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New York Times, Thursday, January 21, 2016

"He hath ___ the fateful lightning ..." ("The Battle Hymn of the Republic" lyric)

Author:
David Phillips
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Phillips. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2016, The New York Times1/21/16 ( No. 24,180 )
Across
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Edit, as tape : SPLICE
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Pro-___ : AMS
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Bill issuer, for short : ATM
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3 Musketeers filling : NOUGAT
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Some trophies : CUPS
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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"Gosh darn it!" : AWNUTS
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Ford aircraft of the 1920s-'30s : TRIMOTOR
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Hand over : CEDE
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Flame-colored gemstones : FIREOPALS
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Hindu god pictured playing a flute : KRISHNA
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It might save your skin : ALOE
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Like Liederkranz cheese : SMELLY
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Parcel of land : TRACT
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Outburst accompanying a facepalm : DOH
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With 44-Across, off-the-record discussions ... or 12 answers in this puzzle? : SIDE
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"Want me to?" : SHALLI
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___ Air : IPAD
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Alternative to Mega Millions : LOTTO
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Spa session : SOAK
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Minor, as a sin : VENIAL
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See 35-Across : BARS
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"Didn't need to know that" : TMI
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Georgia of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" : ENGEL
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Sink to the bottom : SETTLE
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Onetime Mustang option : TTOP
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Like elephant seals : EARLESS
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Hospital conveyance : STRETCHER
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Auto parts giant : NAPA
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Superior, as investments go : AAARATED
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Brutish sort : ANIMAL
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Big mfr. of 10-Acrosses : NCR
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North Atlantic hazard : BERG
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Six Nations tribe : SENECA
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Jane in court cases : DOE
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Kickoff aid : TEE
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"He hath ___ the fateful lightning ..." ("The Battle Hymn of the Republic" lyric) : LOOSED
Down
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Concession stand : SNACK
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High-carb bite : POWER
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Day before mardi : LUNDI
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"Well ... probably" : IGUESS
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One notably entertained by a laser pointer : CAT
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French connections : ETS
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Play starter : ACTI
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Andy who won Olympic gold in tennis in 2012 : MURRAY
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Pitcher's delivery : SPIEL
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Province bordering Sask. : ALTA
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It might include "copy" and "paste" : TOOL
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Chocolate treat since 1932 : MARS
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Hairless : SMOOTH
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Works with librettos : OPERAS
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Golf Channel analyst Nick : FALDO
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Royal Navy letters : HMS
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Sam of "Jurassic Park" : NEILL
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Not disturb : LETBE
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Jillions : ALOT
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Place for steamers : CLAM
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Place to order a mai tai, maybe : TIKI
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Low-class watering hole : DIVE
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Feature of many a wedding reception : OPEN
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Loiter, with "out" : HANG
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In a way, informally : SORTA
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Certain New Year's resolution follower : DIETER
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___ Tots : TATER
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PC task-switching shortcut : ALTTAB
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Camera with a mirror-and-prism system, for short : SLR
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Round figure : SPHERE
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Weather phenomenon named for baby Jesus : ELNINO
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Eightsome : OCTET
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Furniture designer Charles : EAMES
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It's below "C V B N M" : SPACE
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Sneeze guard locale : SALAD
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Beach formation : SAND
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Buffet with shells : TACO
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Steak request : RARE
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Barely beat : EDGE
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Hand communication, for short : ASL
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Prefix with cortex : NEO

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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