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New York Times, Thursday, September 1, 2016

Having a variable identity, as suggested by four squares in this puzzle

Author:
Ben Tausig
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Tausig. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Ben Tausig notes:
I'm excited about this concept. The theme explains, about as well as you can in a crossword, the ambiguity at the heart of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Schrödinger! Ben adds to the short list of puzzles displaying duality, using the GENDER FLUID concept of identity. The four special ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times9/1/16 ( No. 24,404 )
Across
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Part of a house : ROOF
5
Old-seeming : FUSTY
10
Laborious process : SLOG
14
Middle name of the inventor of the electrographic vote recorder : ALVA
15
Channel for college sports : ESPNU
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Fatty tuna part, at a sushi restaurant : TORO
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Tech expert, as it were : GEEK
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Steamy place : SAUNA
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Actor Wilson : OWEN
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Ending with metal or mal- : WARE
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Lie on a beach : SUN
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Holistic spiritual movement : NEWAGE
24
Blowup: Abbr. : ENL
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Narwhal features : TUSKS
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Run off, in a way : XEROX
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Music producer Brian : ENO
29
Inits. on a car sticker : EPA
30
"Oh gawd!" : UGH
32
AC/DC single with the lyric "watch me explode" : TNT
33
Poet who wrote of Beatrice : DANTE
35
Unleash, as havoc : WREAK
37
Having a variable identity, as suggested by four squares in this puzzle : GENDERFLUID
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Super : DANDY
42
Final authority : SAYSO
45
Score amts. : PTS
48
Sight ___ : GAG
49
___ out (email list selection) : OPT
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Turf : SOD
52
Get more mileage out of : REUSE
54
Hyundai model with a lot of horsepower? : EQUUS
56
Play (with) : TOY
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Undivided : ENTIRE
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Pac-12 athlete : UTE
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Ending of many a firm's name : SONS
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Topic to ask a fortuneteller about : FATE
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Dined watching Netflix, say : ATEIN
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Bonobos, e.g. : APES
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Cher or Dolly Parton, e.g. : ICON
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Cover ... or cover ___ : SHEET
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Tough stuff to walk through : FIRE
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Lucy Lawless role : XENA
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Curt : TERSE
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"Chill ..." : EASY
Down
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Cause of some allergy flare-ups : RAGWEED
2
Mamet play inspired by the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings : OLEANNA
3
Going on and on ... and on : OVERLONG
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Fabricate : MAKE
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Reveal a secret, say : MESSUP
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Patriotic chant : USAUSA
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Mettle : SPUNK
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Old channel with country music videos : TNN
9
Chinese money : YUAN
10
Best-selling author who was a neighbor of Twain in Hartford : STOWE
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Kitsch, e.g. : LOWART
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Snake's place, partly : OREGON
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Follow : GONEXT
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Tires : EXHAUSTS
25
One "in love" in a 1959 top 5 hit : TEENAGER
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Roar producer : SURF
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Lock fixer? : GEL
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2012 comedy with a talking bear : TED
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Not straight : WRY
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Soul producer : KIA
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Forensic material : DNA
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Beat (out) : EDGE
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"The Hunger Games" universe, e.g. : DYSTOPIA
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Neighbors of Longhorns : SOONERS
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Adventure : ODYSSEY
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It's combined at the beginning : PREMIX
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Certain pair in bridge : TENACE
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Bank robber Willie who co-wrote "Where the Money Was" : SUTTON
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Certain navels : OUTIES
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Nuyorican music legend Tito : PUENTE
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Tuscan city famous for horse races : SIENA
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Part of L.G.B.T.Q. : QUEER
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Right on the map : EAST
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Word that can precede sex : SAME
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Not just any : THE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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