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New York Times, Friday, May 29, 2015

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQWX} This is puzzle # 198 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jill Denny notes:
There's an episode of '30 Rock' where Jack Donaghy sails through his day untouched by mortal luck. Everything he touches bursts into ... read more

There's an episode of "30 Rock" where Jack Donaghy sails through his day untouched by mortal luck. Everything he touches bursts into bloom. Jack calls it "Reaganing". Patrick Berry manages to Reagan through crossworld, grid after grid after grid.

It's challenging to find any nits to pick off of this one. Maybe EYE RHYMES? I thought that phenomenon was called 'visual rhyming', but Google tells me that both are legit. TREVINO? Even a golf Luddite like myself has at least heard his name. Z BARS? A certain engineer who lives with me and sometimes writes on this blog scoffs at my hesitation.

A few favorites:

  • I love the understated sarcasm of the clue for SAINTHOOD. Oh, did you not achieve sainthood, Judas? Ha ha, burn. It's hard to think of Judas as an irredeemable villain once you've seen him sing like in the clip below.
  • A Melissa McCarthy reference (THE HEAT) will always brighten my day. Her performance in "Bridesmaids" is spectacular.
  • HIHO crackers are somehow linked to Bibendum in my visual memory. It turns out that the Sunshine baker logo resembles Bibendum ever so slightly.
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0529 ( 23,943 )
Across
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Call in the evening : TAPS
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Thunderous sound : CLAP
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Island group near Fiji : TONGA
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Heckelphone lookalike : OBOE
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Good eats : HEALTHFOOD
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For which two heads are better than one? : YOKE
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Doing particularly well : INRAREFORM
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Prefers charges against : SUES
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Site of an annual British music festival : STONEHENGE
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Take advantage of : TRADEON
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Ben who played the Wizard in "Wicked" : VEREEN
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Grocery quantity : BAGFUL
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Soul producer : KIA
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Lose intensity : ABATE
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Judas never attained it : SAINTHOOD
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Setting for Hawthorne's "The Marble Faun" : ROME
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Really affected : GOTTO
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Pasta option : ORZO
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Four-hour tour features? : EYERHYMES
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Roughly 1% of the earth's atmosphere : ARGON
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Oaf : APE
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Wild : INSANE
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Offensive opportunities : ATBATS
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Procter & Gamble product line : PANTENE
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Without trying : BYACCIDENT
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Bygone cracker brand : HIHO
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Increases risk and reward : UPSTHEANTE
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Maker of PerformX sportswear : IZOD
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Gets very near : ZEROESINON
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Eatery with scales : DELI
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Steel brackets with two flanges : ZBARS
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"You ___ Me" (1957 R&B hit) : SEND
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Fall location : EDEN
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___ & Hobbies (eBay category) : TOYS
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1998 coming-of-age novel by Nick Hornby : ABOUTABOY
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Oscar Madison's weekly event : POKERGAME
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Attends to : SEESAFTER
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Tool with a bezel : CHISEL
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How a nocturne is often played : LENTO
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First high priest of the Israelites : AARON
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Leave nothing to chance : PLAN
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2013 Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy : THEHEAT
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Bid : OFFER
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Very sad turnout : NOONE
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Big ravine : GORGE
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Commercial manufacturers : ADMEN
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British Open winner of 1971 and 1972 : TREVINO
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Fitting : DUE
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Unadorned : BARE
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Baby foxes : KITS
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Adjective-forming suffix : SOME
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Took a course? : ATE
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Old baseball coverage? : HORSEHIDE
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In a union : ORGANIZED
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Atmospheric problem : OZONEHOLE
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All washed up : DONE
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Broadway chorus dancers, informally : GYPSIES
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Sub entries : HATCHES
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Word with carpenter or weaver : ANT
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Mean : INTEND
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Full of excitement : ABUZZ
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Easygoing : TYPEB
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Arabian port that's home to Sinbad Island : BASRA
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Part taker : ACTOR
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Pasta option : PENNE
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___ Chigurh ("No Country for Old Men" villain) : ANTON
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Lectern locale : DAIS
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Figure in the Ynglinga saga : ODIN

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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