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GETTING IN THE FINAL WORD

New York Times, Sunday, June 28, 2015

"___ and wisdom are like the seven stars, seldom seen together": Thomas Fuller

Author:
Jeremy Newton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Newton. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeremy Newton notes:
This was inspired with a theme entry that didn't make the cut: PUSS IN BOOTS, or PUSS IN BOO(S)TS I really dug the idea of smoothing over the last word of the X in Y gimmick with an ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I thought more about why I like Jeremy's puzzles so much. Part of it is he just seems like a good guy — it's been amusing trying to get him to stop calling me "sir" — but mostly, I love ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times6/28/15 ( No. 23,973 )
Across
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Free, as copies : UNJAM
6
Small world? : GLOBE
11
Flock leader, for short : REV
14
"The Avengers" supervillain : LOKI
18
Gay rights, e.g. : CAUSE
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Sportscaster Rashad : AHMAD
20
Hello from Hadrian : AVE
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Like some enemy waters in wartime : MINED
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___ focus : LASER
23
"Geez, get off my back already!" : NAGNAGNAG
25
Drone's mission, maybe : INTEL
26
Tums and others : ANTACIDS
28
Mountain, in Hawaiian : MAUNA
29
Flip : GOAPE
30
With 13-Down, shorthand pact for a wild trip : WHATHAPPENS
34
Mumbai misters : SRIS
35
Green dwarf : BONSAI
39
"An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" philosopher : HUME
40
Old J.F.K. fliers : SSTS
42
C.D. fig. : INT
43
Stopping points : DEPOTS
44
Like most Seth Rogen roles : COMEDIC
46
"Sup, homie" : YODOG
48
Ever so slightly : AMITE
49
Red orbiter : MIR
50
Give formally : CEDETO
52
With 49-Down, 1995 Oscar-nominated Pixar theme song : YOUVEGOTAFRIEND
57
Tailor-made : SEWN
60
"Pow!" : BAM
61
Hunted : PREY
62
Rosie, for one : RIVETER
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Easy step : TROT
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Ultimate application : ENDUSE
68
Bomb shelters? : SILOS
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Philosophy book by Spinoza : ETHICS
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Judge : DEEM
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Chocolatier's offering : SAMPLER
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"___ Lisa" : MONA
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Start of many Batman villain names : THE
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Forensic IDs : DNAS
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With 58-Down, request for an official document : COULDYOUPUTTHAT
83
Metaphor for a sudden success : METEOR
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"___ and wisdom are like the seven stars, seldom seen together": Thomas Fuller : WIT
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Some crackers : THINS
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The City of a Thousand Minarets : CAIRO
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Guard at a gated community? : STPETER
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Not let a big opportunity slip by, say : POUNCE
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Bit of roller derby gear : PAD
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Master of fugues : BACH
97
Latin 101 verb : AMAT
98
Mr. Jefferson of "The Jeffersons" : GEORGE
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Admiral Zumwalt : ELMO
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With 90-Down, reacting to a gut punch, perhaps : DOUBLEDOVER
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Cleverly crafted : SLICK
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Financial backer for Magellan : SPAIN
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Diverse : ECLECTIC
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Gift in a plate : TITHE
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Stock character like Mayberry's Otis : TOWNDRUNK
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Bush in the Rose Garden, once : LAURA
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Light bulb in the fridge? : ONION
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Dull finish? : ARD
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Sister of Clio : ERATO
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Age-old bug trap : AMBER
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Barracks barkers: Abbr. : SGTS
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Drone zone : SKY
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Prepare, as poultry : DRESS
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Tiniest thing : LEAST
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Pac-12 team : UCLA
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Indian flatbread : NAAN
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With 18-Across, "To be on the safe side ..." : JUST
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Out fishing, maybe : ASEA
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Former Ford make, informally : MERC
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Whom Indians called "Bapu" ("Father") : GANDHI
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Home of many monasteries : LHASA
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"Wow!," in I.M.s : OMG
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Outlaw : BAN
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Sushi bar appetizer : EDAMAME
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Accrued : RANUP
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Not here for long : EVANESCENT
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Unlikely butchers : VEGANS
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Typesetting machines, informally : LINOS
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Locale of the Battle of Stoney Creek in the War of 1812 : ONTARIO
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With 21-Across, remembering : KEEPING
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Most lazy : IDLEST
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Cold War flier : MIG
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Looked surprised : GAPED
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"___ robbed!" : IWAS
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Actress Birch of "American Beauty" : THORA
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Be busy : HUM
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Ocular irritation : STYE
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Didn't like, and said so : BEMOANED
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Smoke-filled establishment : OPIUMDEN
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Timeout alternative : NOTV
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Gets into hot water? : STEEPS
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They're often loaded : SOTS
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Versatile couch : DAYBED
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Dot on a map : CITY
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Summer coolers : ICEES
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Performs, in Proverbs : DOETH
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Good name for a lawn care guy? : MOE
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W.W. II inits. : DDE
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Potential hurdles for coll. students : GRES
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Amenity : FRILL
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Angry : RILED
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___-billed woodpecker : IVORY
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Twisting : WRITHING
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"Forget it!" : NOCHANCE
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Lens care brand : RENU
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Biter in Niger : TSETSE
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Taste that's not sweet, sour, bitter or salty : UMAMI
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What might win a race : SPURT
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Something you can't get off your chest? : TATTOO
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Whiz-bang : ACE
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Chinese dish often wrapped in pancakes : MOOSHUPORK
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Naturalist John : MUIR
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___-in clause : OPT
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Tennis's Novak Djokovic, e.g. : SERB
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Must pay : OWETO
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Must See TV night: Abbr. : THUR
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Repugnant sort : TOAD
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With 104-Across, talking with a fake rasp, perhaps : CALLING
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"Fess up!" : ADMITIT
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Bristol, for one : PALIN
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Wrong no longer : EMENDED
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Tiny piece : TAD
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Physics Nobelist Martin, discoverer of the tauon : PERL
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Italian sauces : PESTOS
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Longtime Olympics TV host : COSTAS
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Wall climbers : GECKOS
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Big figures in Spanish ice skating : OCHOS
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Off-color : BAWDY
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Lets it all out : VENTS
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Plastic guy : KEN
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Airline to Ben Gurion : ELAL
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With 125-Across, got the booby prize : CAME
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March sound : TUBA
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Angers : IRES
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Wheel (off) : CART
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Classroom basics, in a manner of speaking : RRR
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Fed. rich in oil : UAE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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