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New York Times, Sunday, April 3, 2016

With 113-Across, heard but disregarded ... or a hint to interpreting the Across answers with circled letters

Author:
Natan Last
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Natan Last

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Last. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Natan Last notes:
I had the idea to literalize the phrase "In one ear and out the other" a long time ago, and the rebus part was I think the most fun way to actualize this theme. There were wonky ways to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun concept, theme answers literally going IN ONE EAR … and OUT THE OTHER. Six EAR rebus squares act as portals, i.e. WHER(E AR) … jumps from one EAR to another EAR, finishing with … (E ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times4/3/16 ( No. 24,253 )
Across
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___-Town (sobriquet in many a Kanye West song) : CHI
4
"To Kill a Mockingbird" theme : RACISM
10
Get heavily (into) : WADE
14
Distinctive Harry Potter feature : SCAR
18
Overactors : HAMS
20
Hebrew for "my Lord" : ADONAI
21
Period for reflection and recharging : ALONETIME
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With 113-Across, heard but disregarded ... or a hint to interpreting the Across answers with circled letters : INONEEARAND
25
Gallant type : GENTLEMAN
26
"___ Dei" (prayer) : AGNUS
27
Baldwin's "30 Rock" co-star : FEY
28
Clean air org. : EPA
29
Mayan food staple : MAIZE
30
Browser navigation aids : TABS
31
Common query from one about to leave the house : WHEREAREMYKEYS
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The left, informally : LIBS
36
Meditate (on) : CHEW
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Modern surgical aid : LASER
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Come-___ : ONS
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___-surfing : EGO
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Show wear : FRAY
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Arcade game sound : BEEP
43
Nicknames : DUBS
46
Indignant reply when someone withholds information : IHAVEARIGHTTOKNOW
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Contract part : CLAUSE
53
P.M. after and before Churchill : ATTLEE
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Carson who won the 2001 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry : ANNE
55
"Come on ... be daring" : TAKEARISK
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Increases, with "to" : ADDS
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"No worries" : ITSCOOL
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Look from Scrooge : SNEER
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Sally : RAID
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Tell : SAYTO
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Bubbling : ABOIL
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24-note tune : TAPS
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Quattros and TTs : AUDIS
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"I had nothing to do with it" : WASNTME
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Olympic sprinting champion Devers : GAIL
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"Oh, boo-hoo!" : CRYMEARIVER
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Overly ingratiating : OILY
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Senior project : THESIS
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Some Ivy Leaguers : YALIES
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"Would you consider this suggestion?" : CANIMAKEAREQUEST
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Nutritional figs. : RDAS
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Roman statesman known as "the Censor" : CATO
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Given the signal : CUED
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Label for a suit? : MBA
93
Some Johnny Hart panels : BCS
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Not true? : ATILT
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Outlaws : BANS
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Out of control : AMOK
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Comment to the not-yet-convinced : YOULLCOMEAROUND
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Mountain goat : IBEX
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Politico with the autobiography "An American Son" : RUBIO
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The Engineers of the N.C.A.A. : RPI
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Disneyland's Main Street, ___ : USA
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___ rima (meter of Dante's "Divine Comedy") : TERZA
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Former name for Syracuse athletes : ORANGEMEN
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See 23-Across : OUTTHEOTHER
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Rustic backyard plaything : TIRESWING
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Subject of 1972 negotiations with China : TAIWAN
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Part of a bloodline : SIRE
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Coins with fleurs-de-lis : ECUS
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Remnants : ENDS
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Famed Six Flags Great Adventure roller coaster : ELTORO
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Talking-___ : TOS
Down
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___ Pets (1980s fad) : CHIA
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"Just hold on" : HANGTIGHT
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2009 Grammy nominee with the lyric "But this ain't SeaWorld, this is real as it gets" : IMONABOAT
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Singer Carly ___ Jepsen : RAE
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Nabokov heroine : ADA
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Heart: Lat. : COR
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"Moments from now" : INAFEW
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More grounded : SANER
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June and July : MIDYEAR
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Feminist issue in the workplace : WAGEGAP
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Israeli leaders? : ALEPHS
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Helped the cause, say : DONATED
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Foe of Saruman, in Tolkien : ENT
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Hearty entree : STEAK
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Director Michael : CIMINO
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Company that passed Walmart in 2015 as the world's largest retailer by market value : AMAZON
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Extends, in a way : RENEWS
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Disinvites, e.g. : SNUBS
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Mr. Noodle's friend on "Sesame Street" : ELMO
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Tricky curve : ESS
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Kapow! : WHAM
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2003 #1 hit for OutKast : HEYYA
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Parts of Polynésie : ILES
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Rig, e.g. : TRUCK
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General of the Resistance in "The Force Awakens" : LEIA
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Doctrines : CREEDS
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Awesome : FEARED
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Unlikely to be talked out of : BENTON
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Sight seers : EYES
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Makes dim, as the 42-Down : BLEARS
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Fifth-century pope who was the first to be called "the Great" : SAINTLEO
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One waiting in "Waiting for Godot" : VLADIMIR
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Sweaters, e.g. : KNITS
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Layer of the 42-Down : UVEA
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Slip (through) : SEEP
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Slips up : ERRS
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Duke Ellington's "All ___ Soon" : TOO
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Sacha Baron Cohen persona : ALIG
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Aphorisms : SAWS
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El ___ Real : CAMINO
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Symbols on old manuscripts : OBELI
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Not for prudes : RACY
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Energy field, of sorts : AURA
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Tennyson work : IDYL
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Jabber : YAK
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Post-menorah-lighting treats : LATKES
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Branded : SEARED
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Impeccably : TOAT
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"Rumor has it ..." : IHEARD
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Oscar ___, star of "Inside Llewyn Davis" : ISAAC
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Facilities often referred to by their first letter : YMCAS
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2010's "California Gurls" or 1996's "Macarena" : SUMMERHIT
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Goal of having no unread emails : INBOXZERO
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Lake Oahe locale: Abbr. : SDAK
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Actress Blanchett : CATE
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___ Viv, caretaker of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air : AUNT
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Enter angrily : STORMIN
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Glades : CLEARINGS
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From memory : BYROTE
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Former "CBS Evening News" anchor : COURIC
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Outback maker : SUBARU
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Loom : IMPEND
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"Scram!" : BEATIT
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Looks out for? : ABETS
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Dialogue : LINES
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Calc figures : LOGS
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"And I ___ ..." : QUOTE
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Accustomed : USUAL
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"Were ___ hazard a guess ..." : ITO
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Lover of Aphrodite : ARES
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Farm female : EWE
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Brace : TWO
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Laugh half : HAR
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"Lux" composer : ENO

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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