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OVERHEARD IN NEW ENGLAND

New York Times, Sunday, September 29, 2013

A "Star Trek" officer and a physician are going to board a plane?

Author:
Norm Guggenbiller
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 64 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Guggenbiller.
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice example of the "change a sound to produce wacky results" type theme. These types of puzzles ought to have strong consistency (each base phrase transformed in the exact same manner) ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times9/29/13 ( No. 23,336 )
Across
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Boxes up : ENCASES
8
Hidden : CACHED
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Astronomer Halley : EDMOND
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Sheer, informally : SEETHRU
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Individually : APIECE
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Not get gratis : PAYFOR
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Clan garb : TARTANS
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A "Star Trek" officer and a physician are going to board a plane? : SPOCKSWILLFLY
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Attack, as ramparts : STORM
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Cracker topper : PATE
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German Dadaist Hannah : HOCH
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Makes stronger? : LACES
31
Kind of court : APPELLATE
34
Without ___ in the world : ACARE
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Atlantic fishery auditors? : CODCOUNTERS
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"Galatea of the Spheres" and others : DALIS
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Comcast media holding : NBC
44
Ones giving their addresses : ORATORS
45
Hedge shrub : PRIVET
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Dog command : STAY
48
Non-Eur. U.S. ally : ISR
49
Baseball features : SEAMS
53
French article : UNE
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To boot : ASWELL
56
Minute : LITTLE
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Work agreeably in a greenhouse? : POTONGOODTERMS
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It's opposite julio on a calendario : ENERO
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"No challenge at all" : TOOEASY
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"Dat ___" (classic jazz song) : DERE
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Called the shots : DIRECTED
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Dead-doornail connection : ASA
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Delicate first-date topic : POLITICS
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Moon feature : MARE
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Aristocratic practice : ELITISM
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Bacteriologist Julius : PETRI
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"Happy Birthday" on a cake, e.g.? : GOBBLEDMESSAGE
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Naysayer : DENIER
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Reproductive parts of flowers : OVULES
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Folk rocker DiFranco : ANI
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Ball game : BOCCE
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Québec place name starter : STE
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Buster Brown's dog, in old comics : TIGE
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Verizon competitor : SPRINT
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Positions oneself to hear better, say : LEANSIN
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Wood-shaping tool : ADZ
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Reagan attorney general : MEESE
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Sexy operators? : HOTSURGEONS
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Cell part : ANODE
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Femmes fatales : MANEATERS
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Bank heist, e.g. : CAPER
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Lion portrayer : LAHR
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Word with sea or seasoned : SALT
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Bar, legally : ESTOP
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Where frogs shop? : HOPPERSBAZAAR
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Religious recluse : EREMITE
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Consternation : UNEASE
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O.K. to serve : EDIBLE
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Medication for a narcoleptic : RITALIN
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Cabernet Sauvignon alternative : MERLOT
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Ran out : LAPSED
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Immediately : SOONEST
Down
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They're probably close: Abbr. : ESTS
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Undiluted : NEAT
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Large sport fish : CERO
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Draw : ATTRACT
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Hotel amenity : SHAMPOO
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Directional suffix : ERN
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Hitchcock genre : SUSPENSE
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Common aquarium feature : CASTLE
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Show up : APPEAR
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Grp. in a 1955 merger : CIO
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"Wag the Dog" actress : HECHE
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Fashion designer Marc : ECKO
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Family tree listing: Abbr. : DESC
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Prefix with dermis : EPI
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Longtime home of the Cotton Bowl : DALLAS
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Reflective material : MYLAR
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Unbalanced : OFFCENTER
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Florida State player, casually : NOLE
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Prohibitionists : DRYS
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Oil source : WHALE
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Model Carol : ALT
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Clutch, e.g. : PURSE
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Recipe amt. : TSP
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Stronghold : CITADEL
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Tortile : COILED
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Italian princely family name : ORSINI
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Sand ___ (perchlike fish) : DARTER
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Drab-looking : DINGY
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Bygone Chevrolet : AVEO
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Salve : BALM
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Engine specification: Abbr. : CYLS
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Drinks now, pays later : RUNSATAB
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Make more enticing : SWEETEN
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Footless creature : APOD
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Barnyard sound : MOO
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Enters furtively : STEALSIN
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Chevron : STRIPE
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Exhibit fear, in a way : TREMBLE
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Quarter : LOCALE
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Green spot : OASIS
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1960s-'70s pitcher Blue Moon : ODOM
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Ticked (off) : TEED
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Locked? : TRESSED
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One 60-trillionth of a min. : PSEC
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"True" : ITISSO
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Dimwit : CRETIN
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Charmers : SIRENS
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Start of a choosing rhyme : EENIE
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"Can ___ now?" : IGO
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"___ light?" : GOTA
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"Metamorphoses" poet : OVID
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Sight at many a barbecue : BUGZAPPER
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Setting of the 2012 film "John Carter" : MARS
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Combine name : DEERE
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Hoarders' problems : CLUTTERS
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Rinds : PEELS
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Fourth Arabic letter : THA
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Go along with : AGREETO
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"WKRP in Cincinnati" news director Les ___ : NESSMAN
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To a greater extent : MORESO
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Reduced : ONSALE
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Got emotional, with "up" : TEARED
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Baseball's Bando : SAL
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Mountainous land : NEPAL
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Postal symbol, once : MRZIP
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Bud : CHUM
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Super-duper : AONE
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Uncle of Enoch : ABEL
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"I ___ thought" : HADA
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Part of a space shuttle's exterior : TILE
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___ & Carla (1960s duo) : OTIS
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Cooped (up) : PENT
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No longer playing: Abbr. : RET
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They may improve in crunch time : ABS
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Birthplace of the bossa nova : RIO

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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