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New York Times, Saturday, January 17, 2015

"The only institution in the world which has been dying for four thousand years," per John Steinbeck

Author:
Josh Knapp
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 26 Missing: {QVWX} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Knapp.
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© 2015, The New York Times1/17/15 ( No. 23,811 )
Across
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Polishes : BUFFSUP
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Hearing at a hearing? : SIDEBAR
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Deductive : APRIORI
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A little reading at the supermarket checkout? : UPCCODE
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Literally, "military commanders" : SHOGUNS
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Seconds : BACKSUP
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Book of ___ : KELLS
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Grilled, on a menu : ASADA
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Grp. involved in much diplomacy : PLO
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War of 1812 battle site : ERIE
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Huff : SNIT
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Ousts : BOOTS
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Leave suddenly : DECAMP
29
"M*A*S*H" extra : ROK
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Michaels of rock and reality TV : BRET
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Act of God, e.g., in a contract : FORCEMAJEURE
35
Stingers, of a sort : BBS
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Really build up : LIONIZE
39
Hip-hop's ___ tha Kyd : SYD
40
Provider of shock value? : RICHTERSCALE
43
Prefix with chemical : AGRO
44
Animated film franchise starting in 2011 : RIO
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Gossipy affair : KLATCH
49
Talk ___ : SMACK
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Figure also called the crux ansata : ANKH
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Something not to be believed : TALE
54
___ story : SOB
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___ Jerry, band with the 1970 hit "In the Summertime" : MUNGO
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"Into Thin Air" setting : NEPAL
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Mother who had a bone to pick? : HUBBARD
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Faith that preaches nonviolence to all living beings : JAINISM
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Not confined : ATLARGE
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Bedamn : ACCURSE
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"The only institution in the world which has been dying for four thousand years," per John Steinbeck : THEATER
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Doesn't stop : KEEPSAT
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Reveled (in) : BASKED
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Call from on high : UPHERE
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Gambol : FROLIC
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Cover of the Bible? : FIGLEAF
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Under: Fr. : SOUS
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It might have decorative feet : URN
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Fibonacci, e.g. : PISAN
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Smaller than small : SUBATOMIC
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___ Air : IPAD
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1983 Joel Schumacher film : DCCAB
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Johann ___, opponent of Martin Luther : ECK
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Istanbul is on it : BOSPORUS
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Ten Commandments subject : ADULTERY
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Like Internet memes : REPOSTED
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Lure : SIRENSONG
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Less stiff : SPRIER
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It's an honour: Abbr. : OBE
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Come out of one's shell, maybe : MOLT
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Like one side of the Aral Sea : KAZAKH
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Cilantro source : CORIANDER
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Come together : JELL
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Service higher-up : BRASSHAT
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Blabber : BIGMOUTH
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Focus of over 4,000 clubs around the world : SCRABBLE
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Ad ___ : HOC
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Really bothered (by) : EATENUP
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Jungle herbivores : TAPIRS
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Top-level : CLASSA
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Team logo spot : HELMET
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The first one opened in Garden City, Mich., in 1962 : KMART
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Noted Greek officer : KOJAK
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Itch : URGE
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Terse compliment : NICE
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Bellwether's call : BAA
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Top gun : ACE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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