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MIS-UNABBREVIATED

New York Times, Sunday, April 29, 2018

Author:
Peter Wentz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Wentz

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {GQX} Spans: 2 Scrabble average: 1.70 This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Wentz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter Wentz notes:
This puzzle's genesis sprang from overhearing someone jokingly use the term 'PC police', and being amusing at the thought of an actual militia enforcing a ban on Macs. That one was one ... read more

This puzzle's genesis sprang from overhearing someone jokingly use the term "PC police", and being amusing at the thought of an actual militia enforcing a ban on Macs. That one was one letter too long to fit in a Sunday grid, but it opened the flood gates for theme potential.

The first draft needed a few thematic edits, including a breakfast test-violating reference to a popular action figure brand. Thankfully, there were enough two-letter acronyms out there to find a few substitutes, and I'm pleased with the final result.

Hope everyone enjoys and gets a chuckle or two!

Jeff Chen notes:
Who would have known that so many phrases would have this property, that they start with two letters that stand for something, but those two letters also commonly stand for something else? ... read more

Who would have known that so many phrases would have this property, that they start with two letters that stand for something, but those two letters also commonly stand for something else? Neat! PC LAB isn't "personal computer" but POLITICALLY CORRECT LAB.

Both Jim and I were befuddled by ANTE MERIDIEM DIAL. Neither of us knew what "Morning zoo" was (in the clue) – apparently, it's a common type of radio format? Huh.

I was doubly confused because I was SURE that the "a.m." in times was ANTE MERIDIAN. Drat! I've been getting that wrong all these years. It's confusing because the word ANTE MERIDIAN does mean "before noon." But a.m. is technically ANTE MERIDIEM.

Few of the resulting themers made me laugh, unfortunately. It's a lot of real estate taken up by stilted-sounding entries.

Thankfully, Peter is a strong constructor, and the solid grid made for a good solving exercise. Very few gluey bits, only ignorable AMOCO, SEM, FLA kinds of things. I did wonder if the RENATA / EVA crossing was fair. Is RENETA / EVE plausible if you haven't heard of either person? Probably not, but I'd sympathize with disgruntled solvers getting that square wrong.

