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BY DESIGN

New York Times, Sunday, July 30, 2017

Author:
Isaac Mizrahi and David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {Q} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Mizrahi. This is puzzle # 172 for Mr. Kahn. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: To mark the 75th anniversary of the New York Times crossword, which debuted in 1942, we are publishing a series of puzzles co-created by famous people who solve the Times crossword, working together with regular Times puzzle contributors. This collaboration is by the designer and TV host Isaac Mizrahi, together with David J. Kahn, a retired consulting actuary in New York City. This is David's 172nd crossword for The Times. More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Constructor notes:
ISAAC: I've been doing the crossword puzzle in the New York Times since high school (an eternity) and the first time my name was in it my mother called and said: "you've arrived." It's ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm loving this celebrity series — having a puzzle oriented around that person's profession is so much fun. Today we get Isaac Mizrahi, with theme phrases reinterpreted in kooky, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is Mr. Kahn's fifth collaboration puzzle in the NYT. His first, back in 1998, was one of the most memorable puzzles of the Shortz era.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0730 ( 24,736 )
Across
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Little bit : JOT
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Chickenhearted : TIMID
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Spur-of-the-moment : SNAP
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"Word just got out ..." : IHEARD
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Funny Gasteyer : ANA
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Offer a thought : OPINE
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Shakers' movement? : HULA
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Loren of "Marriage Italian-Style" : SOPHIA
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Top limit, for short : MAX
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Flaunt a loose dress at a soiree? : WORKTHENIGHTSHIFT
27
Text changes : EDITS
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Mideast royal name : SAUD
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Fair-hiring letters : EOE
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Vogue rival : ELLE
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Overstuff : SATE
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Title of a fashion industry seamstress's tell-all? : ONPINSANDNEEDLES
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With 53-Across, goethite, e.g. : IRON
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N.F.C. North rivals of the Bears : LIONS
40
Support under a tank? : BRA
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"Enrol," for "enroll": Abbr. : VAR
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Ones who fix toys? : VETS
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Grub : EATS
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Flapper wrapper : BOA
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Ideal : PARAGON
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Chipper greeting : HIHO
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Cellphone chip holder : SIMCARD
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See 38-Across : ORE
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Personal guide : CREDO
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What some wrap dresses are? : FITTOBETIED
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D.C. summer setting : EDT
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___ pants : HAREM
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Plot at home, maybe : ACRE
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Fantasy writer Michael : ENDE
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"___ who?" : SEZ
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Exercise with keys : ETUDE
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Way off base? : JEEP
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Unwanted pressure : HEAT
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Bit of a grind : CHORE
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Get the gold : WIN
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Author Michael ___ Dyson : ERIC
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"Frozen" snow queen : ELSA
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Mars vehicle : ROVER
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Scatter : SOW
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Like a model's hairstyle? : CUTANDDRIED
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Calendario opener : ENERO
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Argentine article : UNA
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Northern Indiana county or its seat : LAPORTE
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Kind of pressure : PEER
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Souls : PSYCHES
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French possessive : TES
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Bundle : PILE
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Shiner : STAR
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Boating aid : OAR
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Civil War inits. : CSA
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Ding maker : TIMER
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Kind of street : THRU
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Takes fashion photos using an unorthodox camera angle? : SHOOTSFROMTHEHIP
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More limited : LESS
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"Keep it ___" : REAL
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Bylaw, briefly : REG
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Plane-related : AERO
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N.B.A. notables Korver and Lowry : KYLES
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Shorten some couture dresses? : TAKEUPACOLLECTION
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Bach's Partita No. 6 ___ Minor : INE
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Resistant (to) : AVERSE
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Swift ending for a bad stage performance : HOOK
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Chill-inducing, say : EERIE
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Writer/critic Hentoff : NAT
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Got the impression : SENSED
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Uneasy : EDGY
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Ground breaker : SPADE
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Chicago rumblers : ELS
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Last Scottish king to die in battle : JAMESIV
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How you might do something dumb : ONADARE
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Preferred means of arriving at a fashion show? : TAXITOTHERUNWAY
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Some rescues : TOWS
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Subj. for CNBC : IPO
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Putin's peace : MIR
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Stain that's hard to remove : INKSPOT
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Keeps from proceeding : DETAINS
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Loses : SHEDS
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Order member : NUN
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Klingons, e.g. : ALIENRACE
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Tower with many eaves : PAGODA
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Suffix with 105-Across : IST
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Christmas threesome : HOS
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Banned supplement : EPHEDRA
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Not worth ___ of beans : AHILL
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Go through : RIFLE
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Historical trivia : DATES
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Vandals : HUNS
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___ party : HEN
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Decagonal : TENSIDED
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A butter alternative : OLEO
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Actress Vardalos : NIA
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Little Boy, e.g., informally : ABOMB
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Got out of : EVADED
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Stud site : EAR
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Dust jacket part, usually : BIO
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Revenue source for a magazine : PRINTAD
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Inspects a fashion designer's offerings? : GOESOVERTHELINE
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One who says "I'd like to have ..." : ORDERER
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AOL alternative : NETZERO
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Food prep class at school : HOMEEC
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Very short climb : STEP
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Chilling, so to speak : ATEASE
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Ruins as a dog might : CHEWSUP
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Food in the field : RATIONS
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Cantina treats : FAJITAS
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Top of the world : ICECAP
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Quattro minus uno : TRE
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Edict : DECREE
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"Take it!" : HERE
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Nutmeg State collegian : ELI
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Cry of exasperation : HONESTLY
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Warlords, e.g. : RULERS
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Medium-to-poor : NOTSOGOOD
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Ideal : DREAM
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Drunk's problem : DTS
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Cop's target : PERP
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Cans : COOLERS
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One may be tipped : HAT
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Goes through : PIERCES
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Creator of an ancient pyramid scheme? : IMHOTEP
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Ring around the collar : LEI
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Place for cannons : ARSENAL
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Winter apples : RUSSETS
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Holiday scene : CRECHE
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You, once : THEE
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Some Latinas: Abbr. : SRTAS
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Pitch : HEAVE
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Like some floors : OAKEN
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Order member : FRA
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Long-winded : TALKY
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Leg bender : KNEE
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Advantage : USE
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___ Xing : PED
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Put in, as hours : LOG
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Glass on public radio : IRA
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Suffix with fact : OID

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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