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New York Times, Monday, September 2, 2019

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 65 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I was so close to winning 'Name That Theme' today! I knew GORDON JUMP right off the bat, having been raised by 'WKRP' (and 'Gilligan's ... read more

I was so close to winning "Name That Theme" today! I knew GORDON JUMP right off the bat, having been raised by "WKRP" (and "Gilligan's Island and "Three's Company" and …). So it had to be HOP SKIP JUMP, the Olympic event!

Nope.

PHOTO SHOOT ... biathlon! They JUMP over little hills along the way.

Well, they do!

CHICKEN RUN ... now I have it! CHICKEN RUN is the very definition of my gait on the third leg of a triathlon — cramping from the long bike ride, hobbling like a chicken in distress.

Huh? What does SHOOT have to do with it? Have YOU ever done triathlons? Then you wouldn't know. So there.

See, ADULT SWIM, triathlon! SNOW FENCE, there are fences that gate off the changing areas for transitioning from SWIM to RUN to bike.

What? Wouldn't BIKE be in a triathlon-themed puzzle?

Who asked you, wise guy?

PENTATHLON, of course. That's exactly what I thought right from GORDON JUMP. Because of the high jump. Or long jump?

FINE IT'S EQUESTRIAN JUMPING, AND I COMPLETELY FAILED AT NAME THAT THEME! TAKE AWAY MY ONE TINY MOMENT OF JOY, WHY DON'T YOU?

I liked the theme, but it didn't click strongly. SHOOT, RUN, FENCE, SWIM, yes. But JUMP? If I could have given early input, I'd have taken the themers out for a test ride. Maybe then, C.C. could have accelerated to maximum ride.

Ahem. RIDE!

(JUMP does allow for intersecting themers, crossing with ADULT, which often makes grid layout much easier when you have to incorporate six themers. It's still possible to use RIDE, though, while RUNning all six themers in the across direction.)

Speaking of maximum ride, I loved so much of C.C.'s seasoning: NO CAN DO. ORIGAMI as something for which you need a "folder" = genius! The I CHING. Modern SHONDA Rhimes to balance out GORDON JUMP. UP TOP, C.C., take some ENCORES for that!

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0902 ( 25,500 )
Across
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Place to get a mud bath : SPA
4
"Got it now!" : AHA
7
Airport about 13 miles from the Loop : OHARE
12
Perfect scores for divers : TENS
14
"Good heavens!" : EGAD
15
Polite palindromic term of address : MADAM
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Spice holder : RACK
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*Arthur Carlson portrayer on "WKRP in Cincinnati" : GORDONJUMP
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Ancient Chinese book of divination : ICHING
21
Prefix with angle or cycle : TRI
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Extremely fun, as a party : LIT
23
*Job for a model : PHOTOSHOOT
26
Website for some custom-designed jewelry : ETSY
27
Use steel wool on : SCOUR
28
Hacks with an axe : HEWS
30
Pro-___ (some golf tourneys) : AMS
33
Dead set against : ANTI
34
Street sign with an arrow : ONEWAY
37
Country between Togo and Nigeria : BENIN
39
Sheepskin boot brand : UGG
41
Assault or kidnapping : CRIME
42
Producer Rhimes who created "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" : SHONDA
44
Coupe or sedan : AUTO
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National park freebie : MAP
47
Showers with flowers and chocolates, maybe : WOOS
48
Native New Zealander : MAORI
50
Inflatable transport : RAFT
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*2000 stop-motion animated comedy hit : CHICKENRUN
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Deep anger : IRE
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Colorful pond fish : KOI
59
Bust out of jail : ESCAPE
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Summer Olympics contest whose participants do the ends of the answers to the starred clues : PENTATHLON
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Sugar bowl invaders : ANTS
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Acquire, as debts : INCUR
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Helps : AIDS
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Traditional wearer of plaid : SCOT
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Fitness program popularized in the 1990s : TAEBO
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Bit of clothing often worn with shorts : TEE
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DeskJet printers and others : HPS
Down
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Peel off : STRIP
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Popular cobbler fruit : PEACH
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Dried chili in Mexican food : ANCHO
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In the past : AGO
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Belly laugh syllable : HAR
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Toss in : ADDTO
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Hyatt alternative : OMNI
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Mecca pilgrimage : HAJ
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*Late-night Cartoon Network programming block : ADULTSWIM
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Harold who directed "Caddyshack" : RAMIS
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Opposite of full : EMPTY
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Comic sketches : SKITS
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Goads : EGGSON
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Company that makes Bug B Gon : ORTHO
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"Sorry, pal" : NOCANDO
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Member of the largest Rwandan ethnic group : HUTU
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A folder is needed for this : ORIGAMI
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Still-life vessel : EWER
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Stage comebacks? : ENCORES
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Muscles strengthened by belly dancing, for short : ABS
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"I'm not impressed" : MEH
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*Winter barrier : SNOWFENCE
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Org. for physicians : AMA
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"Uh-huh" : YEP
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How some exciting N.B.A. games are won : INOT
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Avocado dip, informally : GUAC
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Noted British racecourse : ASCOT
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Substitutes for coins : TOKENS
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Ancient Peruvians : INCAS
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Hit the ball out of the park : RIPIT
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Staples Center, for one : ARENA
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Component of a drum kit : HIHAT
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Cowhands' home : RANCH
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"Give me five!" : UPTOP
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Tree houses : NESTS
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Corn syrup brand : KARO
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Soaking spot : TUB
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Make up a cover story, say : LIE
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Laudatory poem : ODE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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