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Puzzle #61 "No-bunny compares to you 🐰"

· By Philip Chow · Published 2023-03-20T01:23:23.005Z

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  • Philip Chow constructor · 2023-03-20T01:34:05.739Z
    Constructor's note: This was one of the first puzzles I ever made and the first puzzle I submitted to the NY Times (12 years ago and a much earlier and cruder version). A rejection letter turned me away from making puzzles for awhile, but I'm happy I got back into it. This is a revamped version of the puzzle with updated clues.
    Fun fact: Vietnam and China share 10 of the zodiac calendar's 12 signs — the rat, tiger, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. But the Vietnamese honor the cat instead of the rabbit, and the water buffalo instead of the ox.
    • Capn Rick 13:21 · 2023-03-20T01:45:58.374Z
      Nice one, Philip! I enjoyed it a lot.
      • LCL 👇26:36 · 2023-03-20T03:40:33.204Z
        Whew! 28A28ANetwork that airs "Love It or List It" and "Flip or Flop"[----] / 29D29DAlternative to "go home"[-----] nearly forced me to show the across clues. I'd assumed HDTV, but then remembered the HGTV28ANetwork that airs "Love It or List It" and "Flip or Flop"[----] contests.
        That was a fun theme. Thanks!
        • Philip Chow constructor · 2023-03-20T17:33:22.051Z
          Downs only! Damn that’s impressive
        • JeffsPuzzles 🤓4:16 · 2023-03-20T12:10:56.308Z
          Lots of fun, and I love learning things from puzzles - thanks for the enjoyment and the education!
          • whimsy 11:49 · 2023-03-20T20:37:10.919Z
            I'm all about the bunnies so I had to try this one. very nice! I think you could've shaded 40D too for the famous "Pat the Bunny" children's touchy-feely board book! I always took the title to mean that the toy bunny's name was Pat as much as it referred to the action of patting it!
            • Philip Chow constructor · 2023-03-21T15:32:39.363Z
              I wasn’t familiar with the book, thanks for sharing it looks insanely cute!
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            Across
            1. 1A
              Lackluster
            2. 6A
              Letters at the end of a mathematical proof (from Latin for "which was to be demonstrated")
            3. 9A
              James ___ Space Telescope (hint: name sounds like something a spider makes)
            4. 13A
              First place mentioned in the Beach Boys song "Kokomo"
            5. 14A
              Palindromic Eskimo knife
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              The name of the bear in "The Jungle Book" who sings "The Bare Necessities"
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              Where to pin a pin
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              Young assistants in a Catholic church
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              Raid and OFF!
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              Follow your gut instinct?
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              PETA concerns
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              Quick warm-up activities at team-building workshops
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              Network that airs "Love It or List It" and "Flip or Flop"
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              ___ Heights (disputed Mideast area that is an anagram of “along”)
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              Shirt from a merch stand
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              Taunting exclamation
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              2023, for China but not for Vietnam (and a hint to the shaded squares)
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              Portion of butter
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              Quintana ___ (Mexican state that's home to Cancún)
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              "Common Sense" pamphleteer Thomas
            21. 43A
              ___ leches cake (dessert made with three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and whole)
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              They're hidden in movies/TV shows/video games by the creator and left for fans to discover and enjoy (references, clues and/or jokes)
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              Word with "two" or "three" to describe a sloth
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              Ikura, tobiko or masago on a sushi menu
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              Its address is 10236 Charing Cross Road in Los Angeles
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              Does something so shockingly appalling that people wish they can unsee it
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              "Righty tighty, lefty loosey" subject
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              Gold bar
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              Unspecified degree, in math
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              Buzzing instrument
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              Natalie Portman's debut movie in which a professional hitman takes in a 12-year old girl as his protégé (hint: anagram of 10-Down10DMusk who bought Twitter for $44 billion last year[----] or 52-Down52DKind of wolf[----])
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              Not straight, perhaps
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              Hole ___ (golfer's dream shot)
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              Name of the AI host in Fox Reality Channel's game show "Solitary"
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              Many a Middle Easterner or North African
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              ___ platter (Americanized Chinese appetizers that may include egg rolls, spare ribs, crab rangoon, and coconut shrimp)
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              "___ your pardon?"
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              From Italian for "from the sign" and often abbreviated as D.S. in musical notation, it is used as a direction to repeat a passage starting from the sign
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              Crystal in some watches
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              Fitzgerald known as the "Queen of Jazz"
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              Like some airport purchases
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              River in Indiana's state song
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              Musk who bought Twitter for $44 billion last year
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              Woody's last name on "Cheers" (the bartender in the show, not the real life actor who played him who is also named Woody)
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              Big cheese or top banana
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              "I'm f-f-freezing!" 🥶
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              Playground bully, for example
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              ___ gow poker (gambling game in which the object is to create a five-card poker hand and a two-card poker hand from seven cards that beat both of the bank's hands)
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              Country that my friend Yim vacationed in and got me a glow-in-the-dark camel figurine as a souvenir
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              Lack of musical talent
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              Fill with joy
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              Palindromic, growly-sounding compressed file format (alternative to .zip)
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              Cultural values
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              Alternative to "go home"
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              Object
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              Campaign goal
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              No longer burdened by
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              Brown-nosing
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              Relaxation period after hitting the slopes
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              Term of endearment similar to "boo"
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              "Sophie's Choice" novelist William
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              Like reality shows one may watch as a guilty pleasure
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              Largest division of geologic time
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              "In memoriam" bio
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              The name of that groundhog in Punxsutawney that (not so accurately) predicted six more weeks of winter this year
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              Kind of wolf
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              Ship in search of the Golden Fleece
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              What Facebook changed its name to in 2021
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              "___ buy myself flowers / Write my name in the sand / Talk to myself for hours, yeah / Say things you don't understand" (lyrics from Miley Cyrus's "Flowers")
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              Pasta that might slip through a colander
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              Like some vividly colored retro clothing
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              Inner turmoil
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