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New York Times, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

What the computer Deep Thought was programmed to figure out in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Damon J. Gulczynski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Gulczynski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Damon J. Gulczynski notes:
I came up with THE MEANING OF LIFE and JACKIE ROBINSON straight-away, but I needed to think a bit for one more iconic 42. Initially, I had ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I can just see all the "Hitchhiker" pagans out there scratching their collective heads. WTF does THE MEANING OF LIFE have to do with the number ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times5/14/19 ( No. 25,389 )
Across
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Rosters : LISTS
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Red ink : DEBT
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Showing the overall view : MACRO
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Enjoyed no end : ATEUP
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Two-dimensional measure : AREA
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"Tattered Tom" author Horatio : ALGER
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What the computer Deep Thought was programmed to figure out in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" : THEMEANINGOFLIFE
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Michael's wife in "The Godfather" : KAY
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Give as an example : CITE
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Life lines? : BIO
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Environmental destruction : ECOCIDE
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Spreading out : SPLAYING
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Mystiques : AURAS
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Common bar mixer : COLA
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Wine glass part : STEM
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"u r 2 funny" : LOL
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In good shape : TONED
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Pigeon sound : COO
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Hall-of-Fame player whose number has been retired by every team in Major League Baseball : JACKIEROBINSON
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Young 'un : TOT
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<- What this is for this puzzle : THEME
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Mer contents : EAU
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Sharpen : WHET
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Michael of "Superbad" : CERA
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Safe place : VAULT
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Surges : ONRUSHES
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Setter or retriever : BIRDDOG
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TV's "Murder, ___ Wrote" : SHE
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Line of clothing? : SEAM
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___ Valley, neighborhood in San Francisco : NOE
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He served between Bush 41 and Bush 43 : PRESIDENTCLINTON
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Supermarket section : AISLE
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Bill : BEAK
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Cousin of a weasel : SABLE
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Uses performance-enhancing drugs : DOPES
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Quite gaunt : BONY
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Sloughs off : SHEDS
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Part of a Hanukkah meal : LATKE
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"___ is Gorges" (T-shirt slogan) : ITHACA
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"Peace out" : SEEYOULATER
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Belly, in babyspeak : TUM
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Cereal brand with a weight-loss challenge : SPECIALK
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One hell of a writer? : DANTE
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Pennsylvania city : ERIE
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Economist Bernanke : BEN
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Playground game : TAG
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Michael's family in "The Godfather" : MAFIA
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Sterling silver and such : ALLOYS
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Some movie f/x : CGI
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Yellow card issuer : REF
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Rock band? : ORE
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Buttresses : AIDS
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First half of a Beatles title : OBLADI
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Swamp snapper : CROC
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California wine region : SONOMA
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Military academy freshman : PLEBE
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"That's impossible!" : ITCOULDNTBE
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Bright night light : NEON
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Non-___ (label on many organic foods) : GMO
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Kitchen gadgets : CORERS
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Snicker sound : TEHEE
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Place to solve a crossword, maybe : JOHN
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Had a hankering : ITCHED
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Close one : NEARMISS
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Mideast royal name : SAUD
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Value of snake eyes : TWO
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Skirmish : TUSSLE
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Serum container : VIAL
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Like a 14-year-old vis-à-vis the Little League World Series : TOOOLD
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Acts skittish : SHIES
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Tom's love in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" : BECKY
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Family inheritance : GENES
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Obsessive fan, in modern slang : STAN
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Something to jot notes on : PAD
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Kia model : RIO
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Skill tested by Zener cards, for short : ESP
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Draw back : EBB
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Prefix with natal : NEO
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"I don't think so" : NAH

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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