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THE MEANING OF IT

New York Times, Sunday, August 12, 2012

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JQXZ} Featured in Will Shortz's favorite puzzlemakers This is puzzle # 166 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 0812 ( 22,923 )
Across
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Tsp. or tbsp. : AMT
4
Tax expert, briefly : CPA
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Slow-cooked dish : STEW
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"Star Trek: T.N.G." character Geordi ___ : LAFORGE
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Coin of little value : SOU
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Mine layer : ORE
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Iditarod endpoint : NOME
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Short, light musical piece : SONATINA
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"Talking isn't going to reseal that wine bottle!" : PUTACORKINIT
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"Quit trying to make a paper doll by ripping the paper!" : CUTITOUT
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"I can see why shoppers avoid this off-brand white bread!" : ITSNOWONDER
27
One of England's Cinque Ports : DOVER
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Dinette set : CHINA
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Cry for : NEED
30
Zookeeper's injuries, maybe : BITES
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Beverage that's graded : MILK
35
"Do the Right Thing" pizzeria : SALS
36
"I already know my homemade cold cream is useless!" : DONTRUBITIN
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"So you finally got the gist of that Stephen Hawking book!" : ITSABOUTTIME
44
Response to feeble excuses : SPAREME
45
Scrammed : GOTLOST
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Semitransparent curtain : SCRIM
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Carnival dance : SAMBA
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Faulkner's "A Rose for ___" : EMILY
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Seat seeker : POL
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Hard workers : SERFS
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Lawn starter : SOD
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Actress Russo : RENE
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Furry feller? : BEAVER
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Spree stops : STORES
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"Of course this car isn't voice-controlled!" : ITGOESWITHOUTSAYING
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Go by : ELAPSE
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IHOP order : OMELET
70
Hold up one's end? : MOON
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Field authority : UMP
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Wood nymph : DRYAD
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Drink name suffix : ADE
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Saintly quality : PIETY
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Peabody Essex Museum city : SALEM
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Old Testament section : TORAH
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Slow and steady : ANDANTE
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Lucky charms : AMULETS
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"This tippy Christmas tree is driving me crazy!" : ICANTSTANDIT
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"Stop dillydallying and use your boarding pass!" : GETONWITHIT
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Apiece : EACH
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Old school : ETON
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Mechanical engineer Howe : ELIAS
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Grotesque giant : OGRE
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Practices wearing gloves : SPARS
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Underside of a ship : BELLY
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"How dare you climb a barbed-wire fence wearing my sweater!" : THATTEARSIT
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"I'm in a hurry to see that bug squashed!" : STEPONIT
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"Yeah, I'm asking for people's impression of this inkblot -- so?!" : WHATSITTOYOU
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Annual Academy list : NOMINEES
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"Catch!" : HERE
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U-Haul driver's place : CAB
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Abbr. for an unlimited number? : ETC
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They take stock during an emergency : LOOTERS
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Senatorial agreements : YEAS
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Rooting area : STY
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[How shameful!] : TSK
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Gelatin made from consommé : ASPIC
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Conversation opener? : MOUTH
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Rwandan people : TUTSI
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Truffle coating : COCOA
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Boat tip : PROW
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Pilot who makes vertical takeoffs : AERONAUT
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Most snarky : SNIDEST
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In good shape : TONED
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Kuwaiti ruler : EMIR
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Ready to go through the wringer : WET
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Slatted windows : LOUVERS
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Kicks in one's share : ANTESUP
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Barometer reading : FAIR
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1951 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee : OTT
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Kia subcompact : RIO
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Bearded beast : GNU
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Partake of : EAT
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"Great" guy : SCOTT
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"Maisie" star Sothern : ANN
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Honored a king, perhaps : KNELT
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Peace disrupter : DIN
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It means "farmer" in Afrikaans : BOER
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Binary star in Cetus : MIRA
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Bullet points : ITEMS
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First circle of hell in Dante's "Inferno" : LIMBO
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Work in a bakery : KNEAD
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Castaway's message : SOS
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Hip-hop's Run-___ : DMC
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Shirley who sang "Goldfinger" : BASSEY
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Eisner's successor as Disney chief : IGER
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Marisa of "The Wrestler" : TOMEI
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Really economize : STINT
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Claim : ALLEGE
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Approximately one out of every two deliveries : BOY
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Sea gull nesting site, maybe : ISLET
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Gave out : ISSUED
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Fighting spirit : METTLE
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Handles badly? : PAWSAT
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Besieged city during the Spanish Civil War : OVIEDO
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Pinkish red : ROSE
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Single-sex house, usually : FRAT
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Symbol on California's flag : BEAR
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Spot : ESPY
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55-Down letter : RHO
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Like Tarzan's mannerisms : SIMIAN
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Whitebeards : OLDMEN
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D-Day code name : OMAHA
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Incessantly : NOEND
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The Teflon Don : GOTTI
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Opposite of "da" : NYET
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Employment : USAGE
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"Speed-the-Plow" playwright : MAMET
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Demotion victim of 2006 : PLUTO
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Palmtop, e.g., in brief : PDA
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North Carolina college town : ELON
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Muckraker Jacob : RIIS
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Vegas attraction : ACT
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Hedonists' opposites : ASCETICS
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___ degree : NTH
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Kid aged 10-12 : TWEENER
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Goofballs : SILLIES
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Renders invalid : NEGATES
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Dainty desserts : TARTS
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Inclines : TILTS
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Stable supply : HAY
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John who wrote "Appointment in Samarra" : OHARA
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Didn't get involved : SATBY
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Skilled hand : PRO
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Up until now : ASYET
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Joins the mob : RIOTS
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Unable to leave : STUCK
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Paleontological find : BONE
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Quaker pronoun : THEE
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Coup d'___ : ETAT
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NBC offering, briefly : SNL
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Besides : TOO
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Alt-rock genre : EMO
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Animal trap : PIT
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It's asked for a reason : WHY

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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