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GRAVITY'S RAINBOW

New York Times, Sunday, June 27, 2021

Cal's game-winning kickoff return against Stanford in 1982, familiarly

Author:
Ross Trudeau and Lindsey Hobbs
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 141, Blocks: 81 Missing: {X} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Trudeau. This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Hobbs. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
Lindsey Hobbs, of Brooklyn, is the head of the Preservation and Conservation department at the New York City Municipal Archives. Ross Trudeau, of Cambridge, Mass., works for a K-12 ... read more
Constructor notes:
ROSS: I'd been kicking the tires on different GRAVITY'S RAINBOW grids for a couple years when I mentioned this concept to Lindsey. I wasn't sure it was a workable idea, but the smoothness ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
At first, both Jim Horne and I were underwhelmed at first by this concept. Colors of the rainbow have been played upon so many times over the years, including the first puzzle of the Will ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times6/27/21 ( No. 26,164 )
Across
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Rackets : SCAMS
6
Spruce or fir : EVERGREENTREE
15
Japanese city that shares its name with a dog breed : AKITA
20
Home to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum : HANOI
21
Homemade headgear for pretend pirates : PAPERHATS
22
Conducted, as a campaign : WAGED
23
Undo, legally : ANNUL
24
Highly specialized knowledge : ESOTERICA
25
Color whose name is derived from "lapis lazuli" : AZURE
26
Frequent comics collaborator with Jack Kirby : STANLEE
28
Belief : CREED
29
Hubbubs : UPROARS
31
"See? I knew what I was talking about!" : TOLDYA
32
Gives an edge : HONES
33
Indignant denial : IDONOT
34
Bozo : ASS
35
"I 30-Down the fool!" speaker : MRT
37
GPS suggestion: Abbr. : RTE
38
What might follow you : ARE
39
1966 Donovan hit : MELLOWYELLOW
43
Sinatra, to fans : OLBLUEEYES
47
Band whose "Gold: Greatest Hits" has sold over 30 million copies : ABBA
50
Raised a false alarm : CRIEDWOLF
52
Tennis's Nadal, informally : RAFA
56
Fruit with crimson-colored flesh : BLOODORANGE
59
Guest feature? : SILENTU
60
Popular folk rock duo : INDIGOGIRLS
62
Place for a canal or a kernel : EAR
63
1968 self-titled folk album : ARLO
65
A.L. West team, on scoreboards : LAA
66
Rubik with a cube : ERNO
68
Ice cream holder : CUP
69
Cal's game-winning kickoff return against Stanford in 1982, familiarly : THEPLAY
71
World's deepest river : CONGO
73
Little tasks that crop up : ODDJOBS
75
Wood shop item : HANDSAW
77
Investigate, à la Sherlock Holmes : ENQUIRE
79
Wunderkinder : PRODIGIES
82
Implement for an Amish driver : BUGGYWHIP
86
Features of classic cars : FINS
87
It's covered in paint in the Sherwin-Williams logo : EARTH
89
Oscar-winning song from "Slumdog Millionaire" : JAIHO
90
"Likewise" : SAME
91
Media watchdog agcy. : FCC
92
"Strange Magic" band, for short : ELO
93
Medium for Kehinde Wiley's "President Barack Obama" : OIL
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Took a load off : SAT
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Harmful bits of sunlight : ULTRAVIOLETRAYS
105
Remove calcium deposits from : DELIME
106
Sharp shooter, for short? : SLR
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Harder to grasp : EELIER
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Changes by degrees : GRADATES
111
Whole bunch : TON
112
You might cry if you slice it : RAWONION
115
Word rhymed with "ami" by Lafayette in "Hamilton" : OUI
116
Like Merriam-Webster's inclusion of the word "irregardless," originally : CONTROVERSIAL
119
College admissions fig. : GPA
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Delta hub, on luggage tags : ATL
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Birth control option, briefly : IUD
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In the blink of ___ : ANEYE
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Deli or bar order : RYE
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Stags or bucks : HES
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Biblical possessive : THY
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Alcoholic's affliction, briefly : DTS
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Complicated, as a relationship : MESSY
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Retired flier, for short : SST
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Explosive stuff : TNT
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California-based soft drink company : SHASTA
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Divisions of long poems : CANTOS
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Historical records : ANNALS
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Place for a pitcher : MOUND
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"I'm such a dummy!" : SILLYME
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Olympic poker? : EPEE
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Military hospitals, briefly : VAS
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Period of history : EPOCH
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Back in : RETRO
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Fresh, in a sense : GREEN
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A one and a two : THREE
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Bursts in on : RAIDS
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And the rest, for short : ETC
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Twin in Genesis : ESAU
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Prizewinner : AWARDEE
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Instrument often played for comedic effect : KAZOO
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Tennessee Williams's "The Night of the ___" : IGUANA
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Babysitter's handful : TERROR
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"___ Fideles" : ADESTE
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___ Simmons, real name of the late rapper DMX : EARL
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See 35-Across : PITY
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Affectionate attention, briefly : TLC
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One enforcing traveling rules : REF
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Kind of jacket : MAO
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"Ish" : ORSO
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Xbox 360 competitor : WII
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Chicken : YELLOW
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Total domination, in gamer-speak : OWNAGE
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Whole bunch : LOT
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Racy : BLUE
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Polite form of address similar to "Mr." or "Ms." : SRI
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Criminally aid : ABET
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Yawn-inducing : BLAH
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Make yawn : BORE
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Campus leader : DEAN
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With the bow, musically : ARCO
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Bungle : FLUB
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Vipers with upturned snouts : ASPS
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Part of a religious title that means "ocean" : DALAI
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Southern California county : ORANGE
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"Mood ___" (Duke Ellington classic) : INDIGO
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Quit drinking : GODRY
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Golf's ___ Ko, youngest golfer to be ranked #1 : LYDIA
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In draft form : ROUGH
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High degrees, for short : PHDS
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Setting for many a Super Mario Bros. level : CASTLE
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Temporarily out : ONBAIL
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Pesach observers : JEWS
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Most peaceful : SERENEST
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Groups of bees? : QUILTERS
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"You can't expect me to believe that!" : PFFT
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Laughable : RICH
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Typical way to take a multivitamin : ONCEDAILY
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Is legally entitled : HASARIGHT
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"It's a possibility for me" : IMAY
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Family members that get talked down to? : PETS
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Kind of massage : HOTSTONE
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Travels : JOURNEYS
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___ River, part of the Texas/Oklahoma border : RED
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Even-tempered : PLACID
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Skedaddled : LITOUT
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They might be made after a fight : AMENDS
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Runs again : REAIRS
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Without fail : ALWAYS
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State flower of Illinois or New Jersey : VIOLET
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___ Faire (event with jousting, for short) : REN
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Is mad about : LOVES
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Source of the milk for chèvre cheese : GOAT
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The "R" of R.B.G. : RUTH
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Ready for business : OPEN
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Condé ___ : NAST
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What might make a ewe turn : RAM
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Spanish monarch : REY

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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