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New York Times, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Yachter's itinerary, maybe ... or a hint to understanding the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
Unsurprisingly, there aren't too many words or phrases that (1) contain the name of an island; and (2) spell something else after ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Love this theme! Alex interprets ISLAND HOPPING as "skip the island embedded in the phrase/word, resulting in a new word." S(CUBA) ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times1/25/18 ( No. 24,915 )
Across
1
Some metal bands? : ORE
4
Not get involved : SITBY
9
P.I. : TEC
12
Sellout : HIT
13
1950s service site : KOREA
14
Hamilton, to Burr : RIVAL
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*Smelled : SCUBATANK
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Group of football blockers, in brief : OLINE
19
Point on a flowchart : NODE
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Picnic crasher : ANT
21
Pitiful group : SADLOT
22
On the lookout : ALERT
24
*They're not pros : CONCRETES
26
Solving crosswords, e.g. : PASTIME
28
Gurneys' destinations, in brief : ORS
29
Part of a disguise : WIG
30
Who wrote and sang "We're All Water" in 1972 : ONO
31
#21 of 24 : PHI
32
Lush : WINO
33
Yachter's itinerary, maybe ... or a hint to understanding the answers to the starred clues : ISLANDHOPPING
37
Clove hitch, e.g. : KNOT
38
"Reading the ___: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages" (2008 book) : OED
39
Hotel room feature: Abbr. : TEL
40
Back to school? : EDU
41
Ones doing intros : MCS
42
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" poet : TSELIOT
46
*Poetry : VERBALISE
49
Middleton of English tabloids : PIPPA
50
Hard-wired : INNATE
51
Something encountered in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" : UFO
53
"Um, don't look now, but ..." : AHEM
54
Boastful mother of Greek myth : NIOBE
55
*Hayloft item : BALTIMORE
57
Now full : SATED
58
Skirt : AVOID
59
"Illmatic" rapper : NAS
60
___ Échos (French daily) : LES
61
Top-2% group : MENSA
62
Is from Issy? : EST
Down
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"Did you just see that?!" : OHSNAP
2
Cough drop brand : RICOLA
3
Some works of Robert Schumann : ETUDES
4
Music boomlet of the mid-'90s : SKA
5
Smidgen : IOTA
6
A witch doctor might be in one : TRANCE
7
Japanese meal in a box : BENTO
8
Beat one's gums : YAK
9
Part of España : TILDE
10
Person with inverted morality : EVILTWIN
11
Olympics event since 1936 : CANOEING
14
Stadium sounds : ROARS
15
"Come on!" : LETSGO
17
Playwright Brecht : BERTOLT
21
Things with entrances and exits : SCRIPTS
23
Turner on a turntable : TINA
25
Neighborhood in New York or L.A. : NOHO
27
Accessory on a chain : MONOCLE
31
Goal of many a candidate : PHD
32
Member of the British royal family : WILLIAM
33
Not wanting to believe the truth : INDENIAL
34
Unpleasant ending : SOURNOTE
35
Ball boy? : DESI
36
Tiniest complaint : PEEP
37
Durant and Love of the N.B.A. : KEVINS
41
Got together : MATED
42
Polytetrafluoroethylene, familiarly : TEFLON
43
Notable tech launch of 2007 : IPHONE
44
Composition of "Der Ring des Nibelungen" : OPERAS
45
Most docile : TAMEST
47
Swaddled ones : BABES
48
Debonair : SUAVE
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Los Angeles's ___ College of Art and Design : OTIS
55
"Kapow!" : BAM
56
Neighbor of Wyo. : IDA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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