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TO PUT IT DIFFERENTLY

New York Times, Sunday, September 13, 2015

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 134, Blocks: 79 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 125 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I really like the concept here, a common phrase used as an example of a second common phrase, literally expressed. GRAY FOX is not only a nice phrase in itself, but it's a literal ... read more

I really like the concept here, a common phrase used as an example of a second common phrase, literally expressed. GRAY FOX is not only a nice phrase in itself, but it's a literal description of AGE BEFORE BEAUTY — "gray" describing "age" and "fox" a synonym for "beauty."

Anything that says GREAT TASTE in bold must taste good

BIG DEALS also works well, as GRAND OPENING SALES gives us "big" = "grand" (placed before) "deals" = "sales."

I can only imagine how difficult it was to come up with all these themers. WAY BEHIND THE TIMES works for NEWSPAPER ROUTE (although I struggled, wanting it to be ROUTE NEWSPAPER, since that would put ROUTE behind the TIMES, in a way), but the WAY feels tagged on just to make the theme work. And COMPLETE PLAN doesn't really feel like a solid phrase to me, nor does MORE UNITED.

Finally, GO FIGURE … "figure" = "form," but "go" = "function" felt like a bit of a stretch to me. Yes, "going" is a synonym for "functioning," but that didn't feel quite direct enough for my taste.

Considering Joe only had six theme answers, I like how he worked in some long fill to help add more pizzazz. IM AN IDIOT is something I say all the time = love it! ACTIVE ROSTER and TIGERS MILK also add spice.

And although most solvers won't even notice it, I applaud how smoothly Joe went down to 134 words. This has the effect of giving the solver more mid-length fill (6-7 letters), and since entries of that length are much more rare than the 3-5 letter shorties, this can result in a fun experience … if the fill is clean. Good thing that we go a lot of strong material like IN PLAY, OUTBOX, ROTUND, TAOIST, TUDORS without much dreck.

The clever cluing today was much appreciated, too. Loved [Star trek figures?] for MAGI, for example. [Pop group] was even better, so innocently misdirecting away from COLAS.

Neat theme idea, although I wish a few more of the examples had been as close to spot on as GRAY FOX for AGE BEFORE BEAUTY.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0913 ( 24,050 )
Across
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"We must go" : ITSTIME
8
Spiral-horned grazer : KUDU
12
Santa ___, Calif. : CLARA
17
View with disapproval : FROWNAT
18
Quills : SPINES
20
Email folder : OUTBOX
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COMPLETE PLAN : FINISHAHEADOFSCHEDULE
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Brewer's supply : YEAST
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Round figures : ORBS
26
Where Hecuba was queen : TROY
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Certain monthly bill: Abbr. : TEL
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"___ & the Women" (2000 Gere film) : DRT
29
Kind of paper : MANILA
31
Many : LOADSOF
34
GRAY FOX : AGEBEFOREBEAUTY
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It may help you get a grip on things : PINETAR
41
Skips : OMITS
42
Subduer, of a sort : TASER
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Like dams : FEMALE
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Certain absentee : TRUANT
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Lady of la casa : SENORA
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BIG DEALS : GRANDOPENINGSALES
54
What may unfold in Japanese theater? : FAN
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Place for plates : SINK
56
Roly-poly : ROTUND
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Annoy no end : EATAT
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Easter sight : LILY
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Abbr. preceding a year : ESTD
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Grp. of women drivers : LPGA
65
Whole slew : SCAD
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Sweeties : DEARS
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Like the book "Zhuangzi" : TAOIST
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"No argument here" : TRUE
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"A deadline every minute" sloganeer : UPI
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NEWSPAPER ROUTE : WAYBEHINDTHETIMES
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Series of lows : MOOING
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Saws : ADAGES
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It signals a lack of support : NOVOTE
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Dish name : PETRI
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Door ___ : PRIZE
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Says "You no-good son of a ...," say : MUTTERS
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MORE UNITED : ONEAFTERANOTHER
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42-Across, for example : STUNGUN
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School boards : SLATES
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Make a selection : OPT
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Letters in a return address? : IRS
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Pause : REST
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Star trek figures? : MAGI
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Harmoniously : ASONE
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GO FIGURE : FORMFOLLOWINGFUNCTION
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Houses named after an old house : TUDORS
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Not dead, as a football : INPLAY
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One in business? : SILENTI
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Malibu ___ ("The Simpsons" parody doll) : STACY
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Top : PEAK
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Spoke impulsively : BLURTED
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Borderline : IFFY
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Heard : TRIED
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Echolocation device : SONAR
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Come down wrong, maybe : TWISTANANKLE
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Part of V.M.I.: Abbr. : INST
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___-jongg : MAH
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Greek vowel : ETA
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Joshes : KIDSAROUND
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___ Chicago Grill : UNO
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Skillful : DEFT
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1991 breakup newsmaker : USSR
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A wink or a nod, maybe : CUE
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Ford sold during Ford's presidency : LTD
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Touches : ABUTS
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Loggers' jamboree : ROLEO
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1985 instrumental hit named after the main character in "Beverly Hills Cop" : AXELF
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Something an "o" lacks : SERIF
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___ Sandoval, 2012 World Series M.V.P. : PABLO
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Words to someone who 8-Down : OHYOU
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Skill sharpener : HONER
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Pop group : COLAS
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Part of some showers : METEOR
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Sports org. whose first champ was the Pittsburgh Pipers : ABA
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Bears witness : ATTESTS
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Cannon of "Heaven Can Wait" : DYAN
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Neuter : GELD
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Certain Kindle download, for short : EMAG
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Hampers, say : BINS
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Grammy-winning James : ETTA
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Wind or fire, maybe, but not earth : PERIL
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"Stupid me" : IMANIDIOT
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Lightweight protective vest : SOFTARMOR
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Progressive ___ : ERA
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Led ... or bled : RAN
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Three-pointers: Abbr. : FGS
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Carpentry fastener : TNUT
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A waste of good food? : RIND
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Domain of some international law : SEA
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Stressful work? : POESY
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Many figures in the "Doctor Who" universe, for short : ETS
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Something to lead with? : LEASH
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Players eligible to suit up : ACTIVEROSTER
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In need of coffee, maybe : YAWNING
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Sprinter's assignment : LANE
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Sci-fi vehicles : PODS
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"Beat it!" : GIT
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Airs from pairs : DUETS
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Item in a mechanic's back pocket : RAG
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Nutrition bar introduced in the 1960s : TIGERSMILK
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Figures after a decimal : TENTHS
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Ethnic ending : ESE
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One speaking "out"? : UMP
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"Al Aaraaf" writer : POE
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[Gross!] : BARF
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PC menu heading : EDIT
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Confusion : HAZE
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Mall bag : TOTE
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Monopoly token replaced in 2013 : IRON
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Board : PANEL
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Recurring element : MOTIF
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Sport-___ : UTE
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Dough that's been raised overseas? : EUROS
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De la Garza of "Law & Order" : ALANA
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Pestering, in a way : NAGGY
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Sorts (out) : SIFTS
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Steelhead, e.g. : TROUT
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Old F.D.A. guideline : USRDA
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Identify someone in a lineup, say : POINT
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Conservative I.R.A. asset : TNOTE
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Get worse : SLIP
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Pitch : TONE
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Rights org. : ACLU
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Sooner city : ENID
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Cozy footwear, informally : MOC
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Food item dipped in ketchup : FRY
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Largest New Deal agcy. : WPA
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Kind of port : USB
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No score : NIL

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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