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New York Times, Friday, July 12, 2019

Hit 1999 film that popularized a slo-mo effect known as "bullet time"

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Evan Kalish
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Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 36 Missing: {GJQZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Kalish. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Evan Kalish notes:
The inspiration for this puzzle was this Peter Wentz themeless from 2013. I solved that at a hotel in Charleston, South Carolina while ... read more
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My inner nerd dug the heavy sci-fi bent, from STARSHIPS to TELEPORTS to waking up from THE MATRIX and saying WHERE AM I? Perhaps even ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times7/12/19 ( No. 25,448 )
Across
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Means of interstellar travel : STARSHIPS
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Supreme Court colleague of Ruth and Neil : SONIA
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Oklahoma tribe originally from the Southeast : CHICKASAW
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Parts of nerve cells : AXONS
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An anchor is at its end : RELAYRACE
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Five-time winner of FIFA's player of the year award : MESSI
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Sport ___ : UTE
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Loser : DWEEB
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Garners : NETS
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What might hurt a celebrity's Q Score : BADPR
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Top of Scotland : TAM
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Main : SEA
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Word with Pacific or basketball : RIM
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Sheep's milk product : FETA
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Arm muscle, informally : TRI
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"This isn't over" : TOBECONTINUED
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Advice column query : WHATSHOULDIDO
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Some facial treatments : CHEMICALPEELS
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Ad ___ : REM
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Forty-niners' equipment : PANS
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First show to win 50 Emmys, in brief : SNL
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Sister company of Century 21 : ERA
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Delta Air Lines hub in the Mountain time zone, for short : SLC
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State capital known as the Cherry City : SALEM
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Great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of Noah : SETH
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This clue's number divided by this clue's answer : SEVEN
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Cells joined by other cells : OVA
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Alternative to tea leaves : TAROT
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Modern information analyst : DATAMINER
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Who sings "Some Enchanted Evening" in "South Pacific" : EMILE
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Shortly : INAMOMENT
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Kind of cup : DIXIE
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Travels like the fly in sci-fi's "The Fly" : TELEPORTS
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Cancel : SCRUB
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Letter found between two vowels in the alphabet : THETA
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Felt off : AILED
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___ Dome (former Indianapolis venue) : RCA
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Something on the horizon : SKY
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Like a rock and many a roll : HARD
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Part of Caesar's boast : ISAW
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Something to set or pick up : PACE
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Make nice to in a manipulative way : SWEETENUP
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"The Lord of the Rings" role : SAM
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Farm team : OXEN
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Certain facial piercings : NOSESTUDS
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Like the sound of surround sound, typically : INSTEREO
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"Again ..." : ASISAID
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Much of military history : BATTLES
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Competition at Pebble Beach : PROAM
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Meat cuts that are often barbecued : RIBTIPS
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Valkyries, e.g. : MAIDENS
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Drinks made from agave : MESCALS
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Tricks : FOOLS
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Hit 1999 film that popularized a slo-mo effect known as "bullet time" : THEMATRIX
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Took a gamble : CHANCEDIT
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Nabisco brand : NILLA
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Question asked after opening one's eyes and blinking repeatedly : WHEREAMI
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Like cockatoos and iguanas : CRESTED
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Unlikely partygoer : LONER
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Party, e.g. : EVENT
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Selling points : MARTS
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Colorful Hindu festival : HOLI
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One providing directions : VANE
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Abbr. after a series of 52-Downs : ETAL
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See 51-Down : NAME
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Driving aid : TEE
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Its head is usually at the bottom : MOP
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"If u ask me ..." : IMO

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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