar Heels' sch. : UNC
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Cuisine featuring drunken noodles : THAI
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Home of Montreal: Abbr. : QUE
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Teeming throng : HORDE
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"There was no choice but for me to say yes!" : HOWCOULDIREFUSE
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Smog-monitoring org. : EPA
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Medieval worker : SERF
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It "cannot stand" per 1-Down ... or a hint to 20-, 25- and 47-Across : AHOUSEDIVIDED
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Poles or Czechs : SLAVS
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Dress that ends above the knee : MINI
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Israeli submachine guns : UZIS
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[So funny!] : TEHEE
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Head: Fr. : TETE
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What may descend before the moon? : TROU
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What tree rings represent : YEARS
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Put in a plane's overhead compartment, say : STOW
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Ball that might attract a cat : YARN
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President Lincoln, informally : ABE
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Closet pest that loves wool : MOTH
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Approximately : ORSO
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Features of touch-tone phones and A.T.M.s : KEYPADS
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Physical well-being : HEALTH
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Dolphins Hall-of-Fame QB Bob : GRIESE
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Metal food containers : TINS
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Docs for dogs : VETS
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Illegible writing : SCRAWL
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Big cheeses : KAHUNAS
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Egyptian goddess of life : ISIS
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Parking ticket penalty : FINE
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Rock's ___ Fighters : FOO
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Input, as data : ENTER
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Acknowledge as true : COPTO
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___ bar (Hershey toffee confection) : HEATH
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Lead-in to -dontist : ORTHO
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1980s-'90s NBC legal drama : LALAW
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Popped the question : ASKED
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Four, on many a golf hole : PAR
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Swahili for "freedom" : UHURU
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Smooths the surface of, as wood : SANDS
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Show host : EMCEE
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Light blue shades : AQUAS
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Brynner of stage and screen : YUL
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Dear: Fr. : CHERI
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Freeze, as a pond : ICEOVER
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Not on the clock : OFFDUTY
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Grand works : OPUSES
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Really digs : ISINTO
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Go over again, as notes : REVIEW
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Opposite of aweather, to a sailor : ALEE
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[So funny!] : HAHA
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CPR experts : EMTS
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Insects, berries and worms, for a robin : DIET
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Old Testament book next alphabetically after Ezekiel : EZRA
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Designer Christian : DIOR
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Where pigs wallow : STY
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Center of the solar system : SUN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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