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ON THE UP AND UP

New York Times, Sunday, September 22, 2019

Character in "Grease" who sings "There Are Worse Things I Could Do"

Author:
Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tracy Gray

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 27 for Ms. Gray.
Will Shortz notes:
Tracy Gray lives in Sparks, Md., near Baltimore, where she and her husband own and operate a lawn-and-landscaping business. She made her Times debut in 2010. Tracy always includes fresh, ... read more
Tracy Gray notes:
The inspiration for this puzzle came from my title "On the Up and Up" which my crossword brain parsed into two parts: "On the Up" ("___ UP" phrases literally going upward in the grid) and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Solvers sometimes flood me with questions about certain theme types, and today's is near the top of that list. It's a tough call — do you make the conceit blatantly easy by circling the ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times9/22/19 ( No. 25,520 )
Across
1
Large decorative letter at the start of a chapter : DROPCAP
8
Wood for crafts and rafts : BALSA
13
Rapper Azalea with the 2014 hit "Fancy" : IGGY
17
Farm stat : ACREAGE
18
Weep for : BEMOAN
19
Competitors in a classic advertising "war" : COLAS
21
Salon bed acquisition, perhaps : BASETAN
22
Give a nudge : REMIND
23
Discarded computers and such : EWASTE
25
Maintain the impression of well-being : KEEPUPAPPEARANCES
28
[Grrr!] : IMMAD
29
General on Chinese menus : TSO
32
Put in order, in a way : REALIGN
33
Online instigator : TROLL
35
"___ minute" ("Be patient") : INA
36
Ancient region of Asia Minor : IONIA
38
Lopes of R&B's TLC : LISA
39
Reconciled, as a couple : KISSEDANDMADEUP
41
Ab-targeting exercise equipment : SITUPBENCH
43
To the point : TERSE
45
___ Chex (old breakfast cereal) : OAT
46
With 12-Down, "Isle of Dogs" director : WES
47
Work at a music school : ETUDE
49
When doubled, band with the 1984 #1 hit "The Reflex" : DURAN
51
MGM rival of the '30s : RKO
53
Money handler on a ship : PURSER
55
Amber, originally : RESIN
56
Miniature spring bouquet : VIOLETS
60
Pummel with snowballs, say : PELT
61
Roulette choice : EVENS
63
"I believe," in Latin : CREDO
65
Something that comes with a sock : POW
66
Screen-minimizing key : ESC
67
Method for identifying mystery callers : REVERSEPHONELOOKUP
70
M.L.B. stat : ERA
71
Downed : ATE
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O'Connor's Supreme Court successor : ALITO
73
Futuristic deliverer of packages : DRONE
74
Flank or shank : MEAT
75
Athlete's knee injury, familiarly : TORNMCL
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Bitter fruits : SLOES
79
– : ENDASH
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Material for classic hockey sticks : ASH
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Bouquet offerers, maybe : BEAUS
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Deep distress : GRIEF
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Article in Paris Match : LES
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Animal mimic? : APE
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Response to "Who's there?" : ITSME
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Some cheesecake photos : PINUPGIRLS
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Accelerated alternative to broadband : HIGHSPEEDDIALUP
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"Poppycock!" : PISH
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Rainwater diverters : EAVES
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Diez menos nueve : UNO
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"Au contraire!" : NOTSO
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Hairstyling icon Vidal : SASSOON
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What it is to kill a mockingbird, in "To Kill a Mockingbird" : SIN
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"I feel the same way!" : METOO
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Voltage-increasing electrical device : STEPUPTRANSFORMER
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Animal mimic? : PARROT
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Ask too much : IMPOSE
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Brand in the dessert aisle : SARALEE
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Character in "Grease" who sings "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" : RIZZO
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Like many measuring cups and spoons : NESTED
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Doctor Doom and Galactus, to the Fantastic Four : ENEMIES
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Homer, for one : POET
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"Yecch!" : GROSS
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Puts to rest, as rumors : DISPELS
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2010s dance move involving dipping the head to the elbow : DAB
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Inits. on 30 Rockefeller Plaza until 1988 : RCA
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Surgery sites, for short : ORS
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Christmas Eve no-no : PEEK
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Large waterfalls : CATARACTS
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Slack-jawed : AGAPE
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Distant correspondent : PENPAL
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Oktoberfest locales : BEERGARDENS
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Mideast capital once known as Philadelphia : AMMAN
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Tender ender? : LOIN
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Holy, in Latin phrases : SANCTI
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See 46-Across : ANDERSON
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Treat to reduce swelling : ICE
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Run amok : GOWILD
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Flamboyant rock genre : GLAM
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Woman's name that's one letter off from a fragrant flower : YASMINE
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Prepare, as pot roast : BRAISE
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Roadside produce sellers : STANDS
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Cheese with a red covering : EDAM
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Top-drawer : ELITE
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Sammy with 609 career home runs : SOSA
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Bard's contraction : TIS
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Cry a river : SOB
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A quarter to four? : ONE
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Ignore for the time being : LETRIDE
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Like xenon or neon : INERT
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Popular moisturizing lotion : KERI
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Subj. of Article 86 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice : AWOL
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Paint choice : HUE
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Solved : SUSSEDOUT
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Foe of Austin Powers : DREVIL
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Dried chili peppers : ANCHOS
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___-Aid : KOOL
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Tagliatelle topper : PESTO
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Reason for some bellyaching? : ULCER
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Got up again : REROSE
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Outer layer : VENEER
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Weapons that are about 3 1/2 feet long : EPEES
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Five books of Moses : TORAH
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Whack : SWAT
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Fuel common in Scotland : PEAT
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Doc at a clinic : VET
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Red-headed friend of Harry Potter : RON
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Losing Super Bowl LIII team : RAMS
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Former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel : ELCHAPO
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Door openers for journalists : PRESSPASSES
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Family name? : MAFIA
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"A bit of talcum / Is always walcum" writer : NASH
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Set (down) : LAID
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Chill in the air : NIP
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Host of the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys : DEGENERES
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Apiarist's hazard : BEESTING
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Oil painter's primer : GESSO
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One-dimensional : LINEAR
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Act of self-aggrandizement : EGOTRIP
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They might get collared : PETS
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Like a jammed printer : MISFED
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KOA visitors : RVS
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Waipahu wreath : LEI
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Form 1099 fig. : SSN
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Distinctive part of a zebu : HUMP
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Kind of button : SNOOZE
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Feature of many a Cape Cod house : DORMER
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Played (around) : HORSED
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Little brats : SNOTS
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Muscat citizen : OMANI
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Pasta also called risoni : ORZO
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Lhasa ___ (dog) : APSO
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Aid for getting a boat in the water : RAMP
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Little 'un : TOT
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Many an alibi : LIE
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This may shock you : EEL
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It's twice twisted : ESS

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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