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THAT'S A TALL ORDER!

New York Times, Sunday, September 1, 2019

Author:
Finn Vigeland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Finn Vigeland

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {Q} Scrabble average: 1.73 This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Finn Vigeland graduated in May from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a master's degree in urban planning. He now works as a transportation planner in Washington. Urban planning ... read more
Finn Vigeland notes:
When I sit down to brainstorm a Sunday theme, I often try to think of a title that I can pun on and spin into a full-sized theme concept, which is how this puzzle came to be. Even though ... read more
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0901 ( 25,499 )
Across
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Volcanic residue : ASH
4
Iraqi, e.g. : ARAB
8
Not working today : OFF
11
Top of the Alps? : SKICAP
17
Singer with the 2016 #1 hit "Cheap Thrills" : SIA
18
Ancient Iranian : MEDE
19
Something dogs may pull : SLED
20
Only musical to win Best Picture since "Oliver!" in 1968 : CHICAGO
21
Early encyclopedist credited with coining "Home is where the heart is" : PLINYTHEELDER
24
Adjusts, as an instrument : RETUNES
25
Reference aids for artists : COLORWHEELS
26
Children's author Lowry : LOIS
27
Nonkosher sammie : BLT
28
Tested : ASSAYED
29
Phrase followed by "one two, one two" : MICCHECK
32
English channel, with "the" : BEEB
33
___ Min Lee, victim in the hit podcast "Serial" : HAE
34
Archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean : COMOROS
35
Stage before pupa : LARVA
36
Gchat transmissions, briefly : IMS
39
Accident-investigating org. : NTSB
41
Big dealer in outdoor gear : REI
42
Suggestion for a reading circle, informally : BOOKREC
44
Fruit with a pit : DATE
46
Seek revenge on, in a way : SUE
47
Is a straight shooter : KEEPSITREAL
49
Some printer hues : CYANS
51
Word after meal or before school : PREP
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Put forward as a basis of argument : POSITED
54
Takedown pieces, slangily : HITJOBS
56
Charge (through) : MOW
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Dryer residue : LINT
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Dog sound : BARK
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Sunbather in the tropics : IGUANA
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Sources of weekly N.C.A.A. rankings : APPOLLS
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Looked at lasciviously : EYEDUP
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Work with feet? : POEM
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Pretzel topping : SALT
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Modern cousin of "Yay!" : WOO
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Fear-inducing : DREADED
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Spanish phrase meaning "Enough is enough!" : BASTAYA
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"Pencils down!" : TIME
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Huge mix-up : SNAFU
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Soft-rock singer who received Kennedy Center Honors in 2016 : JAMESTAYLOR
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Philanthropist Broad : ELI
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Salacious stuff : SMUT
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Anonymous female, in court : JANEROE
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Nurse in a bar : SIP
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Train between N.Y.C. and Montauk : LIRR
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Crafty : SLY
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Kind of acid : AMINO
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Inherited : GENETIC
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Muffin ingredient : OAT
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It's rigged : MAST
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Protein in Wheaties : GLUTENIN
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Bygone car model that's an anagram of GRANITE : INTEGRA
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Part of a diner display : PIE
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It brings you closer to your subjects : ZOOM
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"The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" : SEXCOMEDIES
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Mythical hunter turned into a stag : ACTAEON
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State bordering the Pacific : JALISCOMEXICO
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Establishment such as Crumbs and Whiskers or KitTea (both real!) : CATCAFE
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Avian diver : LOON
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Not much : ATAD
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Convent-ional sort : NUN
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Gets ready to pray : KNEELS
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National Pizza Mo. : OCT
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! : BANG
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Future Ph.D.'s test : GRE
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Grp. with a pet project? : ASPCA
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Buildings often outfitted with ladders : SILOS
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Lauds : HAILS
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Oscar nominee for "Gone Baby Gone," 2007 : AMYRYAN
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Measure of virality : RETWEETS
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Ritalin target, for short : ADHD
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It's full of hard-to-spell words : BEE
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What a bitter person might try to settle : OLDSCORE
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Retainer : FEE
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Prez with the dog Fala : FDR
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4-Across chief : SHEIK
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All-in-one boxes : KITS
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R.N.'s place : ICU
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Foreign capital designed by two Americans : CANBERRA
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9+ for a game, e.g. : AGELEVEL
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Program starting with the fifth year of college, informally : POSTBAC
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Like 100-1 odds : SLIM
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Popular gardening shoe : CROC
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Early vintner, in the Bible : NOAH
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Music genre associated with the goth look : EMO
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Baudelaire's "___ Fleurs du Mal" : LES
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Inch along : CREEP
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The common folk : HOIPOLLOI
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Picnic side dish : BAKEDBEANS
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Trucker with a transmitter : CBER
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Stuff of legends : LORE
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Futuristic tracking device : IDCHIP
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"Are we done here?," politely : MAYIGO
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Bust, maybe : STATUE
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Dines : SUPS
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Recycling ___ : BIN
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River mammal : OTTER
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Flow of one line of a verse to the next without pause : ENJAMBMENT
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Music genre from Asia : KPOP
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Term of address from one girlfriend to another : SIS
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IV, to III, e.g. : SON
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{ } : EMPTYSET
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Player of many an opera villain : BASSO
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Stun : WOW
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Family name on a 1960s sitcom : ADDAMS
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Sorry : RUEFUL
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Bygone military punishment : KPDUTY
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___ king : ALA
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Fantasy series that inspired "Game of Thrones," briefly : LOTR
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What the thumbs-up emoji can mean : YES
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Took a course? : ATE
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Kosher ___ : DELI
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Sleekly designed : AERO
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Flared dress type : ALINE
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Spice Girl also known as Sporty Spice : MELC
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Bob Marley, for one : JAMAICAN
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Liqueur often mixed with water : ANISETTE
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Vacancy : OPENSLOT
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One of the Avengers : IRONMAN
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Fill to absolute capacity : JAMPACK
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For all to see, in a way : RATEDG
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Koala's tree : GUM
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Marketing tactic : TIEIN
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Australian band with the 1988 #1 hit "Need You Tonight" : INXS
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"Ideas worth spreading" offshoot : TEDX
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Mistakes : GOOFS
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Singular : LONE
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Speck : IOTA
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Cleaning for military inspection : GIING
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Happen again : RECUR
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In lockstep : ASONE
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Fervor : ZEAL
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Lyft alternative : CAB
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Nickname for a buddy : ACE
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Bronx-born singer, familiarly : JLO
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Bronx-born congresswoman, familiarly : AOC

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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