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New York Times, Monday, January 25, 2016

Puppy amuser ... or the end of the answer to each starred clue

Author:
Ian Livengood
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {GJQXZ} This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Livengood. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ian Livengood notes:
Interlocking 9s and 10s with a 7-letter revealer today. While a mid-grid revealer tips my hand, the placement far outweighs the ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times1/25/16 ( No. 24,184 )
Across
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Liberals, with "the" : LEFT
5
Too : ALSO
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Basics of education : ABCS
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A pupil is in the middle of it : IRIS
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Finnish-based telecom : NOKIA
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Screwdriver or hammer : TOOL
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*Party with disguises : MASKEDBALL
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Build one's muscles, with "up" : TONE
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Something an e-cig lacks : ASH
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"... and yet, here we ___" : ARE
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Like the glass in some church windows : STAINED
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Emphasis : STRESS
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Bowling lanes : ALLEYS
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Endings of chess games : MATES
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Cosmic destiny : KARMA
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Like devoted fans : AVID
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What Grizzlies and Timberwolves play in : THENBA
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Enemy : FOE
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Plug-in in an amp : MIC
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Puppy amuser ... or the end of the answer to each starred clue : CHEWTOY
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Sch. founded by Thomas Jefferson : UVA
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Act as a quizmaster : ASK
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Crime that Joan of Arc was charged with : HERESY
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Change for a five : ONES
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Casual eatery : DINER
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Job for Mrs. Doubtfire or Mary Poppins : NANNY
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Pilgrimage site : SHRINE
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It's worth two points in football : SAFETY
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Conductor Bernstein : LEONARD
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Hot off the presses : NEW
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Move like a buoy : BOB
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Icicle site : EAVE
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*Barrier outside a popular nightclub : VELVETROPE
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"For the first time ___ ..." : EVER
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AOL service : EMAIL
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Burden : ONUS
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Money in Mexico : PESO
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Birds whose heads can move 270° : OWLS
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Toward sunset : WEST
Down
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World capital whose name is a kind of bean : LIMA
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Noteworthy periods : ERAS
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*Food item often dipped in ketchup or tartar sauce : FISHSTICK
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"'Tis a pity" : TSK
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Actor Braugher of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" : ANDRE
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Lower parts of 18-Down : LOBES
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Jamaican music genre : SKA
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Lubricates : OILS
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Notable Hun : ATTILA
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Frontiersman Daniel : BOONE
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New York's ___ Island : CONEY
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Winter coasters : SLEDS
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Mass assistant : ALTARBOY
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Headphones cover them : EARS
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Cosmetics brand owned by Revlon : ALMAY
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Kennedy who said "Frankly, I don't mind not being president" : TED
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Shish kebab holders : SKEWERS
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Call from a crib : MAMA
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Hertz rival : AVIS
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Insects in colonies : ANTS
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"Where does that guy get off?!" : THENERVE
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"___ comes trouble!" : HERE
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*Inaptly named part of the elbow : FUNNYBONE
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Where a cake is baked : OVEN
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"Piece of cake" : EASY
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Shanghai's land : CHINA
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Cereal grain : OAT
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Money, in Mexico : DINERO
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Politico Gingrich : NEWT
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Snooze : SLEEP
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Throw, as an anchor : HEAVE
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Wanders around : ROVES
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Blacksmith's block : ANVIL
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Senses : FEELS
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Floor model : DEMO
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___ Dei (Catholic group) : OPUS
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A+++ : BEST
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Bill, after being signed by the president : LAW
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Column's counterpart : ROW

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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