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New York Times, Sunday, July 12, 2015

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 199 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Classic Patrick Berry, a wordplay theme executed extremely cleanly. Interesting idea to 'double' the starts of common phrases, with some surprising results like COUP D'ETAT changing to ... read more

Classic Patrick Berry, a wordplay theme executed extremely cleanly. Interesting idea to "double" the starts of common phrases, with some surprising results like COUP D'ETAT changing to CUCKOO D'ETAT. I appreciated the complicated spelling change and the fact that the two syllables in CUCKOO sound alike but with have different spellings. COCOA CONSPIRATORS was nice too.

CHEOPS, aka Khufu, for whom the Great Pyramid was built

The others weren't as strong for me, as I've seen CHOO-CHOO ___ used in a few other wordplay themes. Having the repeated syllables spelled exactly the same also didn't seem as clever as the themers mentioned above.

I like how Patrick tends to stick to the maximum of 140 words in his Sunday puzzles. It's hard enough to fill a 21x21 grid with colorful, clean material, and going for a lower word count makes the task very rough. Here, he works in the neat PERFIDY and PLENITUDE, and SIMOLEON and SARCASM work well too. There isn't as much stellar fill as I'm used to seeing out of a PB grid, but there was enough to keep me interested. The 6-letter stuff like CHEOPS, GO-KART, MOSEYS helps out.

And of course, the cleanliness factor is through the roof. Sailed through this one without even noting a single entry I hitched on. AMVETS was new to me, but it's something I really ought to know more about. ALYDAR was also new, but such a neat piece of trivia — coming in second in each of the three 1978 Triple Crown races must have been heartbreaking.

I would have liked a little more zest, a little more zing in both the themers and fill, but it did exhibit that trademark PB smoothness.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0712 ( 23,987 )
Across
1
Hamlet : BURG
5
Possible cause of red eyes : FLASH
10
Collared one : PERP
14
Poker in a western : SPUR
18
College sports' ___ Valley Conference : OHIO
19
Disease spread by bats : RABIES
21
Nefarious : EVIL
22
"Casablanca" role : ILSA
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Bird involved in French government affairs? : CUCKOODETAT
25
Fulminate : RAGE
26
Come together : MEET
27
Leading the pack : AHEAD
28
Glittering ballet costume? : TUTUOFDIAMONDS
31
Brings up : REARS
34
Was nosy : PRIED
35
"Prince ___" ("Aladdin" song) : ALI
36
Flipper? : SPATULA
39
Raced with runners : SKIED
41
"You can stop explaining" : IGETIT
44
Tree with samaras : ELM
45
"La Bohème" song in which Rodolfo regrets saying too much to his lover? : MIMIANDMYBIGMOUTH
49
Except for : SAVE
51
Site of Italy's Blue Grotto : CAPRI
52
Barclays Center player : ISLANDER
53
"I'll obey your medical advice!"? : AYEAYEDOCTOR
57
Bath bathroom : LOO
58
Prey for a dingo : EMU
59
Coat of arms element : MOTTO
60
1969 Nabokov novel : ADA
61
Don Everly's singing brother : PHIL
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Reaction to a slug : OOF
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Guarantee : ENSURE
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Harry's 1948 Dixiecrat opponent : STROM
70
Horror film featuring Ghostface : SCREAM
74
Collared one : PET
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Miss Woodhouse of Hartfield : EMMA
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Stand-up comic's need : MIC
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Echo tester's word : HELLO
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Car care brand : STP
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Paul Newman title role : HUD
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Lionel trains? : CHOOCHOOTOYS
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Mesabi Range excavation : IRONMINE
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Oscar winner Garson : GREER
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Big butcher purchase : SIDE
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Group planning a hostile takeover of Swiss Miss? : COCOACONSPIRATORS
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"Here's an idea ..." : SAY
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Facebook profile feature : STATUS
100
Plywood sheet : PANEL
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Nail-removing tool : PINCERS
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Driveway sealant : TAR
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Become tainted : SPOIL
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Former SAG president Ed : ASNER
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"That's my last trip to the store, ever!"? : BYEBYEPRODUCTS
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Indicates, as a gauge : READS
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Letup : LULL
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Reserve : BOOK
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One who's pretentious as hell? : CHICHIDEVIL
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Study too much, say : OGLE
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No-show in Hubbard's cupboard : BONE
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Fictional resort in a 1988 #1 hit : KOKOMO
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Washed up, careerwise : DONE
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Stands abuse? : BOOS
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Flexible Flyer, e.g. : SLED
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Climber's spike : PITON
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Wet blanket? : SNOW
Down
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Florida city, for short : BOCA
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"Ain't gonna happen" : UHUH
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"Dirty" dish : RICE
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Track vehicle : GOKART
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Back again : FRO
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Youth : LAD
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Provides a hideaway for, maybe : ABETS
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Undisturbed, after "in" : SITU
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Qualifying race : HEAT
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Breach of trust : PERFIDY
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Skirt : EVADE
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Having no flex : RIGID
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Entreaty : PLEA
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Buck, in old slang : SIMOLEON
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More-than-adequate supply : PLENITUDE
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Like Goodwill wares : USED
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"Dagnabbit!" : RATS
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Half-witted : STUPID
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Classical performance hall : ODEUM
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Utah Valley University city : OREM
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Soft rock? : MAGMA
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Dennis the Menace's mom : ALICE
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Holiday Inn rival : RAMADA
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Oil source for Asian cooking : SESAME
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Exploit : PLAYON
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Lobbying org. formed in 1944 : AMVETS
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"Yeah, I bet," e.g. : SARCASM
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Intertwined : KNIT
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Digs in the Arctic : IGLOOS
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List entry : ITEM
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"Whatever Gets You ___ the Night" (Lennon song) : THRU
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Device once sold in a U2 Special Edition : IPOD
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Unwelcome bit of mail : BILL
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Prefix with metric : ISO
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Consume : EATUP
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The olden days : YORE
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Actress in "Selma," familiarly : OPRAH
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Chi-___ (Christian symbol) : RHO
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Sinful : IMMORAL
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Diez menos dos : OCHO
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Neck lines? : FRETS
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Law school course : ETHICS
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Network owned by Showtime : TMC
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Children's heroine with the dog Weenie : ELOISE
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Runner-up in every 1978 Triple Crown race : ALYDAR
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Perambulates, western-style : MOSEYS
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Source of four great rivers, in the Bible : EDEN
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"Law & Order: SVU" actor : ICET
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Ruler entombed in the Great Pyramid : CHEOPS
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Sets (on) : SICS
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Dressage gait : TROT
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Western city named after a Shoshone chief : POCATELLO
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Card game from Mattel : UNO
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Grimm figure : OGRE
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Hatch in the Senate : ORRIN
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Important people : NOTABLES
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Tabloid show beginning in 1991 : MAURY
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Given a start : SPOOKED
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Not working as a volunteer : PAID
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Favored by fortune : INLUCK
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Radio-era dummy : SNERD
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Religious doctrines : CREEDS
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Cylindrical holder : SPOOL
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Lying flat : PRONE
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Berkshire racecourse site : ASCOT
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Indistinct shape : BLOB
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1980s auto : YUGO
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Dies down : EBBS
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Blender setting : CHOP
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Polynesian idol : TIKI
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___-by-the-Sea, N.J. : AVON
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Rat Pack nickname : DINO
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Multitude : SLEW
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Coverage provider, for short : HMO
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Particle in seawater : ION

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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