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CONSTANT CONSONANTS

New York Times, Sunday, August 4, 2019

With 105-Across, "What walks on four dino legs in the morning, four dino legs at noon and four dino legs in the evening?" and other riddles?

Author:
Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 132, Blocks: 71 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Nediger. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Will Nediger, of London, Ontario, is a professional crossword constructor and writer of trivia questions. Since early May he has edited a free weekly online crossword for Spyscape, a spy ... read more
Will Nediger notes:
This one was fun to brainstorm theme entries for. My original submission had IMPRISONED AMPERSAND and PIANISSIMO OPEN SESAME, which the editors found too contrived, so I switched those ... read more
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A couple of weeks ago, Matt Gaffney and I were talking shop, and Will Nediger's name came up. When it comes to pure construction chops, Will is in both of our top ten lists. That's saying ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times8/4/19 ( No. 25,471 )
Across
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Socializes (with) : HANGS
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With 20-Across, fire the whole staff : CLEAN
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Most exorbitant : STEEPEST
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Showing more craft : CAGIER
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See 6-Across : HOUSE
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Artillery : ORDNANCE
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With 105-Across, "What walks on four dino legs in the morning, four dino legs at noon and four dino legs in the evening?" and other riddles? : BRONTOSAURUS
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Genre for "Rush Hour" and "Lethal Weapon" : BUDDYCOP
25
Oversupplies : GLUTS
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The band Ben Folds Five, oddly : TRIO
27
The "A" of BART : AREA
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Any nonzero number to the zeroth power : ONE
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"Little Women" sister : BETH
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Pioneering silent director Weber : LOIS
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Bitter : ACRID
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Shopping binge : SPREE
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Says "Quack" instead of "Buzz"? : MISQUOTESMOSQUITOES
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Like Cinderella's stepsisters : UGLY
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Like tennis player Anna Smashnova's name : APT
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"High-five!" : UPTOP
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Melodic opera passages : ARIOSI
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Something a new parent might take : LEAVE
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Audio engineer's device : PREAMP
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Tables in an Old West saloon, e.g.? : FRONTIERFURNITURE
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"My Gal ___" : SAL
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Admirer's words : IMAFAN
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Source of hand-me-downs : ELDEST
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Unloading sign : FORSALE
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The stuff of legends : LORE
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Member of the Be Sharps, Homer Simpson's barbershop quartet : APU
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Kerfuffle : ADO
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Olympic powerhouse in boxing : CUBA
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Confuse "stem" with "stern," e.g. : MISREAD
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Claude ___, villain in "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" : FROLLO
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Some Dior dresses : ALINES
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Change to the Constitution first proposed in 1921, for short : ERA
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Chess gambit employed by gangster Tony Montana? : SCARFACESACRIFICE
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Separate : DETACH
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Invite out for : ASKTO
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Things that may be kicked : HABITS
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Verse, quaintly : POESY
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English novelist McEwan : IAN
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"Je t'___" : AIME
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Claims that Louis XIV's palace is better than all the other buildings in France combined? : OVERSELLSVERSAILLES
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In the middle of, old-style : TWIXT
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Parishioner's offering : TITHE
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Menaces to Indiana Jones : ASPS
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Really big show : EXPO
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Side in checkers : RED
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Not tread lightly : PLOD
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Advertising claim that usually has a catch : FREE
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Animal with a flexible snout : TAPIR
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"From my standpoint ..." : ASISEEIT
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See 22-Across : BRAINTEASERS
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Most brave : STOUTEST
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Increase : MOUNT
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Start to type? : STEREO
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Nickname for the capital of the Peach State : HOTLANTA
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KFC order : WINGS
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Groups of stars : CASTS
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Site of a 1920s renaissance : HARLEM
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Relative of a guinea pig : AGOUTI
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Last innings, typically : NINTHS
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Figures out : GETS
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Sign of theatrical success : SRO
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Subject of a fund-raiser : CHARITY
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Thelma's road trip partner : LOUISE
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Currency with a "zone" : EURO
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Tempe sch. : ASU
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Old game console, for short : NES
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Nickname : SOBRIQUET
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Aligned : TRUEDUP
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Icelandic literary work : EDDA
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Where a tunnel opens : END
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"You'll ___ for this!" : PAY
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Extra couple of numbers? : ENCORE
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Tea treats : SCONES
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Mobile home not much seen nowadays : TEPEE
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Bygone N.Y.C. punk club : CBGB
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Informer : STOOLIE
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"___ longa, vita brevis" : ARS
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Brings from outside with great effort : LUGSIN
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A in physics : AMPERE
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Trig ratios : COTANS
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Pack rat : STORER
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User of the Twitter handle @Pontifex : POPE
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Target number : QUOTA
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It's a blessing : SALUD
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Person who helps with a crash, informally : ITPRO
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Large wardrobe : ARMOIRE
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Finds hilarious, perhaps : ROARSAT
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Deduce : INFER
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A doctor might check them : VITALS
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Together : ASAUNIT
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Full-bodied Argentine wines : MALBECS
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Word often said with a drawn-out "e" sound : PLEASE
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Took shots : FILMED
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Single squat or crunch : REP
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Small goofs : FLUFFS
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Craft in a close encounter : UFO
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54-Down genre : SCIFI
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___-compliant : ADA
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Doomed to fail, for short : DOA
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Motorcade head : ESCORT
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Tender feelings : ACHES
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Debonair : RAKISH
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La-la interval : OCTAVE
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Sierra ___ : LEONE
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Friend of Athos and Porthos : ARAMIS
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Smear in print : LIBEL
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"GoodFellas" co-star : RAYLIOTTA
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Onetime fad item with replacement seeds : CHIAPET
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Culmination : APEX
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Songs to be played at a concert : SETLIST
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Gives the nod : ASSENTS
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Has because of : OWESTO
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Portmanteau for a TV addict : VIDIOT
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Inc. relative : LTD
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___ to go : RARING
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Some deals from dealerships : LEASES
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Whiz : EXPERT
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Church toppers : SPIRES
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Completely destroy : TRASH
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Approximately : ORSO
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Hammer part : PEEN
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Half-man/half-goat : FAUN
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"Toodle-oo!" : TATA
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South, in Brazil : SUL
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Texted question to someone who hasn't shown up yet : ETA
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Automotive initialism : BMW
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Louis XIV, e.g. : ROI
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Key in a corner : ESC

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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