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PAPER WORK

New York Times, Sunday, May 5, 2019

Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson and Doug Peterson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Samuel A. Donaldson
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Doug Peterson

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 71 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Donaldson. This is puzzle # 44 for Mr. Peterson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Samuel A. Donaldson is a law professor, specializing in taxes and estates, at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Doug Peterson is a professional crossword constructor in Pasadena, Calif. ... read more

Samuel A. Donaldson is a law professor, specializing in taxes and estates, at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Doug Peterson is a professional crossword constructor in Pasadena, Calif. They met at the 2008 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, became friends and started making puzzles together — working back and forth by email. Doug attended Sam's wedding in 2012. They are prolific contributors both individually and with others.

Constructor notes:

Yeah, we know. TURTLER.

(Jeff: I play a lot of Clash Royale, and people who hunker down and play for the annoying stalemate are said to "turtle up." Also known as being a dirty turtler. Sounds so dirty!)

Jeff Chen notes:
It's not often that I have a Sunday solving experience that delights from start to end — today's hit that mark! Made me a real laughing boy. Amusing re-interpretations of '___ PAPER' ... read more

It's not often that I have a Sunday solving experience that delights from start to end — today's hit that mark! Made me a real laughing boy. Amusing re-interpretations of "___ PAPER" phrases – so many great ones! A LOTTERY TICKET as [Scratch paper?] was a perfect way to kick off the puzzle. I used to love scratching McDonald's Monopoly game tickets. Not that I ever won anything, but oh, that anticipation.

[Fly paper?] as a boarding pass? Maybe a bit stretchy grammatically, but it was so amusing that I didn't care.

[Crepe paper?] Oh, as in crepes on a BREAKFAST MENU! Genius that all of these answers are real phrases, in the language!

And SEATING CHART, the best of all. It's doubly apt for Sam, the law professor, who likely has used a SEATING CHART in his day – and written his share of "position papers"!

Sam and Doug are two of my favorite people in the crossworld – could easily be in the top two. Such fun to see their humor and wit come through today. I suppose a review should try to be unbiased, objective. But my commentary, I get to do what I want. So there.

I'm privileged to know these fine gentlemen, happy to consider myself their third Stooge. (Okay, I'm Larry Joe at best. But I'll take it.)

Constructors out there looking to make a Sunday grid, take note of the delightful bonuses: CRASH CYMBAL. GREEN CARD. SCHOOL TIE. STRING ART. TAE KWON DO. BELLY RUB! MADE A SPLASH is so appropriate. They do it right – work in about half a dozen great long fill bonuses, and you make solvers happy.

Their short fill wasn't perfect, mind you. Quite a bit of ABM AERO DVI ELHI IMA … that's a doink in the eye. But think about the qualities of everything I've listed. It's all 1.) short stuff, 2.) easy to figure out from the crossing answers, and 3.) largely innocuous. As long as you stick to the usual suspects — the tiny minor offenders — it's gloss-over-able.

The puzzle accomplished what so few Sunday puzzles do these days – held my attention from the first to the last square. That's no doubt worthy of a POW! (The good kind, not the kind when Moe slaps your head. Wise guy.)

