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GOING HEAD TO HEAD

New York Times, Sunday, September 2, 2018

6-Across : Potential queens

Author:
Tom McCoy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 77 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. McCoy.
Tom McCoy notes:
Since starting grad school a year ago, I haven't had too much time to construct crosswords, but I was happy to find some time during a break a few months ago. This puzzle was inspired by ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Famous showdowns, the opponents going HEAD TO HEAD, i.e., the first participant flipped around so that their head touches the second's. When I got to ????? BOWSER, this Super Mario Bros. ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times9/2/18 ( No. 25,135 )
Across
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Group of trees : STAND
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Potential queens : PAWNS
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Word that looks like its meaning when written in lowercase : BED
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Harmless weapons maker : NERF
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Strong suit? : ARMOR
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"Continue" : UHHUH
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"Foucault's Pendulum" author, 1988 : ECO
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Like the Gregorian calendar : SOLAR
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Showdown in Greek mythology : SUESEHTMINOTAUR
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A couple of times : TWICE
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Word of confirmation on a messaging app : SENT
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Couple : ITEM
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Showdown in classic video games : OIRAMBOWSER
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Quickened paces : TROTS
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Wasn't struck down : STOOD
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Realm : SPHERE
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Tours can be seen on it : LOIRE
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Triumph : WIN
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Not in any way : NOWISE
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Showdown in American history : NOTLIMAHBURR
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Hot ___ : ROD
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One of four in a grand slam : RBI
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Univs., e.g. : SCHS
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Bent over backward, in a way : LIMBOED
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Bit of P.R. : RELEASE
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Like baseball's Durham Bulls : AAA
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Speaker of Welsh or Breton : CELT
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Actor Elba : IDRIS
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One of the o's in "o/o" : OWNER
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Rank above maj. : LTCOL
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Showdown in cinema : EKULDARTHVADER
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Mork's planet : ORK
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Brightly colored blazer : SUN
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Obie-winning playwright Will : ENO
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"What is it?" : YES
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Showdown in the funnies : YPOONSREDBARON
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Not use cursive : PRINT
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University in Des Moines : DRAKE
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Greenish-brown hue : HAZEL
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Neighbor of China : LAOS
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What's used to row, row, row your boat : OAR
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Leave fulfilled : SATIATE
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Less than perfect : UNIDEAL
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Geometric prefix : OCTA
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Italian "il" or French "le" : THE
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Prattle : YAK
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Showdown in the Bible : DIVADGOLIATH
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Protein shell of a virus : CAPSID
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Like sauvignon blanc : DRY
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Traditional Christmas decoration : HOLLY
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Jump to conclusions : ASSUME
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Some petting zoo animals : LAMBS
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Word with wonder or world : SMALL
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Showdown in comic books : NAMTABJOKER
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Lead-in to boy or girl : ATTA
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Simple plant : ALGA
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Ostentation : GLITZ
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Showdown in literature : ETOXIUQWINDMILL
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Businesswoman Lauder : ESTEE
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Apt name for a Braille instructor : DOT
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TD Garden athlete : BRUIN
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Knock over : UPSET
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Cowardly Lion portrayer : LAHR
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___ bit : INA
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Overjoy : ELATE
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Bone: Prefix : OSTEO
Down
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What "Talk to the hand!" is an example of : SASS
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Unswerving : TRUE
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"I couldn't agree more!" : AMENTOTHAT
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They're found under a bridge : NOSTRILS
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Beats by ___ (headphones brand) : DRE
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Short strokes : PUTTS
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"Alas!" : AHME
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Sudden impulse : WHIM
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Sister : NUN
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"Try me" : SHOOT
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Be relevant to : BEARON
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Country named for its latitude : ECUADOR
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College student's assignment : DORM
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Words after an interruption : NOWWHEREWASI
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Stefanik who is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress : ELISE
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Fast one : RACER
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"___ Jacques" : FRERE
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Conductors' announcements : STOPS
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"___ where it hurts!" : HITEM
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Uncle, in Argentina : TIO
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Under half of 45? : BSIDE
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Brother of Dori and Nori in "The Hobbit" : ORI
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Surprising lack of Oscar recognition : SNUB
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Suitable for a dieter, informally : LOCAL
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Body of water connected by canal to the Baltic : WHITESEA
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Watson's company : IBM
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Defeat : WORST
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Govt. org. based in Ft. Meade, Md. : NSA
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Word before right or rise : ALL
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Move turbulently : ROIL
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Increasingly ripe, say : REDDER
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Wedding need ... or booking : BAND
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Stereotypical therapist's response : ISEE
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Pipe cleaner : DRANO
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Enthusiasts : LOVERS
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Go wrong : ERR
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Part of the eye : CORNEA
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Wapitis : ELKS
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British Bulldog : Churchill :: ___ : Thatcher : IRONLADY
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Undistinguished, as many a subdivision house : COOKIECUTTER
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Rapidly spreading vine : KUDZU
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Get straight : UNBEND
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Prefix with allergenic : HYPO
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Football units: Abbr. : YDS
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Idiot, in Britspeak : PRAT
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Vow : OATH
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Relatives of emus : RHEAS
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Et ___ : ALII
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Numbers to avoid : NOCALLLIST
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Ragged : TATTY
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North African land: Abbr. : ALG
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Cry of school spirit : RAH
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Laid-back : TYPEB
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Data storage items on the decline : DVDS
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Organ in the leg of a katydid, bizarrely : EAR
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Frontier lights : OILLAMPS
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Unit of explosive power : KILOTON
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"That sounds awful" : OHMAN
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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Wow : AMAZE
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Territory name until 1889 : DAKOTA
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Brat's opposite : ANGEL
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Popular dip : SALSA
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Skilled laborer : SMITH
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Tex-___ : MEX
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Bit of corruption : BRIBE
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Author of the "Fear Street" series for young readers : STINE
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Some saber wielders : JEDI
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Bluish-green : AQUA
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Ninny : TWIT
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TV show set in William McKinley High School : GLEE
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Prefix with stratus : ALTO
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It's used to cite a site : URL
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Bonnie and Clyde, e.g. : DUO

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle.

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