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New York Times, Sunday, September 22, 2013

Author:
Mike Selinker
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mike Selinker

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 82 Missing: {JZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Selinker. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CONTEST CROSSWORD

In this special prize crossword, the completed solution conceals a familiar three-word phrase related to the puzzle's theme. 70-Across provides a hint on how to find it. The crossword itself can be solved in all the usual online formats. However, to solve the bonus contest element, you will need to see some heavy outlines in the grid, which cannot be reproduced electronically. Thus, if you plan to enter the contest, please print out the PDF version of the puzzle.
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Mike Selinker notes:
I can't say anything. It's a contest. So I'm keeping my mouth shut. OK, so let me tell you about me. There are a lot of crossword fans out there who haven't seen my name in the Times much, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
JEFF: Hello from down the road (Mike and I both live in Seattle)! Brilliant meta with a great theme reveal, F-E-E-L T-H-E L-O-V-E formed in Braille rectangles, using O's as the Braille ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0922 ( 23,329 )
Across
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Crew's colleagues : CAST
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Dojo needs : MATS
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Classic sci-fi film billed as "a horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants" : THEM
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"La-La" lead-in in a 1974 Al Green hit : SHA
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Iberian wine city : OPORTO
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"Vincent & ___" (film about the van Gogh brothers) : THEO
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Rings of angels : HALOS
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What X-O-X lacks? : TAC
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"Macbeth" king : DUNCAN
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Words on a fragile package : HANDLEWITHCARE
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Irascible : ORNERY
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"Mona Lisa," e.g. : OIL
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Thumbs-up : AOK
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Harridan : OLDBAT
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Orchestra section : REEDS
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Mouthpiece for the head? : PRESSSECRETARY
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Jiffy : SEC
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Not post- : PRE
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Old piece : GAT
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Little dog, for short : POM
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___ Aviv : TEL
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Strawberry blond sister of Barbie : STACIE
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Hindu "Mr." : SRI
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"Swans Reflecting Elephants" and others : DALIS
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1960s-'70s series starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr. : THEFBI
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Oscar winner Hathaway : ANNE
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Material beyond the terrestrial plane, in medieval science : AETHER
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Hello or goodbye, maybe : WAVE
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PC key : ESC
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First word in 104-Across : GAME
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Cum ___ : LAUDE
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___ engr. : CIV
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Like hit shows, often : SOLDOUT
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Pitchfork-wielding groups : MOBS
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Boo-boo : SLIP
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How to get a message out of the boxes : READTHISGRIDINBRAILLE
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Van Morrison song "___ the Mystic" : INTO
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Numerical prefix : OCTO
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"Only the Lonely" singer : ORBISON
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Part of a wriggly field? : EEL
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Foreordained : MEANT
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Understands : KENS
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Maker of the Sorento : KIA
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Gallivants, with "about" : GADS
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Boo-boos : ERRORS
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Pale : ASHY
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Like citrus fruits : ACIDIC
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Like video games, nowadays : RATED
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___ Lingus : AER
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Round Table assignments : QUESTS
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Old PC monitor feature : CRT
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Ernie's instrument on "Sesame Street," informally : SAX
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Italy's main broadcasting co. : RAI
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TV channel with lots of bells and whistles : GSN
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Take up, as a skirt : HEM
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Rotary alternative : TOUCHTONEPHONE
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Covent Garden performance : OPERA
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Newspaper columnist, humorously : SCRIBE
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Grampa Simpson : ABE
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Snockered : LIT
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Anders Celsius and Greta Garbo, for two : SWEDES
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DDT and others : CONTACTPOISONS
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"Is Anybody Goin' to San ___" (#1 Charley Pride song) : ANTONE
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Bullet, in poker : ACE
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Cartoonist Wilson : GAHAN
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Help illicitly : ABET
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Alley flanker : GUTTER
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Hide/hair link : NOR
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Looking up : ROSY
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Chant at a bullfight : TORO
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Satirical 1974 espionage film : SPYS
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With 97-Down, classic puzzle type : CONNECT
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Like eyebrows : ARCED
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Ones getting the red-carpet treatment, say : STARS
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"The Spiderwick Chronicles" co-author DiTerlizzi : TONY
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Antarctic summit between peaks named for faith and charity : MTHOPE
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Words after "win by" or "hang by" : AHAIR
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What lobsters and crabs have : TENLEGS
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Nursery purchase : SOD
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Baltimore club, for short : THEOS
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Ethan of "Before Sunrise" : HAWKE
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Giant Manning : ELI
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Company that pioneered walkie-talkies : MOTOROLA
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"___ Mater" (hymn) : STABAT
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African capital : HARARE
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Organic chemistry group : ACETYL
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Lilac and lavender : ODORS
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Turns into mush : PUREES
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Oaf : SHLEMIEL
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Not ephemeral : LASTING
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All ChiSox home games are played on it : CDT
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___ Lee : SARA
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Pro with books, for short : CPA
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Slapstick prop : PIE
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Play watcher : REF
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Motocross entry, for short : ATV
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Pirate's cargo : CHEST
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Frenzied as if possessed : DEMONIAC
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East German secret police : STASI
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Where a mattress goes : BEDSTEAD
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Shapes like squares : ISOGONS
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Country that has two oryxes on its coat of arms : NAMIBIA
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Like much processed wheat : HULLED
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Roman magistrates : EDILES
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Push off : REPEL
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Food item named after an Austrian city : WIENER
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Film set on Pandora : AVATAR
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Snarly dog : CUR
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Recedes : EBBS
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Blackmail, e.g. : CRIME
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"Well, now!" : OHO
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Beat : LICK
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Uncle Pedro, e.g. : TIO
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Sign of a successful show : SRO
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One with a name on a plaque, maybe : DONOR
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Nickname for baseball's Dwight Gooden : DRK
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Rolling Stones #1 hit with the lyric "You're beautiful, but ain't it time we said goodbye?" : ANGIE
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Hefty thing : TRASHBAG
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Wrinkly dog : SHARPEI
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Ones providing cold comfort, briefly : ACS
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Big wheel's wheels : STATECAR
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"You betcha" : YEAH
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Dim bulbs have low ones : IQS
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Horse hue : DUN
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Prefix with skeleton : EXO
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1970 John Wayne western : RIOLOBO
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See 1-Down : THEDOTS
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Placid : SERENE
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Self-image? : CTSCAN
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Like the Palace of Versailles : ROCOCO
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English landscapist famous for "The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons" : TURNER
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Irritates : GETSTO
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Electromagnetic device : MASER
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Op. ___ (footnote phrase) : CIT
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Some West Coast wines : NAPAS
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Magazine to which Obama gave his first postelection interview in 2008 : EBONY
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N.F.C. West player : NINER
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Admit : OWNUP
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Trifling : PETTY
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Wilts : SAGS
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"___ my destiny be Fustian" (Dickinson poem) : THO
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Was idle : SAT

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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