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CHANGE OF HEART

New York Times, Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Planet of the Apes" planet [spoiler alert!]

Author:
Patrick Blindauer
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 84, Blocks: 47 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Blindauer. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: This crossword was the most-discussed puzzle at Lollapuzzoola 7, a tournament held on August 9 in New York City. The event was directed by Brian Cimmet and Patrick Blindauer. Hint: The title is key to solving the puzzle. Time limit: 45 minutes.
Patrick Blindauer notes:
As the blurb on this crossword says, it was used during the most recent "Lollapuzzoola" tournament in NYC, which I cohost with Brian ... read more
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This year's Lollapuzzoola tournament was the first one I've missed in its seven-year history. On the day it was held, I was flying to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's rare for a NYT weekday puzzle to have a title, and this one was not only necessary but a perfect description. What a great theme ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times9/11/14 ( No. 23,683 )
Across
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Computer purchase : MOUSE
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"Much ___ About Nothing" : ADO
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Rooster's roost : PERCH
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Canadian pop singer Lavigne : AVRIL
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Hawaii's Mauna ___ : LOA
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Pretty person : CUTIE
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Dismantle : TAKEAPART
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Goody two-shoes : PRUDE
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Hum follower : VEE
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Stomach muscles : ABS
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Brazilian baker? : SOL
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Further to the right on a number line : GREATER
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Yellow-centered bloomer : ASTER
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Archaic "Curses!" : FIE
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Fish oil source : COD
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Sticky stuff : GOO
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Reading material, for short : LIT
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It can be saved or cured : BACON
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Leader of the pack? : ALPHA
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Simon & Garfunkel's "I ___ Rock" : AMA
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False show : ACT
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Gives a thumbs-up : OKS
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Repair : FIX
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Under attack : BESET
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Starsky's partner : HUTCH
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President between James and Andrew, briefly : ABE
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First state: Abbr. : DEL
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Excellent drivers often break it : PAR
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Supernatural being : GOD
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Rely on : TRUST
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Piece of office equipment : STAPLER
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"Adios!" : BYE
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Tier : ROW
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"___ Joey" (Sinatra film) : PAL
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Deduce logically : INFER
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Sideshow performer : FIREEATER
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"I have no idea!" : GOTME
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Slew : TON
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Georgia campus : EMORY
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Priest of ancient Gaul : DRUID
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Exclamation of discovery : AHA
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Perez of film : ROSIE
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Pin cushion? : MAT
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Some germ cells : OVA
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Sturdy tree in the beech family : OAK
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Filter in the kitchen : SIEVE
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Cow in Borden ads : ELSIE
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___ broche (cooked on a skewer) : ALA
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"Rico Suave" rapper : GERARDO
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Swear words? : OATH
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"Angel dust" : PCP
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U.K. locale : EUR
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Spring (from) : ARISE
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Autumnal quaff : CIDER
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Command to a canine : HEEL
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Friskies eater : PETCAT
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Moderate decline in prices : SAG
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"Johnny B. ___" : GOODE
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Label anew : RETAG
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"Planet of the Apes" planet [spoiler alert!] : EARTH
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/ : SLASH
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Cambodia's Lon ___ : NOL
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Exerciser's enemy : FLAB
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They may be drawn before bedtime : BATHS
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Tune for nine : NONET
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Sufficiently old : OFAGE
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Float like a helicopter : HOVER
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Brought down, as a tree : AXED
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Abrasion : SCRAPE
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Partner of Dreyer : EDY
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Improvement : UPSWING
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Item in an env. : LTR
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Pavarotti or Caruso : TENOR
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Evoking the past : RETRO
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Rapunzel's prison : TOWER
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"Me ___ Patricio" ("I am called Patrick") : LLAMO
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Cowboy's home, familiarly : BIGD
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Old Spice alternative : AFTA
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London-based record company : EMI
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Word before Sox or Wings : RED
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Cell stuff : RNA
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___-Mex : TEX
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"___ tu" (Verdi aria) : ERI
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Manhattan part : RYE

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

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