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21

New York Times, Sunday, May 27, 2018

Author:
Andrew Chaikin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 126, Blocks: 71 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 6 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Chaikin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrew Chaikin notes:
I'm a musician (Kid Beyond) and meditation teacher; I moonlight in game and puzzle design. This idea came after a long day in the recording studio. I liked the notion of cluing "21" with ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Definitional puzzle riffing on the number 21. I usually find these themes dry, as uncovering dictionary-like entries can be more work than pleasure. AGE FOR DRINKING LEGALLY isn't going to ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This sets a record for fewest words in a Sunday grid with 126. Here are the other low word count Sundays. There's one (now two) at 128 and a few at 130.

1
C
2
O
3
A
4
S
5
T
6
A
7
T
8
A
9
T
10
I
11
M
12
E
13
C
14
H
15
I
16
T
17
A
18
M
A
N
T
L
E
19
T
R
I
S
T
A
N
20
H
O
T
E
L
21
S
22
A
G
E
F
O
R
23
D
R
I
N
K
I
N
G
24
L
E
G
A
L
L
Y
25
Y
E
T
26
B
R
E
A
S
T
27
S
C
R
I
E
S
28
E
T
D
29
A
S
I
30
A
31
O
M
I
T
32
H
A
M
S
33
E
X
O
N
34
N
U
M
B
35
E
R
O
N
E
36
A
37
L
38
B
U
M
B
Y
39
A
D
E
L
E
40
S
P
E
L
L
41
P
O
E
42
D
I
D
D
Y
43
A
R
44
A
45
B
46
S
47
P
C
T
48
T
49
E
50
N
L
B
51
G
52
U
53
N
S
I
N
A
M
54
I
L
I
T
55
A
R
Y
S
A
L
56
U
57
T
58
E
59
O
N
E
T
O
O
M
A
N
Y
60
E
L
I
E
W
I
E
S
E
L
61
O
C
C
62
B
L
T
63
O
P
T
64
T
R
I
65
F
A
C
66
S
67
I
68
M
I
L
E
69
S
70
M
A
L
E
71
F
72
I
73
C
E
N
T
74
S
P
O
T
S
O
N
A
L
L
75
S
I
D
E
S
O
F
A
D
I
E
76
R
I
T
A
S
77
I
N
N
78
S
T
E
N
S
79
S
80
H
81
O
U
T
82
W
C
S
83
O
E
84
S
85
T
86
E
87
W
I
N
N
I
88
N
89
G
90
B
91
L
A
C
K
92
J
93
A
94
C
95
K
T
O
T
A
L
96
I
S
A
K
97
E
U
R
O
98
E
L
L
E
99
F
A
V
A
100
L
P
S
101
H
A
V
A
N
102
A
103
S
T
I
E
R
104
S
105
R
E
P
106
L
E
T
107
T
E
R
S
I
N
T
108
H
E
S
E
A
N
S
109
W
E
R
S
110
S
E
A
G
A
L
111
N
O
N
A
G
O
N
112
E
T
H
A
N
E
113
D
R
I
L
Y
114
S
L
O
G
A
N
S
115
L
S
A
T
S
© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0527 ( 25,037 )
Across
1
New Hampshire's is 21 kilometers long : COAST
6
Simultaneously : ATATIME
13
Actress Rivera : CHITA
18
Layer of the earth : MANTLE
19
Knight in a medieval romance : TRISTAN
20
Monopoly pieces : HOTELS
22
21 : AGEFORDRINKINGLEGALLY
25
But nevertheless : YET
26
Chicken choice : BREAST
27
Practices crystal gazing : SCRIES
28
LAX listing, for short : ETD
29
Where the Bactrian camel is native : ASIA
31
Leave unsaid : OMIT
32
Scenery chewers : HAMS
33
Former Nebraska senator James : EXON
34
21 : NUMBERONEALBUMBYADELE
40
One might be cast in a Harry Potter film : SPELL
41
Famous writer who entered West Point at 21 : POE
42
Alias of rapper Sean Combs : DIDDY
43
Sadat and Arafat, e.g. : ARABS
47
Polling abbr. : PCT
48
Certain dumbbell weight: Abbr. : TENLB
51
21 : GUNSINAMILITARYSALUTE
59
What a hungover person might have had : ONETOOMANY
60
Who said "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference" : ELIEWIESEL
61
Line of work: Abbr. : OCC
62
Crunchy sandwich, for short : BLT
63
Pick, with "for" : OPT
64
Prefix with cycle : TRI
65
