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New York Times, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Award-winning webcomic about "romance, sarcasm, math and language"

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JY} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 68 for Mr. Chen.
Jeff Chen notes:
WWIIVET was the seed for this one, a curious string of letters I saw in a D-Day article a year or two ago. Not only is it bizarrely ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love a challenge, and another 62-worder seemed like it might occupy me for a while. After deciding on WWIIVET as the seed, it ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
If I told you how much I admired this puzzle, you'd probably accuse me of in-house bias, so I'll stick to factual observation. This is ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times4/8/17 ( No. 24,623 )

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Across
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Subject of plays by Sophocles, Euripides and Cocteau : ANTIGONE
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Inventor with three steam engine patents : WATT
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Sitter's charge, maybe : HOUSEPET
14
Philanthropy beneficiary : DONEE
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"You get the idea" : ETCETERA
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They're filled at factories : QUOTAS
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Squeaks by : MAKESDO
18
One of a pair of drawers facing each other? : DUELIST
19
Tear : REND
20
Fabric shop collection : SWATCHES
21
Hires for a float? : ROOTBEER
24
Gas: Prefix : AERI
25
One who might recall action on Iwo : WWIIVET
26
Bonehead, to Brits : PRAT
27
Hotel offering for an extra charge : COT
30
YouTuber or eBayer : NETIZEN
32
It was often accompanied by a lyre in ancient Greece : ODE
33
Component of the pigment Maya blue : ANIL
35
Divorced : SPLITUP
37
Fictional mariner also known as Prince Dakkar : NEMO
38
Necessitates : CALLSFOR
40
President between two Williams : THEODORE
42
G.I. Joe and Cobra Commander, e.g. : FOES
44
Grandma Moses' output : FOLKART
45
Tender spot? : CASHBOX
48
Round bump on a cactus : AREOLE
49
Emulate Bonnie and Clyde : ROBABANK
50
Problem to address : ISSUE
51
Croatia is on it : ADRIATIC
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To avoid the risk that : LEST
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Ineffective pill : DEADHEAD
Down
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"Hello ... I'm right here" : AHEM
2
Like herbal cigarettes : NOTAR
3
Wear (out) : TUCKER
4
Words accompanying a head slap : ISEENOW
5
Tears up the dance floor : GETSDOWN
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Slanted paper lines? : OPED
7
First-century megalomaniac : NERO
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Adding a "z" to its front forms its preceder : ETA
9
Head scratcher? : WOOLCAP
10
Gordon Gekko or Rooster Cogburn : ANTIHERO
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Entertainment enticement : TEASERAD
12
Bikini, notably : TESTSITE
14
Soprano + tenor, maybe : DUET
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68 works of Haydn : QUARTETS
18
Guitarist Zappa : DWEEZIL
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"Rabbit of ___" (Bugs Bunny short) : SEVILLE
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50-50, say : TIESCORE
23
It's just a line or two : BITPART
27
Guaranteed-to-fly : CANTFAIL
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Jerkwater : ONEHORSE
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Suitable for all ages? : TIMELESS
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"I'll shut up now" : NUFFSAID
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Member of a heist crew : LOOKOUT
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Muckety-muck : POOHBAH
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Commercial enticement : REBATE
41
Counterpart of a rise : DALE
43
Court colleague of Ruth and Elena : SONIA
45
What's often debugged : CODE
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"East of Eden" girlfriend : ABRA
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Award-winning webcomic about "romance, sarcasm, math and language" : XKCD
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Def : RAD

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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