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HEARD AT THE MOVIES

New York Times, Sunday, August 31, 2014

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 70 Missing: {KQX} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Fagliano. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joel Fagliano notes:
I love themes that make me laugh as I come up with them. Something about the 'aha' moment that comes from saying a group of words over and over until the hidden movie magically appears ... read more

I love themes that make me laugh as I come up with them. Something about the "aha" moment that comes from saying a group of words over and over until the hidden movie magically appears really appealed to me. I'm not even sure all of these work that well, but after repeating them to myself approximately 500 times, I talked myself into them. I hope solvers get the same kick out saying these aloud to themselves that I did (and don't look too crazy in public while they're doing so.)

Will Shortz notes:

My assistant Joel and I edited this puzzle together over a large pizza at a local pizzeria a few weeks ago. There wasn't a lot to edit, actually, as Joel writes good clues.

Jeff Chen notes:
Really nice Sunday puzzle, featuring BEST PICTURE WINNERs sounded out through strung together words. I enjoyed sussing out the titles, WARDEN HAIRY PEEPHOLE my favorite. It's too bad the ... read more

Really nice Sunday puzzle, featuring BEST PICTURE WINNERs sounded out through strung together words. I enjoyed sussing out the titles, WARDEN HAIRY PEEPHOLE my favorite. It's too bad the themers weren't clued wackily, as that one could have been hilarious. Since it took me a long time to suss out CHALLAH BOWED HEAVE = ALL ABOUT EVE, here's the list:

  • ALL ABOUT EVE
  • ON THE WATERFRONT
  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  • THE GODFATHER
  • WAR DENARII PEEP-PULL (about the black market trade, fighting over Easter treats. Or maybe ORDINARY PEOPLE)
  • OUT OF AFRICA

Note the wide variety, chosen over a multitude of film eras. Joel picks a couple early ones, a recent winner, and a few scattered in between. Nice that there's something for everyone.

And as I'd expect out of a Joel puzzle, it's expertly crafted. Very little glue, which is so tough to do in a Sunday puzzle, and even harder to do in a 136 word Sunday puzzle. Not many people dip into that range, and very few come out with a puzzle as clean as this. Just a bit of EMAG, OSS, ELEM, ESE kind of stuff is well worth the price of strong fill as DRUG LAWS, WATER RAT, MEL TORME, APPIAN WAY, SEASHELLS, etc.

The sheer volume of good long fill is incredible. Hit the "Analyze" button below the grid to see just how many non-theme long answers he's incorporated. As a point of reference, many Sunday puzzles are successful if they incorporate just two pieces of good long fill. I'm still not quite sure how he made it look so easy, but a big part of it is that Joel was very careful to spread out his white space so not one section was vast and thus hard to fill.

