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THE MYSTERY OF MCGUFFIN MANOR

New York Times, Sunday, May 24, 2020

"You caught me!," says the thief, who then admits: "The diamond isn't here in my room, but it's hidden in ___"

Author:
Andrew Chaikin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 134, Blocks: 79 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Chaikin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: This crossword contains a whodunit: "Thank you for coming, Inspector," said Lady McGuffin. "The famed McGuffin Diamond has been stolen from my study! The eight members of the staff had a costume party tonight--it has to be one of them: the butler, driver, cook, baker, page, porter, barber or carpenter. They have all been confined to their respective rooms around the parlor [center of the grid]." Can you determine who stole the diamond ... and where it is now?
Will Shortz notes:

Andrew Chaikin is a musician and game inventor in San Francisco. This crossword contains a whodunit.

Andrew Chaikin notes:
I loved crafting an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. A detective summoned to a lavish manor. Characters spanning the class divide (confined to their rooms, like many of us these days). And ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Confused? Go read the notepad. I'll wait. Still confused? Okay. Take a deep breath ... Re-read the notepad. Pay attention to the professions. Note that there's a cook, a driver, and a ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

The print version of this puzzle in the Sunday Magazine has a numbering error. It's a mistake, not related to the mystery. The row with a repeat 92 should read 93, 94, 95.

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© 2020, The New York Times5/24/20 ( No. 25,765 )
Across
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Battlefield cry : ATTACK
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Sprint competitor : RACER
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Pollen-producing plant part : STAMEN
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About three miles : LEAGUE
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Excoriates : REVILES
21
"The Deer Hunter" director Michael : CIMINO
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An antique might have one : PATINA
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What a Venn diagram shows : OVERLAP
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Like : AKINTO
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As you inspect each room, you find staff members dressed as ___ : APTLYNAMEDCELEBRITIES
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Suspect #1 : COLE
29
Start of a Christmas refrain : FALA
30
"I like it!" : NICE
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Days of old : YORE
32
Word that sounds like a number ... and is a letter backward : ATE
33
Russian pancakes : BLINI
35
Burn slightly : SINGE
38
Refusals : NOS
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They're all ___, so you can easily identify them : WEARINGNAMETAGS
44
Popeye's kid : SWEEPEA
46
Delta competitor, in brief : UAL
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Woes : SORROWS
50
Suspect #2 : GERARD
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Have trouble swallowing : GAGON
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Like beloved books, often : REREAD
55
Showers : RAINS
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Tech debut of 1998 : IMAC
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Tucson school, in brief : UOFA
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California-based auto company : TESLA
62
Bristle of grain : AWN
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What it all adds up to : SUM
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A ways away : FAR
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Suspect #3 : TIM
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Spawn : BEGET
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Music for the masses? : HYMN
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Sly and the Family Stone genre : FUNK
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Public spat : SCENE
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Considered : SEENAS
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___ fusion (type of cuisine) : ASIAN
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Some appliances : AMANAS
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They catch dust bunnies : DRYMOPS
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It might get a licking: Abbr. : ENV
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Musical family with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : OSMONDS
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In the study, you find that the thief accidentally left behind an ___ : APPLESWEATSHIRT
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Some sports cars : GTS
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Lots : AHEAP
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"That's ___" : AMORE
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Some modern ones are smart : TVS
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Four-letter word for a four-letter word : OATH
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In ___ (stuck) : ARUT
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Hershey toffee bar : SKOR
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Suspect #4 : CHET
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"You caught me!," says the thief, who then admits: "The diamond isn't here in my room, but it's hidden in ___" : THEONETOTHEWESTOFHERE
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"Hungry" game characters : HIPPOS
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What each person gets in an election : ONEVOTE
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Spark : AROUSE
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Ordain : ANOINT
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Joined at an angle, as two pieces of wood : MITERED
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Clothes hanger? : TASSEL
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Suspect #5 : MINNIE
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Suspect #6 : KAREN
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"Easy now ..." : STEADY
Down
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Source of the robe material for Incan royalty : ALPACA
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Home brewer : TEAPOT
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Tell : TATTLE
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Spry : AGILE
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Brooklyn Coll. is part of it : CUNY
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Thomas who chaired the 9/11 Commission : KEAN
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Enjoy deeply : REVELIN
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Salon brand : AVEDA
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Magazine audience fig. : CIRC
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Suspect #7 : ELLEN
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Style for Edward Hopper and George Bellows : REALISM
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What might come with fencing? : SCAR
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Suspect #8 : TIKI
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Goodwill : AMITY
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"Despicable Me" character : MINION
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Intestinal: Prefix : ENTERO
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Some knotted ropes : NOOSES
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Elie Wiesel's homeland : ROMANIA
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Lowest of the eight major taxonomic ranks : SPECIES
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Flambé : AFIRE
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Japanese box lunch : BENTO
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Oenology : wines :: zythology : ___ : BEERS
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Org. in "Die Hard" : LAPD
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Teri with a "Tootsie" role : GARR
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It might be snowy : EGRET
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Move off the bottle : WEAN
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Chip dip, familiarly : GUAC
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Badger : NAG
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Diamond family name : ALOU
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Like a bad loser : SORE
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Major source of oxygen in the earth's atmosphere : SEAWEED
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Janitor's tool : WRINGER
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Britain's Broadway : WESTEND
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City near Monterey Bay : SALINAS
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Latches (onto) : GRABS
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Delta preceder : GAMMA
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Like a Debbie Downer : NOFUN
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Women of honour : DAMES
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Kinda : ISH
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Very, in Veracruz : MUY
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Swing and completely miss : FAN
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Getaway for two lovebirds? : ARK
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Ireland's best-selling solo artist : ENYA
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Home of the original Busch Gardens : TAMPA
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The compass points : NSEW
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Hardy bean : FAVA
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Campfire treat : SMORE
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"Too busy" : CANT
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Jr.'s junior : SOPH
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Suffix with serpent : INE
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Leader whose name means, literally, "commander" : AMIR
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Kilt feature : PLEAT
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Space to maneuver a ship : SEAROOM
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Seeped (through} : OSMOSED
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Low on dough : SHORT
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Big launch of 1957 : SPUTNIK
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"Time for a break" : TAKETEN
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Fictional city inspired by New York City : GOTHAM
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Sauce put on falafel : TAHINI
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Squash : STEPON
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Springsteen's birthplace, in song : THEUSA
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Knowledgeable (in) : VERSED
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Hard : STEELY
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Music to a hitchhiker's ears : HOPIN
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Thucydides had one : THETA
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Said a 96-Across : SWORE
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Went with : CHOSE
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Anika ___ Rose, 2004 Tony winner : NONI
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Sunrise direction, in Seville : ESTE
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"Best. Day. ___!" : EVER
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Stable diet? : OATS
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Rushing group, informally : FRAT

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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