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New York Times, Tuesday, September 4, 2018

When Pac-Man and Rubik's Cube were popular ... or a phonetic hint for 17-, 23-, 37- and 48-Across

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 42 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Bruce Haight notes:
This puzzle was accepted two years ago, but I remember working for quite a while with just EIGHTIES as a revealer and then being ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Initialism puzzles have been done to death in crosswords, so it's super important to add some extra element: tough letters, amazing ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times9/4/18 ( No. 25,137 )

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Across
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"Gotta go!" : IMOFF
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Reject, as a lover : SPURN
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Snub-nosed dog : PUG
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___ panel (rooftop installation) : SOLAR
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Retouch a base after a fly-out : TAGUP
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Wall St. debut : IPO
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In unison : ALLTOGETHER
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Sternward : AFT
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Vote in favor : YEA
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"Right now!," to a surgeon : STAT
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Hoity-toity sort : SNOB
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The idea that matter is composed of small, distinct components : ATOMICTHEORY
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Unfailingly : ALWAYS
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Respond to a stimulus : REACT
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Secure, as a ship : MOOR
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Just the way you see me : ASIAM
34
Actress Thurman : UMA
37
Common taxi destination : AIRPORTTERMINAL
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Show with many notable alums : SNL
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Oozes : SEEPS
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Late playwright Simon : NEIL
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___ Lama : DALAI
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Without bias : FAIRLY
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Big department store in a mall, e.g. : ANCHORTENANT
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Pepsi, e.g. : COLA
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Word spoken before and after "James" : BOND
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Star athlete, for short : MVP
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Network showing "Suits" and "Mr. Robot" : USA
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When Pac-Man and Rubik's Cube were popular ... or a phonetic hint for 17-, 23-, 37- and 48-Across : THEEIGHTIES
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"Whether ___ nobler ..." : TIS
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Department store that once famously put out catalogs : SEARS
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Pop music's Hall & ___ : OATES
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Hesitant speech sounds : ERS
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Rockne of Notre Dame fame : KNUTE
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Seize forcibly : WREST
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Words before "old chap" : ISAY
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Double agent : MOLE
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Earthen pot : OLLA
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Chubby : FAT
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Snowman of song who's "a jolly, happy soul" : FROSTY
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Sauna sight : STEAM
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Musical Page : PATTI
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"Yecch!" : UGH
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Lament : RUE
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"Morning Edition" airer : NPR
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One involved with a grand opening? : PIANOTUNER
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Enthused about : UPFOR
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Coped, barely : GOTBY
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Sporty Pontiacs of old : GTOS
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Mo : SEC
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Seniors' org. : AARP
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Gets emotional at a wedding, maybe : CRIES
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Sheds a ___ (24-Down) : TEAR
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Soccer star Mia : HAMM
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You love: Lat. : AMAS
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Beef cut : LOIN
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Top-of-the-line : WORLDCLASS
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Wiped out, as while skateboarding : ATEIT
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Nascar additive : STP
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A lot of it is junk : MAIL
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Italy, to Germany, in W.W. II : ALLY
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Capital due north of the northern tip of Denmark : OSLO
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Keister : REAR
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"What's ___ for me?" : INIT
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"Now I see!" : AHA
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Vampire's telltale sign : FANG
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"You can say that again!" : ANDHOW
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Severe but short, as an illness : ACUTE
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Polite refusal : NOSIR
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Film critic Roger : EBERT
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Racket : NOISE
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Smidgen : MITE
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Pair of skivvies? : VEES
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[Over here!] : PSST
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"You should know better!" : TSK
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One laying an egg : HEN
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___ Claire, Wis. : EAU
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Paving goo : TAR

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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