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New York Times, Monday, January 19, 2015

Like alpine peaks ... or what each half of 3-, 7-, 9-, 37- and 44-Down can be?

Author:
Jean O'Conor
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QV} This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. O'Conor.
Jean O'Conor notes:
I came up with this theme in 2013 when I was brainstorming for the annual holiday crossword I send to family and friends. I had a few ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Really nice example of the "both words can follow X" theme type. Jean appropriately places her themers vertically so that each half is ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times1/19/15 ( No. 23,813 )

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Across
1
Groundbreaking : NEW
4
After-bath powder : TALC
8
___-ski : APRES
13
Sounds during a massage : AAHS
15
Gorbachev's land : USSR
16
New York hotel in "The Great Gatsby," with "the" : PLAZA
17
Smile : GRIN
18
Arctic seabird : SKUA
19
One paying close attention : NOTER
20
Kind of case for a lawyer : ATTACHE
22
Beer, slangily : BREWSKI
24
"A League of ___ Own" (1992 film) : THEIR
25
Skype necessity : WEBCAM
27
Howled, as the wind : BLEW
29
Faux ___ (social slip-up) : PAS
30
Tennis great Arthur : ASHE
34
Where you might see the sign "Do not feed the animals" : ZOO
36
Youngest "Downton Abbey" daughter : SYBIL
38
Building add-on : ANNEX
39
Get ___ on (ace) : ANA
40
Ruffles, as the hair : TOUSLES
42
Texter's "Wow!" : OMG
43
Basil and bay leaf : HERBS
45
Beaks : NOSES
46
Big name in video games : WII
47
Zilch : NADA
48
Neither Rep. nor Dem. : IND
49
Green dip, for short : GUAC
51
Disappointing response to "Is it ready?" : NOTYET
54
Hurdles for future docs : MCATS
57
Really bothers : RANKLES
60
Kind of barbecue or mine : OPENPIT
62
Mystic's device with letters and numbers : OUIJA
63
Home plate figures, informally : UMPS
65
Sporting sword : EPEE
66
:50 : TENOF
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Finishes, as a cake : ICES
68
Big name in video games : SEGA
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Big, thick slices : SLABS
70
Lemonlike : TART
71
Broadband letters : DSL
Down
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Bother persistently : NAGAT
2
Google ___ (map tool) : EARTH
3
Surface for a dry-erase marker : WHITEBOARD
4
Derrière : TUSH
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Cockeyed : ASKEW
6
Baton Rouge sch. : LSU
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Shellfish hors d'oeuvres : CRABBALLS
8
Sleeper's breathing problem : APNEA
9
Farmer with oxen : PLOWMAN
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"Gosh darn it!" : RATS
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O.T. book before Daniel : EZEK
12
Dress in Delhi : SARI
14
Escargot : SNAIL
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Tops of waves : CRESTS
23
Some colas : RCS
26
Word in every "Star Wars" title : EPISODE
28
Home of Cheyenne: Abbr. : WYO
31
Like alpine peaks ... or what each half of 3-, 7-, 9-, 37- and 44-Down can be? : SNOWCAPPED
32
Prefix with sphere : HEMI
33
Vet : EXGI
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Newswoman Paula : ZAHN
35
Fit for service : ONEA
37
Easter costume : BUNNYSUIT
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Take for granted : ASSUME
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Brain activity meas. : EEG
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Heist of a sort : BANKJOB
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Suffix with meteor : ITE
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Teen skin ailments : ACNES
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Five Norse kings : OLAFS
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Souse : TOPER
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Supermodel Cheryl : TIEGS
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Sneak (in) : STEAL
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Goes bad : ROTS
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Jean who wrote "The Clan of the Cave Bear" : AUEL
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Jazzy Simone : NINA
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"Hey you!" : PSST
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Old record label : MCA

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