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WELL, WELL, WELL, IF IT ISN'T ...

New York Times, Sunday, September 8, 2019

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 132 for Mr. DiPietro. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Joe DiPietro, of Brooklyn, owns a bar called "one star" in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. He's been contributing puzzles to The Times since 1995. He's sometimes confused with the ... read more
Joe DiPietro notes:
Summertime is slower for the bar business, so I have more time for coffee-fueled ideas in my office. This one started after looking at the word CHICKEN, and all I could see was the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What's in a name? More like, what name's … in the final word of the theme phrase? Shakespeare, I'm not. Even after I uncovered three themers, I still wasn't sure what was going on. I ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Humor is so subjective. All the theme answers amused me. Fun puzzle.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0908 ( 25,506 )
Across
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Well, for one : ADVERB
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Longhair cats : ANGORAS
14
For instance : SUCHAS
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Alternative to Martha Stewart Weddings : BRIDES
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Caribbean island nation : GRENADA
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Take in : ARREST
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... the guy who vows to take his Stetson to the grave : BURYTHEHATCHET
25
Baby Gap purchase : ONESIE
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Famous conjoined twin : ENG
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Figures : DATA
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California's Big ___ : SUR
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TV's "___ Ruins Everything" : ADAM
30
Lose control on the road : SKID
32
IV checkers : RNS
33
... the fraternity guy who wants to be a cardiologist : HEARTBROKEN
39
Levelheaded : SANE
40
Kind of furniture : PATIO
42
Triumphant cry : HURRAH
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Game lover's purchase : APP
45
First word of "Jabberwocky" : TWAS
47
Dated PC hookup : CRT
49
J. Carrol ___ (two-time 1940s Oscar nominee) : NAISH
50
Traffic-stopping grp.? : DEA
51
... the guy who barely shows he's exasperated : SHORTSIGHTED
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... the guy who always shows up unannounced : POPINJAY
58
Hugs, in a letter : OOO
59
Home of minor-league baseball's Aces : RENO
60
California's Santa ___ Mountains : YNEZ
62
Puts on TV : AIRS
63
Show that NBC 62-Across, for short : SNL
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Heaps : ASLEW
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They follow springs by about a week : NEAPS
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Sylvia of jazz : SYMS
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... the gal who delivered the greatest put-down ever : WHATADISGRACE
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Small prevarications : FIBS
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Helicopter sounds : WHIRS
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Permanent spot? : SALON
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UPS unit: Abbr. : CTN
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"Othello" provocateur : IAGO
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"Lethal Weapon" force, in brief : LAPD
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Prison division : WARD
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"Well, well, well, whaddya know" : OHO
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... the guy who takes aerial photos for the military : DRONEDON
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... the gal who loses it when pass plays are called : GROUNDNUTMEG
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CPR teacher, maybe : EMT
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Temporarily sated, with "over" : TIDED
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Critical campaign mo. : OCT
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Source of some pressure : PEER
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Place for trophies : DEN
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Declaration : AVOWAL
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Singer with the 2009 #1 hit "TiK ToK" : KESHA
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Move a bit : STIR
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... the gal who spends all day at the hairdresser : ROLLERSKATE
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Rollaway : COT
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Word with club or cream : SODA
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Aristocratic Italian name of old : ESTE
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Cartoonist Keane : BIL
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Dance that might include a chair : HORA
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West Coast summer setting: Abbr. : PDT
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Dag Hammarskjöld's successor at the U.N. : UTHANT
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... the guy who can't stop bragging about Bragg : FORTLAUDERDALE
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Bit of trail mix : RAISIN
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Underlining alternative : ITALICS
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Creeped out? : SEEPED
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Almost up : ONNEXT
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Exams given intradermally, for short : TBTESTS
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Actress Taylor of "Bones" : TAMARA
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Number one nun : ABBESS
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Prolonged period of excessive imbibing : DRUNKATHON
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Soft blanket material : VIRGINWOOL
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Ice cream eponym : EDY
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Part of AARP: Abbr. : RETD
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Note that sounds like an order to get with it? : BSHARP
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Appalled : AGHAST
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Big D.C. lobby : NRA
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1995 crime film based on an Elmore Leonard novel : GETSHORTY
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At the perfect time : ONCUE
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Enthusiastic : RAHRAH
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Commercial suffix with Gator : ADE
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Gained a lap? : SAT
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___ Paulo : SAO
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Bit of art pottery : URN
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Staircase sound : CREAK
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"Star Trek" catchphrase said by Dr. McCoy : HESDEADJIM
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Far Eastern fruits that resemble apples : ASIANPEARS
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What a prefix or suffix gets added to : STEM
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Sicily's Mount ___ : ETNA
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Honey substitute? : DEAR
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Appear in print : RUN
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Mouth, slangily : TRAP
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Con ___ (briskly, in music) : BRIO
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Talk like a tough, say : RASP
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"Well, howdy" : OHHI
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Dieter's "I" : ICH
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Picks up the bill : PAYS
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Unlikely handouts with beers : STRAWS
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Court V.I.P. : TENNISPRO
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Sea plea : SOS
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Period of group activity, slangily : SESH
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Addition to the family : INLAW
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Doth depart : GOETH
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Diamond brackets? : DEES
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Dissenting vote : NAY
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Swerves back : ZAGS
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Cry like a baby : WAIL
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Large shrimp : PRAWN
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See 72-Down : SALAD
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Parody : SENDUP
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Pride Parade participants may be in it : DRAG
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With 68-Down, summer side dish : CORN
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Shade for a field worker? : FARMERSTAN
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"Drawin' a blank here" : IGOTNOTHIN
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___ vivant : BON
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Gambler's exclamation : COMETOPAPA
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Father of Enigma in DC Comics : THERIDDLER
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Creamy beverage : NOG
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Tagged, informally : IDED
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Pitcher who famously claimed he was on LSD while throwing a no-hitter (1970) : DOCKELLIS
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And others, for short : ETAL
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Kind of bar : DIVE
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Renuzit target : ODOR
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It can be old or breaking : NEWS
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Sport ___ : UTE
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"Ocean's Twelve" role : TESS
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___ Terr., 1861-89 : DAK
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Maze explorer : LABRAT
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Go downhill in a hurry : SCHUSS
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Part of a parka : HOOD
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Relaxing : ATREST
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High-grade : RATEDA
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Auto dealer's offer : LEASE
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Auto owner's proof : TITLE
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Tip of Italy? : EURO
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Field : AREA
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Shoot down : NIX
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Wile E. Coyote purchase : TNT
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In good shape : FIT
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Gambling parlor letters : OTB
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Take steps : ACT
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Sort of person who's blue: Abbr. : DEM

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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