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FIFTY YEARS ON

New York Times, Sunday, July 21, 2019

Author:
Jason Mueller and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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69/20/20157/21/20192
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1.637222
Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 79 Missing: {WXZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Mueller. This is puzzle # 100 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Jason Mueller, of Lincoln, Mo., has degrees in physics, math and economics from the University of Missouri. He loves trivia and was captain of his college's quiz-bowl team. Nowadays he ... read more

Jason Mueller, of Lincoln, Mo., has degrees in physics, math and economics from the University of Missouri. He loves trivia and was captain of his college's quiz-bowl team. Nowadays he creates puzzles and works on his family's farm. Jeff Chen, of Seattle, is a writer and professional crossword constructor.

This is Jason's sixth crossword for The Times and Jeff's 100th.

Constructor notes:
JASON: My original idea for this puzzle was to list all twelve moonwalkers and some additional items to preserve symmetry. I figured with all those entries, the puzzle would be hard to ... read more

JASON: My original idea for this puzzle was to list all twelve moonwalkers and some additional items to preserve symmetry. I figured with all those entries, the puzzle would be hard to fill, so I asked Jeff for his help. He came up with some ideas to jazz up the theme and did much of the filling of the grid. We both wrote clues.

Jeff Chen notes:
Jason got in touch with me a year ago about this moon landing tribute. I'm the go-to guy when it comes to puzzles warranting circles. Or curves. Or things that suck. Historically, I ... read more

Jason got in touch with me a year ago about this moon landing tribute. I'm the go-to guy when it comes to puzzles warranting circles. Or curves. Or things that suck.

Historically, I haven't been a fan of space exploration, considering it a waste of resources that could be redirected to the real-life problems all over the globe: infectious disease, poverty, inequalities of all sorts, you name it. Why on Earth (ha) would we spend money on non-Earth purposes?

But when Jason pinged me, I read up on the events leading up to the landing and was reminded of how it brought a nation together. So many folks worked so resiliently through hundreds of failures, never giving up, always regrouping to emerge stronger than before. And during that historic moment, all eyes were glued on the team of brave souls, people from coast to coast witnessing the fact that there was no such thing as impossible.

I'd love to see America united like that once again.

Jim Horne notes:
Congratulations Jeff Chen on hitting the Century mark. One hundred NYT crosswords is no small feat. I hope he plans a wild celebration. Careful, though. Jason Mueller is only 94 behind. ... read more

Congratulations Jeff Chen on hitting the Century mark. One hundred NYT crosswords is no small feat. I hope he plans a wild celebration. Careful, though. Jason Mueller is only 94 behind.

