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SPACED OUT

New York Times, Sunday, April 20, 2008

Author:
John Farmer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Farmer

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 170, Blocks: 104 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Farmer. NYT links: Across Lite
Notepad: When the puzzle is done, the letters in the following squares spell a bonus phrase: 7A - 3rd letter, 31A - 5th, 65A - 4th, 104A - 6th, 136A - 3rd, 151A - 1st, 149A - 4th, 133A - 4th, 100A - 1st, 62A - 1st, 29A - 6th
Jim Horne notes:

Following the convoluted notepad instructions yields the bonus phrase SOLAR SYSTEM. Note that the planets spelled out in the circles are listed in order of mean distance from the sun.

The instructions in the print version of the puzzle are far more elegant. The squares indicated in the notepad are shaded light grey and the clue for 9 Down reads "Center of many revolutions (whose first letter starts a bonus phrase reading clockwise around the shaded squares.)"

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© 2008, The New York TimesNo. 0420 ( 21,348 )
Across
1
Thing in a case : RES
4
1960s-'80s Red Sox legend, informally : YAZ
7
In the cellar : LAST
11
Org. that promotes adoption : SPCA
15
"Poor venomous fool," in "Antony and Cleopatra" : ASP
18
Pumpkin-picking time: Abbr. : OCT
19
"Sons and Lovers" Oscar nominee Mary : URE
20
Expected : USUAL
22
King of comedy : ALAN
23
Going rate?: Abbr. : MPH
24
1941 Henry Luce article that coined a name for an era : THEAMERICANCENTURY
28
Barcelona Olympics prize : ORO
29
Tevye creator ___ Aleichem : SHOLOM
30
Eight-time Norris Trophy winner : ORR
31
Protein acid, informally : AMINO
32
Have ___ to pick : ANIT
33
Celine Dion's "I'm Your Angel" duet partner : RKELLY
34
Closeout come-on : EVERYTHINGMUSTGO
39
Designated driver's drink : SODA
40
Badges, e.g., in brief : IDS
41
___ candy (some pop tunes) : EAR
42
Work of Seigneur de Montaigne : ESSAI
43
"Your Moment of ___" ("The Daily Show" feature) : ZEN
45
Truncated cones, in math : FRUSTA
49
Streaming : AFLOW
52
Novel that ends "Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody" : THECATCHERINTHERYE
61
Not to mention : ALSO
62
Atlas section : EUROPE
63
"Roll Over Beethoven" band, for short : ELO
64
1990s-2000s English tennis star Tim : HENMAN
65
Rocky Mountains resort : VAIL
66
Wide-eyed : AGOG
67
First principles : AXIOMS
70
"I'm king of the world!," e.g. : BOAST
71
Exceeded the speed limit? : ODED
72
"Tancredi" composer : ROSSINI
75
Artful deception : SMOKEANDMIRRORS
78
State quarters? : DORM
80
Actress Ullmann : LIV
81
Suffix with billion : AIRE
82
1972 Harry Nilsson hit : JUMPINTOTHEFIRE
90
Windsor, e.g. : NECKTIE
95
Switch finish? : EROO
96
Absorb a loss : EATIT
97
1984 Heisman winner : FLUTIE
99
Orient : EAST
100
Chickadees' kin : TITS
101
Laughing gas and water, chemically : OXIDES
103
Mess up : ERR
104
Lover in "The Merchant of Venice" : PORTIA
106
Genuine: Ger. : ECHT
107
Prime eatery : FIVESTARRESTAURANT
111
Sloughs off : SHEDS
113
You can't take it with you : ESTATE
114
Upstate N.Y. sch. : RPI
115
Tribute in jest : ROAST
118
Managed : RAN
119
Sneak a peek : SPY
121
Boot part : HEEL
125
Stanley Cup finalists of 1982 and 1994 : VANCOUVERCANUCKS
131
Couple : PAIRUP
133
Long-legged wader : IBIS
134
He played Krupa in "The Gene Krupa Story" : MINEO
135
"You did it!" : YAY
136
Lorenz Hart specialty : LYRICS
137
Pricey sports car, informally : JAG
138
Head of a special government inquiry : INDEPENDENTCOUNSEL
143
Hard wood : ASH
144
Math. class : GEOM
145
Actress Watts : NAOMI
146
Home on "Gilligan's Island" : HUT
147
Inflation meas. : CPI
148
On the other hand : YET
149
Charles de Gaulle alternative : ORLY
150
Varsity QB, e.g. : BMOC
151
Sign at a smash : SRO
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Possessed : HAD
Down
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"Number 10" Abstract Expressionist : ROTHKO
2
Made a comeback? : ECHOED
3
"A Streetcar Named Desire" role : STELLA
4
"Dee-lish!" : YUMMY
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"These ___ the times that ..." : ARE
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Closed (in on) : ZEROED
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Money : LUCRE
8
Botanist Gray : ASA
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Center of many revolutions : SUN
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Certain X or O : TAC
11
Subbed (for) : SATIN
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Dive : PLUNGE
13
Glances : CAROMS
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"___ takers?" : ANY
15
Spanish sherry : AMONTILLADO
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Offshoot : SPRIG
