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COMPLIMENTARY

New York Times, Sunday, July 15, 2018

Author:
Sam Ezersky and Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 128, Blocks: 66 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Ezersky. This is puzzle # 83 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
SAM: Unbeknownst to Byron, I've wanted to get a theme like this published for years. I submitted a 19x19 grid with OUTSTANDING DEBT to the Indie 500's inaugural guest constructor contest, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Delightful theme! I imagined Keanu's surfer persona shouting RADICAL MOVEMENT! to a classical composer (and eliciting strange stares). Keanu going up to a taxonomist (not a taxidermist, as ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

At publication, only one Sunday NYT puzzle had a lower word count than this one.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0715 ( 25,086 )
Across
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Iams competitor : ALPO
5
Pretend : ACTASIF
12
Song sung by Garth Brooks on Jay Leno's last "Tonight Show" : THEDANCE
20
Podcast host Maron : MARC
21
Fred Flintstone's boss : MRSLATE
22
Weathers, as a hurricane : RIDESOUT
23
"That's me you're looking for" : IMIT
24
Compliment to a lawmaker? : OUTSTANDINGBILLS
26
Lesley who played Mrs. Patmore on "Downton Abbey" : NICOL
28
___ the sly (be secretive about) : DOON
29
Drug used to combat A.D.H.D. : ADDERALL
30
Short writing assignment, informally : ONEPAGER
32
Really like : ADORE
35
Really like : DIG
36
Compliment to a composer? : RADICALMOVEMENT
39
___ voce : SOTTO
43
Deep, deep hole : ABYSS
44
Crème de ___ : MENTHE
46
Lucky strike? : OIL
47
Toe, to a tot : PIGGY
50
John, Paul or George, but not Ringo : SAINT
52
Alternative to first-class : ECONOMY
55
Lake vessel : CANOE
56
Water cooler? : BRIG
58
Cornbread variety named for where it's baked : ASHCAKE
59
Film role for the dog Skippy : ASTA
60
Meditative discipline : TAICHI
62
Compliment to a lecturer? : SWEETTALK
64
Compliment to a taxonomist? : STELLARCLASSIFICATION
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Compliment to a champion speller? : KILLERBEE
68
Smallville : PODUNK
69
2002 Literature Nobelist Kertész : IMRE
70
Snack with a rock climber on its wrapper : CLIFBAR
71
Head of communications? : TELE
72
Gettysburg general : MEADE
73
Like many holiday candles : SCENTED
74
Gal of "Wonder Woman" : GADOT
77
Banned game projectiles : JARTS
78
[not my mistake] : SIC
79
"Why, you little ..." : SONOFA
81
Word with prayer or paddle : WHEEL
84
Claim in e-cigarette ads : NOTAR
87
Compliment to a charity organizer? : SOLIDFOUNDATION
93
Dorm V.I.P.s : RAS
95
Major exporter of uranium : NIGER
96
Hand-to-hand combat weapon : STILETTO
97
Long lines? : EPICPOEM
100
Athlete honored on Richmond's Monument Avenue : ASHE
102
Drained of color : ASHEN
103
Compliment to a vegetable gardener? : SMASHINGPUMPKINS
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What the "s" stands for in "scuba" : SELF
108
Enhanced medium for talk radio : AMSTEREO
109
Draw upon : TAPINTO
110
"___ Enchanted" (2004 film) : ELLA
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Result of a computer crash : DATALOSS
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Got back at : AVENGED
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Difficult situation : SPOT
Down
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Key of Mozart's "Odense" Symphony : AMINOR
2
Thin layer : LAMINA
3
___ to sell : PRICED
4
Color-changing creatures : OCTOPI
5
"Yo te ___" (Spanish 101 phrase) : AMO
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How boors behave : CRUDELY
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Some inclement weather, in broadcast shorthand : TSTORMS
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"Oh, by the way ..." : ALSO
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GPS system, e.g. : SATNAV
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Suffix with señor : ITA
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Bog : FEN
12
Weapon resembling the letter psi : TRIDENT
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Posterior : HIND
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Beat after a buzzer beater : EDGED
15
Rubbish : DEBRIS
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Alternative to Parmesan : ASIAGO
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Chuck ___, four-time Super Bowl-winning coach : NOLL
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Pick out : CULL
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Uranians and Neptunians : ETS
25
Lack the courage to, for short : DARENT
27
Musical set in St.-Tropez, familiarly : LACAGE
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Actress Hoffmann of "Transparent" : GABY
33
Half: Prefix : DEMI
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What dark clouds might represent : OMEN
37
Small bone, as in the ear : OSSICLE
38
Quai D'Orsay setting : THESEINE
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Prepared to shoot : TOOKAIMAT
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Beings on TV's "Doctor Who" : TIMELORDS
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West Coast beer brand, informally : OLY
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Modern payment option : ECHECK
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Musical medley : PASTICCIO
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Wits : INTELLECT
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Not hold back, to a poker player : GOALLIN
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Ottoman title : AGHA
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Twice tetra- : OCTA
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More sharply dressed : NATTIER
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Container for amontillado : CASK
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Easternmost of the Lesser Antilles : BARBADOS
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Kitchen device : RICER
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Meriting only half a star, say : AWFUL
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French city where D'Artagnan lived in "The Three Musketeers" : TARBES
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MSN, for one : ISP
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B on an LP : SIDETWO
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Site for an A.C.L. tear : KNEE
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Took off : LEFT
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Words said before bed? : SOTO
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Peace Nobelist Yousafzai : MALALA
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ID card fig. : SSN
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Lose rigidity : GOLIMP
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Not worth ___ : AFIG
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Florida's Miami-___ County : DADE
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Lightsaber wielder : JEDI
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Worlds external to the mind : NONEGOS
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Activity in libraries and movie theaters : HUSHING
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Diplomatic agreement : ENTENTE
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Record label for Whitney Houston : ARISTA
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One of the friends on "Friends" : RACHEL
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Milkshake, in New England : FRAPPE
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Author Gerritsen and actress Harper : TESSES
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What one might seek after a computer crash, informally : ITHELP
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Opera with the aria "Ave Maria" : OTELLO
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Skim : NONFAT
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Vice president Agnew : SPIRO
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Stone that's a star : EMMA
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It may be checkered : PAST
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Till section : ONES
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Scrape : SKIN
103
Crestfallen : SAD
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Tony winner Hagen : UTA
105
Dallas hoopster, briefly : MAV
106
Roll on a golf course : SOD

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 7 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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