Speaking of ESE, it took me forever to understand the clue even after I finished the puzzle. [Tip of the tongue?] refers to ESE getting added to words to form a dialect, i.e. BROOKLYN becomes BROOKLYNESE. Took me a while, but I like the playful repurposing of a common phrase to add spice to an otherwise blah entry.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0831 ( 23,672 )
Across
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Halle Berry was once runner-up for this : MISSUSA
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Foreheads : BROWS
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Hanes competitor : BVD
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Identify on Facebook : TAG
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Ties up : ENLACES
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French filmmaker who led the Cinéma Pur movement : RENECLAIR
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When Earth Day is celebrated: Abbr. : APR
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Jewish bread/Played, as a violin/Throw (1950) : CHALLAHBOWEDHEAVE
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Tan line producer, maybe : BRA
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Ring material : CANVAS
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___ cloud (source of comets) : OORT
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Org. in "The Sopranos" : FBI
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Spend time in idle reverie : MOON
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One quarter of a quartet : ALTO
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Toyota rival/Measure of power/Insult (1954) : HONDAWATTAFFRONT
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Parisian possessive : SES
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Sound units : BELS
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Strip club fixture : POLE
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Anagram - and synonym - of 71-Across : AYES
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Peace in the Middle East : SALAAM
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Forbes competitor : INC
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Ca, Ce, Co or Cu : ELEM
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Reside/Savage/Puzzle (out)/Wash (2013) : DWELLFIERCESUSSLAVE
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Greatly desired objects : GRAILS
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Any of the "South Park" characters : TOON
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Strike concern : PAY
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Kiss's partner : TELL
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Bananas : NUTSO
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Number by a door? : CAROL
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Islamic spirit : JINN
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Inner: Prefix : ENTO
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Dating service datum : AGE
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Hooligan/Strange/Silo contents (1972) : THUGODDFODDER
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Only non-U.S. M.L.B. team: Abbr. : TOR
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Some cameras, for short : SLRS
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See 39-Across : YEAS
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Like a milquetoast : WUSSY
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Complete reversal : UTURN
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Comedian Kevin : HART
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Seed : PIT
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Obama follower? : CARE
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Sad news : ASHAME
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Wildlife protector/Difficult/Hotel door feature (1980) : WARDENHAIRYPEEPHOLE
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Have the lead : STAR
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"Chances ___ ..." : ARE
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Load bearer? : HAMPER
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Memo opener : INRE
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California roll ingredient : CRAB
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"That's what she ___" : SAID
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Road block? : JAM
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"In what way?"/Like overcooked steak/Possess/European capital on a gulf (1985) : HOWTOUGHHAVERIGA
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Get whipped : LOSE
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British author who wrote "The Old Devils" : AMIS
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"___ man!" : BEA
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Oklahoma tribe : OTOE
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Brave group, informally? : NLEAST
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Kind of garden : ZEN
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What you get when you say 23-, 31-, 47-, 64-, 79- or 97-Across out loud : BESTPICTUREWINNER
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Meringue ingredient : EGG
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P.O.W.'s, e.g. : INTERNEES
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Rush-hour subway rider, facetiously : SARDINE
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___ Islas Filipinas : LAS
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"Inglourious Basterds" org. : OSS
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___ nous : ENTRE
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Holes in shoes : EYELETS
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Shopping malls on Black Friday, e.g. : MECCAS
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Scarf down : INHALE
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Some wide receiver routes : SLANTS
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Round of shots : SALVO
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Campus attended by Elle in "Legally Blonde" : UCLA
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Beach homes? : SEASHELLS
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Kind of blond : ASH
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Ponder, with "on" : BROOD
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Prepare to put back in the fridge, say : REWRAP
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Pair of socks? : ONETWO
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Unite : WED
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Duke, e.g.: Abbr. : SCH
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Start of a children's rhyme : BAABAA
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Make more intense, as colors : VIVIFY
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Rap mogul, briefly : DRE
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Prohibited : TABOO
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Where a golf fairway transitions into a green : APRON
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President after Johnson : GRANT
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One half of a 10-Down : LEFT
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Growing art form? : BONSAI
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Fred Flintstone's boss : MRSLATE
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Minnesota's St. ___ College : OLAF
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Strange : ALIEN
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Heavenly bodies? : TENS
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Mood : FEEL
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Plebiscite, e.g. : BALLOT
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Número of Mexican states that border the U.S. : SEIS
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Subway systems : METROS
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Figures on some Valentine's Day cards : CUPIDS
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Ultimate : EVENTUAL
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"Careless Hands" crooner : MELTORME
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Narcs enforce them : DRUGLAWS
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Marsh rodent : WATERRAT
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Cross : ROOD
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It was satirized in "Dr. Strangelove" : COLDWAR
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Kind of blond : SANDY
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Last word of an annual holiday song : SYNE
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Grind : GNASH
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"S.N.L." producer Michaels : LORNE
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Bring up to speed : CUEIN
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First name in mysteries : AGATHA
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Rachel's firstborn, in the Bible : JOSEPH
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Build up : HYPE
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Alecto, Megaera or Tisiphone : FURY
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Made haste : RUSHED
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Some shipping routes : STRAITS
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One of the superheroes in 2012's "The Avengers" : THOR
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Former Oldsmobile model : CIERA
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Road starting at the Porta Capena : APPIANWAY
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Film villain with prosthetic hands : DRNO
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Cheeky : ARCH
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Less puzzling : EASIER
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Kindle purchase, in brief : EMAG
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"Daniel in the Lions' Den" artist : RUBENS
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Discharges : EGESTS
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Long-legged shorebird : AVOCET
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Surpass : BETTER
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"Happy Days" girl : JOANIE
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Green light : ASSENT
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96 for Big Ben, heightwise : METRES
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Eye shade : HAZEL
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Symbol for ohms : OMEGA
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Common bar food : WINGS
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Kind of mail : HATE
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Get up : ROUSE
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Three-time French Open champ : LENDL
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Euros replaced them : LIRE
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Work for Plutarch, informally : BIO
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Not post- : PRE
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Hog's Head, in the Harry Potter books : INN
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Tip of the tongue? : ESE

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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