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New York Times, Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sitcom on which Stephen Hawking and Buzz Aldrin have appeared

Author:
David Phillips
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Phillips

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 71, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Phillips.
David Phillips notes:
Well, it would seem I have the honor/curse of batting cleanup for St. Patrick this week. (Hey, Kameron, if you're out there reading this, I'll ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Extra-wide grid to accommodate THE BIG BANG THEORY. Great trivia that Stephen Hawking and Buzz Aldrin guest-starred! (Will Shortz guest-starred ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times4/9/16 ( No. 24,259 )
Across
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Steven who co-created TV's "Sherlock" : MOFFAT
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Remote possibilities : CHANNELS
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Fat fingers? : ECLAIRS
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Get the word out, maybe? : COPYEDIT
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Big name in fast food : RAYKROC
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Better than, with "a" : CUTABOVE
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School group working in harmony? : GLEECLUB
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Unspecified power : NTH
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Something to shuck : PEA
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Something to shuck : EAR
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Kind of sauce : ALFREDO
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Thought starter : GERM
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Three-piece : TRIFOLD
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It's no surprise : NORM
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"The Paper Chase" novelist : OSBORN
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Stock report? : MOO
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It has layers upon layers : ONION
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Sitcom on which Stephen Hawking and Buzz Aldrin have appeared : THEBIGBANGTHEORY
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"The Color Purple" role : CELIE
40
Lee making a scene : ANG
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Wilber who founded a fast-food chain : HARDEE
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Whopper server? : LIAR
43
"Monsters, Inc." employees : SCARERS
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Alternatives to clubs : BLTS
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Old Lutheran movement : PIETISM
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Range of sizes, briefly : SML
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Member of comicdom's S.H.I.E.L.D.: Abbr. : AGT
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Disturber of the peace : DIN
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Exhibit, e.g. : EVIDENCE
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Some brewskis : TALLONES
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"The Naked Maja" and such : EROTICA
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IHOP option : OMELETTE
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Whitehouse in D.C., e.g. : SENATOR
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It may be out for blood : REDCROSS
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Hold with both arms, say : NELSON
Down
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Command in Excel : MERGE
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Fort town in the Second Seminole War : OCALA
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Circular : FLYER
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Clifford Irving's "Autobiography of Howard Hughes," e.g. : FAKE
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Sky line : AIRCARRIER
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Unwelcome Internet activity : TROLLING
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Six L's : CCC
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One who wasn't high-class, per a 1956 hit : HOUNDDOG
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Probably gonna, more formally : APTTO
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When doubled, a taunt : NYAH
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Home to Bellevue U. : NEB
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250-year span in Japan's history : EDOPERIOD
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California city for which element #116 was named : LIVERMORE
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Tick off : STEAM
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Slight blemish : SCUFF
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It may grow between buds : BROMANCE
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Draw out : ELONGATE
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They can't be saved : GONERS
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___ Ragg, Sweeney Todd's assistant : TOBIAS
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"That's O.K., everything's fine" : NOHARMDONE
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Like Advil or Motrin, for short : OTC
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It's a hard act to follow : SHELLGAME
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Took down a peg : BELITTLED
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Dec. 31 : NYE
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Medieval steel helmets with visors : BASINETS
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Alter ego of "Batman" villainess Lorelei Circe : THESIREN
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Tears apart : RIVES
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Mongolian for "hero" : BATOR
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Focus of some high-profile 1970s lawsuits : PINTO
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Dithers : SNITS
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Marilyn of the 5th Dimension : MCCOO
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Watch's partner : LEARN
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Ending for evil or wrong : DOER
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Stand-in for the unnamed : ETAL
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Inc. cousin : LLC
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French possessive : SES

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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