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New York Times, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Author:
Weird Al Yankovic and Eric Berlin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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14/4/20181
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Eric Berlin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 41 Missing: {JQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Yankovic. This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Berlin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. See all the celebrity crosswords. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CELEBRITY CROSSWORD
This puzzle is a collaboration by the singer/songwriter Weird Al Yankovic, working together with Eric Berlin, a writer and puzzle editor from Milford, Conn. This is Eric's 40th puzzle for The Times.
More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Jeff Chen notes:
Man, did I ever think Weird Al's songs (and name) were funny when I was a kid. Heck, I still think they're hilarious and awesome! ... read more

Man, did I ever think Weird Al's songs (and name) were funny when I was a kid.

Heck, I still think they're hilarious and awesome! I'm jealous of Eric for getting the chance to work with the legend.

And what a fun concept they came up with, playing on "cheesy" movies, in an aptly Weird Al-esque way. Cheesy-related movie puns was a winner for me — big praise for someone tone-deaf when it comes to puns!

A FEW GOUDA MEN made me smile. Even more so when I thought of little yellow army men made of Gouda. FETA ATTRACTION … ever hear of the term "food porn"?

*rimshot*

And imagining a movie where anthropomorphic blocks of Muenster tried to scare kids made me laugh too. Good stuff all around.

Extra fun in the cluing, too, a bunch of stuff that seemed as wacky as Weird Al himself. John CLEESE doing his "silly walks." (Much to my wife's chagrin, I still do them.) A TOUPEE = a rug you don't walk on. PEEL something you might slip on. It's a bit Weird Al, a bit Fozzie Bear, and a whole lot amusing.

A bit too much crossword glue for my taste, notably OSO feeling oh so globby, but some AFTS SRS AGRI REG isn't bad for a mid-week puzzle.

Overall, a satiric delight. I kind of wish Weird Al would write a crossword parody song and debut it IN A CROSSWORD the day before he released it. I call dibs on working with him if he takes on that idea!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0404 ( 24,984 )
Across
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Imperfection : DEFECT
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Shouts made with the waving of white hankies : OLES
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Yo-yo : ASS
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___ Brothers, duo who sang "Wake Up Little Susie" : EVERLY
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Part of a bottle : NECK
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Skin art, informally : TAT
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Satirist Tom : LEHRER
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Prefix with cultural : AGRI
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Airport info, for short : ETA
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Cheesy 1992 military drama? : AFEWGOUDAMEN
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Aid and ___ : ABET
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Fish with tiny scales : EEL
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Earned a ticket, maybe : SPED
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Cheesy 1987 thriller? : FETAATTRACTION
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Supply for Wile E. Coyote : TNT
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Many promgoers: Abbr. : SRS
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Singer/songwriter Bareilles : SARA
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Mediterranean building material : STUCCO
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Jousters' equipment : LANCES
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Rock that rolls? : LAVA
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___ G, Sacha Baron Cohen character : ALI
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Contents of a vein : ORE
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Cheesy 1993 legal drama? : THEPELICANBRIE
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___ beans : SOYA
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Summertime setting: Abbr. : DST
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Cluster at many a highway interchange : INNS
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Cheesy 2001 animated film? : MUENSTERSINC
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The CW superseded it : UPN
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Roman moon goddess : LUNA
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"Easy-peasy!" : NOPROB
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Locale for a bathysphere : SEA
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Poker stake : ANTE
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John famous for "silly walks" : CLEESE
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"___ dead, Jim" : HES
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Something you might slip on : PEEL
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"Wait a minute ..." : HANGON
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It's SE of Penn. : DEL
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Wall-E's love : EVE
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Dismissive interjection : FEH
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Typos, e.g. : ERRATA
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Curly musical symbol : CLEF
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"Pericles, Prince of ___" : TYRE
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Wild equine : ONAGER
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Tolkien elf played in film by Orlando Bloom : LEGOLAS
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Beige-ish : ECRU
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Result of driving on ice, perhaps : SKID
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Resuming the previous speed, in music : ATEMPO
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Glossy fabric : SATEEN
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Custer's "last" thing : STAND
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Hoses down : WETS
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Kind of cuisine with stir-frying : ASIAN
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Times of day in classifieds : AFTS
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Like the wire in clothes hangers : BENT
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Question for Brutus : ETTU
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Songwriters' org. : ASCAP
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Valuable collection : TROVE
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Certain lily : CALLA
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Coach ... or what a coach is part of : TRAIN
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Mr. ___ : CLEAN
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Cheesy stuff : CORN
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Leprechauns' land : ERIN
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Goes out with : SEES
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Just firm enough : ALDENTE
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Follower of John : ACTS
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Rug you don't walk on : TOUPEE
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Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, in "The Lion King" : HYENAS
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Acre's land : ISRAEL
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Inexpensive writing implement : BICPEN
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Reduce to a pulp : SMUSH
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Certain shot in hockey : SLAP
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Adjust, as a piano : TUNE
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Nonmetric measure : INCH
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The Big Easy : NOLA
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Gas option: Abbr. : REG
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Spanish bear : OSO
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Editor Bradlee of The Washington Post : BEN

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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