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New York Times, Monday, September 19, 2016

Classic TV game show ... or what 18-, 25-, 55- and 66-Across are, in a way

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 33 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
For the original grid I sent in, I used a Left/Right grid with four broken pieces. Will & Joel found the theme entry split-up off-putting. Felt ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Such a fun idea, HOLLYWOOD SQUARES interpreted as films that have perfect squares in their titles. Neat that C.C. was able to uncover a set ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times9/19/16 ( No. 24,422 )
Across
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Termini : ENDS
5
Black ___ (deadly African snake) : MAMBA
10
"Beat it!" : SCRAM
15
Most important part of a carrot or turnip plant : ROOT
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South American range : ANDES
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___ Island Red (chicken variety) : RHODE
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1995 Hugh Grant/Julianne Moore romantic comedy : NINEMONTHS
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"The X Factor" judge Cowell : SIMON
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___ Arena, home to the Kentucky Wildcats : RUPP
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Feel lousy : AIL
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Socially maladroit sort : NERD
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1981 Alan Alda/Carol Burnett comedy : THEFOURSEASONS
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"Humbug!" : BAH
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Secluded valley : GLEN
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Pinball foul : TILT
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Mine: Fr. : AMOI
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& : AND
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"Medium hamburger and a Coke," e.g. : ORDER
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Classic TV game show ... or what 18-, 25-, 55- and 66-Across are, in a way : HOLLYWOODSQUARES
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Cub Scout leader named after a character in "The Jungle Book" : AKELA
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Part of a hosp. with oxygen tents : ICU
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Deviant, in slang : PERV
49
"On top of that ..." : ALSO
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Innocent sort : NAIF
54
Soak (up) : SOP
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1984 Molly Ringwald coming-of-age comedy : SIXTEENCANDLES
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Redwood or dogwood : TREE
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Aunt: Sp. : TIA
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Pub potables : ALES
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Hearing-related : AURAL
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1996 Michelle Pfeiffer/George Clooney romantic comedy : ONEFINEDAY
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Lip shine : GLOSS
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First president to visit China : NIXON
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Unclothed : NUDE
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School health class, informally : SEXED
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Rear of a ship : STERN
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Long-armed banana lovers : APES
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Suffix with north : ERN
2
Detective fiction genre : NOIR
3
Bite-size Krispy Kreme offering : DONUTHOLE
4
___ Curry, 2015 and '16 N.B.A. M.V.P. : STEPH
5
China's ___ Zedong : MAO
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___ Arbor, Mich. : ANN
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Summer hrs. in Colorado : MDT
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Joy of "The View" : BEHAR
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Passing a ball to a scorer, e.g. : ASSIST
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Grads-to-be: Abbr. : SRS
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Football helmet attachment : CHINSTRAP
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Juliet's love : ROMEO
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Decorate : ADORN
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Gives a darn? : MENDS
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Digital video file format : MPEG
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Necklace for one in a hula skirt : LEI
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Imperfection : FLAW
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Wine: Prefix : OENO
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Bring to naught : UNDO
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Surname of the only M.L.B. brother trio to play together in the outfield : ALOU
30
___ Men ("Who Let the Dogs Out" band) : BAHA
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In a frenzy : AMOK
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Uncomfortable : ILLATEASE
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In one's Sunday best : DRESSEDUP
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Designer Saarinen : EERO
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Request in an invitation : RSVP
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Last Ivy League school alphabetically : YALE
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Actress Merrill : DINA
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Digitize, as a document : SCAN
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___ pro quo : QUID
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"Ready, ___, go!" : SET
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They can bring tears to chefs' eyes : ONIONS
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Custardy dessert : FLAN
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Men-only parties : STAGS
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"Go me!" : IRULE
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Pioneer in photocopying : XEROX
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"Zip your lip!" : CANIT
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Justice Kagan : ELENA
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One-named singer with the 1985 hit "Smooth Operator" : SADE
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Drug for tripping : LSD
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Palindromic file extension : EXE
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In favor of : FOR
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Word with Comfort or Holiday : INN
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"Absolutely!" : YES

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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