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SOMETHING IN THE WATER

New York Times, Sunday, April 10, 2016

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 103 for Mr. Ross. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Randolph Ross notes:
This puzzle took a few iterations to get it where it was. Placing the various boats, ships, etc above and below the bodies of water was not so easy to do without resorting to lot of junk ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love Randy's use of the big 21x21 canvas. Too often, Sunday puzzles feel to me like an overinflated 15x15. The imagery of a GONDOLA sitting on a GRAND CANAL and a RAFT on the COLORADO ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0410 ( 24,260 )
Across
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"Things aren't so bad!" : CHEERUP
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Memorable mission : ALAMO
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Napoleon, for one : PASTRY
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Head of the army? : LATRINE
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Jerusalem's province, to the Romans : JUDAEA
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Role for Julia Louis-Dreyfus : ELAINE
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Iron Man, e.g. : AVENGER
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Where a 28-Across was often submerged in W.W. II : ATLANTICOCEAN
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Prefix with comic : SERIO
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Chinese leader? : SINO
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See 23-Across : UBOAT
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More sound : SANER
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Global supporter of the arts : UNESCO
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Retailer ___ Taylor : ANN
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Kind of PC port : USB
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Grocery chain since 1926 : IGA
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See 43-Across : RAFT
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A or O, e.g. : ALER
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Ready to be drawn : ONTAP
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Where you might tour the Grand Canyon in a 38-Across : COLORADORIVER
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See 50-Across : GONDOLA
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Young hare : LEVERET
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Where an Italian tourist might ride in a 47-Across : GRANDCANAL
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Honkers : GEESE
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"If I Ruled the World" rapper : NAS
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Heavy metal venue? : STEELMILL
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Approximately : ORSO
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Bars frequented at night : ROOSTS
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Tiny bit : MITE
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Not, to a Scot : NAE
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Saloon sounds : HICS
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Knock over : ROB
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Animal that an ailurophobe fears : CAT
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Unimpressive mount : ASS
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"So ___" : BEIT
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Where to find Moscow in the U.S.: Abbr. : IDA
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1993 standoff site : WACO
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Trembling trees : ASPENS
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Does some grilling : ASKS
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See 79-Across : OILTANKER
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Solo pilot? : HAN
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Vice ___ : VERSA
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Where a 73-Across sails loaded with fuel : ARABIANSEA
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See 85-Across : TRAWLER
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What a vulgarian has : NOTASTE
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Place for an 81-Across to catch seafood : CHESAPEAKEBAY
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[Humph!] : SNORT
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Put one's foot down : STEP
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Cowpoke's friend : PARD
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U.K. award : OBE
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Yearbook sect. : SRS
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Political writer Matt : BAI
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École educator : MAITRE
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Ticked off : CROSS
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See 105-Across : FERRY
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First name on the Supreme Court : RUTH
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Suite spot, say : HOTEL
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What a 101-Across travels for some urban commuters : NEWYORKHARBOR
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James Joyce short story in "Dubliners" : EVELINE
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Self-image? : AVATAR
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Time to start walking : AGEONE
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Campaign poster word : REELECT
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Not quite : HARDLY
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"Ain't happening" : NOWAY
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Investigative pieces : EXPOSES
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Great work of literature : CLASSIC
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Try : HAVEAGO
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"But thy ___ summer shall not fade": Shak. : ETERNAL
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"It's a Wonderful Life" role : ERNIE
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Attention to detail : RIGOR
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Article in Le Monde : UNE
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Sell : PERSUADE
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They have belts and coats : AUTOS
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Cholesterol inits. : LDL
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Top of the minors : AAA
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Aid in picking sides : MENU
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Crunchy snack : OATBAR
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Butter ___ (ice cream flavor) : PECAN
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Buckets : ALOT
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It counts as a plate appearance but not as an at-bat, briefly : SAC
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Trash bag accessory : TIE
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Retrovirus component : RNA
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Appetite : YEN
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Cabinet member who served all eight years under Bill Clinton : JANETRENO
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Saturn model with a scientific name : ION
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Awaiting : INFOR
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Basketball's King James, for one : CAV
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Cassini of fashion : OLEG
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Let flow again : UNDAM
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Lack of compassion : STONINESS
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Russian relative of a guitar : BALALAIKA
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Party with glow sticks, maybe : RAVE
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Stumbles : ERRS
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Rouen relation : ONCLE
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Makeshift beds : PALLETS
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Bread spreads : OLEOS
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Lawyer's thing : RES
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Lake that's the source of the Mississippi : ITASCA
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Banded rock : GNEISS
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"Waiting for Lefty" playwright : ODETS
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Hindu soul : ATMAN
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Metal grates for grilling : GRIDIRONS
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One-way flight? : ESCALATOR
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Hide away : STASH
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Seven U.S. presidents, by birth : OHIOANS
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Notre Dame football legend : ROCKNE
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They're blown in the winds : OBOES
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Tourist attraction on N.Y.C.'s Fifth Ave. : STPATS
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Charged : RANAT
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Support for ballet dancers : BARRE
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Place for a spare tire : WAIST
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Send into a swoon : ENRAPTURE
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Lifts up a mountain : TBARS
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Geom. shape : RECT
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___ III, inspiration for Dracula : VLAD
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Cry of mock horror : EEK
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"Don't forget about me" : AHEM
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Set off : APART
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Announcement at the end of a long car trip : WEREHERE
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Org. established by President Nixon : EPA
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"Little piggy" holders : BOOTIES
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Lack : ABSENCE
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"Count me in" : YESLETS
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When repeated, 1968 name in the news : SIRHAN
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Generic juice flavor : BERRY
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Scroll holder : ARK
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Choking on a Life Saver, e.g. : IRONY
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Fowl language? : CHEEP
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Rich kid in "Nancy" : ROLLO
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Young Arab : FOAL
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Sant' Gria brand : YAGO
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"I don't think so" : NAH
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Stowe girl : EVA
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Card game for two : WAR
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Financial report abbr. : YTD
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Opposite of FF : REW
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Dangerous pet : BOA
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Aggravate : VEX

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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