Jim likes puzzles where you have to figure out the theme in order to solve the puzzle (or at least to finish it quickly). I appreciated this one from that perspective. I struggled mightily for a good solid 15 minutes without filling in a single themer, so it was a great relief when I finally figured out what was going on, sailing easily home after that. That was pretty cool.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0429 ( 25,009 )
Across
1
Projects : JUTS
5
Nowhere close : FAROFF
11
First name on the Supreme Court : RUTH
15
Delight : JOY
18
Supercollider bit : ATOM
19
Online tracker : COOKIE
20
Country whose capital lent its name to a fabric : SYRIA
21
"___ reading too much into this?" : AMI
22
Meadows filled with loos? : WATERCLOSETFIELDS
25
Originally : NEE
26
Bar that might be dangerous : SHOAL
27
Ax : FIRE
28
Be agreeable : SITWELL
30
Negligent : REMISS
35
Old letter opener : SIRS
37
Blotto : LOOPED
38
Where sailors recover from their injuries? : PHYSICALTHERAPYBOATS
42
No longer edible : BAD
43
Square figure : STATUE
44
Actor Paul of "There Will Be Blood" : DANO
45
Lead-in to -tainment : EDU
46
Quashes : ENDS
48
Chart again : REMAP
50
Checkpoint offense, for short : DWI
52
Gusto : ELAN
55
Goings-on in accelerated classes? : ADVANCEDPLACEMENTNEWS
61
"My man" : DADDYO
62
Subject for The Source magazine : RAP
63
Sch. of 30,000+ on the Mississippi : LSU
64
Bill's support : YEA
65
It dethroned Sophia as the #1 baby girl's name in the U.S. in 2014 : EMMA
67
Home for a Roman emperor : VILLA
69
Onetime Bond girl ___ Wood : LANA
71
"So obvious!" : AHA
74
Common core? : EMS
75
Like : ALA
76
Prime-time time : NINEPM
80
Dog that doesn't offend people? : POLITICALLYCORRECTLAB
87
Come down hard, as hail : PELT
88
Barnyard male : TOM
89
First name on the Supreme Court : SONIA
90
Dreyfus Affair figure : ZOLA
91
Subject for Ken Burns, briefly : NAM
93
Burg : TOWN
96
Went by air? : WAFTED
99
Dorm monitors : RAS
100
Cry of devotion from a non-academy student? : PUBLICSCHOOLILOVEYOU
105
Source of the line "They shall beat their swords into plowshares" : ISAIAH
106
Things that may be rolled or wild : OATS
107
Soprano Tebaldi : RENATA
108
Some fasteners : LATCHES
110
They aid in diagnosing A.C.L. tears : MRIS
112
Funny face? : EMOJI
116
Old White House nickname : ABE
117
Morning zoo programming? : ANTEMERIDIEMRADIO
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Panama City state: Abbr. : FLA
124
Substantive : MEATY
125
"Don't doubt me!" : ICANSO
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Clue : HINT
127
Divinity sch. : SEM
128
Chatty bird : MYNA
129
Provider of aerial football views : SKYCAM
130
Actress Kendrick : ANNA
Down
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Best Picture nominee with three sequels : JAWS
2
Pac-12 school that's not really near the Pacific : UTAH
3
Completely, after "in" : TOTO
4
Like wet makeup : SMEARY
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Media watchdog grp. : FCC
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Parent co. of HuffPost : AOL
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Hundred Acre Wood denizen : ROO
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Agrees to : OKS
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Lord's domain : FIEF
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Fixation : FETISH
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Slice for a Reuben : RYE
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Things that have slashes : URLS
13
With nothing out of place : TIDILY
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"What other explanation is there?!" : HASTOBE
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Former "Today" show host : JANEPAULEY
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Word before pan or after Spanish : OMELET
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Investment figures : YIELDS
20
GMC truck : SIERRA
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Like poor months for oysters, it's said : RLESS
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Mentally wiped : FRIED
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Stiff : WOODEN
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Sch. with an annual Mystery Hunt : MIT
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Words of compassion : ICARE
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Stuffed : SATED
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Weak period : SLUMP
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"Fifty Shades of Grey" subject, briefly : SANDM
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Symbol of China : PANDA
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Onetime Blu-ray rival : HDDVD
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Blue-green : TEAL
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Albright's successor as secretary of state : POWELL
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Craft shop item : BEAD
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"The Sweetest Taboo" singer, 1985 : SADE
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Combo bets : PARLAYS
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Absolutely harebrained : INSANE
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Astonishment : AWE
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Cryptanalysis org. : NSA
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Queens player, for short : NYMET
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Pledge : COMMIT
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___ Poly : CAL
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Green org. : EPA
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Caesar dressing? : TUNIC
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Some neckwear : ASCOTS
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Italy's ___ d'Orcia : VAL
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Laid up : ILL
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Second U.S. feature-length computer-animated movie, after "Toy Story" : ANTZ
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Modern subject of reviews : APP
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Row maker : HOE
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Elite court group : ALLNBATEAM
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Ecuadorean coastal province known for its gold : ELORO
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Micronesian land : PALAU
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Some future execs : MBAS
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Inclined to stress? : ITALIC
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Bygone gas brand with a torch in its logo : AMOCO
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Druid's head cover : COWL
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Studio sign : ONAIR
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Ransack : RIFLE
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Boca ___ : RATON
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2007 female inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame : MIAHAMM
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Hex : WHAMMY
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Our, in Tours : NOTRE
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"Uncle Tom's Cabin" girl : EVA
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Stave off : DETER
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Rice dishes : PILAFS
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Of service : USABLE
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Gore's successor as vice president : CHENEY
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Green-skinned god of the underworld : OSIRIS
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Harley-Davidson competitor : YAMAHA
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"___ Against Evil" (IFC series) : STAN
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Totally awesome, in slang : SICK
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Role in "Thor," 2011 : ODIN
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Islamic spirit : JINN
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Second letter after 118-Down : IOTA
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Second letter before 115-Down : ETA
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Word with camp or care : DAY
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L.L.C. alternative : INC
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That: Sp. : ESA
122
Dr. ___ : MOM

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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