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STATE LINES

New York Times, Sunday, September 24, 2017

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 66 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 117 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
State abbreviations have been mined for crossword themes over and over, but I can't remember this exact implementation. I enjoyed a few, CATCH ME (Maine) IF YOU CAN a potential tourist ... read more

State abbreviations have been mined for crossword themes over and over, but I can't remember this exact implementation. I enjoyed a few, CATCH ME (Maine) IF YOU CAN a potential tourist slogan for the Pine Tree State. EVERYTHINGS OK (Oklahoma) might be another one. Amusing to imagine a bunch of marketing folks brainstorming slogans like these.

Many others didn't work for me, though. LETS KEEP THIS IN (Indiana) HOUSE felt made-up, weak for a central feature base phrase. For as many IN phrases as there are, why not go with one more spectacular? Not to mention, it was weird to get IN in OH (Ohio) TO BE IN ENGLAND, but not have it stand for Indiana.

MA (Massachusetts) and PA (Pennsylvania) KETTLE felt like it should be pluralized; tortured grammar.

HIT OR (Oregon) MISS gave me an uncomfortable picture of physical violence. I hope that's just me.

ONE MO TIME … is that something people say? Seems to be an MC Hammer song?

I appreciated that the grid was smooth(ish). I ticked off about ten dabs of crossword glue, not terrible considering how difficult it is to construct a 21x21.

But I think it's important to avoid too much glue of one type. Notice anything in common between ETUI ENOL ETE EERO ESME EDH? Reminded me of another puzzle I helped a friend out with.

I would have much preferred to go up from 138 words to the maximum of 140, by breaking up GATEWAY at the E. That would have allowed Alan to remove ETUI in the top, and OSS, EERO, ROUE, ETE in the south. GATEWAY is a nice bonus, but it doesn't make up for all those dabs of glue.

Overall, I liked the idea here, and the couple of nice bonuses too, in PAST LIVES / AA MEETING, IM BROKE, MADE SENSE. I think it had the potential to be a really strong puzzle, if it had been spun as "marketing slogans for states."

