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MAKING ARRANGEMENTS

New York Times, Sunday, June 14, 2020

Question to an English teacher: "Why did Poe write his poem "___"? Answer: "___?" (with 98-Across)

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 115 for Mr. Ross.
Will Shortz notes:
Randolph Ross, of New York City, is a retired high school principal and math teacher. He is one of the longest-running active crossword contributors to The Times, having had well over 100 ... read more
Randolph Ross notes:
I've been collecting anagrams since I was a little kid. When I taught math, I loved and was amazed that TWELVE PLUS ONE anagrammed into ELEVEN PLUS TWO. When I came across FORTY-FIVE ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM -> WHAT AM I, A MIND READER would make anagramatron proud. It was on "This American Life" and other sources as well, but it's still an A+ discovery. Crosswords have ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times6/14/20 ( No. 25,786 )
Across
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Because of : OWINGTO
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"Pet" with green "fur" : CHIA
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Illegal thing to grab in football : FACEMASK
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Handkerchief, in British slang : NOSERAG
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Disney+ alternative : HULU
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Turkey piece? : ANATOLIA
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Sign at a chemical plant: "This facility is ___ -- ___" (with 114-Across) : CONTAMINATED
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Lists of grievances : LITANIES
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It ends in Nov. : DST
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"When pigs fly!" : NEVER
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Recess retort : ISSO
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Moody who wrote "Coming of Age in Mississippi" : ANNE
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Question to an English teacher: "Why did Poe write his poem "___"? Answer: "___?" (with 98-Across) : ADREAMWITHINADREAM
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Ingredients in mulled wine : CLOVES
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"Everything's ready on my end" : IMSET
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Idiosyncrasy : TIC
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Rodriguez who starred in "Jane the Virgin" : GINA
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Scheming sergeant of old TV : BILKO
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We can tell the boss's assistant is a ___ because he always ___ (with 87-Across) : SYCOPHANT
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My weight increases when traveling because ___ during ___ (with 84-Across) : IAMNOTACTIVE
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Scrabble three-pointers : EMS
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Indescribable religious ideal : TAO
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Status for a library book : RETURNED
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Ice pads? : IGLOOS
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Nick's cousin : DENT
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Dandy, on Downing Street : TOFF
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Advantage : LEGUP
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List makers : DEANS
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Someone who is ___ years old now will be ___ in six years (with 68-Across) : FORTYFIVE
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See 64-Across : OVERFIFTY
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Small truck maker : TONKA
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Agrees (with) : SIDES
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Way to go : ROAD
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To boot : ALSO
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Some cymbals : HIHATS
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Unlikely candidates for loans : BADRISKS
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What might be broken by doing a flip? : TIE
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Cover some ground : SOD
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See 50-Across : VACATIONTIME
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See 45-Across : ACTSPHONY
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Light measurement : LUMEN
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Scores : ALOT
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Prefix with puncture : ACU
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Creator of the identity e + 1 = 0 : EULER
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"Dallas" family : EWINGS
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See 31-Across : WHATAMIAMINDREADER
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Music played on a sitar : RAGA
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Ollie's foil, in old films : STAN
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___ Marbles (classical Greek sculptures) : ELGIN
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Opposite of nord : SUD
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Dictatorial leadership : IRONRULE
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See 23-Across : NOADMITTANCE
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Hit (with) : STRICKEN
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One of Zoe's best friends on "Sesame Street" : ELMO
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Thistlelike plants : TEASELS
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Some trolleys : TEACARTS
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Words said in passing : YEAS
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"But wait, there's more!," e.g. : ADSPEAK
Down
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Like some music collections : ONCD
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Courts : WOOS
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"___ it true ...?" : ISNT
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The puck stops here : NET
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Oddly, it's not the biggest size at Starbucks : GRANDE
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Broncobusters, e.g. : TAMERS
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Pointed arch : OGIVE
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Winning quality : CHARM
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QB's cry : HUT
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Suffix with percent : ILE
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Open-book examinations? : AUDITS
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Untruth : FALSITY
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Bit of negativity? : ANION
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Attendee of the Jellicle Ball, on Broadway : CAT
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In-flight info, for short : ETA
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Jackie Robinson, in his only year in the Negro Leagues : MONARCH
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Dress with a flare : ALINE
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City south of Florence : SIENA
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Casey with a countdown : KASEM
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Read Across America org. : NEA
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"___ So Unusual," debut album by Cyndi Lauper : SHES
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Opposite of après : AVANT
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Collaboratively written page : WIKI
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Popular video-making software : IMOVIE
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Things proposed by the Greek philosopher Democritus : ATOMS
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Business slumps : DIPS
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Sci-fi film f/x : CGI
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Mythomaniac : LIAR
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"You can count ___" : ONME
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National park with Lake Louise : BANFF
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Sit out on a frozen lake, say : ICEFISH
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Old Ford : LTD
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Board hire : CEO
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Troubled : ATEAT
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One tending to 49-Down : NANNY
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See 48-Down : TOTS
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"Get ___ here!" : OUTTA
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Home to Paris : TROY
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Breakfast fare from Kellogg's : EGGOS
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Valentine candy word : LUV
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Work : OPERATE
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Absolutely, slangily : DEF
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Best Buy buy : LEDTV
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Dispatched : DIDIN
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Kind of acid found in asparagus : FOLIC
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Get-go : ONSET
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Howard Hughes property, once : RKO
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Routing word : VIA
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"The Gates of Hell" sculptor : RODIN
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Gambling game : FARO
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"Toodles!" : TATA
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Big Sur home to the human potential movement : ESALEN
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Blah : HOHUM
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Promising words : IDO
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Kapow! : BAM
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Part of an escalator : STAIR
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Hot spot for a pot : KILN
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Reason for a bad air day? : SMOG
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Org. with a pet cause? : SPCA
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Product of coagulation : CURD
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Some toy dolls of the 1980s : ETS
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Like the Devil : SATANIC
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Puts in order : NEATENS
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Arizona county or its seat : YUMA
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Laura of "Love Actually" : LINNEY
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Put in a good word? : EDITED
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Dressed like for Halloween : WENTAS
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Spot to sample perfume : WRIST
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Poker Flat chronicler : HARTE
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Lead-in to phobia : AGORA
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Key : ISLET
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Second takes : REDOS
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Major street through Yale's campus : ELM
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Anxiety : AGITA
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Snick and ___ : SNEE
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Sch. with the most N.C.A.A. men's basketball championships (11) : UCLA
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Piece of dorm room furniture : DESK
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Elvis's longtime label : RCA
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Europe's second-largest country in area, after Russia: Abbr. : UKR
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Encouraging word : OLE
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Doc bloc : AMA
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Reptile seen in hieroglyphics : ASP

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle.

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