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BIRD PLAY

New York Times, Sunday, August 11, 2019

Diana who was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of shark protection (2013)

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alex Eaton-Salners

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Eaton-Salners.
Will Shortz notes:
Alex Eaton-Salners is an in-house attorney for Western Digital, a technology company headquartered in San Jose, Calif. When he's not creating crosswords, he enjoys escape rooms, reading ... read more
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
Here are three other theme pairings that weren't used in the puzzle: TOOK IT EASY — BOX KITE didn't get off the ground. ROBITUSSIN — ROUND ROBIN didn't advance past the group stage. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Total birdbrain of an idea! In a good way. Word play -> bird play -> riffing on bird-related figures of speech. Great find in THE PLOT THICKENS = HEADLESS CHICKEN. Easy to understand and ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

The first theme answer I got was SWAN turning a corner to fall vertically, so I thought the theme was going to be BIRD DROPPINGS. Oh well. Excellent puzzle anyway.

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© 2019, The New York Times8/11/19 ( No. 25,478 )
Across
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Share on social media : POST
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Blackens : CHARS
10
Screen org.? : TSA
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William H. Bonney ___ Billy the Kid : AKA
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Mathematician taught by Bernoulli : EULER
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Most populous nation not in the U.N. : TAIWAN
19
Best Actress winner of 1999 and 2004 : HILARYSWANK
22
It's just part of the act : SCENE
23
Surname of Princess Leia : ORGANA
24
Midwest college town : AMESIOWA
25
"Curiouser and curiouser ..." : THEPLOTTHICKENS
28
Bother : EATAT
29
Grand onstage : PIANO
30
Place to swim or work out, informally : THEY
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Business that has cut prices : SALON
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Entertaining : OPENTO
34
Went over the limit, say : SPED
36
Major name in petrol : ESSO
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Language from which "jackal" and "jasmine" come : FARSI
40
"La Traviata" composer : VERDI
41
Jeer : SCOFF
43
Bit on a book jacket : BIO
46
Part of a three-in-a-row : TAC
47
Greasy in the Pro Football Hall of Fame : NEALE
49
In-group at school : POPULARKIDS
52
Preach the gospel : EVANGELIZE
55
Rip off : ROB
56
Longtime "All Things Considered" host Robert : SIEGEL
57
Screenwriter Ephron : NORA
58
Anchor, e.g. : LEG
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Chinese liquor made from sorghum : MAOTAI
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"Consequently ..." : ANDSO
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Verbal alternative to a shoulder tap : PSST
65
Beginnings of ideas : GERMS
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Internet content typically viewed alone : PORN
68
Italian scooter brand : VESPA
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What 1-Down has that 1-Across lacks : SHORTE
73
Part of the resistance? : OHM
74
Some pickup info on rideshare apps: Abbr. : ETDS
78
Stir : EXCITE
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Man's name that means "my God" : ELI
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What's depicted by the circled letters in 41-/49-Across : OFFONALARK
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... in 52-Across : SPREADEAGLE
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Rehearse a play from start to finish, in theater lingo : RUNIT
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Swimmer in a Himeji Castle moat : KOI
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Nursery floor hazard : TOY
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Unfamiliar with : NEWTO
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Informal "What if ...?" : SPOSE
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Alter, as a manuscript : EMEND
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Bird's home : NEST
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Bird's home : CAGE
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Places for speakers : DAISES
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Common people : PLEBS
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Close up, say : HEAL
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Stylish ballroom dance : SALSA
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Investigation : PROBE
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... in 25-Across : HEADLESSCHICKEN
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Brown powder : COCOAMIX
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French cake : GATEAU
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Nashville university, familiarly : VANDY
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... and in 19-Across : SWANDIVE
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Go to : ATTEND
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Princess of Avalor, in children's TV : ELENA
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Machiavellian : SLY
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Tape deck button : REC
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Oboes and saxes, e.g. : REEDS
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Aid for a detective : LEAD
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Real pain : PEST
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Reaction to pain : OUCH
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Berth place : SLEEPERCAR
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Bowling : TENPINS
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Cause of a supermarket parking mishap : CART
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Tripping : HIGH
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Expected : AWAITED
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Serving with carrots and celery, maybe : RANCHDIP
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Meander : SNAKE
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Lighter-air link : THAN
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Virtual people : SIMS
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Bitter, e.g. : ALE
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Alternative to Times New Roman : ARIAL
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Noncapital city whose name means "capital city" : KYOTO
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City on the Nile : ASWAN
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As (to) : RELATING
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Band with the 1983 #1 hit "Africa" : TOTO
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Far offshore : ASEA
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Kit ___ : KAT
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Dedicator of Iceland's Imagine Peace Tower : ONO
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Ocelli : EYESPOTS
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Challenges for movers : SOFAS
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Habitually : OFTEN
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___ Nurmi, 1920s Olympic runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn" : PAAVO
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Bud of baseball : SELIG
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Veep's boss : PREZ
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Subject of lessons at an island resort : SCUBA
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Roman sun god : SOL
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Team at an upscale restaurant : VALETS
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Brother : FRIAR
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Cowboy's home, informally : BIGD
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Middle of the month : IDES
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Best Play Tony winner with a geographical name : OSLO
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Jellied delicacies : EELS
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Cry from Juliet : OROMEO
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___ club (annual show presenter) : KENNEL
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Diaper, in Britspeak : NAPPIE
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Chef Lagasse : EMERIL
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Crossword constructing, e.g. (no, really!) : ART
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AirPod pairing target : IPHONE
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"Paradise Lost" tempter : SATAN
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Site of Jesus' crucifixion : GOLGOTHA
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Prefix with directional : OMNI
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Word with life or flak : VEST
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Brand of markers : EXPO
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See the future with a crystal ball : SCRY
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Track meet divisions : HEATS
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Worth keeping around : OFUSE
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Peacefully protests, as during the national anthem : TAKESAKNEE
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Flier on a mission : DRONE
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Loses traction : SKIDS
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Pristine places : EDENS
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Fairy tale alter ego : FROG
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Crushed in competition : ATEALIVE
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Pronoun in a picture rebus : EWE
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Increase quickly : ESCALATE
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Mixing board : PALETTE
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Wrongly predict, as an election : MISCALL
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Dit's partner : DAH
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Places for figureheads : PROWS
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Not express : LOCAL
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Magazine that named Barack Obama its first-ever Person of the Year (2009) : EBONY
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Bit of sweat : BEAD
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"J. ___" (2011 Clint Eastwood biopic) : EDGAR
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Missile first used in the Yom Kippur War : SCUD
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Non-Macs : PCS
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Kind of mind : HIVE
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Suit : EXEC
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Number in brackets? : SEED
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Without : SANS
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Poet ___ St. Vincent Millay : EDNA
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Diana who was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of shark protection (2013) : NYAD
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Russian for "peace" : MIR

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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