Replicas : FACSIMILES
70
Doing evil : MALEFICENT
74
21 : SPOTSONALLSIDESOFADIE
76
Moreno and Hayworth : RITAS
77
B&B : INN
78
Old British firearms : STENS
79
What "you know you make me wanna" do, in a classic R&B song : SHOUT
82
Loos : WCS
83
Dirección toward sunset : OESTE
87
21 : WINNINGBLACKJACKTOTAL
96
"Out of Africa" author Dinesen : ISAK
97
21st-century currency : EURO
98
Competitor of Allure : ELLE
99
___ bean : FAVA
100
The Stones' "Aftermath" and "Flowers" : LPS
101
The U.S.S. Maine sank in its harbor : HAVANA
103
"M*A*S*H" actor David Ogden ___ : STIERS
105
Agent, informally : REP
106
21 : LETTERSINTHESEANSWERS
110
Action hero Steven : SEAGAL
111
Shape of every Baha'i temple : NONAGON
112
Component of natural gas : ETHANE
113
Without smiling, say : DRILY
114
"Workers of the world, unite!" and others : SLOGANS
115
Hurdles for aspiring D.A.s : LSATS
Down
1
Pens : CAGESUP
2
Erstwhile : ONETIME
3
Raiders' org. : ATF
4
One covered with food stains, say : SLOB
5
Hellion : TERROR
6
Transport "to Sugar Hill way up in Harlem" : ATRAIN
7
Sad, in French or Spanish : TRISTE
8
"___ that somethin'?" : AINT
9
Bit of a scolding : TSK
10
End of an illness? : ITIS
11
Fu ___ : MANCHU
12
Memory trace : ENGRAM
13
Inferior in quality : CHEESY
14
Harleys, e.g. : HOGS
15
Suffix with señor : ITA
16
Sent an important message, once : TELEXED
17
In sum : ALLTOLD
18
Settlers of the Yucatán Peninsula : MAYANS
21
Summer Olympics host after Atlanta : SYDNEY
23
Showcase : DEMO
24
Something a sea star can regenerate : LIMB
30
So much fun : ABLAST
33
Nonpoisonous, as mushrooms : EDIBLE
35
California town whose name is Spanish for "the river" : ELRIO
36
Put in (for) : APPLY
37
Sets of points on graphs : LOCI
38
Davis of old Hollywood : BETTE
39
He lost to Dwight twice : ADLAI
44
Time span with a tilde : ANO
45
Little girl, in Italy : BAMBINA
46
Parts of "at" symbols : SMALLAS
48
Big hits : TRIPLES
49
It starts with E, in two different ways : EYETEST
50
State whose capital is 21-Down: Abbr. : NSW
51
Clowns : GOOFS
52
Twist open : UNCAP
53
Brand of wafers : NECCO
54
Dossier contents : INTEL
55
Lots : ALOAD
56
You, in Yucatán : USTED
57
Italian city where St. Valentine was born : TERNI
58
Movers and shakers : ELITE
66
White's co-author of "The Elements of Style" : STRUNK
67
Query from Judas : ISITI
68
Witty zinger : MOT
69
Guardian Angel Curtis ___ : SLIWA
70
Capital of Belarus : MINSK
71
Unfriend? : FOE
72
Otherwise : IFNOT
73
Start for every Perry Mason title, with "The" : CASEOF
75
Old civil rights org. : SNCC
79
Guzzles : SWILLS
80
Unlike dial-up internet service, informally : HISPEED
81
How one might wish : ONASTAR
84
Ogle : STAREAT
85
Bars : TAVERNS
86
Tick away : ELAPSE
88
Almost : NEARLY
89
Sirs, to Brits : GUVS
90
Smarts : BRAINS
91
Bygone Cambodian leader with a palindromic name : LONNOL
92
George, Jane or Judy, on old TV : JETSON
93
Contents of a saucer, maybe : ALIENS
94
"21 Grams" actress DuVall : CLEA
95
Niblet : KERNEL
101
Get better : HEAL
102
Scandium's is 21: Abbr. : ATNO
103
Sonic the Hedgehog creator : SEGA
104
Retired fliers, for short : SSTS
107
___ Fridays : TGI
108
Witch : HAG
109
"Huh?" : WHA

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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