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GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER

New York Times, Sunday, September 15, 2019

Author:
Andrew Kingsley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrew Kingsley

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 85 Missing: {JQX} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Kingsley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Andrew Kingsley is a 2019 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a master's degree in education. His thesis was on how ninth-grade boys learn to think about aspects of identity ... read more

Andrew Kingsley is a 2019 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a master's degree in education. His thesis was on how ninth-grade boys learn to think about aspects of identity such as gender, class and race through literature. This month he began teaching middle and high school English at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx.

This is Andrew's 16th crossword for The Times, and his first Sunday.

Andrew Kingsley notes:
I remember leaving Puzzle 5 of ACPT 2019 feeling bummed that I left so many squares empty. For some reason, I thought I would avenge myself by building my own puzzle, one that wouldn't be ... read more

I remember leaving Puzzle 5 of ACPT 2019 feeling bummed that I left so many squares empty. For some reason, I thought I would avenge myself by building my own puzzle, one that wouldn't be so cruel (although these puns may cause some groaning) and this is what resulted. I hope you won't need bumpers for this one.

Jeff Chen notes:
You like the bowling ball image Jim chose? (See grid below.) I love that round-mouthed expression — appropriate for the ball staring at 5-Across, NSFW. I immediately thought ... read more

You like the bowling ball image Jim chose? (See grid below.) I love that round-mouthed expression — appropriate for the ball staring at 5-Across, NSFW.

I immediately thought of another bowling Sunday NYT, but this one's different enough that I appreciated being able to compare and contrast.

I like that the ten PINs aren't rebusized today. It was fun to slowly uncover all ten instances, mostly well hidden through the grid. Note how the pins are neatly laid out in the correct pattern.

Some of the puns are solid – as solid as puns can ever be, that is. STRIKE ZONE and LANE CLOSURE were a bit too literal for me, and NO TIME TO SPARE has such awkward grammar, but SPLIT DECISION is perfect. Personally, I've given up on trying to figure out the 7-10 split.

(I've also given up on trying to figure out why certain puns are funny and others aren't.)

