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New York Times, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Elementary education ... or feature of the last words punned upon in 17-, 29-, 49- and 66-Across

Author:
Jeremy Newton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Newton. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeremy Newton notes:
CLERICALHEIR was the seed of the theme. And then HORROR, ERROR, MIRROR, and TERROR came together as a nice quartet. There's something ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Sound change theme, two-syllable words ending in -RROR getting their last syllable dropped, and the first syllable replaced with a ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times1/13/16 ( No. 24,172 )
Across
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Wraps around the subcontinent : SARIS
6
The Rocksteady 7 genre : SKA
9
Hermès rival : GUCCI
14
Market not to be bullish in? : CHINASHOP
16
Courtier who invites Hamlet to a duel : OSRIC
17
Frost mixed with pebbles? : ROCKYHOAR
18
Ebb away : ABATE
19
Bud in Burgundy : AMI
20
Dated : SAW
21
Scatter : SOW
23
Bad spot for taking prom pictures : ZIT
24
Authors of fiction? : PENNAMES
27
Having a propensity to dig : NOSY
29
Priest getting what's coming to him? : CLERICALHEIR
33
Don't do it : TABOO
36
High on hwys. : DUI
37
Title Mr. of literature : HYDE
38
Post-operation site, for short : ICU
39
Elementary education ... or feature of the last words punned upon in 17-, 29-, 49- and 66-Across : THREERS
43
"Y" wearer : ELI
44
Poet Lazarus : EMMA
46
Equine nibble : OAT
47
City by the Wasatch Mountains : OGDEN
49
Pond admired from the back porch? : REARVIEWMERE
53
Pair for some Winter Olympians : SKIS
54
Eclipse : OUTCLASS
58
Juice drink brand : POM
60
Expected hr. at the airport : ETA
62
That ship : SHE
63
The Horned Frogs of the N.C.A.A. : TCU
64
First name in infamy : ADOLF
66
Chiffon mishap? : SHEERTEAR
69
Home of the Imperial Palace : TOKYO
70
Volunteer's affirmation : ISUREWILL
71
Villain's look : SNEER
72
Currency unit, briefly : ATM
73
Feeling sexually aroused : RANDY
Down
1
Jettison : SCRAP
2
"Oh, give me ___ ..." : AHOME
3
Poison used on TV's "Breaking Bad" : RICIN
4
Tats : INK
5
Speaks volumes : SAYSALOT
6
April weather event : SHOWER
7
Org. for R.V. lovers : KOA
8
Lenders' figs. : APRS
9
Vanish, in a way : GOAWOL
10
Type of laptop-to-printer connection : USB
11
Loony-looking : CRAZYEYED
12
New York's ___ Field : CITI
13
"Home Invasion" rapper : ICET
15
"For ___!" : SHAME
22
Studio alert : ONAIR
25
PX patron : NCO
26
"Hello Goodbye" to "All You Need Is Love" on the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album : SIDETWO
28
"Put a cork in it!" : SHH
30
Maestro's signal : CUE
31
Do nothing : IDLE
32
Jockey strap : REIN
33
Grand ___ (opera house section) : TIER
34
Tiptop : ACME
35
Pick from another's pack : BUMASMOKE
40
Give a lift : HOIST
41
Funny Charlotte : RAE
42
Enchanting sort : SORCERER
45
Couples' getaway? : ARK
48
Come together : GEL
50
Try to win : VIEFOR
51
Oil spot? : MUSEUM
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Old anesthetic : ETHER
55
Dined at home : ATEIN
56
Burn, as milk : SCALD
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Irritably sullen : SURLY
58
New England football team, informally : PATS
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Use in great excess : ODON
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It's west of the Pacific : ASIA
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Corrosive stuff : LYE
67
D.D.E.'s predecessor : HST
68
Old "You're going to like us" sloganeer : TWA

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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