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New York Times, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 81, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FQX} This is puzzle # 184 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David J. Kahn notes:
Even though there were 32 acts at Woodstock, many of them were bands, so it took me a while to get four well-known performers I could ... read more

Even though there were 32 acts at Woodstock, many of them were bands, so it took me a while to get four well-known performers I could use for this theme. I would have loved to have Jimi HENDRIX in there (he was the closing act at the concert), but the crossword gods were telling me it wouldn't work.

Jeff Chen notes:
I THREW THE BOOK AT this puzzle initially. I called a JOINT MEETING, with all due HEAVY HANDEDNESS, about the major exclusions. ... read more

I THREW THE BOOK AT this puzzle initially. I called a JOINT MEETING, with all due HEAVY HANDEDNESS, about the major exclusions.

WOODSTOCK is an event whose 50th anniversary is worth celebrating, but I'd have loved something more interesting. Letters spread through phrases isn't all that fun in the first place, and not being able to find a phrase with H E N D R I X spread through it would have slammed that door shut for me.

It's not a Woodstock commemoration without Jimi.

Odd decision to include THE CATSKILLS. It gives away the game too early and takes up valuable real estate, where another performer might be added.

I did enjoy the overall gridwork. It's not easy to build around six themers, and David got away with just some TRA INITS ELHI. Stacking themers, like BAKED ZITI over THE CATSKILLS, was a smart decision.

A shame. Such potential to make a commemorative puzzle as innovative as WOODSTOCK itself. The grand palette of a Sunday grid — featuring Jimi, of course — would have felt more appropriate for the monumental event.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0814 ( 25,481 )
Across
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Not much : ABIT
5
Mulligan, in golf : REDO
9
Spice added to apple cider : CLOVE
14
Cameo, for one : ROLE
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Sheik ... or his mount : ARAB
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Be overly protective : HOVER
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Casserole dish in a trattoria : BAKEDZITI
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Broadcaster's alert : ONAIR
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Upstate New York area where 63-Across was held : THECATSKILLS
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Boy soprano in a Menotti opera : AMAHL
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"___ sells seashells ..." : SHE
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Cause of shore erosion : TIDE
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A few lines on one's Twitter profile, say : BIO
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Repeated cry from Richard III, in Shakespeare : AHORSE
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Singing syllable : TRA
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West Coast city with a popular pier : SANTAMONICA
38
"___ God" (2013 Eminem hit) : RAP
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J.F.K. or L.B.J.: Abbr. : INITS
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Burton of "Roots" : LEVAR
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Be a cast member of : ACTIN
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Looked shocked, maybe : GAPED
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See 31-Down : ALL
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Structures in some old town squares : CLOCKTOWERS
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Showy neckwear : LEI
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Mother ___ : TERESA
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TV pundit Navarro : ANA
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Tiny inheritance? : GENE
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"What ___ the odds?" : ARE
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Less mannerly : RUDER
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Interviewee, maybe : JOBAPPLICANT
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Formal (and maybe overly dramatic) goodbye : ADIEU
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Iconic August 1969 music festival, four of whose performers appear in the answers to 17-, 36-, 46- and 55-Across : WOODSTOCK
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Intolerant sort : BIGOT
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Comprehensive : ATOZ
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Comprehensive, in ed-speak : ELHI
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Meager : SCANT
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School with the motto "Lux et veritas" : YALE
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Symbol of control : REIN
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Wall St. pro : ARB
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Showy neckwear : BOA
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Sort : ILK
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Get a bite? : TEETHE
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Demolish : RAZE
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Michael ___ Dyson, author on race, politics and culture : ERIC
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Contents of spreadsheets : DATA
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Closing statements? : OBITS
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Some mixed martial arts grips : CHOKEHOLDS
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Actress Anderson : LONI
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___ Office : OVAL
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Bridal wear : VEIL
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Goes amiss : ERRS
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FedEx alternative : DHL
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Fake : SHAM
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What opposites may do : ATTRACT
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One-in-a-million save, say : MIRACLE
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Item that might be packed for a foreign trip : ADAPTOR
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Proscription : BAN
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Architect Jones : INIGO
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Capital whose name derives from the Ojibwa word for "traders" : OTTAWA
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With 45-Across, low draw in soccer : ONE
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Competed with : RIVALED
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Like a triangle with unequal sides : SCALENE
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In the past : EARLIER
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Holes out on the green : SINKSAPUTT
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Poplar variety : ASPEN
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Finish, as a cake : ICE
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Hoover has one named for him : ERA
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Infield shield : TARP
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Idiomatic setting for a dirty mind : GUTTER
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QB-turned-football exec John : ELWAY
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Hosp. staffers : RNS
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Biting comments : JABS
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Keatsian, e.g. : ODIC
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Nickname for Angel Stadium, with "the" : BIGA
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Very long time : AEON
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Smidge : IOTA
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Hunky-dory : COOL
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Wood shaper : ADZE
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Yell with an accent : OLE
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Greek X : CHI
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Many wedding guests : KIN

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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