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New York Times, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Classic out-of-office sign ... or what this puzzle's author has done?

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 75, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 78 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Byron Walden notes:
Don't throw out your calendars — it is indeed Tuesday. Given the basic nature of the theme, I was shooting for Monday, but I couldn't resist ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Could it really be that this is Byron's Tuesday NYT debut? I think of him as one of the few "five-tool constructors," with the ability to ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times1/19/16 ( No. 24,178 )
Across
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Boots, backpack, tent, etc. : GEAR
5
Triangle on a pool table : RACK
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"You ___" ("Sure thing") : BETCHA
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___ Reader (alternative digest) : UTNE
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Maker of Arctic Blast and Java Freeze beverages : ICEE
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Arthurian island : AVALON
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Some PC screens : LCDS
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Criticized nigglingly : CARPEDABOUT
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Roosted on : PERCHEDATOP
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Mentalist Geller : URI
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Ticks off : STEAMS
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Tattered : INRAGS
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Travelers with paddles : CANOEISTS
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Gun, slangily : PIECE
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Mideast ruler : EMIR
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Landlord's counterpart : TENANT
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Struggled to make progress : FLOUNDEREDAROUND
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Digs deeply (into) : DELVES
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Beano competitor : GASX
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Bull session? : RODEO
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Halite formations that might be oil reservoirs : SALTDOMES
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How-to book : MANUAL
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Address of Juliet's balcony? : OROMEO
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Umberto ___, author of "The Name of the Rose" : ECO
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Proceeded without trying very hard : SKATEDALONG
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Classic out-of-office sign ... or what this puzzle's author has done? : GONEFISHING
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"C'mon, be ___" : APAL
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Nearest target for a bowler : ONEPIN
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Fashion designer Klein : ANNE
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Repetitive means of learning : ROTE
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Hitting high in the air : SKYING
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Colors, as Easter eggs : DYES
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Did 80 on the highway, say : SPED
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Swallows deeply : GULPS
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" ... and on and on and on" : ETCETC
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Newswoman Mitchell : ANDREA
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Make another image of : RESCAN
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They get the paddy started : RICESEEDS
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Part of U.S.C.G.A.: Abbr. : ACAD
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"Juno" actor Michael : CERA
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Avoided phoniness : KEPTITREAL
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Celeb's arrest report, to the celeb, say : BADPR
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Actress Mendes of "2 Fast 2 Furious" : EVA
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Neighbor of Caps Lock : TAB
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Bumbling detective of film : CLOUSEAU
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"Spring forward, fall back" unit : HOUR
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One in opposition : ANTI
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Time immemorial : EONS
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Aetna offering, briefly : HMO
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Mimic : APER
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___ Torretta, 1992 Heisman Trophy winner : GINO
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"___ Mine" (George Harrison autobiography) : IME
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Noble knight who found the Holy Grail : SIRGALAHAD
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Wolf Blitzer's employer : CNN
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You may be asked to arrive 90 mins. prior to this : ETD
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Sneaky shelters : TAXDODGES
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Pres. who recuperated at Warm Springs, Ga. : FDR
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Sign before Virgo : LEO
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Aristocratic ancestry : OLDMONEY
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Eye layer whose name derives from the Latin for "grape" : UVEA
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Gas in signs : NEON
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"Spring forward, fall back" inits. : DST
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Fifth Avenue retailer : SAKS
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13-Down, in Italian : ORA
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Grinding teeth : MOLARS
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Fall Out Boy genre : EMOPOP
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Where John Kerry and Bob Kerrey served : SENATE
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On drugs : USING
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Eyed caddishly : OGLED
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They benefit from boosters : EGOS
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Crash, with "out" : CONK
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Minuscule : TINY
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Feminine suffix : ENNE
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Prefix with center : EPI
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1950s car feature : FIN

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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