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HIDDEN TACTICS

New York Times, Sunday, July 7, 2019

Author:
Jack Reuter
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jack Reuter

This puzzle:

Rows: 22, Columns: 22 Words: 150, Blocks: 80 Missing: {Q} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Reuter. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: Instructions: The center of this puzzle represents a 70-Down/55-Down, in which you can achieve a 122-Across by moving the 25-Across.
Will Shortz notes:

Jack Reuter, 25, is a freelance app developer for Android devices in Montrose, N.Y. He says he likes crosswords that have an extra layer to them — which this unusual puzzle definitely does.

It is Jack's debut for The Times

Jack Reuter notes:
This is my first puzzle to get accepted for publication, which I'm very excited about! I've always been interested in puzzle construction, mostly for the challenge of creating a fun, vibrant grid. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I immediately thought of a previous chess puzzle in the NYT (so did Jim), but that's no knock on today's. Jim and I are hardly your average solver. I feel bad for electronic solvers today. The ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
I liked this more than Jeff did for a few reasons: I'm a sucker for novelty, and this puzzle is undoubtedly innovative. The layout is a plausible end-game situation. The mate-in-one problem is ... read more
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0707 ( 25,443 )
Across
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Cleaning product in a dangerous 2010s viral internet challenge : TIDEPOD
8
"Home" in a classic song : THERANGE
16
Jack of children's rhyme : SPRAT
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"Agreed" : ICONCUR
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Escapes, as molasses : OOZESOUT
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Irregularly notched, as a leaf : EROSE
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Protein found in hair and hooves : KERATIN
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Possible move in 70-Down : KNIGHTTOBEIGHT
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Watson's creator : IBM
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Pain for a tiler, maybe : SOREKNEES
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Yearbook : ANNUAL
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Side represented by : BLACK
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Adams and Elgort : ANSELS
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Doctor's order : MEDICINE
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Dorothy's caretaker in "The Wizard of Oz" : AUNTIEEM
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Irritate : VEX
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Irritable : TESTY
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Verify the addition of : RETOTAL
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Nabisco product with an exclamation point in its name : CHIPSAHOY
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That guy's : HIS
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Ill repute, to a Brit : DISHONOUR
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Santa ___ winds : ANA
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Some ovations : BRAVOS
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Become attentive : PERKUP
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Succeeds : MAKESIT
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Cowboy flick : OATER
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Eve's counterpart : MORN
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What a plant may exude : RESIN
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Freak out : PANIC
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Treasure : ADORE
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When doubled, a Thor Heyerdahl book : AKU
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Mother ___ : TERESA
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[Grumble, grumble] : HUMPH
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Pith holders : RINDS
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Set aside for now : TABLED
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Score elements: Abbr. : PTS
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Digital message : ENOTE
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Old gold coin : DUCAT
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Map of Hawaii or Alaska, often : INSET
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1974 Gould/Sutherland C.I.A. spoof : SPYS
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Lushes : WINOS
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Deteriorate with age : SENESCE
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Cut into bits : CHOPUP
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Prevents, legally : ESTOPS
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Letters near an X-ray machine : TSA
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People native to Tennessee and the Carolinas : CHEROKEES
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"While I have you ...," in a text : BTW
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Classic 1922 film subtitled "A Symphony of Horror" : NOSFERATU
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Brown-headed nest appropriator : COWBIRD
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"Fighting" college team : IRISH
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Maker of pens and lighters : BIC
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Sheer fabric : GOSSAMER
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First commercial film shown in stereophonic sound : FANTASIA
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Key of Bizet's first symphony : CMAJOR
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Side represented by : WHITE
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87 is a common one : OCTANE
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Conspicuous : PROMINENT
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Yuletide contraction : TIS
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Possible result of 25-Across : CHECKMATEINONE
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Arrests : COLLARS
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Outpost for an osprey : AERIE
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No longer needed for questioning : FREETOGO
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Senator Tammy Duckworth or former senator Max Cleland : AMPUTEE
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Symbol of directness : LASER
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Arrived at, as an answer : LANDEDON
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Swollen area : ABSCESS
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Hangout often near a pool : TIKIBAR
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Glacial hue : ICEBLUE
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Like Mount Kilimanjaro : DORMANT
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Doe in Bambi : ENA
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Polling fig. : PCT
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French acceptances : OUIS
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Title 1962 film villain : DRNO
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Valentine heart, e.g. : TOKEN
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Urban cacophony : HONKS
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Slate, e.g. : EZINE
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Touch up, as styled hair : REGEL
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Some airborne particulates : ASHES
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What dashes may represent in internet searches : NOTS
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Kind of reaction : GUT
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Ike's W.W. II command : ETO
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Veto on movie night : SEENIT
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Figure in many a fairy tale : PRINCE
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Mischievous : ROGUISH
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One-named singer with the 2002 #1 hit "Foolish" : ASHANTI
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Some cuppas : TETLEYS
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No longer edible : BAD
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Computing acronym : RAM
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Silicon Valley start-up V.I.P. : CTO
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Baby fox : KIT
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Unexceptional : MEH
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Prefix with planet : EXO
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St. Louis's ___ Bridge, the oldest span over the Mississippi : EADS
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Biblical high priest : ELI
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The "u" spelling of 50-Across, e.g.: Abbr. : VAR
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Figures in the Sistine Chapel : CHERUBS
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Part of Africa or an orchestra : HORN
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Your signature might be in this : INK
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Came down hard : POURED
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Terrific : SUPER
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Chatter : YAK
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City that hosted the 1974 World's Fair : SPOKANE
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Rare beneficiaries of royal succession : NEPHEWS
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Together : ASAUNIT
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Equipment for 70-Down : BOARD
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Dating app distance metric : RADIUS
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Stat : ATONCE
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Lush : VERDANT
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Son of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon : ORESTES
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Enter incorrectly : MISTYPE
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Jawbone of ___ (biblical weapon) : ANASS
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How early Beatles songs were recorded : INMONO
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Best : TIPTOP
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Suffix on many an infomercial product's name : MATIC
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Self-inflicted ritual death of a samurai : SEPPUKU
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Subject game of this puzzle : CHESS
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Leash : TETHER
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Dulce de ___ (confection) : LECHE
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Notice : SPOT
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___ Luis Obispo : SAN
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One of 24 in un giorno : ORA
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Those: Sp. : ESOS
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Banned aerosol propellant, for short : CFC
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Green: Prefix : ECO
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Like some lenses : BIFOCAL
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Wrong pipe, so to speak : TRACHEA
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Spends December through March (in) : WINTERS
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Bit of judo attire : OBI
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One-named singer with the 2014 hit "Chandelier" : SIA
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Indianapolis-to-St. Louis dir. : WSW
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"Phooey!" : BAH
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Ape : IMITATE
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Calls it quits : RETIRES
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Boutique stock : DRESSES
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Barbie's younger sister : STACIE
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Long (for) : HANKER
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Part of an M.A. program application : GRE
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Religious sch. : SEM
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Called out : CRIED
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Any of the Apennines : MONTE
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In ___ (grumpy) : AMOOD
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War hawk : JINGO
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Situation after a leadoff single : ONEON
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Ball ___ : PEEN
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Big org. in Saturday afternoon TV : NCAA
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"Indiana Jones" setting : TOMB
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Half of a 1955 union merger : AFL
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Singer's syllable : TRA
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They'll sound sped up at 45 r.p.m. : LPS
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French director Besson : LUC

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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