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TAKE TWO

New York Times, Sunday, March 7, 2021

Peak in Turkey mentioned in both the "Iliad" and the "Aeneid"

Author:
Celeste Watts and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQX} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Watts. This is puzzle # 121 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
CELESTE: I'm indebted to Jeff for making my dream come true. He took the kernel of an idea that I sent him, expanded and tweaked it to create the "Take Two" theme and clues. I enjoyed ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
When I work with a new constructor, they often give up after a few back-and-forths after realizing that die-hard persistence is needed to spark a crossword idea. If they do stick around ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times3/7/21 ( No. 26,052 )
Across
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After the fact, as a justification : POSTHOC
8
Co-star of "Golden Girls" : BEAARTHUR
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Knock over, so to speak : ROB
20
Quaker fare : OATMEAL
21
Go poof : EVAPORATE
22
Drop the ball : ERR
23
ILLUS_RA_ORS : STRIPTEASEARTISTS
25
What a third wheel might see, in brief : PDA
26
Setting for most of "Life of Pi" : SEA
27
Tests the weight of : HEFTS
28
One of the Greats? : PETERI
30
Oscars of the sporting world : ESPYS
33
Good sign for an angel : SRO
34
Intl. org. headquartered in Geneva : WTO
37
Some bad sentences : RUNONS
39
ACC_L_RATOR : EASEOFFTHEGASPEDAL
44
Grapple, in dialect : RASSLE
47
Exercise too much, say : OVERDO
48
A as in Arles : UNE
49
LUXUR_ _ACHT : UNWISEINVESTMENT
54
"___ Agnus Dei" (Mass phrase) : ECCE
55
Peak in Turkey mentioned in both the "Iliad" and the "Aeneid" : MTIDA
56
Runner Sebastian who once held the world record for the mile : COE
57
What you might get from a trailer : SNEAKPEEK
59
Sport played at British boarding schools : POLO
60
Post production? : CEREALS
64
___ mater, membrane surrounding the brain : PIA
65
Popular 90-min. show : SNL
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ENDANGER_EN_ : NOEMPTYTHREAT
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Man's name that coincidentally is Latin for "honey" : MEL
73
Word with small or fish : FRY
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Weak : TENUOUS
75
What may result in a handshake : SALE
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Help to one's destination : GIVEALIFT
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The Blue Jays, on scoreboards : TOR
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Comeback to a challenge of authority : SEZME
84
Bitter : ACID
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CONFIG_ _ATION : YOUAREOUTOFORDER
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Actor Somerhalder : IAN
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Most in the style of comedian Steven Wright : WRIEST
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Unfocused : BLEARY
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POI_T OF _IEW : UNENVIABLEPOSITION
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Go all out : STRAIN
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French fashion inits. : YSL
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"Kinda sorta" : ISH
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Pan-cook, in a way : SAUTE
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Supermodel Bündchen : GISELE
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Pepé ___ (cartoon skunk) : LEPEW
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Drop off : NOD
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Admit (to) : COP
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Hit the weed? : HOE
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Have guests over : ENTERTAIN
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Guest, e.g. : INVITEE
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Place full of guests : INN
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Start of a seasonal request : DEARSANTA
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Some kitchen utensils : ZESTERS
Down
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Entourage : POSSE
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Hall's partner in pop : OATES
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Part of a thong : STRAP
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"OK, you can stop the story right there" : TMI
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Old-fashioned "cool" : HEP
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One might speak under it : OATH
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Co-star of Kline in "A Fish Called Wanda" : CLEESE
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Start of a compilation heading : BESTOF
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Times for some vigils : EVES
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Letters on many towers : AAA
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Busy mo. for C.P.A.s : APR
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Go bad : ROT
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Three-sport event, for short : TRI
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A chest often has a large one : HASP
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States : UTTERS
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Recharge : RESTUP
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Photocopy, e.g. : REPRODUCE
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It's the law! : ORDINANCE
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Item said to have been burned in protest, once : BRA
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Musical prefix with beat : AFRO
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Memphis-to-Nashville dir. : ENE
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Emphatic assent : YESIDO
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Lively dance genre : SALSA
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Hone : WHET
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Contract details : TERMS
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Beehive State city : OGDEN
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Aerodynamic : SLEEK
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Bishop's jurisdiction : SEE
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Antagonist : FOE
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Hotel room staples : TVS
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Top-notch : AONE
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Booties : RUMPS
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Playwright Chekhov : ANTON
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Garbage : SWILL
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Drink similar to a slushie : ICEE
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About 460 inches of rain per year, on Kauai's Mt. Waialeale : NORM
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HBO satire starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus : VEEP
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___ bar : TAPAS
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Org. that takes the lead on lead? : EPA
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Baby fox : KIT
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How a flirt may act : COYLY
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Football stat: Abbr. : ATT
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NaOH : LYE
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Radio broadcaster: Abbr. : STN
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Legislation that was part of F.D.R.'s New Deal : NRA
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Ethnic group of Rwanda and Burundi : HUTU
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Two, for four : ROOT
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Coin with 12 stars : EURO
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"Zoom-Zoom" sloganeer : MAZDA
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Hollywood composer Bernstein with 14 Oscar nominations : ELMER
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Guarded : LEERY
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Like pets and parking meters : FED
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___ Slam (tennis feat) : SERENA
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Julius Caesar's first name : GAIUS
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Words of hopelessness : ICANTGOON
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Mature naturally, in a way : VINERIPEN
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___ Writers' Workshop : IOWA
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Electronic Hasbro toy : FURBY
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One side of the coin : TAILS
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Arias, typically : SOLOS
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Scottish folk dance : REEL
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Alternative explanation for a lucky guess, in brief : ESP
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Ear: Prefix : OTO
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Letters on some badges : FBI
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"Stillmatic" rapper : NAS
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Seen : VIEWED
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Kind of skate : INLINE
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Brown shade : SIENNA
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Kids' observation game : ISPY
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Hit musical with an "Emerald City Sequence" : THEWIZ
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Yoke : UNITE
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HP product : TONER
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Narrowly beats (out) : EDGES
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Singer James : ETTA
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Drink for un bébé : LAIT
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A full moon will do this : WANE
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Life force, in China : CHI
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___ Majesty : HER
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Hosp. areas : ORS
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The Jazz, on scoreboards : UTA
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Brown shade : TAN
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Things for happy campers? : RVS
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Picky person's pick? : NIT

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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