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New York Times, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Author:
Emanuel Ax and Brad Wilber
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 71, Blocks: 37 Missing: {XZ} Grid is asymmetric. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ax. This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Wilber. See all the celebrity crosswords. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CELEBRITY CROSSWORD
To mark the 75th anniversary of the New York Times crossword, which debuted in 1942, we are publishing a series of puzzles co-created by famous people who solve the Times crossword, working together with regular Times puzzle contributors.

This collaboration is by the Grammy-winning classical pianist Emanuel Ax, who also teaches at the Juilliard School, working with Brad Wilber, a reference librarian at Houghton College in upstate New York. This is Brad's 50th puzzle for The Times.

The celebrity collaborations will continue periodically through the year.

More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Constructor notes:
AX: I have been a passionate devotee of the Times puzzle for more years than I can count. When I travel, the daily puzzle is one of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Love, love, love that Emanuel Ax and Brad teamed up to make a crossword related so closely to their lives! Visuals in crosswords can ... read more
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Across
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BBQ platter side : SLAW
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Two-faced god : JANUS
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Shade of blue : AQUA
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Low-___ : TECH
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"___ the Law" (Steven Seagal picture) : ABOVE
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Worries for Great Depression banks : RUNS
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"Fly ___ spurn thee ..." : Shelley : EREI
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Olympic gymnast Strug : KERRI
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___ Dillon, lead role on "Gunsmoke" : MATT
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Classic song with the lyric "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?" : MONSTERMASH
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Gold in a pond? : KOI
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Early capital of Alaska : SITKA
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Troubling reverie : DAYMARE
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Landscaping tool : EDGER
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Flips through, as TV channels : SURFS
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What the keys are to a pianist? : PLAYAREA
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Trattoria order? : MANGIA
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Hamilton biographer Chernow and others : RONS
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Suffix with acetyl : ENE
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Negates : ANNULS
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Just make : EKEOUT
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Holder of encumbered property : LIENEE
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Andean animal with expensive wool : VICUNA
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Mo. of Thomas Jefferson's birthday : APR
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"La Cage aux Folles" enterprise : DRAGSHOW
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One side of a longstanding feud : SHIA
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Prefix with classical : NEO
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Like some magicians' assistants, apparently : SAWEDINHALF
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Feedbag bits : OATS
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Eight-year Clinton cabinet member : RENO
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Eyelashes : CILIA
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1917 dethronee : TSAR
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Mystery writer Nevada ___ : BARR
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Shoelace tip : AGLET
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Slippery swimmers : EELS
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Soulful Redding : OTIS
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___ Island Red (fowl type) : RHODE
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Comes (from) : STEMS
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One who was wished a long life, in old French cheers : LEROI
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Two for ___" : ACENT
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Drink often garnished with a cherry : WHISKEYSOUR
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Hunky-dory : JAKE
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Scottish city that lent its name to a cattle breed : ABERDEEN
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Best Picture loser to "Kramer vs. Kramer" : NORMARAE
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Tanning element, informally : UVRAY
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It's measured by the Richter scale : SEISM
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What a radius is part of : ARM
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Log painted deceptively to look like a cannon : QUAKERGUN
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"Do ___ others ..." : UNTO
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Italian wine town : ASTI
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Cry before curtsying or taking a bow : TADA
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Tipples circumspectly : HASANIP
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Exercise-induced euphoria : RUNNERSHIGH
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Famously reclusive Hollywood legend : GRETAGARBO
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"___ and Forget" (classic humor piece by James Thurber) : FILE
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Autograph collector's enclosure, for short : SASE
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Earlier: Abbr. : PREV
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Shape-shifter of Norse mythology : LOKI
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Not statistically based, as evidence : ANECDOTAL
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Nyasaland, today : MALAWI
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Some, in Seville : UNAS
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Worry about, informally : SWEAT
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Artist ___ de Toulouse-Lautrec : HENRI
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They could be represented by a cartoonist's wavy lines : ODORS
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Salutation among Winnie-the-Pooh and friends : HALLO
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Words before "so sue me" : ILIED
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___ worse than death : AFATE
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Word that can follow the ends of 20- and 54-Across and 4- and 26-Down : NOTE
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What pros handle things with : EASE
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Nascar Hall of Fame locale: Abbr. : NCAR
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Some SAT takers: Abbr. : SRS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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