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TRIPLE SPOONERISMS

New York Times, Sunday, April 8, 2018

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 134, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 228 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I've never seen spoonerisms done with three-word phrases. They were tricky for me to untangle, so here's the list of base phrases: BEAK OF LAD STRUCK: streak of bad luck. THE ... read more

I've never seen spoonerisms done with three-word phrases. They were tricky for me to untangle, so here's the list of base phrases:

BEAK OF LAD STRUCK: streak of bad luck.

THE STUCK HOPS HERE: the buck stops here.

PALE HAIRY MASS: male perry hass. Er … hail mary pass.

TERROR OF BAD GLIDINGS: bearer of … glad tidings?

ROCK STAR CASES: my stupid brain keeps starting this one with "cock." Thankfully, it's actually stock car races.

THE FANTA TRAY SALE: the Santa Fe Trail.

HEAL FIGHT AT ROME: this took me forever, embarrassing since there are only five possible permutations remaining. Feel right at home.

The best spoonerisms are the ones where 1.) it's a snap to figure out what the person actually intended, and 2.) the spoonerized phrase is titillating, embarrassing the speaker.

Luckily, a few of these did snap right into place for me. Not so luckily, very few of the resulting phrases amused me. No surprise – it's so tough to find phrases that work this way, that it's a small miracle that Patrick was able to find these seven.

Even with a theme that wasn't on my wavelength, I always appreciate a Berry grid, silky smooth as usual. I can count on one hand the number of constructors who can create a Sunday 140-word grid with just some minor KTEL NEATH kind of stuff – way, way, way under the norm.

Highlight for me: the Shortz-era debut of PENAL CODE, with a brilliant clue, misdirecting to English class: [Rules for forming sentences]. Puzzle was worth doing for that alone.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0408 ( 24,988 )
Across
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Anesthetic of old : ETHER
6
Forcefully remove : RIPOUT
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Very good, as a job : BANGUP
18
Purple candy's flavor, often : GRAPE
19
Sea-dwelling : OCEANIC
21
Things a spy may have many of : ALIASES
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Stares slack-jawed : GAPES
24
What caused the nosebleed on the playground? : BEAKOFLADSTRUCK
26
Sponsor of U.S. Olympic swimmers : SPEEDO
28
Ball hit for fielding practice : FUNGO
29
Burro's call : BRAY
30
Tagline in an ad for Elmer's Glue-Ale? : THESTUCKHOPSBEER
35
Holiday song closer : SYNE
36
Bygone channel that aired "Veronica Mars" : UPN
37
Chill in the cooler : DOTIME
38
Finish filming : WRAP
40
Gets up : RISES
43
Bernadette of Broadway : PETERS
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Succumb to sleepiness : NODOFF
50
High-flown, as writing : FLORID
52
Big ox : LUG
53
Discreet attention-getter : PSST
57
Lash with a bullwhip : LARUE
58
Deliberative bodies : SENATES
60
Description of a yeti? : PALEHAIRYMASS
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Parodied : APED
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Capacitate : ENABLE
66
Tip jar fillers : ONES
67
Novice parasailer's fear? : TERROROFBADGLIDINGS
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Ingredient in a Roy Rogers : COLA
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Coarse : RIBALD
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What a Möbius strip lacks : ENDS
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Containers for electric guitars? : ROCKSTARCASES
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They're easy to take : GELCAPS
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Unfamiliar : ALIEN
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Quite a few : LOTS
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It hangs around the neck : BIB
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Sandwich with Russian dressing : REUBEN
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One-room apartment, to Brits : BEDSIT
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Motifs : THEMES
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Like the questions in 20 Questions : YESNO
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Very worst : PITS
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"Law & Order" actor Jerry : ORBACH
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Sealer for sailors? : TAR
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Drawbacks : CONS
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Best place to buy a platter of fruit-flavored sodas? : THEFANTATRAYSALE
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Square footage : AREA
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Bishop's headgear : MITER
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Paradisiacal : EDENIC
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Mend fences after Caesar's civil war? : HEALFIGHTATROME
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Maker of PowerShot cameras : CANON
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Apathetic response to "What's new?" : NOTMUCH
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Leave behind : ABANDON
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Something to live by : CREDO
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Market offerings : SHARES
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Trick-taking game : SPADES
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"Napoleon Dynamite" star Jon : HEDER
Down
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Easter ___ : EGG
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It's a bunch of garbage : TRASHPILE
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Discovers by chance : HAPPENSON
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Pentathlon items : EPEES
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Complete policy overhaul, in D.C.-speak : RESET
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1987 action film originally given an X rating for violence : ROBOCOP
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Winter driving hazard : ICE
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Shell game object : PEA
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Cooper's wood : OAK
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Game with 108 cards : UNO
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Small scraps : TIFFS
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Hedgehog predator : BADGER
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Second, or worse : ALSORAN
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Quibble : NIT
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Dresses : GARBS
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There's enormous interest in it : USURY
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Nut in pralines : PECAN
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Caddie's selection : CLUB
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___ terrier : SKYE
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From scratch : ANEW
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Fizzler : DUD
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Lays down the lawn? : TURFS
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Classic seller of compilation albums : KTEL
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Seek moolah from : HITUP
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Alphabet ender : OMEGA
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According to : PER
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Cal ___ : POLY
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Setting for a period piece : ERA
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Instrument whose name means "three strings" : SITAR
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What shopaholics do : SPEND
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"The Martian" star : DAMON
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Long-armed climber, for short : ORANG
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Joins : FUSES
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Own (up) : FESS
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Kick out : DEPORT
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Dance akin to the jitterbug : SHAG
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Prized Siberian animal : SABLE
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Bathroom floor, often : TILING
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Podcast that won a 2014 Peabody Award : SERIAL
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Detectives run them down : LEADS
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More rare, perhaps : REDDER
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Resonator guitar : DOBRO
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John Kennedy ___, author of "A Confederacy of Dunces" : TOOLE
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Charlton Heston title role : ELCID
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Aids in golf course maintenance : RAKES
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Irrefutable point : FACT
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Play at maximum volume : BLAST
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R&B's ___ Brothers : ISLEY
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Sideways scuttler : CRAB
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Cutlet? : SNIP
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"Life Itself" memoirist Roger : EBERT
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Swahili for "lion" : SIMBA
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Actor's last line, maybe : CUE
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Stayed sober : ABSTAINED
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Rules for forming sentences : PENALCODE
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Mock sound of disinterest : SNORE
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Exhausted : BEAT
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Tufted songbirds : TITMICE
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Sweetie : HON
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Multiplex count : SCREENS
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Dark meat options : THIGHS
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Jimmy's "Late Night" successor : SETH
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Deceived : HAD
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"High Hopes" lyricist Sammy : CAHN
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Snacks in stacks : OREOS
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Opposite of o'er : NEATH
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"Frida" star Hayek : SALMA
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Spanakopita ingredient : FETA
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Ones who grasp elbows in greeting, by tradition : ARABS
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"How revolting!" : YECCH
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Drum kit component : SNARE
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Lab coat? : FUR
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FISA warrant objective : TAP
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Genetic macromolecule : RNA
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Unmatched : ODD
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One of the Three Stooges : MOE
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Winner of the most medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics: Abbr. : NOR

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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