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New York Times, Monday, January 30, 2017

Certain Hollywood stars ... or an apt title for this puzzle

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 38 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
I don't normally stack themers when there are five or more overlapping letters, afraid of iffy crossing fill. But sometimes this setup ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat hidden theme, MALE LEADS interpreted as "entries starting with male animals." Not too-obvious-that-it-isn't-fun, and clear enough ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times1/30/17 ( No. 24,555 )

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Views as : DEEMS
6
Place, as a wager : LAY
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Hate with a passion : ABHOR
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Yank living overseas : EXPAT
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Gibbon or gorilla : APE
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Bête ___ (pet peeve) : NOIRE
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City in upstate New York : UTICA
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Got stuck in a rut : STAGNATED
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Time before dinner for socializing : COCKTAILHOUR
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Santaland worker : ELF
23
Where clouds are : SKY
24
Venerable London theater : OLDVIC
28
Hero war pilots : ACES
31
Source of most of Google's revenue : ADS
32
2004 event for Google, for short : IPO
33
Polygraphs : LIETESTS
36
"Be ___!" ("Help me out here!") : APAL
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Protection for a police officer : BULLETPROOFVEST
40
Heavy burden : ONUS
41
Repeated parts of songs : REFRAINS
42
Sarcastic laugh sound : HAR
43
Stand-up comic Schumer : AMY
45
Med. school subject : ANAT
46
Maker of Mashed Potato Bites : OREIDA
48
Colorado winter hrs. : MST
50
Massage : RUB
53
Ohio's nickname : BUCKEYESTATE
57
Certain Hollywood stars ... or an apt title for this puzzle : MALELEADS
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Companion ship for the Niña and Santa Maria : PINTA
61
Swell up : BLOAT
62
Locale of Phelps's last five gold medals : RIO
63
Like chip shots : ARCED
64
Targets for a college fund-raising drive, informally : ALUMS
65
Swimming unit : LAP
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Fortunetellers : SEERS
Down
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Card with two pips : DEUCE
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Praise enthusiastically : EXTOL
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Huge blunder : EPICFAILURE
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"___ the Knife" : MACK
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"Right away!," in the E.R. : STAT
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Vision-correcting procedure : LASIK
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In a fitting manner : APTLY
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"Woo-hoo!" : YEAH
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Declares invalid : ANNULS
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What chess is played on : BOARD
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Top 10 song, say : HIT
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Valuable mine rock : ORE
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Color of beets : RED
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Well-behaved : GOOD
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Something in the plus column : ASSET
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Special access for celebs : VIPENTRANCE
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"No bid from me" : IPASS
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Stallion-to-be : COLT
29
Cartoon frames : CELS
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Summer, in Soissons : ETE
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Starting on : ASOF
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Like the Chinese and Hebrew calendars : LUNAR
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Agile for one's age : SPRY
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Uno + due : TRE
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Reebok competitor : AVIA
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___-chic (fashion style) : BOHO
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Give out one's address? : ORATE
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Whirrer on a muggy day : FAN
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Whom R-rated movies are intended for : ADULTS
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Spray for self-defense : MACE
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Letter-shaped girder : IBEAM
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Newspapers, magazines, etc. : MEDIA
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Online network admin : SYSOP
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Say : UTTER
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Items on an Indian necklace : BEADS
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Marx who wasn't one of the Marx Brothers : KARL
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Luxury resort amenities : SPAS
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Spare change? : TIRE
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Univ. degree for Romney and Bloomberg : MBA
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Every last bit : ALL
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"Skip to My ___" : LOU

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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