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A SHOT IN THE DARK

New York Times, Sunday, May 16, 2021

Phenomenon by which electrons radiate from a heated filament, so named for a famous observer

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 82 Missing: {JKQ} This is puzzle # 136 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times5/16/21 ( No. 26,122 )
Across
1
Dude, slangily : BRAH
5
Toaster Swirlz brand : EGGO
9
Country singer Haggard : MERLE
14
Lhasa ___ (dog breed) : APSO
18
Metallic fabric : LAME
19
"___: Legacy" (sci-fi sequel) : TRON
20
Hymn of joy : PAEAN
21
Loud thudding sound : CRUMP
23
Shot in the dark : UNEDUCATEDGUESS
26
Get to the point? : TAPER
27
Steps up? : RUNGS
28
Court plea, in brief : NOLO
29
Winner's sign : VEE
30
Alternative to a blitz : SIEGE
31
False start? : PSEUDO
33
Improved version of an existing product : BETTERMOUSETRAP
38
Skipping syllables? : TRALA
40
Reward for a big hit, say : RBI
41
Two-legged stand : BIPOD
43
Fix for a bald spot : HAIRIMPLANT
48
Shock : APPALL
51
Oscar-winning Hanks role of 1994 : GUMP
54
Tiny bits : ATOMS
56
By-way connection : THE
58
Voice mail prompt : TONE
59
Hasbro game requiring increasingly quick reflexes : BOPIT
60
Tiny bit : MITE
61
Mensch : GOODSORT
63
Meals with Haggadah readings : SEDERS
64
Award to wear : STAR
65
Real deal : GENUINEARTICLE
68
Like cabernet sauvignon : RED
69
Go over : SPAN
71
Start of many Portuguese place names : SAO
73
Be angry : BURN
75
Suffix with age : ISM
78
Highly resistant elastomer : SILICONERUBBER
84
Skyscraper support : IBAR
88
Like some ballots : MAILIN
90
Breakfast drink sans creamer : CAFENOIR
92
Ill-advised move : NONO
93
Intangible qualities : AURAS
94
Do : COIF
95
Anonymous surname : DOE
96
Causes of pocket buzzes : TEXTS
97
Loud, sharp sound : CLAP
98
Like Golden Raspberry-"winning" films : PANNED
100
Detectives : PRIVATEEYES
104
Whispered sweet nothings : COOED
106
It's a sign : CUE
108
Unsmiling : STERN
110
Like some roller chains and ball bearings : SELFLUBRICATING
116
Leaves zip for a tip : STIFFS
119
One given orders around the house : ALEXA
121
Tract of land : LOT
122
Nickname for the Wildcats of the Pac-12 : ZONA
124
Smut : FILTH
126
Collection on Facebook : ALBUM
127
Shot in the dark : LASTDITCHEFFORT
131
Three-time American League M.V.P. of the 1950s : BERRA
132
Varsity : ATEAM
133
Hurt badly : MAIM
134
Disneyland transport : TRAM
135
Bill blockers : NAYS
136
Ta-tas : CIAOS
137
Polishes off : EATS
138
Fore-and-aft-rigged sailboat with two masts : YAWL
Down
1
Photo mishap : BLUR
2
Amassed : RANUP
3
Congregational chorus : AMENS
4
Tools for landscapers : HEDGETRIMMERS
5
"You get the idea": Abbr. : ETC
6
Food found in some bars : GRANOLA
7
Most-often-used : GOTO
8
Net wt. of many pasta packages : ONELB
9
Sticker stat : MPG
10
It's water under le pont : EAU
11
Teller of the third tale in "The Canterbury Tales" : REEVE
12
Surgical tool : LASER
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Like some casts : ENSEMBLE
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Makes a scene : ACTSUP
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"Hallelujah!" : PRAISETOGOD
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Marvelous : SUPERDUPER
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___-3 : OMEGA
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Slice and dice, say : PREP
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Takes over (from) : USURPS
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More than just a talker : DOER
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Indian lentil dish : DAL
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"No info yet," on a schedule : TBA
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Carefully avoid : TIPTOEAROUND
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Heating option : OIL
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Composer Bruckner : ANTON
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Unlikely Oscar winners : HAMS
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Fighting : ATIT
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Tiny bit : IOTA
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G : THOU
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Opening for a computer technician? : PORT
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Pro fighter? : ANTI
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Swampy stretch : MIRE
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V.A. concern, for short : PTSD
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Phenomenon by which electrons radiate from a heated filament, so named for a famous observer : EDISONEFFECT
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"You can't be a real country unless you have a ___ and an airline": Frank Zappa : BEER
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Mil. leader : GENL
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Catch : SNARE
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Arc on a music score : SLUR
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Investment goal : GAIN
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Trucker on a radio : CBER
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Pitchfork-shaped letters : PSIS
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When the first "Peanuts" comic appeared : NINETEENFIFTY
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Apple on the teacher's desk? : IMAC
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Literature Nobelist Bellow : SAUL
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Innovation in push-ups : MIRACLEBRA
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It can represent a folder : ICON
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First offer? : CAIN
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"I touched your nose!" sound : BOOP
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Coffin frames : BIERS
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Squarish : BOXY
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A jokester might say "And the pot thickens" after one : ANTE
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One of the friends on "Friends" : ROSS
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Very easy living : LAPOFLUXURY
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French explorer who founded Detroit : CADILLAC
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Duty : TARIFF
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According to : PER
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Bad P.R. for a celeb, maybe : DUI
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Baseball announcer's cry : ITSAHIT
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One doing a Spot check? : VET
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Whom the Secret Service dubbed Renegade and Renaissance : OBAMAS
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Mike who served as a Wyoming senator from 1997 to 2021 : ENZI
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Longtime Swedish automaker : SAAB
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___ Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female head of state : ELLEN
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Mammal found in the Andean cloud forest : COATI
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Utterly lost : ATSEA
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"I'm baffled" : GOTME
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Botanist's study : FLORA
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A sucker for milkshakes, say : STRAW
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ESPNU covers its games : NCAA
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Web file format, for short : HTML
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The natural order of the universe : TAO
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Chats over Twitter, briefly : DMS
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Grp. mobilized by a 911 call : EMS

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

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