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MADE-TO-ORDER

New York Times, Sunday, July 26, 2020

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Charlson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Trenton Charlson, 24, is a crossword constructor and Scrabble aficionado from Columbus, Ohio. The North American Scrabble Players Association currently ranks him No. 213 among all players ... read more
Trenton Charlson notes:
I don't remember how I came up with this theme, just that the concept came to me suddenly. (Perhaps I ought to learn how to go into such a "crossword theme trance" at will.) However, I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I was curious; how many longer words or phrases display alphabetical order besides CHINTZ? A quick Python program told me that there are many six-letter ones — ABBOTT, ACCENT, BIJOUX, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Mr. Charlson notes that he's the founder of Z.J.X.Q. — Americans Against Accurate Acronyms.

Let's all hope he doesn't run afoul of the A.A.A.A.A.A.A. — the American Association Against Acronym and Abbreviation Abuse.

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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0726 ( 25,828 )
Across
1
Miss : LASS
5
More than excited : MANIC
10
Grub for a grub : LEAF
14
Elliptical : OVAL
18
Where a phone might be tapped : ICON
19
Last Oldsmobile model : ALERO
20
Site of the Bocca Nuova crater : ETNA
21
Regional flora and fauna : BIOTA
22
Facial feature of a Lego man? : SQUARECHIN
24
Sparkling Italian wine : ASTI
25
With 81-Across, flashy basketball play : ALLEY
26
Completely remove : PURGE
27
Blew off steam? : HISSED
29
"Hold your horses" : ONESEC
31
Word before job or joke : INSIDE
33
Emcee during a power outage? : HOSTINTHEDARK
37
Regulus is its brightest star : LEO
38
Small change? : DIME
40
Most eccentric : LOOPIEST
41
Formerly : NEE
42
What means most in the end? : EST
43
Some somber music : DIRGE
45
"So what?" : AND
46
Tailor's measurement : WAIST
48
"The elite fighter pilots may skip the rest of the lecture"? : ACESDISMISSED
53
New Cub Scout : BOBCAT
54
Hairy hunter of Genesis : ESAU
55
Looney Tunes devil, for short : TAZ
56
Hostile declaration : ITSWAR
59
Decision : CALL
60
Expense for a political campaign : ADS
62
List of available courses : MENU
64
What the abscissa and ordinate are measured from : AXIS
66
Take in : SEE
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Drive a getaway car through Australia's outback? : ABETAROUNDTHEBUSH
72
Cousin ___ ("Jimmy Kimmel Live" regular) : SAL
74
Major account : SAGA
75
Nickname of a 2010s pop idol, with "the" : BIEB
76
Bird in Liberty Mutual commercials : EMU
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Workmates : CREW
79
Answer : REJOIN
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See 25-Across : OOP
84
When Caesar is told to "Beware the ides of March" : ACTI
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Give in : ACCEDE
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What you might do after the movie previews are finally over? : BEGINWATCHING
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Yeshiva instructor : RABBI
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Civil War side: Abbr. : CSA
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Group who ought to know better? : MENSA
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Rx prescribers : MDS
98
Pioneering programmer Lovelace : ADA
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Fish whose name means "very strong" in Hawaiian : MAHIMAHI
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Put away : STOW
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"The devil's lettuce" : POT
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Where spaghetti and orzo rank in terms of their suitability for making necklaces? : BELOWMACARONI
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Resident of Japan's "second city" : OSAKAN
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___ Mendeleev, creator of the periodic table : DMITRI
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Martin ___, star of 1960s TV's "Route 66" : MILNER
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Opera singer Fleming : RENEE
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Play with, as a toy mouse : PAWAT
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To boot : ALSO
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One who believes exclusively in a sea god? : OCEANDEIST
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Political columnist Molly : IVINS
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Noted Christian : DIOR
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Role in the 2005 hit musical "Jersey Boys" : VALLI
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Electric flux symbols : PSIS
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"Pretty please?" : CANI
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Like child's play : EASY
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County on the Thames : ESSEX
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Legal postponement : STAY
Down
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What Winthrop speaks with in "The Music Man" : LISP
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Give in : ACQUIESCE
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Musicians' slip-ups : SOURNOTES
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Hang-ups : SNAGS
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Fannie ___ : MAE
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Isaac Newton, by hobby : ALCHEMIST
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Classic soda brand : NEHI
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Source of the word "galore" : IRISH
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Xbox and GameCube : CONSOLES
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Cause : LEADTO
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Long-distance travelers, informally : ETS
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Composer Dvorak : ANTONIN
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Passed out : FAINTED
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De-squeaked : OILED
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Thick cloud above a peak : VOLCANICASH
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Took in : ATE
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___ of the land : LAY
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System used in computer code : BASETWO
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Frist's successor as Senate majority leader : REID
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That, in Spanish : ESO
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Quizzical utterances : EHS
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Actress Conn of "Grease" : DIDI
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Popular tablets : IPADS
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Antique shop deal : RESALE
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Stove-top item : KETTLE
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Where a herd might be heard : LEA
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Aretha Franklin's Grammy-nominated sister : ERMA
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Thingamajig : GIZMO
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Kind of order for the circled letters in this puzzle : ABC
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Swedish Air Force supplier : SAAB
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Guys : DUDES
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Making a clerical error? : SINNING
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Exercise in dexterity : ETUDE
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Grease : BRIBE
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Cry from a nursery : WAH
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The king of diamonds carries one : AXE
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It might be glassy or icy : STARE
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Ragtime great Blake : EUBIE
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Shrub that produces a crimson-colored spice : SUMAC
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Two-time Emmy winner for "30 Rock" : ALECBALDWIN
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Common thing to lie about : AGE
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Rule that ended in 1947 : RAJ
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Prime cut : TBONE
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"___ is life" : SUCH
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Carving in a cartouche : SCARAB
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Business whose patrons are often fighting : ARCADE
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Entanglement : WEB
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#44 : OBAMA
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Completely embarrasses, slangily : OWNS
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Piece of music that evokes the countryside : PASTORALE
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Certain percussion player : TIMPANIST
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Home of the Komodo dragon : INDONESIA
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Knuckleheads : DIMWITS
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*Swoon* : IMINLOVE
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Southwestern ski resort : TAOS
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Prime meridian std. : GST
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Absurd pretense : CHARADE
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20-Across's island, to locals : SICILIA
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Sum total: Abbr. : AMT
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Storehouse : ARMORY
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___ polloi : HOI
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Voting district : WARD
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Like the newspaper Al-Shabiba : OMANI
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Ancient empire builders : INCAS
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Something to play for : KEEPS
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Some are shockers : EELS
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Online handicrafts marketplace : ETSY
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Part of many a postcard, briefly : PIC
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Gardner of old Hollywood : AVA
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Nine-symbol message : SOS
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Word often spoken in pig Latin : NIX

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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