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SHIFTING SOUNDS

New York Times, Sunday, May 3, 2020

Author:
Ben Zimmer and Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ben Zimmer
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Brendan Emmett Quigley

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Zimmer. This is puzzle # 186 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Ben Zimmer is the language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, a contributing writer for The Atlantic and a former language columnist for The New York Times. Brendan Emmett Quigley is a ... read more
Constructor notes:
BEN: It's a real pleasure to be making my debut as a Times crossword constructor, and it feels like it's been a long time coming. I've been addicted to crosswords — and word puzzles more ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Ben Zimmer! Linguist of fame, WSJ columnist, contributor to The Atlantic. Yeah, yeah, but what matters is that he's now part of the NYT crossword constructors' club. Umberto Eco, Brian Eno ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Ben Zimmer and Will Shortz each took over high-profile word-related jobs after the deaths of beloved predecessors — William Safire for Ben, Eugene Maleska for Will. Both faced initial criticism. Both turned out just fine.

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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0503 ( 25,744 )
Across
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Smashing : SOCKO
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Wide-eyed in wonder : AGOG
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Woofer output : BASS
14
Casual vodka order : STOLI
19
Bubbling : ABOIL
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Pricey : DEAR
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Alma mater of Grant and Lee: Abbr. : USMA
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Board game piece : TOKEN
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Dog's order at a malt shop? : HOUNDSHAKE
25
The "day" in "seize the day" : DIEM
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"Arrival" visitor : ALIEN
27
You can see right through it : LENS
28
Part of H.M.S. : HER
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"Game of Thrones" patriarch has difficulties? : NEDFLOUNDERS
32
Zora Neale Hurston's "___ Eyes Were Watching God" : THEIR
34
Stand-up comic Kondabolu : HARI
35
Drum heard in raga music : TABLA
36
Creator of Christopher Robin : AAMILNE
38
Beat out by a hair : EDGED
40
Big name in ratings : NIELSEN
44
Male sailors : SHIPMEN
45
Words of affirmation : YESSES
47
Upscale : DELUXE
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Android alternative : IOS
49
___ Mahal : TAJ
51
Kind of diet : FAD
53
Chest muscle, informally : PEC
54
The "S" of 48-Across : SYSTEM
58
Advised a chess player to attack the king? : COUNSELEDCHECK
65
Spanish unit of time with a tilde : ANO
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Yoda, to Luke : MENTOR
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Shows as an encore presentation : REAIRS
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A fingerprint can leave one : SMUDGE
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Cell no., say : TEL
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Strips of weapons : UNARMS
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Coming from two speakers : STEREO
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Frequent choice for maid of honor : SISTER
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Deg. for an aspiring attorney abroad : LLB
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Part of Disney's advertising budget? : MOUSEMARKETING
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How some pranks might go : TOOFAR
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Constellation with a palindromic name : ARA
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Scat syllable for Sinatra : DOO
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Hula loop : LEI
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Academy Award winner for "Moonlight" and "Green Book" : ALI
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Dr. Seuss character who becomes "King of the Mud" : YERTLE
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Sushi condiment : WASABI
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Birds that can recognize themselves in mirrors : MAGPIES
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Beyond sad, or beyond happy : INTEARS
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Some piercing spots : LOBES
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Categorically stated : AVERRED
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Indubitably : QUITE
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Bellybutton fluff : LINT
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Bordeaux wine region : MEDOC
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Decisively defeat a cabinet department? : TROUNCESTATE
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Musical knack : EAR
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Share on social media : POST
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Like a zealous fan base : RABID
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School attended by 20 prime ministers : ETON
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Feeling one gets under anesthesia at the dentist? : FUZZYMOUTH
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Rat in "Ratatouille" : EMILE
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Word before or after run : LONG
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Memo heading : INRE
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Prize for a doc, maybe : OSCAR
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Stick a fork in : SPEAR
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Weapon with a bell guard : EPEE
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Loathsome person : TOAD
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Indira Gandhi's father : NEHRU
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Comedian Mort : SAHL
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Instrument from the French for "high wood" : OBOE
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Bad shot by Dracula? : COUNTMISS
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Affinity : KINSHIP
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Lacking originality : OLD
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Follower : ADHERENT
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Prepare, with "up" : GEAR
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Symbol of sturdiness : OAK
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___ launcher : GRENADE
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Close pals : BUDDIES
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"Yeah, right!" : ASIF
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Process, as ore : SMELT
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Language with only 14 native letters : SAMOAN
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He made his final cameo in "Avengers: Endgame" : STANLEE
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Spilled one's soul : TOLDALL
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'30s migrant : OKIE
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Unwelcome look : LEER
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Places to exchange dollars for quarters : INNS
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Stand out from the crowd : SHINE
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Little bits of energy : ERGS
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Competitor of eBay : UBID
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Tree that lines the Central Park Mall : ELM
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Debut single for both Jimi Hendrix and Patti Smith : HEYJOE
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Flaws and all : ASIS
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Shout for 44-Across : AHOY
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Put off for another day : DEFER
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Building caretakers : SUPERS
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Higher-ups in a hierarchy : EXECS
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Part of a guitar : NECK
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One on the road in "On the Road" : SAL
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Maker of Instant Feathers and Hi-Speed Tonic : ACME
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Laura of "Marriage Story" : DERN
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Does some bronco-busting, e.g. : TAMES
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Accustom (to) : ENURE
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Broadband device : MODEM
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Loosen, in a way : UNTIE
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Banned display of firepower, informally : NTEST
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Conductor Georg with 31 Grammys : SOLTI
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Passed out in Vegas : DEALT
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Gambino crime family patriarch : CARLO
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Attractive but vacuous guy, in slang : HIMBO
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Mary, Queen of Scots, e.g. : STUART
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Prod : GOAD
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Prod : URGE
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Philosopher Kierkegaard : SOREN
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"Salud!" cousin : SKOAL
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Heed an army poster : ENLIST
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"Will you allow me to demonstrate?" : MAYI
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Plane ticket info : ROW
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Comfy seating at a carnival? : FAIRCOUCH
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Downwind, at sea : ALEE
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New England art inst. : RISD
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"Mind. Blown." : IMAMAZED
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Shot served with salt and lime : TEQUILA
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Clean : LAUNDER
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Lexicographer Partridge : ERIC
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Singer Knowles with a 2016 #1 album : SOLANGE
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Ever so slightly : ABIT
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Perk from work : BENEFIT
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Tex who animated Bugs Bunny : AVERY
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Diploma equivalent, in brief : GED
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Make an engaging offer? : PROPOSE
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British spy Christopher in 2016 news : STEELE
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Legally prohibit : ESTOP
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Parisian equivalent to "molto" or "muy" : TRES
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Increase, with "up" : RAMP
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Stage prize since 1956 : OBIE
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It distinguishes meaning in many East Asian languages : TONE
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Fitch of Abercrombie & Fitch : EZRA
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Red carpet interviewee : STAR
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Traffic sign word : THRU
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Card game call : UNO
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Sun follower? : MON

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