You can see where Jeff ranks in our list of most prolific constructors.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0721 ( 25,457 )
Across
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Org. whose workers can be a little frisky? : TSA
4
Meager : SCANT
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Charged : RANAT
14
Picture framer's aid : MAT
17
Bad things for astronaut suits to have : RIPS
19
Part of a broadcast feed : AUDIO
20
On the qui vive : ALERT
21
Second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands : MAUI
22
"However," in textspeak : OTOH
23
Name of a sea first visited in 1969 : TRANQUILITY
25
Pot starter : ANTE
26
World capital near the 60th parallel : OSLO
27
What mattresses and spirits may do : SAG
28
Signs of nervousness : UMS
29
Good name for a fishmonger? : GIL
30
Gaming neophyte : NOOB
31
Kind of diet : PALEO
33
They don't keep their thoughts to themselves : TELEPATHS
36
Two tablespoons : OUNCE
37
W.W. II zone: Abbr. : ETO
38
End of a rope : NOOSE
40
Sean who played Rudy in "Rudy" : ASTIN
42
La-la lead-in : TRA
43
Certain seafood delicacy : ROE
44
Attention : EAR
45
Not as one : APART
49
Appropriately palindromic reply to "Madam, I'm Adam" : EVE
50
Someone who might engage in a hobby with some frequency? : HAM
51
Bit of media hoopla : SPLASH
53
Words of Jesus : ARAMAIC
55
"Great" birds : EGRETS
57
Hillary who climbed Everest : EDMUND
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The Notorious ___ (Supreme Court nickname) : RBG
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Possible response to "No, you're not" : YESIAM
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Skin care brand : NIVEA
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Classic place to hide money : COOKIEJAR
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"Je t'___" : ADORE
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Suave competitor : PRELL
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Newsmaker of July 1969 : ARMSTRONG
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Weeper of myth : NIOBE
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Relating to the kidneys : RENAL
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Santa ___, Calif. : ANA
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Where I go "when my baby smiles at me," in song : RIO
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Bartender's supply : TONIC
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Necessity for going online, in brief : ISP
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Passed : ENACTED
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Loopy cursive letters : ELS
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"There was no other choice!" : IHADTO
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Deactivate : DISABLE
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Request for a cold one : BEERME
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Bottom-dwelling fish that lack fins : MUDEELS
94
"___ NewsHour" : PBS
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Wizards, but not witches : NBATEAM
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Place to get a shot : ARM
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Amenities at some hotels : POOLS
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Understanding : GRASP
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The last Pope Julius : III
103
___ Stic (pen brand) : CLIC
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Hawk -> snake -> frog -> insect, e.g. : FOODCHAIN
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Summer pest : GNAT
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Announcement of July 1969 : THEEAGLEHASLANDED
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"A-O.K. for launch!" : ITSAGO
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Do-nothing's state : IDLESSE
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Trojan warrior in the "Iliad" : AENEAS
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What's gotten into your head : NOTION
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Represented in sheet music : NOTATED
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1980s TV's "Remington ___" : STEELE
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Carol Brady and Camilla Parker Bowles, for two : STEPMOMS
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Scruffs : NAPES
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Binoculars attachment : STRAP
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Ticket issuers : TROOPERS
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Straddles : SITSATOP
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Long-distance traveler of 1969 : APOLLOELEVEN
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800 things? : SATS
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One putting on a show : CURATOR
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"What goes up must come down" and others : ADAGES
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Diarist Anaïs : NIN
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Chef's hat : TOQUE
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Mrs. Gorbachev : RAISA
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Totally : ALL
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Some sound effects in westerns : NEIGHS
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Performer : ARTISTE
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Texter's sign-off : TTYL
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Achievement of 1969 : MANONTHEMOON
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Dictator : AUTOCRAT
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Rafter connectors : TIEBEAMS
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Unconventional home in a nursery rhyme : SHOE
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English football powerhouse, to fans : MANU
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Strike caller : UMP
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What 71-Across took in 1969, as represented literally in a corner of this puzzle : ONESMALLSTEP
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Regan's father : LEAR
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French comic actor Jacques : TATI
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What 71-Across took in 1969, as represented literally in another corner of this puzzle : ONEGIANTLEAP
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Third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands : OAHU
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Composer Charles : IVES
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Domain of a municipal department : PARKS
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Extent : AMBIT
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Wild party : RAGER
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Capital of South Australia : ADELAIDE
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Dressed up : ADORNED
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Dangerous substance that smells like bitter almonds : CYANIDE
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Receiver with a crystal : RADIOSET
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Org. with an Inspiration Award and an Award of Valor : NCAA
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So : ERGO
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Big inits. in news : NPR
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Wrath : IRE
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Nationality seen in most of Romania : OMANI
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Superman's father : JOREL
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Stat for which Hank Aaron holds the all-time record : RBI
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Common Market inits. : EEC
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Sport that players are not allowed to play left-handed : POLO
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Nile biter : ASP
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One waiting in line at an airport : CAB
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Network with "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" : TBS
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Goes out : EBBS
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Apple on a desk : IMAC
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Pitch : HURL
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Comes clean about : ADMITSTO
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Member of a popular package delivery service : REINDEER
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Mother of Hermes : MAIA
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Release : EMIT
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Tough job for a mover, maybe : SOFA
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"Peter Pan" dog : NANA
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Access an account : LOGIN
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Convinced of : SOLDON
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Fuels (up) : GASSES
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Angered : RILED
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___ Weizmann, first president of Israel : CHAIM
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Dirty mouth? : DELTA
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Economy : CHEAP
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Test taker's downfall, perhaps : HASTE
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"The Maids" playwright Jean : GENET
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Obstacles to teamwork : EGOS
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Very long time : EON
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"Illmatic" rapper : NAS
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People with badges: Abbr. : DETS
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Part of the foot between the toes and the ankle : INSTEP
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Mr. Turkey : TOM
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___ mode : ALA
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Mo. in 1962 in which J.F.K. gave his "We choose to go to the moon" speech : SEP

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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