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New York Times, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

With 61- and 37-Across, famous line by 53-Across in [see circled letters]

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Polin.
Jeff Chen notes:
WANKEN OBI has to be the most hilariously awkward phrase I've ever seen in crosswords. Ahem. Hopefully no geishas are doing the puzzle ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times1/17/17 ( No. 24,542 )
Across
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When Polonius says "Brevity is the soul of wit" : ACTII
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Tusked beast : BOAR
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Kind of threat : IDLE
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Swoon : FAINT
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Alan who played Captain Pierce : ALDA
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Essential point : CRUX
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Agonizes (over) : FRETS
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With 61- and 37-Across, famous line by 53-Across in [see circled letters] : HELPMEOBI
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The "E" in HOMES : ERIE
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Nubian heroine of opera : AIDA
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Family member who was probably adopted : PET
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Hairstyle for 53-Across, colloquially : CINNAMONBUNS
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Place where trials are conducted : TESTLAB
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Hitting blackjack after blackjack, say : ONARUN
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Michelangelo masterpiece : PIETA
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A few : SOME
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See 18-Across : YOUREMYONLYHOPE
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Ambience : AURA
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"Same here!" : SODOI
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Is victorious in : WINSAT
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Swindles : RIPOFFS
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Iconic role for 2-/51-Down : PRINCESSLEIA
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"What have we here?!" : OHO
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Knock 'em dead : SLAY
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Online crafts seller : ETSY
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See 18-Across : WANKENOBI
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Like old, neglected sweaters, maybe : MOTHY
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Renaissance Faire instrument : LUTE
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Sign of things to come : OMEN
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Tree-lined walkway, in France : ALLEE
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Make slo-o-o-ow progress : SLOG
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Concealed mike : WIRE
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Entitled sorts? : PEERS
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Influence : AFFECT
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With 51-Down, late, beloved actress : CARRIE
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Certain marketing gimmicks : TIEINS
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Hell-bent (on) : INTENT
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"___ a trap!" : ITS
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"Harrumph!" : BAH
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Brand of artificial fat : OLEAN
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Deal with a broken teleprompter, say : ADLIB
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Rae Sremmurd, e.g. : RAPDUO
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Makeup of the planet Hoth : ICE
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Nosedive : DROP
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Squeak stopper : LUBE
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Turnoff for drivers : EXIT
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"Doctor Faustus" novelist Thomas : MANN
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Mont Blanc, e.g., to locals : ALPE
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Cripple : MAIM
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Heeds : OBEYS
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Merit badge displayer : SASH
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Figure on an Aussie Xing sign, perhaps : ROO
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World Series official : UMP
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Formerly named : NEE
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"___ late!" : TOO
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Tennis champ Agassi : ANDRE
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Deviate during flight, as a rocket : YAW
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Non's opposite : OUI
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Coffee container : URN
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Speak with a gravelly voice : RASP
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Amy Adams's "Man of Steel" role : LOIS
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Puppy sounds : YIPS
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British derrière : ARSE
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So far, informally : TILNOW
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Chant after a fútbol goal : OLEOLE
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In fine ___ (healthy) : FETTLE
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See 2-Down : FISHER
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Agree to a proposal : SAYYES
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Country singer Judd : NAOMI
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Modern lead-in to space or security : CYBER
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Real head-turners? : OWLS
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Drag : HAUL
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Not deceived by : ONTO
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Beer barrel : KEG
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Having four sharps : INE
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Reference in "Treasure Island" : MAP

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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