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New York Times, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What the starts of 18-, 24-, 37- and 52-Across can provide?

Author:
Susan Gelfand
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 12 for Ms. Gelfand. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeff Chen notes:
I looked at 1-Down, [Word before top or party], six letters, and filled in POOPER. Took me few seconds to realize that POOPER TOP 1.) ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times1/20/15 ( No. 23,814 )
Across
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Lead-in to cent or annum : PER
4
Passé : OLDHAT
10
Key of Schubert's Symphony No. 9: Abbr. : CMAJ
14
Lumberjack's tool : AXE
15
Ivanhoe's love : ROWENA
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Alternative to Drive or Road : LANE
17
Scribble (down) : JOT
18
Dish with croutons and Parmesan cheese : CAESARSALAD
20
Commotions : ADOS
22
Madrid month : MES
23
Lab bottle : PHIAL
24
Pull-down sleeper : MURPHYBED
27
Daytime ___ : EMMYS
29
Houston athlete : ASTRO
30
Peculiar : ODD
32
Action film weapon : UZI
33
Social Security criterion : AGE
35
Okla. City-to-St. Louis direction : ENE
36
Verb with "vous" : ETES
37
Evian competitor : CRYSTALGEYSER
41
Barnyard bleats : BAAS
42
Guernsey chew : CUD
43
Comfy bit of footwear : MOC
44
Certain dash lengths : EMS
45
"Evita" role : CHE
46
Super Bowl gains : YARDS
50
"The Merry Widow" composer : LEHAR
52
"Tommy," for one : ROCKOPERA
56
Tireless worker? : ROBOT
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Managed : RAN
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Bad to the bone : EVIL
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What the starts of 18-, 24-, 37- and 52-Across can provide? : COMICRELIEF
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"Evita" role : EVA
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Part of a parka : HOOD
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Laundry worker : IRONER
66
___ stage : REM
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English princess who competed in the 1976 Olympics : ANNE
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In a rational way : SANELY
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Old ___ (Yale, affectionately) : ELI
Down
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Word before top or party : PAJAMA
2
Book of the Bible or an event described in it : EXODUS
3
Comeback : RETORT
4
Tolkien creature : ORC
5
Like some rich soil : LOAMY
6
Geek : DWEEB
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"Siddhartha" writer : HESSE
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Santa ___ winds : ANA
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Roofer's cover : TARP
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Insurance submission : CLAIM
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Sled dog : MALAMUTE
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One taking a close look : ANALYZER
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Clampett patriarch : JED
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"___ Rather Be With Me" (1967 hit) : SHED
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Uses an aerosol : SPRAYS
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Monopolizes : HOGS
26
Bell sound : DONG
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Bro's sibling : SIS
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Consider : DEEM
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Work on a gravestone, e.g. : ETCH
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Antiquity, in antiquity : ELD
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Rarity at Alcatraz : ESCAPE
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Neighbor of Nigeria : CAMEROON
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Kurosawa classic : RASHOMON
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Violinist Leopold : AUER
40
What some dieters do : YOYO
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___ canto : BEL
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Swamp beast, informally : CROC
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Patriot Paul : REVERE
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Senseless talk : DRIVEL
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Part of an Italian sub : SALAMI
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Tolerate : ABIDE
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Fabric once described as "comfort in action" : ORLON
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"The Dark Knight" actor : CAINE
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Prepare to be knighted : KNEEL
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Speaker of baseball : TRIS
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When repeated, a lively dance : CHA
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Detergent brand : ERA
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Word after fish or French : FRY

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