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New York Times, Tuesday, January 31, 2006

California team [and 18 letters in the grid to circle ... and then connect using three lines]

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Letter A

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJKQVZ} This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Merrell. NYT links: Across Lite
Jim Horne notes:

I have highlighted the squares that we're asked to circle at 65 Across.

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© 2006, The New York Times1/31/06 ( No. 20,538 )
Across
1
Cheese choice : SWISS
6
It's no free ride : CAB
9
Gangster gals : MOLLS
14
Like a Hitchcock audience, typically : TENSE
15
Grant opponent : LEE
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Poet T. S. ___ : ELIOT
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Hitchhikers' needs : RIDES
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Turkish chief : AGA
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Not completely white anymore : DINGY
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"Where did ___ wrong?" : IGO
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Testing, as one's patience : TRYING
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S-shaped molding : OGEE
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Fear : PHOBIA
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Scant : SPARSE
29
Like 90 proof liquor : STRONG
30
Non-Rx : OTC
31
Four Monopoly properties: Abbr. : RRS
34
European carrier : SAS
35
Bad winner's behavior : GLOATING
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"Who's the ___?" : BOSS
40
Peking or Siam suffix : ESE
41
Direction for a wagon train : WEST
42
Large turnip : RUTABAGA
45
___ good clip : ATA
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Valuable rock : ORE
48
Spying device : BUG
49
Reviewer : CRITIC
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Outsiders may not get it : ACCESS
56
Put a new handle on : RENAME
57
Ticklish muppet : ELMO
59
Thick-skinned critters : RHINOS
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33 1/3 r.p.m. spinners : LPS
62
Many a pope : SAINT
64
Before, in poetry : ERE
65
California team [and 18 letters in the grid to circle ... and then connect using three lines] : THEAS
67
Lightly burn : SINGE
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N.Y.C. ave. between Park and Third : LEX
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Red Square notable : LENIN
70
Gang's slanguage : ARGOT
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Allow : LET
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Newsboy's shout of old : EXTRA
Down
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Comic page offerings : STRIPS
2
Scale reading : WEIGHT
3
Not outside : INDOOR
4
Memphis-to-Mobile dir. : SSE
5
Troubadour's six-stanza verse : SESTINA
6
Pot composition : CLAY
7
Sponsorship : AEGIS
8
Gardener's vine support : BEANPOLE
9
Dr.'s field : MED
10
Stews : OLIOS
11
Common Valentine's Day gift : LINGERIE
12
Theater section : LOGE
13
Eye ailment : STYE
22
Lively piano pieces : RAGS
23
Córdoba cat : GATO
26
___ nova (1960's dance) : BOSSA
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Zenith competitor : RCA
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Surgical assts. : RNS
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___ Snorkel : SGT
35
Fed. purchasing org. : GSA
36
Wit who wrote "When in doubt, tell the truth" : TWAIN
37
Sis's sib : BRO
38
Your and my : OUR
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Hot under the collar : STEAMING
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Shade of white : EGGSHELL
43
U.K. radio and TV inits. : BBC
44
Violinist Leopold : AUER
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Prefix with 25-Across : ACRO
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Railroad support : TRESTLE
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Skill : TALENT
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Damage : IMPAIR
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Business jet maker : CESSNA
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Zaire, now : CONGO
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"Yes ___, Bob!" : SIREE
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She, in Roma : ESSA
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Bandit's refuge : LAIR
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Call in a bakery : NEXT
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Holiday in Vietnam : TET
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Bewitch : HEX

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later.

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