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New York Times, Saturday, April 14, 2018

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQWX} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sam Ezersky notes:
Second puzzle in a fortnight! If you weren't sick of me after my April Fool's offering, then perhaps you'll be sick of me now ... my ... read more

Second puzzle in a fortnight! If you weren't sick of me after my April Fool's offering, then perhaps you'll be sick of me now ... my seeds for this were indeed the ridiculous-looking MICRO-USB and the even-more-ridiculous-looking DOT CO DOT UK.

For those of you that like your Saturdays on the crazy side, I hope I've hit the sweet spot with that crossing from hell. For everyone else that found themselves muttering certain four-letter words at myself or the puzzle, perhaps there was at least a bit to enjoy in the remaining 66 answers.

If you don't see my byline in the next two weeks (you shouldn't), it's because I've gone into hiding. I have no need for RIOT GEAR.

P.S.: The word "web" was originally omitted from the clue for 3-Down. Consider yourselves lucky.

Jeff Chen notes:
Nice work on those beefy 4x8 chunks in the NW / SE — so tough to execute on big swaths of white space without resorting to long ... read more

Nice work on those beefy 4x8 chunks in the NW / SE — so tough to execute on big swaths of white space without resorting to long blah entries or gluey short ones. There wasn't anything that wowed me in either corner, but overall, they came out solid.

Sam made his job even tougher by running long answers through them, DOT CO DOT UK and MYTHBUSTER giving the puzzle an even more open feel. I bet most other constructors who would dare tackle a 4x8 chunk would find a way to close it off, doing something like blacking out NED and BBS. Much easier that way.

There were a couple of BAD ACTORs holding those corners together, but nothing horrible. PARC is gettable through the crosses, and it's a fairly common word in titles of French paintings.

I had to stop and think about Robinson CANO. He's a big name here in Seattle, a coup to bring him over from the Yankees. He's … probably a big enough name to be crossworthy? Tough call; time will tell.

B CHORD also made me pause. I'm perfectly fine with B FLAT or KEY OF B or other common music terms. I'm not a guitar player though — I wonder if guitarist solvers will think nothing of B CHORD? For this cellist, it's kind of weird. Not as randomly bad as B STARS, but not as good as B SHARP.

I was sure ROIDED had to be wrong. Apparently, it is a term in use, though, as in "ROIDED out." Do yourself a favor and don't search that term on Google Images. Eew.

Speaking of eew, is DOT CO DOT UK legit? Not as solid as dot com, as in the dot com boom. But probably ... fine? After much deliberation, I'm still not sure!

Solid themeless, but not enough sizzling long stuff and too many entries I had to stop and weigh, to be in POW! contention.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0414 ( 24,994 )
Across
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Tabs are kept on them : SODACANS
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Managed to acquire : CAMEBY
15
"Non-G.M.O." or "Dolphin-safe" : ECOLABEL
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Muse symbolized by a globe and compass : URANIA
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Serve : ATTENDTO
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Nag : PESTER
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Small phone charger type : MICROUSB
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Waiting for an answer, perhaps : ONHOLD
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Rafts : ALOT
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2016 World Series celebrant : CUBSFAN
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Patriarch on "Game of Thrones" : NED
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D.C.'s D or C : STREET
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Grandson of Esau : OMAR
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"Red" or "white" tree : OAK
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Like some laps and raps : FREESTYLE
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Half a rack : ANTLER
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Pub fixture : ALETAP
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"Is this for real?" : COULDITBE
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"Red" or "white" tree : ASH
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Collaborator with Sedaka and Cooke on the 1964 album "3 Great Guys" : ANKA
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Writer who called New York City "Baghdad-on-the-Subway" : OHENRY
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Some shot : BBS
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"Not only that ..." : BUTALSO
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Similar examples : SUCH
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Departure announcement : SOLONG
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Ottoman ruler referenced in "The Count of Monte Cristo" : ALIPASHA
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Fashion : CREATE
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Malfeasant : BADACTOR
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Hank who voices Moe Szyslak : AZARIA
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"This way!" : OVERHERE
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Touch : BORDER
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Play stoppers : REDCARDS
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Salt : SEAMAN
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One-eighth set, in statistics : OCTILE
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Part of a London web address : DOTCODOTUK
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Reason to check one's phone : ALERT
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Robinson ___, many-time Yankees and Mariners All-Star : CANO
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Shanghai : ABDUCT
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Browse the web : NETSURF
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Baby pool? : SLOBBER
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Personal interest, metaphorically : CUPOFTEA
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Oakland's Oracle ___ : ARENA
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Expressions of affection : MASHNOTES
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Prefix with -dermal : ENTO
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Jessica of "The Book of Love" : BIEL
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Ending with brick or stock : YARD
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"Capisce?" : SEE
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Working arrangement, for short : SKED
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Conductor of science experiments on TV : MYTHBUSTER
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Lead-in to a chef's name : ALA
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P.R. concern : REP
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Departure announcement : ALLABOARD
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Kill it : SLAY
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Much-debated inits. in 2010s politics : ACA
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Vote in un parlement : NON
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Shields, tear gas, etc. : RIOTGEAR
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Hip-hop radio/TV host Charlamagne ___ God : THA
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Go on and on about : BELABOR
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Opposite of free : ENSLAVE
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Used performance-enhancing substances, in slang : ROIDED
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Group of notes reflecting a five-sharp scale : BCHORD
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Market purchases : SHARES
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Let loose? : UNTIE
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Comic ___ Baron Cohen : SACHA
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Provider of protective coverage : SCAB
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Minestrone soup ingredient : ORZO
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Who said "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!" : LEAR
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Paris's ___ Monceau : PARC

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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