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KEEP THE CHANGE

New York Times, Sunday, March 29, 2020

Author:
Ricky Cruz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ricky Cruz

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 81 Missing: {J} There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Cruz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Ricky Cruz, 22, of Glendale, Calif., is a video game concept artist — a maker of detailed designs for other artists to use when creating 3-D game environments. He says this puzzle is an ... read more
Ricky Cruz notes:
I love crosswords that implement another game in the grid, but often there's the hangup of requiring a notepad to explain the gimmick. I'm fine with coming across them in other puzzles, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love the idea behind this one because my kids do a ton of SPOT THE DIFFERENCES puzzles. Both of them are eagle-eyed detectives, not stopping until they catch every single difference. ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0329 ( 25,709 )
Across
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Company often cited in business studies about disruptive innovation : KODAK
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Barbecue applications : RUBS
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Center of an ear : COB
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Authorized : LICIT
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Superman, for one : ALIEN
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Bit of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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Brian who created the Windows 95 start-up sound : ENO
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Time machine option : FUTURE
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Binary, as some questions : YESNO
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Settled on : AGREEDTO
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"Here's the thing ..." : LISTEN
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Make heads or tails of a situation ... or an alternative title for this puzzle : TELLLEFTFROMRIGHT
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Like a pigsty : SQUALID
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What an aglet is for a shoelace : TIP
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Some pain relievers : OPIOIDS
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Sharer's word : OURS
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___ parm : VEAL
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Give a talking-to : SCOLD
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Bit of letter-shaped hardware : TNUT
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Food catcher : BIB
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Got misty-eyed, with "up" : TEARED
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Tricksy maneuver : FEINT
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Bearded beast : GNU
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Satellite signal receiver : DISH
51
Orange County's ___ Beach : LAGUNA
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Whistle-blower in 2013 news : SNOWDEN
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Donkey Kong and others : APES
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Dresses' upper sections : BODICES
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Cherry, for one : WOOD
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College town in Iowa : AMES
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Units in linguistics : LEXEMES
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Selfish sort : HOG
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Home to the Alhambra : GRANADA
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Confused : INADAZE
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The invaders in Space Invaders, in brief : ETS
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Things held up to the ear : CONCHES
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Nobel and Pulitzer winner Morrison : TONI
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Part of a mission : TASK
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Unfavorable : ADVERSE
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Some coolers : ADES
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Surgeon's tool : BONESAW
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Slowpokes : SNAILS
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"30 for 30" network : ESPN
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Lab noise? : ARF
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Lazy ___ : SUSAN
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Relied on no one else : SOLOED
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[That knocked the wind out of me!] : OOF
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Free offering from a cafe : WIFI
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Certain colors in printing : CYANS
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Beyoncé's role in 2019's "The Lion King" : NALA
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Having as a hobby : INTO
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No-goodnik : SOANDSO
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___-Tiki : KON
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One fighting against Thanos : AVENGER
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Kind of visual puzzle ... or what to do with each line in this puzzle's two shaded areas : SPOTTHEDIFFERENCE
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Location in the Beach Boys' "Kokomo" : BAHAMA
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Dog days of winter? : IDITAROD
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House-elf in the Harry Potter books : DOBBY
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Any one of the Magi, to Jesus : ADORER
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Cousin of Inc. : LLC
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Mount ___, much-hiked peak in Yosemite : DANA
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Not hide one's feelings : EMOTE
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Applesauce brand : MOTTS
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Drano component : LYE
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Site for handmade goods : ETSY
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Introduction : DEBUT
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Kick start? : KAY
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World Cup cry : OLE
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2007 Shia LaBeouf thriller or a 2008 #1 hit by Rihanna : DISTURBIA
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Hero of a Virgil epic : AENEAS
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Bit of raised land : KNOLL
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Someone with all the desired qualities : REALDEAL
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Craving : URGE
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"Eww, gross!" : BARF
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"Leave it be" : STET
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___ the Entertainer (actor and comedian) : CEDRIC
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In addition to : ONTOPOF
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[Out of nowhere!] : BOOM
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Nintendo character with a green cap : LUIGI
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Summer complaint : ITSHOT
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State-of-the-art : CUTTINGEDGE
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Fuming state : IRE
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X : TEN
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Word before phone or book : FLIP
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Little salamanders : EFTS
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Word in the corner of a TV news broadcast : LIVE
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Paris's Musée ___ (art museum) : RODIN
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No-goodnik : SOB
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Pounds : QUID
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Brooks & ___ (country duo) : DUNN
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Man's nickname found in consecutive letters of the alphabet : STU
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Like about half of the OPEC countries : ARAB
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Danish tourist attraction since 1968 : LEGOLAND
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Tone down : LESSEN
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Society at large : THEMASSES
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___ ranch : DUDE
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Promoter of gender equality, for short : NOW
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Like some tennis shots and most push-ups : TWOHANDED
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No-frills : SPARTAN
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Strike out : NIX
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Expert : ACE
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Humdingers : DOOZIES
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The circled letters in the first shaded area : BLACK
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Title for many a W.H. aspirant : SEN
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Substance discharged : EMISSION
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The circled letters in the second shaded area : WHITE
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Ink container : SAC
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Went unused : SAT
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Manage to heave the ball before time expires : GETOFFASHOT
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Dispense (with) : DOAWAY
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Hopeless from the start, slangily : DOA
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Job seekers' needs, in brief : CVS
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Egg maker : HEN
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Long stretches : ERAS
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The Golden Flashes of the Mid-American Conf. : KSU
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Jazz's Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Cartoon character who works at the Krusty Krab : SPONGEBOB
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Vim and vigor : BRIO
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Article of apparel that's an anagram of other articles of apparel : ASCOT
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Length of time between noons : SOLARDAY
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Point out : NOTE
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Cries of disappointment : AWS
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With full disclosure : NAKEDLY
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Roof part : EAVE
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Supporting : FOR
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Somewhat : INPART
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"That didn't work!" : NODICE
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Foul mood : SNIT
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Earnings : INCOME
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Sights in the Jerusalem skyline : DOMES
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One of six in Subaru's logo : STAR
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Over : ENDED
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Bit of raised land : HILL
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Direction in a film script : FADE
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___ bro : FRAT
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Long stretches : EONS
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Comic book onomatopoeia : BAM
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Big whoop : ADO
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A/C spec : BTU
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Even so : YET

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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