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New York Times, Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wordsmith who wrote "Last but not least, avoid clichés like the plague"

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 122 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
While I don't usually like quip themes so much, this joke seemed fresh and made me laugh. It's a shame about the three entries ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Pretty funny for a quote puzzle. I had to read it twice to really get the joke, but I enjoyed it. Sort of what would happen if Jerry ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times8/7/14 ( No. 23,648 )
Across
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Extends credit : LENDS
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Exam for a future G.P. : MCAT
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Sot : LUSH
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Possible score before winning a game : ADOUT
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Figure on a Utah license plate : ARCH
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China setting : ASIA
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Like a dingbat : DITSY
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Stonewaller's response : NOCOMMENT
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Part 1 of a wordplay-related quip : ISIT
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Quip, part 2 : JUSTMEOR
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Temple of ___ : DOOM
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Saturn's wife : OPS
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City bonds, informally : MUNIS
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Golfer Sorenstam : ANNIKA
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What thumb drives provide : STORAGE
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Cheaper-looking : TACKIER
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Take a little off the top? : MOW
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Quip, part 3 : ARETHEREOTHER
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___ shot : FLU
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Spark : INSPIRE
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Italian Riviera resort : SANREMO
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Trap : KISSER
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Still liquidy : UNSET
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Lead-in to a 2000s "-gate" : CIA
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Singer with the 1971 hit "Mercy Mercy Me" : GAYE
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Quip, part 4 : ANAGRAMS
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End of the quip : OFEM
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Bag lady? : KATESPADE
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Formal response at the door : ITISI
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Chip, maybe : FLAW
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Site of one of the world's most famous onion domes : AGRA
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Bad strain? : VIRUS
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Fleet on the street : CABS
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Spotted : SEEN
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They may be taken to the next level : STEPS
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Pretentious : LADIDA
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Westinghouse adversary : EDISON
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Concept : NOTION
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Tiny creature that can trigger allergies : DUSTMITE
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Trough locale : STY
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"Stop being such a wuss!" : MANUP
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Pen name : CROSS
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___ no. : ACCT
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Radiohead frontman Yorke : THOM
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Dorothy of old "Road" films : LAMOUR
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What an anonymous person may lack : USERNAME
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Sloth, for one : SIN
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It may be tipped : HAT
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Kind of pad : MEMO
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___ Löw, coach of Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning team : JOACHIM
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Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
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Tie up some loose ends? : SEW
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Kit ___ bar : KAT
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Slip (through) : SEEP
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Three-horse carriages : TROIKAS
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Lotto variant : KENO
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Department of the Treasury dept. : IRS
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Jackson with 13 #1 country albums : ALAN
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Doesn't pay immediately : RUNSATAB
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Prefix with lateral : TRI
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Approving remark after "By Jove ..." : HESGOTIT
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Sch. of 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston : FSU
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Signs up for more : RENEWS
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They may be delayed by weather, for short : ETAS
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Wordsmith who wrote "Last but not least, avoid clichés like the plague" : SAFIRE
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Looks at covetously : EYESUP
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Negligent : REMISS
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Training group : CADRE
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"Um ..." : IMEAN
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Figs. on some résumés : GPAS
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Oversize sunglasses, these days : RAGE
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Company with a bucket list? : KFC
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Styled after : ALA
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O.R. devices : IVS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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