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0924 ( 24,792 )
Across
1
Tennis world since 1968 : OPENERA
8
St. Louis Arch, e.g. : GATEWAY
15
Something put out before an arrest warrant? : ARSON
20
Impersonated : POSEDAS
21
Performing, perhaps : ONSTAGE
22
Change of locks? : NEWDO
23
"Try not to miss Bangor and Lewiston"? : CATCHMEIFYOUCAN
25
"___ de Lune" : CLAIR
26
Player of TV's Det. Tutuola : ICET
27
Publication read by drs. : JAMA
28
Kind of torch on "Survivor" : TIKI
29
Private eye, slangily : SHAMUS
30
Where Spartacus was from : THRACE
32
Rite for a newborn Jewish boy : BRIS
34
2:00 in New York vis-à-vis St. Louis? : ONEMOTIME
36
Chopper topper : ROTOR
38
"___ 'em, boy!" : SIC
40
Fifth wheel : SPARE
41
Part of a full house : PAIR
43
Haunted house sound : MOAN
45
Duds : ATTIRE
47
Be sociable, say : MIX
50
Whistler from two Eastern states? : MAANDPAKETTLE
53
Financial institution whose parent company is Canadian : TDBANK
55
Name in a Salinger title : ESME
56
Cheers after a go-o-o-oal! : OLES
57
Quaint store descriptor : OLDE
59
Just beat : EDGE
60
Put away : ATE
61
___-equipped : ILL
62
"I'm such a klutz!" : OOPS
64
Sportscaster Al : MICHAELS
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"We shouldn't sell our Fort Wayne home"? : LETSKEEPTHISINHOUSE
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How a B.L.T. might come : WITHMAYO
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Rice-A-___ : RONI
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Public image, briefly : REP
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Farm female : EWE
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Reebok rival : AVIA
78
Navy commando : SEAL
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It means "farmer" in Afrikaans : BOER
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Hydroxyl compound : ENOL
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Airbnb offering : RENTAL
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"Sooner this, Sooner that ... can't you talk about any other subject?"? : EVERYTHINGSOK
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Imparter of umami taste, in brief : MSG
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Exact look-alike : DOUBLE
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Resort near Snowbird : ALTA
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Middle-___ : AGED
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Big 2016 film set in Polynesia : MOANA
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Cab alternative : ZIN
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Follows : OBEYS
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Deal another blackjack card to a young Salem woman? : HITORMISS
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Take from the top : SKIM
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"Consider it done" : ISHALL
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Tomorrow : INADAY
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Architect Saarinen : EERO
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Some young 'uns : LADS
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Grammy-winning singer of "Shepherd Moons" : ENYA
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A-lister : CELEB
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Midwest state secedes and will join the United Kingdom? : OHTOBEINENGLAND
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Whale food : KRILL
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Place : SITUATE
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Direct route : BEELINE
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Overused : STALE
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Directed : STEERED
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Having braids : TRESSED
Down
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Footnote abbr. : OPCIT
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Take stock? : POACH
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Fragrant compound : ESTER
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Pitted fruit : NECTARINE
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Icelandic letter : EDH
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Powerful engine : RAMJET
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Cruising : ASEA
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Be successful : GOFAR
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The slightest amount of : ANY
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Oscar-winning foreign film of 2005 set in South Africa : TSOTSI
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Tiny-scissors holder : ETUI
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Nutsy : WACKO
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Competing with : AGAINST
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Thirst : YEN
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Firmly in place : ANCHORED
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Have a connection : RELATE
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Turbaned teacher : SWAMI
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Loathing : ODIUM
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Like some myths : NORSE
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"You'll have to pay for me" : IMBROKE
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Stylish : SMART
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Unit of firewood : CORD
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"Freedom ___ free" : ISNT
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Commercial lead-in to Pen : EPI
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Walter ___, Dodgers owner who moved the team from Brooklyn to L.A. : OMALLEY
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Submits, as a phone report : CALLSIN
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Previous incarnations : PASTLIVES
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Part of a recovery effort : AAMEETING
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Writer of "The Gnat and the Bull" : AESOP
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___ Conference : TED
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Added up : MADESENSE
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City just east of LAX : INGLEWOOD
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Vintage Jaguars : XKES
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Apology start : MEA
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Oktoberfest music : POLKA
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First-rate, in British slang : TOPHOLE
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Buyer of a dozen roses, maybe : BEAU
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Former parent co. of Gramophone and Parlophone records : EMI
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Ideology : ISM
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Again, in Mexico : OTRAVEZ
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Getting help getting clean : INREHAB
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Dijon darling : CHERI
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Avoid puddles, say : HOP
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Pointer's pronoun : THAT
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Sister of Helios : EOS
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Ancient fortuneteller : SIBYL
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In the 70s, say : WARM
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Yellowstone grazer : ELK
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Unadon fish : EEL
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Armchair accompanier : OTTOMAN
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Things painted in the spring : EGGSHELLS
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So darn cute : ADORABLE
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Like some fertile soil : LOAMY
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Status : RANK
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They may block passage : NAYS
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Start to form? : UNI
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Single, for one : BASEHIT
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Art ___, longtime Cleveland Browns owner : MODELL
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Pressure indicator on a map : ISOBAR
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Iger's predecessor at Disney : EISNER
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Hardly sophisticates : HICKS
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Sluggish : INERT
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Actress Shire : TALIA
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Quattro + tre : SETTE
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Fabulist's confession : ILIED
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Diarist Nin : ANAIS
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Jeff ___, leader of the Electric Light Orchestra : LYNNE
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Got on board : LADED
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Licentious sort : ROUE
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Word with ceiling or financing : DEBT
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C.I.A. forerunner : OSS
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Tour de France time : ETE
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"Who'da thunk it?!" : GEE

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle.

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