There were some compromises in the fill – someone needs to wipe up the alley of its AMOR ANSE ISE PINY spills – but these misdemeanors are understandable, given the theme density. All those puns plus ten PINS is no joke. It's a reasonable result, overall.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0915 ( 25,513 )
Across
1
Cookbook amt. : TBSP
5
"Careful where you watch this," in emails : NSFW
9
Wonder Woman foe : ARES
13
Canned brand : ALPO
17
"The ___ U Give" (2018 film) : HATE
18
Pro Football Hall of Fame locale : OHIO
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Sugar serving : LUMP
20
Claimed : SAID
21
Pound who wrote "Literature is news that stays news" : EZRA
22
Piece of cake? : TIER
23
Prop for a belly dancer : VEIL
24
"As I Lay Dying" father : ANSE
25
Something big in 1950s autodom : TAILFIN
27
___ Lane, home of the Muffin Man : DRURY
31
Marine mollusks that cling to rocks : LIMPETS
33
Symbol of strength : OAK
34
666, perhaps : OMEN
36
Mimic : APE
37
Yahoo!, but not "Yahoo!" : SITE
38
Trig calculation : COS
39
It's a first : PREMIERE
41
F.D.R.'s job-creating agcy. : WPA
42
Film monster originally intended as a metaphor for nuclear weapons : GODZILLA
44
Zip : ZEST
45
"Way to go, team!" : WEDIDIT
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Fashion brand with a rhinoceros logo : ECKO
49
Feature of many a state flag : MOTTO
50
Acclaimed 2017 biography subtitled "The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror" : LENIN
51
Childish comeback : CANSO
53
Diplomacy : FINESSE
55
Called for : PAGED
56
Major accidents : PILEUPS
58
Taiwanese computer giant : ACER
59
___ bull : PAPAL
61
Hoodwinks : DUPES
63
"King Kong" co-star : WRAY
64
Quattroporte and GranTurismo : MASERATIS
66
Ballpark with the Home Run Apple : CITIFIELD
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Are loath to : DARENOT
70
Issued : SENTOUT
71
1980s TV ET : ALF
74
Emperor who, in actuality, played the lyre, not the violin : NERO
75
Suffix in Suffolk : ISE
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Lady Vols' home: Abbr. : TENN
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Sound investment? : AMP
81
Let the air out? : BURP
83
Posted warning near mountains : STEEPROAD
86
Lead-in to bargain or deal : PLEA
87
Actress Foy of Netflix's "The Crown" : CLAIRE
90
Notable Nixon gesture : VSIGN
91
Guzzles : SWILLS
93
Fort ___ (where Billy the Kid was killed) : SUMNER
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More streaked, as marble : VEINIER
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Principles : TENETS
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Eight things that most spiders have : EYES
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Barack Obama's mother : ANN
99
Lacto-___-vegetarian : OVO
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Black : INKY
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Hole number : PAR
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Vaulted : LEAPT
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It's bedazzling : OPART
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Stopper, of a sort : CAP
110
N.A.A.C.P. ___ Award : IMAGE
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It's a tragedy when seen in close-up but a comedy in the long shot, per Charlie Chaplin : LIFE
114
Co-star of 2011's "Bridesmaids" : WIIG
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Home of the Herald : MIAMI
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Memo taker : NOTER
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Flanged fastener : TNUT
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Promgoer's concern, maybe : ACNE
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John of "The Addams Family" : ASTIN
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Ring bearers? : TREES
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It's not a good look : OGLE
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Handbook info, for short : REGS
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Doctors' orders : DOSES
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Upstart's goal : THETOP
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Istanbul's Grand ___ : BAZAAR
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Perfect places for bowlers to aim? : STRIKEZONES
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Ring : PEAL
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Comment when you need a serious comeback at the end of a bowling game? : NOTIMETOSPARE
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What a slug may leave behind? : SHINER
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Bygone cry of outrage : FIE
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"You got that right!" : WORD
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___ Singer ("Annie Hall" protagonist) : ALVY
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French way : RUE
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Estevez of "The Breakfast Club" : EMILIO
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Whether to aim at 7 or 10, in bowling? : SPLITDECISION
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"Chop-chop!" : ASAP
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Disappointing news for a bowler? : LANECLOSURE
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Colt, maybe : PISTOL
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City in Texas or Ukraine : ODESSA
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Forces (upon) : FOISTS
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Short end of the stick : RAWDEAL
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Raising : UPPING
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Prepared : READIED
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Smoky agave spirit : MEZCAL
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Big advertising catchword : NEW
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Police rank: Abbr. : SGT
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Like some poetry : METERED
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"You didn't fool me!" : IKNEWIT
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Geographical anagram of ASLOPE : ELPASO
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Bring on : INDUCE
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Material found in countertops : MICA
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Birthstone of some Scorpios : OPAL
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Close kin, casually : FAM
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Lotus-___ (figures in the "Odyssey") : EATERS
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Stroked : PETTED
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Code for the busiest airport in Australia : SYD
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___ blanc : PINOT
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Niña companion : PINTA
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Projected, as a film : RAN
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First word across in the world's first crossword (1913) : FUN
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Relates : TIESIN
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Director Leone of spaghetti westerns : SERGIO
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Pre-K group? : ABCS
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Knockout : LULU
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Pace at which bowlers complete their games? : FRAMERATE
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"Wheel of Fortune" option : SPIN
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Hip bowling enthusiasts? : ALLEYCATS
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Go from one state to another? : MELT
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"Family Feud" option : PASS
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Like some car air fresheners : PINY
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Action-packed : EVENTFUL
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What people who agree speak with : ONEVOICE
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Like breast cancer awareness ribbons : PINK
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Three-___ (long movies, once) : REELERS
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Highland language : ERSE
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Mix up : STIR
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Changed like Ophelia in "Hamlet" : WENTMAD
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Modern activity banned in most high schools : VAPING
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Rodeo activity : ROPING
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Ben & Jerry's buy : PINT
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Beloved: Lat. : AMOR
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Adele, voicewise : ALTO
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Quite a long time : AGES
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Friendly femme : AMIE
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Bowlers' targets ... 10 of which can be found appropriately arranged in this puzzle : PINS
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"Gosh!" : GEE
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When Bastille Day occurs : ETE
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Major operation? : WAR
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Prefix with -morphic : ISO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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