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CHARACTER BUILDING

New York Times, Sunday, March 4, 2018

"___ autumn, and a clear and placid day": Wordsworth

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 132, Blocks: 69 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 87 for Mr. Walden.
Byron Walden notes:
HAT TIP to the puzzle magazines of my long-gone youth. One of them (Dell?) had a little word puzzle where you had to go from STARTLING to I deleting one letter at a time, always forming a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
How to describe this theme? There's a letter-adding progression of IN, SIN, SING, STING, STRING, STARING, STARTING, STARTLING … with each word shifted down one phrase for kooky results? ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times3/4/18 ( No. 24,953 )
Across
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Where Napoleon died in exile : STHELENA
9
Pursues, as a hunch : ACTSON
15
Assails with emails : SPAMS
20
Pauses for service : TEATIMES
21
Demi with the 2012 hit "Give Your Heart a Break" : LOVATO
22
Droid with a holographic projector, informally : ARTOO
23
Equally pensive? : INTHOUGHTASMUCH
25
"Heaven forbid!" : GODNO
26
Foldable beds : FUTONS
27
Witticism : BONMOT
28
Canada's largest brewer : LABATT
29
Daschle's successor as Senate majority leader : FRIST
30
Commit a peccadillo? : SINSOMESMALLWAY
33
Mo. with Constitution Day : SEP
34
"___ calling" : AVON
36
Irish "John" : SEAN
37
Part of E.S.L.: Abbr. : ENG
38
Shoot off : EMIT
39
Break down, in a way : WEEP
43
1980s-2000s Texas senator Phil : GRAMM
45
Beyond passionate : RABID
47
Perform the hit "Things I Should Have Said"? : SINGOFOMISSION
52
Symbol over 9 or 0 on a keyboard, for short : PAREN
53
Pet portal : CATDOOR
54
Horror, e.g. : GENRE
55
The Police frontman filming a shampoo commercial? : STINGINTHESHOWER
60
Golden State, informally : CALI
61
The night before, to a hard partier? : HAZE
62
Whimsical : FEY
63
Bolted : RAN
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"___ autumn, and a clear and placid day": Wordsworth : TWAS
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All-inclusive : ATOZ
66
Tying packages, securing helium balloons, etc.? : STRINGOPERATIONS
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Lessens in force : WANES
75
Flirtatious quality : COYNESS
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Throng : HORDE
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The Beatles showing absolute amazement? : STARINGQUARTET
81
Martial art with bamboo swords : KENDO
82
Ketel One rival, familiarly : STOLI
83
Selling point : HOOK
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Handholds while slow-dancing : HIPS
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"The Walking Dead" channel : AMC
87
Headey of "Game of Thrones" : LENA
89
Salon offering, familiarly : PEDI
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Important but sometimes ignored piece : COG
93
First weapons used in a knife fight? : STARTINGDAGGERS
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Yoga pose : ASANA
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Oxygen-reliant organism : AEROBE
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Oh-so-handsome : DREAMY
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Jungian souls : ANIMAS
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Disney bear : BALOO
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Surprising group of suspects? : STARTLINGLINEUP
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Endorse digitally : ESIGN
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"Baby, baby, baby!" : OHMAMA
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Lean fillet, as of lamb : NOISETTE
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"Walk Away ___" (1966 hit) : RENEE
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Enthusiastic consent : YESYES
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"The 15:17 to Paris" director, 2018 : EASTWOOD
Down
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Doesn't pay : STIFFS
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___ track : TENURE
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Metaphoric acknowledgment : HATTIP
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Shared values : ETHOS
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Performance for which one might grab a chair : LIONTAMING
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Tridactyl birds : EMUS
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Blood type modifier, for short : NEG
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Waste receptacle : ASHBIN
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Astronauts Bean and Shepard : ALANS
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Mag featuring "Fun Fearless Females" : COSMO
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Clair Huxtable or Peg Bundy : TVMOM
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Browns : SAUTES
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Nonprescription, briefly : OTC
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Drama with many fans : NOH
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Katey who played Peg Bundy : SAGAL
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Parts of math textbooks : PROBLEMSECTIONS
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When duelers may meet : ATDAWN
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Beginning of the German workweek : MONTAG
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Like chimneys : SOOTY
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Truckload : TON
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Island veranda : LANAI
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Barfly : SOT
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Kind of lily : SEGO
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School closing? : MARM
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Snapchat posting, for short : VID
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One seeing ghosts : EBENEZERSCROOGE
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Including : WITH
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Michael who wrote "The Neverending Story" : ENDE
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Things that clash in Washington : EGOS
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Pouty exclamation : POOH
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"No ___" : MSG
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Rap sound : RATATAT
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The 48th star : ARIZONA
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Woodland god : SATYR
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Do with a pick, maybe : FRO
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Briefly : INAWORD
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The Theme Park Capital of the World : ORLANDO
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German border river : NEISSE
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Quaint dismissals : PSHAWS
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Tech news website : CNET
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Hypotheticals : IFS
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Take with force : WREST
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Bears ___ (national monument in Utah) : EARS
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Messenger ___ : RNA
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Post-op stop : ICU
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One releasing a dove in the Bible : NOAH
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Food truck menu item : GYRO
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Not tricked by : ONTO
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Advance look, say : PEEK
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Film for which Adrien Brody won Best Actor : THEPIANIST
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"Park it" : SIT
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"Honestly" : NOLIE
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Verdant spot : GLEN
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Last Chinese dynasty : QING
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Not be serious : KID
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"___ Just Not That Into You" (2009 rom-com) : HES
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Relaxing : ATEASE
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Catch in "The Old Man and the Sea" : MARLIN
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Title family name in old TV : ADDAMS
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Hawthorne heroine : PRYNNE
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Snapped out of it : CAMETO
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Out of control? : ONAUTO
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Showed shock : GASPED
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Cossack weapon : SABER
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Crash into the side of, informally : TBONE
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Marshal : ARRAY
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"You follow?" : GETME
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Fancy soirees : GALAS
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Old record co. conglomerate : EMI
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Strength : SINEW
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Celebrated boxing family : ALIS
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Edamame source : SOY
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Alternative to café : THE
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___ long way : GOA

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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