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New York Times, Monday, January 11, 2016

Eaten away, like the first words of 17-, 31-, 48- and 65-Across in order?

Author:
Howard Barkin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Barkin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Howard Barkin notes:
This puzzle's "rocky" theme and its long answers occurred to me after seeing a highway sign warning of falling rocks. The goal here ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat progression: a BOULDER, ERODED into a ROCK, to a PEBBLE, finally into DUST. I like this theme type, especially when the concept ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times1/11/16 ( No. 24,170 )
Across
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Online pics that often move : GIFS
5
Flowed back, as the tide : EBBED
10
European automaker : OPEL
14
Black-and-white cookie : OREO
15
Place to be in the hot seat? : SAUNA
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See 38-Across : KANE
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Colorado River landmark dedicated by F.D.R. : BOULDERDAM
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Elects (to) : OPTS
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Sundance Film Festival entry : INDIE
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Bucks : SMACKERS
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Honorees on the third Sunday in June : DADS
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Amtrak guess, for short : ETA
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___ Speedwagon : REO
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Inquire : ASK
31
Novelty B-52's song with the lyric "Watch out for that piranha" : ROCKLOBSTER
34
Measurement for a bird : WINGSPAN
36
Title for Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger : SIR
37
Environmental sci. : ECOL
38
With 16-Across, Susan Lucci's "All My Children" role : ERICA
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Carnival : FAIR
44
John who directed "Mission: Impossible II" : WOO
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Temporarily : FORATIME
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California locale of several golf U.S. Opens : PEBBLEBEACH
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Bagel and ___ : LOX
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Ron who played Tarzan : ELY
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Prior to, poetically : ERE
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Hammer-wielding deity : THOR
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Friendless : LONESOME
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Lift : RAISE
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October birthstone : OPAL
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One covering a big story? : DUSTJACKET
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Big rig : SEMI
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Compound found in wine and olive oil : ESTER
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Clark ___ (Superman's alter ego) : KENT
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___ of March : IDES
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Heads of classes? : DEANS
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"The Sweetest Taboo" singer : SADE
Down
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Mongolian desert : GOBI
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Fe, to chemists : IRON
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Ongoing dispute : FEUD
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Cube or sphere : SOLID
5
Suffix with Brooklyn or Japan : ESE
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Tavern : BAR
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BFFs : BUDS
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Tooth cover : ENAMEL
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Former New York senator Alfonse : DAMATO
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"All right already, I get it!" : OKOK
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Series of leads for a white-collar crime investigator : PAPERTRAIL
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Main course : ENTREE
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Landlord : LESSOR
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Loved ones : DEARS
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Uber competitors : CABS
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Ignoramus : DOPE
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Reminder of surgery : SCAR
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Wonderment : AWE
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[not my mistake] : SIC
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Be familiar with without having met : KNOWBYNAME
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Switchblade, e.g. : KNIFE
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Search (through), as evidence : SIFT
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Liquidy lump : GLOB
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Layer of paint : COAT
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St. Louis ___ (landmark) : ARCH
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"As I see it," in textspeak : IMO
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"Oedipus ___" : REX
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Some World Cup cheers : OLES
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Now, en español : AHORA
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Former House speaker Nancy : PELOSI
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Said "I do" without the to-do : ELOPED
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Eaten away, like the first words of 17-, 31-, 48- and 65-Across in order? : ERODED
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Flummox : BEMUSE
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Oven shelves : RACKS
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Whitney and Manning : ELIS
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It is, en español : ESTA
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Furniture store that also sells Swedish meatballs : IKEA
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What to click after finishing an email : SEND
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Suffix with cigar : ETTE
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Number starting many a countdown : TEN
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11th graders: Abbr. : JRS

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