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New York Times, Thursday, September 6, 2018

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 75, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QX} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 88 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:

Sometimes you look at a phrase and a fully-formed crossword idea jumps out at you.

This wasn't one of those times.

Roughly eleventy-six iterations later ...

Jeff Chen notes:
Trickiest part of this construction was figuring out to get enough of the seven "theme" entries to be 1.) long and 2.) interesting. ... read more
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Across
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City where you can view Edvard Munch's "The Scream" : OSLO
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Japanese roadster : MIATA
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Images on Australia's 50-cent coins : EMUS
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Dweller along the Don : SLAV
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Shades for many window shades : ECRUS
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Mom's mom : NANA
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Success for a closer in baseball : SAVE
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___ and Link (popular online comedy duo) : RHETT
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Compact arms : UZIS
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Mosque of ___ (shrine in Jerusalem) : OMAR
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"Check it out for yourself!" : GOSEE
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Keepsakes for March Madness victors : NETS
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So-called "Goddess of Pop" : CHER
25
Idle on the set : ERIC
27
Ribs : JOSHES
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"Heck if I know" : NOIDEA
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Apex predators of the deep : ORCAS
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Phishing target, for short : SSN
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Sticks, as a landing : NAILS
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Peter or Paul : CZAR
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Tasted : ATEOF
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Sub : TEMP
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Major ___, "Dr. Strangelove" character who rides the bomb : KONG
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Blather : PRATE
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Exchange of swear words? : IDOS
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Literally, "a hopeful person" : ESPERANTO
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It may involve dips, in two different senses : SALSA
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Nickname : TAG
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Ingredient in black jelly beans : ANISE
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Culinary phrase : ALA
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Ones reading the Book of Shadows : WICCANS
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Kind of operation in number theory, for short : MOD
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Hidden trouble indicator ... or what you'll need to finish this crossword? : TIPOFTHEICEBERG
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Superhero's defining quality : ABILITY
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Recount : NARRATE
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It's between an A and a B : NINETY
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Yoga poses : ASANAS
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___ buco : OSSO
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It's symbolized by a star and crescent : ISLAM
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It flows and glows : LAVA
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Entry fees : COVERCHARGES
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Comes out : EMERGES
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Blood of the gods, in Greek myth : ICHOR
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Exposes : BARES
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Alexander the Great, to Aristotle : TUTEE
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Like Confucianism or Taoism : EASTERN
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Formal rejection : RENUNCIATION
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Puzzle in which people take turns solving : MAZE
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Put the pedal to the metal : GUNIT
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Stylishness : SASS
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Fathers and sons : HES
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F-, e.g. : ION
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Athletic type ... or athletic wear : JOCK
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Pasta common in minestrone : ORZO
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Digitize : SCAN
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Word on a gravestone : DIED
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Muppet who refers to himself in the third person : ELMO
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The snakes in the movie line "Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?" : ASPS
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Like one-size-fits-all garments : STRETCHY
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The Admiral's Cup, e.g. : SEARACE
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Words after "Oh, no!" : NOTAGAIN
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Waze or WeChat : APP
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Bog : FEN
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Deemed appropriate : SAWFIT
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Shockers : TASERS
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Leader of the land down under? : SATAN
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Out : ALIBI
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Rabbit fur : LAPIN
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"Let me clarify ..." : IMEAN
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In a way : SORTA
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Nips : EDGES
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Teensy : ITTY
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Indianapolis-based sports org. : NCAA
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"Hurrah!" : OLE
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No ___ Day (October 13) : BRA

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