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New York Times, Friday, September 28, 2018

Author:
Kameron Austin Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kameron Austin Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I watched every episode of 'Three's Company' when I was in middle school. Looking back on it, I'm kind of appalled that I wasted my ... read more

I watched every episode of "Three's Company" when I was in middle school. Looking back on it, I'm kind of appalled that I wasted my life away like that. It paid off today when I was able to plunk in CHRISSY right off the bat. See mom? IT WAS ALL WORTH IT!

Strong center of the puzzle, BOOTYLICIOUS such a fun word. TRUST FUND BABY felt a bit pejorative, but no doubt colorful. And RESCUE DOG! Love it.

NORSE DEITIES didn't feel as strong as NORSE GODS might have been, but that might be my obsession with Rick Riordan's career as a best-selling children's book author, focusing on Greek / Egyptian / Norse gods. THE GODS OF ASGARD; what an awesome series title!

Clue of the year potential for BIKE SHOP. I struggled with this for a long time, making my a-ha moment even better. Spokesperson, as a person fixing spokes? That's genius!

Quite a bit of great long fill, too. Big fan of EXIT ROW seating, the MET GALA, REDDITOR (someone who edits on Reddit), CHEM LAB, RED TIDE.

I think I like TECH BLOG, but does that open up the floodgates for COOKING BLOG, GARDENING SHOW, SOCCER PODCAST?

I thought I'd like HONEYPOT more than I did — it's such a funny sounding word. Something that Winnie the Pooh gets his head stuck in! But that clue, referring to a spy trading sex for secrets?

Eew.

There were also a couple of entries that made me pause. LUNULAR is a valid dictionary entry, but it doesn't seem like the greatest use of a mid-length slot. ORANGS is an entry I've gotten dinged on before, people (rightfully) pointing out that who actually says that? Along with (random letter)CLASS, the tough SADA CEY MT DANA AMOR ...

A solid offering overall, though.

Jim Horne notes:
Like many people, I get Hamilton lyrics stuck in my head: [BURR] Wooh! There's nothin' like summer in the city Someone in a ... read more

Like many people, I get Hamilton lyrics stuck in my head:

[BURR]
Wooh! There's nothin' like summer in the city
Someone in a rush next to someone lookin' pretty
Excuse me, miss, I know it's not funny
But your perfume smells like your daddy's got money
Why you slummin' in the city in your fancy heels
You searchin for an urchin who can give you ideals?

[ANGELICA]
Burr, you disgust me

[BURR]
Ah, so you've discussed me
I'm a TRUST FUND, BABY, you can trust me!

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0928 ( 25,161 )
Across
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Suzanne Somers's role on "Three's Company" : CHRISSY
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Wind River tribe : ARAPAHO
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Cornmeal treat : HOECAKE
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Crescent-shaped : LUNULAR
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Called things off : ENDEDIT
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Star-studded event held annually at the Anna Wintour Costume Center in New York : METGALA
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Highway divider : MEDIAN
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Marriott competitor : RADISSON
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"You ain't ___!" : LYIN
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Six-time All-Star Ron : CEY
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Where college students might take a stand? : KEG
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Inclined : APT
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Some acts : DUOS
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Mercedes line : CCLASS
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2001 Destiny's Child #1 hit with the lyric "I don't think you ready for this jelly" : BOOTYLICIOUS
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Notoriously spoiled sort : TRUSTFUNDBABY
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Figures in the Edda : NORSEDEITIES
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Peak that marks the eastern boundary of Yosemite Natl. Park : MTDANA
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LP, e.g. : DISC
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Dennings of "2 Broke Girls" : KAT
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Apple picker : EVE
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Writer whose room at the University of Virginia is now a mini-museum : POE
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Big name in house paint : BEHR
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Gizmodo or Engadget : TECHBLOG
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Autobiographer who wrote that tennis is "the loneliest sport" : AGASSI
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Preferred seating, for some : EXITROW
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Wreck : SMASHUP
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Colorful beach sighting : REDTIDE
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Started fuming : GOTSORE
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King's staff : SCEPTER
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Marched : TROOPED
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Place to get solutions, in brief : CHEMLAB
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Spy who trades sex for secrets, informally : HONEYPOT
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User of a popular social news site : REDDITOR
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Strand during the winter, say : ICEIN
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Actress Thompson of "Family" : SADA
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Hide : SKIN
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Besides : YET
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Revlon cosmetics brand : ALMAY
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Wanted to take back, say : RUED
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Not having : ANTI
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Boxers : PUGS
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Setting for the 1996 best seller "Into the Wild" : ALASKA
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Symbols of innocence : HALOES
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Jungle swingers, for short : ORANGS
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Certain adopted pet : RESCUEDOG
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Salon jobs : COIFS
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Vacuum brand : DYSON
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Super-super : ULTRA
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Does some computer work : CODES
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Like the equation ax3 + bx2 + cx + d = 0 : CUBIC
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What the Clintons each took before they met, in brief : LSAT
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___ steak : TUNA
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Nonmainstream : INDIE
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Store that really should have a spokesperson : BIKESHOP
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"Why not!" : YEAHSURE
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Zebralike : STRIPED
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Olympic marks : METERS
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Network V.I.P. : TVEXEC
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Call : DECIDE
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Remote button : POWER
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The assassin Sparafucile, in "Rigoletto" : BASSO
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Online lead-in : HTTP
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One who's "knackered" when exhausted, informally : BRIT
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Big vein : LODE
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Spanish sweetheart : AMOR
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Cancún kitty : GATO
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Drill master: Abbr. : SGT

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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