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0505 ( 25,380 )
Across
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Measure of a stone : CARAT
6
Purchase of proof? : ALCOHOL
13
Takes up a lot of space : SPRAWLS
20
"Don't cry for me" singer : EVITA
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Enchant : BEGUILE
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Mine transport : TRAMWAY
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Scratch paper? : LOTTERYTICKET
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Hangs around : REMAINS
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Most stylish : SWANKEST
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2013 film whose lead actress is never seen : HER
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Liquid paper? : WINELIST
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Acted as : WAS
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What Oberon orbits : URANUS
32
Relay closer : ANCHOR
36
Construction paper? : BUILDINGPERMIT
44
Bugs from the underworld : MORAN
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Jane Austen heroine : EMMA
46
Grp. that usually meets in the evening : PTA
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Veiled criticism, in slang : SHADE
48
Fly paper? : BOARDINGPASS
52
Assn. : ORG
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That stinks! : ODOR
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Mormon Church, for short : LDS
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Spreads in the kitchen : OLEOS
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Hyundai model : ELANTRA
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Horror director Roth : ELI
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K-12 : ELHI
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Broadway's Cariou : LEN
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Periods of note : ERAS
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Pop group whose name derives from the initials of its members' first names : ABBA
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Wax paper? : RECORDDEAL
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Note paper? : SHEETMUSIC
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Bygone auto whose name sounds like a command : YUGO
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"I want details!" : DISH
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506, in old Rome : DVI
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Trade jabs (with) : SPAR
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Ending with body or spy : CAM
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Expresses exasperation toward : SIGHSAT
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Some trumpeters : SWANS
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Size above med. : LGE
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Bygone sitcom set around Houston : REBA
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La-la lead-in : TRA
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Position paper? : SEATINGCHART
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Competitor of Reach : ORALB
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Settings for some TV dramas, for short : ERS
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First place? : EDEN
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Prophet who inveighed against the "sins of Israel" : HOSEA
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Wall paper? : COLLEGEDIPLOMA
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Segue to the next part of a story : SOTHEN
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Contribute : DONATE
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Warhol subject : MAO
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Term paper? : CONTRACT
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Exclamation that's usually doubled : TSK
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Doggy treat : BELLYRUB
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The least little bit : ONEIOTA
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Crepe paper? : BREAKFASTMENU
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Terrapin catcher : TURTLER
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Humanitarian operation : AIRLIFT
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Trap at a ski lodge, perhaps : ICEIN
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Wound : SPOOLED
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Chilean catch : SEABASS
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Bridge positions : EASTS
Down
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Hanna-Barbera collectibles : CELS
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Profess : AVOW
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Singer Ora with three solo #1 hits in Britain : RITA
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Abbr. on an envelope : ATTN
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Class one might take for kicks? : TAEKWONDO
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Deep hole : ABYSS
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Baltic dweller : LETT
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It helped bring dinos to life in "Jurassic Park" : CGI
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"That's a good burn!" : OUCH
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Take a walk on the wild side? : HIKE
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John ___, three-time Gold Glove first baseman : OLERUD
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Authorize to : LET
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Craft created on a board with nails : STRINGART
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Rules of engagement? : PRENUP
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"The Ten Commandments" villain : RAMESES
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Human rights lawyer Clooney : AMAL
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Depression follower, for short : WWII
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Office PC connections : LANS
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Routine: Abbr. : SYST
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Body part whose name contains another body part : REAR
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Deliberate and unprovoked : WANTON
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Grave letters : RIP
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Unhurried walker : AMBLER
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Noggin : NOODLE
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Drum kit component : CRASHCYMBAL
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Half a laugh? : HAR
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"Shoo!" : BEGONE
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Ones making calls, informally : UMPS
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"___ Pepper ..." (classic soda jingle) : IMA
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Eye surgeon's tool : LASER
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Pi + 1? : RHO
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Debuted to great acclaim : MADEASPLASH
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Talent show that jumped networks, familiarly : IDOL
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Actress Polo : TERI
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Volunteer's offer : ILLDOIT
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Grant factor, sometimes : NEED
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Symbol in many a URL : SLASH
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Harsh : GRATING
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Neutral color : ASH
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SALT subject, for short : ABM
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Marker, informally : IOU
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Inventor Howe : ELIAS
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Part of an after-school lineup : BUS
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Some N.F.L. linemen: Abbr. : RGS
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App annoyances : ADS
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Actress Findley : EDWINA
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Welsh "John" : EVAN
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"What she said" : IAGREE
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El Greco, e.g. : CRETAN
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Symbol of strength : STEEL
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Critter that likes to lie in the sun : CROC
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Prefix with -naut : AERO
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Immigrant's desire : GREENCARD
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Really busy doing : HARDAT
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Modern education acronym : STEM
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Clothing symbol for a graduate of Oxford or Cambridge : SCHOOLTIE
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Exclusively : ALL
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Running around : ADO
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Sexy : HOT
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Portable place to sleep : BEDROLL
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Take a load off : SIT
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Relative of a Vandyke : GOATEE
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Family name on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" : PETRIE
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"Do the Right Thing" pizzeria : SALS
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Butcher's stock : MEATS
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Portable places to sleep : COTS
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"Movin' ___" ("The Jeffersons" theme) : ONUP
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Old Roman autocrat : NERO
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One of the Jacksons : TITO
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Hospital fluids : SERA
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Former "Meet the Press" host Marvin : KALB
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People who are totes close : BFFS
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Often-pantomimed hit song of the 1970s : YMCA
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"Cheers" actor Roger : REES
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Soldier's assignment : UNIT
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Tush : BUNS
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Some undergrad degs. : BAS
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Soul from Seoul? : KIA

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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