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New York Times, Sunday, April 19, 2020

It was "a no-go" in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire"

Author:
Jack Mowat and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Mowat. This is puzzle # 110 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Jack Mowat, 20, of Omaha, Neb., is a sophomore at Notre Dame studying civil engineering. A self-described crossword "fanatic," he and his roommate used to solve the New York Times ... read more
Constructor notes:
JACK: Before I say anything, I want to take this chance to wish my sister Margaret a happy sixteenth birthday!!! With that out of the way, I am very happy to have my first Sunday puzzle ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Not much macro-level technical interest in this one. Some micro points that might help other constructors: As is often the case with Sunday 140 word-puzzles, the middle is the hardest to ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times4/19/20 ( No. 25,730 )
Across
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Big inits. in news : NPR
4
Place to visit in a suit : APIARY
10
Sign of winter's end : PISCES
16
Purchase that often costs 99¢ : APP
19
Something picked at with a pickax : ORE
20
Comic Jones formerly of "S.N.L." : LESLIE
21
Fleet : ARMADA
22
Low-___ : CAL
23
Duffer's approach shots that barely go anywhere? : MICROCHIPS
25
Like kids, but not mom or dad? : PLURAL
26
Gaza grp. : PLO
27
Bad position for a server : ADOUT
28
Pick up : SENSE
30
CD follower : ROM
31
Flair : ELAN
32
Post-Mao Chinese leader : DENG
33
Duffer's putt that just misses? : ASTROKEOFBADLUCK
37
Goes on a tweetstorm : RANTS
39
___ Reader : UTNE
40
Tiny insects in a swarm : MIDGES
41
Founder of WikiLeaks : ASSANGE
44
Common skirt feature : PLEAT
45
Preparatory time : EVE
46
Nickname for a duffer who can't hit straight? : CAPTAINHOOK
49
"___ on!" : ITS
51
Yapped like a dog : ARFED
55
Make (out) : EKE
56
Pauses : LETUPS
57
King Midas's downfall : GREED
59
Sport : WEAR
60
Showing signs of neglect : SEEDY
62
Orphan girl in Byron's "Don Juan" : LEILA
64
Lodgers : TENANTS
66
Result of spectators heckling a duffer? : DISTRACTEDDRIVING
71
Rope holding down a bowsprit : BOBSTAY
73
Course that's free of obstacles? : EASYA
74
It was "a no-go" in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" : EDSEL
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"Such is life!" : ALAS
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Foaming at the mouth : RABID
81
Certain insurance coverage : DENTAL
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Line on a map: Abbr. : HWY
85
Protection : AEGIS
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Rapper Lil ___ X : NAS
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Duffer's problems with an angled club? : WEDGEISSUES
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Scale starter, per "The Sound of Music" : DOE
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Attach to the end of : TAGON
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On the button : PRECISE
95
"I'm listening" : DOTELL
98
Physician Jonas : SALK
99
Actress Davis : GEENA
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Duffer's reasons to choose a wood? : IRONDEFICIENCIES
104
Turntable rates, in brief : RPMS
108
Letter-shaped fastener : TNUT
109
___ order : GAG
110
Wolf (down) : SNARF
111
Button on a DVD player : EJECT
112
Cool, in an uncool way : HEP
113
Something consumed with a cracker? : WALNUT
115
Like the duffer in this puzzle? : NOTUPTOPAR
118
Palindrome in poetry : ERE
119
Box up : ENCASE
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Cause of fatigue : ANEMIA
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VW predecessors? : STU
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New York city on Long Island Sound : RYE
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Like the "Mona Lisa" in 1911 : STOLEN
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Civics and Accords : SEDANS
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School of thought : ISM
Down
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Wanderer : NOMAD
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___ Parade, annual June celebration : PRIDE
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Intel producer : RECON
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Scads : ALOT
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Part of the upper bod : PEC
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"Or so" : ISH
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V.I.P. rosters : ALISTS
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More yellow, but not yet brown, say : RIPER
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Like a question for which "maybe" is not an option : YESNO
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Capital of French Polynesia : PAPEETE
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Off the internet, to internet users : IRL
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Blue toon in a white dress : SMURFETTE
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Chocolate substitute : CAROB
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Japanese soybean appetizer : EDAMAME
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Nickname that can be either masculine or feminine : SAL
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Standard outlet connection : ACPLUG
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Grand dwelling : PALACE
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Carelessly drops : PLONKS
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Ankle-biter : RUGRAT
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Move stealthily : SKULK
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Weapon sought by Voldemort : ELDERWAND
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Woman with a well-known internet "list" : ANGIE
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Cardiologist's tool : STENT
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Like some personalities : ONAIR
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Go full ___ (throw a world-class hissy fit) : DIVA
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Certain employee at ESPN or JPMorgan Chase : ANALYST
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Vanquishers of kings? : ACES
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Drink in a little cup : SAKE
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Piece of training equipment in boxing : SPEEDBAG
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Put forth, as a theory : POSITED
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Dance that men often do shirtless : HULA
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Europe-based grp. with no European members : OPEC
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Org. that employs radio telescopes : SETI
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Principle of harmonious design : FENGSHUI
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Absorb, as a loss : EAT
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Ones practicing: Abbr. : DRS
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___ Purchase, 1853 land deal with Mexico : GADSDEN
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Actor Patel : DEV
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Thorn in a dictator's side : DISSIDENT
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Grassy field : LEA
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Kind of rating : NIELSEN
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Road crew's supply : TAR
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House speaker before Pelosi : RYAN
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Went green, perhaps? : DYED
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Called up : RANG
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Call to a shepherd : BAA
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Stadium cry : OLE
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Milk sources : EWES
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Disintegrate, in a way, as cells in the body : LYSE
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S O S in Gotham City : BATSIGNAL
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Biblical figure with a tomb in the Cave of the Patriarchs : ISAAC
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Simple shelter : TEPEE
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Spanish winds : AIRES
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Convinced : SOLD
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No longer sleeping : WOKEN
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"Marriage Story" co-star, to fans : SCARJO
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Simple and ingenious : ELEGANT
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Sparkle : GLISTEN
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Have trouble deciding : DITHER
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Headstrong : ORNERY
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Spot coverage? : TOUPEE
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Like a wunderkind : GIFTED
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Edie of "The Sopranos" : FALCO
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Spoilers, of a sort : NANAS
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Witch : CRONE
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"Catch That ___ Spirit" (old ad slogan) : PEPSI
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Exams for some bio majors : MCATS
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Pull some strings? : STRUM
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Guesses by GPSes : ETAS
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Director Craven : WES
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Play with : USE
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Thurman of "Pulp Fiction" : UMA
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Word with rolling or bowling : PIN

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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