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OUT OF THIS WORLD

New York Times, Sunday, July 24, 2016

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Steinberg

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 81 Missing: {JQWX} Grid has mirror symmetry. There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Steinberg notes:
The inspiration for this puzzle was a dinner with other young constructors at the ACPT. A whole group of us went out to an Italian restaurant in Stamford (called Zazu, which inspired us ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
SPACE INVADERS! One of my childhood favorites; it was fun to see all the elements David incorporated. I have fond memories of the ETs marching down in their zig-zag patterns, the music ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0724 ( 24,365 )
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Note in the B major scale : ASHARP
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Platter letters : RPM
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Boston megaproject completed in 2007, informally : BIGDIG
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Semiformal jacket : BLAZER
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Item of winter gear with multiple straps : SKIBOOT
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Touch down, say : ARRIVE
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Bro's greeting : YODUDE
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Sarcastic "Wonderful!" : OHGREAT
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Word after smart or sugar : COOKIE
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Some female athletic gear : SPORTSBRAS
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Pinstriped team : THEYANKEES
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Cybercrime target, for short : SSN
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Newsman Brown : AARON
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___ manual : USERS
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Sacramento-to-San Diego dir. : SSE
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Grade to be concerned about : DPLUS
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Pass, of sorts : BYE
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Bothers : TODOS
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Admire oneself a little too much : PREEN
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Homer Simpson exclamation : DOH
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- : MINUS
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Healthy yogurt mix-ins : OATS
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One not looking for an expensive night on the town : CHEAPDATE
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Precollege : ELHI
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High degree in math? : NTH
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Bris official : MOHEL
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Approached aggressively : RANAT
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Scout group : DEN
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Expired : DIED
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Occupied, as a seat : TAKEN
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"___ over" (dispiriting message) : GAME
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Latin for "of the sun" : SOLARIS
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They can sleep if you play with them : YOYOS
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Arctic lights : AURORAS
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Washington suburb : MCLEAN
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Palindromic elemento : ORO
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PC task-switching combo : ALTTAB
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Twosome : DUO
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Stripe on a zebra, e.g. : MARKING
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The pack in a six-pack : ABS
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Legendary Bruin : ORR
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A kid may exchange it for money : TOOTH
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Capone rival : MORAN
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P : RHO
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"Silent Spring" subject : DDT
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1970s-'80s craze that's the theme of this puzzle : SPACEINVADERS
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Radio format : RAP
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Anise-flavored drink : OUZO
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Bettering : ENHANCEMENT
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Loch Ness monster, e.g. : MYTH
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Lat. or Lith., once : SSR
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One who's been tapped on the shoulder? : SIR
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Big name in electronics : RCA
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Cry from the enlightened : AHA
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Defunct spy org. : OSS
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Response on un questionnaire : OUI
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Mission requirement : ROCKETFUEL
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Place to get drunk before getting high? : AIRPORTBAR
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Inspiration for "Lolita" : ANNABELLEE
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Alfredo, for one : CREAMSAUCE
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"Never ___ Give You Up" (1988 #1 hit) : GONNA
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Sometimes-sung pieces : ODES
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Scraped (out) : EKED
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Ball to keep an eye on : EIGHT
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No miniature gulf : ABYSS
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Pours poorly : SLOPS
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Wore : HADON
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Color of la Méditerranée : AZUR
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Some complications : REDTAPE
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Event for select customers : PRESALE
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Ocean eyesores : RIGS
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Six-pack inits. : PBR
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Chandon's partner : MOET
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Common Coke go-with : BACARDI
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Affixes, as a patch : IRONSON
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Grasp intuitively : GROK
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Sights in New Orleans : DIKES
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Prestigious school group : IVIES
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Noisy flight crew? : GEESE
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George on an annual Forbes list : SOROS
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___ Academy (means of online education) : KHAN
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Iolani palace locale : OAHU
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Statistical tool for comparing means : TTEST
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It may start at 10 : BRUNCH
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Buckingham Palace guards : YEOMEN
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Detoxing hurdle, for short : DTS
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Tree hugger? : BOA
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"You betcha!" : YEP
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It may change because of weather, in brief : ETD
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Not let bygones be bygones, say : SUE
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Golf course obstacles : PONDS
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24/7, for instance : RATIO
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Friend of Lucy Ricardo : ETHELMERTZ
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Live broadcast feature, oxymoronically : DELAY
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Symbols of speed : HARES
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Fruit used in wines and syrups : ELDERBERRY
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Trig angle symbol : THETA
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Trig's law of ___ : SINES
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Agitated, with "up" : HET
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Beach shade : TAN
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Popular reds : MERLOTS
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Yellow dog of the funnies : ODIE
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Bust ___ (guffaw) : AGUT
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Highlands designs : TARTANS
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Politician's asset : TACT
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Palindromic nut : KOOK
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Literary governess : EYRE
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Palindromic blast : TOOT
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Biblical kingdom : MOAB
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Language with only 14 letters : SAMOAN
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Nelson ___, "The Man With the Golden Arm" novelist : ALGREN
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"You betcha!" : NATCH
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Jumper cable connection : ANODE
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Dummy : DODO
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Language that gave us "punch" : URDU
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Sister of Cronus : RHEA
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Eastern ecclesiastic : IMAM
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Unnamed object : THAT
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10th: Abbr. : SOPH
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Manage : OPERATE
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Sketchy place? : ARTROOM
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Parts of sneakers : INSOLES
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Spinoff series with two spinoffs of its own : NCIS
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Luxury Italian label : VERSACE
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Certain Honshu resident : OSAKAN
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Umbrella holder, maybe : MAITAI
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Queen of ___ : SHEBA
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Sleeping Beauty was under one : CURSE
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OB/GYN's prefix with -gram : SONO
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"___ Lang Syne" : AULD
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Advertising buzzword : FREE
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Apiece : EACH
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It may collect dust : RAG
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Fareed Zakaria's channel : CNN
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___-Jo ('80s track star) : FLO
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Specialty shoe spec : EEE
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Bother : IRK
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Digs : PAD
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Bother : BUG
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Not working anymore: Abbr. : RET

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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