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Opposites Attract

New York Times, Sunday, September 11, 2022

Author:
Derrick Niederman
Editor:
Will Shortz
English poet who wrote "The Highwayman"
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 22 Words: 147, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Niederman.
Will Shortz notes:
Derrick Niederman, of Charleston, S.C., is a former teacher of mathematics at the College of Charleston. Currently he's finishing a statistics textbook that incorporates puzzles. Derrick is one of ... read more
Derrick Niederman notes:
Although crossword solvers only see the finished product, most puzzles leave behind a cutting-room floor, sometimes one of substantial proportions. In this case, my search for opposites led me to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Amanda Yesnowitz got scooped! Some delightful finds today, THEM / US in FACE THE MUSIC the big winner. I thought I had the puzzle figured out after the NO YES of ALFRED NOYES, but it was quite the ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Several people were quick to report the error at 49-Down. Portland and Minneapolis are both further north than Toronto. Seattle will qualify too if the Sonics ever return.

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© 2022, The New York Times9/11/22 ( No. 26,605 )
Across
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Try to hit : SWATAT
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Numbskull : DOPE
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With 108-Down, hot stretch of summer : DOG
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Moment of inspiration : FLASH
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"He's" this, in a 1963 hit for the Chiffons : SOFINE
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Woes : ILLS
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"I know, I know!" : OHOH
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What this might mean: " : DITTO
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English poet who wrote "The Highwayman" : ALFREDNOYES
26
World Cup org. : FIFA
27
Digs in the ice? : IGLOO
28
Persian ___ (rugmaker's deliberate mistake) : FLAW
29
Humorist Bombeck : ERMA
30
Early American pseudonym : POORRICHARD
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Within : AMID
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Prop that enabled Houdini to "walk through" a brick wall : TRAPDOOR
35
Napoleonic ___ : ERA
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Sounds of disapproval : TSKS
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Accept imminent punishment : FACETHEMUSIC
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Republic toppled in 1933 : WEIMAR
41
Red block in Minecraft : TNT
42
Sopranos' highlights : ARIAS
43
Rapper Fiasco : LUPE
45
Curse out : SWEARAT
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Word with open or pigeon : TOED
50
I, personally : MYSELF
52
Bird associated with bats : ORIOLE
53
Place side by side : APPOSE
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Doctrine of East Asia : TAO
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Six-Day War combatant: Abbr. : ISR
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Natural fertilizer : MANURE
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Jack of old TV : PAAR
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Neighbor of Jammu and Kashmir : PUNJAB
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Instrument that makes a "tsst" sound : HIHAT
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"Mazel ___!" : TOV
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Wrestler's goal : PIN
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Caesar salad ingredient : HEARTOFROMAINE
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Clanton at the O.K. Corral : IKE
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It's over here : END
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Ground : EARTH
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Works a wedding, perhaps : CATERS
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Flying ___ (martial arts strike) : KNEE
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Spots for snorkeling : ATOLLS
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Women's ___ : LIB
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Helpful connections : INS
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Friendly conversation ender : CHEERS
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Wrap on a rancho : SERAPE
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Opts : ELECTS
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Horse-drawn carriage : SHAY
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"In Praise of Folly" essayist : ERASMUS
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Norman or English king? : LEAR
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With 93-Across, young river critter : OTTER
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See 91-Across : PUP
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Tribal circle, perhaps : TEPEES
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Scramble some eggs, say : FIXBREAKFAST
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Smile … or shine : BEAM
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Burden : TAX
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Large electromotive unit : MEGAVOLT
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Strong cleaners : LYES
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Branch of dentistry that specializes in root canals : ENDODONTICS
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Name hidden backward in "excellent" : NELL
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Actress Teri : GARR
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Davis of "Thelma & Louise" : GEENA
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Go to sleep, with "out" : CONK
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Noted songwriter behind Wynonna Judd's "Tell Me Why" and Linda Ronstadt's "All My Life" : KARLABONOFF
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You can't run on this for long : EMPTY
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___ Martell, "Game of Thrones" princess : ELIA
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Goods for sale: Abbr. : MDSE
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Taiwan-born filmmaker : ANGLEE
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George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, and others : MYTHS
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Total mess : STY
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Sought redress, in a way : SUED
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Heeded an owner's order : HEELED
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Org. created under F.D.R. : SSA
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Howler of a movie? : WOLFMAN
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Beset : AFFLICT
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Rant : TIRADE
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"So let us begin ___ …": J.F.K. : ANEW
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Talk acronym : TED
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Model for a grade schooler : DIORAMA
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Mountain residence : OLYMPUS
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Argues : PLEADS
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What three dots might mean : ESS
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Accomplish on behalf of : DOFOR
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Home of Kenyon College : OHIO
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Walk, so to speak : GOFREE
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Org. created under F.D.R. : FDIC
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Shower : LIGHTRAIN
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Eponym for one of the earth's five oceans : ATLAS
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Baby bearer, maybe : STORK
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Stove toppers : HOODS
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Vice president after Pence : HARRIS
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One of Neptune's moons : NEREID
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Second half of an incantation : POCUS
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Helen Reddy's signature hit : IAMWOMAN
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Rearward, to a rear admiral : AFT
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It shares space with # : THREE
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Like dipsticks : OILY
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Southwestern art hub : TAOS
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Tom Jones and Anthony Hopkins, by birth : WELSHMEN
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Make bubbly : AERATE
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Suzhou Museum architect : PEI
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Same old, same old : ROUTINE
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He set a Guinness World Record in 2014, reporting for 34 consecutive hours : ALROKER
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Boob tubes : TEEVEES
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Northernmost N.B.A. city, on scoreboards : TOR
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Magic power : MOJO
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Brotherly figures : FRIARS
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Placate : APPEASE
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Job with numerous applications? : PAINTER
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Her name is Greek for "all-gifted" : PANDORA
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One always having a place to hide : TURTLE
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Mounds of activity : ANTHILLS
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The standard : PAR
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Pro Bowl side, for short : AFC
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Item with straps : BRA
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___ Master's Voice : HIS
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"I'm in trouble!" : HELPME
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Approach gradually : EASEUPTO
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One who gave us all a lift? : OTIS
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Development in cryptography : KEY
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A few weeks ago, probably : LASTMONTH
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Worker with a comb : BEE
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Mountebank : CHEAT
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"Listen!" : HARK
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Some hangouts for remote workers : CAFES
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It has its ratios, for short : TRIG
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Popular beer brand, casually : STELLA
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Meeting with a dead line? : SEANCE
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One side of the coin : OBVERSE
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Baited online : TROLLED
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What all companies try to make : PAYROLL
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Service charge : USERFEE
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Scoring figs. : PTS
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Lifts up : EXTOLS
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Literary utopia : XANADU
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Projecting edge : FLANGE
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Deck out with spangles : BEGEM
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The other side : ENEMY
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Crackerjack : ADEPT
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Longtime sports journalist Jim : MCKAY
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See 11-Across : DAYS
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Still competing : INIT
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Sold out : GONE
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Tour de France distance units: Abbr. : KMS
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"___, humbug!" : BAH
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Added paper to, as a printer : FED

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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