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Snap : PHOTO
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Mother of Judah : LEAH
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Popular portal : AOL
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Kupcinet and Cross : IRVS
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Application letters : NMI
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Some namesakes: Abbr. : SRS
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Without obligation : ASAFAVOR
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Change of a mortgage, slangily : REFI
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Paul Bunyan story : YARN
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Ministry of ___, in "1984" : TRUTH
38
Ryder Cup team : USA
40
Time ___ : INC
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Tase : ZAP
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When many get a St.-Tropez tan : ETE
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Biblical queendom : SHEBA
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Joint part : TENON
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Royal Navy foe of 1588 : ARMADA
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Willow used in basketry : OSIER
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Hills of Yorkshire : WOLDS
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Spree : TEAR
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Monster hurricane of 1989 : HUGO
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Libido : EROS
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Lowly workers : COGS
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Do voodoo on : HEX
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Skull and Bones members : ELIS
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Latitude : ROOM
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Bleeth of "Baywatch" : YASMINE
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Unabridged : ENTIRE
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Executive's charter, maybe : AIRTAXI
68
Infiltrator : MOLE
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Flat-bottomed boat : SKIFF
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Despot ___ Amin : IDI
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Lead-in to "the above" or "your business" : NONEOF
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Like some twins : EVIL
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___ center : REC
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Mystery element : MOTIVE
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Leaps across the ballet stage : JETES
83
"Vega$" star Robert : URICH
84
Nick Nolte movie based on a Kurt Vonnegut novel : MOTHERNIGHT
85
Some advanced researchers, for short : POSTDOCS
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Traditional almanac data : TIDES
87
Bikini blast : HTEST
88
Sorry sort : RUER
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Parisian "to be" : ETRE
91
Jean who wrote "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" : KERR
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"So long, dahling" : TATA
93
"The fix ___" : ISIN
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Virginie ou Pennsylvanie : ETAT
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Subject of the book "Many Unhappy Returns": Abbr. : IRS
102
___ Zagora, Bulgaria : STARA
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Infant's food : PAP
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"Certainement!" : OUI
108
Mussorgsky's "Pictures ___ Exhibition" : ATAN
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Contact lens solution brand : RENU
110
Venture : TRY
112
___ Miguel, Azores island : SAO
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Sting's last name : SUMNER
117
"Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus, for one : TVIDOL
119
32-card game : SKAT
120
Charges (up) : PSYCHS
121
"Into the Wild" actor Emile : HIRSCH
122
Home of Gannon Univ. : ERIEPA
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Author of the "Elements," ca. 300 B.C. : EUCLID
124
Past records? : LPS
125
Singh on the links : VIJAY
126
Demean : ABASE
127
Bad guys : ENEMY
128
Name : REP
129
Filmmaker Joel or Ethan : COEN
130
Jaded figure : CYNIC
131
2006 neologism meaning "to demote" : PLUTO
132
Author Rand : AYN
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"May ___ now?" : IGO
139
Bust : NAB
140
___ Pérignon : DOM
141
Comic Philips : EMO
142
"___ Father ..." : OUR

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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