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THE ART OF PUZZLE-MAKING

New York Times, Sunday, September 23, 2018

Author:
Andrew Zhou
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrew Zhou

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 77 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Zhou. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: After completing this puzzle, draw a line connecting the circles, starting and ending at the first circle of 62-Across, to spell a five-word message. The connected circles will reveal a picture related to the puzzle's theme. (Note: Rounded edges look best.) To complete the effect, draw a line between the circle at 36-Across and the circle at the third square of 37-Across.
Andrew Zhou notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0923 ( 25,156 )
Across
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Accents to tuxedos : STUDS
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Leader in a robe : EMIR
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Stinger : WASP
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Wind-borne seed : SPORE
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"Sesame Street" figure : ERNIE
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"Long live ...!" : VIVA
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Western ski resort : ALTA
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N.F.L.'s Kaepernick : COLIN
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Where 68-Across is permanently housed : LOSANGELES
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How 122-Across is usually described : SURREALIST
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Hoses connect to them : FUELTANKS
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Curiosity or Opportunity : MARSROVER
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Imperial ___ (bar orders) : IPAS
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Pill alternative, for short : IUD
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Vegas inits. : MGM
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Rug rat : TOT
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Blood parts : SERA
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It may be a shocker : EEL
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Hawaiian for "appetizer" : PUPU
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Sum to : ARE
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Sport-___ (off-roaders) : UTES
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Recipe amt. : TSP
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Ones making the grade, for short? : TAS
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Triangular snacks : DORITOS
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D.J. ___ tha Kyd : SYD
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Time for pampering oneself : MEDAY
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Lightly bite : NIPAT
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Dogie catcher : REATA
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Invisible lures : AROMAS
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Thither : YON
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Writer with an interest in cryptography : POE
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Idiot, in slang : NIMROD
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Not cooped up : CAGEFREE
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Sigh of relief : AAH
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Experimental writing? : LABNOTES
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1929 work that is the theme of this puzzle, with "The" : TREACHERYOFIMAGES
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Short : TERSE
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"Our" side in a sci-fi battle : HUMANRACE
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Mild cheeses : EDAMS
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AAA line: Abbr. : RTE
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California wine city : LODI
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Nickname for the Philadelphia Eagles stadium, with "the" : LINC
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Falsity : LIE
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Lake that's the source of the Mississippi : ITASCA
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With 96- and 105-Across, how 122-Across explained the subject of this puzzle : ITSJUST
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Tops : ATMOST
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Bests in a Fourth of July hot dog contest, say : OUTEATS
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Irony or hyperbole : TROPE
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MI6 R&D division in 007 novels : QBRANCH
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See 85-Across : AREPRESENTATION
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Certain laundry appliance : GASDRYER
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Three ___ of the Wheel of Dharma (Buddhist concept) : TURNINGS
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Lead-in to cab : PEDI
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See 85-Across : ISITNOT
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Spanish greeting : HOLA
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Quantity of eggs : ONEDOZEN
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___-green : PEA
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Prosy : UNPOETIC
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Place for works that are in the works ... or what the message formed by the connected letters is? : PIPELINE
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Houston-based petroleum giant, informally : OXY
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Creator of 68-Across : MAGRITTE
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Established figures? : SETRATES
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Drying-out woe, for short : DTS
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"Whew!" elicitor : NEARMISS
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Modern pic : SELFIE
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Moving company? : TROUPE
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Open : UNSEAL
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Set in a cockpit : DIALS
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Mailed : SENT
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Tie, as a score : EVENUP
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Caramel morsel from Hershey : MILKDUD
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Composer of the "Concord" Sonata : IVES
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Dorm V.I.P.s : RAS
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"Time ___ ..." : WAS
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Grad : ALUM
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Cloud type : STRATUS
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Pirate's pet : PARROT
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Lasting reminder : SCAR
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Some pullovers : POLOS
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Michigan college or its town : OLIVET
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Choir stands : RISERS
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Snare : ENTRAP
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Julius Caesar's first name : GAIUS
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___ Park, Colo. : ESTES
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Kind of sauce : MARINARA
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Camera crane operator : GRIP
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Something that shouldn't be mixed : METAPHOR
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How to get the permit, say : PAYAFEE
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Shot deliverer : SYRINGE
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Circus employees : TAMERS
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Palindromic musician : ONO
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Palindromic tribe : OTO
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Showed, informally : DEMOED
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Bub : MAC
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Big stretch : ERA
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Milk-Bone, e.g. : DOGTREAT
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Cultural gathering : ARTSALON
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Boot part : TOE
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Scores after deuces, informally : ADS
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Tijuana title: Abbr. : SRA
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Violinist Menuhin : YEHUDI
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Draw out : ELICIT
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Org. with a June draft : NBA
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Call back? : ECHO
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___ Rand Institute : AYN
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"I agree fully!" : AMEN
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Broadcast antennas, e.g. : EMITTERS
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Bit of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" : FALSETTO
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Witches in "Macbeth," e.g. : TRIO
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Words upon a shocked realization : ETTU
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Form 1099-___ : MISC
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Actor Green : SETH
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"See ya!" : LATER
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Plane area : CABIN
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Beach house owner : SEASIDER
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ID : CARD
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Graduating grp. : SRS
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Cawfee : JOE
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Channel that aired "Moesha" : UPN
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Half-Betazoid "Star Trek" character : TROI
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German city with a Pennsylvania namesake : MANNHEIM
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Dangerous job : SPY
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Play period: Abbr. : QTR
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French queens : REINES
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Fall : AUTUMN
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Figure in the "Arabian Nights" : GENIE
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Virtuosic : ADEPT
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2018 biopic with a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes : GOTTI
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Narrow cuts : SLITS
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Boston ___ : POPS
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Device outmoded by smartphones : IPOD
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Unusual feature of 68-Across : TEXT
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Second side to vote : NAYS
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Nails : ACES
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Suffix with Motor : OLA
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Unsightly spot : ZIT
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Chemical ending : ENE
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Scottish denial : NAE
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Tour grp. : PGA
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Winner of a record eight N.H.L. Norris Trophies : ORR

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

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