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New York Times, Friday, January 17, 2014

Oscar-winning film based partly on the book "The Master of Disguise"

Author:
Kevin G. Der
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 25 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Der.
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Jim Horne notes:

The print edition of the NYT ran a different puzzle on this day. This is the one that was distributed electronically and was also supposed to be in the paper.

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© 2014, The New York Times1/17/14 ( No. 23,446 )
Across
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Vacation destination : SHORE
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Spots for thirsty travelers : HOTELBARS
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Scooter : MOPED
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It's rendered in the kitchen : ANIMALFAT
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Group studying torts and procedures, typically : ONELS
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Psychiatric hospitals : SANITARIA
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Hardly a free spirit? : GENIE
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"Thinking back ..." : ASIRECALL
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They often precede showers : GYMCLASSES
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German port on the Baltic : KIEL
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Large bill holder : IBIS
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Historical role in Spielberg's "Munich" : MEIR
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Mrs. Lincoln's family : TODDS
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Cry of surprise : EEK
28
Camp accouterments : BOAS
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Dandy : FOP
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Stage, as a historical scene : REENACT
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Like a ballerina : LISSOME
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Fox tribe neighbor : OTO
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Operates, as a booth : MANS
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Be useful : PAY
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Cars whose only color until 1952 was bottle green : SAABS
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One of the 12 tribes of Israel : LEVI
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Just dandy : JAKE
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Oscar-winning film based partly on the book "The Master of Disguise" : ARGO
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Bowling splits in which the 5 and 10 pins remain : DIMESTORES
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Big name in classical education? : BEETHOVEN
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1969 role for Dustin Hoffman : RATSO
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Recovering : ONTHEMEND
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It's written with a minus sign : ANION
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Freebie often containing alcohol : TOWELETTE
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"To conclude ..." : INSUM
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Extra protection from the elements : STORMDOOR
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Source of morning stimulation, maybe : LATTE
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Harder to see through, say : SMOGGIER
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Queen or her subject? : HONEYBEE
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Opportunity for a singer or comedian : OPENMIKE
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The Shroud of Turin and others : RELICS
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Car that offered Polar Air air-conditioning : EDSEL
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Disobeys standing orders? : HASASEAT
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New York's ___ Cultural Center, promoter of Hellenic civilization : ONASSIS
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Requiring greater magnification : TINIER
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Some world leaders : EMIRS
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Pregnant, maybe : LATE
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Some C.I.A. doings : BLACKOPS
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Yellow : AFRAID
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Inveighed (against) : RAILED
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Changing places : STALLS
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Bygone station name : AMOCO
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Put to waste? : TOSS
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Some Quidditch equipment : BATS
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End of story? : FINIS
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"Don't worry about it" : NOBOTHER
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Herb whose name is derived from the Latin for "to wash" : LAVENDER
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One employing trompe l'oeil effects : OPARTIST
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Pets : MAKESOUT
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"Now, look here!" : EYESONME
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It serves as a reminder : MEMENTO
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Footwear similar to klompen : SABOTS
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Childish retort : ARENOT
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Terrible time? : AGETWO
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Reach, in a way : LIVETO
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___ Gleason, Tony winner for "Into the Woods" : JOANNA
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Like wigwams and igloos : DOMED
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Have some catching up to do : TRAIL
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Captain's place : HELM

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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