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AS IT WERE

New York Times, Sunday, August 16, 2015

Back then ... or a hint to the ends of the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Don Gagliardo and Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Gagliardo. This is puzzle # 20 for Ms. Burnikel.
Constructor notes:
A theme like this instantaneously reveals itself. Don noticed a phrase, MINK STOLE, where the last word doubles as a noun and the past tense of a verb not related to the noun. This is a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice concept; phrases whose second word can double for a past tense verb. I've seen similar sorts of themes before, but I can't remember MARK FELT as an example. As Don mentioned, there ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times8/16/15 ( No. 24,022 )
Across
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Engaged : AFFIANCED
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Jacques who was "alive and well and living in Paris" : BREL
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Island near the Mariana Trench : GUAM
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Pueblo Indian rite : RAINDANCE
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Places for light gatherings? : ATRIA
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Mario who played Enrico Caruso : LANZA
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*Pricey wrap : MINKSTOLE
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*Triple Crown winner who himself sired a Kentucky Derby winner : SEATTLESLEW
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When repeated, an aerobics class cry : STEP
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___ bar : TAPAS
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New faces : STRANGERS
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Rejecting higher authority? : ATHEISTIC
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Dodger manager with two World Series rings : LASORDA
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Shout from the crow's-nest : LANDHO
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Seminary subj. : REL
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Giggle syllable : HEE
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Prefix with state : TRI
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"___ seen enough!" : IVE
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"Skedaddle!" : OUT
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Impressed with : TAKENBY
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Village V.I.P. : ELDER
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*Carpenter's tool with a cord : POWERSAW
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"Dogs" : WIENIES
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Single : LONE
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Black rock : ONYX
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White-tailed raptor : ERNE
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Dad-blasted : DRATTED
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Fed. property agency : GSA
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Black ___ : OPS
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Half a Beatles title : OBLADI
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Like the telecast of the 1954 Rose Bowl parade, notably : INCOLOR
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___ Macmillan, 1950s-'60s British P.M. : HAROLD
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Plants above the timberline : ALPINES
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Skin conditioners : TONERS
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Ungainly : AWKWARD
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Identified : PEGGED
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Drink with spices : NOG
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On the ___ (at large) : LAM
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___ Hall, shortest Harlem Globetrotter : TOOTALL
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Irving protagonist : GARP
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Pit bull biter : FLEA
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Dirt pie ingredient : OREO
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___ shake : PROTEIN
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*Deep Throat's identity : MARKFELT
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Rogen and Green : SETHS
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"Show me" type : SKEPTIC
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Hunger : YEN
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Budgetary excess : FAT
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N., E., W. and S. : PTS
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Thumbs-up vote : YEA
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Lean-___ : TOS
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With understatedness : SUBTLY
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"Two New Sciences" author : GALILEO
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Hedge clippings, grass cuttings, etc. : YARDWASTE
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Ideal setting for a fan : HOMECOURT
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Features of green rooms : SOFAS
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"That's the way the cookie crumbles" : ALAS
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*Start a construction project : BREAKGROUND
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Back then ... or a hint to the ends of the answers to the starred clues : INTHEPAST
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Save up : AMASS
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Bone: Prefix : OSTEO
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Giovanni, in "Don Giovanni" : SERENADER
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Russo of "30-Down" : RENE
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Morales of "La Bamba" : ESAI
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Very cold : HEARTLESS
Down
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Ones holding hands? : ARMS
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French act : FAIT
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Comment before "Be that way!" : FINE
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Stamping need : INKPAD
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Some campaign purchases : ADS
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D.C. ballplayer : NAT
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It's worth 100 smackers : CNOTE
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Patisserie buy : ECLAIR
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Sunken, as eyes : DEEPSET
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Low voices : BASSI
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It may be lined with mailboxes: Abbr. : RTE
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Different rooms in a museum, maybe : ERAS
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*Smidgen : LITTLEBIT
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Cooker with a dial : GASGRILL
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Having no head : UNLED
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Luxury Hyundai : AZERA
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Gaping things : MAWS
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Relative of the Contour Plus : ATRA
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Poe poem : LENORE
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Like "Annabel Lee" among all Poe poems : LAST
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See 89-Down : ATLAW
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Wielder of the hammer Mjölnir : THOR
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Lower chamber : HOUSE
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Some stadium noise : CHEERING
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Slimming surgery, informally : LIPO
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River through Bristol : AVON
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*Tom Seaver, e.g. : NEWYORKMET
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At 3,000 feet above sea level, the highest provincial capital in Italy : ENNA
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___ cake (dim sum staple) : TARO
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*Dr. Seuss' genre : KIDDIELIT
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Mysterious sighting : YETI
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*Challenge for a right-handed golfer : DOGLEGLEFT
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Newsman David : ENSOR
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Brings up : REARS
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John McCain, for one : EXPOW
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Sports org. with the teams Sun and Sky : WNBA
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In the mail : SENT
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Wing : ELL
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Household brand name with a lowercase first letter : DCON
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Crib strip : SLAT
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Google Wallet alternative : APPLEPAY
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Kind of switch : ONOFF
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They hover over some icons : HALOS
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In the know : AWARE
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Release to the public, informally : DROP
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Pad thai ingredient : EGG
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Coal locale : SEAM
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Actress Diana nicknamed the "Blonde Bombshell" : DORS
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Strong sideless wagon : DRAY
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*W.W. II propagandist : TOKYOROSE
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Suit to ___ : ATEE
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Directive in some automated messages : PRESS
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Holy Land line : ELAL
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With 27-Down, firm figure: Abbr. : ATTY
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"Stop your nonsense!" : OHPLEASE
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Funny-car fuel, informally : NITRO
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Danish king who conquered England : KNUT
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Boondocks : STICKS
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Catch in the North Atlantic : CODFISH
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Tough going : SLOG
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Al Jolson standard : SWANEE
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"Aw, c'mon" : BEAPAL
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Songstress Eydie : GORME
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"You're ___ One, Mr. Grinch" : AMEAN
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Köln coin : EURO
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"Same here" : ASDOI
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Stars, at the Forum : ASTRA
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Letter-shaped girder : HBAR
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Sounds of scolding : TUTS
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Put on board : LADE
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Grieg's "___ Death" : ASES
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Violins and violas: Abbr. : STRS
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U.S.'s largest labor union, in brief : NEA
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Oscar-nominated Joaquin Phoenix film : HER
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"The Two Towers" denizen : ENT

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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