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RHYMES, SCHMYMES

New York Times, Sunday, May 20, 2018

"Collage With Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance" artist

Author:
Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Will Nediger

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {J} Scrabble average: 1.80 This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Nediger. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Nediger notes:
SCHMEAR was a theme entry in my last Times puzzle, which means I've had two in a row with schmear-related theme entries. Maybe I should just make it my thing. I originally had F THAT at ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
There's something so amusing about the sch- rhyming dismissal. I'd love to know who first came up with it. I liked Will's take on a rhyming theme. Straight rhymes have been so overdone ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Mr. Nediger is near the top of our Scrabbliest Constructors list. This is the Scrabbliest Sunday puzzle, breaking the record set by, yes, Mr. Nediger.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0520 ( 25,030 )
Across
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Picnic annoyance : BUGBITE
8
Cold quarters : IGLOO
13
Racetrack informant : TIPSTER
20
Like okapis and giraffes : AFRICAN
21
Sit pensively : BROOD
22
Cry from a survivor : IMALIVE
23
Conversation over a few whiskeys? : BOOZESCHMOOZE
25
Wear : APPAREL
26
Pose : ASK
27
Mario Vargas Llosa's country : PERU
28
Strummed instrument, for short : UKE
29
Where butter and cheese are produced : CREAMERY
30
___ buddies : BOSOM
31
Moreover : TOO
32
Org. for drivers : AAA
33
Return to base : TAGUP
36
2015 Verizon purchase : AOL
38
Filth covering pecans and such? : NUTSSCHMUTZ
45
Borodin opera prince : IGOR
46
Fasten, in a way, with "in" : SCREW
48
Asian holiday : TET
49
Tush : HEINIE
50
Venison spread? : DEERSCHMEAR
53
Relics, to Brits : ARTEFACTS
55
"You betcha!" : YESSIREE
56
Very beginning? : VEE
58
Give a leg up ... or a hand : AID
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Lose one's coat : MOLT
60
Casting need : ROD
61
Notwithstanding : DESPITE
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Brings on : HIRES
64
Sprayed in the face : MACED
67
Hardly a dolt? : NOSCHMO
68
Powerful scents : MUSKS
69
Made-up : BOGUS
70
Virus fighters : TECHIES
71
Director Wenders : WIM
72
Unnamed character in Camus's "The Stranger" : ARAB
73
Ground cover? : DEW
74
Connections : INS
75
Buds come in them : SIXPACKS
80
Office's counterpart : RESIDENCE
83
Avoid a jerk? : DUCKSCHMUCK
85
Mozart's Don Alfonso and Leporello : BASSOS
86
Shout with an accent : OLE
88
Gathered intelligence (on) : SPIED
89
It has lots on the internet : EBAY
90
Break up with an "unbreakable" Ellie Kemper character? : QUITSCHMIDT
93
"Black-ish" network : ABC
94
Part of a kit : SNARE
95
It may be found next to a spade : HOE
96
Sashimi option : AHI
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Ready for battle : ARMED
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DNA building block : BASEPAIR
105
Restroom sign : MEN
106
"What's Going On" singer, 1971 : GAYE
107
Tampa Bay N.F.L.'er : BUC
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Beats in the race : OUTRUNS
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Puts a stop to sentimentality? : HALTSSCHMALTZ
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Term for a word that isn't the dictionary, but maybe should be : SNIGLET
115
Subject of una serenata : AMORE
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Subject of the 2006 documentary "When the Levees Broke" : KATRINA
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Promenades : STROLLS
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Rehab program : DETOX
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Plug : STOPPER
Down
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Cake with rum : BABA
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Hovering craft : UFOS
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Understand : GROK
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Industry, for short : BIZ
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Treat on a stick : ICEPOP
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Stuns, in a way : TASES
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Intruded (on) : ENCROACHED
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Watson's company : IBM
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Cavity filler : GROUT
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Be a witness : LOOKON
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Exude : OOZEOUT
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Loving verse? : ODE
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Some pageant wear : TIARAS
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Brought charges against : IMPEACHED
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Daddy : PAPA
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Criticize severely : SLAM
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Part of a makeshift swing : TIRE
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___ after : EVER
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Depend : RELY
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"Just pretend I'm right" : HUMORME
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Singer of high notes : CASTRATO
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Scottish accents : BURRS
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Dusted off, say : TIDY
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James who won a posthumous Pulitzer : AGEE
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Says, informally : GOES
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"When the Levees Broke" director : LEE
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High ___ : TEA
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Publisher in a robe, familiarly : HEF
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Algonquian Indians : MIAMIS
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Open, as a bottle : UNCORK
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Prince and others : TITLES
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Some drink garnishes : ZESTS
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Fish whose name sounds like the past tense of 46-Across? : SCROD
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Greets silently : WAVESHI
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Begets : SIRES
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Take back : RESCIND
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3-3, e.g. : TIE
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Site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World : EPHESUS
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Professional fixer, for short : DOC
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Uses Gchat, e.g. : IMS
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Scornful sound : HUMPH
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H. G. Wells villain : MOREAU
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Four-time Australian Open winner : AGASSI
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Picasso, e.g. : CUBIST
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Recent arrival : NEWCOMER
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Personalized music gift : MIXCD
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Backyard shindig, informally : BARBQ
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Perfect score, or half of a score : TEN
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Smart remarks : WISECRACKS
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Zooey of Fox's "New Girl" : DESCHANEL
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Long, narrow pieces of luggage : SKIBAGS
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Modify : AMEND
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Where Hemingway wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" : CUBA
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Old Chrysler : KCAR
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___ terrier : SKYE
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Parties : DOS
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Pastor role in "There Will Be Blood" : ELI
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Keeper of the books, for short : CPA
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Japanese appetizer : EDAMAME
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Lifts : HOISTS
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Everything : THELOT
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Appear that way : SEEMTO
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101 course : INTRO
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"... I'll eat ___!" : MYHAT
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Order (around) : BOSS
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May or Bee : AUNT
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Prevent from clumping, say : STIR
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In conclusion : ERGO
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Sway : PULL
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Random data point : BLIP
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___ Reader : UTNE
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Powerful politico : CZAR
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With 112-Down, coupled : HAD
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See 111-Down : SEX
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"Collage With Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance" artist : ARP

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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