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In the New York Times Tuesday October 14, 2008 crossword puzzle, 18 across, 4 letters, is "Y's guys?" and the answer is:

ELIS

It must be fairly obvious but I can't figure out what this means. The question mark indicates it's a pun or something… Is it a name (if so, what's the connection to Y)? Is it an acronym (haven't found a relevant one)?.

Thanks!

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"Eli" is slang for a person who went to Yale, as mentioned in this Quora thread. (This is because Elihu Yale is the eponym of Yale University.)

Presumably Yale is also just called "Y", then (though I can't find any source for that with a bit of cursory research). So "Y's guys" are "those from Yale", which are Elis.

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