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WONDER-FUL!

New York Times, Sunday, August 21, 2016

Author:
Kathy Matheson and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 89 Missing: {JQ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Matheson. This is puzzle # 56 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
KATHY: As a longtime reporter, I've had many bylines over the years — but this is one of the most exciting! It's only my second published puzzle; the first was a solo effort printed in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Okay, so this one was backbreaking. I was really glad to have Kathy as a collaborator speaking her mind, as I was ready to make pretty big compromises at many points during the ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0821 ( 24,393 )
Across
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"It's a pity other cars aren't built this way" cars : SAABS
6
Fischer, to Spassky, e.g. : RIVAL
11
"Stop!," at a port : AVAST
16
Ring around a classical column : ANNULET
18
Verdi aria : ERITU
19
Spots for auto logos : GRILLES
21
Rap's ___ Boys : BEASTIE
22
Flat-bottomed boat : SKIFF
23
Passionate kiss : LIPLOCK
24
Busy time for malls: Abbr. : DEC
25
Nascar unit : LAP
27
Row maker : HOE
29
Life force in Chinese philosophy : CHI
30
High-powered guns : UZIS
32
Home to more than half the world's active geysers : YELLOWSTONE
37
Enigmatic one in "The Hobbit" : RUNE
38
Dunham of "Girls" : LENA
39
Organized hikes : EXPEDITIONS
40
Follower of Joel : AMOS
41
Approver of new meds : FDA
43
Snack brand whose name hints at its flavor : NILLA
44
Zika monitoring org. : CDC
46
Alternative regimen to an 84-Down, informally : PALEO
49
Surrender : CEDE
51
Whacks : OFFS
54
I C U, e.g. : REBUS
58
Highly rated bond : AAA
59
Highly rated Bond? : MOORE
61
Telenovela, e.g. : DRAMA
63
Fury : IRE
64
Result of many years of study, for short : PHD
65
Halley of Halley's comet : EDMOND
67
Like Serbs, but not Hungarians : SLAVIC
68
What might replace you? : ONE
69
Subject of many Ansel Adams photos : YOSEMITE
71
Mortgage, often : HOMELOAN
73
"The Simpsons" character in a green jacket : APU
74
Disney dwarf : DOC
75
Kind of treatment : SPA
77
Cousin of goth : EMO
78
Bethesda-based research agcy. : NIH
80
Federal agency established on August 25, 1916 : NATIONALPARKSERVICE
85
Like some oaths : SOLEMN
86
Region of ancient Greece : IONIA
87
Insult, say : DEMEAN
89
Election night graphic, for short : USMAP
90
Annual N.Y.C. fund-raising event : METGALA
92
Oprah's BFF : GAYLE
93
"Keep fighting the good fight!" : BESTRONG
96
Like Sherpas : NEPALESE
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Very, very : EVERSO
102
Subatomic particle named for the weak force : WBOSON
104
"Mind ... blown!" : HOLYCOW
108
House majority leader before DeLay : ARMEY
110
Good fact-checking types : PEDANTS
115
"Three Coins in the Fountain" fountain : TREVI
116
Light and breezy entertainment, informally : MINDCANDY
119
Dazzled : INAWE
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Portions : METES
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Concerted efforts : ENDEAVORS
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Break up with someone : ENDIT
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Untethered : LOOSE
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Nina Totenberg's milieu : NPRNEWS
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Milk dispensers? : TEATS
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Blessed thing? : SNEEZE
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Painkiller containing caffeine : ANACIN
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Neighbor of Ger. : AUS
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Luncheonette order, for short : BLT
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Six, in Italy : SEI
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Dazzling : RESPLENDENT
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Annoy : IRK
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The Henry who founded the House of Tudor : VII
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Raiders' org. : ATF
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Erupter at 32-Across : OLDFAITHFUL
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Radio host Shapiro : ARI
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Kind of pass : VIP
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Nothing but : ALL
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Henry W. ___, Union major general during the Civil War : SLOCUM
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Disco relative : TECHNO
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"So You Think You Can Dance" judge : ABDUL
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Wire message : TELEX
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Harris's role in "The Right Stuff" : GLENN
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Jumps higher than, in sports slang : SKIES
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Gran Paradiso, e.g. : ALP
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It's as good as XXX : OOO
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Partner of sound : SAFE
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Word of support : YEA
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Dog created by Jim Davis : ODIE
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Actor Wheaton : WIL
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France's so-called "Capital of the Ruins" : STLO
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Exit key : ESC
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Sprint : RACE
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Parts of a Jerusalem skyline : DOMES
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Harry's Hogwarts enemy : DRACO
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Drivel : PAP
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"Man, that feels good!" : AAH
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Indoor plants popular in waiting rooms : LADYPALMS
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Like the name Nguyen in Vietnam : COMMON
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Beethoven's "Sinfonia ___" : EROICA
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Purchase at an optometrist's : FRAMES
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"Help!" : SAVEME
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Feature of the Six Million Dollar Man : BIONICEYE
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Samovar, e.g. : URN
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"Capeesh?" : SEE
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Had too much of, briefly : ODEDON
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Term of address for a noble : MILORD
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Tyrant : DESPOT
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Islamic law : SHARIA
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Defeat in a Nathan's Famous contest : OUTEAT
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Cracker shape : ANIMAL
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Win by ___ : ANOSE
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Feeling of hunger : PANG
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Mends : HEALS
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Not quite right : IMPRECISE
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PolitiFact finding : LIE
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Actor Penn : KAL
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Regimen adopted by Bill Clinton in 2010 : VEGANDIET
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Clancy's Red October, e.g. : SUB
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Born : NEE
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Store head: Abbr. : MGR
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Mayo container? : ANO
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Egg: Prefix : OVO
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"It's the ___" ("I've changed") : NEWME
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Annual athletic honors : ESPYS
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For whom the Edgar awards are named : POE
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Wall St. "500" : SANDP
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Drive-thru decision : ORDER
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Bob alternative ... or partner : WEAVE
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At this point : BYNOW
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Webmaster's medium : HTML
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Cookie with a Thins variety : OREO
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Oscar winner for "Dallas Buyers Club" : LETO
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Part of Y.S.L. : YVES
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Thom ___ shoes : MCAN
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Virgin Mary's mother : ANNE
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Zippo : NADA
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Ninny : TWIT
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Goes down : SETS
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Tavern attachment : INN
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A.M.A. members : DRS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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