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NOW WEIGHT JUST A SECOND

New York Times, Sunday, September 29, 2019

Author:
Tom McCoy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tom McCoy

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 33 for Mr. McCoy. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Tom McCoy is in his third year of a Ph.D. program in cognitive science at Johns Hopkins University. His area of research is computational linguistics — in particular, how to get computers ... read more
Tom McCoy notes:
The idea for this puzzle came from a college course I took in Phonology (the study of sound systems in language), when the professor, Ryan Bennett, mentioned that very few pairs of English ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's rare that my opinion of a puzzle changes so dramatically. My thought process during my solve: Ooh, Tom's back! He always brings the heat; one of the most original constructors in the ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

I'm reminded of this clever puzzle from 2010.

The Washington Post ran this story about Tom McCoy.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0929 ( 25,527 )
Across
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Short strokes : PUTTS
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Myriad : SLEW
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Habit : WONT
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Pieces of work? : ERGS
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End of oyster season : APRIL
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Roof part : EAVE
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"___ Burr, Sir" ("Hamilton" song) : AARON
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Vault : LEAP
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Cruise that specializes in baked alaska, e.g.? : SHIPOFTHEDESSERT
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Bona ___ : FIDE
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Kim to Kourtney, or Kourtney to Khloé : SIB
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Alma mater of George Orwell and Henry Fielding : ETON
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Friend ___ friend : OFA
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Quickly go through the seasons, say : BINGE
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Tiffany lampshade, e.g. : GLASSWORK
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Like ambitious scientists? : NOBELMINDED
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Basic skate trick : OLLIE
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"Yikes!" : EEK
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Brewing one's morning coffee, e.g. : RITUAL
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Verano, across the Pyrénées : ETE
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Art ___ : DECO
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Cause of a shocking Amazon charge? : EEL
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___-V ("paste" on a PC) : CTRL
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Go wrong : ERR
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How everyone on this floor is feeling? : THEMORALEOFTHESTORY
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Lead-in to -ville in children's literature : WHO
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Beer, slangily : SUDS
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Trim, with "down" : PARE
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Protected, as feet : SHOD
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"I saw ___ duck" (classic ambiguous sentence) : HER
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Long hikes : TREKS
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Refuse to admit : DENY
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"My word!" : ISAY
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"Our lab studies regular dance moves rather than high-kicking"? : ITSNOTROCKETTESCIENCE
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Architect Lin : MAYA
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Bankroll : FUND
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Fire man? : SATAN
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"I see it now" : AHA
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Lean : LIST
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Garden plots : BEDS
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Indian title : RAJA
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The second "p" in p.p.m. : PER
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Summary of an easy negotiation? : ICAMEISAWICONCURRED
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Musician Brian : ENO
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Option in an Edit menu : REDO
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Loire filler : EAU
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Coin in the Potterverse : KNUT
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Branch : ARM
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Central region of the Roman Empire : ITALIA
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Last in a series, perhaps : NTH
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Terse summons : SEEME
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What a truck driver puts on before a date? : SEMICOLOGNE
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Massive weapon of sci-fi : DEATHSTAR
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The Oligocene, e.g., in geology : EPOCH
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Big Apple airport code : LGA
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Several of them could be used in a row : OARS
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Dear : HON
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"___ nobis pacem" ("Grant us peace": Lat.) : DONA
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The main food served at Walden Pond? : MAJORTHOREAUFARE
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End ___ : USER
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Alnico or chromel : ALLOY
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___ Minor : URSA
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5x5 crosswords, e.g. : MINIS
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Pops up in France? : PERE
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Co. heads : CEOS
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Rough amts. : ESTS
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Seize (from) : WREST
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What one does not do when sent to jail : PASSGO
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Kind of battle : UPHILL
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Like some customs : TRIBAL
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Word of advice : TIP
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___-mo : SLO
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Quarrel : SETTO
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Capital of Punjab : LAHORE
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State of stability : EVENKEEL
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Tie the knot : WED
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Flavoring for snack peas : WASABI
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Galena, e.g. : ORE
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"... ___ a lender be" : NOR
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Purchase for Wile E. Coyote : TNT
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Diminutive : ELFIN
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Package deliverers of the present day? : REINDEER
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Fancy gizmos : GADGETRY
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75+ person? : SPEEDER
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Regarding : ASFOR
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Not many : FEW
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The Phanerozoic, e.g., in geology : EON
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Words on an invoice : BILLTO
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Faction : SIDE
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Apparently does : SEEMSTO
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Mark indelibly : ETCH
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Old strings : LUTES
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Habitat for a mallow : MARSH
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Not go bad : KEEP
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With 44-Down, judge's mandate : COURT
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See 43-Down : ORDER
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Imperfect cube : LOADEDDIE
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Angle symbol in geometry : THETA
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Having a long face, say : HORSY
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Request from : ASKOF
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Fuss : FRET
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Rough housing : TENTS
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Comics character often kicked off a table : ODIE
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Impulse : WHIM
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Diver's accouterments : SCUBA
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Thirst (for) : YEARN
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Hogwarts potions professor : SNAPE
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Was sore : ACHED
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MIX, for one : YEAR
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Voice role for Beyoncé in 2019's "The Lion King" : NALA
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Had down : KNEW
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Serving at a pancake house : STACK
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French dialect : CAJUN
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Hastily : INARUSH
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Shout from a lottery winner : IMRICH
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Look after : SEETO
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___ pool : TIDAL
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Check out : SCAN
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Resting : INREPOSE
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One without a title : COMMONER
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Do a star turn : SOLO
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"Great" place to be : OUTDOORS
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GPS suggestions: Abbr. : RTES
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Became less severe : EASEDUP
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Some brick houses : IGLOOS
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On the warpath : ANGRY
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Leader in yellow journalism and an inspiration for "Citizen Kane" : HEARST
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Simple hydrocarbon : ETHANE
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Native New Zealanders : MAORIS
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___ Rutherford, a.k.a. the Father of Nuclear Physics : ERNEST
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Words to a dejected friend : ICARE
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Down : EAT
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Domains : AREAS
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Airport grp. : TSA
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The banker in the Beatles' "Penny Lane" never wears one in the pouring rain (very strange!) : MAC
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Middle-earth quaff : ALE
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Eponymous 2001 #1 album : JLO
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Shade : HUE
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Coal industry org. : UMW
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Tree that starts fires? : FIR

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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